about Christopher Reynolds, singer, teacher, shaman CLE OH

about Christopher Reynolds, singer, teacher, shaman CLE OH

I am F. Christopher Reynolds, M.Ed., a singer-songwriter, teacher and community shaman from Cleveland, Ohio.

(contact: spiriman(at)aim.com)

My mission is to sing the dream of Peace on Earth onward by inviting, welcoming and empowering as many as possible to share in the Third Great Awakening now occurring in Western culture. This website and all of my songs, chants, No Man’s Folk, writings, art, workshops and ceremonies encourage waking up together and participating fully in this Awakening. Even if we never meet, I’ve placed the best I can offer at this time for you and those you love to engage in a co-extrication. Extrication, to me, means untangling, unbinding, and getting free of the challenging unconsciousness of our historical moment. Waking up together with the persons around me and my own extended family has proven to be more nourishing than efforts to reform American religion, education, politics, and economics. (Je parle francais.)

Ironically, the dream of Peace on Earth is among us now during Covid-19. You can see it right in front of us. The past 250 years, there has not been this much calm, clarity of atmosphere, purity of water, non-aggression between warring factions, time with loved ones, appreciation for the preciousness of life.

We are not in a war.

We are hitting bottom the same way an addict or co-dependent person does.

We are in an intervention. We are being asked for this to be our rock bottom. Repeatedly in stories of recovery, you will hear the theme, “I realized that if I did not change my ways, I was going to go insane, die, or cause kinds of harm that scared me.”

We are at the time of reaching out for help, even as factions of human beings push to get back to business as usual. We have a lot of wisdom that can help us. It is in the traditions of peoples who have survived 10,000 years or more on the planet. From the 12 Traditions of Recovery, the first 2 traditions are helpful.

Our common welfare should come first; personal and state and national recovery depend upon mutually beneficial collaboration.

The second requires a grain of salt, so I’m going to merge recovery language with Indigenous Wisdom:

For our purpose, our priority is honoring and participating in the future life of Earth and all our relations in ways that balance us mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually, and root us in the Peace beyond understanding of the Mystery of Life.

For Americans, we are called to expand our founding American Declaration and dare to devote our personal pursuit of happiness to the pursuit of the happiness and benefit of all beings. This is to align our national dream with the larger dream of Earth. I think this is what Lincoln meant in his Second Inaugural Address by with malice towards none. This same idea is present now during the Coronavirus pandemic where those who risk the most gather under their generous oath, Do no harm.

(All that is written on this website is contained in the songs, The Magnification and Marilyn of the Whirlwind on this page.)

To be alive now is to distinguish between the meanness of the modern and late-modern world views and to co-extricate yourselves into the expansive warmth, love, surprise, humor, and delight of the emerging participatory world view. In this expansive warmth, a here and now from which I write to you and you are reading this, our children and grandchildren thrive best.

Together we are creating a way for a new sense of “home” where we know from direct experience survival and evolution of soul over many lifetimes.

Walt Whitman in his 1855 Leaves of Grass, prophesied:

Stop this day and night with me and you shall possess the origin of all poems,
You shall possess the good of the earth and sun, (there are millions of suns left,)
You shall no longer take things at second or third hand, nor look through the eyes of the dead, nor feed on the spectres in books,
You shall not look through my eyes either, nor take things from me,
You shall listen to all sides and filter them from your self.

 

Temperance, Tarot de Marseilles
Source: Creative Commons

I offer Temperance here to let you know what is on this site works except for when it doesn’t. I offer my best. Keep what helps. Leave what harms.

Remember there is Heaven

In love with Earth.

Immanent Function, Answering James Joyce: If You Meet Zoe Christ on the Road, and No Man’s Folk, give you a musical and conceptual tool-kit for the decade ahead. Feel free to contact me if any portions are unclear.

The Immanent Function

Uncategorized

copyright by F. Christopher Reynolds, December 18, 2019 (with ongoing edits)

The Coronavirus pandemic has ushered in the greatest peace known the past 250 years. One metaphor of what we face together is war, war is flipped and backwards as to what is before our senses. With all the paradoxes that appear at turning points, we enjoy in our birth canal, a shared clearing atmosphere, shared no longer shaking enchanted lands to walk in, a marvel of clear-running ‘cricks,’ rivers, global waters. Shedding the old has cleared our collective and common sense to a noisy spring with all ecological life returning. This miracle and its paradoxes are the key to when we are.

The Coronavirus is an intervention, like you see when an addict or co-dependent person is confronted for self-destructive behavior that has gone too far and is harming others. We have hit bottom and all our relatives are hoping that this is rock bottom. Around the Great Lakes, there is already a pattern in place in the story of the Haudenosaunee Great Law of Peace. At the rock bottom moment, the tribes who had made peace with each other approached the tribe who still loved war. The story says that their chief was so war-mad, he had snakes in his hair. The people approached him and asked him to stop. When his heart turned, the people compassionately combed the snakes out of his hair.

Even their concept of God changed from the idea that God loves best to watch men at war to God loves best to watch all people play Lacrosse. In this the Haudenosaunee offer the West an example of how to separate Ares, the archetype of sacred aggression in honor of all life, from Nike, Goddess of Victory, Child of Hatred Wielding a Spear.

To lean on the world together to tip the orientation towards play and away from war, we require ideas to think about how to create an atmosphere of peace. War does not create an atmosphere of peace. A global atmosphere of warmth, love, surprise, play, curiosity and humor is right in front of us. Peace is before us. We are called to divest from ways that brought us to rock bottom. Our calling is to invest as much in the courage, health, creativity, resolve, endurance for the life of the planet, on the life-bringing archetypes, as we once spent on dominion.

Immanent Function offers you a way to be the Turning Point yourself and puts the tools in your hand to co-extricate yourself from your present condition and co-create a way ahead for the happiness of all beings. I apologize ahead of time due to how I am forced to sometimes use patriarchal and hetero-supremist languages as I attempt to unbind from them. My heart is good and I remain teachable, but certainly have my own inner traditional patriarch who rises. I ask your patience with me knowing my devotion to making a better world for the children and grandchildren.

I invite you to listen to the clip below, Marilyn of the Whirlwind. All that comes after fits easily into the wider psychic room of that song. Please skim the entire definition of Immanent Function. There may be unexpected words. If so, merely note them and avoid getting snagged or blocked. You only need a mental postcard of where we are headed. Throughout the essay, there are short definitions and stories that explain terms from the definition such as, becoming, synchronistic, ecological unconscious, etc., from my life or lives of persons I know. Those short definitions and stories will be identified by this image:

If you are already familiar with a term, then feel free to jump ahead over that section. To show you what I mean about short tutorials for immanent function vocabulary, I’ll define 4 of the terms that will allow you to appreciate the upcoming section, Awe that Awakens to the Mystery of Life.

Immanent to the Transcendent, Numinous, Aesthetic Arrest, Mystical Experiences

Immanent refers to the sensual now that you taste, see, smell, hear, feel, know, intuit. Pink Floyd’s song, Eclipse, that closes out The Dark Side of the Moon, is an enjoyable way to feel into the concept. However, you need to add lines they left out but surely meant. The moon is eclipsed by the Earth and by itself. Transcendent refers to all that is beyond your personal, biological, biographical knowing. Joseph Campbell used the expression, transparent to the transcendent, when describing awe. His mind was rooted in a Cathedral’s stained-glass windows. Their beauty was due to the way the glass allowed the light from beyond to be seen and celebrated.

In our day, stained glass has given way to the clear lens of magnifying. Seeing through a lens makes the sensual here and now a simultaneous experience of learning something new — a revelatory immanence. What is transcended is your boundary of knowing by direct personal experience. You know because you see with your own perception. The entire cosmos is immanent to the transcendent now. It’s all a revelatory immanence that invites us to learn more – to boldly know where no one has known before. I call this expansion from stained glass to clear magnifying lens, The Magnification.


Numinous, is a noun and adjective. It refers to powers that permenantly open the mind and heart to Life’s Mysteries. It was established in 1925. The mentor text is, Rudolf Otto’s, Idea of the Holy. The numinous defined as: Mysterium Tremendum et Fascinans. (The Terrible and Fascinating Mystery) The advantage of this is that the numinous is not unicorns and rainbows. In the Bible, the angels always say to the human beings, Do not be afraid. The angels are saying this because they can tell they are scaring the living shit out of the person they are visiting.


Direct experience of the numinous is a mystical experience. It has been established for our psychological reality since 1905 by William James in his Varieties of Religious Experience. He, too, shares the stained glass mental structure you find in Joseph Campbell. This work is meant to update mystical experience to include the revelatory immanence of love making and to allow for the revelatory immanence that has always been kept alive in indigenous traditions to come back to our culture.


Aesthetic arrest is when you are completely stilled, arrested by Beauty with the capital “B.” James Joyce is already inside the mind from which I am writing to you now. He used the arrest experience in his literary works. He learned by knowing, in the Biblical sense. Nora Barnacle and James Joyce knew each other deeply. Their shared arrest experiences included love-making. He longed to bring their revelatory immanence back to Ireland where he knew that the delight they were learning was meant to be for all aspects of culture.

The Immanent Function

The Immanent Function is:

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 ensouled, living atmosphere of warmth, love, surprise and humor that makes 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. (first published by F. Christopher Reynolds, Oct. 7, 2019) 

The best entryway into Immanent Function is to read your way into it. The stories below lead you there:

In Bill Russel’s 1980 Second Wind:

Every so often, a Celtic game would heat up so that it became more than a physical or even a mental game, and would be magical. That feeling is very difficult to describe, and I certainly never talked about it when I was playing. When it happened, I could feel my play rise to a new level. It came rarely, and would last anywhere from five minutes to a whole quarter or more…It would surround not only me and the other Celtics, but also the players on the other team, even the referees.

At that special level, all sorts of odd things happened. The game would be in a white heat of competition, and yet somehow, I wouldn’t feel competitive — which is a miracle in itself. I’d be putting out the maximum effort, straining and coughing up parts of my lungs as we ran, and yet, I never felt the pain….It was almost as if we were playing in slow motion. During those spells, I could almost sense how the next play would develop and where the next shot would be taken….My premonitions were always consistently correct and I always felt then that I not only knew all of the Celtics by heart, but also all the opposing players, and that they all knew me. There have been so many times in my career when I felt moved or joyful, but these were the moments when I had chills pulsing up and down my spine.

In my 2001 Urrealist Manifesto:

There are always invisible visitations that enter the manifold space. Something divine can come to the table. These emerge as as-if presences, are felt as shifts in time, are perceived when turns of phrase come forth thick like sandwiches, trailing scintillae, are recognizable where the cramped and restricted ease with re-newed life. In Urreality, the full body begins to awaken to the conversation, golden chills wash over the shoulders, warm the heart, draw attention to depth. There is a sense of clarity about the face, a clarity of sensing. One is aroused and even the sensate world unveils herself delighting to be seen and truly appreciated. The heart flutters.

In Jorge Ferrer’s 2001 Revisioning Transpersonal Theory:

It became gradually obvious that the revision I was proposing could be more accurately conveyed not so much in terms of an epistemic turn, from experience to knowledge, but a participatory turn, a shift from intrasubjective experiences to participatory events which can be equally understood in both experiential and epistemic terms. Human participation in transpersonal and spiritual phenomenon is a creative multidimensional event that can involve every aspect of human nature, from somatic transfiguration to the awakening of the heart, from erotic communion to visionary co-creation and from contemplative knowing to moral insight.

In Chris Bache’s 2009, The Living Classroom:

It’s as if the floor suddenly falls away. The atmosphere in the room becomes supercharged, and everyone seems to congeal into a unified state. My mind becomes unusually spacious and clear, and my students’ eyes tell me that they have moved into a particularly receptive state. Our hearts seem to merge, and from that open field of compassion comes a slow stream of thoughts that I, as spokesperson of the group, unfold and work with. In these transient moments of heightened awareness, I sometimes have the acute sensation that there is only one mind present in the room.

In Joseph Jaworksi’s conversation with physicist David Bohm on collective intelligence in his 2011 Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership:

The Mystery of Commitment…At present, people create barriers between each other by their fragmentary thought. Each one operates separately. When these barriers have dissolved, there arises one mind, where they are all one unit, but each person also retains his or her own individual awareness. That one mind will still exist when they are separate, and when they come together, it will be as if they hadn’t separated…It’s actually a single intelligence that works with people who are moving in relationship with one another…If you had a number of people who really pulled together and worked together in this way, it would be remarkable.

Jerzy J. Maciuszko, in his 2013, Poles Apart, recounts a mysterious event that occurred while he was a Polish prisoner of war playing music in Nazi Stalag IVB:

One day, however, something uncanny occurred. During the rehearsal of the second symphony, the whole orchestra, including the conductor, went into a kind of trance. We played and the conductor went on conducting without stopping. We were out of tune and went on. Someone’s string broke. He put his instrument on his knees and we went on. We played the whole symphony uninterrupted until the very end. When the finale finally came, we all felt we had gone through some kind of transcendental experience.

Stalag IVB painting
Source: Poles Apart

The first few days after it happened, no one talked about it. Gradually, we felt we could speak on the event and wondered what actually took place. Perhaps, for an instant, we had forgotten where we were. We had forgotten about everything and were transported somewhere else.

Immanent Function opens unexpected paths for Western culture to return to right relationship with our planet. What Russell calls, magic, what I call, Urreality, Jorge Ferrer calls, a participatory turn, Chris Bache calls, a mindfield of shared collective consciousness, what Jaworski and Bohm call, collective intelligence, what Maciuszko described as, all persons feeling like they passed through a transcendental experience — are all examples of individual consciousness participating in communion with the collective.

However powerful this form of relationship may be, it is incomplete until that human unified state includes all biological life of the ecosystem in ways you can feel. Our sacred experiences are in circulation with the regional ecological whole and that whole also participates — 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.

The American soul continues to pave over wholeness. Our recurring national pattern of collective human experience split off from ecosystems, Ancestors, and Indigenous wisdom, has emerged most recently in what the Indigenous have named, the black snakes, referring to the pipelines, like the DAPL at Standing Rock, being forced over their lands.

The split in our collective soul began at Cane Ridge, Kentucky, in 1801. Christians gathered there for a revival that set the tone for most of what has followed. This essay’s urgency is because of the dangers of religious renewal in the United States. The mindfields of large gatherings soon turn Apocalyptic when they are Bible-based. A post-COVID-19, nuclear-armed America has a soul-responsibility to set aside the Doomsday brought here from Europe.

There is a clue for healing in Stephen Mansfield’s, Lincoln’s Battle with God, published in 2012.

In this eye-witness account, you can get a sense of the transformative power of ritual and also the transformative power of nature. In the account below, the two powers are at odds. Human beings are split from their own Nature. Mansfield writes:

Though Barton Stone conceded that there were many eccentricities and much fanaticism in the excitement, he was also sure that the good effects were seen and acknowledged in every neighborhood. Stone, of course was an advocate of the revival. The report of a skeptic would be helpful too. James B. Finley attended Cane Ridge to critique. He left unchanged but impressed:

“The noise was like the roar of Niagara. The vast sea of human beings seemed to be agitated as if by a storm. I counted 7 ministers all preaching at one time, some on stumps, others in wagons. Some of the people were singing, others praying, some crying for mercy in the most piteous accents while others were shouting most vociferously. While witnessing these scenes, a peculiarly strange sensation, such as I have never felt before, came over me. My heart beat tummultuously. My knees trembled. My lip quivered and I felt as though I might fall to the ground. A strange, supernatural power seemed to pervade the mass of mind there collected.

Soon after, I left and went into the woods and there I strove to rally and man-up my courage. After some time, I returned to the scene of the excitement, the waves of which, if possible, had risen still higher. The same awfulness of feeling came over me. I saw at least 500 swept down in a moment, as if a battery of a thousand guns had been opened upon them. Immediately followed shrieks and shouts that rent the very heavens. My hair rose up on my head. I fled into the woods a second time and wished I had stayed at home.”

Collective Ecological Unconscious and Conscious

Theodore Roszak uses the term, ecological unconscious in his 1992 mentor text for ecopsychology, Voice of the Earth: An Exploration of Ecopsychology. For Roszak, the ecological unconscious is the core of the mind. It includes the living record of cosmic evolution, tracing back to distant initial conditions in the history of time. Life and mind emerge from this evolutionary tale as culminating natural systems within the unfolding sequence of physical, biological, mental and cultural systems we know as ‘the universe.’ Ecotherapy, then, works to awaken the inherent sense of environmental reciprocity that lies within the ecological unconscious.


The collective ecological unconscious is our cultural split from its ecological core of the mind. The way Western culture has lived the past 500 years is called Normative Dissociation. As your inherent sense of environmental reciprocity awakens, the bioregion in which you find yourself begins a conversation with you. You learn to read the sacred text of each season and learn to live wisely in right timing with that season. The ecologically conscious person who lives in constant communication with the planet has achieved what Roszak calls, the ecological ego. I call the world of the ecological ego, the ecological conscious. A culture of ecological egos living relationship with the planet participate in the collective ecological conscious. A name for returning to participate in the collective ecological conscious is re-indigenization and also, decolonizing.


When we were kids in Norwalk, Ohio, my brother, Rob, a neighbor, Pat, and I, were playing near our home by a cornfield one summer. Out of the corn came a red fox. We watched it quietly for a moment. It turned and darted back into the field. We looked at each other with surprise when suddenly, it came out of the corn again. It looked at us. I think it wants us to play with it, said Rob. For the next 2 hours, we chased the fox into the corn and along the rows of the cornfield. Sometimes, it would let one of us hold it. We got some dog food for it which it ate. The game went on until we were satisfied. When the fox saw we were losing energy, it turned and disappeared back into the corn.


Years later, as I emerged from my ecological unconsciousness, the day we were visited by the fox came back to me. When I examined the visitation with the idea of synchronicity, as if the event were a waking dream, the meaning deepened. Our last name, Reynolds, has connections to the French word for fox, renard. The Reynolds family crest features 4 foxes. At turning points of my life, red fox has been a visitor. Over the years, many people I meet have had similar experiences of one-of-a-kind visitations by fellow citizens of the bioregion. For that reason, I have coined the name for those visitations, The Enchanted Land or The Mind of the Land. I encourage developing relationships with beings of one’s home ecosystem with the challenge to, Harmonize the Mind of Place.

AWE THAT OPENS TO THE MYSTERY OF LIFE

In contrast to Finley’s account at the Cane Ridge Camp Meeting in 1801, I offer a story that can be imagined as his forest path untaken. My journey of revival was in June of 1986. I went to France to study with Bowling Green State University’s summer program with Drs. Michael and Lenita Locey. Our group stayed with French host families, took classes at Institut de Touraine, and traveled. This was also a romantic trip because Paula, my wife of three years at that time, also joined in as a fellow student. There have been periods of my life when the stars seem to align and summer of 1986 was a constellation like that.


One of the excursions we made was to Les Eyzies, a village on the Dordogne river in the Dordogne region of France. There has been an uninterupted habitation in La Dordogne for 55,000 years. Beneath the provencal and Cro-magnon layers of artifacts there are Neanderthal traces of life. For this reason the Musee Nationale de la Prehistoire is there.


Just outside Les Eyzies is a Cro-Magnon painted cave named, Font-de-Gaume. On a warm June afternoon at Font-de-Gaume, I experienced an initiation into the old ways, in the sense of a primal, 20,000 years old indigenous way of being. It was the most pivotal day of my life.

Font-de-Gaume

Source: Creative Commons


If you visit Font-de-Gaume today, the tours are limited to 12 persons and feature only a partial visit compared to those of the 20th century. In 1986, the public was still able to enter into the very heart of the grotte.

Our underworld guide that afternoon was a lovely blond Francaise. You could tell she knew something about how the painted caves were used for rituals long ago because of how she staged our visit. Once the group stepped through the wooden gate that protects Font-de-Gaume, she shut the door. We were plunged into darkness.

She calmly kept speaking out of what had suddely become disorienting. She advised us to hold onto the shoulder of the person near us. We could hear her footsteps pass around us into a deeper darkness. She invited us to just follow her voice through the passage that led futher beneath the hillside. It was very much a journey winding back in time. To my eyes, the blackness took on a luminosity and everything took on a merging of literal with metaphor. Underground and Underworld were present in how sides of the tunnel were smooth and warm to touch, even as they felt uterine.

We stopped.

She was silent for a bit.

Still calmly, yet confidently speaking out of the nothingness, she asked us to stand shoulder to shoulder and face in the direction of her voice. After a pause, she said:

Ce que vous allez voir n’a pas change depuis vingt mille ans.
(What you are going to see has not changed in twenty thousand years.)


She switched on the lights and before us…..

To my left, our fellow student, Juanita cried out:

My God, I’m having a mystical experience!

The heart of Silence collapsed.

In that illumination, I too was opened to a numinous awe of Eternal Beauty. No language, sound, nor art can fully describe my rapture. In those moments, I knew, yet Remembered too, a seamless surface and depth, an Immanent Transcendence. My awareness was one of both being and seeing. By this I mean that it included who I am, was and will be. Because of this initiation, I know Eternity because I have remembered that I am Eternity.


Within a 45 minute tour to Font-de-Gaume, a perfectly functioning Western education grounded in Newtonian science was decisively dissolved. In a flash, I had suddenly died, transformed and been reborn into an accidental Cro-Magnon/Neanderthal heretic.

The transformation did not end as we left the cave. Re-emerging into the upper world of the 20th century, I enjoyed a simultaneous seeing and feeling into all the life around me. I could sensually feel the historical and geological ages beneath my feet. Those layers themselves rested upon, as if rooted into a timeless symbolic ground. I understood the shapes, colors, motions and intentions of each tree, bird, plant, breeze. I knew how the underlying summer’s pattern within and around us in-formed all events. In the Depths of it all, hummed a constant and faithful Silence.


For the next 4 days, my wholeness continued. Paula and I were also trying to conceive our first child. The love-making of those days was of the same Depths where we were husband and wife participating in life, human, divine, animal. Though I have started to write about those days now, at that time, I did not speak about my experience to anyone.

The rest of our time in France, I worked on a song to better integrate and share it. I had been reading a lot of Alan Watts and stories from Zen. I chose the word, Satori, for the song title. Satori in Zen means awakening. In the closing days, I had an odd bookend to the journey. I went for a walk at night alone. It was a starry night and I rounded a corner to see a yard strewn with Gallo-Roman and medieval fragments of sculptures. What caught my eye was a marble head that seemed to be pushing upward out of the ground. Its face appeared to be gazing at the heavens above. The Star-gazer prompted me to complete the song by making it a koan, which is a word puzzle given to throw open the cages of the mind. What is the sound of one hand clapping?, for example. So, a bit grandiose, but it goes like this:


Satori
See how slowly summer turns
To her own completion?
Bring your piercing Reason and seek this hidden Love.
It’s quick as light!
It’s quick as Light!
Silent river, peaceful song
Mocking your confusion,
Feel your true Emotion and seek this hidden Love.
It’s quick as Light!
It’s quick as light!
Reach and touch your own hand.

IMMANENT AND TRANSCENDENT FUNCTIONS

In my definition of Immanent Function, I mention C. G. Jung’s, Transcendent Function. His Transcendent Function was how he described the complementary union of consciousness with the unconscious. I can offer an example of it by sharing a dream that encouraged me to go with Paula to France that summer of 1986 with the Loceys.

Earlier in the year, the Loceys had invited us to join them for the program, but I was wavering. Paula and I talked about it, but there was no clear sense of direction. A few weeks after the invitation, I dreamed a dream in which Paula was asking me about the trip. It was one of those dreams where you speak of things that seem normal in the dream, but on waking, they seem quite mysterious. The dream conversation entered into subjects that included architecture, painting, money. At the end of it in the dream, she kissed my temple and said, “Well, we should go then.” I woke up and told her that I think we need to go based on the dream. This is how the Transcendent Function works. The conscious and unconscious team up together for the greater wholeness.

Transcendent Function is not imagined as a collective experience, nor do any ecosystems, stars, nor seasons of the year appear. In the Jungian literature, the union of day and night minds is limited to the therapeutic relationship where the analysand learns interior soul guidance — individuation. Michael and Lenita Locey were and still are professors who deeply love each other. They loved their work. When the students around them rose to the occasion to become a unified whole, magic would happen. So, I was not alone. Juanita was also opened. I am not sure who else was, but to this day, the guides who work at Font-de-Gaume call this kind of initiatory opening, La Revelation.

The unified becoming together that is seamlessly woven into all life is Immanent Function. It’s an ecopsychological step because of the participation of Earth.

VULNERABLE POTENCY, POTENT VULNERABILITY 


Font-de-Gaume left me with a task that I am completing with this essay. In Ohio, in 1986 the only books that came close to describing my experience were Carlos Castenada’s. His were all drug-induced which were of little use because I come from a family in the 12 Step movement. In 1989, I found some bread crumbs that led to Phallos: Sacred Image of the Masculine, by Eugene Monick. His life’s work was vital to my task. You will learn about it below. It turned out that he also had La Revelation at Font-de-Gaume. I didn’t know this when I met him, but learned about it when I asked him about a paleolithic drawing in one of his books.

Dr. Eugene Monick was a Jungian Episcopal priest. His efforts were to empower humanity, especially men, to separate masculinity from patriarchy. He encouraged a renewal of embodied sacred manhood via the recovery of a forgotten image of God in its male form, the erect male organ of sex, that he named, Phallos. In Phallos: Sacred Image of the Masculine, he made the case that axis mundi and shamanic awareness are most needed by men now to draw away from the patriarchal melt-down.

Axis mundi and shamanic awareness were revealed by his own Font-de-Gaume initiation into the 20,000 years old primal ways. He, too, was a reborn accidental Cro-Magnon/Neanderthal Heretic whose Western mind was decisively dissolved. Axis mundi and shamanic awareness were also revealed by dreaming. It was one dream in particular that helped Gene to recollect the lost archetypal image he, himself, needed to separate masculinity from patriarchy. The full account appears in this writing later in the review of literature. He was at a major crossroads of his professional life as vicar at St. Clement’s in New York City. He was also in Jungian analysis with the first Jungian in America, Esther Harding. In his dream, he was on his back with an erection. His feet were up against an immense phallus rising up from the ground. There were other men with him in that same position. Each man held the base of the erect member of the men on either side. In the dream there was such a surge of joy, power, worthiness and confidence that he woke up a changed man. He could feel a new inner strength that carried him forward. As vicar at St. Clements after the dream, he leaned into the job with new vigor and assurance from within – with vulnerable potency.

He was unable to find any description of this kind of experience in any Freudian nor Jungian texts nor in any text of depth psychology, no description of the underpinnings of maleness. He was still able, none the less, to find a photo of a pre-historic Japanese sacred site, Nonakado Stone Circle, that reflected the numinosity of his dream.


Nonakado Stone Circle
https://heritageofjapan.wordpress.com/

He was also able to find accounts in folklore, anthropology and ethnography of the vertical shaft of axis mundi that was the shaman’s method of penetrating the other worlds and returning. He emphasizes this in the lines below. Informing the lines is the deeper, Nonakado-like mythic dream experience that changed his life from within. What led him to encourage men to embrace axis mundi and shamanic ways was that he had done it himself first.

I had the same dilemma with my Font-de-Gaume experience that Gene had with his archetypal masculine dream. Institutional support in the United States for a male’s embodied union with Eternity is yet to be seen. Heterosexual erotic spirituality has never existed in patriarchy. You can imagine what a breath of fresh air it was to read at the opening of Phallos: Sacred Image of the Masculine. Recall he was saying this more than 30 years ago now:


Men need to understand the psychological underpinnings of their gender and their sexuality better than they do. One might think that in a patriarchal society males would grasp the basis of masculine idenity naturally and spontaneously. They usually do not…There is a lack of contemporary Jungian writing about masculine issues in general, and almost nothing, since Erich Neumann’s Origins and History of Consciousness, on the archetypal basis of masculinity…Unless masculinity is differentiated from patriarchy, both will go down the drain together…


To write of archetypal masculinity means to concentrate upon phallos, the erect penis, the emblem and standard of maleness. All images through which masculinity is defined have phallos as their point of reference. Sinew, determination, effectuality, penetration, straightforwardness, hardness, strength — all have phallos giving them effect. Phallos is the fundamental mark of maleness, its stamp, its impression. Erection points to a powerful inner reality at work in a man, not altogether in his control. The inner reality may be different from a man’s conscious desires at a given time. Phallos is subjective authority for a male, and objective for those who come into contact with him. That’s what makes phallos archetypal. No male has to learn phallos. It presents itself to him, as a god does. (p.6)

Five foundational ideas pertaining to phallos as defined by Eugene Monick are:

Patriarchy is not the same as masculinity and must not be equated with it. It is not necessary to diminish or subordinate masculinity as one draws away from patriarchy, quite the opposite.

Phallos is sacred to men as the manifestation of the inner self. “Hierophany,” Mircea Eliade’s term for “a manifestation of the sacred” describes the holiness of phallos to men. It is a key to understanding the experience.

Phallos is co-equal with the feminine in origination and is god in its masculine form.

Both solar (sun, light, spiritual) and chthonic (underworld, instinctual, lunar) are sacred and essential to masculinity…to judge one as superior and the other as inferior is, at the least, misleading.

The shadow of phallos, its negative and destructive element, is present in both solar and chthonic phallos.

For the mindfield of collective consciousness to merge with the planet, it requires more than having the meeting place be outside where the participants can forest bathe when they feel tired. There are flashes of planetary merging hinted at in the examples above from Bill Russell, Chris Bache, Jorge Ferrer, Jaworski, Bohm, Maciuszko, and me. I created a mash-up out of the examples with some helping conjunctions, conjugations and punctuation:

You are aroused and even the sensate world unveils herself delighting to be seen and truly appreciated. The heart flutters in erotic communion as the mind becomes unusually spacious and clear. One not only knows all of the others by heart, but also all those who oppose, and they all know you. You forget where you are, forget everything and are transported somewhere else.

The full experience came out of Font-de-Gaume:

Re-emerging into the upper world of the 20th century, I enjoyed a simultaneous seeing and feeling into all the life around me. I could sensually feel the historical and geological ages beneath my feet. Those layers themselves rested upon, as if rooted into a timeless symbolic ground. I understood the shapes, colors, motions and intentions of each tree, bird, plant, breeze. I knew how the underlying pattern of summer within and around us in-formed all events. In the Depths of it all, hummed a constant and faithful Silence.

For the next 4 days, my wholeness continued. Paula and I were also trying to conceive our first child. The love-making of those days was of the same Depths where we were husband and wife participating in life, human, divine, animal.

RE-CLAIM HUMAN NATURE

I heard Gene tell the following story a number of times when he presented. His recollection was about when he kept an office for Jungian practice in Philadelphia. At one point, he was invited to volunteer his skills to help in an urban neighborhood. One day, a man came in seeking Gene’s guidance. When Dr. Monick asked him, he replied, I’m having trouble with my nature. Gene had never heard that expression before so he asked the man to please repeat what he had said? My nature! I’m having trouble with my nature! Still no good. Gene replied, I don’t understand what you mean. What do you mean by your nature? To that, the man pointed at his genitals. Oh! Your Nature! I get it!

I share this story now to make the case that if our collective consciousness is ever going to get right with Nature, it will have to include our nature. What follows now is a post-Jungian ecopsychology by way of the Monickian opus on Phallos. This includes bringing the work forward, but also taking it to a next stage of development.

Towards New Consciousness

Eugene Monick called patriarchal culture, Present Consciousness. He named his goal, New Consciousness. In 1987, he wrote:

Axis mundi is the ancient image needed by men today as they experience the disintegration of patriarchal Present Consciousness. Surrender to reemerging matriarchy is not the solution, either cultural or personal. It is regressive and will produce, eventually, a stringent reemergent patriarchal attitude in vain defense of masculine identity. There is no need for males to fear females and act out such fear as tyrant or slave once a primary-process inner connection with phallos is engaged and dependably functional. Axis mundi, suggesting the rigorous, precarious heroism of the shaman, is just the ticket. (p76 in Phallos: Sacred Image of the Masculine)

Gene got the ancient image right. However, he was unable to unbind Axis mundi from the image of a flat-Earth found in the Ptolemaic geocentric cosmology of our ancestors. Their flatlands are not ours. Their mundus was a wide disk supported by pillars. For each culture, the axis was the central mound, mountain, tree, city, sacred ritual center — The Hill. In the Bible, for example, one headed ‘up’ to Jerusalem and ‘down’ on the way home. Our orbis is a turning, orbiting sphere. Our axis mundi is not only a bi-polar centerline of balance. It also gives a sense of direction like that of a gyroscope that can hold its attitude due to its gravity and spin. His New Consciousness is planetary. It is of balanced cultures living with a galactic cosmology of the emerging participatory world view. (We have to come down off the Hill.)

There was a main sticking point for Gene as a Jungian to make the full transition out of the heaven above-Earth below, geocentric mental habits. Certainly, one brand of stuckness was due to his years of priestly ritual based on the Bible’s flat Earth. However, there was a second sticking point that tends to be a mental habit of those who follow C. G. Jung’s use of the two-dimensional mandala for their image of the Self. (Mandala is Sanskrit for circle.) The Jungian Self is both the psychologically organizing center and whole of the human psyche. When you look at the geometry of a planetary sphere versus a flat-world circle , the advantages of using a 3-dimensional spherical Self image are unexpected and surprising.

GEOMETERS MAY ENTER HERE

This is the front cover of Dane Rudhyar’s book, Rhythm of Wholeness. The picture on the cover over-lays the two dimensional circle of the yinyang above the three dimensional sphere of our planet. This picturing that presents three dimensional planetary reality as a two dimensional flat circle is misleading. It causes mental cramps to experience three dimensional emotional, embodied, ensouled reality with two dimensional images. It is possible, however, to use a two dimensional symbol as a stepping stone from which to move into the more comprehensive wholeness of three dimensions to which it refers.

The yinyang, according to the I-Ching, was originally inspired by observing the moon’s 8 phases from the darkness of the new moon to the illumination of the full moon and back again into darkness. It describes the rhythm and the relationship of complementary opposites that symbolize the living pulse of the Tao. The Earth, too, has this kind of rhythm; the changes of day and night and the four seasons of the year. Rudhyar’s invitation in the book is for the reader to learn how to be in balanced relationship with the embodied wholeness of the planet. He is referring to a bi-polar, seasonally affected humanity that is seamlessly woven with the depths of the cosmos.

However, a two-dimensional circle (mandala):

does not equal a voluminous, three dimensional rotating and revolving planetary sphere with its own turning, “revolutionary” moon.

In Indigenous wisdom, the mandala for Earth is the Medicine Wheel:

Though it appears flat to us, there is an above and below implied due to how the sun in the northern hemisphere is always in the south. To older cultures, the Wheel has an above the south and a beneath in the north. Plato shares this same way of seeing the world. It is an automatic assumption of what geometry calls, a Z axis of depth that accompanies the vertical Y axis and the horizontal X axis of three dimensional reality.) Plato’s Timaeus explains what is called the celestial equator and the ecliptic. The ecliptic is the sky path that the sun, moon and planets appear to follow. The ecliptic passes above (south) and below (north) the surface. In Timaeus, where the celestial equator and ecliptic join together in the form of the Greek letter, Chi. (x)

So, reading the yinyang from the Indigenous perspective makes for a 3D image with X, Y, and Z axes, like so:



The assumption of the Western mind when looking at the Indigenous mandala of Earth through the lens of the yinyang generally looks like a 2D circle with only X and Y axes, like this:

A circle with an X axis and a Y axis is not the same as a sphere with an X axis, Y axis and Z axis. They are different because a sphere has an added degree of freedom that a circle lacks. Find below short geometry lessons on the relationship between the two dimensional surface of a mandala and the three dimensional surface of a sphere when both share the same diameter. This is followed by a short description of early 20th century art that expressed 4 dimensions. Four dimensional space has another degree of freedom called the W axis, the axis of time.

With 2, 3, and 4 dimensions in mind, there is one more step of the pre-teaching. There are 2 clips about the 4th and 5th dimension. (Just to let you know, my website makes the videos seem smaller.)

If it is helpful to consider, then I invite you in. If your usual sense of expansiveness feels nailed down or confined by these short pre-teachings, then, it’s ok to skip over it to the section, Opening Up Entering In.

For you who are curious:

In Jungian parlance, shadow means all elements of our wholeness that are psychologically neglected, forgotten, ignored, erased, shunned, cursed, cut-throat, titanic, condemned, arrested, denied, refused, medicated, repressed, avoided, hated, dead, imprisoned, abandoned, degraded, not-good-enough-to-keep, weak, framed, blamed, aborted, killed, buried, betrayed, misunderstood — unconscious! There are more adjectives I could add. My intention is to make this next point that what first appears as shadow, when you unwrap it, holds an astounding mass of unlived, undeveloped raw potential.

A sphere helps us imagine all our buried treasures. Already, at the start, an idea such as, the surface of a sphere is four times its shadow, opens up three more mandalas where there used to be only one. Your wholeness is three times more expansive that you are aware, especially the three directions of past, present and future.

This awareness is important because shadow here means shallow. Unconsciousness implies awareness fixed on a shallow, dim outline or covering. Shadow as shallow is a caricature that hides as it hints at, that masks the deeper truth it simultaneously reveals. It is due to shallowness that we cut off regions of our psychological totality and refuse relationships with them. Fullness begins by considering four times the meaning in what your current shallow, “flat,” mind has treated as the whole of you and all those around you too.

A 2-dimensional shadow seen from the side is a narrow, one dimensional line. Thomas Berry described this kind of narrow shadow as: Since the industrial revolution, the human mind has been placed within the narrowest confines it has experienced since consciousness emerged in the Stone Age.

This is an update of Plato’s Cave.

The surface of a sphere is 4 times its shadow.

Becoming Together and Synchronicity 

Joseph Campbell’s 1968 Masks of God: Primitive Mythology has an excellent description of becoming. Becoming is one of the gifts of the power of myth. It comes as a result of being willing to enter into the play of ritual space. He tells a story of a child who bothers her hard-working father in his study. He gives her 3 burnt match sticks to play with. Over time, she imagines the matchsticks into persons, one of them is a witch. As time passes further, suddenly she screams and runs to her father. She begs him to take the witch away because it is bad. The burnt matchstick was transformed from make-believe witch into a psychological reality. A matchstick became a witch.


A friend who is a Civil War re-enactor in the Ohio 8th Infantry of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) told me that one of the most powerful experiences in a re-enactment is when time shifts and it all becomes real. He said they call it, Seeing the Elephant. A man enters into the performance of an event and over time, it becomes real as he turns back to see his friend get shot crossing the creek.

I was in a sweat lodge with the intention to finding a new way forward in my life. At the end of the 3rd round dedicated to the direction of the East, I was stretched onto the ground feeling my heart beat against it. Suddenly, I became a stone. Alex, my mentor at that time, recognized the value and encouraged me to stay with it and learn by being. I am still being nourished by knowing how it feels to be a living stone. Other names for becoming are shape-shifting, somatic transfiguration, identifying with, and knowledge by identity. The various names indicate the profoundest form of knowing. Thou art That, is a description of how this experience feels when you become the Mystery.


Synchronicity is C. G. Jung’s term for the ways the union of the conscious and unconscious coincide with outer events in life. Meaningful coincidence is a thumbnail definition. In my story, there is a synchronistic significance to know that I am a living stone and the end of the 3rd round. In the Lakota tradition, that moment after the 3rd round and before the 4th is the turning point when the tears of sorrow become the tears of laughter. It is the time of the Sacred Clowns. I know from experience how at times a major life change, I can expect to be visited by the beings the Lakota call, Heyoka, the Thunders, and water-healers. Synchronistic becomings are deep well springs that have carried me forward for decades. They are not bound by spacetime.


Becoming is the reality of myth. Our mental capacity is used in service to a reality with more degrees of freedom than 3 dimensional reality. The same expanded capacity is used in quantum physics. The full experience of mind is usually reduced to 3 dimensions when we need to focus. Paying bills on time, showering, shaving, driving a car, getting groceries, picking up the kids, mowing the lawn, painting the house, going to work, coming home, doing dishes, all need the clear focus of a mind held to 3 dimensions. If 3D focus is a choice, it is a gift. If your mind cannot imagine any deeper potential than going to work, coming home, doing the dishes, etc., Indigenous wisdom calls this kind of mind, the suicide level. The gifts of becoming are that the expanded mind keeps you alive, especially when the routine you have falls apart.

In a becoming together, also known as an as-if experience, the literalism of the 3 dimensional reality does not go completely away. You are fully aware that the event is happening in a sacred space, in a time out of time, a time between, liminal.

An example of becoming together was when Alex felt what was happening and encouraged me to stay with my experience. We were there in the sweat for the happiness of all beings, not just for ourselves. Had he been filming it with a Go-pro, it would look like me laying on the ground not a big rock with a heart-beat. He saw Chris Reynolds stretched out in the lodge with his 3D awareness. Because he understood sacred space, he entered into the mythology of the ritual . When I told him I am a stone, he did not correct me and tell me the fact of the matter is that a person cannot be a stone because that is impossible and that real science proves it.

Being able to live well with both ways with your mind is embodied by the firekeeper in an Indigenous ritual. That person holds the line between the spaces for the good of both. My friend, Neil, was at this sweat lodge too as firekeeper. In fact, he was hunkered down in the rain and darkness near the fire. If someone would have stumbled into the ceremony, Neil would have put himself between that intruder and the sacred space. Anything that attempts to enter sacred space has to come through the fire-keeper first.

Conversely, had I suddenly jumped up in living stone possession wanting to proclaim some new revelation to the neighborhood, Neil would know I am speaking in myth but planning to go where 3 dimensional humility and respect for others are the rule of law. In that case, Neil would tell me I am not a stone and that it is rude to head out a-preachin’ to people who didn’t ask for it.

Sadly, I think the Cane Ridge revivals included becoming together but with no water-pourer elder, no fire-keeper, no Earth-based integration. Barton Stone named Christian becomings – exercises. Here’s more from Mansfield’s Lincoln’s Battle with God:

“…years later in his autobiography, Stone catalogued the unusual manifestations that were common at Cane Ridge. There was the “falling exercise” in which a person would, with a piercing scream, fall like a log on the floor, earth or mud and appear to be dead. Then, there was the phenomenon called, “the jerks.” Stone insisted that in this manifestation, a man’s head would be jerked backward and forward or from side to side so quickly that the features of the face could not be distinguished. “I have seen the person stand in one place and jerk backward and forward in quick succession, their head nearly touching the floor behind and before.” There was also the “dancing exercise,” the “barking exercise,” in which “a person affected with the jerks, especially in his head, would often make a grunt or a bark, if you please, from the suddenness of the jerk.” There was the “laughing exercise.” Understandably there was the “running exercise” in which persons feeling something of these bodily agitations, through fear, attempted to run away. More pleasant was the “singing exercise” which came from a person in a very happy state of mind, singing entirely from the breast.

Based on what I have learned, I think my sweat lodge experience is a lot like what Barton Stone called the “falling exercise” without the screaming. The difference for me was having a ritual space to enact Immanent Function through Earth-honoring ways.

An equally important difference between my lodge experience and a Cane Ridge experience is due to the difference between the Indigenous world view and the Christian world view as regards human beings. In my experience of becoming a stone, though I was nourished by a healing power far more ancient and larger than me, it simultaneously felt like I was learning a fact about myself that had always been true. At Cane Ridge, when the Spirit fell upon the people, they were told they being saved by a power higher than them to which they had to submit. A human soul did not include such a virtue.

The difference here has to do with participation. When I told Alex, “I am a stone,” he did not respond in Cane Ridge-style: “Submit to the Almighty Power of the Great Stone of Heaven because you are nothing!” He encouraged me to be in and of the stone, that is, to participate.

Note how Barton Stone’s description of the exercises above lacks any information at all from the participants. Each and every person who fell like a log in the mud or jerked or sang or ran or barked was realizing an inner fact already present but unrealized, already embedded in a larger family, clan, already in a sacred ecosystem. Though it was a simultaneously more ancient and larger reality, they were also of that reality.

Whether there is virtue by nature always present in a human being or if virtue has to be introduced from an outside source is an old struggle in Western culture. It was Socrates’ argument with the Sophists. For Socrates, a teacher brings out or ‘leads out’ (educare) inner virtue. For the Sophists, a person has to submit to the instruction to obtain virtue human souls lack. Indigenous wisdom sides with Socrates.

WHAT IS THE IMAGE?

In his Collected Works, Jung makes the case using the concept of synchronicity that the Self is not bound by time. This would make any Jungian mandala of the Self a four dimensional psychological idea. When Jung uses a mandala, even though he apparently draws a two dimensional circle, his ideas belong to a hypersphere or a four dimensional sphere.

Mandala by Jung in Red Book

This is important to know. It can be helpful to recall that Jung lived at a time when artists worked hard to conceive of showing four dimensions using the flat two dimensional surface of a painting. Jung’s mandalas belong to this constellation of creators.

I am aware of Jung’s own dismissal of his art as Art. There is a famous inner-dialogue he had. He recounted:

When I was writing down these fantasies, I once asked myself, ‘What am I really doing? Certainly this has nothing to do with science. But then what is it?” Whereupon a voice within me said, “It is art.” I was astonished. It had never entered my head that what I was writing had any connection with art. Then I thought, “Perhaps my unconscious is forming a personality that is not me, but which is insisting on coming through to expression.” I knew for a certainty that the voice had come from a woman. I recognized it as the voice of a patient, a talented psychopath who had a strong transference to me. She had become a living figure within my mind. Obviously what I was doing wasn’t science. What then could it be but art? It was as though these were the only alternatives in the world. That is the way a woman’s mind works. I said very emphatically to this voice that my fantasies had nothing to do with art, and I felt a great inner resistance. No voice came through, however, and I kept on writing. Then came the next assault, and again the same assertion: “That is art.” This time I caught her and said, “No, it is not art!

Current quantum string theory posits ten+ dimensional reality. At the start of the 20th century, the concept of a 4th dimension of time was just becoming conscious. I think we do well to give Jung’s inner woman’s prophetic voice her due. Though he is chauvinist and harsh calling her a talented psychopath with a strong transference, she was, in fact, prescient as regards what has unfolded historically. When Jung spoke of this, he admits a temptation to leave psychology and go live in some garret in Paris. Both points of view have proven their worth. They can both be heard now, for many consider Jung’s mandalas and creative writing in The Red Book to be art as well as depth psychology.

STARS BEHIND THE BLUE

Cezanne’s Pigeon Tower at Bellevue
Source: Creative Commons


In Paris at the 1907 Cezanne Retrospective, a new way of art making came forth that implied a 4th dimension of time and multiple depth perspectives present in the moment we experience as now. The painting above, The Pigeon Tower at Bellevue, expresses a reality that is only possible by simultaneous seeing from multiple points of view. One of the points of view is airborn, looking down at the tower from above it.

I apologize ahead of time about introducing the 4th dimension and its W axis in what comes next. I ask that you relax into it. The W is what you already have been doing your entire life. The W axis unites your daytime “I” and your nighttime “I.” The “I” of the daytime, the person you are as your read this is the direction called upward that generally lives in a flow of time with a present that has a past and a future. It is the direction of one who is infinitely One. You say in the morning, “I had a dream.” Last night’s dream is in the past for you. But, at night, the dream has you. Not only that, but in the dream, all the persons, animals, etc. are your own wider psychological wholeness. Your “I” is just one of the players in the play. Your dreaming I where one who is infinitely Many lives is in the downward direction of the W axis.

When you learn to make sense of your dreams and begin making choices based on them, you gain degrees of freedom that are the gifts of the W axis. The common name for this access to time is intuition. You say of this freedom that you have a hunch, you feel it in your gut, or in your bones. In depth psychology, this is Transcendent Function.

Look again at the union of the 2 points of view in Pigeon Tower. They are simultaneous and separated depth perceptions in curved spacetime. This is the beginning of how to include the W axis to 3 dimensions. If you would have to literally move to see from both points, this is to add the downward direction of the W axis.

The liberation from the depth perspective of single time-locked point of view, a move from 3 dimensional seeing to 4 dimensional seeing – 2 points in different spaces and times as a now, is the new degree of freedom of expression. The freedom he gained in the four dimensional uses of color to express volume and form both prompted Picasso to describe Cezanne as, father of us all. You can track those lines of development through what followed.

Picasso’s Three Musicians
Source: MoMA, NYC

This is Pablo Picasso’s cubist painting, The Three Musicians. In Cubism, first developed by Picasso with Georges Braque, the method of expressing the fourth dimension of time occurs because the painter imagines that he is set free from time and is able to be in all locations at once. You, the observer, are spread through the curves of spacetime to different points of view while looking at the players and their dog under the table. In this 4D image, you are standing simultaneously in locations in front, behind, on all sides, seeing from multiple points of view a moment that unites past, present and future — reality apprehended all at once.

Notice the sheet music on the music stand. A three-dimensional “you,” locked into a sequence of moments in time, would not be able to see both sides of the music stand at once. However, a 4D “you” sees not only front and back of the music stand, but also from points of view all around, all at once. This is how you can imagine the W axis joining vertical, horizontal, and depth in its unity. You can count it yourself, but I am able to make out 14 points of view in Three Musicians. Fourteen in the downward direction

Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase
Source: Creative Commons

In his Nude Descending a Staircase, Marcel Duchamp approaches the question of time by having the point of view of the painter be a stationary axis around whom time unfolds all at once. This is like time-lapse photography, but time does not occur in a series, it happens all at once. Once again, points in past, present and future are apprehended as a whole and immediate four dimensional now. Once again, the W axis. — Upward to seventeen.

I want to acknowledge that if Cezanne’s freedom from a single time-locked cell of perception made him, father of us all, then, Duchamp’s freedom of the cells of perception in a single human body, makes him mother of us all.

There is a Russian fairy tale in which the hero gets help from a wise old woman who turns him into a pin and sticks him to the wall. She does this to teach him to listen in what is a vertical vision quest. This, too, is Duchamp’s view. Feel/know/perceive all times in the interior of all spaces of yourself.

To review, the W axis has two directions just as the X, Y, and Z axes in geometry. There is an infinity towards One — upward (ana in Greek) and an infinity towards Many– downward. (kata in Greek) Those two directions are in the paintings above. Downward is moving in the direction of the many points of view. Cezanne’s Pigeon Tower has its simultaneous 2 points of view. They are, however, a single point in the downward direction of the W axis — I am two. The Three Musicians, with its multiple points of view in the space around the subjects is a further downward — I am Fourteen. 

The upward is moving in the direction of infinite One. The single viewpoint that sees the motion of the nude walking down the stairs, 17 steps, is a point along the upward direction of the W axis — Seventeen am I.

At first, wrapping your head around a W axis upward or downward makes for a WTF moment. Remember. Human beings have an inborn species wisdom. Though unusual at first, things simplify when you recall that the W axis is our natural capacity. W axis is a way to think about it dreaming and consciously take them up. You can gain an extra degree of freedom.

The “I” of daytime mind is an experience of All with One.  — It includes a point on the upward direction of the W axis with X, Y, and Z. The nighttime mind is an experience of One with All. In dreams, we are among our own complexes, ancestors, archetypes, etc. The nighttime ‘I’ is a role you play in the theater below – downward.

Our minds are focused in the day. They unbind from time during the night. Learning how to unite the two halves of a mind is a major life task. I repeated above that Jung named the ability to unify two minds. Transcendent Function. My two minds unified when I dreamed Paula kissed my temple, woke up and Remembered and then used Memory to assist my Will. Unifying Memory and Will opened life to France. The most pivotal journey of my life was guided by an intuition about the future. Along the W axis, I moved downward where dreaming has us.

Our Western tradition describes the psychologically experienceable Infinite One upward as The Father. This is a way to describe the Will and Imagination. The Infinite Many downward is The Mother. This is a way to describe Memory and Remembrance.

Salvador Dali’s Sacrament of the Last Supper
Source: Creative Commons

As a bridge to mandala as hypersphere, Salvador Dali’s Sacrament of the Last Supper uses the structure of a four-dimensional cube — a hypercube. Here again is the idea of experiencing past, present and future all at once using geometry. Inside four dimensions, Dali is inviting us to imagine that when the Eucharist is celebrated, it simultaneously merges with that moment of the Last Supper in Jerusalem, with the entire life of Christ, and the the future. Dali used the hypercube repeatedly. During a time when he hoped to re-animate Catholic imagery like the Madonna and Child, the Crucifixion, and others. This is a one seeing many from its axial single viewpoint, so W axis upward. I think there are 12 times aligned here. Twelve am I.

To complete Gene’s work with Phallos, it’s helpful to know how to imagine four dimensions expressed as two and then imagine phallos as a four+ dimensional reality. It can also be useful to know the geometry that can lead your mind from a circle of two dimensions to a sphere of three. Phallos is X, Y, Z, and W axes embodied.

EARS RINGING, HEADS HUMMING

It is from the three dimensional sphere that the planetary hypersphere of New Consciousness might synchronistically drop like an apple of awakeneing into the hand. The next clip is a moving image that invites us into a view of the 4th dimension from the 5th. In my own experience over the years, 5 dimensional awareness comes as ringing in my ears. Usually, one ear, but sometimes both. The soundless Sound tends to highlight very precise moments and acts as an existential highlighter. My intuition is that this way of perceiving is not visual as we understand it, but we can use images to offer the likeness. Synaesthesia which is a blending of the senses, seeing sounds, tasting colors, feeling goosebumps when someone speaks the truth, then, lives comfortably as 5 dimensional perceiving. As odd as it seems, hear/see, taste/watch, smell/observe, feel/think, the clip below – watching is ok too!

Human interaction with 5 dimensional consciousness is described in the film, Interstellar, as communicating with they, or Bulk Beings. Five dimensional expanded awareness also represents the future human – They is us. They are us. We is them. We are us.

There are other authors who took on the task of developing human intellectual flexibility, fluency, and comprehension of 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, dimensions. Edwin Abbott Abbott’s 1884, Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, is an excellent example. I’ve put a great deal of time in considering the 6th dimension. My hunch is that it is a direction associated with water – in particular, the water that frees us from all stuckness and dryness. The tears of awe, of love, of grief, of breakdown and breakthrough. The best depiction I know of this is in the film, Contact. This is a 6D+ experience of the Living Water of Life.  I think the Tarot card, Temperance, carries this same Message as regards the embodied Beauty, Truth, Goodness that moves you to tears.

My Uncle died and returned in a Near-death Experience. He reported red and blue light, but predominantly white light in the other world. I think this light is of the 7D+ dimension. It’s degree of freedom is, would you like to participate in the magnifying of Beauty? I am aware that there are getting to be a lot of dimensions. Einstein’s gift is that we are already herethen, thernow. You don’t have to do anything to earn them. You can work for discernment in experience and in recognition.

This is a kind of map of the territory we now enter. As a map, it is not the experience, however, when you are in the experience, it helps.

OPENING UP ENTERING IN

In Phallos: Sacred Image of the Masculine, Dr. Monick described his quest for some kind of psychological affirmation of his stone circle dream. He went seeking using its vertical axis and was then able to pull together a spread out array of images. His list included trees, mountains, poles whirlwinds, standing stones, even the famous 180 foot Cerne Abbas Giant with its 36 foot erection. Unfortunately, the felt-support of his phallos dream that he described as the psychological underpinnings of masculinity was almost absent in the psychoanalytic movement. There was not much. After a lot of reading all his published works, Monick found that Jung used the feminine term, anima mundi quite often when describing archetypal masculinity. Axis mundi, holy spirit or spiritus mundi, though you find it as a key co-author in psychological events, Jung attributes both roles to anima mundi acting alone. Gene observed:

Axis mundi is not an easy image to work with, since Jung, at least in his published work, did not mention the term. Not so anima mundi, to which Jung gave great attention and importance. Jung wrote, “It is clear from a number of texts that the alchemists related their concept of the anima mundi on the one hand to the world soul in Plato’s Timaeus and on the other to the Holy Spirit, who was present at the Creation and played a role of procreator, impregnating the waters with the seed of life, just as later, he played a similar role in the obumbratio (overshadowing) of Mary.”

This passage is taken from Jung’s long treatise on Mercurius, who was called, by one of Jung’s alchemical sources, the anima mundi itself. There can be no doubt that the process that Jung describes here, in its Holy Spirit aspect, is masculine. The choice of such words as procreator, impregnating, seed and ‘the overshadowing of Mary’ so indicate. Later in the paragraph, Jung comments that “here again matter and spirit are identical,” a reflection of the psychoid quality of the Mercurical presence in the unconscious. The active words used in the quotation point to the involvement of phallos.

Jung used the term, anima mundi, to describe masculine participation in creation, a situation which leads to the confusion in psychoanalytic thinking I have addressed in this work. (Phallos, p. 72)

The Dreaming Shaft of Radius Mundi

Gene claimed axis mundi as the masculine archetypal ground necessary to underpin men’s inner and outer relationships with the feminine. He imagined that the feminine had anima mundi as its own archetypal ground. By doing this, he went too far. His solution works for a flat-Earth understanding of patriarchal Present Consciousness. On a flat Earth, the masculine is vertical and the feminine is horizontal. As you saw above, Dr. Monick’s argument with Jung was that Jung seemed to speak out of both sides of his psychological mouth when it came to having any archetypal support for men and their bodies. He recalls to us how in Jung’s published works, the term, axis mundi, as a description of the divine masculine, never occurs.

When Jung did describe archetypes of the divine masculine, his habit was to refer to them mixed together with the archetype of the feminine, anima mundi. Gene drew apart the masculine archetypes; whirlwind, mountain, tree, pole, etc, and to point out that the image behind them was a vertical axis mundi. With full embracing of axis mundi, he urged men that the passage forward was necessarily shamanic.

This was a Promethean task. Personally, he shared how fearful he was as he wrote. Sometimes, he admitted, he had to drink himself into a kind of Dutch Courage, as the old soldiers used to say. Perhaps it is no coincidence that the harm caused by drinking to gain courage to do a difficult task and the punishment upon Prometheus for stealing from the Gods to help humanity both afflict the same blood-cleansing organ. Mythologically, you pay the price of going against the current world view in order to steal a greater dignity for humanity with your own liver.

Dr. Monick’s phallos trilogy: Phallos: Sacred Image of the Masculine, Castration and Male Rage, and Potency: Masculine Aggression as a Path to the Soul, all elaborate on his original statement of axis mundi and shamanic knowing as the proper partners to anima mundi and the rising sacred feminine.

Even more heroic was the risk he took to lift 2500 years of Western demonization from sacred sexuality, both masculine sexuality and feminine sexuality. For there is not a single character in any monotheistic storyline where a male human (using phallos) can meet and make love with his Beloved as a way to know and share together in the numinous rapture of the Divine.

The foundational assumption of Present Consciousness that the vertical masculine is the complement of the horizontal feminine breaks down when what is essentially a two dimensional patriarchal model expands to three dimensions. On the sphere of a planet of New Consciousness, the flat horizontal feminine expands to three dimensional feminine interiority and the thin vertical superior masculine to three dimensional masculine exteriority. On a planet, interiority implies movement inward from the surface towards its axis. Exteriority, then, in order to complement direction from surface to within, goes from inner to outer — from axis mundi to surface.

Both interiority and exteriority, towards or away from the axis of a sphere are descriptions of a radius. To complete Gene Monick’s pathway from Present Consciousness to New Consciousness requires masculine and feminine union and the image to know the difference:

Axis mundi and radius mundi are the ancient, yet future images needed by men, women, all LGBTQ+ today as they experience the disintegration of patriarchal masculine and patriarchal feminine Present Consciousness. Surrender to reemerging matriarchal femininity and matriarchal masculinity is not the solution, either cultural or personal. It is regressive and will produce, eventually, a stringent reemergent patriarchal attitude in vain defense of patriarchal masculine or patriarchal feminine identities. There is no need for males and females and all genders of the LGBTQ+ spectrum to fear each other or act out such fear as tyrant or slave once a primary-process inner connection with one’s own spinal axis mundi and the shaft of radius mundi are engaged and dependably functional. Axis mundi and Radius mundi, suggesting the rigorous, precarious heroism of the shaman, the daily, lunar and seasonal ritual generosity for the happiness of all beings also the passionate and now planetary tantric ritual generosity of sacred sexuality, are just the ticket.

Let us perform, then, what amounts to an alchemical process of separatio, a separation and drawing apart of a prima materia. The first substance in this case is phallos as it was first defined in Phallos: Sacred Image of the Masculine,in 1987.

PHALLOS AS TWO

An important detail absent from Monick’s work with phallos is that phallos, in embodied experience, is not an archetype who limits visitations to our waking hours. During REM sleep when we dream most vividly, not only do our eyes move rapidly, but we men become erect. In fact, a way that psychological impotence can be discerned from biological impotence is by observing a man while he is dreaming. Erection = dreaming. If a man shows REM and no erection, then his potency issues are of a biological nature only.

Ron Reminick notes in his work on the complementary mirroring of male and female bodies that women display a private thickening that includes an equal amount of erectile flesh, blood and nerve endings. A woman inwardly mirrors male erection when she experiences a visitation of the Goddess called, clitoral tumescence. Like men, periods of REM sleep for women can be identified by feminine swelling. The implications are — in the same way that phallos is the archetypal ground for a man’s participation in the masculine image of God, a woman’s participation in the feminine image of Goddess, clitoral tumescence in eros and in dreaming, has her own sacred image of the feminine, an ithyyonic Goddess who joins the ithyphallic God.

I think it is not an over-reach to see this theme in the images of prostrate Shiva and dancing Kali:

Why is Lady Kali whirling and awake?

Is She dreaming?

Why is Lord Shiva erect and motionless?

Is He dreaming?

It is certainly men who labeled the inner members of women’s erection the legs — crura. In publications where clitoral tumescence is defined as including clitoris and crura, authors describe the crura as wings. Wing, in Latin, is cornu. It may be a surprise or maybe not that cornu is also the Latin word for horn. A winged Goddess is a horned Goddess. Horned Goddess returns nicely to the Moon, Hathor. It may come as an even more shocking surprise, but in Our Lady of Guadelupe, her lunar horns are her foundation:

Our Lady of Guadelupe
Source: Creative Commons

It is not my work to Name this feminine image of the Goddess who inversely mirrors Phallos. I can tell you that Beautiful Faces for clitoral tumescence do not appear in the substantial catalogs of images of the Goddess of Marija Gimbutas. In David Gordon White’s thorough Yoga in Practice, 5000 years or more in the Yoga tradition is full of phallos. When the sacred feminine appears, there is plenty of the general term, yoni, but not a single clitoris on the horizon. Our mental habit is yoni = vagina. That is the same as saying phallos = penis. There needs to be swelling, thickening and eros for penis to become phallos. It is the same for yoni. Even the poems of Sappho, the Tenth Muse, her ithyyonia is invisble. If clitoral tumescence is present, it appears in hints.

Update of Hail Mary, The Our Lady

Our Lady, you are Grace and Grace-full.

Your waters nourish all timespace in your Embrace.

Wisdom of Beloveds, Mothers, Daughters, Aunties, Sisters, Cousines, Grandmothers, Great-grandmothers, Friends and Enemies, guide the Dream of Life through Your Delight.

Now and ever-loving, Our Heart’s Horizon’s knowing and co-evolving. Amen

Gornick and Mornan in their 1971, Woman in Sexist Society, brought the issue to the foreground:

Almost from the very beginning of our lives, we are all taught that the primary male sex organ is the penis and the primary female sex organ is the vagina. These organs are supposed to define the sexes, to be the difference between boys and girls…This is a lie…Woman’s sexual pleasure is often left out of these definitions. If people considered that the purpose of female sex organs is to bring pleasure to women, then female sex would be defined by, and focused on, a different organ. Everyone would be taught from infancy, that, as the primary male sex organ is the penis, so the primary female sex organ is the clitoris. (292-293)

Even in the above, the wings are only hinted at. Phallos and penis are confounded.

For many years as an Irish Roman Catholic, I witnessed how the patriarchal feminine was a hierarchy that made for a pecking order. At the top were religious women who were put onto a pedestal. Next came married women with children, especially male children. Beneath them were married women who chose to not have children. Next came divorced women with children, then single, unmarried women. Indigenous women, women of other traditions, and many others seemed below the radar. In the 80’s and 90’s I was at a few retreats where single women without children bemoaned their treatment at the hands of other women. LGBTQ+ was deeply buried, yet often assumed as an element of religious life.

The joyful, Messenger and trickster of Western tradition is Hermes. What often gets forgotten is how the Herm of Hermes is the soul union of spiritual and erotic life. The sexually aroused are also participating in Messages of what is to come. The Herm of Hermes is the swelled body of SpiritEarth and the wind of the sky-mind of life-giving atmosphere.

SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW

Understanding that this image is of the feminine, it is still possible to flesh out a guess of She-who-is-hinted-at using Monick’s Phallos gender-flipped mirror and his Five. This is just a starting point for all who embody the feminine to engage. So, honestly, based on my personal experience, the rising sacred feminine and separating from patriarchal femininity seems just as difficult as separating the masculine from the patriarchal masculine. This section is a sharing of field notes. I created below a reversed mirror of Monick’s writing about the embodied ground of phallos. This is as if the embodied ground were clitoral tumescence:

Women need to understand the psychological underpinnings of their gender and their sexuality better than they do. One might think that in a dying patriarchal society females would grasp the basis of femine idenity naturally and spontaneously. They usually do not….Unless feminity is differentiated from patriarchal femininity, both will go down the drain together.


To write of archetypal femininity means to concentrate upon the archetype of clitoral tumescence, the aroused clitoris and its legs, wings, horns, veils, hood, and mysteries. All images through which femaleness is defined have the archetype of clitoral tumescence as their point of reference. The archetype of clitoral tumescence is the fundamental mark of femininity, its impress, its prominence. (Create 7 qualities that ) all have the archetype of clitoral tumescence giving them effect. Arousal points to a powerful inner reality at work in a woman, not altogether in her control. The inner reality may be different from a woman’s conscious desires at a given time. The archetype of clitoral tumescence is subjective authority for a female, and objective for those who come into contact with her. That’s what makes clitoral tumescence archetypal. No female has to learn the archetype of clitoral tumescence. It presents itself to her, as a goddess does.

Patriarchal femininity is not the same as femininity and must not be equated with it. It is not necessary to augment and superordinate femininity as one draws away from the patriarchal feminine, quite the opposite.

The archetype of clitoral tumescence is sacred to women as the manifestation of the inner self. “Hierophany,” Mircea Eliade’s term for “a manifestation of the sacred” describes the holiness of the archetype of clitoral tumescence to women. It is a key to understanding the experience.

The archetype of clitoral tumescence is co-equal with the masculine in origination and is goddess in its feminine form.

Both solar (sun, light, spiritual) and chthonic (underworld, instinctual, lunar) are sacred and essential to femininity…to judge one as superior and the other as inferior is, at the least, misleading.

The shadow of the archetype of clitoral tumescence, Her negative and destructive element, is present in both Her solar and chthonic forms.

Archetype of Clitoral Tumescence
Source: MGM

Following this path, we can take another clue from one of Jung’s childhood dreams. In the dream, fully written out later in this essay, Phallos, is the main character. Jung dreamed of a giant male member on a throne underground. He was in an underground chamber awe-struck when he heard his mother’s voice beyond him above the ground exclaim, “Yes, look at him. That is the man-eater.”

If Jung’s Lord is underground, then Our Lady would be oversky. Her image, then, is the tornado, whirlwind, twister, cyclone, vortex, about which she might report:

I heard from inside and underground my father proclaim:

“Yes, she sees you! That is the eater-woman!.

With this image, quite a lot falls into place. In the Jungian writings, there is an account he gives of a childhood active imagining that scared him. In his vision he saw a great cathedral-crushing turd crapped from the sky. He assumed it was from the Father on High. It actually resonates better and is funnier if his sky-log came from the Goddess who was returning the favor after centuries of feeling crapped upon by the Church.

Going to the American narratives, it works quite well if Wizard of Oz is a woman’s story of initiation by the Goddess who hides over the rainbow. In Goddess mythology, for many beings of the sacred feminine, like the Greek Demeter or Celtic Maeve, their sacred animal is the pig and boar respectively. Among the threshold scenes in the film, Dorothy falls from the hog-pen fence she was walking. She participates in a fate the sends her downward among the pigs.

Earlier, the themes of her loving heart and her devotion to her dog, Toto, establish that she will risk all to protect him. Toto – The All – is the through-line of her tale. Toto got in trouble and she ran away to save him. Once over the rainbow, Toto finds the new friends, even saves Dorothy. At the end, Toto causes the accident that separates She of the Ruby Slippers, from the less authentic Wizard. With myth, to fall down among the pigs is a marker of the threshold into sacred space. She had entered the Queendom of the Goddess.

I think it’s safe to see the threshold mythologically as a test of the trueness of her heart. A lesser-hearted woman would have not been permitted to proceed further. In that case, in her fall Dorothy would have suffered from bites and attack. However, Dorothy’s heart was true and while it is not filmed, the pigs would have protected her.

Dorothy Gale (Storm)
Source: Creative Commons

Through her adventures, through the witches of the East, West, and North, Dorothy Gale, who inherits the broomstick and the power to move ruby-slippered through spacetime at will, is the Witch of the South. The Twister who comes for her is her own Goddess Vortex Calling. In the traditional Medicine Wheel, East is childhood and South is adulthood. Though her outer life had yet to catch up with her transformation, the inner labors of passing into womanhood were successfully completed.

L. Frank Baum, the author in whose books the orphan, Dorothy Gale, appeared, was not able to allow for an embodied Witch of the South. His tellings of her adult life in no way carry forward her mojo. I think he did get her name right. Dorothy = Gift of God and Gale = Jovial, Rowdy, Merry. In the story, when Dorothy was an infant burst into laughter so loudly that Auntie Em was shaken. I’m confident that if Dorothy had written her own way forward, she would have followed a very Jovial, Rowdy, Merry path.

Pillar of Cloud by Benjamin West
Source: Creative Commons

Finally, if the habit is to claim both parts as masculine, then this logic implies that the biblical Pillar of Cloud is the same jovial, rowdy and merry Goddess who came a hunting for Dorothy Gale to initiate her into her true name, Jovial, Rowdy, Merry, Gift of Goddess.

Anomalous Experiences


For anomalous experiences, the most solid study to enter into the subject, though it plods along at times due to its great care to proceed on solid research-based grounds, is Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence. The American Psychological Association published the first edition in 2000 and the second edition in 2014. Cardena, Krippner and Linn are the editors. The definition they use is: an anomalous experience is any experience that is unusual but not necessarily psychopathological phenomena that may hold great significance for those who have them. The book examines near-death experiences, out-of-body experiences, hallucinations, lucid dreams, mysticism, psi events, and reincarnation.

The title is a tip of the hat to William James’ Varieties of Religious Experience, published in 1905. Anomalous experience is a way to say religious experience when you are afraid to say it. While our culture is rich in material items and powerful in weapons, there have been few cultures the past 20,000 years who have been so spiritually impoverished. In my 30 years as a French teacher in a public school system, some of my most meaningful work was listening to the anomalous experiences in the community, letting the person who shared know he, she, they were not crazy, affirming that such experiences are the most powerful in life, and getting them to the right books to learn more. The book I gave away the most was Patricia Garfield’s, The Dream Messenger: How Dreams of the Departed Bring Healing Gifts.

In high school, my first Teacher with the capital “T” was Mike Hay. Before he came to our school, he died in a car crash, spent time in the spirit world, wanted to stay there, but was told that his work was not done. It makes a huge difference when someone who has been dead talks about what happens when you die! In Tibetan culture, such a person is held in high regard and called a Delok.

STATE OF THE UNION

The New Consciousness that Eugene Monick was striving to establish is an ecologically wise, embodied, enspirited, and also psychological human being, aka. psychoid. Psychoid means like the soul. When all life and our bodies are ensouled, matter, energy and spirit are all merged with the planet. This is Roszak’s ecological ego fully de-colonzied and re-indigenized. As my Font-de-Gaume education taught me, we can live quite delightfully as beings of a planet deep with 5+ dimensional experience.

He proclaimed a gateway for re-entering sacred ways on a sacred planet. His labor was to encourage us to recognize Communion of both spiritual, erotic solitude in self-knowing-delight. He challenged Christians from the pulpit to celebrate the knowing of each other in a Communion of sacred sexuality. He encouraged witnessing the Communion of humanity’s felt intermingling with nature. He worked to answer Jung’s unanswered questions. In his autobiography, Memories, Dreams and Reflections, Jung reflected:

It is a widespread error to imagine that I do not see the value of sexuality. On the contrary, it plays a large part in my psychology as an essential–though not the sole–expression of psychic wholeness. But my main concern has been to investigate over and above its personal significance and biological function, its spiritual aspect and its numinous meaning, and thus to explain what Freud was so fascinated by but was unable to grasp. My thoughts on this subject are contained in “The Psychology of the Transference” and Mysterium Coniunctionis. Sexuality is of the greatest importance as the expression of the chthonic spirit. that spirit is the “other face of God,” the dark side of the God-image.

If phallos is the sacred image of the masculine, the shaft by which a man displays his embodied participation in the masculine presence — Jung’s “dark side of the God-image,” then the shaft by which a woman displays her embodied participation in the sacred feminine presence is the other face of Goddess, the light side of the Goddess-image.

For this shaft to be ensouled, it must be 4 dimensional. What we are being asked to imagine is that when we expand, we are connected to all times and places. We know things about the future of life and its direction. Use the swelling of these 4 dimensional balls as a guide to the fullness we are meant to experience when in the midst of what is an archetypal visitation:

SACRED CLOWNS AND ARCHETYPAL WISDOM

At this moment, I need to write perhaps one of the most important sections of this essay. The full archetypes of Phallos and She-Of-Clitoral-Tumescence are also endowed as the carriers of the most powerful healing energies. These energies are those of the Sacred Clowns who do things backwards, sideways, upsidedown, wrong, and foolish. Their Medicine often derives from thunder and lightning, rain and hail storms, but most deeply from water. They are the balancers of life who clean away what no longer is beneficial and strengthen vitality.

Sacred Clowns
Source: Creative Commons

Here again, the sphere comes to our assistance. On a flat world, beyond and beneath, above and below can never meet. On a sphere, it is only a matter of time before going down starts leading up, when rising up begins to descend. left becomes right, East is West, North is South, and so on.

There is an end to the tears of grief, healing laughter calls us from a place beyond what we thought was the depths of sadness. This is the same healing power as theater’s catharsis through both the tragic and comic. In dreams, ritual, and visionary experience, where these powers are involved, like cures like. A healing dream from feeling emotionally castrated features an even more audacious castration. Since the 4D balls are here on the page, I will share my own Sacred Clown experience.

I cannot emphasize enough that just because a numinous and 4th dimensional experience is going on, it does not guarantee moral authority. It is on the contrary, at that moment of body alert, you are called to a deeper attention to life and your part in discerning the life-affirming from the parasitic. You are on call to participate in an increase in wisdom, a grain of salt. A lifetime of practice goes into learning and honoring your own tumescence. Erotic arousal does not imply moral autopilot. A hard-on is not automatic Jesus or Buddha suddenly appearing as an ethical guide-lamp-post of your body! Ithyonia is not necessarily the unpolluted Wellspring of Kwan Yin, Goddess of Compassion.

What is true is that thickening seems to appear in relationship with the participation in the Dream of Life, thus the Dream of the Earth. You are being awakened. The Dream of Life is here. Which then brings up its contrary, impotence.  In moments that expose your weaknesses and vulnerability, the message seems to be the same. The Dream of Life is here. In this case, in a Sacred Clown code — excruciatingly timed epic failure. The Clowns bring humor, a chance to drop solemnity and choose to move in ways never before imagined. Tumescence, then, can be at its most healing power when it flips and speaks backwards.

In traditional cultures where the Sacred Clowns remain alive, there are names for the power in us that chooses. The Clowns come to teach us lessons about our free will, inner spirit. A heterosexual married Jesuit, John Bryde, who served the Oglala at Pine Ridge shares a form of this axis known as the innermost:

Different tribes might call the value by a different name, but the meaning of the value is the same. The Lengua, for instance, call adjustment to nature “respecting the innermost.”

The innermost to them is not the soul of a person, but rather, it is the source or place inside of our behavior. It is something similar to a conscience. The innermost in a person must be kept in balance by that person and it must be kept in balance with other persons…A good person will have a stable or balanced innermost and will exercise great respect for the innermosts of other persons. The good person will not get even when the innermost is wavy or upset or if there is excitement or anger.

Here is one of my most cherished Clown stories:

In July 1992, I went through a shamanic illness/psychosis. The trigger was singing a song I wrote called, Broken God, during Gene Monick’s talk at the Festival of Archetypal Psychology in Honor of James Hillman.

At one point during the Festival after the trigger, I decided to go golfing. The Festival was at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana where they have a nice golf course. The game was going well and it was a beautiful July afternoon. That is, until I reached the 4th hole.

I teed up my ball and when I drove it, it went straight up into the sun. I lost sight of it. Figuring it had to come down out on the fairway somewhere in front of me, I looked out. Nothing. To my surprise, the ball did not come down. “That’s weird,” I thought. I teed up another and the same thing happened. I sky-ed my ball straight into the sun. Taking it in stride, I put my driver away and walked out and dropped a ball where I figured my balls would have landed had they not been stolen by the thieves overhead.

I finished hole 4 with no futher drama. That is, except for what felt like a circle of pressure pushing down on the top of my head. It felt like a crown of light and heat. This was not a good thing. At the 5th, the same thing happened – two balls sky-ed into the sun. With my halo increasing in intensity, I started walking in the shade and stayed close to the trees.

For the 6th, I resolved to solve this sun issue or go home with no more balls. I shot my last three all up into the sky – no more balls. The light-crown, however was present and increasing. I put my clubs over my shoulder and sulked on back to my room, a defeated golfer with no more balls in his bag.

This is an example of a healing moment under the auspices of the Sacred Clowns. Wisdom comes by reading it sideways, upside down and backwards–most importantly, with a grain of salt and some smiles, if I wrote well. In this cautionary tale about the limits of forcing it, the reason I lost my balls is because I stubbornly chose to continue in the game I had been playing. It’s funny to call the sun, maybe the sky too, a pair of ball-thieves. A more humbling look reveals how I participated in my own symbolic castration. It would have been possible at any point to stop and choose a new direction. There is also the gentle humor of the situation. There are 2 aspects to notice. First, a lesson that I learn by doing and it takes as long as it takes until I get the message. Second, the bawdy sexual humor encoded in the poetry of the events. These are both in the energy field of the Sacred Clowns. In fact, our entire bodies work this same way with poetic symptoms. However, there is a very essential and comic form present when it comes to Phallos. It’s best Gifts are funny.

A great Gift of this ball-losing cautionary tale, reading it backwards, is that it was from this story that I have gotten my balls back. Here, I mean my own testicles and scrotum. Gene did not include them in his original definition of phallos. Privately, one time, he bemoaned how it seemed that every time he spoke of phallos, the question of balls was usually raised by women. At that time, I was still in the process of healing, so I was only able to ask him if there was something about the balls that he had missed?

Now, I can answer that what he missed is the meaning of a seminal work, meaning, truly original brought forth via a man’s individuality. I know that losing my balls at Notre Dame carried a message for me to not lose the value of my own insights in service to another person’s notoriety. To belong to yourself, at first, seems less prestigious compared to appearing on-stage with the famous or belonging to a valorous company. From lost time and lost work I learned that the famous and valorous will never invest much energy in caring for your own seminal gifts. Voltaire called this kind of lesson, travailler pour le roi de Prusse. (working for the king of Prussia)

Next, the most specific guidance I gently receive when I’m in the presence of anyone, any gender, who shares from their true originality, is that my balls move. After a performance or reading, I will be sure to let the person know that I was honored to be in their presence as they shared from their genuine art. ( I don’t say, “Hey, when you were singing, my balls moved.”) So, phallos is certainly the erect manhood in waking and dreaming, and it is also present when it goes absent. With confidence I place the asterisk that phallos is present in the testicles and scrotum to one who is aware of seminal bona fides. I find this to be a reversed masculine mirror, my joyful outward parts that are in an Innuit woman’s poem. She concludes, Earth and the great weather move me, have carried me away, and move my inward parts with joy. I have often wondered if this woman’s joy explains why mostly women asked Gene about the absence of outward parts that move in his understanding of phallos.

Before we spin back forward, when a speaker is speaking with the Holy Spirit in what ever language of her/his/their art form, private thickening is going on beneath the belt. Their was a reason why the old Catholic prayers were named, ejaculations.

The patriarchal bridle upon the soul is just here. It was created so long ago that its origins are now forgotten. The way you harness a people is to bind up their erotic/spiritual expression by condemning the erotic, all the while silent about the full story. Gene Monick taught this in sacred clown style when he would say, I’ve kept my cassock unbuttoned and open due to the subject of this talk.

Synesthetic Experience


The general understanding of synaethesia, also spelled, synesthesia, is a blending of the senses. It is when you see colors or shapes as you listen to music, hear colors, works of art, beauty in nature, and so on. The experience tends to be a delight and to also be a highlighter of Beauty with the capital “B.” I have enjoyed feeling warm chills and other body responses to someone speaking Truth. Another experience I have come across is a ringing in the ears as regards a situation or person who is important to my life, an idea as I think it, a line in a book I read or write. There is an atmospheric shift as well. There are fragrances of roses, lilacs, cedar, sage, sweetgrass, osha, tobacco, gin, whisky.

When a conversation is going well, I have experienced and witnessed what Emerson called becoming a transparent eyeball. Transparent eyeball feels like your head and face are gone and there is a clear, wide field of perceiving. Relationship is key to opening to transparent eyeball reality. My hunch is that Emerson in his eyeball story was walking with another person whose companionship he kept off the page. I am aware that I am pushing the boundaries of the classic see/hear, hear/see, feel/smell, dicotomy, but want to offer these other perceptual shifts that I know from being inside the spacetime of Immanent Function.

My friend , Chris, the recording engineer and music producer with whom I work, was mastering The Magnification. He kept changing the sound on a guitar in the mix. When I asked him how he knew the right sound, he said he goes by taste. He can taste when the guitar is mixed correctly. Based on that, I think our expression of having good taste is code for a life guided by the wisdom of synesthesia

RADIUS MUNDI: THE SHAFT OF PHALLOS AND THE SHAFT OF THE SACRED FEMININE

Radius mundi, as a shared shaft, completes the process that Monick began. For New Consciousness, his encouragement to recover the rigorous, precarious heroism of the shaman, is just the ticket. He knew it to be true by living it. Look again at the stone circle. With his back against the Earth, Gene had aligned his backbone to the axis mundi of the planet. This phallos is the direct experience of Radius Mundi as a shaft of offering fullness. The immense male member was not a man’s, nor a giant’s, nor God’s, but the male member that is the radius mundi of the planet. This is an image of brotherhood of Father Earth, Grandfather Earth, Beloved and Lover Earth.

Why is Earth erect?

Is Earth dreaming?

Is Earth Spirit Dreaming?

Why is Sky whirling?

Is Sky dreaming?

Is Sky Body Dreaming?

However, to update this ultimately phallic-centered heroism for planetary life, we require ideas about shamanic heroism that are generous enough to embrace a rigorous, precarious heroism embodied as feminine, masculine, and all LGBTQ+ gender potentials between.

Axis mundi, thenis to be imagined as the innermost, the backbone, the turning point of our world. That backbone/axis mundi/turning point is a both immanent and transcendent archetype – by definition, beyond complementary categories like male and female, left and right, etc… Human beings with this kind of spine can merge and participate with eternity in all seasons of Earthly life.

I offer here, as a possibility to be considered, the fact that our planet is a magnet with a magnetosphere. A magnet, in French, is called, un amant – a lover. A magnet/lover has a north-seeking pole and a south-seeking pole. Gene Monick and Marion Woodman both arrived at the masculine term, patrix, as the mate of matrix. My proposal is that the axis mundi of a person has polarity, a north-seekingness/south-seekingness, that makes for a pattern of attraction, a magnetic/erotic field of feeling that informs the shaft of radius mundi. In my lifetime, contrary to popular opinion, phallos cannot be faked. In this I have found that men cannot make love with just anyone. Men are not sex-machines. Where phallos has gone absent, only with performance-enhancing drugs or injections might a man force his will against the gentler nature of his own body.

With a magnet/lover axis mundi taking up its role as a turning center of balance, a more complete working hypothesis of axis and radius is:

Phallos: Sacred image of the masculine, other face of God = Radius mundi + Axis Mundi = Patrix


Matrix = Radius mundi + Axis Mundi = She-whose-name-is-yet-to be-spoken: other face of Goddess, Sacred image of the feminine. 

Remember how human being could be reflected in the volume of a planetary sphere turning and orbiting upon an axis mundi. Imagine that we live with backbone literally, even as our entire volume and surface cycle in rhythm and pulse merged with the invisible depths of consciousness that surround us on all sides and are also within.

It is from our own north-seeking/south-seeking Serpent Spine within that we variously embody, literally, metaphorically, and invisibly, all the worlds we are. We can move beyond ourselves to know physically, psychologically, spiritually all the understanding in the symbolism of the beloved couple, phallos and she-whose-name-is-yet-to-be-spoken, as shared radius mundi: the ithyyonic shaft that of receptive emptiness and the ithyphallic shaft of offering fullness.

Earth Prayer

Make me the radius mundi of thy peace

Where there is despair in life, let me co-create hope

Where there is injury, let me co-heal

Where there is doubt, true gnosis

Beloved Grandparents of this Earth

May I ever seek to grow in giving and receiving consolation

To learn to give and receive love wisely

For the good of all beings in past, present and future

May this world be warmer, more loving, surprising, and more humorous


With axis mundi and radius mundi imagined this way, as embedded into the geometry of the volume, the body of a planet, Monick’s rigorous, precarious heroism of the shaman can become a way of full participation whether as the masculine or feminine planetary form and any combination, any They between, within, beyond the two. Dorothy Gale’s journey was definitely shamanic, rigorous, precarious and heroic. New Consciousness is living a life where we are meant to taste the direct knowing of Depths and psychic wholeness, including all the spiritual and erotic faces of God and Goddess illuminating their Dawn.

Wonderful examples of shamanic heroism are Elizabeth Meacham’s 2020 book, Earth Spirit Dreaming: Shamanic Ecotherapy Practices, and Bill Pfeiffer’s 2013, Wild Earth, Wild Soul: A Manual for an Ecstatic Culture.

Here’s Liz:

These magical moments that happen as we re-indigenize Western minds are unexplainable to Western people because the nomenclature and necessary categories of understanding needed for these kinds of knowing are profoundly atrophied. Access to magic is a gift in our DNA from our ancestors, and they cheer us on as we find ways to dance with time out of time. Yet, there is a struggle, and a bit of staggering through as we find our way to a shared language for the emergence of the shamanic experience in Western culture in this time and place. Words that don’t quite fit, or are overused, are the best we can do sometimes.

I have struggled in the past with using the word, ‘shamanic’ to define the experiences that are now regular occurrences for me after years of meditating and making art and music in nature. I did not consciously seek out shamanic experiences and was very resistant to the idea when I realized that my experiences fit best into what this world generally means — and what it now fails to mean because of being so overused outside of indigenized experience community. I did not train with a shaman or seek to become a shaman. I do not consider myself a shaman or think that this book will train others to become shamans. Rather, I think that what we think of as altered states and ‘shamanic experience’ are everyday states in many indigenous cultures that we need to relearn. (pp.186-187)

Bill writes:

What if culture embedded in nature was not a relic of the past but a living reality? What if you did not have to travel thousands of miles to experience indigenous wisdom but felt it in your heart? What if you knew in your bones the “rightness” of learning sustainability from the inside out? (p. 7)

Chris Bache’s 2008 book, Dark Night, Early Dawn: Steps to a Deep Ecology of Mind, offers a foreshadowing of planetary tantric ritual generosity of sacred sexuality.

Chris offers the deeper pattern in which a planetary tantra participates:

Our religious vision of the last thousand years has emphasized the forging of the individual in the karmic fires of history and has attended less to the collective karmic sinews that weave individuals into larger wholes that are simultaneously evolving. How different the history of karma might have looked if women had an equal share in writing it…

…In Vajrayana Buddhism, for example, one is said to make progress toward spiritual realization by the practicing of the “two accumulations,” first the accumulation of karmic merit and then the accumulation of wisdom. Somewhat paradoxically, however, at the end of every spiritual practice in this tradition one gives away the karmic merit one has just generated in doing the practice, distributing it to all beings who live in the various realms of the samsaric universe. One constantly empties one’s karmic cup, so to speak, to drive home the lesson that there is no separate self here seeking enlightenment in the first place. One practices not to lift a private self out of ignorance, but to lift all existence. To grasp this fact is to grasp the true condition. (p. 157)

Radius Mundi, whether understood as phallos —a shaft of fullness toward opening or as the archetype of clitoral tumescence — a shaft of opening toward fullness, offers human beings a shared image through which they can participate in knowing God and Goddess. It invites a way to become the other face of God, to become the other face of Goddess. Taken all together, I am describing divine-human participation in this life — to know and be known from the most intimately shared ‘biblical’ sense of knowing to the most expansive. Radius mundi opens a way to a reclaimed, yet updated wholeness.

With this updated theoretical framework (geometry) to describe wholeness, there is a planetary Communion, experienced as an inner marriage with self. Jung called this, Coniunctio. There is a planetary Communion as a couple physically shared to enter more deeply into marriage. In that merging, Radius mundi, as the hidden faces of God and Goddess can create new life in the journey together in the flesh of immanent presence and transcendent beyond. There is planetary Communion that is spiritual and erotic knowing or gnosis, with the Earth. So, singing the refrain above again:

You are aroused and even the sensate world unveils and reveals, delighting to be seen and truly appreciated. The heart flutters in erotic communion as the mind becomes unusually spacious and clear. One not only knows all of the others by heart, but also all those who oppose, and they all know you. You forget where you are, forget everything and are transported somewhere else.

Re-emerge into the upper world. Enjoyed a simultaneous seeing and feeling into all the life around you. Sensually feel the historical and geological ages beneath your feet. Those layers themselves rest upon, as if rooted into a timeless symbolic ground. Understand the shapes, colors, motions and intentions of each tree, bird, plant, breeze. Know how the underlying pattern within and around us in-forms all events. In the Depths of it all, hums a constant and faithful Silence.

May your wholeness continue. May your love-making be of the same Depths. May you fully participate in life, human, divine, animal.

You can imagine that the Immanent Function uses Radius mundi to speak of the cells of Communion’s experience all at once, as one body: monk’s cell, chamber of the lovers, cells of a body, cells of Earth. Here it is again:

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 ensouled, living atmosphere of warmth, love, surprise and humor that makes 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.

I am not the first to declare this. Here is Whitman sounding very aware of swelling, dreaming, remembering, imagining:

Stop this day and night with me and you shall possess the origin of all poems,
You shall possess the good of the earth and sun, (there are millions of suns left,)
You shall no longer take things at second or third hand, nor look through the eyes of the dead, nor feed on the spectres in books,
You shall not look through my eyes either, nor take things from me,
You shall listen to all sides and filter them from your self.

I invite you to consider Whitman’s poetry as more than personal. His poetry has layers of both interpersonal and transpersonal planetary tantric ritual generosity. Deeper still, is how his words are an invitation to a Vision Quest. When you lift away his personalized eroticism, you can hear the Indigenous wisdom of Earth-based elders reminding the youth who they are and the soul wealth that is rightfully theirs.

Paranormal and Psychokinetic Experinces


A paranormal experience is an experience that is impossible and cannot happen according to our current science. It includes a lot of manifestations. At a time when some friends were teaching in Lawrence, Kansas, they had just put their infant daughter to bed in her room upstairs. Not more than an hour passed when suddenly, they heard a sound that was like the howling of a cat or a keening woman. It was upsetting and uncanny. They were not able to find the source of the sound, even going outside. Once outside, they knew the sound was coming from inside the house upstairs. Once inside again, walking up the stairs, they realized the sound was coming from just outside their baby’s room. When they got to the doorway, the sound stopped. They checked on the child and she had spiked a high fever. The fever was so high, they took her to the hospital to make sure she would be well.


In Indigenous rituals, I have seen flashes of lights in the air, like flashbulbs going off. That same kind of flash happened one time when a group of us were praying in a house in Mansfield, Ohio. It was not during the prayers, but later, in the kitchen having a snack after the session, a bright flash lit up the entire room in front of all of us.


William James, author of Varieties of Religious Experience, spent a portion of his career carefully studying the paranormal. He was president of the American Society for Psychic Research and put in a lot of hours in seances. A good book from the growing edge is Kripal’s and Strieber’s book, Super Natural: A New Vision of the Unexplained.


Generally, psychokinesis is moving objects and/or affecting the world with the intention of the mind. I have mixed feelings about the practice, yet it shares some attributes with an apport, when objects move with no apparent mover. Since a ritual for the good of all beings is a form of group intention of the mind, I think mental intention is important. However, in a ritual or prayer space, there is no command as to what occurs. The openness to the experience as opposed to control makes for a sense of surprise, awe, and grace. For example, one afternoon, we were about to sit down for a ceremony when the shaman’s drum on the floor was struck loudly one time by an unseen hand. It is numinous when it happens right in front of you, yet also brings a sense of playful seriousness. The Indigenous have many ceremonies where the movement of objects by the spirits and spirit lights are part of the sacredness. There is a wonderful book on the spiritualism of the 1850’s in Athens, Ohio, by Sharon Hatfield entitled, Enchanted Ground: The Spirit Room of Jonathan Koons.

REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE

With the original 2D idea Phallos expanded to a 3D sphere held within a 4D+ hypersphere, I will now further develop Phallos as Radius Mundi. (The writing on She-whose-name-is-yet-unspoken is an open invitation for others to enter) Four of my mentors have published dreams, life events, and creative works that are key to my embodied masculine understanding. To those four, I am going to add my own because it would feel cowardly to me to share the vulnerability of men I respect and hide behind them! Carl Jung, W. B. Yeats, Eugene Monick, and Walt Whitman have all been quite courageous about their authentic manhood.

Jung’s dream of phallos is in Memories, Dreams and Reflections. He was between 3-4 years old and dreamed he went underground through a stone-lined hole. He recollects:

At the bottom was a doorway with a round arch, closed off by a green curtain. It was a big, heavy curtain of worked stuff, like brocade, and it looked very sumptuous. Curious to see what might be hidden behind, I pushed it aside. I saw before me in the dim light a rectangular chamber about 30 feet long. The ceiling was arched and of hewn stone. The floor was laid with flagstones, and in the center a red carpet ran to a low platform. On this platform stood a wonderfully rich golden throne…a real king’s throne in a fairy tale. Something was standing on it which I thought at first was a tree trunk twelve to fifteen feet high and about one and a half or two feet thick. It was a huge thing, reaching almost to the ceiling. But it was of a curious composition: it was made of skin and naked flesh, and on top of the head was a single eye, gazing motionlessly upwards.

It was fairly light in the room, although there were no windows and no apparent source of light. Above my head, however, was an aura of brightness. The thing did not move, yet I had the feeling that it might at any moment crawl off the throne like a worm and creep towards me. I was paralyzed with terror. At that moment, I heard from outside and above my mothers voice! She called out, “Yes, look at him. That is the man-eater!”…I awoke sweating and scared to death.

W. B. Yeats in his 1916 Reveries over Childhood and Youth, shared his own phallos story many years before Jung shared his own. In 1926, as he confided to a friend in response to a reader’s reaction to Yeat’s book, A Vision, that mystic vision and sexual experience were essentially the same and that the way through the first lay through the second. (p. 242 in Yeats’ Ghosts by Brenda Maddox)

In Reveries, he shared:

I was tortured by sexual desire and had been for many years. I have often said to myself that some day I would put it all down in a book that some young man of talent might not thing as I did that my shame was mine and mine alone. It began when I was fifteen years old. I had been bathing, and lay down in the sun on the sand on the Third Rosses and covered my body with sand.

Presently, the weight of the sand began to affect the organ of sex, though at first I did not know what the strange, growing sensation was. It was only at the orgasm that I knew, remembering some boy’s description or my grandfather’s encyclopedia. It was many days before I discovered how to renew that wonderful sensation. From that on it was a continual struggle against an experience that almost invariably left me with exhausted nerves…It filled me with loathing for myself.

Monick’s dream contribution follows. He had become the vicar at St. Clements in New York City. It was a heavy responsibility that included incessant reporting in the news media about parish events. This dream published in Phallos occurred when Gene was nervous and unsure of himself. He was working on his dreams at that time, 1968, with Esther Harding. He writes:

At that time, I was working analytically with Esther Harding, the first Jungian analyst in the United States. She was an elderly and rather delicate-appearing maiden lady, the daughter of an English vicar. I brought her my dream of a great phallos appearing in a circle of naked men who were lying on the ground. Each man had his feet placed upon the base of the phallos, and each man had his hand upon his neighbor’s erect member. Dr. Harding asked about the central image: “Was it a man’s phallos?” “Certainly not,” I replied, “it was much too big for that.” “Was it a giant’s phallos?” she asked, “No, it was much too big even for that.” Well, then, Mr. Monick, whose do you think it was?

The implication was that it was for me a god-image, even a symbol of the Self. I remember that she was amused by her line of questioning and by my surprise. I remember that I was bemused by the possibility of a phallos being as strong a presence as divinity. As a Christian priest, I was not at ease with a phallic god-image, St. Clement’s or no St. Clement’s. I had nowhere to put such a suggestion, no way to incorporate it into my life. (p. 33, in Phallos)

Nonakado Stone Circle
https://heritageofjapan.wordpress.com/

As for my sharing, Jung and Monick both shared dreams they had while Yeats’ published his initiation into phallos in his waking life. In the name of due diligence, I will share both kinds of experience. Something I have learned over the years is that the moments of embodying phallos, either in a wet dream or in play, there are crucial symbolic, metaphoric, and mythological (archetypal) understandings woven into the biological shift.

All of the images seem to share a delightful, purposeful friction. Behind them all seems to be all the metaphors for fire, fire-making, fire-finding, fire-accidents, fire of the day and night, cooking and weapons, internal combustion, ancestors, stars, planets, suns and moons. This is before orgasm is possible. After, when fantasizing, visions, dreams, originality, and relationship appear, an inner, shared fire and an outer, shared atmosphere, signal an adult capable of helpful, self-sustaining participation in collective community life.

Puberty runs much deeper than a physical transformation into an adult male body that can reproduce life via sperm production and successful delivery into a fertile human female.

As a young man from an Irish Roman and German Catholic family, the self-loathing and dilemma shared by Yeats was also my experience. Mine was between 12-13 years old. At the dawning of my own initiation, I remember that it was sudden. I had no memories of the actual size of my erection before this time. However, one day, as I took a bath, there it was. I found myself looking for ways to enjoy myself. What I discovered was that if I touched the tip of my phallos to the flow of the water coming out of the faucet, the full-body enjoyment was amazing. I enjoyed delightful friction this way until all the hot water was gone from our house and my mom knocked on the door to tell me to stop using up all the water. From that day on, phallos water-loving was my practice. Early on, I was not able to have an orgasm. The pleasure grew with each passing week and after a time, fulfillment of sensual “fire-making” with the flow of water was mine.

Coming out of the bathroom, the self-loathing would be so heavy on me that I always felt like some alien life-form, a kind of hairy, slouching insect with slurred speech. It felt so obvious to me, it was hard for me to understand why no one else seemed to notice my mutation.

In dreams, I was 58 years old and facing the final year of my commitment to dance the Sun Dance for four years. Though I had been successful in the years before, I was still worried. This dream came unexpectedly the night before I headed for the first work day to prepare the Sun Dance Grounds.

In the dream, I felt joyful through the whole of my body. My breathing, especially, was deep, easy, even as if a wind was blowing through me with each inhale and exhale. I was naked and looked down to see my phallos shimmying from side to side. My awareness of how this felt in my dream body matched my vision. I thought to myself in the dream, “My God, my d##k is dancing.” This thought, with the words spoken into my mind, “Most Delicate Guidance Instrument.” The energy of this seeing, feeling and awareness carried me laughing, rising upward out of sleep and into being awake in the morning light. I knew that the Sun Dance I faced would be a joy.

With Walt Whitman, in Section 28 of Leaves of Grass, I share the noun, headland. Whitman wrote:

I am given up by traitors,
I talk wildly, I have lost my wits, I and nobody else am the
greatest traitor,
I went myself first to the headland, my own hands carried me there.You villain touch! what are you doing? my breath is tight in its throat,
Unclench your floodgates, you are too much for me.

I think he is sharing in poetry the same story told by Yeats’ and my own prose. In poetry, the refrain of my song, Headland, speaks of this same mutant experience. Here I name the simultaneous shame and exhilaration, the isolation and communion, of a secret gnosis. In dreams and in awakening spiritual/erotic life.

Dear Friend,

I understand.

Tonight be with us and all the stars of Heaven.

Headland, Headland,

To talk of Heaven and walk in ruins,

To talk of heaven and walk in Ruins.

An Infinite Hypersphere, Axis, and Curved Surface: The Turning Point

The Turning Point
Sidereal COEX Constellation
c. 2019 F. Christopher Reynolds

The planetary Turning Point is a reminder that in our current cosmology, there is no such thing as a single stillpoint, like the dot in the center of a flat circle. To carry forward the symbolic and psychological language of our Ancestors, terms like divine spark, scintilla, monad, stillpoint, sacred center, mandala, core, etc…that appear in religious texts and in the works of thinkers like Joseph Campbell, C. G. Jung, W. B. Yeats, and, of course, Monick, require an update.

In our galactic cosmology, all particles show spin. In order to show spin, there needs to be an axis around which the spinning occurs. There can be a still point in a one or two dimensional reality, but life in spacetime is far and wide and within with spinning, entangled spirals of evolutions and involutions. This update has become a necessity to our wholeness since the 1905 publication of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity where the spacetime and mass of our cosmos are in a constant dance together. Wheeler famously said:

Spacetime grips mass and tells it how to move.

Mass grips spacetime and tells it how to curve

“DEVS EST SPHAERA INFINITA CVIVS CENTRVM EST VBIQUE, CIRCVMFERENTIA NVSQVAM,” a quote used over the centuries from a book called, Liber XXIV Philosophorum, “The Book of the 24 Philosophers,” offers a good stepping off point for what I am describing. The Latin quote in English reads: God is an infinite sphere whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere. The quote works fine as long as you live on a motionless, flat Earth upon which the refuse of the entire universe has fallen that is beneath a solid celestial vault overhead. The quote does not work if Earth is itself a celestial sphere turning on its axis mundi in a solar system where the sun, moon, all other planets and their moons too are turning.

Another way to conceptualize this is to imagine how for a two dimensional person, three dimensions seem infinite the same way that to our three dimensional personhood, four dimensions seem infinite. For a four dimensional being, five dimensions seem infinite, and so on. In the definition of God that we need to update, notice how God is a 3 dimensional sphere described by a two dimensional circle – a circumference and a center. So, for our times, God needs to move to a 4 dimensional hypersphere that we describe using a sphere. God does best when the definition is in the direction of new degrees of freedom taken up by the human species-mind.

This quote, updated, is of a beloved pair who have said yes to life, have risked all to love, to bring forth the never-been, the never-will-be-again. Our cosmos is a union of They who We are.

Goddess is an infinite hypersphere whose curved surface is everywhenwhere and whose axis is nowherewhen.

God is an infinite hypersphere whose axis is everywherewhen and whose curved surface is nowhenwhere.

DECOLONIZE GOD AND GODDESS

God and Goddess now resting upon their own foundations in delight and purpose in life open the way for us to re-instate and honor our own families, clans, and nations. When a colonizer goes conquering, a method of control is to turn their own family’s home altar into an institution. Phallos and the archetype of clitoral tumescence are surely archetypes. They are not Ancestors. This is a hard lesson of Monick’s Phallos trilogy. The books hold you captive inside the colonizing ways of our Hellenistic/Judeo-Christian-Islamic roots.

Our definition of Goddess and God require the restoration of Grandmother and Grandfather. Puberty and their visitation invites us into membership and participation in a genetic family’s manhood and womanhood and all LGBTQ+ gender variations. So, for a planetary Goddess and God:


Grandmother is an infinite hypersphere whose curved surface is everywhenwhere and whose axis is nowherewhen.

Grandfather is an infinite hypersphere whose axis is everywherewhen and whose curved surface is nowhenwhere.

An Ancestor is a person with whom you have a personal relationship. The boots on the ground awareness of the infinite 4th dimension is that the dead do not die. Life continues in psyche and in relationship with us. They are not ghosts. Ghosts tend to be isolated, parasitic, hungry for attention. Ancestors care for us, bring us peace, helpful guidance, warmth, love, humor, play, surprise.

The 4th dimension of enduring consciousness is also the in-between lives, the whenwhere of sustaining mind out of which we are born. Over the planet, personal relationships with the 4th dimension is the key to human survival. It is good to be reminded that what is known in Indigenous wisdom as the spirit-worlds we call the 4th dimension. In enduring cultures, life without the spirit-worlds/4th dimension is the suicide level for a person and a nation.

Anywhere we find the terms that refer to a two-dimensional circle with a centerpoint, a 4D+ hypersphere turning on an axis needs to replace it. Human souls in the past were imagined as reincarnating monads.  The one-dimensional monad is of the old cosmology because, by definition, it has no spin/no axis. Now, and going forward, in a cosmos full of spinning, we are each a reincarnating axis mundi. In one of his last works, The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Joseph Campbell described our time as the time of the birthing of the monad of mankind. If we describe axis mundi as a turning point, new horizons open. May we all heroically engage now when our time is the time of birthing the turning point, axis, curved surface and radius mundi of human kind.

We are here to be the turning points.

An axis mundi that is a re-incarnational turning point restores a long-missing cosmic teaching of the Western tradition’s Spindle of Necessity. In our own tradition, Plato taught in Timaeus that the cosmos is turning due to the Goddess Necessity, the Sirens, and the Fates who keep the rim of the Spindle rotating.

In the Myth of Er, chapter 10 in The Republic, time in between lives is represented to the minds of our Ancestors. Each soul chooses a personal spindle of a life. We have a choice in the life we are born into. It can be made out of unreflecting habit, unawareness, haste, slow discernment.

In our own tradition, virtue is free. This means that no matter the life, transformation is possible. The recent series, Russian Doll, expresses this brilliantly. We are all called to be the Turning Point is the update for this traditional teaching since evolution, spacetime and the reality of the unconscious.

MEDIATION IS WISDOM

Hermes as Mediator
Source: Creative Commons


Here’s a quote from John Wier-Perry on spiritual emergency:

Whenever a profound experience of change is about to take place, its harbinger is the motif of death. This is not particularly mysterious, since its the limited view and appraisal of oneself that must be outgrown or transformed, and to accomplish transformation the self-image must dissolve. In severe visionary states, one may feel one has crossed over into the realm of death and is living among the spirits of the deceased. One is forced to let go of old expectations of oneself and to let oneself be tossed about by winds of change.

Far less familiar is the companion piece to this death motif–the image of world destruction. Like the self-image, the world image is a compacted form of the very complex pattern of how one sees the world and how one lives in it. We learn most about this from cultural anthropologists, who find that, in times of acute and rapid culture change, visionaries undergo the shattering experience of seeing the world dissolve into chaos and time whirl back to its beginnings. This dissolution of the world image clearly represents the death of the old culture to pave the way for renovation. Thus, in an individual’s life, when a transformation of one’s inner culture is under way, dissolution of the world image is the harbinger of change. Expressions of cultural reform are explicit.

These and other archetypal images have the function of implementing the process of spirit, of liberating and transforming its energies, which will then slip out of the old structures and into new ones geared to the future. All this happens in he interest of development, of cultivating a more capacious consciousness, open to new dimensions of experience.

Not only are these two motifs, self-image and world image, companion pieces in the process, but they also share the same representative image: the mandala. The entire process of renewal is evidently the work of this powerful image symbolizing the psyche’s governing center.

The energy that had been bound up in the structures of the old self-image and world image, the issues of who one is and what sort of world one lives in, is immense. In dreams or visions, nuclear explosion is a frequent expression of this enormous change of psychic energy that is loose during the renewal process and raises havoc for a period of time. Though one’s own nature is struggling to break through, one may feel that who one is and what one values is up for grabs. Indeed, values and the emotional issues of life seem to be clashing opposites…

What is the ultimate goal of spiritual emergence and the renewal process? It has the same goal as that of the mystic way or of meditation: in Buddhist practice, it is called wisdom and compassion or love.” (pp. 68-69, in Spiritual Emergency, Christina and Stan Grof, eds.)

Wier-Perry invites us into the fuller awareness of a sphere when he notes that self-image and world image are companion pieces. However, more than a two-dimensional mandala-self is required to reflect experience in our spherical world. Axis mundi, radius mundi, volume and surface of the hypersphere of the world now mirror psyche’s governing center. We are within it and it is within us. By this magnified spherical for the world and self are renewed. We are each a world with its turning point, unique and, as he notes, potentially capable of world-evolution if we are compassionate in how we participate in our own power and self-image.

Here is a the first part of an updated version of Wier-Perry’s mandalic reasoning:


Two motifs – self-image and world image- are companion pieces in the process of renewal. They share the same representative image: a mandala that is now to be imagined as a 4D+ hypersphere resonant with the 5th dimension and turning like a gyroscope on its axis mundi. We are inside the world image and the self-image is within us, except when they are not. 

There is another nuance that resembles Dr. Monick’s claiming of axis mundi for the masculine, thus unconsciously perpetuating the mental structure of Present Consciousness. Wier-Perry unconsciously passes on the patriarchal habit of having the source of the control of life outside the agency of the conscious personality. What I mean is here:

The entire process of renewal is evidently the work of this powerful image symbolizing the psyche’s governing center.

For the update to New Consciousness, the entire process of renewal is in reality a collaboration. This powerful image symbolizing the psyche’s governing center now is a partner. We are at a time of divine-human ecological partnership. The idea of divine human partnership is at the heart of alchemy and the Western tradition of Hermeticism. It also occurs among the Cayuga of the Six Nations people of the Great Lakes as part of the reforms of Handsome Lake.

The Upper Pantheon, including the Creator and the Four Angels, has undergone modification from the original because of the teachings of the revealer, Handsome Lake, at the close of the eighteenth century. The original Cayuga designation for the Supreme Being was “Haweni-yu, Controller,” but Handsome Lake was told by the angels to instruct the people to substitute the title, “Sqgweadr-sq, Creator of all, ” when calling upon the Deity in prayer or thanksgiving. The reason was given, as a myth relates, that the Evil Spirit laid claim to being the “Controller” of the earth and its people and accordingly responded when the original term was used. (p, 39 in Midwinter Rites of the Cayuga Longhouse, Speck)

So, in what is an old-fashioned gnostic move, we too, are called to set aside the idea of Haweni-yu, the form of power that has been usurped by a less compassionate Controller of the Earth and its people. Western culture’s Fibonacci Series: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21… is the same teaching to not make an image of the One, to understand that humanity can approximate the One with all and sundry paradoxical symbols of Source. Yet, the Great Mystery that is Creator of all life, who ever has a Home that includes us.

Our version of “Sqgweadr-sq, Creator of all, “ would appear in the other half of Wier-Perry’s world-image/self image as:

The entire process of renewal is evidently human co-participation in the work of the powerful planetary image that symbolizes the psyche’s governing source simultaneously within (self-image) and all around (world image) us, except when they are not.

And here now, is what Wier-Perry called, self-image/world image, defined as a participatory planetary Self-image:

Not only are these two motifs – self-image and world image- companion pieces in the process of renewal. They share the same representative image: a mandala that is now to be imagined as a 4D+ hypersphere resonant with the 5th dimension and turning like a gyroscope on its axis mundi.
We are inside the world image and the self-image is within us, except when we are not. The entire process of renewal is evidently human co-participation in the work of the powerful planetary image that symbolizes the psyche’s governing source simultaneously within (self-image) and all around (world image) us, except when it’s not.

URTH

In Gene’s 1991 Castration and Male Rage: The Phallic Wound, he worked with Alice Peterson to lay to rest the patriarchal Greek word for mankind, anthropos, with the more spacious word, Urperson. (oor-person) They searched for a base-word that included all genders and chose, person because of its mutability. Ur, a Germanic prefix means, primal, original, source. Urperson, then, is a primal-original-source being.

Over the years, I developed Urrealism using Ur, as well as found Lee Irwin’s term, Ur-space, which is an update of our cosmos that unites matter, energy, spacetime, and psych. Urrealism is what Urpersons do in Ur-space. It is original wholeness in communion with original wholeness. Urreality is the expanded reality of Immanent Function. It was not long before I found I needed to update Earth to Urth, pronouncing both the same. Urth is our primal, original, source.

I introduce Urth now in order to collapse the cumbersome updated mandala definition. So, from now on going forward, I am going to set aside:

a mandala that is now to be imagined as a 4D+ hypersphere resonant with the 5th dimension and turning like a gyroscope on its axis mundi. We are inside the world image and the self-image is within us, except when we are not. The entire process of renewal is evidently human co-participation in the work of the powerful planetary image that symbolizes the psyche’s governing source simultaneously within (self-image) and all around (world image) us, except when it’s not.

I am going to write instead:

Urth

The new definition is:

Not only are these two motifs – self-image and world image- companion pieces in the process of renewal. They share the same representative image: Urth.

In 1995, in the book, Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind, shared the same psychological underpinnings. Here is Gestalt thinker, William Cahalan:

Being grounded is enhanced and renewed by periods of extended, empathic engagement with the world, balanced by restorative moments of inward reflectiveness. This rhythm involves an intuitive cycling between the individual’s more contracted sense of self, on the one hand, and a more expanded, relational, or extended sense of self on the other, including the ability to lose oneself at times in union with the world. When we experience this self-extended state, the Earth tends to be sensed as the all-embracing, enduring Self of which the individual is one unique but temporary expression.

DECOLONIZE SELF/WORLD IMAGE NOW

Absent from Wier-Perry’s description is the fact that Indigenous ways offer collective rituals of the months, the seasons, and the year, of birth, childhood, adulthood, elderhood, death, and rebirth. In those collective ways, the self-image/world image is cared for because you care for the self and world of each other.

He’s right about the atomic blast that can appear in dreams in persons during a major life change. I observed this during my 30 years as a French teacher in my students. I dreamed of the nuclear blast as well during my own changes. We can live more gently in transition. It can be a creative life change when done with a wise community. This is the message in my essay, Answering James Joyce: If You Meet Zoe Christ on the Road.

Urth, by F. Christopher Reynolds
c. 2016

Planetary and Interplanetary Relationships


Since 1958, the planet has had a Galactic Coordinate System that is imagined as a large sphere over our quadrant of the galaxy. The star map that the GCS integrated is the star map human beings have used since our ancestors learned that the nighttime sky moves in predictable patterns. The first discovery of an Earth-like planet was in 2015. Our movies help us imagine interstellar travel, but our actual capacity is that we have managed to get two human-created objects, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, beyond the gravitational hillsphere of the sun. Voyager 1 crossed the boundary of our solar system, the heliopause, in 2012 and Voyager 2 crossed the heliopause in 2018.

Not only do our movies help us imagine hope for a future for the human species, there are important gifts they include as regards what kind of humanity we want to be and become? What is encouraging is that ideas like the Force in Star Wars, the 5 dimensional love that is the gravitational glue of life in Interstellar, the universal language of a galactic community for humans to better negotiate the future in Arrival, the gifts and challenges of mutations of X-Men as well as in the so-called Power of the Dark Side, once again, in Star Wars, all offer ways to us to reflect on how we treat each other on Earth. Any of our inherited sacred ways that are unable to be transformed by the questions raised in our films are to be thanked for their help over the centeries and put to rest. Inherited sacred ways that can go forward in new unexpected ways can be joined into a more global human atmosphere of peace as the priority.

The Force is easily accepted if you follow the Indigenous Red Road where balance and deep reverence for all life, the Medicine Wheel travels quite well. If you follow the Grail, the Grail Questions, What ails thee? and Whom does the Grail serve?, also jouney well. Star Trek’s Prime Directive of non-interference can easily last for trillions of years of learning and growing in the cosmos. Epic failure to learn from our past appears in Avatar.


Passport to the Cosmos, by John E. Mack is the best place to start. Next, inspired by Strieber’s book, Communion, the book, Communion Letters, opens up examples from the more than 200,000 letters the Striebers received. Communion Letters gives you numerous access points to what is a living mythology of the planet.

In my life, I was helping with ceremonies and caring for the sacred fire through the night at a gathering in 2016. Around 2 am, I stepped out of the ceremony hut to look at the stars. Just then, three black ships arced across the sky, northeast to southwest. When I worked at Angel House in Strongsville, Ohio, a man who had a shared experience with the Visitors took me to the Abbey Road location in North Royalton, Ohio, where it happened.

The same theme of directionality was there. I am in agreement with persons like John E. Mack, the Striebers, Jeff Kripal, Carl Jung, and others that what we are experiencing is the birth of the new mythology that can sustain us as we mature. The entryway to this living mythology is the same as what I described in the section on becoming. However, what is added is a pathologizing where what you first experience afllicts you. In that case, the advice from depth psychology that, In your symptom is your soul, works well to begin to unpack what may at first seem life-threatening!

The Two Who Unite for Fire

Sphere of Earth: The Energy Fields of the Two Partners Become One

In his 2007 book, Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion, Jeffrey J. Kripal shares an excellent account of what is the American soul’s dreaming edge.

His chapter 16, The Tao of Esalen, contains insights from encounter group leader, John Heider. Kripal writes:

Among this collection of essays is Heider’s “Electric Sex and Magnetic Sex,” probably the clearest statement we have from a major Esalen figure on the psychology and mechanics of a contemplative sexual practice. The essay begins with the obvious: More people experience energy sensations during sexual intercourse than during any other experience.” Heider then proceeds to explain how these energy fields can be expanded, deepened, and developed through a contemplative approach to sexual foreplay and intercourse. Crucial here is Heider’s distinction between electric sex and magnetic sex:

“Electric sex is male sex, yang sex. Electric sex works when a body specifically stimulates sexual trigger points such as the head of the man’s penis or the woman’s clitoris. This in effect, “zaps” the body into arousal and eventually sparks an electric circuit through which the sexual energies can arc and discharge, leaving the body in a state of relaxation (or exhaustion).

Magnetic sex is different. Historically rare in the West but known throughout Tantric Asia, “magnetic sex is female sex, yin sex, Magnetic sex works when the fields of two people awaken and make contact. Magnetic sexual arousal is diffuse and felt more or less equally all over the body and in the space surrounding the body. It need not lead to a traditional orgasm and the pleasurable discharge off the energies. Energies can build and build here and be sublimated into deeper and deeper states of bodily bliss and contemplative consciousness — an electro-magnetic sex life, if you will….”

What Heider hopes for, then, is not a return to the sexual revolution of the 1960’s, but a “new covenant,” “a new Law” derived not from Paul and Christianity, which has always more or less ‘regretted that we [have] bodies with carnal impulses,’ but from the Asian tantric traditions and their use of sex ‘to help people become increasingly married to one another and to the cosmic whole.” Heider points out that this Tantric turn was anticipated in the West by Reich, who “specifically said that when sexual union is free from blocks, the energy fields of two partners become one unified energy field.” (pp. 362-363)

I expanded the 2 dimensional Taoist yin-yang using the 3 dimensional structure a sweat lodge. A lodge is imagined as a 3D sphere above and below the ground with human beings sitting where the inner/outer, above and below merge. It’s true that the American soul has been uniting the wisdom of the East of Tantra and Taoism with the Western body. However, a re-indigenization of Western bodies has also been unfolding.

A sweat lodge, during ritual times, is united with all that is. Three dimensions are transformed into seven+ dimensional interactive space. In this way, Indigenous Wisdom invites human beings to experience mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually, the four+ dimensions – the Good Taste, that Western minds, as a rule, can only think about. The merging of the Tao with the Lodge expresses this union of West-East-Re-indigenous.

The Immanent Function manifests atmospherically what Heider describes as gifts of a contemplative yin sexuality — delight that is felt more or less equally all over the body and in the space (atmosphere) surrounding the body, a bodily bliss — belongs to all of life, not just the sacred sexuality of tantra and Reich. An experience of embodied delight felt more or less equally all over the body and in the space surrounding the body is native to our planet. I describe here a feeling-knowing of flow and joy to be alive. This flow and joy move through and with “I” and “me” with “them and they” and “you” and “you” — as an “us” and “we and all of Who?” You can recognize it in all the world around you as you become mutually caring for any “them” and “they” — like cells of the spiritual-erotic bodies of the cosmos.

When you participate in traditional collective rituals like a sweat lodge, vision quest, Sun Dance, any traditional ritual meant for the good of all beings, you enact the immanent function. The energy of delight all over and surrounding your body becomes a shared atmosphere of more expansive, supportive, relationship breathing with all beings. In this comprehensive wholeness, you feel the planet’s web of life supporting you personally, collectively and/or supporting you and your Beloved’s becoming one unified field. When you feel the support and relationship with the wider web of life, you feel unified with all that is — an “I” who is simultaneously “All My Relatives.”

This same embodied delight to be alive also comes forth in a space of shared creativity, in my Urreality, in Bache’s living classroom, in a Bill Russell Celtics game, all sports, in travel, languages, cultures, in exploration of painted caves, in symphonic music with Maciuszko, with Jaworksi, Bohm, Ferrer, in all group intentions — to live fully embodied and in relation to living in relationship, whether as a loving couple hoping to conceive a child or with the greater planetary life.


A human lifetime can be lived at a newly birthed capacity to participate, with creative or destructive effects, in the Mystery of Earth’s evolution.

Magnificat, by F. Christopher Reynolds, c. 2016

Blessed be your Presence, Beautiful Body of the Cosmos

Blessed all life that you bring forth

From whence is this to me that I would create with you

This New Day’s worth?

You are the sensual, immanent and beautiful Presence

You are Faithfully With.

As soon as I heard your Call,

The sacred Life in me awakened

In and through your Beauty shall

Flow the Courage of the Generations

You are the embodied life who labors to birth the Never-been

The Beloved, ever-conceiving, the Never-will-be-again.

From whence is this to me, I would receive with you

This Midnight’s Worth

I am the sensual, intimate, Invisible Voice

I am Faithfully With You

I am the One Who Loves

I am in love with the Never-Been

The Beloved ever-perceiving

The Never-will-be-again.

Cauduceus as union of phallos and ithyyonic winged goddess
Source: Creative Commons

COEX SYSTEMS, COEX CONSTELLATIONS: THE GATES OF THE W AXIS

When I was 6 years old, our group of friends decided to play cowboys and Indians with some of the older kids. We were the cowboys. The pre-teens were the natives. Things were going along fine until the older group caught up us cowboys with a rope and announced that we would all be tortured to death. (!) None of our circle ever heard of this way of playing the game.

That’s when time shifted for me. I lost track of when our game was going on. It was no longer 1967. We were being burned alive in the past for what went on for an unbearable amount of time. None of us made it out alive. This experience was my first time with a COEX constellation. In a COEX constellation, time slips and merges with other times – W axis. Over the years, I’ve met enough persons who know this experience that I can affirm its reality.

So, in Western culture, we do have the necessary psychological ideas that enable us to imagine as well as understand when three dimensional space-time merges into four dimensions. COEX stands for Condensed Emotional Experience. COEX systems is another way to describe what I call COEX constellations in the account above.

According to Stan Grof in his Psychology of the Future, a COEX system or COEX constellation:

…consists of emotionally charged memories from different periods of our life that resemble each other in the quality of emotion or physical sensation that they share. Each COEX has a basic theme that permeates all its layers and represents their common denominator. The individual layers, then contain variations on this basic theme that occurred at different periods of a person’s life. The unconscious of a particular individual can contain several COEX constellations. Their number and the nature of the central themes varies considerably from one person to another…in addition to negative constellations, there are also those that comprise memories of very pleasant or ecstatic moments and situations.

In my present understanding, each of the COEX constellations seems to be superimposed over and anchored in a particular aspect of the trauma of birth. The experience of biological birth is so complex and rich in emotions and physical sensations that it contains in a prototypical form the elementary themes of most conceivable COEX systems. However, a typical COEX system reaches even further and its deepest roots consist of various forms of transpersonal phenomena, such as past-life experiences. Jungian archetypes, conscious identification with various animals and others. (p.23, in Psychology of the Future)

Using the transpersonal psychology of a COEX allows for the simultaneous unifications through spacetime, the W axis, that have begun to appear in our movies. A short list is Cloud Atlas in 2012, Interstellar in 2014, and Arrival in 2016.

from the film, Arrival
Source: Paramount.com

To take the most recent, one COEX constellation that runs through Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival is the relationship, the love, the love-making, and the birth of future life of the main characters Louise Banks and Ian Donnelly. Together, they conceive a daughter named, Hanah. In the story, 7-limbed intergalactic beings that are called, heptapods, offer humanity a universal form of language that unlocks time. The visual narrative invites you to imagine how you could simultaneously experience past, present and future from our “now.” Particularly moving is the portrayal of the future, present and past life moments with Hanah — whose name can be read both forward and backward. As Louise mind opens to time, her points of view merge and she is in two places at the same time. This is downward 2 are One yet stretched into the future.

In Interstellar, a central COEX constellation is the love between the father, Joseph Cooper and daughter, Murphy Cooper. Time especially folds in on itself and merges in many scenes in Interstellar, but especially in Murphy’s bedroom filmed using the same 4D structure that Salvador Dali used, the hypercube, also known as a tesseract. To date, this is the boldest expression of the W axis in Western art. Cooper is infinite, in all times and places and it is only through an act of choosing to feel, receive, and give love that he is able to come to the proper now he desires most. All are one.

In Cloud Atlas, there is a central COEX constellation that holds centuries together using the image of a birthmark in the shape of a shooting star. In one scene especially, all the lives that share the birthmark merge into one and awaken in the character Zachry (Tom Hanks) in the year 2321 and connect him to lives occuring in 2144, 2012, 1973, 1936, and 1849. One is six.

from Cloud Atlas
Source: Warnerbros.com

Miraculous Experience

The miraculous is an embattled reality in American history. Thomas Jefferson famously cut out all miracles by his own hand the create his version of the Bible. All Indigenous traditions that have endured after 500 years follow their ways because miracles are real. Without miracles, the people would not have survived. Lewis Mehl-Madrona is a Western educated doctor who was transformed by witnessing healings that Western medicine considers impossible. His book, Coyote Healing, is a good place to start.

Where two or more gather for the happiness of all beings, like in any of the rooms of 12 Step meetings, as in rituals, as in sports, music, art, really any activity the people are all there for the greater good, miracles happen all the time, even miracles that you didn’t know what they were until you realized it 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 900 years later.

Our extended family was driven apart by the war of 1861-1865. Three of the Reynolds brothers fought for the North and three fought for the South. Two of the sons who fought for the South disappeared at Shiloh in 1862. Another who fought for the North never came home and no one ever learned his fate. In December, 1866, Isaac Reynolds, the father of those sons passed away. I know his heart was broken. There were maybe 400,000 other parents whose hearts were broken by the war too. To fully heal, it required 4 generations before I sat down across from my Reynolds cousin, James Richards, and we played music together. The best miracles take a long time and a lot of deep psychological work. As regards the Reynolds in the war, my hunch is that the same Bible-driven claims for truth that split congregations as regards slavery, also drove our family apart. Brothers participated in a war against brothers.

We have paid in blood to learn that there is no Truth that is worth your own brother. Finally, the First Commandment has a curse in it as regards any father who would not adhere to the Way of the Father. There is punishment to 3-4 generations of those whose fathers ‘hate Jehovah.’ It played out in our generations in versions of Protestant against Catholic against Freemason against scientific atheist.

COEX OF DAY AND NIGHT, THE SEASONS, AND THE MOON

I think Radius Mundi best describes the gender-toned/fluid relationships that unite the wholeness of interiority and exteriority shared. Radius Mundi is Gene Monick’s Phallos: Sacred Image of the Masculine, which is a COEX constellation — a multi-dimensional experience for multi-dimensional worlds.

There are important collective human experiences that do not appear in Grof’s definitions, nor in his work overall. The immanent of Immanent Function is incomplete without Nature.

The Indigenous Medicine Wheel is another mandala to express the Tao. Here again is the two dimensions brought to three. Notice that the height and depth of the architecture of the lodge is aligned to the 4 Directions, which also describe the 4 seasons of the year:

Night and day, the seasons of the year, the phases of the moon, all feature themes of particular ecological, therefore, physical. In our place on Earth, there are sensations, emotions and memories, that permeate all the layers of our being due to lives lived as beings of our bioregion. We are called to expand Grof’s explanation to the planetary Communion by noting how the particular qualities of each day and night, each season and phase of the moon, are themselves woven with deepest roots that consist of various forms of transpersonal phenomena, such as past-life experiences. Jungian archetypes, conscious identification with various animals and others.


To come home now, as Jaworski in his Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership re-announced, our lives include claiming the Mystery of Commitment. So, with all your love and courage, choose to gather for the happiness of all beings. Participate in communion with the collective ecological conscious and unconscious. Know the awe that opens your human heart to the Mystery of life. May your intermingling be recognized by an ensouled, living atmosphere of warmth, love, surprise and humor that makes your life-cycles worth living in enduring planetary and interplanetary relationships. May synchronistic anomalous, synesthetic, paranormal, psychokinetic, miraculous, prophetic, numinous, aesthetic arrest experiences that are immanent to the transcendent occur in your midst.

New Consciousness is human lifetimes shared as consciously as possible. It is a participatory awareness that keeps in mind the creative or destructive effects of our individual and collective choices on the planet. The consciousness of humanity merges with the living atmosphere to wisely co-pilot the Mystery of Earth’s evolution.

Prophetic Experience


The best book to start with for our times is Jon Klimo’s book, Channeling: Investigation on Receiving Information from Paranormal Sources. One reason why is that the spirit in which he writes is for all persons who would come to read his book. Receiving information through participation in merging with the wider conscious of life through our own conscious and unconscious belongs to all human beings. The prophetic experience is claimed by all enduring traditions in ways that sadly seem to suggest that everyone else’s way of prophesying is not as pure as their own. Klimo avoids this and opens the invitation.


This was actually the intention of Surrealism’s pure psychic automatism. In his older years, Andre Breton, the Surrealist Pope/not-Pope, bemoaned that their goal was always to deepen the foundations of the real. This was his way of saying Transcendent Function and Immanent Function. Surrealism was meant to be a prophetic art to empower the people. In my 2001 Urrealist Manifesto, I attempt to bring deepening the foundations of the real up to date for our times. I took Ur from Monick’s Urperson – Original Being, Lee Irwin’s Ur-space – multidimensional matrix of all becoming, the an atonement to transmute the karmic habit of the crime of the royal houses of Ur the city where the practice of the priesthood was to bury the people of the court alive with the dead king, their animals too.

Urrealism is a conversation done with your deepest original being’s receptivity and creativity. Art answering Art. Urrealism offers a way of co-creation and co-extrication. It is a path of the Immanent Function based on sacred space as creative space – Urreality, also known as, Urth.


Urrealism is a way of waking up together when it’s just you and another orphan soul who meet and wish to awaken. The Urrealist Four of receiving and answering creation with creation are responses that you can use when originality is happening right in front of you. They are: This reminds me of…., __ occurs to me, create art that answers art, silence. The Four are published in my chapter, Let the Beauty We Love Be What We Do, in Jane Piirto’s edited book, Organic Creativity.


By a remarkable coincidence, I was able to enjoy prophetic cross-training with Dr. Michael Olin Hitt’s Oracle, who is the Messenger of the Holy and learning Lakota-style sweat lodge with Alex Farkas. For 3 1/2 years, each month, I would prepare questions for what Kabbala names, a Maggid, and the Earth. The preparation that was my part was to truly get clarity of what my questions were. I can share from experience that there are immense amounts of love, support, guidance, healing, wholeness, good taste, that are beyond the edges of our consciousness. That abundance can reach us best if we get clear about what we want and why we want it. I found the 2 Grail Questions to be useful:

What ails thee?

Whom does the Grail serve?

The heart of service encouraged by the Grail stories mirrors the heart of service of our Earth. Whom does the Earth serve? All beings and you too, except for when that’s not true.


Each month, then, I found there were 2 sacred languages/dialects. Michael’s Oracle would speak pages of words. The Lodge would offer one image repeatedly. I mean here, for example, at one sweat, a single coal kept popping out of the fire and I kept putting it back. It was not the same coal, of course. But the whole fire was about bringing back to the fire the spark that had fallen out. A sentence then, A single coal has fallen from the fire, was the Indigenous Sacred Text. The same feeling and inspiration would be in the pages from the Messenger. Going back the other direction. After my experience of becoming a stone, the Messenger said: You are no longer a reed in the wind searching for the breeze to blow. No, you have become a rock, a weight. It is a foundation.


In the early months of this system, I feasted on the banquets set before me. However, after a time, it began to feel like being in a band with Jimi Hendrix and Black Elk who took all the jams themselves. I realized that I needed to step up my own game to the level of passion and commitment shown by Michael and Alex. I needed to create art and write from my own being, to take up my own prophetic voice. My level of music, art, writing all increased and gained focus. Prophecy when it’s good, calls you to be prophetic too, in your way, in your one-of-a-kind way. You have to learn it by doing it. So, to close this part, I am placing tobacco on the Earth today, dear Reader:


I am asking on behalf of the Peoples of Earth. Reader, you were born for these times and have within you capacities that when fully switched on will be a one-of-a-kind Grace in the world. Would you please let your trauma and your awe be your curriculum? Would you please make all the journeys you need to find the healing and the way your gifts can be shared? Would you do this for the future generations so the children and grandchildren can live in a world that has more Grace in it because you live?

ALL THE LOVE WE MAKE

Axis mundi and radius mundi are the ancient, yet future images needed by men, women, all LGBTQ+ today as they experience the disintegration of patriarchal Present Consciousness. Surrender to reemerging matriarchy is not the solution, either cultural or personal. It is regressive and will produce, eventually, a stringent reemergent patriarchal attitude in vain defense of patriarchal masculine or patriarchal feminine identities. There is no need for males, females, all LGBTQ+ to fear each other or act out such fear as tyrant or slave once a primary-process inner connection with one’s own spinal axis mundi and the shaft of radius mundi are engaged and dependably functional. Axis and Radius mundi, suggesting not only the rigorous, precarious heroism of the shaman, but also the passionate and now planetary tantric ritual generosity of sacred sexuality, are just the ticket.

Gaia Is Two

We are only now learning a ways of mutual tantric ritual for the good of all beings, for the future of Earth. Joseph Campbell was correct in his intuition that the myth of the West is a Creative Mythology that arises out of the Grail. Hopefully, this essay opens up even as it penetrates into a new frontier of exploration and learning about embodied loving for the good of the Anima/Matrix and Axis/Patrix Mundi. There is a last and necessary separatio required now as well on the original notion of Gaia as Sacred Feminine. Gaia is Two.

Liz Meacham has begun using the pronoun, they, for Gaia. This is advantageous because there is here a way to speak of a loving couple and as two who are one person. Such a move also aligns with teachings of the Sacred Pipe where all human beings and life are a balanced pair. This also aligns with the term, Urperson that I mentioned above. They also works well for Urth. Gaia and Ouranos = Urth.

You will find here no advice on how to proceed, just the encouragement to do so. It is possible to enter ever more deeply into being married and into the Mystery of commitment. It is a transformation that includes all of the Beauty and Courage of Romantic Love, however, it now calls us into engaging our Love for the Beauty that sustains the World.

You are aroused and even the sensate world unveils and reveals, delighting to be seen and truly appreciated. The heart flutters in erotic communion as the mind becomes unusually spacious and clear. One not only knows all of the others by heart, but also all those who oppose, and they all know you. You forget where you are, forget everything and are transported somewhere else.

We arrive then, back at the beginning:

The Immanent Function is 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 ensouled, living atmosphere of warmth, love, surprise and humor that makes 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.

Answering James Joyce: If You Meet Zoe Christ on the Road

Uncategorized

Irish author, James Joyce, has influenced my life. 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 our shared dilemmas.

My Irish, English, German and American Ancestors have suffered possession states for centuries. I have been possessed too and am a link in an unbroken chain anchored in a now-forgotten past. “Possession,” is a term that habitually brings to mind demons who enter and control their victim-hosts. As scary as it is to watch in a horror film, or maybe even witness it first hand, there is a far more horrific strain of possession state — psychic epidemic.

Branches of my family tree suffer from chronic generational bouts of GoCow-1 (Group possession by Christianity’s God of cosmic war against evil, its Messianic furor, and its mythology of saving the Earth by destroying it). Often, what triggers an onset of GoCow-1 is seeing loved ones die and feeling the despair that follows ungrieved inconsolable loss.

During decades of environmental, economic calm, GoCow-1 turns family members against each other using irrefutable cosmic rhetoric. During times of global crisis and mass death, our possessed state is prone to being weaponized and led to believe in a pure and righteous cause. Historically, when my family’s home nations are infected, millions of people hurt millions of people convinced they are doing something good.

This essay and the Immanent Function essay are my suggested two-part vaccine as well as healing agents for GoCow-1. Their most concentrated essence is that what heals and fortifies against GoCow-1 is Mu, (except when it’s not.) It rhymes with “moo.”

All that follows in my essay is summed up this clip of The Magnification:

Find below the lyrics of my song, Broken God. The song represents a public smashing of the icons of my Catholic youth. This was my way of expressing what Joyce called his war with Catholicism.

Broken God

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 Irish originality and sacred sexuality. In July, 1992, at the Festival of Archetypal Psychology in Honor of James Hillman, I sang Broken God during a talk by Eugene Monick entitled, Phallos: Sacred Image of the Masculine and The Gulf War. 

The song unexpectedly triggered a psychic opening in me that I understand as a shamanic calling. By shamanic calling, I mean an experience drawn from suffering the ills of our culture and finding powers to heal them. At first, there were 3 main messages:

Help to heal your culture’s sacred connection to Earth.

Help to heal your culture’s sacred connection to the Ancestors.

Help the stars to touch the Earth again.

In October, 2018. I went to Vietnam to assist in the healing ceremonies for American veterans with the group, Warriors Journey Home. It was during that time that a new layer of understanding came clear to me. War is the deeper cause that splits us from the sacred of Earth, Ancestors and stars.

As I learned more about James Joyce’s life and work, I found in him a brother-in-arts. I feel joined in time and intention with his war on Catholicism by taking on my part in a larger work for peace on Earth. One thing I can do, due to my family’s 900 years or so living inside its doctrine, is directly address Catholic and Protestant Christianity’s God of War.

IF YOU MEET ZOE CHRIST ON THE ROAD…

There is a Zen saying that if we should meet the Buddha on the road, we should kill him. That has always seemed over the top to me. I realize that the message is that the Buddha we all seek is within our own experience and not to be met second-hand from authoritarian others.

There are unexpected insights that open up when we translate the Zen saying into a Christianized version:

If you meet the Christ on the Road….

My song, Orphan Soul, is based on having a conversation between two Christs who meet each other. There are advantages in a choice not to kill each other.

Here are the opening lines from Orphan Soul. It is an invitation to follow along in our ongoing (James Joyce/Christopher Reynolds) conversation. I can state up front that our mutual goal is a new realization of inborn universal worth and gratitude for life.

When you meet the Orphan Soul

May you talk all night because the time is full

May you know the growing edge of you

The secret questions, what your dreams told you.

Where did you wake up in this world?

These are the meanings, the signs and science I explored.

Feel your words grow thick, the synchronistic clues.

Feel the golden chills for the beautiful and true

Minds from all times visit our time.

Minds from all times are visiting our time.

I think one of the central messages of Joyce’s Ulysses is that the Christ we seek is to be brought forth from within ourselves and in relationship. Communities where that level of expectation for each person’s potential is where the Second Coming is.

Here is a passage from Ulysses:

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]

O, so many Christs!

Zoe Christ, Bloom Christ, Lynch Christ… In his way, he introduced a pattern to take in: (Your Name Here)-Christ. This pattern, it turns out, is trans-Christian, pre-Christian, post-Christian — all at once. You have to go out of your mind to write about it, to read about it, to speak about it.

As of June 16. 1904, in Dublin, you have to go out of the modern and late-modern minds that brought you to that day to understand it. You have to be drunk to understand it. This is the start of my personal response to Ulysses. It is offered as an invitation to a festival in which you can take all you want, so long as you enjoy it. Should anything be unsavory, then leave it behind. The fault falls on me as your host. So it is with drunkeness that my Answering James Joyce all begins.

Odysseus and the Sirens
Soruce: woods.stanford,edu

DRUNK ON NOBODY’S WINE OF APOLLO

The first hint of a deeper allegorical, psychological reading beneath the literal story is the title, Ulysses, aka. Odysseus. Ulysses is an epic, certainly an homage to Homer, but one with even deeper Gaelic roots in bardic traditions. Among the responsibilities of bards is to remind the people who they are. Memory as a force of transformation works in the same style as dreaming and dreams, singing and songs. When you read this story, you are entering a waking dream and singing along with it.

Reading the drunken lyricism about that June day, I invite you to consider how when Odysseus and his crew are prisoners of the cyclops, Polyphemus, the half-sighted giant, immediately devours 2 of Odysseus’ men and shuts the rest of them in his cave for future meals. In order to escape, the hero hatches a plan to get their captor drunk on the wine of Apollo.

This one-eyed power who will potentially consume all those you care about has a name that opens a gate. Polyphemus means Abounding in songs and legends. Using the sideways psychological approach of archetypal psychology, the pathologized contains a hidden and forgotten divinity who wants our attention. There are few lands that abound in songs and legends like Ireland, Brittany, Scotland, Isle of Man, Cornwall and Wales.

There is here an idea that people are being eaten alive by a one-eyed brutish consumer named Abundance-in-songs-and-legends. Here is a character whose name could also be, I-amthe consumer-half-blind-to-abundance-in-songs-and-legends. To complete the work on the pathologized character, continuing with archetypal rhetoric, means to restore proper dignity to the forgotten divinity of the people, the songs, the legends and the landscapes of the Gaels for whom Joyce wrote — and move more deeply now to restore the proper dignity to the forgotten dignity of the people, the songs, the legends, landscapes of a now celestial Earth.

I think, then, the title, Ulysses, a Latinized form of Odysseus, invites a deeper look into more than a thousand years of colonizing whether by Rome, Roman Catholicism, Catholic Kingdom, English Protestantism, Kingdom, Empire, or multi-national.

To offer some of Apollo’s wine, is to shift the mind to be able to perceive the full depths of meaning before us. In the Greek tradition, the ancient de-literalizer is sacred geometry. To intoxicate I-am-the consumer-half-blind-to-abundance-in-songs-and-legends is to inebriate its single, shallow understanding — literalism. Once we escape from the cave, the adventure can continue. May your cup be filled. Here, now, is a taste of Apollo’s vintage.

In the Bible, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, pi, is removed from sight:

23 And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was round all about, and his height was five cubits: and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.

A circle that is ten cubits across does not have a circumference of thirty cubits. There are traces here and there that this section of text is meant to attract the attention of wide-awake readers. In Hebrew mysticism, where letters are also numbers, only one who asks about this hint learns about the hidden and deeper message — there are missing letter/numbers that complete pi‘s ratio. This is a teaching strategy called, remez, in Kabbalah. In Indigenous traditions, this is called, Coyote teaching.

Pi, taken as poetry, describes where and how the inner and the outer worlds meet — the seat of the soul. (As of 2019, there are 31.4 trillion digits to pi.) For this reason, pi is called a transcendental number or an inutterable.There is no naming of pi. When Polyphemus asks Odysseus who he is, he tells the cyclops, Nemo — Nobody.

With pi comes a teaching that all that is visible is seamlessly merged with invisble, infinite depths of felt meaning. Conversely, invisible and infinite depths of insight are co-present in all we perceive. Drunkenness on Apollo’s wine is a way of saying, From now on, all this is symbolic, metaphoric, psychological. Nobody owns these lyrical depths. They are within and all around you. Thus, you may enter the realm of soul.

Molten Sea
Source: Creative Commons

I think this is why the molten sea is outside Solomon’s Temple. It is because until you know that all that is within the Temple precincts is poetic, mythic, archetypal, bardic, language, you risk seeing a literal meaning where there are depths all around you. Those who don’t know risk setting fire to the wine-dark sea.

(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 ask the Spirits in a Yuwipi ceremony, 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 colonial Catholic 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 (Your Name Here)-Christ. The Lakota Spirits and culture have managed to integrate the archetype — even as they remained Lakota Spirits. In alignment with Joyce’s proclamation in Ulysses, Indigenous wisdom, expresses the Christ-message, a message of blessing meant to be integrated into already existing sacred ways. When placed together, the message seems to be strengthened:

Into the sky and throughout the Earth, all human beings are (Your Name Here)-Christ, traveling and helping the people.

Orphan Soul, continued:

When you meet the Orphan Soul,

Talk of erotic love, the Southern and the Northern Poles

As philosophers held out their mirror,

Again you know yourself, together the mind is clearer.

Once in painted caves, all the Spirit rooms

Across the wide oceans, along the rivers and roads

Know each other by laughter and heart

By the passion for your Work and your Art…

ASTROLOGICAL CODES IN GREEK CHRISTIANITY FOR (Your Name Here)-Christ

Because its value was borne out by decades of personal experience, there were sound reasons for C. G. Jung to write:

Astrology represents the sum of all the psychological knowledge of antiquity.

To describe astrology as “the sum of all the psychological knowledge of antiquity” is to recognize astrology as Western Indigenous Wisdom. Using the idea from above, that the Christ-message was meant to be integrated into already-existing cultural traditions, we should be able to find in Western Astrological Wisdom our version of the Christian message.

Failure to carry forward our wisdom tradition appears in Bart Erhman’s 2014 book: How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee. and in Dara Malloy’s 2009 book, The Globalisation of God: Celtic Christianity’s Nemesis. 

In both books, there is a description of the centuries-long process of transforming an enlightened human person into an “all-knowing,” “all-good,” Godman who during the Second Coming will wage Holy War against the powers of evil and bring a New Heaven and New Earth.

Jesus who brings peace into the world because all persons are capable of the same enlightenment and Jesus, co-equal with Almighty I AM who imposes imperial rule by war, globalization, colonization, and ultimate control of the entire planet, don’t seem to be the same guy.

(It is the second Jesus, God of Holy War that I lament in Broken God. Jesus, spiritual fascist whose rules cut off our sacred connections to Nature and Ancestors, invites disaster.  Disaster, in English, is derived from dis – “split from” and aster – “star.” My song was and still is intended to smash apart 500 years of feeling split-off, not at home on a living planet, in a living galaxy, in an ever-expanding 14,82 billion years old living cosmos.)

——————-

There is a helpful invitation to reconnect to Christianity as a development out of ancient Western cosmology in David Fideler’s, Jesus Christ, Sun of God: Ancient Cosmology and Early Christian Symbolism.

Fideler demonstrates how the Christos or Annointed was integrated into the Alexandrian Greek, Egyptian and Hebrew traditions. He drives home how the New Testament is mostly in Greek and that Christianity is essentially a Greek mystery religion with roots in long-developed planetary archetypal knowing.

Through the use of Gematria, sacred writing in which letters are also numbers, (most probably learned from the Hebrew tradition) scholars created, IHSOUS, 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: Sun, Moon, Venus, Saturn, Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter. Handed down over the millennia along with those sky powers are a series of magic squares that were associated with the number patterns of the powers above. How exactly they were created is lost to history. I think it’s safe to assume that they were received in rituals, dreams, visions, moments of awe, trance, Near-Death Experiences, and other forms of spiritual emergency.

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 can be recognized 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, curses, 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 numerical musical 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 with venus. A temple to Mars would be created using martian codes in the same way.

With gratitude to David Fideler’s scholarship, here are the magic squares and some temples associated with divine numbers derived from those squares:

Moon Numbers
Mercury Numbers


Temple of Mercury
Source: Creative Commons
Venus numbers

Temple of Venus
Source: Creative Commons
Mars Numbers

Jupiter Numbers
Saturn Numbers
Temple of Saturn
Source: Creative Commons

Sun: Temple of Apollo in Delphi:

Delphi
Source: Creative Commons

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.” They tend to show up all around you during major life turning points.

An old version of the magic square of the Sun:

Source: Creative Commons

The letters for the name, Jesus, in this Greek rendering, add up to the “solar” number, 888

With gratitude to the math, geometry, architecture, music, and cosmology, in Sun of God, I would like to add a fundamental message that is carried within the astrology of our ancestors.

I AM WHO AM

Using the information from Jesus Christ, Sun of God, it becomes possible to look at an astrological birth chart where the symbolism is that the sun is the psychological center of the individual personality:

sun = identity, the center of the personality.

In the depths of this “natal sun” is 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 reads that carried within each human soul is an unexpected potential Christ. You can find the sun in James Joyce’s birth chart next to the symbol of Aquarius – his birth sign or sun sign. This is a cosmological writing of the name, James Christ.


This idea concerning the sacredness of individual identity informs author 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.

This way of understanding, now, further strengthens the weave of a universal message expressed within the various cultural ways. Western tradition mirrors the Lakota mirrors the Bard of the Gaels. The air we breathe calls us to be compassionate. We are all potentially merciful persons when we are truly ourselves and also acknowledge the same worth in others. Now putting them all as one mind:

Into the sky and throughout the Earth, 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 you and each person in a one-of-a-kind manner. Do this to help the people.

INDIGENOUS VIRTUE FROM THE WEST

The same in-born dignity of identity and soul is in Rupert Sander’s film, Ghost in the Shell. In the film, Aramaki reminds Major that she is not a weapon, but a sacred being:

Major

Aramaki

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 beings are capable of this awareness. To remember we are more than our biography and position in any institution. Ghost in the Shell dares to show how even mechanized ones can become realized. The same courage to honor consciousness runs through all of the X-Men mutant stories. In fact, Logan aka. Wolverine reminds and affirms the dignity and purpose the mutant children that they are more than weapons. The theme appears again in both Bladerunner films as we as appearing as a pun in the titles of Bourne Identity.

The Gift of sovereign individuality in soul that comes from all these centuries is one of the better aspects of patriarchy. Ideally, a gift of the West to the planet is a cosmically expressed fundamental worthiness of each human being, regardless of class, caste, nationality, faith, gender.

William Wallace Lincoln
Source: Creative Commons

I know that one of the better aspirations of the American Dream is to establish a way of life that honors the sovereign dignity of each personality and nourishes all communities who strive for the same heart. Here is Lincoln on February 22, 1842:

The preacher, it is said, advocates temperance because he is a fanatic and desires a union of the Church and State; the lawyer, from his pride and vanity of hearing himself speak; and the hired agent, for his salary. But when one who has long been known as a victim of intemperance bursts the fetters that have bound him, and appears before his neighbors “clothed and in his right mind, ” a redeemed specimen and long lost humanity, and stands up with tears of joy trembling in his eyes to tell of the miseries once endured, now to be endured no more forever; of a wife long weighed down with woe, weeping, and a broken heart, now restored to health, happiness and renewed affection; and how easily it is all done, once it is resolved to be done; however simple his language, there is a logic, and an eloquence, that few, with human feelings can resist. They cannot say that he desires a union of church and state, for he is not a church member; they cannot say he is vain of hearing himself speak, for his whole demeanor shows he would gladly avoid speaking at all; they cannot say he speaks for pay for he receives none, and asks for none. Nor can his sincerity in any way be doubted, or his sympathy for those he would persuade to imitate his example be denied.

The end of patriarchy is to know that there is no goddamned boundary between one human family and another. As American Afghan War veteran, Andy Wall, reflects on his time soldiering in our name:

We are all just human beings. We are all mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. We are all human beings.

Any jealous war-inciting gods now are abusive, generally, absentee Fathers in a world where all beings are worthy and deserve recognition. All traditions can learn to see through themselves into the sacredness of the others and all life.

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!

HANDS ACROSS THE WATER, HEADS ACROSS THE SKY

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. To follow this developing line of reasoning, does it seem like such a stretch to imagine that the Eucharist is eaten in the Christian mythology because the message is not to worship the Christ who will come down from the beyond to save unworthy you? Read as myth, the message is — become _______- Christ yourself, accept help from other beings and help all other beings become the I AM WHO AM who they are.

Is it an even greater stretch to imagine at Christmastide how the lowly unexpected location, neglected by the many and lost out in no man’s land, is human identity? Secreted away within each soulMary, could there abide a new and unexpected, new Christ who goes by your name? Share this and ingest it in community in an atmosphere of Mercy. Live in the world in this way – from the darkness of every round year, a Second Coming.

Another Biblical Coyote teaching is in the evidently intentional misleading as regards the name of God. In our times, I think it’s safe to consider that God tells Moses in the Burning Bush that his name is union of conscious and unconscious. God then tells Moses to tell the people only half of his name. Basically, “Tell the children of Israel my name is conscious.” (Don’t tell them about how unconsciousness has been removed from sight)


God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’

This split of I AM from WHO AM, conscious from unconscious, the Ojibway call, interfering with the vision quest of another. Around the Great Lakes, the song and presence of Robin, the robin, sings a reminder and a warning to all parents as regards their children.

Never interfere with the vision quest of another.

Never allow another to interfere with your quest.

Love your children for who they are, not for what they do.

Do not aspire beyond your scope and your own being.

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 AN ATMOSPHERE OF MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING

Rabbi Chaim Vital (1543-1620) taught and wrote that all humans are worthy of participating in G-d. From his book, The Gates of Holiness:

Part 3 Gate 7: On attaining Ruach Hakodesh (holy spirit) in our times

After our warnings in the previous gate of all the types of attaining (supernatural revelations/powers and the dangers), one should not despair (due to the difficulties involved). Because on the verse “And Devorah, was a woman prophet…”, (there is a commentary from) Tana D’Bei Eliyahu: “(says G-d) I testify on Myself heaven and earth, whether man or woman, whether gentile or Jew, whether slaveman or slavewoman, everyone according to his actions, the Ruach Hakodesh will dwell on him.” (i.e. anyone can reach Ruach HaKodesh even women, slaves, or non-Jews).

In the Hindu ways, the doctrine of the divine human, (Your-Name-Here)-Christ pattern, is called, Narayana. 

In his book, Kali’s Child: The Mystical and the Erotic in the Life and Teachings of Ramakrisha, Kripal elaborates, affirming Joyce’s view:

…for Ramakrishna’s teaching on the divine nature of every human being is unconcerned with the moral worth of the person in question. God plays every role in the play of the world. Thus, after he watched a play about the life of Krishna, for example, Ramakrishna declares: “I saw clearly that she herself had become everything, I see that whoever was dressed up [in a female role] was the Blissful Mother herself! Those who were dressed as cowherds in Golaka I saw as Narayana himself. He himself has become everything!” The world is a play in which the god and the goddess play all the parts. (p. 228)

The Sufi’s are a mystical branch of Islam. It’s not a big leap to hear the (Your Name Here)-Christ/divine human with a part to play in the words of Rumi about the sacred individuality of each soul that has its hidden reasons for coming into being in this life:

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.

BECOMING CONSCIOUS OF THE FORGOTTEN SPLIT

At the beginning of the use of magic squares was the realization of the ecliptic. The ecliptic is the path of the sun, moon and planets across the sky.

Looking outward from the rotating and orbiting Earth, due to the tilt of our planet and its orbit, the sun, moon and planets appear to follow the tilted circle that passes through the 12 constellations of the zodiac. That tilted sky circle is called the ecliptic. The horizontal circle in this drawing is called the celestial equator. Notice how the two circles create a flattened “X” where they cross.

Source, Creative Commons

The moon in its orbit around the Earth is not drawn in the image above. The movement of the moon along the ecliptic is more nuanced. Here is Michael McCoy on Astronomy.com:

The Moon follows generally the same path, but with some important differences. The Moon’s orbit is tilted 5.1° relative to the ecliptic. So, the Moon can appear anywhere in a band extending 5.1° north (above) and south (below) of the ecliptic.

Each month, the Moon twice crosses the ecliptic on opposite sides of Earth. These intersections are called the nodes of the Moon’s orbit…

…The nodal points also wander along the ecliptic. An imaginary line connecting the nodes through Earth’s center rotates around the planet every 18.6 years. When the Moon lies on a node, Earth, the Sun, and the Moon lie in the same plane. Rarely do the nodes line up exactly, but when they do — and if the Moon happens to be at new or full phase — total solar or lunar eclipses occur. However, due to the 5.1° tilt, eclipses do not occur every month. The 18.6-year period is called the Saros cycle, and it is used to help determine the periodic repetition of eclipses.

The Moon’s rising and setting points wander back and forth between the extremes, but not over an annual cycle like the Sun. Instead, the Moon performs this cycle every month (overlaid on a slow 18.6-year cycle as well), and with a swing relative to the Sun that can reach plus or minus 5.1°. When the line of nodes aligns with the solstices, the tilt of the Moon’s orbit causes the Moon to pass either 5.1° above or below the ecliptic at the nodes’ northern and southern extremes.

Ur-Gur, King of Ur, 2500 BCE
Source: Creative Commons

Knowledge of the ecliptic, of 18.6 year Saros cycle along with literacy, numeracy, and knowledge of the north and south nodes of the moon gave any person, priesthood, family, or people with that knowledge immense numinous influence over illiterate persons without that knowing. It was like harnessing the power of a sky dragon and using it. Case in point, in his Masks of God series, Campbell cites the city of Ur as an example of the results of this kind of “heavenly” order lived out by a people. There are archeological digs that reveal burials of the dead king and the entire court – all the court was buried while still alive with the royal corpse in order to satisfy the righteous heavenly order. In all of my reading, I have never learned of the bones of a high priest or a high priestess who offered their lives in the mass suicides. Perhaps with such immense numinosity, the royal priesthood considered themselves too important to be sacrificed?

(To this day, the north and south nodes of the moon on a birthchart retain their early symbolic shapes and names in a birth chart as head and tail of the dragon. If you look at Joyce’s birthchart, you can find his north and south nodes of the moon.)


nodes of the moon
Source, Creative Commons

Ecliptic and Celestial Equator
Soruce: ase.tufts.edu

Our Greek and Biblical texts still carry inherited vestiges of this split-off power above. In Plato’s Timaeus and in the Book of Job, there remains an assumption that the reader knows about the existence of the ecliptic. The Hebrew word, Mazzaroth, meaning, Garland, is the name of the ecliptic in their tradition.

Timaeus:

Next, he cleft the structure so formed lengthwise into two halves, and laying the two so as to meet in the center in the shape of the letter, X, he bent them in a circle and caused them to meet themselves and each other at a point opposite to that of their original contact: and he comprehended them in the motion that revolves uniformly on the same axis, and one of the circles he made exterior and one interior.

Book of Job 38:

31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

32 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?

33 Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?


Eclipse of 2017, in Princeton, Kentucky

I traveled with my cousin, Penny, to watch the 2017 total eclipse of the sun in Princeton, Kentucky. During the minutes of its totality, all human life around me stopped. I walked out into the middle of Main Street. A total solar eclipse was the single-most-powerful sky-sign I have ever witnessed. Even for me, a 21st century American, the eclipse was numinous. There was a man down the street with his church community nearly shouting words from Job as he read aloud from his Bible to proclaim the awesome power of the God on High:

Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?

As I noted above, it is clear that any human beings who figured out how to predict solar eclipses could claim to know the superior mind of a power on high. In this, the 3 current forms of monotheism in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, have contentiously appropriated a way of the split sky split off in earnest in Sumer around 2350 BCE forming a Messiah Complex. According to Joseph Campbell in Oriental Mythology:

The world was no longer to be known as a mere showing in time of the paradigms of eternity, but as a field of cosmic conflict between two powers, one light and one dark.

The earliest prophet of this mythology of cosmic restoration was, apparently, the Persian Zoraster…The system associated with his name is based on the ideas between the wise lord, Ahura Mazda, “first father of the Righteous Order, who gave to the sun and stars their path,” and an independent evil principle, Angra Mainyu, the Deceiver, principle of the lie, who, when all had been excellently made, entered into it in every particle. The world, consequently, is a compound wherein good and evil, light and dark, wisdom and violence are contending for a victory. And the privilege and duty of each man–who himself, as part of creation, is a compound of good and evil–is to elect, voluntarily, to engage in the battle in the interest of the light..

It is obvious that a potent mythical formula for the reorientation of the human spirit is here supplied–pitching it forward along the way of time, summoning man to an assumption of autonomous responsibility for the renovation of the universe in God’s name, and thus, fostering a new, potentially political (not finally contemplative) philosophy of holy war. (p.8)

Fortress of Khor-Rorim, Sacred area dedicated to the God of the Moon Sourc: Creative
Commons

Source:
https://alchetron.com/Khor-Rori

I think there is an unbroken line of continuity from 2350 BCE in Sumer to the fortress of Khor Rori in Oman. I visited the fortress of Khor Rori with my son, Isaac, in 2016. It was there that a people, ancestors of the Hadrumat people, whose name means, Death has come, established a port and stole the lucrative frankincense trade by war in the name of Sin, the Divinity of the moon, Saros cycle and ecliptic, around 100 BCE. (The name has no relation to the English, “sin,” by the way.)

I think it’s reasonable to consider that human authority by relationship with a War God Above began with the consciousness of the ecliptic. Monotheism, as we experience it today, looks a lot like elaborations over the centuries of ever higher and higher God the Most Highs chronically aspiring to demonize, destroy and replace each other.

LET THE CURSES BE UNBOUND

With a recollection of the developments that brought us here, it becomes possible to unbind ourselves, our relationships, our way of life from what is a cultural weaponization of soul via demonization of the Other. Humanity’s creation of nuclear armaments puts an extra burden on the Messiah Complex of all Americans. Since July of 1945, it has been our responsibility as citizens to become conscious of any leftover prejudice for the “saved” due to the ecliptic, numeracy, literacy, based on the Bible and its flat-earth cosmology.

Botticelli’s 1485 Map of Hell inspired by Dante’s Inferno is a reminder of a Western habit of mind. There is a now-dying way of life that has landed in our laps that began some 4370 years ago. Its collective mental habit has assumed that the direction upward is the heavenly best and downward is the hellish worst. We are the inheritors of a way of life that has believed that the Earth is renewed at the end of time by force of will through an Almighty Power who is victorious in a battleground of good against evil after which the past, Memory, is forever forgotten in a brave New World.

St Mary the Redeemer Catholic Church
Norwalk, Ohio
Source: Creative Commons


More than four centuries later, in 1971, I made my Confirmation at St. Mary’s in Norwalk. On my way into the church that day, one of the older students came charging up to us with a grimace on his face. He growled, Grrrr! I’m prayin’ to the Devil! I’m prayin’ to the Devil! In that moment, he put his hands together, as we were taught to pray with our fingers pointing up to God in the Sky, but then, he slowly turned his fingers downward. In our world at that time, he was pointing to make a prayer to the demons in Hell. That scared me to death. It goes without saying that passing so closely to a satanic gesture made it hard for me to stay focused in the sacrament that followed!

PRAYERS FOR THE FACES COMING UP FROM THE GROUND

Sun Dance in a Lakota Ledger Drawing
Source: American-tribes.com

Not all of Earth’s cultures share the rather recent cosmic battlefield concept. There are Indigenous peoples who continue to thrive after 10,000 years or more. For them, the world is renewed when human beings honor oral traditions, songs, dreams, visions, and participate with Creation in the co-creation of the future together. To live in right relationship with the planet, mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually with all our relations calls for a balanced, yet dynamic merging of Memory and Will. In the enduring view, the world is healed when human beings remember who they are and choose to be the best form of themselves in service to the happiness of all beings.

I think James Joyce’s war on Catholicism and my struggles with Christianity’s God of War can now find a path forward. Joyce’s war can be imagined as against any Jesus portrayed as a reboot of the cosmic force of good in the battleground of the universe.

Doctrine of Discovery, 1493
Source: Upstanderproject.org

This Son of the Father Almighty has been Catholic since 325 with the Nicene Creed. You can discern his voice 1200 years later in the 1493 Doctrine of Discovery:

Among other works well pleasing to the Divine Majesty and cherished of our heart, this assuredly ranks highest, that in our times especially the Catholic faith and the Christian religion be exalted and be everywhere increased and spread, that the health of souls be cared for and that barbarous nations be overthrown and brought to the faith itself.

Cromwell’s Souldiers Pocket Bible
Source: Creative Commons

Here is from Oliver Cromwell’s 1649 Letter to Lenthall about invading Ireland with his Model Army:

And now give me leave to say how it comes to pass that this work is wrought. It was set upon some of our hearts, That a great thing should be done, not by power or might, but by the Spirit of God. And is it not so, clearly? That which caused your men to storm so courageously, it was the Spirit of God, who gave your men courage, and took it away again; and gave the Enemy courage, and took it away again; and gave your men courage again, and therewith, this happy success. And therefore it is good that God alone have all the glory.

James Joyce’s proposal of Florry Christ, Stephen Christ, Zoe Christ, Bloom Christ, Kitty Christ, Lynch Christ, (Your-Name-Here)-Christ, represents a re-affirmation of Gaelic integration of a divine human identity into Irish literature. In my mind, Joyce was re-claiming the wisdom of Pelagius, who affirmed the goodness of human beings and human will. Joyce, with his own Ancestor, decried the falsehood of the teaching of Original Sin.

In this, I agree with him and going forward, nationalist, exclusionary, elitist, colonial, continuing memberships in ways of any Highest Gods, or in ways of any powers claimed by assumptions to privilege, are best checked for hidden hatred, racism, homophobia, and when the Bible is involved, anti-semitism and misogyny.

POST-APOCALYPTIC AMERICAN

It is the Second Coming where my life experience can offer an affirmation that Earth is renewed by participation with deep reverence, communication and courageous human love in peace-making and not by militaristic moral discipline preparing for the end of time in cosmic war. I’ve enjoyed the unique experience of knowing both forms of the end of the world and a new beginning.

From 1980-1982, I lived through an apocalyptic group understanding of Christianity It was triggered by the death of one of my best friends, Dale “Butch” Fisher. This end-times mentality did not materialize out of nowhere. Growing up, my grandmother and her religious community were convinced the End was coming soon. In high school, a number of my friends and I were inspired by Black Sabbath’s song, War Pigs, and fervent believing adults around us, to become enamored with the Book of Revelation and its prophecies. Lastly, from the womb onward, as a Catholic, I was bathed in the Church’s ritual words – to wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Weeks after Dale’s passing in late August, 1980, during a prayer service, I suddenly became certain that we were in the Final Days. As pristine as in ancient Sumer some 4000 years before, the idea of my sacrifice for the good guys in a soul-saving cosmic war between good and evil possessed me as much as I possessed it. I can share that within this mindset, as an individual, you assume you are in the hands of a power beyond yourself. The best thing you can do is to soldier on, pray together for the end, do good things for other people to store up treasures in the afterlife, and convert as many persons as possible to Christianity.

My family’s, friends’ and religious community’s Apocalyptic potential also did not materialize out of nowhere. In the 1980’s there were surprising numbers of fellow Ohioans and Americans who had the same certainty.

Puritan Leader Johnathan Edward
Source: apuritansmind.com

American history, from the Puritans onward, has chronically featured leaders, literature and ideas that foster an atmosphere of Apocalyptic expectation. Even Jefferson in his version of the Bible in which he cut out all miracles, held on to the Apocalyptic End-times without missing a step.

Here is a brief list of dates for the Final Days:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dates_predicted_for_apocalyptic_events

It turns out that American culture at large in August, 1980, was in one of those Doomsday periods. In 1970, Hal Lindsey and C. C. Carlson predicted that the end was near with the book, The Late Great Planet Earth.

The Late Great Planet Earth predicted that the Rapture would take place in 1981 and after 7 years of persecution by the Antichrist, the battle of Armageddon and Second Coming would be in 1988.

By November 1980, the book reached into the White House through the minds of Ronald Reagan and members of his inner circle. In Jonathan Kirsch’s, A History of the End of the World: How the Most Controversial Book in the Bible Changed the Course of Western Civilization, Kirsch notes:

To hear Lindsay himself tell it, Reagan was eager to win over the American military establishment to apocalyptic true belief. With the president’s blessings, Lindsey asserts, he was invited to brief Pentagon war planners on the divine implications of nuclear combat with the Soviet Union. And Reagan invited televangelist, Jerry Falwell, another prominent and outspoken apocalyptic preacher, to attend briefings of the National Security Council and deliver the same message. (p. 225)

The Dreaming Gourd
Sidereal COEX constellation
F. Christopher Reynolds

Moving through the fever of End-times mindset into a post-Apocalyptic time in my case, came in four steps. The first step came through dreaming in which I was shown in a dream, in very direct language, that preparing for the End and saving up treasures for the afterlife were parasites on my life.

Tristan and Isolde

The second step came with a loving kiss to the center of my chest. When Paula, whom I would later marry, pressed her warm lips up against my skin, my entire awareness dropped in from above me. It was as if, up until that point and all of my life before, my self-awareness had been living about one foot above and behind my body, up in the air and to the right. I woke up inside myself and outside any sense that the Earth was going to die.

The third step was reading Elaine Pagel’s book, The Gnostic Gospels. Her book gave me language for the direct knowing of the sacred of my dreaming and of my embodied loving — gnosis.

The fourth was watching Carl Sagan’s, Cosmos, on PBS.

I think my journey through the End-times mentality into a participatory Earth-centered future by dreaming, embodied loving, gnosis and into cosmos was a lot like Joyce’s path with Nora Barnacle. It was my path forward from 1982 onward until July of 1992 when the God of War broke me open into my Calling.

My 2018 trip to Vietnam confirmed for me how healing of the Christian God of War requires not only a personal, family approach. War is a collective experience. Surely, it is a gift to find how to heal from the collective. Unfortunately, to face Christianity’s God of War requires discovering strategies that heal the collective by finding ways to participate and heal with the collective. American culture has never had this, nor have there ever been any Christian rituals nor Catholic sacraments to heal the faith from its own supremacy.

POST-APOCALYPTIC AMERICANS

By an incredible miracle of my life, I was invited to my first Sun Dance ceremony at Pine Ridge, South Dakota by a friend whom I consider to be my big sister – ma grande soeur Lakota – I call her. It was there that I learned that the community of the world and humanity can be renewed through loving participation in Earth-based ritual. Sun Dance is one of them.

The Lakota themselves are “post-Apocalyptic” in their ways. Their hopes for a new world were destroyed along with the Ghost Dance Movement on December 29, 1890, at Wounded Knee, South Dakota. They are a “post-Ghost Dance” people. It would not be until 1978 that their traditions would be de-criminalized. What few people know is that during the years when it was a felony to pray, a small number of elders kept the Sun Dance Tree alive.

I did not know this was true until I saw the Sacred Tree coming over the hill. I wept when I saw it. A woman standing next to me said, “They kept it alive when it was against the law.”

With tears in my eyes, I responded, “The Tree never died?”

“No, The Sacred Tree Lives!” — she exclaimed.

Sun Dance is a ceremony whose intention is to restore the balance of the people and all life of the Earth, including enemies. It was not difficult for me to notice the many similarities between the mythology of Sun Dance and the mythology of the Second Coming. The central theme they share is the renewal of the Earth. It also shone clear as the sun in the sky the many ways that dancing, loving, healing, singing, sharing, and praying together for the good of all for the world to come, as in the coming year, was so much more generous than praying, working, and saving the chosen for Final Days not far off. A world to come that is a long-awaited home cut off from condemned billions of people and many ecosystems and a world to come that is a flourishing of the many human lives now participating with a healthy planet Earth are markedly different.

During that first Dance in 2010, I felt a healing of those energies of my being, those deepest intentions, that were so unexpectedly overloaded during my years in the American Christian End-times mentality. This was an affirmation of a basic tenet in depth psychology regarding what Myers called, the subliminal self, Jung called the Self, Hillman called, force of character. 

Every individual human consciousness appears to feature within a guiding and organizing self and world image that has the potential of self/cultural/world renewal or destruction, depending on how we engage it.

In my essay, The Immanent Function, I update a description of that guiding and organizing center and whole of the personality. My update borrows heavily from John Wier-Perry who, as a Jungian, used Jung’s image of the mandala. In Immanent Function, I make the case that Jung’s use of a 2 dimensional mandala requires a four-dimensional understanding. This is because human beings are not psychologically time-bound. The psyche moves quite freely in all directions of the past, present and future. To move freely through time requires the 4+ dimensions.

The Immanent Function
Sidereal COEX Constellation
c. 2019 by Author

With that shift in mind:

Urth, by F. Christopher Reynolds




…these two motifs – self-image and world image are companion pieces in the process of renewal. They share the same representative image: a mandala that is now to be imagined as a 4D+ hypersphere resonant with the 5th dimension and turning like a gyroscope on its axis mundi. We are inside the world image and the self-image is within us, except when we are not. The entire process of renewal is evidently human co-participation in the work of the powerful planetary image that symbolizes the psyche’s governing source simultaneously within (self-image) and all around (world image) us, except when it’s not.

Now that you have seen the Urth symbol and the update, Urth means primal, original, planetary source. The more elegant description is:

…these two motifs – self-image and world image are companion pieces in the process of renewal. They share the same representative image: Urth.

At Sun Dance, I was affirmed in my experience of life renewal by participating with my own psyche’s governing source. I learned that to engage my own soul at the depth of self-image/world image, I need to commit to care for the well-being of all life — beyond, yet including myself. I learned that it is possible to join at the same psychological depth with the collective group with one heart, one mind. When each person takes part with this same intention during the season of the year when the ecosystem resonates with this same vitality, a renewal of our felt connection with Earth and sky, a Second Coming, takes place. We deserve a Second Coming every year, a cultural birthday to nourish our personal birthday.

Second Trumpet in the Book of Revelations
Cloisters Apocalypse, Creative Commons

ALL IN THIS VIBRATION

sIt came clear to me how the Final Days mythology birthed with the ecliptic, whether called, a split structure so formed lengthwise into two halves, and laying the two so as to meet in the center in the shape of the letter, X, or Mazzaroth, took kindness, laughter, the ways all life belongs to the Original Instructions, delight, sovereignty from the entire sensual Beauty of our cosmos, from all past, present and future immanence within it. The Earth was no longer imagined as a self-healing wise being. Saving the now-demonized Earth was imagined as coming from Above and Beyond. As Campbell noted, this shift also placed a burden on human beings, not to steward by participation the balance within and around them, but to fight in a chronic war against evil.

I know from being inside this mentality that it has a domesticating effect. You are no longer able to remember why you were born or feel your connection to your own loved ones — both your Ancestors in the Spiritworld as well as the sacred beings of your bioregion. It is a twisting-off of our life’s nuclear core, eventually mirrored by nuclear weapons. Inner worth seems derived from beyond and above, taking any job in service to the Purest Good and Divine Laws. It feels like you are in a bunker or a war-room waiting for the end to come. As Rumi so well describes it, you become the man who takes a precious dagger and hammers it into his kitchen wall for a peg to hold his dipper gourd. You waste valuable keenness and forget your dignity and purpose.

At the end of my first Sun Dance, I felt a seamless continuity between my being, the other people, and with the intricate varied beauty of the ecosystem, landscape, and sky. I felt proud to be a human being for the first time in my life.

At the end of their prayers, the Lakota say, All my relations. This is a lived experience. Pride in being human came because I felt we did our part together to restore the dynamic balance of the beauty of the world. I did not feel a pride like some kind of pharaoh in dominion. I consider myself to be one among many post-Messianic Americans —
simple, humble and fully human.

I learned the hard way that the process of renewal includes participation in the work of the powerful planetary image that symbolizes the psyche’s governing source. I learned by taking a wrong turn that it is an archetype of our own being that has the potential of self/cultural/world renewal or destruction, depending on how we engage it.

I learned by letting go of the past that the archetype of our deepest potential, when lived collectively, can be a well-spring of life renewal. I now know from direct experience that when ritually engaged in Earth-based, embodied ways, the well-spring beautifully and fiercely sustains human cultures. I also have paid in life-time wasted to find out how deeply our own potential can be manipulated and weaponized. It’s a hollow victory to live within a split-off bunker mentality fighting in an imagined war of good versus evil. Intuitively, I know that we all have paid enough for 5000 years or more for the Glory of the Coming of the Lord.

Into the sky and throughout the Earth, remember the deep root of your being, 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 you and each person in a one-of-a-kind manner. Do this to help the people. 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. You have that something within, the higher self. I say you have a logic, and an eloquence, that few, with human feelings can resist whether man or woman, whether gentile or Jew, everyone according to her/histheir actions, the Ruach Hakodesh will dwell on him The world is a play in which the god and the goddess play all the parts.

Dark Side of the Moon and Earth
Source: PBS.org

HOW MUCH DOES A WORLD SAVIOR COST?

The mental split that brought about the patterns of the ecliptic, the sun, moon, and planets, appears to have personally split apart the inner worth of everyone. We have accepted the domestication of the archetype of self and world renewal and have struggled in the confrontation with the draft into service for the “good” side in a ruined universe. Where the late-modern world view has lopped off the numinous from the cosmos, it still continues to hang onto the ruined universe in open or assumed nihilistic proclamations of cosmic absurdity.

It is time for us to consciously choose to learn from those long enduring Indigenous peoples in whose ways the renewal of cultural flourishing comes by actively participating in caring relationship with our conscious self-renewing planet. It is time for us to consciously seek out the hundreds of thousands unto millions of future-oriented others who have already been called into and who are already living in wholeness of soul, who have devoted their willpower to the good of all beings.

C. G. Jung wrote:

Indeed, it is becoming ever more obvious that it is not famine, not earthquakes, not microbes, not cancer but man himself who is man’s greatest danger to man, for the simple reason that there is no adequate protection against psychic epidemics, which are infinitely more devastating than the worst of natural catastrophes.

The supreme danger which threatens individuals as well as whole nations is a psychic danger. Reason has proved itself completely powerless, precisely because its arguments have an effect only on the conscious mind and not on the unconscious.


The greatest danger of all comes from the masses, in whom the effects of the unconscious pile up cumulatively and the reasonableness of the conscious mind is stifled. Every mass organization is a latent danger just as much as a heap of dynamite is. It lets loose effects which no man wants and no man can stop.

It is therefore in the highest degree desirable that a knowledge of psychology should spread so that men can understand the source of the supreme dangers that threaten them. Not by arming to the teeth, each for itself, can the nations defend themselves in the long run from the frightful catastrophes of modern war. The heaping up of arms is itself a call to war. Rather must they recognize those psychic conditions under which the unconscious [tsunami-like] bursts the dykes of consciousness and overwhelms it.

KNOWLEDGE OF PSYCHOLOGY

My reading of Ulysses is informed by knowing how it feels to be possessed by and freed from a psychic epidemic brought on by the End-times mythology and its Messiah Complex. I have looked through blinded eyes that saw the “Glory of the Coming of the Lord.” I think it is this same kind of psychic epidemic that drove millions to murder each other in the 20th century. Ruin of life, nation against nation, brother against brother, sister against sister, taken up enthusiastically by so many, sadly, happens when all those millions feel they are doing something good.

It takes courage to face the peer pressure and to step away from masses that use Apocalyptic ideation. Stephan D. O’Leary calls this mental mode, Arguing the Apocalypse, in his 1994 text. O’Leary reminds how Derrida, like Jung before him, struggled with how to argue with those who argue the Apocalypse.

O’Leary writes:

In this reading, the proper answer to the question, “When will the Last Judgement occur?” is not “In 1842, or “In the year 2000”: for all such answers deny the truly ultimate significance of the Apocalypse and are destined to reveal, with the passage of time, their misapprehension of its message. Only and answer the fundamentally tragic assumptions one which the apocalyptic question is based can prevent the Apocalypse from being rendered irrelevant and thereby preserve its ultimate significance. The proper reply to this question then, is “It has already occurred; it is always about to occur; it is here now and has always been.(p. 220)

O’Leary’s words carry within them a pattern of depth psychology as regards the archetypes of the collective unconscious — for they are unchanging and recur throughout time. What has already been, is about to happen, is happening now, will happen in the future, is an archetype, but that archetype is not The Last Judgement. It is the archetype of self and world renewal. The Last Judgement is only one cultural way to live out our potential. It is a way that we do not have to choose any longer.

Our planet has many other life-giving stories of renewal in which to participate. Those other cultural stories of renewal share the theme of being revealed to the people through dreams, visions, visitations, Near-death, out of body, abduction experiences. We are here now to create new courageous and loving ways, unimagined in the past.

It’s not the fully engaged self-image/world image that has caused so much devastation. We can all be psychically renewed in rituals that call us to fully live that self-image/world image. It’s the story we act out of our self-image world image that is the issue.

…to participate as consciously as possible with the work of this powerful planetary image symbolizing the psyche’s governing source.

I, as an individual, am healthier if I get to live in a way that I can participate at the Turning Point of my whole being in the renewal of life and the birth of the future.


It is possible to choose ways of gentleness and be wise as serpents near any Messianic fight against evil in league with any Catholic, Protestant, and/or nationalistic military-industrial-entertainment industry energies of an Almighty God. Participation in Earth-based rituals that place me in right relationship with the season on the ground, with the atmosphere of the planet and with others, works.

A full commitment to participate in the work of the powerful planetary image that symbolizes the psyche’s governing source with my own inner Reason for being renews waking and dreaming life. There is a mental, emotional, physical, spiritual health, clear-minded embeddedness in what I experience as our planet’s seasonal sacred text.

I don’t think each person needs a Sun Dance. I do think you, the individual reader can feel better about life and the future of the planet in some collective ritual that is in sync with the symbolism of the season of the year in whatever ecosystem you may find yourself. Below is a cloutie well. The pieces of cloth hung near it are prayers left by people who are keeping alive an enduring Earth-based tradition among the Celts.

Strips of cloth, “clouties” left as prayers
near a sacred Cloutie Well, Ireland
Source: Creative Commons

There rings a bardic depth in Joyce’s announcement of the Second Advent. He encourages getting down to the bedrock of Atonement with the Mother and remembrance of the Abyss of Her Sacred Wells:


…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. It is immense, supersumptuous. It restores. It vibrates. I know and I am some vibrator. Joking apart and, getting down to bedrock…

POST-APOCALYPTIC-POST-GHOST-DANCE JESUS

My first sweat lodge teacher was a Vietnam veteran. He was sick for 10 years after the war. All the strategies of the VA and ways of self-medication did not work. He received 2 life-changing healings during his first two sweats. Later, he was invited to be a Sun Dancer at a Veteran’s Sun Dance. He passed away a number of years ago. I am sharing one of his sacred stories in a good way:

He chose to pierce during the round (one of 8 periods during a day) before the children’s healing round. To pierce means to have your body connected with 2 pegs that are tied to a small harness attached to rope that is connected to the Tree. Each peg is slipped beneath a thin layer of your skin on either side of your chest, (In a Sun Dance, the Dancers offer a bit of themselves, feed the Tree, in order for those who come to have healing in the healing round after the piercing round.)

During the piercing round, there is a time when you pray and dance with the others who have pierced with you. Around the Tree in the center, there is the circle of Dancers who have pierced. Around the pierced Dancers, there is a larger circle the rest of the Dancers who did not pierce. Around them is the great circle of the people who pray and dance just outside the Sun Dance Altar. On the south side of that outer circle, there are the Singers.

After praying and dancing, the Sun Dance Chief will call the Dancers to approach the Tree 4 times in preparation to break free from their piercings. On the fourth time, my mentor described his experience as he broke free:

When I broke, my Spirit was pulled up and out of my body. I flew upward over the Tree and went straight into the inside of the middle of the sun. 

He did not share more, but he knew that I knew that he described how he experienced the deepest healing moment of his life. He did not go to be a Sun Dancer for his solar knowing. He was only told that, as a veteran, if he went to Dance for others, chances were favorable that he, himself, would experience a healing. He was not dancing for himself when he broke. He was dancing for the children and the future generations to have a good life. He was dancing so maybe he could take some of their pain and sorrow from them.

I share his story now as a example that brings all the above into a more peaceful way forward. A Westernized soul can participate in a renewal of the Earth in a way that includes the Christ-message, but chooses to leave Apocalypse and the first father of the Righteous Order, who gave to the sun and stars their path, to a bygone Age, yet hopefully never-forgotten era.

Thinkers have liberated Jesus the human being who learned how to participate in divinity from Jesus the man of War and Apocalypse. You can find this unbinding of the man from the Messianic brand in the book, The Five Gospels: What Did Jesus Really Say, by an international group of scholars called, The Jesus Seminar.

In their study, they offer the following:

Scholars are agreed that Jesus spoke frequently abut God’s imperial rule, or, in traditional language, about the kingdom of God. Does this phrase refer to God’s direct intervention in the future, something connected with the end of the world and the last judgement, or did Jesus employ the phrase to indicate something already present and of more-elusive nature.

The first of these options is usually termed apocalyptic, a view fully expressed in the book of Revelation. which is an apocalypse….One thing is clear, John the Baptist and the early Christian community espoused this first view: they believed the age was about to come to an abrupt end. Did Jesus share this view, or was his vision more subtle, less bombastic and threatening?

The Fellows of the Jesus Seminar are inclined to the second option: Jesus conceived of God’s rule as all around him but difficult to discern. God was so real for him that he could not distinguish God’s present activity from any future activity. He had a poetic sense of time in which the future and the present merged, simply melted together, in the intensity of his vision. But Jesus’ uncommon views were obfuscated by the more pedestrian conceptions of John, on the one side, and by the equally pedestrian views of the early Christian community, on the other. (p. 137)

Allenby walks into Jerusalem, December 11, 1917
Source: Creative Commons

Next, I think we can deliver a post-Apocalyptic Jesus by recalling that the Earth as already gone through one Battle of Armageddon. It took place during the First War War from September 19 to September 26, 1918. The Allied victory was the reason that Field Marshall Allenby was given the name, Allenby of Armageddon. Here’s a short excerpt from Wikipedia with a link if you want more:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Megiddo_(1918)

Battle of Megiddo, 1918
Source: Creative Commons

The Battle of Megiddo also known in Turkish as the Nablus Hezimeti (“Rout of Nablus”), or the Nablus Yarması (“Breakthrough at Nablus”) was fought between 19 and 25 September 1918, on the Plain of Sharon,  in front of Tulkarm, Tabsor, and Arara in the Judean Hills as well as on the Esdralon Plain at Nazareth, Afulah, Beisan, Jenin and Samakh. Its name, which has been described as “perhaps misleading” since very limited fighting took place near Tel Megiddo was chosen by Allenby for its biblical and symbolic resonance.

In his book, The Great and Holy War: How World War 1 Became a Religious Crusade, Philip Jenkins makes the case for how both the Allied leaderships use of biblical Apocalypse to boost enthusiasm for the war and what appears to be the public’s psychic epidemic brought on by the End-times mythology made for a literal playing out of the script in the Bible’s last book.

We can separate Jesus the human being from the realm of the Father God of War by taking back the archetype of self and world renewal into our own inherited tradition of Hermeticism and the images from Tarot:

Tarot de Marseilles
Source: Creative Commons

The image above is the 20th card of the Tarot of Marseilles. Here are our lost elders. They are persons who are able to welcome and receive those who awaken. They are persons who are able to be vulnerable and honest and who know that the goal of the person who is awakening is to now consciously and lovingly participate in the world. They have been lost to us for a very long time. If you grew up with no help and felt orphaned by life, I invite you to consider that you are here to be a part of the restoration of elders. You are here to offer the next generations, the children and grandchildren what you longed to receive. You are here to carry forward all the good you did receive. In our own tradition, Judgement is not the end. It is a New Beginning and Return.

Judgement, the 20th card, follows with the 21st card named, The World. Our destination is not the Eternal Beyond. We are all trying to arrive into the Beauty and Rhythm of life that merges Eternity and Time in the here and now.

The World
Source: Creative Commons

With this in mind, (Your Name Here)-Christ, in our Western ways, can be imagined like this:

The Fool
Source: Creative Commons

With No End to the Many…

Promethea Christ
Source: Moore and Williams

The world-annihilating/world-renewing story and symbolism of the Book of Revelation is just one of a larger and more ancient collection of psychological maps of transformation. The patterns appear during times of radical awakening and are called, spiritual emergencies, in transpersonal psychology. At this time, there are 13 main kinds, with the list still growing. They are: shamanic illness, alcoholism/addiction and co-dependency, peak experience, near-death experience, global pandemic, psychic opening, UFO abduction, possession, moral injury/PTSD, past-life experiences, awakening of Kundalini, communication with spirit guides and channeling, and psychological renewal by return to the center.  In near-death experiences alone (5% of Americans) 13-15 million persons attest to an ocean of many transformational shores beyond Christianity’s mean-spirited and nationalistic Apocalypse. death experiences alone there are currently 30 million Americans

  

At some point in the process, there comes an end of the world that is also the end of the person’s life and reality as they understood it. The experience of it is, at the beginning, like being in a cosmic battleground. John Wier-Perry explains:

Whenever a profound experience of change is about to take place, its harbinger is the motif of death. This is not particularly mysterious, since its the limited view and appraisal of oneself that must be outgrown or transformed, and to accomplish transformation the self-image must dissolve. In severe visionary states, one may feel one has crossed over into the realm of death and is living among the spirits of the deceased. One is forced to let go of old expectations of oneself and to let oneself be tossed about by winds of change.

Far less familiar is the companion piece to this death motif–the image of world destruction. Like the self-image, the world image is a compacted form of the very complex pattern of how one sees the world and how one lives in it. We learn most about this from cultural anthropologists, who find that, in times of acute and rapid culture change, visionaries undergo the shattering experience of seeing the world dissolve into chaos and time whirl back to its beginnings. This dissolution of the world image clearly represents the death of the old culture to pave the way for renovation. Thus, in an individual’s life, when a transformation of one’s inner culture is under way, dissolution of the world image is the harbinger of change. Expressions of cultural reform are explicit.

These and other archetypal images have the function of implementing the process of spirit, of liberating and transforming its energies, which will then slip out of the old structures and into new ones geared to the future. All this happens in the interest of development, of cultivating a more capacious consciousness, open to new dimensions of experience…

The energy that had been bound up in the structures of the old self-image and world image, the issues of who one is and what sort of world one lives in, is immense. In dreams or visions, nuclear explosion is a frequent expression of this enormous change of psychic energy that is loose during the renewal process and raises havoc for a period of time. Though one’s own nature is struggling to break through, one may feel that who one is and what one values is up for grabs. Indeed, values and the emotional issues of life seem to be clashing opposites…  

…What is the ultimate goal of spiritual emergence and the renewal process? It has the same goal as that of the mystic way or of meditation: in Buddhist practice, it is called wisdom and compassion or love.” (pp. 68-69, in Spiritual Emergency, Christina and Stan Grof, eds.)

In the Tarot card of Judgement, we are shown a person who has successfully passed through the transmutation of an initiatory passage, generally experienced as world-shattering. The Traveler is being welcomed and received by elders who understand the process. The goal of the journey is a return, in fact, it is to become the World’s Beloved.

Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address
Source: Creative Commons

Finally, in America you can still hear news of groups who have walled themselves off for a Second Coming and read about those who fan the flames of hatred in hopes of bringing a new Earth by destroying it. America has already lived through its own Bible-inspired literalization of The Coming of the Lord. Lincoln, more than anyone, grasped this about what the nation faced after the war. Here’s what a post-Apocalyptic American Dream sounds like:

…Neither party expected for the war the magnitude or the duration which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with, or even before, the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes his aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces; but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered–that of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has his own purposes. “Woe unto the world because of offenses! for it must needs be that offenses come; but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.” If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through his appointed time, he now wills to remove, and that he gives to both North and South this terrible war, as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to him? Fondly do we hope–fervently do we pray–that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away…

THE FATHER GOD OF WAR IS A TIN MAN

What we face now is similar to how the Six Nations in their Great Law of Peace and the reforms of Handsome Lake became discerning about prayers to God the Controller. In the Western tradition, the Controller is often indicated by the term, Omnipotent. The most recent pre-Christian omnipotent god was the Roman Jupiter. What made Jupiter the Father of all was his absolute power to do as he pleased in the Heavens, on Earth, in the oceans, and in the Underworld.

It is worthwhile to remember how Alchemists assigned to Jupiter the element of tin. Tin offers symbolic language to describe the worth contained in a particular self/world view. Like alchemists, we can use Jupiter’s metal to recognize qualities that are to be in service to the Gold of the Philosophers. Jupiter’s element has its value and serves best when will-power is devoted to service to the whole.

However, omnipotent and private will that claims power over all, boasts of knowledge of all things, demands worship or else, is the style of a tin man and his followers. This kind of being in the world is, male or female bully, tyrant, fascist, crime-boss, etc. This style can be recognized by demonizing, by weapons, technological powers, economic might, dominion over. Any Claimants to God-given Divine Right, aristocracy, or genetic superiority, hermetically seal-off their worlds.

Historically, wherever missionaries of this tin man go, in the shadows of worship hides a juggernaut of a warship.

In the line of reasoning I offer, omnipotence belongs to a self and world view that is unable to be transmuted because it is too brittle to change. For example, the arrival of a new moon that was captured by the hillsphere of the Earth and the discovery of a lifeform that can exist without oxygen, both force us to review of all of our sacred texts regarding lunar wisdom as well as our understanding of life.

Chronic failure to steward our understanding in light of new information becomes parasitic when it comes to leadership. John E. Mack called this kind of stubbornness to new facts leadership, ontological tyranny and wrote of it:

We rarely stop to think that what we have come to accept as real may be determined by individuals and groups whose point of view in a culture at a give time seem authoritative, or who have the power to impose upon the rest of the society their methods and criteria for perceiving and defining reality. [In The Politics of Ontology, 1992]

Jupiter in the Tarocchi
Source:
https://research.britishmuseum.org/

Melville, in Moby Dick, noted the Christian troubles with tin in his reflections on the whiteness of the whale:


But not yet have we solved the incantation of this whiteness, and learned why it appeals with such power to the soul; and more strange and far more portentous- why, as we have seen, it is at once the most meaning symbol of spiritual things, nay, the very veil of the Christian’s Deity; and yet should be as it is, the intensifying agent in things the most appalling to mankind.

I my song, What Heaven Taught, I offer a perspective of deep regret of moral injury. Perhaps, we could imagine how it would feel to learn that the noble cause for which we died was not as noble as we were led to believe:

I felt the Word set fire of the Spirit in my heart
Boldly mocked the crossroads, so certain of my part.
I did not see it coming, I guess that I went blind
Until I lay broken in this deathbed of my pride

When you run headlong toward the guns
with the Truth burning in your veins
for you children, for the Kingdom, for the Union, for the slaves
the lesson of your dyin’ is hollow at the Gate
The Keepers ask your soul what Heaven taught of hate?

The lesson of your dyin’, Ain’t it hollow?

The participatory world view invites believers to become temperate about use of adjectives like; Sovereign, Almighty, Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnibenevolent, Highest. Scientific materialists are invited to be temperate about use of nouns like natural resources, mineral rights, private property, natural laws.

Like alchemists, we are invited to separate the tin out of the gold, to let our images of God, evolve. The partial view pretending to be whole has seen its days here.

Here are four examples of stepping away from the tin god: In Kripal’s Mutants and Mystics. He writes:

That Other, however, is not simply alien, foreign and scary, but also by definition, what one is not. Hence, if the seeker or hero is spiritually mature (that is, neither a true believer or a righteous patriot), the Other can also complete one, function as one’s own, always relative and limiting lifeworld. (p.31)

David Spengler has a wonderful essay that offers the term, holarchy, as a way to discern any partial concept of hierarchy that presents itself as whole. He defines holarchy and distinguishes it from hierarchy this way:

Holarchy is the system—or the attitude—that allows information, love, caring, and creative energy to flow between levels of a system without regard for rank or position…In a holarchy, there is no “higher” or “lower.” There is difference and the creative value that such difference can provide. In a hierarchy, the structure itself imposes clear rules on communication and evaluation; information flows in a regularized way up and down a chain of command. A hierarchy imposes order. In a holarchy, order and integration are co-created in the moment at the boundaries between people; rules are often made up in the moment based on the conditions and requirements of the unique relationships that are present at the time. It can appear chaotic, though in fact it is not. Negotiation and openness rather than position provide organizing factors. [from A Vision of Holarchy]

Maison Dieu
Source: Creative Commons

The anonymous author of the book, Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey into Christian Hermeticism, warned:

…anyone who preaches the pure and simple omnipotence of God sows seeds of athiesm for the future. For he makes God responsible for wars, concentration camps, and physical and psychic epidemics from which mankind has suffered and will suffer again.

And sooner or later one arrives at the conclusion that God does not exist because his omnipotence does not manifest where it should without doubt manifest. The contemporary Marxist-communist movement, has, truth to tell, no other argument for the non-existence of God than this lack of direct intervention by the all-powerful divinity…(discerning between a reign of love as opposed to a reign of omnipotence pure and simple)…it was not omnipotence that was at stake, but rather love.

Thus, it is dangerous to preach the omnipotence of God–and then to leave his sheep to extricate themselves from the inner conflicts that experience will sooner or later lead to. The petition of the Lord’s Prayer; “thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” when well understood, guards us from making divine impotence a stake of faith. It teaches that divine will is not done on earth as it is in heaven, and that it is necessary for the human will to pray for it, i.e. to unite with it…it is not a unilateral act of divine impotence, but rather, an act resulting in the union of two wills — namely, divine will and human will.

Thomas Berry, in Dream of the Earth, made this distinction by calling to mind the difference between experiencing our universe as a collection of objects versus experiencing our universe as a communion of subjects.

POST-APOCALYPTIC-POST-GHOST-DANCE JESUSES

It was a great gift to psychologically untie my self-image/world image from the messianic cosmic battleground story. I assumed that the healing work was completed until I went to Standing Rock in 2016. While I was there helping move large portions of a mesquite tree, I unknowingly hurt my back. At first, I hardly noticed it. But through the night and the next day starting my drive home, I was overcome with back-spasms. They came in waves, a lot like what I observed as my wife labored with our children. It dawned on me that I was quite possibly in a sort of somatic man-labor, a back-labor.

Curiously, an aspect of those spasms was how they seemed hugely out of proportion to my initial injury. It felt like my own unconscious was tripling the energy involved. Luckily, I knew a friend in whose presence I felt safe enough to go into labor. I stayed at her place for 2 days until the waves ceased and then made my way slowly home to Cleveland.

It took me a year to heal from the injury. I found that there were metaphors all through my muscle tissue. My healing process included finding out the functions of the muscles involved at different stages and imagining images that would require use of the particular muscles. So, for example, early on, when I asked the massage therapist when the muscles she worked on were responsible for, she replied, standing, walking, and turning. The image that came to mind immediately was a labyrinth:

Labyrinth at Chartres, France
Source: Smithonianmag.org

For the next 6 months after, I authored by using the poetry of my body. In fact, through what began as psychosomatic labor pains came new understanding of the outdoor labyrinth. After nearly 800 years, an outdoor labyrinth represents a path that is a passageway to journey to the Holy Land that is all the Earth.

Outdoor Labyrinth
Crown Point Ecological Center
Source: WKSU.org

Next, as I considered the mesquite tree, I learned that it is the Tree of Life for the Apache as well as other tribes. There have been harsh seasons when only the fruit of the mesquite kept the people alive. It was a new understanding of the Tree of Life as my own spine that came out of my body through writing.

In Genesis, what gets Adam and Eve kicked out is the fear that they will eat of the Tree of Life and become immortals. The angel with the flaming sword who blocks entry to the Garden is stationed there to keep human beings away for the Tree. Since 1905, in the writing of William James, we have known that there is nothing blocking human beings from gnosis. Direct knowing within the flow of time, past, present and future, with enduring consciousness is the goal of a true education. In Varieties of Religious Experience:

Disregarding the over-beliefs, and confining ourselves to what is common and generic, we have in the fact that the conscious person is continuous with a wider self through which saving experiences come, a positive content of religious experience which, it seems to me, is literally and objectively true as far as it goes.

The further limits of our being plunge, it seems to me, into an altogether other dimension of existence from the sensible and merely “understandable” world. Name it the mystical region, or the supernatural region, whichever you choose. So far as our ideal impulses originate in this region (and most of them do originate in it, for we find them possessing us in a way for which we cannot articulately account), we belong to it in a more intimate sense than that in which we belong to the visible world, for we belong in the most intimate sense wherever our ideals belong.

Yet the unseen region in question is not merely ideal, for it produces effects in this world. When we commune with it, work is actually done upon our finite personality, for we are turned into new men, and consequences in the way of conduct follow in the natural world upon our regenerative change. (pp. 505-506)

At the tail-end of my recovery, I asked my chiropractor how he understood my journey of injury and healing. He said that the simple form of the journey was that my spine was twisted and I didn’t know it.

BEAUTY IS THE REVELATION

Birth of Venus (Simonetta Cattaneo)
by Botticelli
Source: Creative Commons

There is an especially heart-rending and symbolic story of this intergenerational trauma of the flipped and twisted off Western mind. Botticelli, famous for his paintings, Birth of Venus and Spring, burned many of his other paintings in the Bonfire of the Vanities. This happened in his hometown of Florence on February 7, 1497. The artist was swept up in an End-times mentality preached by Savonarola. According to the Dominican friar, Florence would become the New Jerusalem.

Not only did Botticelli burn his paintings, but he also set aside his creativity. Sadly, the artist would die in grinding poverty, walking with crutches. It was because Birth of Venus and Spring were locked inside a castle outside of Florence that the two works survived. The model for both oeuvres was la Bella Simonetta. Botticelli had been so inspired by her beauty that he asked to be buried at her feet. I think his Message was, Remember that Beauty is the Revelation.

Primavera by Botticelli
Source: Creative Commons

The split of embodied life from eternity is common throughout the Christian centuries. This is certainly the ongoing effects of Biblical authority where human beings are kept from knowing immortality because God stationed an angel with a sword in front of the Tree of Life to keep our entire species away. (In fact, another Remez or Coyote Teaching) Here is how it sounded when preached by Savonarola:

In every creature, its creation is limited, both its being and its power; eternity has no limit or end, quia aeternitas est interminabilis vitae perpetua possessio. Time is not all joined together, while eternity is, because time is partly past, partly present, and partly future. But God, Who can do anything, is eternal and embraces all time because everything is present to Him; what has been and what is and what will be are always present to Him, and He sees and understands everything in the present.

Ignatius at Manresa by Rubens
Source: Creative Commons

In 1522, Saint Ignatius of Loyala, founder of the Jesuit Order, was in Manresa and had the visionary experience below. This is from his autobiography, though he refers to himself as he:

It was while he was living at the hospital at Manresa that the following strange event took place. Very frequently on a clear moonlight night there appeared in the courtyard before him an indistinct shape which he could not see clearly enough to tell what it was. Yet it appeared so symmetrical and beautiful that his soul was filled with pleasure and joy as he gazed at it. It had something of the form of a serpent with glittering eyes, and yet they were not eyes. He felt an indescribable joy steal over him at the sight of this object. The oftener he saw it, the greater was the consolation he derived from it, and when the vision left him, his soul was filled with sorrow and sadness.

Here is the split again, but this time, in the life of a person who has influenced millions and who continues to do so through the Jesuit tradition. I honor all the good the order has done over the centuries. However, in places across the planet where the Jesuits missionized, the violence of colonialism went with them. In the approach to our involvement in Vietnam, it was the imposition of Catholic ways and the outlawing of Buddhist traditions that led the monk, Thich Quan Duc, to set himself on fire in Saigon. At the outbreak of the war, one of the richest landowners in Vietnam was the Church. Vietnam was first Christianized by Portuguese Jesuit, Alexandre de Rhodes.

I honor the immense courage and centuries of work that came forward from Ignatius’ visionary days in Manresa. What I wish to highlight is that the exercises that grew from the passage set any practitioner apart from the Beauty of the Earth. In his mind, no soul comfort, nor Sacred Message could ever come from his Serpent Visitor. He could only conclude that he was being tempted by the Devil. So, out of his fear, he chased the Earthly Comforter away with his cane.

I think he chased away the path taken by James Joyce, the path I have been presenting here. It is a path of peace because it sets aside soldiering in the Cosmic War. I have no right to reproach Ignatius for his choice. I do, however, make the invitation that we have arrived at a time to take this Soldier of Christ’s Path Untaken.

To the best of my knowledge, which is open for new information should it arise — Western-educated souls need to know how all of our cultural institutions have twisted our awareness of direct spinal connection with wider, deeper, enduring consciousness. We carry still a flipped idea that our entire embodied life, past present and future, is completely severed from the altogether other dimension of existence from the sensible and merely “understandable” world, enduring consciousness and with the planet. In the de-colonizing work called, ethnoautobiography, the name for our twisted-off and flipped condition is normative dissociation. 

To heal the dissociation, we require a new mythological understanding of the ecliptic. I have been making the case in preparation for this moment in the reading to affirm that the very understanding we need already exists. When we dare to step to untwist our original split for the children and grandchildren, we find ourselves with marvelous and unexpected comrades. Together, we can go backwards, recall a flip or two, to go forward.

MEETING FOR WISDOM AT THE BRIDGE

Gatherings to untwist and unflip in order to go forward are all around us. In the academic world, the gathering space is called, Ethical Space. This kind of “ritual-space-classroom” where the wisdom traditions of the world can share is defined by Marie Battiste as:

…the in-between space that connects Indigenous and Eurocentric knowledge systems…the space that is created when Indigenous and Western thought are brought together…It is not a merge or a clash, but a space that is new, electrifying, even contentious, but ultimately has the potential for an interchange or dialogue of the assumptions, values and interest each holds

Adding ethics to this space entertains our personal capacity and our integrity to stand up for our cherished notions of good, responsibility, and duty. (p. 105 in Decolonizing Education: Nurturing the Learning Spirit, 2013)

Her definition is a good place to begin. Working with her 2013 description, I have been forced to move beyond the borders because, in Ohio, Ethical Space soon includes Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh, Yoruba, Dagara, Umbantu, Celtic, etc…informed persons who feel marginalized by the Indigenous/Western dichotomy.

My drawing below is the union of the red, black, white and yellow circle of the 4 Directions of the Medicine Wheel with the wholeness of a sweat lodge:

The 4 Directions represent many teachings: the cardinal directions of North, East, South, and West, the seasons of the year, the periods of a person’s lifetime and the 4 parts of the human being–mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual, are just a few of its lessons. Each Direction has its own wisdom, stories, dreams, songs, sacred plants, powers, weaknesses, friends, not-so-friends, and so on. Each Direction contains all of the other Directions within it.

There is also an understanding that comes when you spend lots of time outside. It’s that the Direction, Above, is included in the South and the Direction, Below, is in the North. This is true for the lands of the northern hemisphere where there are four seasons. In the Indigenous understanding, the Wheel is a sphere.

A traditional sweat lodge is imagined as a sphere with human beings sitting in the middle of all that is. The ‘dome’ above represents objective experiences of realities outside yourself. The ‘bowl’ below, which is imagined passing underground, represents subjective experiences of realities that you experience by becoming them. This is how Indigenous teachings describe the simultaneous both/and that Robert Bly called, two-fold consciousness, Jeffrey Kripal calls, human as two, and I call, Immanent Function.

The Medicine Wheel, the Four Directions, the Lodge and its architecture are descriptions of all of life and all that lives. They certainly are meant to be experienced in the sweat lodge itself, but more importantly, they are realities that are always present to us whether we are conscious of them or unconscious.

From our Western Hermetic tradition of Tarot, the image above looks like this:

The World in Tarot de Marseilles
Source: Creative Commons

TRAVELING FORWARD TOGETHER

See below an image of the ecliptic restored to Earth. This is a way to imagine what the goal looks like:

Those who conceived of the ecliptic did not know about our spherical planet’s bi-polar sovereignty. They were able to observe over centuries that the zodiac was moving in a motion called precession of the equinoxes. This realization is the experiential base to our Ages. This is why there was an Age of Aries that preceded our current Age of Pisces. This is the basis for now saying that we are moving into the Age of Aquarius. One entire cycle around all the signs of the zodiac is called, a Great Year. It lasts roughly 26,000 years. The unfortunate addition to the concept of the Great Year, was that wherever it became part of a culture’s mind, the end of a Great Year was either an accidental or intentional destruction of the world by an all-consuming fire. The new Great Year was expected to rise phoenix-like from the ashes. Luckily, for us, by learning to read the history written in fossils and by actually learning from biology, we can lay the Great World Renewing Destruction aside for the gentler ideas of adaptation and mutation.

So, using the idea that humanity psychologically projected incredible powers into the Celestial Rules of the Heavens, it’s now time to remember how those selfsame powers have always native to and mirrored by Earth and human beings.

Find below a new star pattern that you can use over the next stretch of time. You are invited to lay the zodiac to rest for a bit. Let its measuring of time loosen. We all can take on the hard work of coming home to our own natures and Natures. This new star pattern indicates a now conscious projection of the 26000 year cycles traced above and below by the motions of the axial precession of our world’s poles. This is an invitation to a visual image to imagine seamless psychologically felt connection with past, present and future for millions of years. There are 2 halves meant to be put together like 2 sides of a coin. It is called, The Stolen Fruit.

The Stolen Fruit
Sidereal COEX Constellation
c. 2019 by F Christopher Reynolds

These are the 26,000 year circles of the North and South Poles. It is a reminder that we live in a bi-polar cosmos and that our lives require an imagination of time that can match our galactic Invitation.

The 26000 year cycle of North Pole
Source: Creative Commons

Bi-polar Earth
Source: Creative Commons

This is the sum of all the psychological knowledge of antiquity, with the (Your Name Here)-Christ thrown in, united together with a symbol of Indigenous wisdom. This is also the symbol I have been using as a way to describe our deepest potential:

Two motifs – self-image and world image- are companion pieces in the process of renewal. They share the same representative image: a mandala that is now to be imagined as a 4D hypershere turning like a gyroscope on its axis mundi. The process of renewal is to participate as consciously as possible with the work of this powerful planetary image symbolizing the psyche’s governing source.

When it occurs right in front of you, it sounds like this:

When I broke, my Spirit was pulled up and out of my body. I flew upward over the Tree and went straight into the inside of the middle of the sun. 

and this:

At the end of my first Sun Dance, I felt a seamless continuity between my being, the other people, and with the intricate varied beauty of the ecosystem, landscape, and sky. I felt proud to be a human being for the first time in my life.

Whether manifesting as flying above the Sacred Tree and into the center of the sun or feeling pride to be a member of the human species, or as countless other forms, recall how Forrest described evolutionary astrology:

Astrology recognizes only 2 absolutes: the irreducible mystery of life, and the uniqueness of each individual viewpoint on that mystery.

and

The sun is the secret of sanity.
The moon is the secret of happiness.

For the sun to be the secret of sanity, we truly embrace the gift of our birth into a unique viewpoint into the irreducible Mystery. When we allow for Joyce’s (Your Name Here)-Christ, our sanity belongs to participation in divinity that includes our Earth.

THE CAMINO TO THE HOLY LAND

For us to participate in this way:

as inheritors of the soul of Western culture in this way,

is to know that where we are living was, is, and always will be, a Holy Land. If there is a burden of Jerusalem and Israel, it’s that so many millions of persons have forgotten that the Holy Land is everywhere. Each bioregion is a living sacred text. unimaginably rare in the cosmos. This is one of the messages of Remebrance of the 1914 Christmas Truce:

For 4.3 billion years now, Earth has been Our Mother, the source and teacher of life. Imagined as Grandmother, she has modeled all the cherished virtues of humanity: integrity, generosity, wisdom, love, creativity, authenticity, healing, harmony, truth…no single human faith or ideology has any claim, text or ritual that entitles its followers to privilege. The virtues, like the Earth that spread before me, are possessed by no one – our entire planet belongs to all, not just human.

C. G. Jung complained that in the American unconscious, there is a dangerous drop of hundreds of feet. He was referring to the distance between everyday American consciousness and the Holy Land of the Indigenous ground.

A way to imagine Jung’s drop of hundreds of feet is to compare the experiential distance between minds that use the cardinal directions of a GPS:

And minds that seamlessly merge with the infinite depths of meaning that use a sweat lodge:

It is possible that a new giant I-amthe consumer-half-blind-to-abundance-in-songs-and-legends needs to drink a lot of Apollo’s wine. Here we meet again with Joyce:

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.

WALKING AWAY FROM THE ORIGINAL GROUND

Fortunately, we don’t have to make a death-leap downward to return to the home planet. It can be taken in flights, moving along a spiral. The forward and backward flips that hide in our forgotten intergenrational trauma appear to cancel each other out when their existence is understood.

Let this be the Ground:

When this is expressed as cultural art, it looks like this:

Source: Sedona.com

The first twist away from this Ground came with cultures who developed a priest or priestesshood who tracked the movements of the sun. Generally, those cultures also had a developed metals technology. For the Celts, for example, they were a people who had learned to forge iron. The iron advantage gave them great power over other cultures. The movement of the sun through the year looks like this:

Source: U of Mass, Amherst

The first twist comes now, when the direct North and South, shift to Northeast and Southwest. It is a form of an “X”. There is an example of this shift at Clava Cairns near the haunting battlefield of Culloden, Scotland.

Clava Cairns, Scotland
Source: Visitscotland.com

Clava Cairns is built over a more ancient sacred site. The alignment of Clava Cairns is the Northeast/Southwest pattern.

The next twist comes with the establishment of the ecliptic and the zodiac. Originally, the signs of the zodiac were derived from the seasons. That is why JVHV proclaims at Job: Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?

The next twist appears with a “flipped” orientation of an astrological birthchart.

This twist is going to continue going forward into Christianity. The 4 symbols of the Gospel writers: Matthew’s eagle (Scorpio), Mark’s lion (Leo), Luke’s bull (Taurus) , and John’s angel (Aquarius) twist our separation further:

The second buried flip is hidden within the 3 images above. It is a Mithraic/Christian flip. When the stars were imagined as points of light in a single dome/vault, it seemed miraculous that somehow the entire sky of eternity was moving. This realization was centered in Tarsus. It was the mythology of Mithras.

Mithras slays the Bull,
Source: Creative Commons

The imagery of Mithras shows him slaying the bull of the constellation of Taurus, but the bull is flipped backwards. This is how Western mythological understanding first took in the reality that the constellations of the zodiac were moving sign by sign, completely around, every 26,000 years. Mithras was that Power higher than the Gods and Goddesses who moved the dome from above.

Before Mithras, a person’s birthchart was a fate not to be questioned. The Stoics are a good example of this way of living with the ups and downs of life. After Mithras, and what made him a Savior, was the idea that with his help, you could overcome what might be considered an astrologically bad birth. The theme of a Savior above the stars, more powerful than the sun, moon, planets and stars, was eventually taken over by Christianity.

That the Mithraic flip remains hidden to us inside Christian images. The actual constellation of Taurus, as we observe it at night, faces left. Look again at the now double-flipped Christian tetramorph of the 4 beings:

See how the Bull now faces right, an unacknowledged flip taken from Mithraism. This same awareness appears to have made its way into Tarot, now with the entire group of four flipped:

As the Christian monarchies traveled over the oceans, Earth orientation split from local directions, life, teachings, songs, dreams and lands — the Wheel abstracted further:



The Four Directions above, with their fleur-de-lys, are now expressions of expansion of colonial control. After the political revolutions, the Four Directions below became the navigational tool of a compass. For a person with this kind of compass or GPS, planet Earth no longer has any sacred references.

THE LABYRINTH’S PATH HOME TO HOLY LAND

Outdoor Labyrinth
Unity Spiritual Center of Westlake
Source: unityspiritualcenter.com

The twisting, flipping and splitting off of the primal world view’s Way of Orientation can be healed. It takes devotion and time. When you walk an outdoor labyrinth as a meditative path to return to the Earth as the Holy Land, it’s helpful to notice all the turns, the reverses, the times you come close to completion only to wind out away from the goal. There is also the walking outward from the center, the living with a circulation with the pulse of the planet.

Harmonize the Mind of Place.

Our work now is to re-align all our layers, all our times in order to deeply resonate with the sound and silence of life. Here are the layers, spiraling backward, unfolding, untwisting:




CHRIST DOWIE AND THE HARMONIAL PHILOSOPHY, YOU GOT THAT?

To bring this all home, I think Joyce’s reference to the harmonial philosophy indicates the Platonic roots of Hermeticism, the larger (harmonizing) whole within which astrology is a discipline along with alchemy and Tarot. Harmony and philosophy have had a long relationship with each other.

Flipped “X” of Ecliptic and Celestial Equator
At Grand Central Station, NYC
Source: Author’s photo

In the section of text where the “X” of the celestial equator and ecliptic are described, there is a series of ratios. Here is the text:


And he proceeded to divide after this manner:-First of all, he took away one part of the whole, and then he separated a second part which was double the first, and then he took away a third part which was half as much again as the second and three times as much as the first, and then he took a fourth part which was twice as much as the second, and a fifth part which was three times the third, and a sixth part which was eight times the first, and a seventh part which was twenty-seven times the first. After this he filled up the double intervals [i.e. between 1, 2, 4, 8] and the triple [i.e. between 1, 3, 9, 27] cutting off yet other portions from the mixture and placing them in the intervals, so that in each interval there were two kinds of means, the one exceeding and exceeded by equal parts of its extremes [as for example 1, 4/3, 2, in which the mean 4/3 is one-third of 1 more than 1, and one-third of 2 less than 2], the other being that kind of mean which exceeds and is exceeded by an equal number. Where there were intervals of 3/2 and of 4/3 and of 9/8, made by the connecting terms in the former intervals, he filled up all the intervals of 4/3 with the interval of 9/8, leaving a fraction over; and the interval which this fraction expressed was in the ratio of 256 to 243. 

The numbers in this text are descriptions of ratios between notes in the music of the time of the writing. This is the conceptual framework in support of the experience and idea of The Music of the Spheres. We are of a tradition that for 3000 years or so now, has invited us to hear the harmony of the truths of our life in this universe. Let Mazzaroth, then, remember its song is the music of the Garland of Earth. Our music, our songs, belong to the family of all the melodies of spacetime.

To bring the garland of the ecliptic and the celestial equator home, first, we are called to redress an error of our Ancestors. They assumed that there are literal objects in a literal vault of heaven that control the paths of the sun, moon, and planets. Plato’s “X” of the Maker is how it looks while standing on the northern hemisphere of the globe of our planet.

As Earth turns on its axis mundi, its wholeness includes our life-sustaining atmosphere. We are always turning, and seeing through the body of the atmosphere. We are always in the bi-polar, seasonal affected order of Earth.

Next, we can fully intuit how our atmosphere has much in common with ancient notions of the sacred masculine. Our sky holds space and protects the perimeters of all Earthly life with its own breath-body. Our sky literally holds space for life. Moreover, not only does our atmosphere hold space, it is also being revealed as a gravitational medium of communications.

C. G. Jung did not state it directly, but in his 1958 Flying Saucers : A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Skies, the modern myth we are witnessing is better named, Things Seen in the Atmosphere. In all the stories I have experienced personally, heard about or read about from others, the message that has been coming through the medium of our atmosphere is that we must do all we can to return to right relationship with each other and the planet. Jung noted this too, early on:

In the threatening situation of the world today, when people are beginning to see that everything is at stake, the projection-creating fantasy soars beyond the realm of earthly organizations and powers into the heavens, into interstellar space, where the rulers of human fate, the gods, once had their abode in the planets…. Even people who would never have thought that a religious problem could be a serious matter that concerned them personally are beginning to ask themselves fundamental questions. Under these circumstances it would not be at all surprising if those sections of the community who ask themselves nothing were visited by `visions,’ by a widespread myth seriously believed in by some and rejected as absurd by others.

We are called to harmonize the Music of the Spheres, the wisdom of the music of the Garland of Earth with the hearts of all we can hear in Indigenous wisdom — of all peoples. All that exists has its song, its dream, its medicine, its wisdom, its teachings, its helpers and contraries. This is a language that all traditions share. It is a way of expression of states of consciousness that call us to full participation. Story, Song, Dream, Consciousness, and Silence, all offer ways to both embody and point to our full wholeness. Earth’s seasonal text is musical and it is resonant with the sound of our solar system, galaxy, and cosmos.

IT WORKS IF YOU WORK IT


Unlike Ulysses the Romanized Greek hero, Ulysses, the book, would never make it home after its war during Joyce’s lifetime. Though not officially banned in Ireland, if the book had been imported, there were fears that both the tome and its author would be officially banned and exiled. Ulysses, the book, finally made it to Ireland in the 1960’s.

James Joyce, Nora Barnacle, and their son, Giorgio Joyce, are buried in Zurich, Switzerland. Their daughter, Giorgio’s sister, Lucia, suffered with mental illness. She died far from the rest of her family in 1982 and is buried at Kingsthorpe Cemetery, Northampton.

James, Nora, and George’s resting place
Zurich, Switzerland

To end our walking and meeting as Christs on the road together, I leave these final hints. Personally, I’ve been approaching soul-life using the union of ecopsychology, evolutionary astrology, birthchart, zodiac, Hermeticism, alchemy, the 12 Steps of Recovery, our own Indigenous Western traditions, in symboisis with Indigenous wisdom. I think it is a more peaceful and gentle way to live with others with All Our Relatives.

As I stressed above, there exists a mental, emotional, physical, spiritual health, clear-minded embeddedness within planetary seasonal sacred text. Not only that, but here, at the end, I can attest that the music of our planet’s seasonal sacred songs harmonize with the solar, galactic and cosmological multiscient symphony. When we get the timing and the tuning right, we can see into and hear it all.

To be (Your Name Here)-Christ is a journey. Certainly, all who are born arrive with the potential to bring forth an awakened soul in relation to all that is. You are called to participate in your own educational process. In the 12 Steps of Recovery, they say, It works if you work it. There is a similar saying in the Gospel of Thomas:

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.

I hear this now as a Call to humanity as a whole. We have it in us to bring about the turning point into a World of Beauty and Rhythm. May our mutual goal be a new realization of a global climate change of our species. The clearing atmosphere during the Corona Virus pandemic resonates an expanded inborn universal worth and gratitude for life.

The rest of this is to be sung as a finale:

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)

The Turning Point of evolutionary transformation of human identity is now over a century old. 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)

Consider now too how Ervin Laszlo’s 2017 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. 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.

In my own verse in this song, your Author and Host’s voice now joins in this Song:

With all your love and courage, choose to gather for the happiness of all beings. Participate in communion with the collective ecological conscious and unconscious. Know the awe that opens your human heart to the Mystery of life. May your intermingling be recognized by an ensouled, living atmosphere of warmth, love, surprise and humor that makes your life-cycles worth living in enduring planetary and interplanetary relationships. May synchronistic anomalous, synesthetic, paranormal, psychokinetic, miraculous, prophetic, numinous, aesthetic arrest experiences that are immanent to the transcendent occur in your midst.

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]

The Dreaming Gourd
Sidereal COEX constellation
by F Christopher Reynolds

Orphan Soul, ending

When you meet the Orphan Soul

Talk of your loved ones, from the young to the Invisible

Share this ritual, bless the humankind

With a Mysterious Heart

Who is In Love with Time

Minds from All Times visit our time

Minds from all time, They are Visiting Our Time.

copyright 2020, F. Christopher Reynolds

No Man’s Folk

Uncategorized

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. This is a music of temperance where even enemies are invited into a No Man’s Land of shared desire for peace, clearmindedness and human flourishing. No Man’s Folk sings for the happiness of all beings of Earth in a participatory, ensouled cosmos. No Man’s Folk is medicine for our times.

— F. Christopher Reynolds

NO MAN’S FOLK – YOU CAN DO IT

During the Covid-19 pandemic, music and sacred stories are strengtheners. No Man’s Folk offers a formula that you can do yourself with your own loved ones in your own homes.

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE AND WHAT DO WE DO?

No Man’s Folk is done mostly in homes, and also wherever people come together for a better future. You need a space for about 30 people. It can happen with a group of 2-6. 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 or a guitar or an acordion or the pipes — any instrument shared will do. There are 4 chairs around the center with other instruments here and there. The way No Man’s Folk looks is a room, a central instrument, four chairs and other instruments here and there.

Everyone sits around the musical center. Begin with gratitude and a short ritual where you invite all present to feel and let go of grief, fear, desire, anger, pain, insanity, despair, restlessness, shame, guilt, suicidal tendencies. Sing through the pain together. Let the songs be originals in both traditional folk styles as well as Indigenous styles. Let the songs be Indigenous and traditional. Create a rhythm between the leaders in the center and the gathering. Sing 4 songs and then invite 2-4 songs/prayers/stories from those gathered.

No Man’s music, therefore, invites a new understanding of 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.

To invite, contact: spiriman@aim.com, Christopher Reynolds

—————–

Listen to “Marilyn of the Whirlwind” by Christopher Reynolds on YouTube

—————–

Listen to “Marilyn of the Whirlwind”, or download the song, audio-only


Listen to “Magnification” by Christopher Reynolds on YouTube


Listen to “Magnification”, or download the song, audio-only

Did you download the music? Donate an amount of your choice

Remembrance of the 1914 Christmas Truce: It’s Our Turn Now

Uncategorized

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.

SING THE DREAM OF PEACE ONWARD

peace on earth

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.

Vision

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.

Words and Our Social and Spiritual Conditioning

Uncategorized

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)

0023321318

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)

Musical Family Tradition

About

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.

Reynolds family at the Reynolds Ranch, Porterville, Mississippi

Reynolds family at the Reynolds Ranch, Porterville, Mississippi

The Reynolds cousins at Pea Stock, 2017, in Door County, Wi.

The Reynolds cousins at Pea Stock, 2017, in Door County, Wi.

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.