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Coconut Sailboats October 9, 2010

Three comments after my last post about forgetting a recurring dream inspired this one. George wondered if a dream that addresses our waking thoughts and wishes is an authentic original response or just programming from the ego. William said he often wonders where memories go when we don’t remember them. And Ram0singhal shared his belief that trusting the natural flow of your dreams brings God to your side in the form of creativity.

All three responses are based on the assumption of an underlying Mystery beyond the realm of normal awareness. The only things I know about the Mystery come from personal experiences that have filled me with awe, wonder, meaning, appreciation, gratitude and compassion. But there are theories that add a few pieces to the puzzle I am trying to assemble. I’ll discuss two of them here: one from quantum physics, and the other from Jungian psychology. Although neither uses the language of any one religion, both affirm the underlying truths of every religion because when we talk about the Mystery, we’re talking about God.

Physicist David Bohm theorized about three orders of the universe. The explicate order perceived by our senses is like a sailboat floating on the sea. The implicate order is like everything beneath the boat we can’t see, but which gives rise to and supports everything in the explicate order in the same way that all forms of life originated in the sea. The super-implicate order is like a benevolent Poseidon who lives in a royal chamber beneath the sea and determines how the sea’s energized particles of potential will manifest in the world above.

Carl Jung’s corollary to Bohm’s theory emphasizes three orders of mental functioning. Bohm’s explicate order corresponds to Jung’s conscious self: the me in the sailboat. Beneath that is my personal unconscious, a sea of energy filled with my forgotten memories (as William’s sea contains his), instinctual needs, disowned emotions, untapped interests and skills, and so on. Like the particles floating in Bohm’s implicate-order sea, anything in the personal unconscious can be brought to the surface at any moment. Sort of like a coconut that falls from an island palm, floats around awhile, then turns up beside my boat.

At the bottom of the sea is the entrance to the royal chamber Jung called the collective unconscious. Sitting on its throne is the Self which, like Earth’s core, underlies everything, connects us to everything, and determines what to bring into our conscious world. Bohm called this the super-implicate order. Another name in current use is One Mind. Whatever we call it, it is a melting pot containing every individual mind with every thought, form of energy, or creative idea that ever was or will be. We gain access to this underground cave of creativity via the Self…our trusted sacred center which speaks to us, as Ram0singal notes, in dreams!

So my answer to you, George, is that you are loved by the Mystery beneath the sea and every one of your dreams comes from there. Dream Mother knows you intimately because she always sees you sailing around up above. Since she wants only the best for you, she uses material from all three levels to create the exact dreams you need every night. You might enjoy some of them that pop up — especially the ones about sailing trips — much more than others, but you can trust that all of them are in your best interest and contribute to your creativity. Speaking of creativity, maybe you should start adding sailboats to your coconut art?

You can find Healing the Sacred Divide at this Amazon link and at Larson Publications, Inc.

 

 

Avatar, Ego, and Cultural Reform March 29, 2010

I loved Avatar’s lavish version of the hero’s journey. Its characters are such exotic examples of the archetypes starring in myths from every nation, generation, and religion. Its new symbols of interconnectedness–the wormy squirmy tentacled pony tails that bond with similar anatomical appendages of bizarre beasts; the electrochemical connections between tree roots that recall ancient Hinduism’s Diamond Net of Indra, Jung’s collective unconscious, and quantum physics’ holographic universe–are so imaginatively resonant. And I never tire of the themes of self-discovery, initiation, revolution, transformation, and redemption.

The human psyche creates culture, so intended or not, there is a psychological dimension to all art. Since I cannot help but view a movie through a psychological lens, (which adds another dimension to the 3D ones already supplied for Avatar), here goes: For me, Avatar is about the difference between the heroic ego that succeeds in its quest because it opens to otherness and change, and the stuck ego that ultimately fails because it refuses to budge. Indulge me for a moment as I engage in a bit of imaginative word play to illustrate my point.

Corporal Jake (Jacob was the Biblical favored son and usurper of his twin brother’s inheritance) Sully is a sullied soldier who is transformed into a heroic Warrior and passionate Lover. The qualities that lead to his redemption and the salvation of the Na’vi are his bravery, his respect for princess Neytiri (who says”nay” to tyranny and is Sully’s equal, savior, and Beloved), and his receptivity to the foreign ways of her culture.

And what about the Na’vi? Like all Native peoples they have long navigated safely through a difficult world by honoring the sacred underlying patterns of life. But because they will not capitulate to the dysfunctional ego mentality which has destroyed Earth, their culture is in danger of extinction. Sound familiar?

Other archetypal themes are represented by the Na’vi’s spiritual leader Mo’at, (an abbreviation of Mother Earth?) a blend of the Jungian archetypes of Queen, Earth Mother, Wisewoman, and Beloved. Then there’s Jake’s mentor, Dr. Grace Augustine (a saintly name if ever there was one), who symbolizes the Queen’s regard for shared authority and individual differences and the Wisewoman’s intuitive intelligence and pursuit of truth.

Finally we have the necessary obstacles every hero must overcome: the self-absorbed and self-serving ego symbolized by Selfridge, corporate administrator of the mining program; and the obsessive Warrior mentality of the head of security, Colonel Miles Quaritch (from quarantine, a place of detention? Or quarrel, an angry dispute? Or quartz, a hard rock?). Cameron’s soulless dark invader, like Lucas’s Darth Vader, has miles to go in his own journey because of his rock-hard rigidity and unrelenting itch to maintain his power regardless of cost.

Brave, heroic ego vs. rigid, fearful ego. Cosmic connectedness vs. personal self-interest. Do the psychological themes of this haunting myth remind anyone else of the conflict surrounding the passage of Health Care Reform?

 

 
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