The Road Man
Humans have become obsessed with objects. For good reason, their ancestors migrated suddenly away from this plane of existence. Thus leaving those that were behind distressed beyond their imaginings. Those humans had become so good at shifting to other worlds that this world was no longer necessary to stabilize their perceptions. Thus those left behind began to create objects and items to fixate the assemblage points here.
At first these focal points allowed the trained eye to see beyond and within. This benefited their abilities to maintain connection through dreaming to what their forefathers had taught and learned. These channels also maintained connections to history and to each other across vast distances. One could think of it as a spiritual/mental Internet. But with time, and continued power struggles from the predator, the object became more important than the energy it held.
Dreaming took on a morbid obsession with creating. What we saw within the dream, we demanded to create in reality. Great cities and structures to say nothing of alters and focal points were created. We elevated the past stories to the level of gods. Where the ancients understood the mystery and the unknown without words honoring the mother as the creator of life, these twisted seers became obsessed with technologies of spirit and specific manifestations of the unknown, not the unknown.
The Bear Spiral
If I were to boil down all of the issues I see in the world today it would come down to the taker mentality. This is a pervasive and total infection in the human band of awareness. Though I have written about this before, it bears repeating.
Initially introduced to this in a work by Daniel Quinn, Ishmael, along with My Ishmael and The Story of B… Daniel managed to nail down an historical theme which underlays the whole of civilization. The taker mentality is the mentality of ownership. It is the, “this is mine and not yours” energy which sits within our being. While initially human bands gave up their roaming ways and chose to farm in a single area because it produced more garneted food, the problem became one of environmental adjustments and imbedded mythologies around control of the seeds of production.
Scarcity is the key to all economic systems. You can’t charge for air, cause you can’t control it. Initially we could not charge for water, but now we can because it must be cleansed and transported. But the first scarce thing we could charge for was food. The seeds of production created farming. Hunting was given up for animal husbandry, or control of the animals. As we learned and grew our mythology we completely forgot any other way to live. Lost in the mire of imagination along the lineages of the mad the hunter-gatherers were cursed for their lack of culture and civilization.
Anatomy of a Vortex
Ideas from evolution theory are beneficial for the Toltec warrior to consider. This is by no means a definitive look at evolution nor is this a scientific approach, rather a thought provoking reflection on the fundamental ways that the earth works to sustain life and create awareness.
There are several ideas that dominate evolution. The first, and often most popular thus greatly misunderstood is the predator-prey interrelationship. This is mistaken for the survival of the fittest. But has deeper and broader impacts than just that, and is not the dominant drive of real evolution. Second is cooperation, both social and biological interconnectedness. This far greater drive in evolution brings about greater survival and development of form and awareness. Third are random variations. These provide for niches of adaptation to change. And finally there is the pulse of the earth itself including but not limited to climactic changes, disasters and even seasons.
“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
The longer I sit in the center of the whirlwind that is life, the more an awesome terrible truth of being circles around my soul and deepens as it broadens its understanding in the fractures of my thoughts. There are essentially two bundles that make the world. This was learned from a beautiful Navajo road man. Neither are in relationship to each other as one good and the other bad… Not in the slightest. One is the bundle of creation. The other the bundle of sustaining. For anything to grow and change it needs both of these energies. There must be a creation energy which feeds constantly into the new and random beauty of the world… but there must also be sustaining energies to keep whatever is born a new to grow and flourish. We plant the seed in the spring and this action requires cutting into the earth in a new way, a form of destruction necessary for the new life to occur. So every act of creation automatically begins with an act of destruction. Yet to grow that beauty through the fullness of the seasons, we have to sustain her delicate growth with water, nutrients and food. The plant grows through this sustaining power.
This morning the sun rose in the sky and illuminated the eastern horizon with that fire of pink and magentas with a burst of awareness that comes only rarely. This amber glow of fire reminds me of how precious our awareness of life is. The shift and change across a brief period of time was as vast as it was subtle. Like ephemera it was there and gone. Each second was a full bodied experience only to be replaced by the next one. These colors were so amazing that no painting could come close, yet every day the attempt is made to create such a fire in the sky in paint. The most brilliant colors seen in the depths of ceremony could not heighten this morning’s glow of awareness.
Everything that we call western (and most eastern) culture is dominated by the control of the seed. This simiple and clarifying view of history may be myopic in relation to everything we concieve of being part of culture, but one could argue this point well. Even the difference between the sexes…. But let start slow.