Jealousy or Meriope and Sysiphus

%When through intense jealousy
I wander in samsara (confusion)
On the luminous light path
Of action-accomplishing wisdom%

Tibetan Inspiration-Prayer for
Deliverance from
the Dangerous Pathway of the Bardo

Jealousy is the second Deadly Sin but lacking the original cultural context of the Greek names for the Pleiadian stars makes it difficult to discern which Pleiadien Sister is most appropriate. Since the Biblical story of Cain’s jealousy and Able’s murder is the second story in the Old Testament, that story is clear enough to start with. Since my focus here is not to condemn those who experience Jealousy but to seek out a path for transmuting it, I found Matthew Wood’s commentary helpful:

“It is worth our attention
to turn from the motives that directed Cain and Abel
to those that that directed the character of God.
Throughout the narrative
God’s principle motive has not been to save life,
but to drive the truth to the surface.
The thrust of the story
is that God makes the inward bankruptcy of Cain
outwardly manifest.
He shows no concern for saving life
and is no way exemplary of the ‘humane’ tendencies
which the modern thinker would attribute to a ‘loving God’.
The God of this story is a ruthless manipulator of events
whose purpose is to drive the truth to the surface at any cost.
T he characterization is almost elemental in its concept
of the raw power of God,
undirected by human considerations.”

The God portrayed here thinks in
a ‘shamanistic’ sense,
not a ‘humane’ sense.
He is concerned with the ruthless clarity of nature and evolution,
through which everything will eventually come out in the wash,
in time,
in karma,
not with the parental safeguards of artificial civilization. ”
Page 46

When I take a group into the shamanic trance state, I tell them that clarifying their intention is vital. While most are familiar with the New Age mantra of setting intentions, very few actually get to work and figure out what their intentions actually are or how into hone them into form. I finally came up with a metaphor that people could grasp when I told a group that for most people the process of setting their intention was like cleaning the shower stall in their bathroom. Even though the shower might look clean, picking up the grate over the drain quickly demonstrates how much soap scum, dead skin, old snot, lost hairs, more or less friendly bacteria, and general filth is hanging just on the other side. For short-term personal intentions, cleaning off both sides of the shower-grate might help the shower stall to keep draining, and let a few of the more superficial intentions fly free to take form. For anything concrete and enduring to manifest however, you have got to get in there, seriously clean house, and make sure that your psychic/emotional/energetic septic system is working properly.

“In rejecting Cain,
God is not being capricious,
for he knows that the spiritual offerings of Cain
are without substance.
His rejection immediately drives to the surface
the poison which resides in the soul of Cain,
in the soul that relies on itself
for spiritual life.
He becomes jealous of his brother.”

In practical terms God’s rejection is something along the lines of however beautifully arranged Cain’s seeds may be on the altar of his intentions, they don’t grow, mature and produce fruit for harvest when and if he gets around to planting them in the garden. He has failed to care for the invisible life-giving qualities within them. The words translated as ‘sacrifice’ in most modern Bibles originally meant something more along the lines of being of service to the greater callings of life and of offering one’s abilities to more than material pursuits. Cain’s sacrifice, his service has been in vain, because he has misdirected it.

This persistent misdirection of Cain’s intentions, efforts, and life force gave me the key to the Pleiadian Sister who guides this second step along the path. Meriope, whose name is still applied to a small insect eating bird, translates as ‘bee-eater’. Hanging out by the hive and eating the bees as they exit and return may be momentarily satisfying, but it will never result in a hive full of honey, much less in the eventual production of the magical mead, drink of the gods.

In fact, Meriope leaves the divine realms to marry the mortal Sisyphus who spends his time rolling an enormous stone uphill, only to have it plummet back to the bottom just when he is about to reach the summit. Sisyphus is a truly a poignant image of how jealousy utterly misdirects our fundamental creative forces, dooming us to failure. Even if we put our whole being into our efforts, they will not manifest if our original intent is fundamentally off-kilter.

Leviathan is the biblical name of this stage of demonic self-delusion, and if we can allow his overwhelming, dark, and caustic environment to eat away our defenses, if we take our failures as a learning experience, and manage to figure out where we are going wrong, then we can redirect our energies and get on with our lives. Unfortunately, far too many people react as Cain does. Unwilling to accept the past, to look within, or to get on with cleaning their own houses, the mere existence of someone who is capable of manifesting their intentions becomes intolerable. As one of my many troubled siblings informed me (click here):

‘if someone is better at something than you are,
you need to tear them down
so you do not look bad in comparison.’

From the outside, it might seem obvious that if you focus your efforts on making others look bad instead of working to improve yourself, what you then appear to be is an incompetent malicious gossip. For those who have allowed themselves to be devoured by Jealousy, realizing that only drives them further into the belly of the beast. The Jealous rapidly descend into a raging despair that drives them to destroy both their heart’s desire and all that might reflect their inner distortion back to them. Regardless of one’s belief system regarding what happens after death, the jealous do create their own lonely living hell here on earth.

The first step in escaping such-self-created misery is learning how to live with paradox, how to tread the borderlands between order and chaos. . The important bit here is to understand that Chaos theory is the radically interdisciplinary study of the process of how things change with the emphasis on a mathematically rigorous holism, not reductionism. It has been a bitter mouthful for true believers of linear deterministic Newtonian thinkers because instead of sweeping the exceptions to the rules under the rug and ignoring them, it explains how simple systems will inevitably exhibit unpredictable behavior. Even when, like the law-abiding Cain, we do our best to eliminate the unpredictable Abel, we are forever marked by that same murder for, like the Old Testament God:

(Chaos Theory) takes the focus off
the laws of nature
and shifts it to
their consequences.

from Chaos, taught by Steven Strogatz, Cornell university
published by the Teaching Company

The most succinct directions I have come across for such efforts that may be applied successfully in the energetic and visionary realms is the revolutionary idea of the self organizing principle. Rather than forcing our ideas upon our environs, it states that if we:

  1. Define the field we wish to work in
  2. Define the information we wish to include in that field
  3. Generate sufficient energy
  4. Generate sufficient flux or change
  5. Allow sufficient non-linear relationships

The whole will self-organize itself into optimum relationships.

A pragmatic personal experience of this principle can be found in the use of Bert Hellinger’s ‘Family Constellations’ (click here.) This is profoundly simple and basic practice that allows us to apply all the criteria of the self-organizing principle to our most intimate and desperate personal situations. While a family constellation begins much like a psycho-dramatic therapeutic exercise, it differs in that the intention is not to recreate the trauma, but to allow what Bert Hellinger calls ‘the hidden orders of love’ to emerge and establish themselves. Thus:

  1. The people gathered together define the field.
  2. The client, and the representatives chosen, define the information in that field.
  3. The focused attention of the facilitator, the client, and the group supplies the energy.
  4. The necessary flux is supplied by changes in the positions of the representatives.
  5. The essential non-linear relationships arise out of the differences between the representatives and the individuals they are representing.

When we meet the parameters of the self-organizing principle, chances are that our experience will resolve into an optimal and self-sustaining psychological AND physiological state. This is one of the primary unspoken principles behind the therapeutic success of shamanistic trance. I prefer to include the use of ‘ecstatic body postures’ in trance sessions as they are a profoundly simple body based practice that allows us to meet all the criteria.

  1. The people gathered together define the field.
  2. The heliacal proteins making up the DNA, microtubules, and connective tissue in our body affect the patterns, or frequencies, of the energy running through our bodies, and that defines the information.
  3. The driving beat of the rattle or drum supplies the energy.
  4. The necessary flux is supplied by changes in our muscle tension. These changes affect the micro voltage of our brain, the stability of the microtubules in our cells, and the intensity of our experience.
  5. The change from our normal body posture supplies the essential non-linear relationships.

The next big mistake (click here) is to think that because this process is self-organizing, it is fast, easy, or pleasant. It actually requires that we give up just about everything we take for granted and/or find comfort in. How painful that is depends on how much we resist our own change.

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2 thoughts on “Jealousy or Meriope and Sysiphus

  1. Sara, the other day a person who had come for a healing asked whether I do all the work myself. I, of course, laughed, and said no, I just try to be a vessel. It seems to me that we are all imperfect vessels, given to all kinds of chaos inducing feelings and thoughts, including jealousy, and the idea that one is self made. We are all so complex, internally and in community! Our selves and communities extend so far beyond our own physical borders as to make the idea of self somewhat bizarre. Yet, we, like all living systems, and as you have so eloquently stated, do self-organize. I guess it is all a mystery.

    • One of the qualities healers share is the ability to hold sacred space, I think. although the time in that crucible while things are changing can be quite challenging!

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