Archetype in Action Organization
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- Category: Jungian Topics
- Created on 02 December 2013
- Last Updated on 02 December 2013
- Published on 02 December 2013
- Written by Skip Conover
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“Unbroken Wholeness in Constant Flowing Motion”
This is how Physicist Robert Bohm
answered when asked to describe reality.
“Karma” is my standard collie. His messages to me are quite simple, and they fall on the dualistic continuum between physical and spiritual needs, though for “Karma” they always begin with the physical. Perhaps that’s how all living beings began to get what they needed. They started on the physical end of the spectrum, and gradually, as they evolved, found their way toward a spiritual communion.
Usually, when I am sitting in front of the television, “Karma” comes and punches me in the knee, letting me know he wants one of two things—food or out. It’s pretty easy to guess which it is because Karma’s first priority is always food. He deals with me like a human Pez™ machine; punch Dad’s knee and a morsel of something he likes will appear. Once he has the treat, though, his psyche moves along the continuum from pure want to satisfy his hunger to the spiritual end.
He is very precise about the ritual of his dinner, which somehow evokes the spiritual side of the process. He wants his dinner in the middle of the living room, so that he can circle it, but he doesn’t begin the circling until my wife and I (his herd) are settled in our chairs. Then he circles and plops down with his front paws encircling the bowl. He eats with his eyes closed, like he is being transported into another dimension. It is clearly a communion for him.
The Chinese concept of Yin-Yang symbolizes this process, because no matter how many white swooshes that exist in the universe, there are always complimentary black swooshes with white swooshes inside them. The circle symbolizes the alchemical vas (cauldron), where ingredients are mixed until there is a balance of the various infinite number of pairs of opposites.
The opposites are essential to all life, because between them exists the energy that powers our lives, for better or for worse. But it is not only one continuum, but an infinite number.
Dr. Carl Jung showed us the way when he spoke of introvert-extrovert, sensing-intuitive, and thinking-feeling, and he did think that Yin-Yang symbolized the mixture of these opposites. But he also knew that pairs of opposites exist in infinite quantity, size, and levels of the psyche. It is for this reason that he took up the study of medieval alchemy, which sought the metaphorical “gold” and goal of human life—what Buddhists call “Enlightenment”; what the Taoists called “The Way”; the “Heaven” of the Christians, Muslims, and Jews; and the “Realized” nature of any adept.
When “Karma” wants out, he punches me in the knee. When I get up from my chair he heads for the stairs to the door, rather than the kitchen. The need is obvious, but as his photograph shows, once he has taken care of the immediate, he moves across the physical-spiritual continuum to appreciate the wind blowing through his fur.
In the evening he will lie in front of our home, watching the garage door of our neighbors, where two border collies live. It isn’t that they are such great friends, they barely acknowledge one another when they are together, but it seems he has a spiritual need to see other beings like himself, even if very briefly. And perhaps it is true that it is the waiting that is the spiritual communion, and not the reality.
All sentient beings turn to the sun, even trees and flowers. Yes, there is the physical need of the photosynthesis, but who can doubt that a leaf or a flower petal turning to the sun is also a spiritual celebration of its existence. So it is with all of us. While there may be human beings who do not like or must protect themselves from the direct rays of the sun, these are surely exceptions, like the Yin-Yang symbols within the Yin-Yang symbols, and even they seek to become their opposite.
Each of us, each of our families, our communities, our countries, our religions, and our planet are alchemical cauldrons. We put into each many different ingredients over a lifetime, and what we perceive in our world are the precise and perfect results of our mixture. Have you included the best ingredients you could offer today?
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- Created on 28 November 2013
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Published on Nov 20, 2013
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- Created on 23 November 2013
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- Written by Pythia Peay
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How the forces of history shape our psychological and political development
I remember November 22, 1963 like it was yesterday. I’d stayed home from school sick. My dad, who flew for TWA, was home between trips. My mother was in town at the laundromat. Joe was sitting in his chair, reading and smoking a cigarette; I’d just come downstairs in my flannel nightgown for a snack when the phone rang. It was my mother. “Tell your father to turn on the TV,” she said, her voice quavering. “The president’s been shot.”
Trembles shuddered through me as I put the receiver down and told my father the news. His face turned ashen; saying not a word, he grunted in the direction of our set. Turning it on, the two of us sat together, silent and seared with feelings we didn’t have a name for, taking in the black and white images sweeping a twelve year-old girl and a thirty eight year-old man into the flood and storm of history-in-the-making.
Death, murder, guns, politics, America, Communism, news, the stoic anchor Walter Cronkite against my father’s frozen blanched face and my mother’s shocked voice and rush of tears all fused into one Shakespearean moment that, for me as for others, forever parted the veil between politics and psychology. “Where were you when Kennedy was shot?” was not just a pop culture question. To answer it located a person along both a political and personal timeline, validating the truth that we are as emotionally and psychologically impacted by large, historical events as we are by the parental abandonments and failures of childhood.
Exploring the boundary between psychology and politics and culture has existed almost since its inception, when Freud penned Civilization and Its Discontents. The Algerian analyst Franz Fanon, in The Wretched of the Earth, documented the psychological effects of oppression on minorities in colonial systems. During the feminist and civil rights movements individual problems came to be seen as not merely personal, but as embedded in the values of the surrounding culture. Today the lingering trauma of September 11th and the epidemic of PTSD among veterans of the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars are reminders that the wounds of history cut deep into the human psyche.
Still, dealing with political issues in the privacy of the consulting room has not always been standard practice. In his seminal 1998 book, The Political Psyche, Jungian analyst Andrew Samuels, a political activist and professor at the University of Essex in England, challenged the "isolation of the consulting room." As an analyst practicing during the Persian Gulf War, he began to notice the link between patients’ private conflicts and those of the larger world. “While some clients were using Saddam Hussein to talk about their father,” he says, just as many were “talking about their father when what they really wanted to talk about was Saddam Hussein. So it wasn’t just that the external world was a way into the internal world but that the traditional stuff of therapy was masking the attempt to talk about outer-world issues.”
Samuels began to change the way he himself practiced therapy. Honoring rather than dismissing his clients’ gut reactions to major public events, he noticed that they would “reveal previously hidden, passionate political convictions” they’d held like guilty secrets. In addition to sexual, moral, intellectual, creative and spiritual energy, he theorized, individuals also possessed an inborn "quantum of political energy.” According to Samuels, the political history of a person—the wars, famines, natural disasters, epic triumphs and tragedies of their era, along with their family history and immediate environment—shaped the trajectory of their personal political development. As much as people suffered from personal problems, he realized, so too did they suffer from an inability to find their role in the body politic.
Inspiring people to take up the tasks of citizenship—“Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” —was President Kennedy’s towering talent. His vision for space exploration and bold leadership on civil rights, coupled with the innocent beauty of his young family, enlivened and charmed the country. Dallas psychoanalyst A. Chris Heath, MD says that while he was born two years after Kennedy’s death, he “still remembers the excitement my family had when they talked about him, as if he was still living. I was told that Kennedy was full of hope; they were confident that he could make the US an even better place. Maybe the trips to the moon were the fulfillment of his dream.”
Thinking psychologically, Heath ponders why people “were (and are) so excited about the possibility of conspiracy. There is a kind of troubling energy that surfaces when people talk about Kennedy’s murder.” Most imagined conspirators are "spoken of as alien from the rest of us, reflecting and reinforcing our hatred for the marginalized ‘other’ who we believe may have helped commit Kennedy’s murder,” Heath says. “And if that marginalization played any role in the murder, then we all played a part—which makes it likely this kind of thing can happen again.”
Heath also reflects on the degree of hate involved in the murder of the “nationally shared hero of the Camelot legend.” Kennedy’s courage, charisma and message of hope, says Heath, made people feel excited and included. He “evoked a warm place in our hearts, and triggered the timeless archetype of the hero that exists in each of us as a potential.” That heroic archetype within everyone was also attacked that day, says Heath, further personalizing the loss the country sustained.
Perhaps, says Heath, the hero within can't be killed. Completion of the mourning of Kennedy's murder, however, would “have to involve acknowledgement of the potential for hate within each of us, so in turn we can help others who are troubled by hate. If we can fulfill John F. Kennedy’s passion for making people feel included by attempting to understand the bully or what makes a person full of hate, then we can once again embrace hope. I hope to hear more of that; not just in Dallas, but in the whole country.”
For myself on the occasion of this fiftieth anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination, I mark not only the loss of a leader who dared to take the country into new frontiers of freedom. I also look back and mark the dawn of my own political passions and activism. Even today, the strains of Camelot still thrum beneath the words I write in my search for a deeper, truer American democracy.
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Pythia Peay is an author and journalist on psychology, spirituality and the American Psyche. Peay’s work over the years has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Utne Magazine, Washingtonian, Religion News Service, The Washington Post, La Repubblica, The Cleveland Plain Dealer and past publications such as George, New Woman and Common Boundary.
A regular contributor to The Huffington Post, she has received awards for her work from The American Association of University Women and Women in the Media. Peay is currently completing a memoir of her father, American Icarus: A Daughter’s Memoir of Father and Country. In it she tells the iconic American story of Joe Carroll: The larger-than-life but troubled, alcoholic TWA airman and Missouri farmer she’d adored as a girl but had fled as an adult, his dramatic last days and redemptive death through the intervention of a quirky Hospice team, and her discovery of the larger American myths and narratives that shaped his life, and hers.
- Parent Category: Revolution 2.0
- Category: Digital Age
- Created on 23 November 2013
- Last Updated on 23 November 2013
- Published on 23 November 2013
- Written by Anonymiss
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Posted on November 21, 2013
This new Anonymous call to action was originally posted to our social network in binary code and is quickly spreading around the internet. We are featuring it here to show our support for the proposed campaign.
The modern paradigm may still seem insurmountable “because it possesses an outward front, the work of a long past, but is in reality an edifice crumbling to ruin and destined to fall in at the first storm.”
– Gustave Le Bon, The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind
The decentralized movement toward freedom is raging across the world. It cannot be stopped. The tipping point is near. Despite the lack of coverage in the mainstream media, actions are springing up on an increasing basis. A wave of transformation is rising. The zeitgeist is shifting in our direction.
At this point, given all the nonviolent direct actions that are currently being planned, it makes strategic sense for us to organize them, in a decentralized way, in a way that the mainstream media cannot ignore. A slightly more coordinated approach is all it will take.
The Awakening Wave
The last time we all rallied together in a loosely knit collective fashion, the Occupy movement was born and the 99% meme brought the corruption of our political and economic system, along with the grotesque inequality of wealth, into mass consciousness in a profound and lasting way. It was the opening act, the awakening wave.
Since the Occupy camps were crushed by brutal police state force, the movement has splintered in many different directions. This is now proving to have been a blessing in disguise. It gave us time to learn from our mistakes, figure out what worked best and forced us back into the autonomous actions that built the movement in the first place. We have now experimented with different tactics and thought through longer-term strategies.
Meanwhile, the repressive conditions that inspired Occupy in the first place have become even more oppressive. Now more than ever, governments no longer have the consent of the governed. A critical mass has lost faith and trust in our existing institutions. The present paradigm has outlived its usefulness. It has been overrun with corruption and rendered obsolete. Our political, economic and legal systems are doing much more to limit our potential than enhance it.
It’s Time For A Worldwide Wave of Transformation
Let’s pick a three-month span, perhaps throughout this coming spring, and unite our collective actions into an unprecedented Worldwide Wave that cannot be ignored by anyone.
Let’s crowdsource a relentless global wave of action that protests the corrupt, while also rallying around and celebrating effective alternatives and solutions to the vast problems we are confronted by. Imagine thousands of nonviolent guerrilla armies swarming corrupt targets and rallying for viable solutions for a sustained three-month cycle. If we begin preparing now, a massive spring offensive can lead to a summer of transformation.
Staying true to the vital nature of the movement, you lead, in your own way. Pick whatever issues concern you most and run with them, knowing that likeminded people throughout the world will also be fighting in solidarity, in whatever way they can, at the same time you are.
Not Focused Enough?
In an attempt to dismiss and undermine us, status quo propagandists will once again criticize us by saying that our message of systemic change is not focused enough or lacks coherent goals. This feeble attempt to keep people from joining in with us will be overcome by our widespread and consistent actions, which will lead by example and inspire the cultural shift in mass consciousness that we urgently need. Our diverse crowdsourced actions will boldly demonstrate our will to expose, fight and overcome tyrannical systems. By rallying around viable solutions and protesting what we are against, the goals and freedoms that we aspire to will organically become self-evident to all.
Throughout history, when people have fought against tyranny and oppression, they didn’t have one perfect utopian model outcome agreed upon beforehand. They just knew that the invading and old systems were detrimental to their wellbeing and had to go. We are now in that position.
Don’t let the propagandists fool you. We do not need corrupt corporations or aristocratic government rulers anymore. They are obsolete. People throughout this interconnected technological world have already come up with much more effective systems to replace the tyrannical one that is currently dominating our lives. There are already many effective solutions to our problems, solutions that are held back by the entrenched forces of shortsighted greed. Once a small percentage of us withdraw our participation from corrupt entities and opt out of tyranny, the old and obsolete systems of rule will quickly fall away.
Extensive empirical evidence demonstrates that nonviolent movements toward freedom result in positive outcomes. Research has proven that it only takes approximately 3% of the population engaging in various forms of nonviolent action to create significant meaningful change, for the betterment of society. We now have the necessary critical mass of aware people who are ready, willing and capable.
This time the police state will not be able to crush us. We will not have stationary targets. We will be everywhere, fluid and evasive. The movement will be an unstoppable crowdsourced, decentralized and autonomous revolutionary force.
We will engage in a diversity of nonviolent tactics, from large-scale mobilizations to small daily acts. Most of you already know the actions and tactics that are needed. Without revealing too much strategic information, here are a few basic actions to get a fire going in your mind:
> Mass gatherings, demonstrations;
> Marches, parades;
> Flash mobs, swarms;
> Shutdown harmful corporate and governmental operations;
> Worker Strikes;
> Hunger strikes;
> Strategic defaults, debt strikes;
> Foreclosure prevention;
> Boycotting corrupt corporations;
> Move your money out of the big banks and the stock market;
> Use alternative currencies and economic systems;
> Cancel your cable television and support independent media;
> Use independent online tools that don’t sell your info and protect your privacy;
> Online civil disobedience, Anonymous operations;
> Leak information on corruption;
> Use alternative energy;
> Build your own urban and hydroponic farms, or get your food from them;
> Support local businesses;
> Join local community organizations;
> Take part in food banks and help develop community support systems;
> Start or join intentional and autonomous communities;
> Experiment with new governing systems, Liquid Democracy;
> Host teach-ins;
> Organize socially conscious events;
> Make conscious media;
> Guerrilla postering, messages on money;
> Help inspiring groups and organizations spread their message;
> Random acts of kindness and compassion;
> Mass meditations, prayer sessions and spiritual actions.
The list goes on and on. You know what you can do to play a part. Do whatever you feel inspired to do. Amplify what you are already doing. Think about what you are willing to do to be the change that we urgently need to see in the world, and then do it.
Don’t get bogged down in infighting and caught up in negativity. Ignore the saboteurs. Collaborate with people who inspire you. Keep moving forward with an indomitable will, a compassionate spirit and radiate a positive attitude. Moods are contagious. Be passionate and have fun!
Our ability to take part in civil disobedience is multiplied by our ability to easily record the actions on video and spread them throughout the Internet. By flooding social media with these inspiring videos, we will create a positive feedback loop that translates into more action on the ground.
Radical change is urgently needed, so let’s make transforming the world the cool thing to do. Let’s create a culture of transformation. Let’s blaze a contagious nonviolent wave of action through mass consciousness, signaling the end of the old world, ushering in a new paradigm.
Now is the time.
Ride the Worldwide Wave of Transformation
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- Category: Role of Women in Society
- Created on 18 November 2013
- Last Updated on 18 November 2013
- Published on 18 November 2013
- Written by Meltem Arikan
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While the greens inside her, were turning into yellows,
While the sun was preparing to hide behind the clouds,
While her body was trying to adapt to the chilliness
Which was chasing the heat,
all of a sudden, the words, “adapt yourself” began to echo in her ears.
As if she was standing next to a big gong ringing constantly
The words repeated themselves again and again endlessly.
Adapt yourself, must adapt, being adapted is important.
If you are Woman its inevitable to adapt!
In order to have an adaptable life, adapt yourself…
In order to content yourself with less, adapt yourself…
In order to get away with it, adapt yourself…
For the sake of being loved, adapt yourself…
In order to be never judged, adapt yourself…
Despite all rules, expectations and knitted dresses imposed on you forcibly,
“No!” she wanted to shout. “No,” but words walked backwards though her throat.
At the end of the years passed with adapting
on the white walls she could only see regret, her eyes staring.
The years spent for the sake of her lover,
Thrown off expectations for the sake of her children,
The concessions she made in order to be never judged,
Now, whenever she looks at the frames hanging on the walls,
She can’t see what’s in them, anymore because,
It’s only regrets stare at her through them.
Regrets hanging on the curtains,
Regrets tainted the cushions,
Even more regrets reeked from her.
Regrets crying out through her body…
And yet still those who ask her to adapt more.
“more, more, more…”
I’ve been content with less. I’ve adapted myself. I’ve been obedient. I asked for nothing,
I always gave myself, but then now where am I, who am I…?
Why didn’t anyone tell me, “ you are woman and you are in accord with nature?”
Why didn’t anyone tell me, “don’t adapt yourself to the concepts forcibly imposed upon you?”
Why did all of you keep silent?
Why are you all so non-existing?
“NO” she wanted to scream. ”No.”
If she didn’t shout out, “NO,” today,
then again her tomorrows would be wasted
by adapting herself to those who say NO to her. NO!
Meltem Arıkan is a Turkish novelist and playwright. Her fourth novel Yeter Tenimi Acıtmayın (Stop Hurting My Flesh) was banned in early 2004 by the Committee to Protect the Minors from Obscene Publications, with the accusation of "Writing about the non-existing incest fact in Turkey, attempting to disturb the Turkish family order with a feminist approach.” The ban was lifted after two months and Arıkan has been awarded with “Freedom of Idea and Statement Prize 2004” by the Turkish Publishers’ Association. She published her 9th novel in 2009. Stop Hurting My Flesh was recently republished in Turkish and will be published in English in 2014.