Jun 12 2012

Reading Bache’s Dark Night, Early Dawn

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“Serenity is a problem
When you get this close to Heaven
But you really want to see
The wonders of the underworld”
 – J.B.

I’ve been reading Dark Night, Early Dawn: Steps to a Deep Ecology of Mind, by Chris Bache today. So far, the book is alternately really intriguing, and really frustrating. Anybody who tries to reconcile Stan Grof’s Perinatal Matrices with Rupert Sheldrake’s Morphic Fields is alright in my book.


As I said, there are things that are frustrating me about Bache’s ideas. Maybe some of it will clear up as the book progresses.

First, Bache seems to be taking a certain sadistic joy in describing the cosmic horror that can sometimes surface in psychedelic therapy sessions. People report visions of not only personal pain and suffering, but species-wide pain and suffering, where they experience the death of entire groups of humans as part of their therapy sessions. Fascinating, sure, but I’m left with the question of “Why the Fuck would anyone want to put themselves through this?! Is ‘healing’ worth this?? Is it, in fact, healing? Because it sure as hell doesn’t sound like it.” I’ll get back to my current problems with the whole “healing” thing momentarily.

Second, Bache is bringing some really interesting assessments of Ian Stevenson’s reincarnation research to light. And again, I’m totally digging the Marvel Team-Up of Grof and Sheldrake. HOWEVER, I’m beginning to wonder what Bache’s fascination is with trying to escalate everything into one giant Bose-Einstein Condensate of Conscious Being. To suggest that the healing-through-Hell experiences he’s describing might be having some sort of therapeutic effect on Brahman/God/The Divine/Whatever, and we’re all potential wonderful sacrificial lambs to make Brahman/God/The Divine/Whatever feel better, is a bit much for me. If you’re going to bring Sheldrake’s morphogenetic fields into the mix, sure, my experience -be it an experience of ‘healing’ or whatever- will be stored in the field. Obviously a healing experience is a nice thing, both for me, and the field.

BUT – my ultimate question is what would, happen, theoretically, if suddenly Brahman/God/The Divine/Whatever weresuddenly “healed” or “made to feel whole” (to use some of the popular language associated with all of this)? Then what?

Seriously – THEN WHAT??

Or, as I put it to a few of the Wilberphiles on campus, “what’s post-Integral?”

Do we just all sit there in bliss, because morphogenetically, the species has worked through all of its shit?

In a way, it seems to me, to be a form of cosmic suicide.

“But it’s important that we realize that Ego is just temporary, and we’re all really one holistic consciousness that’s inter-connected, and glowing and happy and loving!”

Why do I not find this to be a hopeful image?

To borrow the imagery of the Net of Indra (which seems to be popping up a bit lately), not only is everything interconnected (and perfectly lovely and One), there are also individual awarenesses that make it up, too.

“But you’re advocating dualism, and that’s BAD!”

Yes, I am. But I’m also advocating the interconnectedness. Recognizing only half of the equation at the expense of the other is bad, no matter which side you focus on. I understand the natural implication to try to swing the pendulum back in the direction away from what we’re used to, but I believe we need to ultimately stop swinging the pendulum. Swinging it all the way to the other side doesn’t compensate for anything. It merely creates a different (yet, arguably equal in some respects) imbalance.

I think this might be the secret of the Djinn, who have a foot here, and one on the horizon.

Which brings me back to “healing”.

It still seems insidious to me to assume that everyone somehow NEEDS to be healed somehow. I certainly have my own shit I’m dealing with. I freely admit it, and take ownership of it. Yet if I see one more workshop, advertisement, flyer, or book offering to help me “heal” through my dreams, or visualization, or whatever Ten Easy Steps Towards Abundance™ assorted blissed out zombies are promising me, I’m going to choke one of them. To assume that I need to be healed, or for me to assume that others need to be healed, without talking to them, and observing and witnessing just how effectively (and happily) they’re actually living their lives, is just downright predatory and insulting. I’ve said it before, but I maintain that it’s no different than assuming Original Sin. For all the times I hear about “honoring people’s processes”, I have to wonder if there isn’t an intolerance that’s creeping up in all of this against people who are deemed “old paradigm” (as if there can only be one paradigm at a time).

To posit that everyone needs to be healed of the wounds inflicted upon them by life is equivalent to the doctrine of Original Sin.

To insist that the “cure” is as simple as *insert technique here that will cost you $45.00 per workshop* or a “simple paradigm shift” (as if these are ever “simple”) is no different from answering a knock on the door Saturday morning, and being handed a Watchtower magazine.

Obviously I want the world to be a better place, and people to be happy. But ultimately, I believe people need to do this (to a large extent) themselves. Call in the reinforcements if you need them, certainly. I have my own consultants. I’m not going it alone either.

I don’t have time or inclination to worry about healing the species-mind. If something that happens to me has a benefit to others, directly, or through one of Sheldrake’s morphic fields, great. But until I have my own shit under control (and I would suggest this is probably a good idea for just about everyone), I can’t directly worry about helping Brahman/God/The Divine/Whatever fix Its shit.

It simply becomes another tool of avoidance.

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