by Gregory James
Psychopathology can be succinctly defined as the exhibition of a behavioral pattern through which its own dysfunction cannot be recognized. Such is the plight of much of our world, for this is the very nature of human affliction.
Some say this pathology is born of ignorance; others say stupidity. So which is it? The main difference between ignorance and stupidity is that ignorance is the absence of knowing, while stupidity is the disengagement of the faculties given to us so as to know, or work toward knowing — a behavior characterized by poor judgement. In other words, ignorance is an unconscious lacking of comprehension, while stupidity is simply a lack of effort toward comprehension — while possessing all the necessary components to doing so. Whilst ignorance is the foundation of all affliction, it is stupidity indeed that does not utilize the faculties inherent to the human being so to liberate oneself from ignorance. And while ignorance is the unconscious condition, stupidity is more often a choice — bearing in mind that not-choosing is still a choice.
Now a person may argue that stupidity is actually an absence of intelligence, but this is not wholly the case. There are plenty of intelligent people out there — with the paperwork to “prove” it …seemingly intelligent people who behave stupidly! I myself consider myself to be an intelligent person, and I myself consider myself to have done stupid things — many of them in the name of trying to get along in a perfectly ridiculous world. In fact, I’d be willing to bet there’s no one who could honestly say otherwise. Now before you presume me off-topic, allow me to assure you I am referring to the plight of modern humanity as a product of shear stupidity and, indeed psychopathology. I do not mean to say that most people in the world are stupid or crazy; of course there are plenty of smart people who proceed with fairly well-adjusted tendencies — albeit within an anthropocentric and obsolete paradigm, and a culture of self-importance and excess (wherein the most aggressively excessive wins). Most assuredly — indeed it is an inarguable certainty — our humanity as a whole, where our True Potential is concerned, suffers the constraint of a horrible foolishness.
While the root of this unfortunate condition remains ignorance, we no longer have any real excuse not to acknowledge the impending and inherent need for an evolution and revolution in human consciousness. That is too say, of course, that excuses are all we have. It remains, however, that this truth ought to be blatant to anyone with eyes to see — if humanity is to survive. With encroaching economic, political, and environmental catastrophes at hand — placed alongside the ever-increasing availability of more coherent and applicable ways of thinking and living — ignoring this need for change, and the possibility to do so, is at this late juncture well beyond ignorance; it is stupidity; it is psychological pathology. At the very least, it is social-pathology — wherein those afflicted may recognize the affliction, yet still do nothing (or the incorrect thing) to remedy it. We may blame lack of courage, to be polite, but this hardly says it; for lack of courage is what one may claim when refusing to give a speech at a friend’s wedding, but not at the brink of an enemy invasion. And this is what we face, a great enemy; that is, a tremendous collective affliction.
While it is often easier to see the sickness in others, it is much much harder to see it in ourselves. We don’t want to see it, and we are so close to it that we are often blind to it. Nonetheless, with ourselves is where we must begin. If we cannot take responsibility for our own dysfunction, there is no hope for humanity, except perhaps from “Divine Intervention.”
This apparent and long-foreseeable hopelessness is why so many philosophers, mystics, and spiritual teachers throughout human history have ultimately withdrawn from the world, recognizing humanity and its self-perpetuating plight as a lost cause — placing the responsibility of Realization and Salvation squarely upon each individual. Others of course have drawn an opposing conclusion, that only God can Save humanity, and that little can be done by the individual to persuade this event. I am here to tell you that both are true, yet a truth incomplete absent the other. Each person must Work, but no conventional or mystical effort alone can bring the necessary evolution in consciousness. And it is ultimately the Higher Power that will deliver us unto Salvation, but a Connection must be cultivated and fortified toward this aim if we are to do what we are truly meant to do — participate (one way or another) in the unfolding of the Refinement of Consciousness within the manifest Universe.
If we are not meant to participate, leaving everything to God, then we are like parasites to their host, merely serving their own gratification until even the host organism — the home and source of food on which the parasite colony depends — is dead. Indeed, even some species of parasites are smart enough to moderate their consumption and waste to keep themselves and their host alive and healthy. Why are we not? Surely the highest order of consciousness in the known world is smarter than mere parasites. Of course we are smarter than that, but lazy too! We sit around waiting for our best and brightest to figure it all out for the lot of us, hoping that some breakthrough in technology will solve all our problems, or that some new, ingenious government system will sort everything out. But hoping for the miracle fix — whether technological, governmental, or even divine — does not replace our inherent requisite for responsible living now! Moreover, if history has shown us anything, it is that paradigmatically acceptable (“politically correct”) solutions only ever give rise to more problems. Sure they may patch something up nicely, but always are there three or four new problems that arise as a result. Trying to fix things with the same level of thinking that causes the problems to begin with will only ever create bigger and more wide-spread problems. It’s like trying to cure an illness by treating only the symptoms; most assuredly, side-affects will occur, to which we can only apply more pills and potions that each cause their own side-affects — all the while, the source of the illness was never really remedied at all. What’s even more convoluting is that we know this, and do it anyway! Psychopathology, indeed.
Now I know that positive thinking is the popular trend these days, and that my appraisal of things here seems a tad pessimistic. Let me assure you, I am all for positive thinking and its power to bring real and lasting change for the better, but this is unfortunately not the kind of so-called “positive thinking” most proponents employ. Their version is all too often merely “thinking positively” so they don’t have to acknowledge the ugly truth of things, and then “staying positive” so that hope and good intentions alone may replace Right Living. But the “highway to hell” is paved on half-hearted hopes and good intentions!
The fact of the matter is, as an experienced practitioner and teacher of Meditation and Esoterica, I realize quite lucidly that wheresoever people can go against harmony and contribute to disharmony — however subtly it may be — they usually do. And the opportunities to do this are in each moment. Just because what we see of the poor choices of the world seems like the work of relentless stupidity, I tell you the truth, the energy responsible for degradation and disharmony has its own intelligence, and it is most often greater than our own, to our misfortune. This is why we so often try to fix things with our ideas alone; we somehow fail to see that it just doesn’t work. This is because the Degrading Power is working within us, so long as we keep our doors open to it. I am not talking about some “devil” or “evil” in contrast to Universal Law, no. In fact, the Degrading Power is a part of Universal Law, ultimately, and it is simply doing its job. If the Degrading Power is understood properly, its inherent function is recognized, marginalized, and indeed utilized.
So what to do? By Working to align with Universal Law, we bring ourselves into ever-increasing harmony with its Power and Light. Herein, not only does that Degrading Power have less and less influence on us, individually, but further, that Degrading Power actually ends up being a great ally — like a grinding wheel against which to sharpen one’s “Sword of True Being,” and the Force through which we may dispose of and break down our waste, allowing it to then recycle naturally through the Regenerative Power. This brings us (individually) into harmony and awareness of our True Nature, but also, by virtue of this, facilitates a potent and considerable Shift in the collective consciousness. So, you see, it is indeed the Work of the individual that matters, but it is also Universal Law that remains the Ultimate Saving Grace. You can think of Practice/Work/Dharma like the process of refining raw iron into a steel lightening-rod. Yet it remains lightening’s choice when and where to strike. Of course, being struck is quite likely if you know what you are doing (how to forge and place a lightening-rod so to lure lightening).
So this is our Dharma — to bring about the Refinement in Consciousness that invites the Power of Universal Law and its Lightening to strike. We do this for others, not just ourselves. And the time is Here Now to make this happen; it is more Here and Now than ever before. We have the choice, if only we have the Strength to make the Right Choice.
And these are the times we face. I have done my best to avoid jumping on the 2012 bandwagon with any committed forecast, unlike the run-of-the-mill hype-monger who asserts either the looming end or the quixotic ushering of a new utopia. Neither proclamation, nor any other, has any real basis. The fact is, no one knows for sure what is happening… no one! That’s the point; it is not yet determined — we each have a choice. One thing is certain; a Shift is now occurring. What this Shift means or how it will manifest — and indeed whether or not it will manifest for all of us — remains to be seen. And this much I can tell you, how we experience this Shift will depend as much on us and the choices we make as it does on destiny. And I harbor no naivety about the nature of such Power, and of human flaw, to swing the scales of Balance in favor of humanity or against it. However, given the process I have observed thus far, it seems plausible to suggest a Powerful Opportunity for a Great Transition into Higher Consciousness. Whether this Transition be for everyone or only those prepared remains a mystery, yet from my observations and studies of certain phenomena, a split is in process — something of a cell preparing to divide. And I portend that this division will drive a great gap between that which is pure and that which is unclean.
We would do better not to think of this as a coming event, but as a process into which we have been participating since the beginning — aware of it or not. The All of Everything has been evolving since the inception of the manifest universe, and this includes Consciousness itself, and its various manifestations. It makes sense, at least from my perspective, that as human beings (the highest order of consciousness in the manifest world) we are here to continue to participate in this evolution. Otherwise, what would be the point. That being said, Universal Law only ever destroys so to Create something better. How we as humans perceive this Transition may or may not be up to us. But of this I am certain, if we are to continue our Dharma (our Good Work of the Spirit) we will be a part of this Great Transition in a manner that favors the Spirit of Consciousness. Even if this means trying times for humanity, the True Consciousness of our Ultimate Nature will be Saved, as this is the Nature of the process of the Refinement of Consciousness; it is Universal Law. Another matter of which I may assure you is that whatsoever this Shift will bring, it will not be viewed as favorable from within the present, ordinary paradigm of humanity. It cannot be. The old and dead must molt away so to make room and expose the new.
The Gate is Now Open, if we have the courage to walk through It. Or would we as a world collective prefer to maintain our present paradigm, clinging desperately to an illusion, continuing to ignore the most potent constructs of our precious Life Opportunity, holding nature hostage as we dampen our consciousness into submission at the peril of our home and indeed, our very ability to survive? Now is our time to embrace the Work; the hope and promise of tomorrow has not yet arrived. Remember this!
This is precisely why the Higher Power is accelerating and intensifying our experience as Spiritual Beings. Have you noticed? Do you see that time itself is accelerating, that deterioration and illumination are presenting themselves with increasing distinction, and that the plight of humanity is at the very brink of a peerless margin? I pray that you do, for if you do not, I pray for your heart to be redeemed by the Eternal Fire of the Great Redeemer, lest you perish an ignorant soul.
There are so many that still wish to play but not Work; or who work, but mostly toward worldly pursuits — losing sight of the playful reward of True Spiritual Work. For those who truly Work — who tread the True Path with a tireless heart — you will see many changes in yourself and in your very ability to observe. With regard to the process of this Transition, I have experienced and witnessed various phenomena which would not be observable except via intensive introspection and a context oriented in Esoterica. It is on these intensive observations and experiences that I base my writing to you here. Were it within my power to tell you more, I would. Suffice it to say that the clarity I have received on the matter at hand is ample to call your attention to some important aspects of what we are facing.
It is paramount that you Meditate daily. Practice your Practice intensively, and give yourself completely to it. Be healthy in your living and take care not to entangle yourself in frivolous or vacuous matters, for these may tangle you to no end. It is likely that, if not already, you will soon experience some things that seem strange or perhaps out-of-place in your life or ordinary frame of reference. We are all too aware of the increasing rate and intensity of tragic phenomena taking place in the world. This is very much tied to how you yourself may be feeling.
It is expected that you will begin to increase significantly in sensitivity. This may likely provide you with strong feelings of anxiety, agitation, depression, and low spirits in general. But this heightened sensitivity will also afford you a greater ability — should you pay attention — to remain equanimous to the uneasy feelings that arise and to find greater Strength within as well. These uneasy feelings are a product of our collective Field being overwhelmed by the purge of past contamination from many hundreds of millions, if not billions of individuals all over the world, and likely other interference as well. This is a part of the process and must take place. Let it be your opportunity to feel and release, in the subtle body, what you do not need. Your emotional identification with the uneasy feelings will only delay your individual Awakening; observe these feelings objectively, accepting them completely, but do not claim them as you. These feelings may become stronger very soon, but they will subside if you are able to observe them as distinct within yourself — taking responsibility for them, but not being owned by them. The Strength of your equanimous resolve will hasten the purging. You cannot fight it, you cannot subdue it with drinking or other substances, and you cannot get rid of it by trying to force it away. Neither suppress nor lament; just continue to let the would-be reactions flow, accepting things as they are, completely — which is not to say that you are to do nothing about things that require attention, but rather that your power to change things will be the most potent when you are first able to accept matters as they are.
There are other signs to observe in your being that indicate the coming change. You may notice your sleep cycles changing or being interrupted. When you do sleep, you may have very peculiar and intense dream states. You may feel strange sensations in your body, especially in your heart area, crown, “third-eye,” and spine. You may be troubled by old regrets. Do not over over-analyze them; just BE, Present and equanimous — observing objectively. Accept what comes and release it. This is a Cleansing.
You may experience bodily changes like realignments in your posture or fluctuations in your weight. Other bodily experiences may include inexplicable and intensive pains, especially in your joints and in the deep tissues, especially around the neck and upper back. You may experience temporary weakness in the heart or breathing resulting in extreme lethargy. You may see abnormal skin conditions arise like acne, rashes or, in extreme cases, minor ulcers. Less likely, but still a possibility: you may develop and pass kidney or gallstones (I have known several people to go through this recently). All of these changes and discomforts are contamination coming out of your body. Do not be alarmed; it will pass. Unless absolutely necessary, do not bother with conventional clinics or pharmaceutical medications. Conventional treatments — while perhaps dulling the symptoms — may only prolong the process, as these are not matters of physiology. The best thing you can do is endure the changes and pains with an equanimous heart and mind — observing objectively. (Please note that this is NOT medical advice; If you have a legitimate medical concern, please see a doctor.)
You may begin to hear things you are not used to hearing, or seeing things you’re not used to seeing. Be grateful for this, but do not be enamored with it. It is fair to expect that the way you view the world will change. As this intensifies, you will naturally become more compassionate and loving toward others. This may also bring you sorrow when you see the pain that others experience, especially when your fellow humans mistreat one another and when they cling to and embrace the falsity.
This Compassion will eventually deepen and extend. Whilst it is certainly important to assist others who need you, do not be trapped by mistaking where or how to help. Do not interfere with the process in others. Do what you feel you must but trust that all is Right — Fundamentally — and help others only when it is necessary (as when you are presented with an issue that clearly cannot work itself out, or an emergency situation), and only when you are deeply moved to do so. Believe it or not, pouring yourself into every opportunity to help can often entangle and compound these matters — and you with them. This usually will not be apparent from a worldly paradigm. Most importantly, check your feelings carefully when someone asks you for help — even a close friend or relative (I’m not talking about helping to move a sofa, here). It is natural to want to help people, and to do what pleases and honors them, especially those close to you, but Keep Watch on the matter closely; this is the vehicle through which the greatest of all traps presents itself. While this is one of the more controversial matters of the spiritual practice, and often the most heavy on the heart, it remains one of the most important to manage well. Remember that what is seen as “right” by conventionality is not necessarily Righteous by measure in the Subtle Realms.
Other indications of the Transition are expected as well. You may find yourself breaking free from old habits; losing interest in trivial and unhealthy things. That which appeals to you may reorder, especially in what you consume — whether it be dietarily, intellectually, or where entertainment is concerned. You may also lose interest in things that you once enjoyed, even things about which you were once passionate. Your interest will naturally shift toward more wholesome and spiritually relevant matters.
You will, without doubt, experience an increase of synchronicities in your life — usually to a degree well beyond anything that could be considered coincidence, even under the most exacting scrutiny. The synchronicities are present to show you that you are coming into Alignment with the One True Being. Again, be grateful, and appreciate the profundity, but do not linger at the expense of your Presence and Objective Equanimity.
You will see many of these things taking place within yourself and others. I do not say these things to frighten you, but rather to empower you to recognize the Power at Work in your life — more potently now than ever before. Align to this One Power, for the Way in which it guides you is Great.
Others, even those who do not practice, or whose practice is deficient, may also experience these things to a lessor degree; this process affects all of us. Yet many people, perhaps even friends and family — especially those who do not engage the esoteric Work or who are greatly afflicted to begin with — may experience a tremendous degree of conflict or turbulent behavior. You may wish to help them understand what is happening but take care not to inadvertently interfere with their process. And remember that you may not actually understand yourself, much less the subtle issues of another (even when they seem not so subtle to you). Guiding people to Awaken without interfering is an art and a precise science. Be Mindful.
I tell you these things because, through my tireless efforts and the Natural Grace, I have become blessed to recognize the Nature of the Way, and I see its Work within our world. I tell you this because I recognize that without a point of reference, this time will be too overwhelming for most. To be sure, it will be overwhelming regardless of what point of reference you have, but at least you may remember these words and recognize that there is a Purpose for your strife, and your Awakening. Even now, as you read these words our world is tearing apart. The toxicity in the Field is tremendous. Riots, wars, global protests, “terror attacks,” earthquakes, meteorites, drought, floods, volcanoes, and storms; all like nothing the world has ever seen; all getting closer and closer together, and increasing in intensity. Pay attention; the process is accelerating.
To the human mind it remains a mystery, and yet what is perfectly clear is that nothing can be greater than the reconciliation of the catastrophes we are observing all around us. We are standing at the precipice of the new era — one way or another. Our Higher Nature stands with us. Those who are not willing to adapt to this Shift will likely be taken along with it like a tsunami storm of force and effect. How each of us proceeds hence forth matters more than ever before! That which you think and feel you will ultimately converge into you. We may now observe our collective convergences by scrutinizing the ludicrous plight of our world. You may now observe your own convergences by simply paying attention to your patterns of thought and behavior. What do you see?
You have one attribute that you may call yours, it is your yearning to let go of the shattered world within which you are immersed and embrace your longing to know your True Nature. The earthquakes, the droughts, the long cold winters, the record hot summers, the riots and bombings, the threats of war and economic collapse, the inexplicable mass deaths of animals; they are all symbols and signposts for this time in the process. These signs are not necessarily a bad thing; they are merely indications of the actions and mindfulness that you are to take. So too are the cataclysms that we witness in our world; they are signs that say STOP. Change what you are converging with in yourself and in this world. Change your frequency so that you may converge with that which is Pure and Great.
The world as you know it will soon be no more. Let it go. Drop your attachment to that which cannot be sustained. Do not evade your longing for Truth and genuineness. It is your yearning that connects you to the ability to draw deeper into an Awareness of your True Being. Why play with useless delusions? Why do you call them real? Your longing is predicated not on that which you want, but on that which you Are. The journey that you have begun cannot be stopped, therefore it must be embraced. You have the opportunity now to recognize your True Design — the Divine Architecture of your Root Origin. Your suffering is a product of having forgotten why you came. You may no longer afford to forget.
Begin now to align and stabilize yourself in the Truth that is staring you in the face. Where you have been unconscious, open your attention. Where you have held tight to fear of change and uncertainty, release. Where you have judged harshly, discern objectively. This is not a time for pity or remorse; this is a time for equanimity, fortitude, forgiveness, and interpersonal management. Your entire being cries out for you to stop the pretense. BE True in each moment; be Aware of the True Power you possess. Do not be like the countless walking dead who do not even realize they are alive. You are Eternal! What you must do to claim it is Work to Know Thyself, acquire Knowledge, Meditate and Connect. In this your Dharma becomes Clear.
Many are horrified by the idea that the world will end, but I tell you truly, the world as you know it is already gone. Your True Being Knows this. Your artificial knowledge, your money, your connections, your insurance policies, your erroneous theologies; these cannot help you. There is only one Holy Grail capable of Saving you, it is the frequency of the Singularity — the One Heart, the True Breath, Compressing and Expanding as Emanations of the One-Source. Meditate, and be in touch with this Christ Consciousness, this Brahman, this Tao, this Buddha-hood, this Allah, this Krishna, this True Being of which you are ultimately already a part. Invite this; release all else. It is from here that you will be most affective in your power to bring positive and meaningful change to our world.
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