Use it-or-Lose it
C.G. Jung the famous Swiss psychoanalyst was notably known for his healing messages to those of whom have lost their sense of purpose, and or, have forgotten why man’s life should be in servitude to others, thus realizing a universal concept much greater than ones self. Also, much has been forgotten in the modern age of electronic gadgets, and gismos; which is however, an ethical distraction, by any other name, where we find ourselves today caught within evils trap of faithlessness.
Jung indeed is most noted as a psychologist, whose approach to psychotherapy took more of a mystical slant then his counterpart Sigmund Freud, yet unlike Freud, Jung was a seer, or a clairvoyant, one could say. It is this unique ability to see, or should I say, sense future events, and that is a gift from the spirit, which, by the way, we all possess, with one proviso, I call it, “use it, or lose it”. It is written “Who has will be given more, and he will have abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him”. Therein lies the legacy of mankind today, and I am not speaking just of secularists, my frustration is apparent, since secularists no no better. It is the so called religious, whom, should know better, and that frustrates me; hence the peroration of this book.
If there is but one thing, that as a writer, I would bequeath upon the reader, that one thing would be, the awesome spiritual power we possess, but, rarely use. Take Jung for instance since we were discussing his ability to see [or sense] the unmanifest precisely and sensed the spiritual bankruptcy, which has lead to humanities moral decay. And worse yet, what has arisen from the ashes of the spiritual firestorm, is soullessness, and, disorientation of the human condition primarily to technology. Odd as it seems the word technology is a Greek word meaning “Invent,” therefore, I lament the state we –human- beings have become, because, we are called to be spiritual beings with a human condition; furthermore, were we not created in the image [or likeness] of the creator, which is pure potentiality or pure spirit. So what happened?
In other words, humanity hast lost its Myths which guide our way, and, most reality show watching disorientated humans no longer feel themselves contained in the Judeo-Christian or for that matter, Taoist or Buddhist faiths. Humanity worldwide therefore is myth-less and mindless. Mythlessness means the human condition in most social orders, with the exception of spiritual countries such as India for instance, has forgotten its purpose for which we live.
For example, at the apex of the great Chinese civilization the Ming Dynasty produced wonders in art, buildings and most of all family culture steeped in myths, tradition and values. A Ming Dynasty vase for example, with its fervent colors, and amazing intricate designs told a story or, in other words, a Myth of the culture it represented, today the art of the Ming Dynasty is priceless.
Another illustration of course, is the Great Wall of China as The Office of the Historian web site reports. “The Great Wall of China, is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China in part to protect the Chinese Empire or its prototypical states against intrusions by various nomadic groups or military incursions by various warlike peoples or forces. Several walls were being built as early as the 7th century BC; these, later joined together and made bigger, stronger, and unified are now collectively referred to as the Great Wall. Especially famous is the wall built between 220–206 BC by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. Little of that wall remains. Since then, the Great Wall has on and off been rebuilt, maintained, and enhanced; the majority of the existing wall was reconstructed during the Ming Dynasty.
Finally, in the autumn of 1911, the right set of conditions turned an uprising in Wuchang into a nationalist revolt. As its losses mounted, the Qing court responded positively to a set of demands intended to transform authoritarian imperial rule into a Constitutional monarchy. They named Yuan Shikai the new premier of China, but before he was able to retake the captured areas from the revolutionaries, the provinces started to declare their allegiance to the Revolutionary Alliance. Dr. Sun was in the United States on a fundraising tour at the time of the initial revolt; he hastened first to London and Paris to ensure that neither country would give financial or military support to the Qing government in its struggle. By the time he returned to China, the revolutionaries had taken Nanjing, a former capital under the Ming Dynasty, and representatives from the provinces began to arrive for the first national assembly. Together, they elected Dr. Sun the provisional president of the newly declared Republic of China.
Sun Yat-sen telegrammed Yuan Shikai to promise that, should Yuan agree to the formation of a republic, the position of president would be his. With the military position of the Qing weakening and provisions made for the maintenance of the royal family at court, the emperor and the royal family abdicated the throne in February of 1912.
The 1911 revolution was only the first steps in a process that would require the 1949 revolution to complete. Though the new government created the Republic of China and established the seat of government in Nanjing, it failed to unify the country under its control. The Qing withdrawal led to a power vacuum in certain regions, resulting in the rise of warlords. These warlords often controlled their territories without acknowledging the nationalist government. Additionally, the reforms set in place by the news government were not nearly as sweeping as the revolutionary rhetoric had intended; unifying the country took precedent over fundamental changes.
International reaction to the revolution was guarded. Foreign nations with investments in China remained neutral throughout the upheaval; though they were anxious to protect the treaty rights they gained from the Qing through the first and second opium wars. Still, the United States was largely supportive of the republican project, and in 1913, the United States was among the first countries to establish full diplomatic relations with the new Republic”.
Tho’ politically, I find the use of the term Republic an insult to my intelligence since Chinese Communist government is far and away removed from the honourable title of a Republic; which means, by definition, power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and furthermore, this form of government contains a real President, rather than a monarch, or in this case an Emperor like Ho Jintao.
So what does this have to do with the five senses of ignorance, heck if I know! Moreover, I have completely lost my reason for writing on this subject, wait a minute! Oh ya! I remember now! Ah, how quickly they forget! Forget! That’s it! See how quickly the human condition forget what truly matters? Let me put it this way, of our five senses of ignorance the least of which is the sense of smell, yet smell, is akin unto the spirit, since it cannot be seen, heard, felt but oddly enough it can be tasted. If I asked you, could you smell a Turkey on thanksgiving, you would inevitably reply, surely you jest. And of course, I would say, “Don’t call me Shirley”. Sorry, if you have not viewed the move, “Airplane-”, written by my good friend Bob Locash, you may not appreciate the pun fully, the humor in the surely Schick, tho’ it is quite apparent.
Do recall, what we are discussing “Use it or Lose it” pertaining to our spirituality. As individuals and as a nation, we once functioned by using the right hemisphere of the brain that produces the spiritual characteristic of, “The being”, which then produces, music, art, writers, poets too. Yet this moral dilemma is not confined to America. The Chinese en masse for example have also lost their religious Tao, or way.
Indeed, “The People’s Republic” of China hast sank into depravity, following the visual road of repression, a road which there is but one outcome. Young people have turned from the ways of their spiritual ancestors, and, in lieu of mystical spirituality, which their ancestors valued for centuries, we are told, violent video games, pornography and masturbation are prevalent simply because of the self-gratification. As a result we are told the marriage and birth rate has dwindled too astounding lows.
The Tao or way of mysticism is not an easy road to travel upon, for it is the way of uncertainty, uncertainty is the way of pure potential and pure potentiality is the calling of “I am, that I am” which religion hast incorrectly labelled as “God” for lack of a better word. However, in this book what I am [pun intended] striving to achieve, is the use of leftist tactics. For decades they have succeeded in circumventing truth with the use of euphemisms, or substituting one word for another, such as the word liberal. Once exposed to its true intention, leftists changed the word liberal to progressives. Its disingenuous connotation being, progress, which indeed is exactly the opposite, yet who can argue progress? So the meaning of progressive remains ambiguous at best. And, that is exactly what they want. If, you see what I mean: Their tactic is simple, and, it works.
So let’s work together and take the divine creator, out of the religious box, of calling him God, a labile natural man; as scripture describes them, put on him. And, start referring to him with the respectful title he deserves such as; “The Creator”, since that is what he is: which is Mystical, not humanistic-al.
Secondly, since the non-believers dialogue has tainted the use of the term “The Bible”, with the aid of some fanatical pastors, pedifile priests and religious zealots, whom we all know: and therefore their names are unimportant and even extraneous. Nonetheless, over the years, mankind evolved from living by every word therein, to haughtily rejecting its profound intention. Thus nullifying its mystical message to the point of literalising it, and once literalised the words lose their mystical meaning. Therefore, let us cast off the ill-gotten derogatory aspersions which have become mind illusion for the faithless, and instead persuade one another, as I am [pun intended] with you to converse in a new manner. For example, before a man made cover to enclose this magnificent book our ancestors referred to the content therein as “The Scripture”. And thus providing a demarcation from the man made religious term of The Holy Bible. When the lord referenced the scriptures he said “Do you not know the scriptures”? So, if the term is good enough for him, well, it’s good enough for me. Besides, it too, sounds more mystical then religious, which it was meant to be.
But I digress. Belief in a divine power, or as quantum physicists relate it, “Indescribable patterns of organic energy” which requires we be lead by, the uncertainty principle, which, in short is, everything, and I mean everything, in creation makes no sense. Mankind has been gifted with the ability to move mountains with our mind. And God knows it. He should, he created us. That is if we have the faith of a mustard seed, we can say, Christ said, “Let that mountain be removed unto the sea, and it shall be so”. This requires faith, but not just faith, but blind faith of a child: The faith that emanates from the right hemisphere of the brain which thinks in the feminine, in other words, think creatively, which is spiritually. Therein lies the essence of our being. Or as the first Zen Master, Suzuki Roshi who established a school in this country taught his students:
The mind of the beginner is empty, free of the habits of the expert, ready to except, to doubt, and open to all possibilities…
Also there is the Nobel Prise winner in Physics and the former Chairman of the Physics Department at Columbia University who wrote this:
We do not teach our students enough of the intellectual of experiments-their novelty and their capacity for opening new fields…. my own view is that you take these things personally. You do not experiment because your philosophy makes you want to know the result. It’s too hard, and life is too short, to spend your time doing something because someone else has said it’s important. You must feel the thing yourself….
Most scientific studies in the quantum field however, is akin to a dog chasing its tail round and round they go until, the conclusion nearly wapped them upside the head. It was then when a German physicist by the name of Max Born declared, in other words, if their physics could not be understood, what good is it. And therefore what sub atomic particles actually are is spirit, which, is indescribable. Unbeknownst to science who set out to disprove the existence of a divine creator they instead found “God”.
Author Gary Zukav put the creative mind this way. Many people believe that so called “Discovery” is actually an act of creation, and if this is so, then one must conclude that the distinction between scientists, poets, artists and writers is not clear at-tall. In fact, it is possible they are members of the same of humans that are -beings, so to speak. They are a like- minded family, whose gift it is by nature, to take those things which we call common place and to re-present them to us in such a way that our self-imposed limitations are expanded. Those human-beings in whom this gift is especially pronounced, we call geniuses.
The scientific beginners mind was, of course, illustrated in Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity; which I won’t bore you with, the fact is, Einstein’s famous theory was established by him, because he knew how to use the emptiness of the Childs mind, or beginners mind. His manner of observation changed physics and therefore the worlds events in the present, the future and since these events can no longer be viewed in the same manner he then, changed the past.
Zukav goes on to say, using my words; another intrinsic nature of the creative artist, and or true scientist, is confidence, which by nature, both of them possess within themselves. Spiritual confidence is an expression of inward strength which allows those of whom use it, to be secure in the divine knowledge which, by the way is, real knowledge. Appearances to the contrary notwithstanding. When using the ways of the spirit, it is the world that is confused, and not the creative artist. Be them musicians, writers, or poets. When one recognizes the illusion mankind hast flourished in for decades, he will invariably stand in a lonely place, since, the appearance of insight is realised, which Einstein called an Aha moment and he realises ‘tis he, and he alone, who sees the obvious, which, to the inexperienced natural man may appear as non-sense, or worse, shear madness.
But faith, is the believers’ confidence, and not the confidence of the foolish. To believe in the divine power is not for the weak in character, it is however, for the strong. Those, with the self confidence to know, what they know, and know that we possess a gift, realise it is our duty to convey to others a spiritual massage in a meaningful way. Believers are, by nature gifted in some way, find your spiritual gift and:
Use it, or lose it! ‘Tis your choice.