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Shadows & Light: Understanding Our Archetypal Nature

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“I thought of Jung as a noetic archeologist, [he] provided maps of the unconscious.” – Terence McKenna

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Most of us imagine that we know ourselves pretty well. But like a periscope thinking it’s the whole submarine, our self-image makes no accommodation for the fact of the unconscious.  However, there are maps that can help us. If we are honest, we can come to discover how to orient ourselves in the tidal pathways of the unconscious; we may come to see that our shadows and strengths fall into archetypal patterns.  If we are lucky, these maps may help us to come into possession of the greatest possible treasure – our inner gold.

In the 1920’s, after they had finished developing their ideas on Psychological Type – the root of today Myers-Briggs Type Indicator™ – Antonia “Toni” Wolff and Carl Gustav Jung discovered that they felt like something was still missing.  Not fully satisfied, Toni soon identified larger psychological structures that were evident, yet hitherto unnamed. Calling them Structural Forms of the Feminine Psyche, she initiated the process of identifying the primordial forms of the human psyche, forms which we know today by the singular term, archetype.

oldwomanShe observed two poles, two axes, in our internal world. On the first, she saw displayed a natural split in how our energy flowed toward people: for some it moved toward people in a collective sense, toward the group, the family, the team, the tribe, society and the social group. For others, it moved toward people in the one-on-one sense, with thought and concern primarily flowing toward individuals, friends, and lovers. Toni saw this difference in what we were fascinated by and drawn to; what compelled us forward in life; in the differing pathways our libido took toward our fellow humankind. In her observations, she brought consciousness to an inherent dialectic tension in human nature.

This characteristic tension has been highlighted in bright psychedelic neon in the last fifty years of American history.  It is the divide between belonging and freedom from belonging; between a value system that is group-oriented and one that is individual-oriented. One emphasizes escape from society and the other connection to it. It has provided us with two opposing views of goodness in American life: the redemption in community of Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life versus the redemption in breaking away from community of Kerouac’s On The Road and Kesey’s Acid Test and Cuckoo’s Nest.  Of course, this split goes back to our earliest days: we can see it in our ancient mythologies and philosophies. It is evident in perhaps the greatest of Shakespeare’s plays, Hamlet, wherein “to be or not be” also has a lot to do with “to belong or not to belong.”

acidtestposterOur culture has many names for the first kind, the group-oriented, society-aware folks: patriarch or matriarch, father or mother type. This is the Queen or King archetype and the King can be a “my way or the highway” kind of guy (and notice the pressurized conflict between belonging and freedom from belonging in his motto). However, we lack names for the second kind, the non-group-oriented, individual-focused folks. Defined by their freedom from belonging, this type has no positive definition in our language, but many negative ones: he or she is the Slacker who has failed to adapt to society; a Rolling Stone, a Peter Pan, an Eternal Boy. In the 1920’s they called him a Gadabout. Here a lack of language reveals the unconscious tension between these two forms and our hidden value judgments.

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Yet Toni Wolff saw a universal home for the man and woman of this type in the combination of the Lover and the Eternal Child (puella/puer). He or she is about becoming, about furthering the process of becoming in themselves and others. The archetypal Child brings forward the new into consciousness, and these folks both gravitate to, and create, the original, novel, new quality that’s needed by the culture. The Lover is that part of us that is gifted at seeing and valuing the others around us for who they are and enjoying sexuality and love regardless of societal expectations. They find endless enjoyment in doing with others. At their best, the Seeker’s question of “Who am I?” can flower into beautiful mystic-religious poetry in a thousand forms. It is this energy in us that seeks the “road less traveled,” invites us to “follow our bliss,” and reminds us all, “to thine own self be true.” As one might expect, these folks tend to resist being categorized (they’re too original / special / pathologically anti-authoritarian for that!).  And that’s why it’s partially their fault that our culture has no words for their archetype – they refuse to be put in a box and their rebelliousness is as much a part of their strength as it is a part of their shadow.

Each end of this spectrum becomes caricatural when we identify with it too strongly. Being too much of a Seeker too long may mean never putting down roots and never settling into a community: “I took the road less traveled and now I don’t know where the hell I am.” Jumping off the cliff and hoping for wings to form on the way down once too often, they can find themselves to have drifted too far from the shore. The group-oriented person’s shadow can be equally unsatisfactory (none of these paths are inherently better than any other) and is equally well known to us. Seen in cartoon-like form in TV shows (King of the Hill, That 70’s Show, Archie Bunker), he is the Father who carries forward the values of the past (often unconsciously) and who may be resentful of those who break out of the mold. Finding genuine satisfaction in doing for others, a shadow quality in them may be desire for power over others. When unconsciously identified with the King, their right to power is taken for granted. This is vividly illustrated in the Frost-Nixon interviews. When Frost asks Nixon if it is sometimes okay for the President to do something illegal, he responds, “When the President does it that means it’s not illegal.”  However, at their best the archetypal King or Queen “can deal with your gold without hating you for it. They can see you’re shining and not envy you” – Robert L. Moore.  The King or Queen can bless us, knight us, and make us feel seen, valued, and a part of the whole in a way that no other archetype can.

knightedThe other axis that Wolff observed shows the direction of our impersonal energy, our responses to the world: some people’s energy flows into the search for insight, answers, understanding, and comprehension. For others, it flows outward into action, prowess, achievement, and autonomy. Where the Warrior seizes the day, is always up for a challenge (is in fact energized by competition), the Sage finds satisfaction in comprehension and pleasure in problem solving. Many Warriors knew their identity the first time they laced up their skates, paddled out on their boards, put on their ballet slippers, or picked up a guitar. A Sage’s self-understanding can also come early in a passion for the world of knowledge and ideas and a wonder for how things work. Additionally, in those folks for whom knowledge comes through the unconscious, Toni saw the ancient tradition of the medial woman. This path was given its place in nearly every culture in human history except ours (we’re hooked on ‘rational’ reduction and the illusion that in our measuring of the world, we’ve mastered it). Toni gave the name Mediatrix to this archetype.  By including it in her structure she not only honored her own path, she made a place for all women (and men) who recognize that they sometimes possess knowledge non-causally (through the unconscious). Despite our cultural prejudice against this way of knowing, the Mediatrix archetype reflects Nature’s deeper truth: right understanding can sometimes arrive in ways that can’t quite be explained rationally or directly.

Again, there is shadow in these archetypes too. The Warrior sometimes carries the burden of not understanding, of “knowing not what he does,” but at least he or she knows the truth of action – right or wrong. In contrast, the Sage sometimes fails to act, because conscience sometimes does make “cowards of us all.” There is also an inherent tension between the two axes, between our need for other people and between the calling of action or insight; the personal axis pulls into relationships and the impersonal axis away from them. As master Sage Nikola Tesla describes: “Originality thrives in seclusion . . . Be alone, that is the secret of invention; that is when ideas are born.” The genius is quick to serve his muse, but sometimes slow to respond to the warm heart beating right beside him. The Warrior might unconsciously avoid those spaces that make him or her feel vulnerable. Does our compulsive ingenuity or armored hardness keep us safely separated from the love reaching out for us?

Yet there is reassurance in understanding that these qualities exist in human nature because they exist in Nature –throughout Nature: in army ants and nurse bees, even at biological and cellular levels. They are at play in the world, but most conspicuously displayed in our mythologies, philosophies, and cosmologies (including and especially astrology – which is not a causal system of explanation, but a reflection of the way that all things in Nature are meaningfully intertwined); these archetypal energies have a life of their own!

“Called or uncalled the Gods are present.” – C. G. Jung

oldMost of us fall all too easily into the simplifying projection of imagining that everyone wants the same things out of life that we do.  But seeing the reality of these other Gods in the psyche helps us to withdraw our projections from each other and accept that different folks are coming from different places and truly do want different things from the world – and from us. By understanding this we become better able to see those around us for who they are, and this recognition offers us a route to better see ourselves.

Seeing ourselves in our archetypal nature and recognizing our timeless parts allows us to both gain sight of some of our shadow and to better own our inner gold.  In the compulsive ways that we overdo things, we see the shadow of our archetypal selves; we see a rabbit hole that we’re in danger of falling into.  Many of us plunge headlong into tragedy throughout our lives because we fail to recognize the story that is playing out through our actions. Having a mythic sensibility about ourselves offers a clue to how we might be unconsciously acting out archetypal patterns and shadows, and possession of that awareness is at least half the battle. As Thomas Jefferson said, ‘Knowledge is power, knowledge is safety and knowledge is happiness.”

But just as importantly, an archetypal self-understanding allows us to own our gifts. Your archetype is the thing that you find ‘flow’ in doing, that thing through which you live an experience of the timeless. How powerful it is to recognize, “Hey! This is me giving my gold to the world right now!” Just remember that there are profoundly different paths of expression for that gold.

“There’s nothing you can do that’s more important than being fulfilled. You become a sign, you become a signal, transparent to transcendence; in this way, you will find, live, and become a realization of your own personal myth.” – Joseph Campbell

The moral challenge in the existence of the unconscious lies in the fact that it is unconscious.  In other words, we don’t know that we don’t know, we’re missing qualities in the world and in ourselves and we have absolutely no idea that we are missing them. And so we are left to wonder: to which Gods do I never make a sacrifice?  Which temples do I pray at and which do I avoid?  In asking, you may find that you have begun a journey toward home.

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Who Lucifer Actually Is & Why They Are Here (Part 4: Selling Your Soul)

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  • The Facts:

    According to Hidden-Hand, there is a big distinction between the extraterrestrial bloodlines (Lucifer's group soul) and human bloodlines (the 'Illuminati'). Members of Illuminati families have a soul contract with Lucifer to maintain negativity here.

  • Reflect On:

    What does it mean to 'sell your soul to Lucifer'? Does it make a difference if one has a pre-existing soul contract with Lucifer?

(Note: If you have not read the first three instalments of this article, I would highly recommend that you first read  Who Lucifer Actually Is & Why They Are Here (Part 1)(Part 2: Bloodline Families) and (Part 3: The Harvest), because they provide an essential context for the discussion here.)

Where the rubber hits the road in this discussion about Lucifer is what his true impact is on us as human beings. Is he the bringer of knowledge and enlightenment to us in our quest to evolve? Or is he the cunning enticer who would drag much of humanity down into a well of iniquity? Let’s continue to examine the testimony of Hidden-Hand to see what it reveals.

Distinguishing The Bloodlines

As discussed previously, Lucifer was mandated to introduce evil to the human population by providing a ‘choice’ in the garden of Eden between obedience and disobedience. It was only after this initial choice had been made, however, that it became mandated that Lucifer would incarnate as individual souls to rule the planet:

Now that Free Will had been granted, Yahweh could not retract it, and we have to stay here as contracted to continue to provide the planet with the Polarity choice. Since then, Yahweh has confined us (as a Group Soul) here within the Earth’s Astral Planes (which is very constricting and uncomfortable for a Being of our Wisdom and experience). The Council of Elders gave us the choice to be released (against Yahweh’s will), but at the cancellation of our contract to Serve the planet earth; or to remain and fulfill our assignment, and endure Yahweh’s self proclaimed “Wrath”. We stayed, but as a karmic result of our Group Soul’s confinement by Yahweh, our own individuated Souls were given the mandate (by The Council) to “Rule” over Yahweh’s people during our physical incarnations here on your planet.

Those ‘individuated Souls’ of the group soul Lucifer, which incarnate through ‘extraterrestrial’ bloodlines, need to be distinguished from the human bloodlines. This is in order to clarify what it means to ‘sell your soul’ to Lucifer.

Extraterrestrial Bloodlines

The ‘Extraterrestrial Bloodlines’ consists, quite simply, of the individuated souls of the group soul Lucifer, which as a whole is known as the ‘Family’. Hidden-Hand introduces himself as a ‘generational member,’ which he explains as follows:

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It means that one is born into the Family. The Order and its agenda is handed down, from generation to generation. Only in extremely rare occasions, have outsiders been invested into the Family, and then, even these were of other ‘esoterically’ integrable lines.

I presume, though I am not certain, that he means that there are on rare occasions souls who incarnate into the Family who are not part of the group soul Lucifer, but who nonetheless have enough compatibility with that group soul to participate in the agenda. For the purposes of clarity, though, the core power of the ‘Family’ is the group soul Lucifer. And, as Hidden-Hand points out in the following answer to a question, it’s a pretty ‘tight’ family:

Questioner: To what extent has selective breeding been used to preserve the purity of the line?

Hidden-Hand: The breeding is generally case specific, dependent upon the role that the Family members in question are due to grow into. There are no unapproved unions. Our Family will always intermarry between lines, or, what we would term ‘Houses’. Marriages are arranged. In all my years alive, I have never seen or heard of a Family member breaking this code, as far as marriage goes. You do as you are told. One cannot ‘join’ the Family. One is ‘born’, or incarnated into it.

The whole idea that ruling bloodlines have been running our planet since antiquity is hard to fathom for many. The very feasibility that something like this could be happening without it being common knowledge is the source of this next questioner’s skepticism:

Questioner: If this really existed there would be countless thousands of people involved, and any one person could leak.

Hidden-Hand: Thousands? Try Millions. And you have no possible comprehension of the rigorous training and the harshness of the conditioning we undergo from an early age. No one dares to go against the Family. We know what would happen if we did. But that is not the prime motivator. The motivator is unbridled Loyalty to the Family, and our Creator. We understand the importance of what we are doing here, even though most of humanity does not.

If we take Hidden Hand at his word, then we accept that MILLIONS of individuals on our planet work together in a coordinated effort to control and govern the rest of us. By coordinated, I would refer to what we hear from Hidden-Hand that there are local cell groups of families all over the world that are governed by a hierarchy of councils that range from local to regional, national, and global. As with most hierarchies, knowledge of the entire operation and its true purpose increases as one rises up. Hidden-Hand makes the distinction here about where the human bloodlines end in the hierarchy and where the extraterrestrial bloodlines begin:

Then you have the Supreme World Council above them all, with the National Leaders representing their Countries. Above this, is another group I cannot mention, who liaise with the “Hidden Hands”. Then above this, there are many other levels of Leadership, purely from the Power Lines (the ones that are not of this planet). The Supreme World Council only know as much as is “Handed” down to them from us. In our Power Lines, we have a similar structure, with Local and Regional groups etc, though most of us are living in entirely ‘different’ types of communities than you would understand. All I shall say is that we are not “surface dwellers”.

That last point certainly is enticing. It implies that the entire group soul of Lucifer does not live amongst humans on the surface of the planet. Do they live in hidden bases underground? Cloaked in the air? Do they transport to a different planet? A different dimension? Interesting questions, but not fundamental to our conversation here. What is important is to note that the extraterrestrial bloodlines are only really in contact with the highest levels of the human bloodlines, calling the shots, delivering information as needed to those below, being true ‘hidden hands’ of influence, as it were.

Human Bloodlines

There is much that Hidden-Hand disclosed that distinguished the Extraterrestrial Bloodlines from the Human Bloodlines, which would be populated by individuated souls that are part of Yahweh’s group soul.

Questioner: Are these bloodlines the wealthy, as most assume, or seemingly ordinary people (including celebrities and politicians, etc), blending in with society, going relatively unnoticed, but yet contributing to your cause in the grander scheme of things?

Hidden-Hand: The names you know, have no real power. Sure, they “appear” to have lots of power, in the way earthbound souls perceive power. Our wealth makes the million and billionaire “celebs” and corporate bigwigs look like a child’s pocket money. Our wealth is Family wealth, which has passed down through the generations over thousands of years. True wealth however, is knowing deep in your heart, that you and your Infinite Creator, are One. “Seek ye first the Kingdom of ‘God’ (Infinite Creator), and all these things shall be added unto you”.

Questioner: So part of this question could also be, are all of them aware they are part of this bloodline, or are some members oblivious to this connection they have? Are they informed of this at a particular age? For example, how and at what age were you told you belonged?

Hidden-Hand: Yes. If you are Bloodline (Family), you are born into it, and you are raised this way, from birth. There is no other way. I want to be clear on this Bloodline issue. The ones you know, they are of earthly lineage. Yes, they have their place in the Family, but the Real Power lines, do not originate from this planet.

The human bloodlines, then, also seem to have a rigorous upbringing that fosters absolute loyalty to the family. The training and structure for the human bloodlines lead in the discussion about the history of the Illuminati, the Knight’s Templar, the Freemasons, and other such secret societies. Perhaps these societies were founded by the Lucifer group soul or perhaps they were co-opted by them. There seems to be a very substantial structure in place, which uses both fear and an inbred sense of purpose and loyalty, that prevents many of the secrets of these societies from coming out into the open. One exception to that rule is with a person named ‘Svali,’ who broke away from the group she identifies as ‘the Illuminati’ and became a whistleblower of a significant amount of information. Hidden-Hand’s direct comments on her case demonstrate how the human bloodlines do not actually have the same ‘motivation’ for their actions as the extraterrestrial bloodlines.

Questioner: Do people ever try to leave the family? I asked you to comment on the case of one “Svali” in an earlier post. I am still curious if she was one of you or your extended family, or is she just a mis/disinfo agent.

Hidden-Hand: I am aware of her, yes. I’ve not looked at her supposed “revelations” personally, though heard enough from others in my Family. Yes, she was a part of the Family, at the lower levels, from the German Lines I believe. As I understand, she did reveal a lot of truth about the lower levels, but she was only Regional Level in the Earth Lines, so not that high.

She certainly would not have had anything like the “bigger picture”. I understand that she went into detail about some of the training techniques in the lower levels, which to be fair, can be extremely harsh, though as I’ve said, it’s all about reaching the 95% negativity, and when all is said and done, no matter how much one may have suffered in this life-experience, we can never lose sight of the fact that this is a game we are all playing here together, and each incarnating soul has already chosen and agreed in advance the parts they will play in the game. No one really suffers, except in the game, and ultimately, they have chosen these experiences before hand, at a Soul level. No one is ‘forced’ to incarnate into a storyline they do not want to play and learn from.

The German House is renowned for being particularly harsh and severe in it’s training, so much of what she shares may have happened, though my Family have also said that unless her “trainers” were acting “out of protocol” (abusing their power) much of what she ‘revealed’ would not have happened, or has been embellished to some degree, for whatever reason. I cannot comment myself, as I’ve had neither the time or inclination to examine her story.

The world of my own Family is very different from that of the lower Earth based bloodlines. Whilst our (my own) training growing up was very strict and disciplined, we were never abused in any way. We grew up with the bigger picture, and didn’t need any other motivation.

The Earth lines are not aware of the entire picture. They themselves are not of our Lucifer Group Soul, and as far as they are aware, they are out to ‘rule the world’, to Control and Enslave, and create as much suffering and negativity as is humanly possible. That’s what they ‘get out of the deal’. World domination.

You’d have to say with that in mind, they’re doing a great job. But one of the things they don’t know or understand, is that our (Venusian Power Lines) agenda, is ultimately for the Highest Good of all concerned, in providing you with the Catalyst. If they were aware of this Truth, there is a slight risk that they would not have done their jobs properly, and they would miss out on joining us in our 95% Negative Harvest.

They are aware of the Harvest, and the need for them to attain the 95%, to get out of 3rd density, and that is all the motivation they need to help us achieve our ultimate aims.
How they go about it, is not really of too great a concern to us, as long as they are getting the job done. Sometimes we have to step in, where something they may do or plan goes against our desires, but such instances are few and far between.

The actual testimony of Svali is fascinating and worth examining in greater detail, and perhaps we will do so in a later article. For now, Hidden-Hand continues to put things in the context that at a soul level all of us agreed to the parts that we play in the Game. In essence, this means that the human bloodlines are constructed of millions of people who, at a soul level, wanted to participate in the negative polarity of the ascension process, but as human beings, are not consciously aware that they are doing this for the benefit of humanity in the way that the Luciferian group soul is.

Selling Their Souls To Lucifer?

If it is the case that the human (let’s call them ‘Illuminati’) bloodlines are set up to be motivated by power, wealth, and world domination, can it be said that they have ‘sold their souls to Lucifer’? These people have been indoctrinated since birth, and if the testimony of Svali is any indication, it is extremely difficult and rare for someone in the human bloodlines to make the ‘choice’ of leaving their family. Yes, at a soul level they chose to join Lucifer to support negativity; but having been subjected to severe indoctrination in this life, it’s a matter of debate as to whether or not they have ‘sold their souls.’

But what about the case of humans who did not go through this indoctrination? I’m talking about people whose purpose here was to ascend positively, but got completely lured into the web of negativity on the strength of their desires for power, wealth, and pleasure. This is perhaps where a human being can truly be said to have ‘sold their soul to the Lucifer,’ as they have actually chosen ego desires and a service-to-self orientation in contradiction to their soul’s purpose.

As I discuss in the article ‘Why Do The Elites Participate In Child Sacrifice At Bohemian Grove?‘, it would seem that ‘selling one’s soul to Lucifer’ involves a willingness to be slowly lured in rituals like the ‘Cremation of Care’ and other acts of depravity that sever all emotional connection to other human beings, and remove all empathy, care, conscience and sense of morality. This, it seems, not only garners the worldly ‘support’ of the entire cult, it prepares a person mentally and emotionally for their unbridled pursuit of worldly power, fame and wealth.

Lucifer Does Not ‘Own’ Souls

In the context of Hidden-Hand’s testimony, selling one’s soul does not imply that one’s soul becomes the permanent property of Lucifer; it means that that one is bound to the ‘Negative Ascension,’ which involves going to a 4th Density ‘Negative’ planet to work out one’s karma.

Of course in many ways this experience can be considered a ‘hell’, especially for those souls who have less understanding of the process than the individuated Lucifer souls, and likely will face a tremendous amount of suffering and hard work.

There is much more to examine surrounding the esoteric body of knowledge that informs these bloodlines to ‘create as much suffering and Negativity as is humanly possible,’ and has the potency to lure outsiders into the cult. Is this body of knowledge what is known as Luciferianism, which there is so much contentious debate about these days? Let’s build on what we’ve found out here to try to address this in the next installment.

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Red Team vs. Blue Team | Toxic Tribalism We Must Transcend

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  • The Facts:

    Public discourse is dominated by a dual-based system of categorization and rigid identity. The end-goal of interaction is not to broaden perspective and work together – but to argue and “win” a debate. It is time to transcend this paradigm.

  • Reflect On:

    How can we institute a more open-minded framework whereby public discourse can be influenced by a multi-directional approach to sharing information and viewpoints? The need for a new narrative is upon us – we are all a part of it.

We’ve all experienced it.  You log on to Facebook and scroll through your timeline – and there it is: a fiery argument where insults are flying freely on a subject that charges you.  Though you may aim to steer clear of the sludge and toxicity of social media comment sections – perhaps you decided to lunge into a particular topic that you care deeply about.

Almost inevitably – an argument takes place where emotions reach a crescendo and the “debate” devolves into sophomoric insults where both sides are trying to tear each other’s character down instead of engaging in discourse on the merits of respective viewpoints.

Often, we find ourselves scrambling to score points by reflexively reacting to current events based on agenda and cultural identifiers, (nationality, orientation, race, creed, religion etc..) arguing over semantics, using trigger terms, stereotypes, and gross generalizations to stir the pot of frantic frenzy.  There is a primordial root to this way of interacting with each other.  From the very beginning of our history on this planet, we were thrust into a world where “the others” were viewed as an imminent danger that must be defeated, lest we be invaded and taken over.  In modern times, this tribal notion of “the others” often manifests as an idea, viewpoint, or perspective outside of our own, and it is often perceived as a threat that must be beaten down.

This has come to typify our state of discourse – whether it’s in corporate media, in Congress, on social media, or elsewhere – it has become abundantly clear that we are feeding into endless argumentation that features polarized “sides” of an argument – and there are often only two viewpoints presented as acceptable to latch onto. We anger quickly, posit ourselves in a reflexive defensive posture, and prepare to debate with one another in a way that perpetuates conflict instead of fostering education and cooperation.

The quest to be “right” or to “win” the argument takes precedence over actually listening with an open mind to an alternative viewpoint, robbing us of the opportunity to learn something new, expand our perspective, and integrate new data into our thought process to assist in evolving our consciousness.  Scientists call this motivative reasoning: a phenomenon where our unconscious motivations (beliefs/desires/fears) shape the way we interpret information.  Some ideas resonate with what we identify with – and we want them to win.  Other ideas sound like the “other” side – and we want to denigrate, defeat and banish those ideas out of the discourse.  When we apply this to our world we see how the polarizing power of partisanship and deeply held belief-systems influences our perceptions of the world around us.

“Motivated reasoning theory suggests that reasoning processes (information selection and evaluation, memory encoding, attitude formation, judgment, and decision-making) are influenced by motivations or goals. Motivations are desired end-states that individuals want to achieve. The number of these goals that have been theorized is numerous, but political scientists have focused principally on two broad categories of motivations: accuracy motivations (the desire to be “right” or “correct”) and directional or defensive motivations (the desire to protect or bolster a predetermined attitude or identity).” ~Thomas J. Leeper

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Even when we think we’re being objective/fair-minded – we still can wind up unconsciously arguing for something with mechanical repetition – even when the empirical evidence shows that there is no sound basis for our argument.  We’ve become more adept at crafting and presenting an argument than conducting an actual investigation and critical thinking into the truth of the matter at hand.

But shouldn’t our motivation to find truth be more prominent than our motivation to be “right” or to cherry-pick arguments and articles that reinforce our own views? How can we cut through our prejudices/biases and motivation – and look at data and information as objectively as possible?

Making A Change

Perhaps it begins with shedding overly rigid identities and boxes that have been created for us in order to herd us into predictable boxes.  How often do you find yourself parroting a viewpoint or argument that you feel is aligned with your primary identity?  Perhaps you identify primarily as a Democrat.  If so – should your entire viewpoint be defined by this identifier to where you only agree with policies and/or ideas presented by those on your team (Team Democrat)?  If you identify as a woman – is that all you are?  If you consider yourself a Christian – must your perspective only be aligned with a narrow prescription of popularized Christian “values”?  If you consider yourself part of the “conscious community” – must everything be understood and reasoned through that filter?

This isn’t to say that identity isn’t important.  Expressing a sense of who we are is paramount – but that expression is unnecessarily limited when we aren’t open-minded and don’t allow for a full-spectrum experience. Identity politics is always an ever-evolving realm, and many of us attach more value to certain identifiers than others, be it race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc.. It’s respectful to be supportive of an individual’s universal right to self-identify (or even their right not to identify at all), but it is also helpful to exercise a level of suspicion about the ability of rigid identifiers and social constructs (like race and gender) to accurately portray the multi-dimensional beings that we are.

“There’s a dangerous corrosive side to identity politics, ie: making one’s gender/skin color/religion/sect/sexuality one’s *defining* trait. Between groups this can divide people rather than unite them, promoting rather than reducing group stereotypes, and therefore increasing discrimination.

Within groups this can lend itself to reinforcing a hegemony for those individual members who refuse to conform to what being a member of that group is *meant* to mean, as defined by that community’s internal power structures. This is like the old trope “You can’t be a true Muslim/black man, and be gay”.  ~Maajid Nawaz

Breaking down these constructs and constrictive identifiers will usher in a new framework for discourse.  Currently, major media and news outlets rarely put forth effort in facilitating an open-range discourse, and are capitalizing (and in many instances feeding) the toxic tribalism where only two-view points are presented without any real effort to find intersectionality or genuine exchange. We see the phenomena of “both sides of the same coin” playing itself out again and again as it pertains to a polarized duality of public opinion.   Thus, the vast percentage of the populace are unconsciously bombarded with polarized view-points that unseat their own ability to find the neutral and to explore new thought-forms outside of the limits of dual categorization.

An unknown ‘something’ has taken possession of a smaller or greater portion of the psyche and asserts its hateful and harmful existence undeterred by all our insight, reason, and energy, thereby proclaiming the power of the unconscious over the conscious mind, the sovereign power of possession.”  ~Carl Jung

It would be prudent for all of us to examine whether our own psyches and intellects have been unseated by an unknown, unconscious force. We are now tasked to get back in the driver’s seat of our own consciousness, turn off cruise-control, and navigate our own vehicles.  Just as the fleshly body must be cleansed of parasites and toxins such that they don’t become hosts for worms that weaken the body’s vitality, the mind must go through its own filtration process to clear out intrusions and predictive programming that wane our original core vibrational thought patterns.  Otherwise, we are often just passive receivers of whatever the TV is downloading into our minds.

The Need for Innovative Narrative

So who are the new story-tellers who can create a more progressive narrative of universality?  A narrative where we seek to understand each other by coalescing in multi-sensory empathy and cosmic commonality?  A narrative which rejects that humanity is a simple, basic species that can easily be divided into boxes of artificially devised social constructs.  A narrative which recognizes that we are coming out of an age of spiritual amnesia – and many of our societal problems are related to our universal yearning for meaning, truth, and a desire to be connected, balanced, and whole in our relationship with each other and our selves. The need for a new narrative is upon us – and we each bring a unique gift that is required to comprise the tapestry of our immediate position in this time/space.

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Was Meditation What Kept The Thai Boys Calm While Trapped In The Cave?

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  • The Facts:

    Mindfulness and Buddhist meditation has been proven to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress. The boys trapped in the cave were taught this technique and many feel it may have assisted them in staying calm.

  • Reflect On:

    If this practice could help these boys who were literally trapped in a cage, could it be of benefit to those of us who are feeling trapped, emotionally or spiritually?

Recently, 12 Thai boys had been discovered after being trapped in a cave during a heavy monsoon. They all made it out alive and are in good health. One may wonder, how on earth were these boys able to remain calm while in the cave with no knowledge as to whether or not they would be found?

They were reportedly taught a method of Buddhist or mindfulness meditation to assist them with their intensely physical and emotional challenge.

“Look at how calm they were sitting there waiting. No one was crying or anything. It was astonishing,” the mother of one of the boys told the AP, referring to a viral video of the moment the boys were found.

How Did This Come About?

The boys’ coach, Ekapol Chanthawong, had led the boys on a hike into the cave that they had been to before, but sadly due to heavy rains, the cave flooded on June 23, trapping the boys inside. Thankfully, Ekapol had been trained in the practice of meditation while he was a Buddhist monk for a decade before becoming a soccer coach. As it turns out this skill was a very good one to have considering the circumstances of their predicament. Multiple news sources reported that he taught the boys, aged 11 to 16 how to meditate in the cave to keep them calm and to preserve their energy through their nearly two-week dilemma.

“He could meditate up to an hour,” Ekapol’s aunt, Tham Chanthawong, told the AP. “It has definitely helped him and probably helps the boys to stay calm.”

Ekapol, 25 went to live in a monastery at the age of 12 after becoming an orphan. The Straights Times reported that he trained to be a monk for 10 years at a monastery in Mae Sai, Thailand, but eventually left to take care of his sick grandmother. After that, he was hired to become the assistant coach of the soccer team, the Wild Boars.

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Keep in mind, these boys had no food and very little water while in the cave.

Did The Meditation Save Them?

There is really no way to know the answer to that question with absolute certainty, however, it must have helped tremendously. Meditation can assist to calm the mind, lower stress and help to connect to the power within. This particular style of Buddhist meditation has been around for thousands of years after the Buddha began teaching it as a tool for achieving a level of clarity, peace of mind and a liberation from suffering. No doubt the boys would have felt some despair while in the cave, but it seems as though the meditation was able to help negate some of those emotions.

From Vox.com:

Though there are few randomized control trials on meditation and mental health, a 2014 meta-analysis by Johns Hopkins researchers for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that meditation, and in particular mindfulness, can have a role in treating depression, anxiety, and pain in adults — as much as medications but with no side effects. Meditation can also, to a lesser degree, reduce the toll of psychological distress, the review found. The research on kids is still fairly preliminary, though more and more schools are implementing mindfulness meditation programs.

How Can This Assist You?

Do you ever feel as though you’re trapped? There are heavy and pressing issues, but you just can’t seem to find a solution, the clarity that’s needed or a way to lessen the burden on your shoulders? If these Thai boys were able to stay calm while being physically trapped through the power of mindfulness meditation, then certainly there may be something here for you, too.

Meditation, in general, may be able to assist you to help you find the clarity and peace that you’ve been longing for, and the best part is — it can be done anywhere, anytime and for free. We have everything we need inside of us, we just have to take the time, to sit down, breathe and listen. To learn the practice of Buddhist or mindfulness meditation specifically, check out, An Introduction To Mindfulness Meditation, or dozens of other articles about the wide array of techniques, guides, and benefits of incorporating meditation into your life.

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