The Immanent Function

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copyright by F. Christopher Reynolds, December 18, 2019

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.

The best entryway into Immanent Function is to read a few examples of experiences of it. Here are a few:

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 the 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 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 Committment…At present, people create barriers between each other by their fragmentary thought. Each one operates separately. When these barriers have dissolved, the 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.

In Jerzy J. Maciuszko’s 2013 Poles Apart,recounts an event that occurred 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, is a next ecopsychological step that opens the way 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, and what Jaworski and Bohm call, collective intelligence , are all ways to describe what I call, individual consciousness participating in communion with the collective, in my definition. However powerful this form of relationship may be, it is not complete until the same unified state includes all of life in ways you can feel, in which the larger 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.

At this point, the work of Eugene Monick can give lend us a helpful hand. 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 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.

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. Here they are all mashed together 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 knew you. You forgot where you are, forget everything and are transported somewhere else.

I heard Gene tell this story a number of times when he presented. His recollection was about when kept an office in Philadelphia where he met analysands. 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.

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. His New Consciousness belongs to cultures living within a planetary sphere of galactic cosmology of the emerging participatory world view.

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. This sticking point is common for all 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 to the geometry of a sphere versus a circle, the advantages of using a 3-dimensional Self image are unexpected and surprising.

This is the front cover of Dane Rudhyar’s book, Rhythm of Wholeness. The central image combines the 2 dimensional circle of the yinyang symbol of wholeness with the three dimensional sphere that is our planet. It is not possible to understand three dimensional reality with two dimensional thinking. It is possible, however, to use a two dimensional idea as a stepping stone from which to move to three dimensions.

The yinyang 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 is used to illustrate 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 point in the book is this, to learn how to be in right relationship with the embodied wholeness of the planet. However,

does not equal

Here is a short geometry lesson 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. In Jungian parlance, shadow means all that is denied, repressed, avoided, unconscious. 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.

The surface of a sphere is 4 times its shadow.

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.

Picasso’s Three Musicians
Source: MoMA, NYC

This is Pablo Picasso’s cubist painting, The Three Musicians. In Cubism, developed by Picasso with Georges Braque, the method of expressing the fourth dimension of time occurs because the painter imagines that he is everywhere at once. You, the observer, are moving through time to different perspectives while looking at the players and their dog under the table. In this 4D image, you are standing simultaneously in front, behind, on all sides, seeing a now that is past, present and future — 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 all around, all at once.

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 stillpoint 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, past, present and future are apprehended as a whole and immediate four dimensional now.

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 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.

To complete Gene’s work with Phallos, it’s helpful to know how to imagine four dimensions expressed as two. 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.

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. Here is a taste:

In Phallos: Sacred Image of the Masculine, after a lot of hard work reading all of the published works, Monick found that Jung used the feminine term, anima mundi quite often, but never used axis mundi. In fact, Jung is not clear that there is a difference between anima and axis. 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 for 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’s work to draw apart the masculine archetypes and to point out that the image behind them was a vertical axis mundi was a Herculean task. His 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 as the proper partner to anima mundi.

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 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 masculine to 3 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, the image that men and women need today to move through disintegrating patriarchy is radius mundi. A conceptual mental shift from axis mundi to radius mundi represents a psychic transmutation of archetypal significance. Let us perform, then, what amounts to an alchemical process of separatio, and drawing apart a prima materia which 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 masculine and female bodies that women display a private thickening that complements male erection called, clitoral tumescence. Like men, periods of REM sleep for women can be identified by feminine swelling. The implications are then, that 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

It is not my work to create the name for this feminine image of the Goddess. 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, nor does it seem to be mentioned in the poems of Sappho, the Tenth Muse.

The New Consciousness that Eugene Monick was striving to establish is an ecologically wise, embodied and also psychological human being, aka. psychoid. He proclaimed a ground for living in sacred ways on a sacred planet, ways that recognize both spiritual and erotic solitude that he called, Communion, sacred sexuality, that he called, Communion, and embodied intermingling with nature, that he also called, Communion.  He was working 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 dark side of the Goddess-image.

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. 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, then,is to be imagined as 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.

With Axis mundi taking up its role as a turning center of balance:

Phallos: Sacred image of the masculine, other face of G-d = Radius mundi


Radius mundi = She-whose-name-is-yet-to be-spoken: other face of G-ddess, Sacred image of the feminine. 

Imagine 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 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.

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 between the two. 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.

Joseph Campbell used the term, transparent to the transcendent, in many of his writings. He meant that the surfaces of things could be seen through into the radiance of Eternity when our hearts are opened to the experience of awe. In Earth-based spirituality, in ecopsychology, the Beauty that sustains the world is intimately present and deep — immanent to the transcendent – the Beauty that sustains the world lures us inward, too.

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 also 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, what Jeffery Kripal calls, Human as two.

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. I described this above in my mashed-up version:

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 knew you. You forgot where you are, forget everything and are transported somewhere else.

Immanent Function uses Radius mundi to speak of the cells of Communion’s experience all at once, as one body. 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:

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.

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 went underground through a stone-lined hole:

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 the first Jungian in America, 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)

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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. 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 an 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 myself 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 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.” The energy of this seeing, feeling and awareness carried me laughing 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 of story told by Yeats’ prose. The refrain of my song, Headland, speaks of this same 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, for all of my own generation.

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 Sphere Whose Axis is Nowhere: 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, 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 space/time is far and wide and within with spinning, entangled spirals of evolutions and involutions.

“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 flat Earth with a celestial sphere overhead. The quote does not work if Earth is itself a celestial sphere.

This quote, updated, is:

God is an infinite sphere whose axis mundi is everywhere and whose radius, substance, and surface are nowhere.

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. 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, surprising vistas open. May we all heroically engage now when our time is the time of birthing the turning point, axis and radius mundi of human kind.

We are here from now on the be the turning points.

Here is another look at a way to lead our minds through one, two, three, and four dimensions. Imagine how a 4D planet appears to our usual awareness.

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. It is within us that this magnified image of the world is 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:

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 4D hypershere turning on an axis mundi.

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 partnership. The idea of divine human partnership is at the heart of alchemy and the Western tradition of Hermticism. 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. 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 fully human participation in the work of the powerful planetary image that symbolizes the psyche’s governing source.

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, but they also share the same representative image: the 4D+ hypershere gyroscopically turning on an axis mundi. The entire process of renewal is evidently fully human participation in the work of the powerful planetary image that symbolizes the psyche’s governing source.

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 convenant,” “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 four dimensional interactive space. In this way, Indigenous Wisdom invites human beings to experience mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually, the four dimensions 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 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 “you” and “you” — as an “us” and “we.” 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 a living classroom, in sports, in travel, in exploration, in music, in all group intentions — to live fully embodied and in relation to living in relationship with the grater planetary life.

What I have been calling axis mundi and the turning point, John Bryde calls, the innermost, in his 1971 book, Modern Indian Psychology:

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.

There is an effort to avoid actions that will upset the innermost of our neighbors. (p.43)

The Immanent Function is the union of innermosts, then and in that relationship, the miracles of life come forth. 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.

COEX SYSTEMS, COEX CONSTELLATIONS: THE GATES

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. The ideas are the COEX (Condensed Emotional Experience) and COEX systems that are also known as COEX constellations.

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 contellations. 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 psychology of a COEX allows for the simultaneous unification through time 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 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.

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.

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.

from Cloud Atlas
Source: Warnerbros.com

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

I think Radius Mundi best describes the gender-toned 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.

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

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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.

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 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 archeytpal 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
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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, too, demonstrates that the Christ-message was not an All-controlling God of War’s foundation of a new religious empire, but a message of blessing meant to be integrated into already existing sacred ways. All human beings are (Your Name Here)-Christ.

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, it should also be in astrology as a Western Indigenous Wisdom that we find our own cultural version of 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,” God 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, an Almighty I AM who imposes imperial rule by war, globalization, colonization, and ultimate control of the entire planet, are not the same guy.

(It is this second Jesus who is the God of War in Broken God.  Jesus, in this view, is a spiritual fascist whose rules cut off our sacred connections to Nature and Ancestors.  His empire beneath silent stars invokes the word, disaster.  Disaster, in English, is derived from dis – “split from” and aster – “star.” For 500 years, we have been cut-off from feeling at home on a living planet, in a living galaxy, in an ever-expanding 14,82 billion years old living cosmos.)

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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 dreams, visions, and moments of awe.

The magic squares were developed as understanding geometry, astronomy, music, the motions of the zodiac and the synchronicities (The stars are like letters. Everything breathes together) expanded. As archetypes, magic squares they can be 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 Venus. A temple to Mars would be created 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
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Venus numbers

Temple of Venus
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Mars Numbers

Jupiter Numbers
Saturn Numbers
Temple of Saturn
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Sun: Temple of Apollo in Delphi:

Delphi
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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:

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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 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:

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 within the Western tradition mirrors the Lakota. Jesus Christ is not an Only Son sitting on the right of a Sky-Father who controls the entire universe, but a sacred compassionate, merciful person to integrate into your awareness when you are truly yourself and to also acknowledge in all others.

Participate with humanity, See and Be (Your Name Here)-Christ. In the same way that all the planets are in the birth-chart, so all the Gods and Goddesses psychologically inform each person in a one-of-kind manner.

Just as the Lakota Spirits presented a basic Christian message from within their own ways to a Catholic Jesuit in the Yupwipi ceremony: Mahpiya ekta na maka sitomni.

INDIGENOUS VIRTUE OF 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 human 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 human beings are capable of this awareness, even partially mechanized ones, though for some it comes easier and for some it comes harder.

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
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I know that one of the better gifts of American culture is to establish a way of life that truly honors the true dignity of each 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 culture and another – any jealous God now is an abusive, generally, absentee Father 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, it does not 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. The message is — become a Christ yourself, accept help from other beings and help all other beings become the I AM WHO AM who they are.

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 is a new and unexpected 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.

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.

Image created by Tau’olunga

The sun is at the center with Earth and Earth’s orbit in Tau’olunga’s image above. Due to the tilt of our planet and its orbit, the sun, moon and planets appear to follow the circle drawn in red that passes through the 12 constellations of the zodiac – the ecliptic. The light-blue circle in this drawing is called the celestial equator. Notice how the red and blue circles create a flattened “X” where they cross.

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The moon in its orbit around the Earth is not drawn in Tau’olunga’s ecliptic image. 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.

One result of the Moon’s orbital tilt is that when the Moon’s orbit is oriented such that it passes farthest north of the ecliptic in Gemini — which is the northernmost point of the ecliptic — the Moon stands much higher in the sky than usual. At the opposite side of the sky during the same lunar cycle — roughly 29.5 days — the Moon lies farthest south of the ecliptic; on these occasions, the Moon appears lowest in our sky. Such extremes are reflected also in the Moon’s rising and setting points, which then occur farther north and south than usual.

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
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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 king and the entire court – all buried while still alive in order to satisfy the heavenly order. In all of my reading, I have never come across any high priest or high priestess who took part in the suicide offerings — immense numinous influence!

(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
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Ecliptic and Celestial Equator
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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, 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 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 that began in Sumer around 2350 BCE, according to Joseph Campbell.

In his Oriental Mythology, Campbell notes:

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 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, around 100 BCE

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, look a lot like elaborations over the centuries of ever higher and higher God the Most Highs chronically aspiring to 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. Humanity’s creation of nuclear armaments puts an extra burden on 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.

Sun Dance in a Lakota Ledger Drawing
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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 a Jesus Christ portrayed as a reboot of the Sumerian cosmic force of good in the battleground of the universe.

Doctrine of Discovery, 1493
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This Son of the Father Almighty has been Catholic since 325 with the Nicene Creed. You can discern his voice in 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
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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 Gaelic integration of a divine human identity into Irish literature. 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

Stretches of years in American history, from the Puritans onward, have always featured leaders, literature and ideas that foster an atmosphere of Apocalyptic expectation.

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 and have children, 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 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 beings 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. 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 3 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 4th dimension.

The Immanent Function
Sidereal COEX Constellation
c. 2019 by Author

With that shift in mind:

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.

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 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

It 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 from the entire cosmos, from all past, present and future life within it. The Earth was no longer imagined as a self-healing wise being. Saving the Earth was imagined as coming from Beyond. As Campbell noted, this shift also placed a burden on human beings, not to steward the balance within and around them, but to fight in a 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, 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.

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-Apocalyptic 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 the Glory of the Coming of the Lord.

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.

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

For almost 5000 years in Western ways, the mental split that brought about by the sky-shattering realization of 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 moved away from good and evil in the cosmos, it still continues to hang onto the ruined universe in 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 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. 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 is what 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 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 options in which to participate and 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 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 fight against evil in league with any Catholic, Protestant, and/or 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 each person 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 prayer
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:

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

POST-APOCALYPTIC 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 be connected to a small harness attached to rope that is connected to the Tree by 2 wooden pegs. 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 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 Western Christian 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, yet hopefully never-forgotten, Era.

The same transformation, of liberating a human being who learned how to participate in divinity from a man of War and Apocalypse has already happened in the book, The Five Gospels: What Did Jesus Really Say, by an international group of schools 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.

Lastly, 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, looks like this:

The Fool
Source: Creative Commons

The Book of Revelation belongs to one of a number of individual life experiences called, spiritual emergencies, in transpersonal psychology. At this time, there are 12 main kinds, with the list still growing. They are: shamanic illness, alcoholism/addiction and co-dependency, peak experience, near-death experience, psychic opening, UFO abuduction, possession, moral injury/PTSD, past-life experiences, awakening of Kundalini, communication with spirit guides and channeling, and psychological renewal by return to the center.

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:

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…

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 to the world, in fact, it is to become the World’s Beloved.

THE FATHER GOD OF WAR IS A TIN MAN

Lastly, I invite you to consider, like the Six Nations in their Great Law of Peace and the reforms of Handsome Lake, to become discerning about how the notion of God the Controller has passed its usefulness. In the Western tradition, the Controller is more often indicated by the term, Omnipotent. In our own development, the most recent omnipotent god was the Roman Jupiter. What made Jupiter the Father of all was his omnipotence to do as he pleased in the sky, on Earth, in the oceans, and into the Underworld. He was the leader over Neptune’s watery depths and Pluto’s Peaceful Underworld.

Alchemists put aside the notion of omnipotence long ago. They assigned to Jupiter the element of tin. Jupiter is a so-called omnipotent tin man. This kind of being in the world is the bully, the tyrant, the fascist, a crime-boss, etc. This style can be recognized by his weapons, technological powers, economic might, dominion over. Any Claimants to the Divine Right of Kings or genetic superiority, sweep up and crush their own people invoking this god.

In the line of reasoning I offer, omnipotence belongs to a self and world view that is unable to change with seasons, ages and times. The Father, Almighty and All-powerful is possessive psychology unable to pass on, an undying, finally parasitic entity.

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

Melville, in Moby Dick, noted 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.

The participatory world view invites us to become temperate about use of adjectives like; Controller, Almighty, Omnipotent, Father Above, Highest God. With some 620,000 dead in the 1861-1865 war, America has paid in blood, my own family being one family among tens of thousands. Like alchemists, we are invited to separate the tin out of the gold, to let our images of God, die. The partial view pretending to be whole has seen its days here.

There is a section of text in Kripal’s Mutants and Mystics where he writes as one who has separated his tin from the gold:

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)

POST-APOCALYPTIC JESUSES

It was a great gift to psychologically untie my self-image/world image from the Christian 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 with whom I felt safe enough to go into labor in her presence. 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 direct knowing of their own enduring consciousness. 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 understands 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.

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 direct spinal connection with 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 condition is normative dissociation. 

To heal the twist, 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. It is not a big stretch now to dare to step into (Your Name Here)-Christ. It has already been integrated into evolutionary astrology. To untwist our original split, we can go backwards to go forward.

MEETING FOR WISDOM AT THE BRIDGE

Gatherings to untwist from the past 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 Jeffrey Kripal calls, human as two.

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.

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 powers belong to Earth and human beings. Here is a 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 it’s 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 worlds 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:

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

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, as if instead of twisting, moving along a spiral.

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:

The next twist is with the orientation of the 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:

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 and splitting off of the primal world view’s Way of Orientation can be healed and 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. I call this practice:

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, going backward, untwisting them:




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 through its own. Our sky literally holds space for life. Moreover, not only does our atmosphere hold space, it is also being revealed as a 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 — regardless of the people. 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. James Joyce would never reconcile the Ireland he envisioned, the Ireland he was embodying, with the nation as it was during his 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. James Joyce, Nora Barnacle, and their son, George Joyce, are buried in Zurich, Switzerland:

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 only works when 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.

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

That 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

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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.

— F. Christopher Reynolds NO MAN’S FOLK – WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE AND WHAT DO WE DO?

No Man’s Folk is done mostly in homes, yet also travels where people come together for a better future. You need a space for about 30 people. It can happen with a group of 6. The persons who come are encouraged most to come because they love music and love to sing.

At the center of the space is a sacred drum or harmonium or a guitar — 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. We begin with gratitude and a short ritual where we invite you to feel and let go of grief, fear, desire, anger, pain, insanity, despair, restlessness, shame, guilt, suicidal tendencies. The songs will be originals in both traditional folk styles as well as Indigenous style, the folk songs will be Indigenous and traditional. There is a rhythm between the center and the gathering. We will sing 4 songs and then songs/prayers/stories are invited from those gathered.

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

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

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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

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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)

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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

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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.

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@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. All of my songs, chants, No Man’s Folk, writings, art, workshops and ceremonies encourage waking up together and participating fully in this Awakening.

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.

Our time of The Third Great Awakening is period of Western Renaissance. The rebirth is a cultural rite of passage out of the modern and late-modern world views, and into an emerging, participatory, holistic, and quantum worldview. We are being invited to courageously participate in tending a sacred relationship with the land and with the Ancestors so that literally, spiritually and metaphorically, the Earth takes its place as the most life-giving of celestial bodies we know, in a galactic consciousness in an ever-expanding cosmos of more than 2,000,000,000,000 galaxies. It has been unfolding now for more than 170 years.

Both world views that are passing away share a rare form of soul-famine. Just one example among hundreds of our lack is, we are barely able to wonder if a human being is capable of more than a single lifetime. In the late-modern world view, our personality is an illusion that dies with our brain. In modern and patriarchal forms of monotheism, our personalities are degraded as “ego” and our immortal soul gets one chance at a life that ends in a redeemed or damned Eternity. Both late-modern scientific materialism and modern patriarchal monotheism are unable to imagine that we live in a profoundly kind universe when it comes to survival of consciousness.

Our collective poverty of imagination is similar in scale to the poverty you find in what cosmologists call the Great Debate of 1929 between Shapely and Curtis. Shapely, a leading cosmologist of his time, argued that there is one galaxy in the universe. Curtis argued that there are many. Our current estimate nearly a century later is that there are some 2 trillion galaxies.

Nasa Deep Field Image
Source: Nasa.gov

A similar lack in imagination was the cause for rejection of the Copernican solar system. Using the science of the time, leaders in thought, while they were able to accept that our planet orbited the sun, they could not accept the Copernican stars. If Copernicus was right, the stars had to be immense beyond belief and located at distances of unimaginable (for the times) distances.

I think it’s a fair comparison to consider for the threshold we together face. Imagining that we live only a single lifetime compared to our true nature is like, in an ever-expanding universe of more than 2 trillion galaxies, insisting that stars could not be immense and light years away or that the entire universe could never be more than one galaxy.

With current ontological (what it is to be human) undervelopment is a coinciding loss of the sustaining relationships, the warmth, love, humor, and help that come from our loved ones who have died, yet who continue to care about our lives — Ancestors. In the Indigenous world view, the modern and late-modern insistence of life without Ancestors is known as living at the suicide level

Much of American culture appears to be consuming in order to make the suicide level comfortable.

To be alive now and be unable to distinguish between the suicide level of the modern and late-modern world views, and the delight of the emerging participatory world view is a form of personal and community soul-neglect. It is a soul-neglect that impoverishes our children and grandchildren most of all.

Humanity, for the most part, has lived with wealthy traditions of continuity of soul that care deeply for the future. There is wisdom in welcoming each child’s birth as a sacred re-birth. There is wisdom in educating each adolescent in such a way that helps connect them to the reason of his/her/their birth. There is wisdom in welcoming a sustainable awareness of soul that encourages living, savoring of the adventure of life, of all lives, of all that live. There is wisdom in singing each soul back to its place of origin at the end of life.

The First Great Awakening occurred in the 13 colonies and Britain in the 1730’s and 1740’s. It was a Protestant movement that emphasized experiences of transformation through conversion and knowledge of being saved by Christ whose Second Coming was not far off. The Second Great Awakening occurred in the United States from 1790-1820. It, too, was a Protestant movement that encouraged life and cultural reform, salvation, and, once again, the immanent return of Christ in the Second Coming.

The Third Great Awakening, also calls to a re-birth, an ecological conversion, life and cultural reforms, not for an Apocalypse but for an integration of essential love and compassion for all beings — a conscious return to the Tao. Our ‘salvational’ knowledge is to be found at the growing edges in new and unexpected cultural ways for the West. The awakening we are experiencing can come as a sudden stroke of awareness, lightning strike or flip, yet also may come as a slow, methodical development in lives that dismantle old conceptual structures.

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.

Here is William James reflecting in 1890:

“The result of Mr. Myer’s learned and ingenious studies in hypnotism, hallucinations, automatic writing, mediumship, and the whole series of allied phenomena is a conviction that he expresses in the following terms:

Each of us is in reality an abiding psychical entity far more extensive than he knows–an individuality which can never express itself completely through any corporeal manifestation. The self manifests itself through the organism; but there is always, as it seems, some part of the self unmanifested, and always, as it seems, some power of organic expression in abeyance or reserve.

The ordinary consciousness Mr. Myers likens to the visible part of the solar spectrum; the total consciousness is like that spectrum prolonged by the ultra-red and ultra-violet rays. In the psychic spectrum the “ultra” parts may embrace a far wider range, both of physiological and of psychical activity, than is open to our ordinary consciousness and memory. “

Nearly 130 years later, in 2018, the book, Changed in a Flash: One Woman’s Near-Death Experience and Why a Scholar Thinks It Empowers Us All, by Elizabeth Krohn and Jeffrey Kripal, Kripal reflects on Krohn’s experience, developing further William James’ and Frederic Myer’s participatory world view:

It is difficult to avoid the obvious next step here: the brain is more of a filter or reducer of reality than a total perceiver. It keeps out far more information that it lets in. But what would happen if this filtering mechanism temporarily shut down?…whatever Elizabeth was seeing, smelling, and hearing in the Garden (in her Near-Death Experience) was deeply informed by the human sensory system, since “seeing,” “smelling,” and “hearing” are all sensory capacities. And yet these events also went well beyond the ordinary limits of these particular sensory capacities. (p. 189)

The above affirms what William James presciently underlined, the psychic spectrum the “ultra” parts may embrace a far wider range, both of physiological and of psychical activity, than is open to our ordinary consciousness and memory. Kripal names how ordinary consciousness and memory and the wider range that they can embrace, Human as Two.

Richard Tarnas in Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View offered wonderful language for what we face together:

The Western mind must be willing to open itself to a reality the nature of which could shatter its most established beliefs about itself and about the world. This is where the real act of heroism is going to be. A threshold must now be crossed, a threshold demanding a courageous act of faith, of imagination, of trust in a larger, more complex reality; a threshold, moreover, demanding an act of unflinching self-discernment. And this is the great challenge of our time, the evolutionary imperative for the masculine to see through its one-sidedness, to own its unconscious shadow, to choose to enter into a fundamentally new relationship of mutuality with the feminine in all its forms. The feminine then becomes not that which must be controlled, denied and exploited, but rather fully acknowledged, respected and responded to for itself. (p. 444)

Michael Murphy’s 1992 (!) book, The Future of the Body, invites readers into how it feels to cross Tarnas’ threshold. Future of the Body offers 150 years of academically hard-earned information for recognizing the delight on Earth that makes a human lifetime a worthy adventure. We are long overdue to wake up from our forgetting. Here is a partial list of the 12 categories he calls, The Metanormalities of Everyday Life. 

As I sing in The Magnification music clip above:

Come out now people from wherever you been!

Perception of External Events:

Synaesthesias, or crossing of the senses (“seeing” sounds, for example, or “hearing” flowers), in which a numinous beauty is revealed or an extrasensory perception is dramatized.

“Feeling” people in a house though you cannot see or hear them.

Feeling someone is watching you, after which you turn and meet his or her gaze.

Correctly guessing the location of water or other materials by extrasensory processes.

Spontaneous, unexpected perceptions of distant events.

Hearing music or other sounds for which there is no discoverable source, that enliven particular thoughts or emotions.

Opening books to the exact page you are looking for.

Sensing a numinous presence during meditation, intimate conversations, or other circumstances.

Seeing lights around people or inanimate objects for which there are no apparent sources.

Spontaneously apprehending the presence of someone physically distant or dead, bit direct and vivid contact.

Somatic Awareness and Self-Regulation:

Experiencing vivid images or arteries, capillaries, or other bodily structures that immediately seem to be your own, and sensing they may be damaged or in a process of recovery from an injury.Picturing what appear to be chakras or other entities depicted in esoteric teachings.

Hearing melodies that seem to reflect you physical condition

Communication Abilities:

Correctly intuiting someone’s (negative or positive) feelings or thoughts about you are a third party.

Telpepathically stimulating loving or hateful, serene or agitated moods in another person.

Sensing correctly who is calling on the telephone, even though the caller hasn’t communicated for a long time, or thinking about someone who then calls you.

Feeling no separation at all from your lover during sexual intercourse.

Feeling the pains of a distant friend, then discovering he or she is ill or injured.

Sharing sensations of well-being with friends though there is no physical communication between you.

“Feeling” what someone else is thinking.

Having the same dream that a friend does.

Accurately sensing someone’s prayers in your behalf.

Vitality:

Feeling great warmth on cold days, without benefit of extra clothing.

Experiencing immense energy, sometimes frightening in its intensity, for which there is no apparent cause.

Sensing a rush of electricity up the spine, or radiatin out from the abdomen, accompanied by mental illuminations or great strength.

Remaining free from infection in spite of contagious disease among those around you.

Movement Abilities:

Executing moves in sports beyond your normal ability while sensing a new power or “self.”

Sensing physical levitation during strenuous physical exercise, prayer or love-making.

Experiencing flight as if in a subtle body, during an especially vivid dream or state of creative absorption.

Out-of-body experience (during which you may see your own body) after which you report events that could not be known to you in ordinary circumstances.

Experiencing an extraordinary pleasure in movement accompanied by an apparent release of new energies in particular body parts.

Abilities to Alter the Environment Directly:

Appearing to correct a machine’s malfunction by mental intention alone.

Appearing to alter the flight of a ball by mental intention.

Promoting or inhibiting plant growth in extraordinary fashion, as if by some sort of green thumb.

Experiencing a powerful mood or image while taking a photograph, then finding an unexplainable object or light on the picture you have taken.

Pain and Pleasure:

Eliminating pain by simply willing it away.

Feeling inexplicable pleasure, or a stream of vitality that seems localized in the spine, the solar plexus or some other body part.

Experiencing sudden shivers of ecstasy that arise without apparent stimulation.

Experiencing profound joy during a routine task or in the midst of pain or discomfort, joy that does not seem to depend of the satisfaction of a particular need or desire. This state may be attributed simply to the “joy of living,” and may have a contagious effect on others .

Cognition:

Correctly sensing unexpected danger.

Correctly anticipating a melody before it comes on the radio, or a dramatic event before it happens, or a sentence before a companion says it.

Apprehending a situation or place as if you had experienced it before.

Apprehending an exceptionally complex and original set of ideas all at once, in conjunction with great excitement and joy.

Remembering extremely complex material with perfect detail.

Correctly determining historical events connected with a particular location or object, as if by some sort of clairvoyance.

Experiencing a sense of mystical contact with G-d, perhaps at work or during a festive event, or while engaged in intimate conversation or in the midst of suffering.

Volition:

Waking from sleep at a designated moment without assistance from an alarm.

Spontaneously throwing off the effects of injury or disease or (on the darker side) psychokinetically triggering some affliction in others.

Accomplishing some deed requiring strength and endurance beyond your usual capacity, in a crisis, perhaps, during a sports competition or to inflict punishment on others.

Spontaneously adapting to great heat, cold, or other adverse conditions.

Deliberately rising above thirst or hunger, with no apparent loss of strength.

Spontaneously exerting subliminal influence on others in such was as harmonizing conflicting parties, bringing peace to potentially violent situations, — or conversely, causing discord and suffering.

Individuation and Sense of Self:

Awakening to a witness self that is fundamentally distinct from particular thoughts, impulses, feelings, or sensations.

Feeling for a moment as if your body is only a small part of your self, or that it is located at a specific point in the field of awareness.

Feeling a new substantiality, as if you are somehow larger, stronger, and more solid.

Spontaneously realizing a new and profound self-confidence that adverse criticism does not affect.

Feeling as if you are suddenly more real, more authentic, more truly yourself.

Momentarily apprehending all objects of perception as if they are contained within you.

Experiencing an identity that self-evidently existed before your birth and that will outlast your body’s death.

Love:

Seeking new beauty and possibilities for growth in someone of long acquaintance.

Experiencing a love that allows you to feel a friend’s suffering, deep intentions, or personal conflicts.\

Experiencing love that removes all sense of boundaries between you and a loved one, as if you and the other were a single person or body.

Experiencing a love for someone who is physically distant that appears to elevate that person’s self-esteem and sense of well-being.

Body Structures, States, and Processes:

Pleasurable streaming sensations that envelop the body and seem to involve a significant enhancement of health.

A subtle effervescence from head to toes during sleep, through which you feel your bodily processes are being altered.

Sensing an opening in the body–located perhaps between the eyes, around the heart, near the navel or at the base of the spine– through which energy is flowing.

Spontaneous rushes of energy up and down the spine, spiraling around the torso, or rising from the soles of the feet.

Sensing an extraordinary lightness while moving or at rest, or a sense of elevation from the ground.

Agility beyond your ordinary range of movement that seems to related to a new and extraordinary elasticity of tendons, ligaments, and muscles.

Radical alterations of body image, as if you are much taller or shorter, for example, or shaped like a sphere, column, diamond or point.

Extraordinary ability to withstand blows, in sports or other circumstances, as if you are suddenly heavier and harder.

The protests at Standing Rock in 2016 marked the largest gathering of Indigenous peoples in United States’ History. A re-birth, a re-claiming of their traditions rooted in ecological wisdom for an integration of essential love and compassion for all beings is awakened and proceeding. Environmental respect is a foundation of traditional Earth-based spirituality. Besides the cry, Mni Wiconi! (Water is Life!), a common statement heard was, Don’t let them fool you, our ways are sacred.

Knowing through direct experience of the emerging participatory world view generally includes a profound feeling of being connected to all that is, a deep reverence for Earth, experiential relationships with Ancestors, and an embodied appreciation for the beauty and vulnerability of life for future generations.

As we awaken to the direction of change, life becomes richer and wiser. By richer, I mean that life deepens as regards direct personal experience of the awe, also known as the numinous, that makes life worth living. By wiser, I mean that when we are mentally oriented so that the modern and late-modern world views are released, our “heart’s horizon” of the numinous becomes a central, guiding element in waking, dreaming, and creative life – especially in times of greatest suffering.

I am currently performing my new release, The Immanent Function.

Immanent Function is a way to heal the centuries-old split between consciousness and matter/energy. Eternity and space/time are best imagined as cooperative, loving partners, even Beloveds. The spirit worlds can influence what happens in the sensual and the sensual can influence the spiritual worlds. Rice University’s J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought Jeffrey J. Kripal, likes to write, Human as Two. 

We are at a time of side by side,

Here is my working definition:

Immanent Function: Synchronistic, embodied becoming together when two or more choose to gather for the happiness of all beings. The immanent function is the partner to C. G. Jung’s transcendent function. Individual consciousness participates in communion with the collective ecological conscious and unconscious. When in partnership, the immanent and transcendent functions make manifest the awe that opens the human heart to the Mystery of life. Their intermingling is recognized by an 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. Written by F. Christopher Reynolds, M.Ed. on October 7, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio

Contact: spiriman@aim.com