Towards a Sustainable Spirituality

So the blog has been up for about six months, I have around 2,500 total views from over 40 different countries, and the single post that brings the most visitors to my site is on psychopathy and shamanism. It seems people are starting to ask how do we deal with the truly nasty stuff in both realms and in doing that it feels to me  like neo/core/shamanism is beginning to mature. What my father said repeatedly of his spiritual responsibilities was that he was actually the energetic janitor and the primary task  on his job description was cleaning up the psychic sewage of the community so that it did not destroy new life. I think it is time for the idea that human communities produce toxic energetic waste that needs to be managed just like our physical wastes to be taken seriously.

Tibetan Buddhism talks about transmuting the five poisons of greed, jealousy, gossip, malice and denial and most people on a spiritual path these days are acquainted with the idea of working on themselves. Our personal mental emotional and spiritual hygiene is an ongoing daily process. Yoga, meditation, acupuncture, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, soul retrieval, psychotherapy,and so on all have their very important place because as long as we are in our human bodies these states of mind are going to arise. I had a woman who was making her money channeling come to me for advice as she was highly offended that people kept telling her she needed to clear her energetic field.  When she proclaimed that she had already done that once six months ago, I had to answer that is like saying your last bowel movement was six months ago. On a pragmatic and mundane level, she was desperately constipated. And there are way to many people just like her who have no conceptual framework for this kind of hygiene.

When there are 7 billion people on the planet, most of whom are oblivious to all of their various wastes, the communal compost pile becomes a cesspool. The result is not only physical and emotional disorders, but spiritual ones as well. I believe it was Scott Peck who wrote that evil should be a subcategory of personality disorders.  I would say it differently. A fundamental difference between personality disorders and other psychological issues is that people with personality disorders react as though their very life is threatened when the disorder is confronted.  Psychopaths in particular, but personality disorders in general, also tend to be parasitic. They do not support others, but need to feed off of them.  A functional definition that I have found works for me is that these kind of evil disorders really are energetic spiritually toxic parasites that arise out of our accumulated toxic energy dumps. They resist therapeutic interventions because they will cease to exist if they release their hold on the individual.

So, what is to do?  Before you start this understand that YOU are part of the process. In a holistic system EVERYTHING has its place.  If you want your nemesis to change, expect that you and your relationships will also be different when the ceremony is complete. Neither bliss bunnies of peace or white light militia are useful paradigms if you are truly seeking a sustainable spirituality. Think of the bacteria in your bowels. They are seriously bad news if they try to grow in your lungs or bloodstream. But without them we can’t digest our food.  Or consider that we need oxygen to breath and eat vegetables. A closed room and a pile of  compost on our plate isn’t going to nourish us. But the plants that produce the veggies need carbon dioxide in the air and our compost around their roots to thrive so they can feed us. Whether you or I know what the appropriate life-sustaining relationship is for the energetic wastes and parasites is irrelevant. We don’t need to know before we start, we do need to ask. The fundamental choice is to see them as energies that can be worked with. To be effective, this also needs to be looked at as an ongoing process, not a moral judgement or a one time apocalyptic event. It is a lot easier to clean house regularly than it is to deal with generations of detritus.

These basic steps of the theory of the self organizing principle can be integrated into any kind of ceremony.

  • The first step is define your field.  Know when and where you are doing your ceremony
  • The second step is define your information. Know who is part of your ceremony and why you have come together.
  • Then you need sufficient energy, very often the drum or rattle provides this.
  • You need sufficient flux.  Flux literally translates as flow, it is paramount that the energy moves.
  • Lastly, you need sufficient non-linear relationships.
  • Then all the information in the field will self-organize into optimum relationships.

Sounds pretty straight forward, right? Unfortunately, non-linear relationships are the sticking point for most people and the primary reason that mainstream religious institutions can not do this kind of work is because they are invested in maintaining a fixed position. I have been repeatedly told I should set up a some kind of secret society that I only initiate select people into for a gazillion dollars. I don’t do that because in actual practice it doesn’t work.  However, my cards are, among other things, a tool for learning how holistic self-sustaining non-linear systems can work. Taking that information and experience into ceremony can help.

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