HEALING PERSONAL APOCALYPSE
I am continually puzzled by the extreme turbulence that accompanies profound change in the psyche. When a true spiritual awakening and transformation is under way, one encounters images of death and of the destruction of the world itself. The psyche does not express itself gently, but one would like to think that this movement of the spirit would come about in a more orderly manner through exposure to workshops, exercises, and other instructional techniques. The hope of those in the field of psychotherapy is that such techniques might bring about the change in a more gentle fashion; but as Jung has observed, there are often periods of very uncomfortable de-adaptation and episodes of altered states of consciousness, called transitory psychosis, which are mild and short. J. W. Perry
THE WEST”S RITE OF PASSAGE
There are ways forward through the temptation of the One lived out by persons who have done their personal psychological shadow work in order to be more immune to Self-possession. I wrote above about how we are to become our own fire-keepers by caring for our inner Flame and keeping a balance of micro-meso-macrocosm.
It is very much possible and there are billions who have done so, though their names do not rise to the surface of historical memory. It requires a profound authenticity that rests upon the authority of lived experience. Those persons have a message of you being yourself, with that full understanding of self, self within and self beyond.
I wrote earlier:
We are planetary beings of immense endurance of biology and consciousness. We are called to deeper rooted-ness and delight in being that is a gift for which all that has lived before bequeathed us. We are uniquely called to the cultivation of the sense of Self. By this, I mean as sense of the wholeness that guides our being. In Christian mythology, this is a passage through the Messiah complex into an awareness that resonates with the compassion Earth has towards human beings – all beings are unique and complex Messiahs.
Krishnamurti, proclaimed by Annie Besant to be the the World Teacher, famously refused to take the bait of becoming the Chosen One for the Theosophic Society. Rudolf Steiner was kicked out of the Society in response to his refusal to accept that Krishnamurti was the World Teacher or Maitreya. The movement lost many followers once Krishnamurti refused the bait.
As Americans, in fact, is it not a Messiah complex that is at the heart of our own cultural mythology? As cultural artifacts like the painting, The Apotheosis of Washington, show our Empire of Liberty, as Jefferson was fond of saying, has not been immune to its own Self-possession. There was plenty of enthusiasm for making Washington the first King of America.
Though he did not become King George the 1st of America, he did become the first American God. The above images may offer an insight into some shadow work to be done in American Democracy. Washington be our first God unfortunately saddled democracy with Democratism. Democracy is much more difficult and requires citizens who have the inner organization to resist the masses who can avoid becoming possessed by the shadow of the Great Redeemer. I think Woodrow Wilson offers a sad case of this tragic tale of democracy turned Democratism.
George Washington was asked and refused numerous times to become King of America. When he stepped out of power he said:
…having now finished the work assigned me, I retire from
the great theatre of Action; and bidding an Affectionate
farewell to this August body under whose orders I have so
long acted, I here offer my Commission, and take my leave
of all the employments of public life.
There is a European who seems to have managed to refuse the apotheosis Kool Aid in the person of Sabbatai Zevi. We of European ancestry have buried intergenerational trauma as regards the 17th century and the end-times energy that was associated with the date 1666.
It’s not a question that is settled, but at the height of his historical moment, Zevi converted to Islam. (Personally, I think he pulled a Krishnamurti and stepped down from the temptation.) When he was Self-possessed Zevi allowed this to be written about himSelf.
“The first-begotten Son of God, Shabbethai Tebi, Messiah and
Redeemer of the people of Israel, to all the sons of Israel,
Peace! Since ye have been deemed worthy to behold the great
day and the fulfillment of God’s word by the Prophets, your
lament and sorrow must be changed into joy, and your fasting
into merriment; for ye shall weep no more. Rejoice with song
and melody, and change the day formerly spent in sadness and
sorrow into a day of jubilee, because I have appeared.”
I’m hoping that these were not his own words, but words someone else put into his mouth.
There was a tragic turn of the mythology in the midst the Renaissance. Savonarola, whipped Florentines into such a frenzy that they burned their own cultural beauty in Bonfires of the Vanities. Even Botticelli burned a copy of his masterpiece, Spring, it is said.
As Westerners with a vast historical record before us, when you look at persons who chose the path of being human beings instead of God-men and God-women, when you look at the tragic fates of those God-men, God-women and their followers, who have walked the stage of the world, it’s probably a safe bet to imagine that Yeshua of Nazareth did this same thing. I’m willing to wager that such a person whether a character who really lived or a mythic person would have passed through the psychological gate described by Jung:
Resistance to the organized mass can be effected only by the man who is
as well organized in his individuality as the mass itself.
Based on all the problems caused through humanity’s eras of Self-possession, it would be wise to consider that the oft-quoted words from Jesus in John 16:33,
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.
In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer;
I have overcome the world.
are only half of the whole Christian mythology. For how can we discern what world that was overcome? Was this a reference to the inner psychological world or is he saying he has become the most powerful God-man over the world? It would be good to know that Jesus was also able to listen to friends and get over himSelf. So, the text would continue just a bit:
And know that any trouble I might cause you,
don’t worry too much. I have gotten over mySelf.
The rest of the story opens up when you study how joyful are those who have stepped away from or moved through the temptation of being the Savior or the Followers of one who is going to fix everything for everyone. They were able to keep a sense of humor and humanity about themselves.
I promise, I will try not to be an asshole.
is the second half of the teaching, to be blunt and brief.
So, the whole text, really, was:
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.
In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer;
I have overcome the world.
And know that any trouble I might cause you,
don’t worry too much because I have gotten over mySelf.
I promise, I will try not to be an asshole.
Without this knowledge, millions of human beings end up sacrificing themselves for the Great One thinking they are doing good. The Father that can’t get over himSelf is a Madman who speaks in a gentle fatherly voice. There is an example of this in Joyeux Noel, when the Bishop prays with the soldiers about to go to the Western Front. He sound grandfatherly, gentle and wise, but he is out of his mind.
Here is Harry Potter saying the same thing about having the courage to get over himSelf when he breaks the Elder Wand:
J. K. Rowling shared a fascinating insight about Voldemort, who
would not have broken the Elder Wand. She said that if he faced
a Boggart. A Boggart in the Harry Potter series,
according to the character, Professor Lupin:
“So the boggart sitting in the darkness within has not yet assumed
a form. He does not yet know what will frighten the person on the
other side of the door. Nobody knows what a boggart looks like when
he is alone, but when I let him out, he will immediately become
whatever each of us most fears.”
J. K. Rowling said she thought that Voldemort’s boggart would be his own rotting corpse because he feared his death most of all. That is a helpful clue to the cultural awareness that is of the galactic center. To be rooted in and nourished by the ground of life is to know from direct experience that dying is being born into the invisible and being born is dying from out of the invisible. Voldemort offers an character lesson as regards the usefulness of teachings about immortality. That you never see Voldemort laugh gives you a clue about his Saturn-possessed consciousness.
It’s getting to be a cliche, this new wisdom regarding immortality. (X Men Apocalypse has the same kind of character who goes on living for 1000’s of years, a parasite to life who never knows any joy.) Death is not the opposite of life, it is the opposite of birth, I’ve heard storyteller and author Michael Meade say many times. A people who know how to die with dignity and awareness know how to be reborn and live that way.
In this, I think, is Harry Potter’s inner wisdom. Because Harry died and crossed over, because he met again with Dumbledore who continued to guide him in death, because he was able to witness the tragic lot of Tom Riddle’s death and realize that the evil he had been fighting lived in himSelf, the allure of the Wand was not so tempting.
I shared how after his long study, O’Leary shared how he responds to people who seem possessed by the rhetoric of apocalypse:
Are we in the End Times?
O’Leary shared that his response now is:
It has already occurred; it is always about to occur; it is here now and has always been.
This can be helpful advice if you find yourself in a gathering where the end-times mentality is being expressed. However, this is not helpful at all to the person who is in the midst of the profoundest spiritual opening in life that is called, a Spiritual Emergency.
The above text is REQUIRED reading if you wish to be wide awake during this period in history.
The path to spiritual awakening and authentic rooting of self and inner Self in a sacred Self beyond is in no way easy. It is not rainbows and unicorns, but includes a descent into and through hellish states. Stan and Christina Grof edited Spiritual Emergency to share how in Jungian psychology, archetypal psychology, psychosynthesis, transpersonal psychology, archetypal cosmology, spiritual psychology and indigenous cultures understand that the path to becoming a fully human being can include:
…the dramatic experiences and unusual states of mind that traditional psychiatry diagnoses and treats as mental diseases are actually crises of persona transformation, or “spiritual emergencies”. Episodes of this kind have been described in sacred literature of all ages as a result of meditative practices and as signposts of the mystical path. [p. x]
The DSM-IV-TR, first published in 1994, is a manual compounded by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) that includes all currently recognized mental health disorders. The DSM-IV codes are thus used by mental health professionals to describe the features of a given mental disorder and indicate how the disorder can be distinguished from other, similar problems.
On page 741 under the heading of V62.89 Religious or Spiritual Problem, there is the following:
This category can be used when the focus of clinical attention is a religious or spiritual problem. Examples include distressing experiences that involve loss or questioning of faith and the problems associated with conversion to a new faith, or questioning of spiritual values that may not necessarily be related to an organized church or religious institution.
This was the first time in mainstream psychology that the spiritual and soul dimensions of human beings was acknowledged.
There are 10 forms of spiritual emergency described in the Grofs’ text:
1. The shamanic crisis
2. The awakening of Kundalini
3. Episodes of unitive consciousness (“peak experience”)
4. Psychological renewal through return to the center.
5. The crisis of psychic opening.
6. Past-life experiences
7. Communications with spirit guides and ‘channeling’
8. Near-death experiences
9. Experiences of close encounters with UFOs
10. Possession states.
To the Grof’s list, I include the following. I’m offering the list as a conversation-starter. The ‘enclosure’ that is around the Grof’s list is that they have privatized the spiritual emergency. What the individual suffers in the emergency, is the collective unconscious and the collective unconsciousness. It is for that reason that I think collective human events that end one world and open the way for another or a final end, have all the energy of spiritual emergency.
11. Amor, Falling in Love so that your Heart is Pierced
12. Inspired Creative Process
13. Going to war and returning home
14. Pregnancy and Childbirth
18. Death and dying
19. Psycho-somatic illness
21. Suicide attempt
23. Catastrophe of fire, water, wind or earth
24. Genocide and ethnic cleansing
25. Epidemics – like the opioidd epidemic
26. Chronic illness
27. Gender transformation
28. Homelessness and extreme poverty
29. Refugee driven from homeland
31. Widow or Widower
THE RENEWAL PROCESS
Those persons who were able to overcome the possessive effects of the collective and also get over themSelves lived through their own versions of spiritual emergency. In all, there is a unique path walked by each individual. Jung’s name for this was individuation. The path to becoming a true human being, is how this would be described in traditional cultures.
The passage requires all you are as a human being, yet still requires Grace and loving community in some form. This Grace can be love from another human, Grace from an animal, plant, river, mountain. This Grace is known by its love and compassion and the healing in Its wake.
The Renewal Process as described by John-Wier Perry on pages 64-73 in Spiritual Emergency offers insight into apocalyptic-themed tragedies that litter the Western landscape. I’m going to offer much of it here because I think it is that important to The Age of Magnification.
To his text, I will answer with ur-constellations that are the New Heavens to be the soul mirrors for those in a personal transition into the New Earth. They correspond with the sequence of Healing Personal Apocalypse.
“The Nature of Spirit
Why the need for all this upheaval? There are good reasons that rest upon a second query: What is spirit and what is its nature?
People often define the word, spiritual, loosely to signify anything uplifting: at the other extreme it is considered lofty, seraphic, rarefied, high above nature, in some other realm, hence supernatural. In descriptions of cultures, the word often designates any aspect that is not material, economic, political.
When we look to the actual phenomenology of spirit, we get a different impression. The ancient words for it imply breath or air, particularly air in motion, and thus wind — in Hebrew, ruach; in Latin, animus, in the Far East; prana or ch’i. The word itself conveys the meaning of breath, derived from the Latin, spiritus. All these clearly denote a dynamism that is invisible as air but capable of being powerful as wind. It “bloweth where it listeth” the Bible says, suggesting a will of its own. In short, spirit is a strongly moving dynamism that is free of material structure.
These descriptions lead us to think of spirit as pure energy, but on closer look, we find more than that — it is typically experienced as having a voice, when persons are moved by the spirit. It seems then to have a property of intention, to be freighted with information, and this aspect could be defined as “informed energy” or energy with quality of mind….
From this cursory glance at the range of manifestations of spirit and spirits we may see that spirit can be either free of bodily structure or engaged in a struggle to be liberated from it. I find this helpful in understanding how spirit operates in psychological experiences. For here again we find spirit constantly striving for release from its entrapment in routine or conventional mental structures. Spiritual work is the attempt to liberate this dynamic energy, which must break free of its suffocation in old forms: emotional patterns such as the complexes engendered in the family system: assumptions about the nature of the world and human life; values that need revision as conditions change; and cultural forms derived from family, subculture, or dominant cultural conditioning that must change with the times. Again, there are ancient traditions expressing this work of liberating spirit, such as the emotionally painful labors of the Nature Philosophers who were dedicated to freeing nous from physis — spirit from imprisonment in matter–in the natural world and in the body.
During a person’s developmental process, if this work of releasing spirit becomes imperative but is not undertaken voluntarily with knowledge of the goal and with considerable effort, then the psyche is apt to take over and overwhelm the conscious personality with it own powerful process…I have recognized a specific sequence that I have formulated and called, the “renewal process”.
Two components of this sequence hightlight its disintegrative and reintegrative aspects — emotional experiences and images of death and of world destruction.
Whatever profound experience of change is about to take place, its harbinger is the motif of death. This is not particularly mysterious, since it is the limited view and appraisal of oneself that must be outgrown or transformed, and to accomplish transformation, the self-image must dissolve. In severe visionary states, one may feel one has crossed over into the realm of death and is living among the spirits of the deceased. One is forced to let go of old expectations of oneself and to let oneself be tossed around by winds of change.
Far less familiar is the companion piece to this death motif–the image of world destruction. Like the self-image, the world image is a compacted form of the very complex pattern of how one sees the world and how one lives in it. We learn most about this from cultural anthropologists who find that in times of acute and rapid cultural change, visionaries undergo the shattering experience of seeing the world dissolve into chaos and time whirl back to its beginnings. This dissolution of the world image clearly represents the death of the old culture to pave the way for renovation. Thus, in an individual’s life, when a transformation of one’s inner culture is under way, dissolution of the world image is a harbinger of change. Expressions of cultural reform are explicit….
The energy that had been bound up in the structures of the old self-image and world image, in the issues of who one is, and what sort of world one lives in, is immense. In dreams or visions, nuclear explosion is an expression of this enormous change of psychic energy that is loose during the renewal process and raises havoc for a period of time. Though one’s own nature is struggling to break through, one may feel that who one is and what one values is up for grabs. Indeed, values and the emotional issues of life seem to be clashing opposites.
The energy does not remain long in suspense, but quickly seeks its reincarnation into new structures, expressed in the form of images and experiences of rebirth and world regeneration. A new sense of oneself appears along with fresh interests and motivations. The new birth activates ones memory of the actual events of one’s first birth, thus linking these phenomena with those studied by Stanislov Grof. In addition, there is a re-enactment of emotional experiences of early years.
The cataclysm of this kind of crisis of spiritual processes reminds me of the Biblical warning, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” For during the period of time between the initial visions of death and world destruction and their resolution in renewal, one is in the grip of fear, and dismayed to find oneself isolated since communication of one’s experiences is not often empathetically received. At the very time when one needs loving acceptance, one finds oneself either alone or surrounded by professionals who want to suppress the process and make one conform to the ways of the former self and the former world.
The fear (and an accompanying rage) produce biochemical effects in the brain and the rest of the body that medical doctors prefer to see as the primary cause of the psychological disorder. This biased and mechanistic diagnosis does not hold up, however, since it is now well known that a person undergoing this turmoil is given love, understanding, and encouragement, the spiritual crisis soon resolves without the need for interruption by suppressive medication. The most fragmented “thought dissorder” can become quite coherent and orderly within a short time if someone is present to respond to it with compassion. Such a relationship is far better than a tranquilizer in most instances. A haven where there is attentiveness to inner experiences and where, removed from the context of daily life, one can examine one’s whole existence is also advantageous.
Transparent Body of the King
The Renewal Process
…The moment of slipping over the edge into the onslaught of confusion and welter of visionary images is like the experience of dying and entering the afterlife. Leading up to this crucial point there usually has been a gradual shift from attention from involvement with conventional reality to concerns with the more intense reality of the inner life. At this point, energy in the conscious field drops dramatically; at the same time, the archetypal level of the deep psyche with its profusion of mythic imagery is intensely activated. This surcharge of energy produces what Roland Fischer calls the “high arousal state.” ….subjectively, one must think in the language of overwhelming cataracts of mythic ideation and symbolic forms. During this process, every manifestation conjures up a multiplicity of meanings.
The focus of this activation and energy is the archetype of the center, which Jung has described as the Self, represented by quadrated circles and mandalas. The course of this process and the accompanying imagery point to this center (as that which is being renewed) and all the parts and phases of the renewal are represented as taking place within this center as their vessel of transformation.
…The process has a venerable history of five thousand years, and has always taken the form of a ritual drama that unfolds within a work center established within the Self. Following the experience of death and afterlife, there occurs a regression of time back to beginnings — in the case of the individual’s past, back to the mother, as her infant, or to one’s birth, or even to the intrauterine state — in the larger dimension of the world’s past, back to the creation or even to the state of chaos before it. The self-image and the world image reflect and parallel each other throughout this sequence.
The Tree of Life: The Signal Tree
However, all does not move smoothly in this reenactment of the beginnings. Opposites become vividly constellated. Forces that strive to destroy all existence enter a cosmic conflict with the benign forces of preservation and world regeneration. At the same time, opposites on every level tussle for ascendancy. One pair that is quite distressing is the countersexual component that arouses feelings of being changed into the toerh sex (not to be construed as homosexual panic)
There are heavy, frightening, even nightmarish elements in the progress of renewal; there are other lighter elements, such as the inflated image of oneself in an apotheosis of hero or heroine, saint, savior, messiah, or king. Here one has the experience of being brought into a “hieros gamos”, a sacred or heavenly marriage with some mythic or divine figure, with all the accompanying exhilaration of erotic emotion. In this messianic role, one also believes oneself especially elected to bring about reforms of religion or society on a world scale, thus effecting a significant aspect of world regeneration. The self-image is renewed in a rebirth or sometimes in a new birth broought about by a fruitful event of the sacred marriage.
Through the interplay of opposites, one might discern clashing, reversing one into the other, and union. In the profusion of drawings and paintings that have emerged to express these inner events, each element in the process tends to be staged within the mandala form (representing the archetypal center, the Self), well known for a container of opposites.
But one might object, is not the Self, transcendent and eternal? How can it be going through death and disintegration? Is it not the ego that is supposed to go through a sacrificial death? We look to myth and ritual for the answer.
…The nature of the archetypal center (Self) is to undergo cyclic rounds of birth, death, and resurrection…Any contradiction in this can be resolved if we refine our understanding of a difference between the archetypal center itself and the image that represents it. The image does not signify its picturing, but rather the form and quality that it takes in our actual experience…the archetypal center abides but the image represents it is what needs cyclic renwal, with all that it implies about the outlook, lifestyle, and value system by which one lives.
We are capable of apprehending the center only through its embodiment in images, and thes are periodically transformed in the psyche’s development: no form that it takes is static. The individuating psyche abhors stasis as nature abhors a vacuum; in it, the spirit shuns imprisonment in non growing forms and structures….
The renewal process begins with a predominance of images and feelings of prestige and power, many of which compensate for a debased self-image, a low opinion of oneself; these images reflect the idiom of the family subculture in which the person was raised,
but the direction of the process is toward the stirring of motivations and capacities that lead to lovingness and compassion.
This is the prime fruit of the spirit, its chief and crowning goal, and my be experienced both as warmth and intimacy in relationships and as a direct sense of oneness with all beings–not just as a belief or view of how things are, but as the actual realization of it. The outcome of the process has evolutionary implications; among the myth and ritual parallels in history, one can trace the rise of this human-hearted capacity into a cultural awareness and expression that displaces a previous predilection for dominance and violence.
Our stars have been telling us for some time that we are late for our own new birth and the message is all around us. If you watch the film, Sully, which is about the pilot who landed a passenger plane in the Hudson River, at the end, he does not take all credit for himself – he states clearly in body and being, we are all in this together and that he did not do it alone. Even the teaching of the boggart states this. It’s best to face a boggart when you are with another person because the boggart is easily confused and shapes itself into a meaningless combination of the fears of those present, then it is easily defeated.
Our cosmos is inviting us to dream in ways never before imagined. We require a mirror comprehensive enough so the soul can do its homework with useful mesocosmic symbols. That which was shattered in 1610 can come back into harmony again. We need those mythic starry teachings that lead to experiences as spacious as our space-time so our chronopathology can heal.
Our mesocosmic cosmology, spirituality, psychology, architecture and art — consciousness and cosmos, can re-harmonize in such a way that the laws that come forth from the recovered wholeness guide us as mercifully and as justly as humanly possible. Our stars have been saying since the revelation of the galactic center in 1974. Here’s the wiki text, to give another example of how the message of the new sky is already openly available to the general public:
Karl Jansky was the first person to determine that a radio signal was coming from a location at the center of the Milky Way, in the direction of the constellation of Sagittarius. Sgr A* was discovered on February 13 and 15, 1974, by astronomers Bruce Balick and Robert Brown using the baseline interferometer of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. The name Sgr A* was coined by Brown in a 1982 paper because the radio source was “exciting”, and excited states of atoms are denoted with asterisks.
There is a deep well-spring of symbolism once the galactic center is integrated into our human Self-image. Because all that we observe that is light-years away is a past that has already occurred, the galactic center is inviting us to a remembrance of life before there was a sun. That there are new stars being born that we can observe at their beginnings millions of years ago, we know that those stars are going to continue burning long after our own sun has gone into supernova. We are being invited to imagine an is that is, that was, and the never-was-nor-will-be-again, all coming to be. — more abundant than in any previous generations.
The presence of the excitement that came forth with its discovery has set the emotional average for our human and biological journey. The galactic center is literally in relationship with the time before our time, all that has even been and will be, so far as we humans have known, and it is in relationship with the time when our solar system will be no more. Yet, the message is that life continues and is as exciting a journey as the whole universe. It’s a wonderful synchronicity that this new Heart of the Self beyond came forth into human awareness on Valentine’s Day Eve, in the culture who established its existence. The West, more than other cultures perhaps, has an obligation to Love. These are the exciting days of future past.
The goal for humanity since the discovery of the galactic center in 1974 is peace on Earth.
THE SKY HEALS THE BIG PICTURE
I am humble enough to know that there is more to peace on Earth than updating our sky. However, it is possible to remove layers of the urge to violence, the ecocidal and genocidal patriarchal rage that we have lived within for 25 centuries. With better sky stories, we can breathe better and put in a lot more effort in the cultivation of an atmosphere congenial to kindness among all nations.
As gently as I can offer this, also with the knowledge that this is given in the spirit of give-away, so take what may be helpful and leave anything that is not. The goal of both Christianity and Islam is to be free from the effects of Self-possession. The struggle has been that when the leader gets Self-possessed for a Self-possessed collective, tribe or nation, a violent turn comes forth due to a confusion between overcoming the world or making other submit and Self-surrender because of compassionate love.
And know that any trouble I might cause you,
don’t worry too much. I have gotten over mySelf.
Pictured above are 2 half brothers who did not know they were sons of the same father. They are Perceval, the Christian knight and Fierfiz, the Muslim knight. The scene above happens just before the marriage that will restore the Grail. Perceval, the Grail Knight, confronts a Muslim warrior and they fight each other without either one getting an advantage. They both agree to stop, to lay down their weapons and masks and talk to each other. As they converse, they slowly realize that they are brothers. If both men are representatives of their cultures, then Perceval is Christianity and Fierfiz is Islam. If Christianity and Islam share the same father, then, one teaching is that it would be the Judaism. The deeper teaching is that all human beings share the same Loving Father, regardless of religious tradition or lack thereof.
The moment of living faith for Jesus was his moment of surrender. Islam, while often translated into English as submission, is better understood as surrender. This kind of surrender, I put bluntly above as, I promise I will try not to be an asshole. As blasphemous as that sounds, because there is humor, it’s actually rather close to the point of both teachings. We confuse surrender with weakness, but in this reading, surrender means vulnerability and openness to being informed by the Self-within, yet open to listening when becoming Self-possessed. Salaam, Shalom, Peace, these are all expressions of peace, yet, with a sense of humor and openness to the tragedy and suffering of the others. Ironically, if human beings were able to surrender in the sense of openness, vulnerability, and informed by the Guidance of the deeper Self beyond, the planet would actually get a lot more peaceful.
The message of the hope for a bountiful future appeared in the 2016 film Arrival, which was based on Chiang’s short story, The Story of Your Life, adapted by Heiserer and David Mitchell’s prophetic Cloud Atlas and where the tyrannical One of Self-possession is called, Unanimity.
“In war there are no winners, only widows.”
Here is Sonmi-451’s Revelation Speech from Cloud Atlas:
To be is to be perceived. And so to know thyself is only possible through the eyes of the other. The nature of our mortal lives is in the consequences of our words and deeds, that go on and are pushing themselves throughout all time. Our lives are not our own, from womb to tomb, we are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.