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Pelosi, Reid Winning Approval

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) both maintained strong approval ratings as they passed the 100-day mark as leaders of their chambers, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll.

While a growing share of the public views her poorly, Pelosi still had a job approval rating of 53 percent , according to a survey of 1,141 adults nationwide, a slight up tick from the 50 percent of adults who approved of her performance at the end of February. Thirty-five percent disapproved of her job performance. The poll has a three-point margin for error.

Reid, who had not been tested in previous Post-ABC News polls, came away with a 46-33 approval rating.

The Post-ABC News poll was conducted from Thursday through Sunday, producing results that contrast fairly sharply with an AP-Ipsos Poll Pelosi's approval-disapproval rating was 46-44 in that poll, which marked a significant jump in her negative views.

However, as Capitol Briefing noted last week, that poll was conducted from April 2 to April 5, at the height of the public controversy over the congressional trip Pelosi led to Syria. Considering The Post-ABC News poll's findings - along with similar ratings for Pelosi in mid-January in the AP-Ipsos poll and the late February Post-ABC poll - it appears these latest views of the public might be a more accurate reflection of her current standing.

There is one red flag in the latest Pelosi poll: her negatives. A steadily rising number of adults don't approve of her - from 25 percent disapproving in a Post-ABC poll in mid-January, to 31 percent in late February, to 35 percent now. Those with no opinion have decreased from 21 percent to 12 percent over the same time - meaning almost all of those who have formed a new opinion of her in the last three months have come away disapproving of the speaker.

Even with the rising negatives, Pelosi remains a dramatically more popular figure than Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), who in late March 1995 had a 37-48 approval rating almost three months into his new tenure as speaker.

Reid, on the other hand, lags far behind the Senate majority leader of that era, Bob Dole (R-Kansas), who by the spring of 1995 had already been a vice-presidential nominee, run twice for president and was gearing up for a third bid that would win him the GOP nomination. In March 1995, Dole's performance was approved of by 60 percent of adults while just 28 percent disapproved.

As the charts below note, Pelosi and Reid have generally similar ratings from the various cross-sectors of the electorate, but a couple of demographics are worth noting. The speaker, hailing from San Francisco, wins strong approval from urban adults, 59-31, while Reid - who hails from a hard-rock mining town, Searchlight - has just 46 percent of urban adults approving of his job, with 30 percent disapproving.

Conversely, Pelosi does relatively OK with white evangelical Protestants - 42-47 - given that conservative commentators have gone to great lengths to criticize her every step the past year. But Reid has a net positive rating among white evangelical Protestants, 47-37.

Here is a breakdown of how Pelosi, then Reid, fares among the ideological and geographical sectors of the electorate:

PELOSI

Ideology Approve Disapprove

Liberal 71 - 14
Moderate 58 - 33
Conservative 33 - 55

Region Approve Disapprove

Northeast 58 - 30
Midwest 52 - 36
South 51 - 39
West 53 - 33

REID

Ideology Approve Disapprove

Liberal 59 - 24
Moderate 49 - 28
Conservative 34 - 47

Region Approve Disapprove

Northeast 51 - 28
Midwest 44 - 32
South 48 - 33
West 40 - 38

By Paul Kane  |  April 17, 2007; 11:53 AM ET
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Comments

According to Sue Lindsey's article (of the Associated Press), the first statement the White House made after the VT shooting was to affirm his support for guns:

"A White House spokesman said President Bush was horrified by the rampage and offered his prayers to the victims and the people of Virginia. "The president believes that there is a right for people to bear arms, but that all laws must be followed," spokeswoman Dana Perino said "

Why aren't journalists jumping on this? Doesn't this show how special interest oriented he is and how he is out of touch with the main stream and reality?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 17, 2007 12:30 PM | Report abuse

"While a growing share of the public views her poorly" ????

I don't think so. Poor is what I would call Bush's numbers and growing are the numbers of those who trust the Congress more than his Administration.

Posted by: maria in SF | April 17, 2007 1:57 PM | Report abuse

"While a growing share of the public views her poorly, Pelosi still had a job approval rating of 53 percent , according to a survey of 1,141 adults nationwide, a slight up tick from the 50 percent of adults who approved of her performance at the end of February."
Well then, that is not a growing share of the public, that is a declining share of the public!

Posted by: Jenna | April 17, 2007 2:52 PM | Report abuse

How very telling. The Democrats hold all the political capital in Washington DC. Bush and the Republicans have none.

Posted by: errinfamilia | April 17, 2007 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I am so pleased with Pelosi and Reid! I hope they stay on top of this war funding fiasco and don't give in to Blank-Check-Bush! Bush has truly run this country into the ground in every way!

Posted by: Lalalinda | April 17, 2007 5:05 PM | Report abuse

WOW! Who let you publish a false statement like this "While a growing share of the public views her poorly" followed by the actual polling numbers that totally disprove that statement? The numbers clearly show that a growing share of the public view her favorably. Hello, Post editors, are you being paid by the Bush administration to publish false statements? Where's some real news, and not just reinforcements of false republican propaganda-- oops sorry "talking points"?

Posted by: mut72 | April 17, 2007 6:07 PM | Report abuse

The statement and the numbers aren't neccessarily inconsistent. The polls show "Approval" and "Disapproval" ratings seperately. They tell us that Approval ratings have gone from February's 50% to today's 53%. Today's disapproval rating is 35%. They're saying February's was something less than 35% (but omitted the exact number).

Posted by: OscarDiggs | April 17, 2007 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Too early to tell since the real battles have just begun. Polls are distractions at best, but someone wants to ask questions, someone wants to answer. Who knows who's doing the asking and answering and why. Obviously, my trust meter is WAY down.

Can't see how anyone can do worse than what has transpired in the last six years. Hail to representative gov't because if the democrats had not prevailed . . .(shudder).

Posted by: pre-Amerikkkan | April 17, 2007 8:48 PM | Report abuse

I hope that she keeps up the good work.

Bush, your every day train wreck, has to be kept in check.

Somebody in authority who believes in peace has to do something to achieve it.

Posted by: Robert James | April 17, 2007 10:24 PM | Report abuse

I hope that she keeps up the good work.

Bush, your every day train wreck, has to be kept in check.

Somebody in authority who believes in peace has to do something to achieve it.

Posted by: Robert James | April 17, 2007 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Kane, please put that WaPo Koolaid bucket down, that, they so obviously serve to the editorial staff, catered by Bushco!!! Where are your journalistic ethics and/or standards? You contradict yourself within the same paragraph!!!!

Posted by: tuttlehilo | April 17, 2007 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Only 19 months until November 2008.

Posted by: mikeasr | April 18, 2007 12:25 AM | Report abuse

The nation is irreversibly damaged, the populace is hopelessly ignorant, stupid, and cowardly, the "leadership" is shamelessly greedy and opportunistic, and the future is bleak and gloomy.

Posted by: Concerned Citicen | April 18, 2007 1:11 AM | Report abuse

George TroubleYou Bush and his minions are thieves, knaves and rogues. They hate the masses and cynically aggrandize their power at the expense of all humanity.

Posted by: Concerned Citizen | April 18, 2007 1:13 AM | Report abuse

When Fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the American flag and carrying a crucufix.

Posted by: Concerned Citizen | April 18, 2007 1:16 AM | Report abuse

If there is any question about media bias, one need only ask oneself this: "Is there any difference between (A) the manner in which the media treated Bill Clinton over a sexual dalliance with Monica Lewinsky and (B) the manner in which the media treats George W Bush over his lies to the nation about weapons of mass destruction in order to drag the country into a war with Iraq?" One offense did no harm to the nation. The other offense has caused ongoing, possibly irreversible damage to the USA as well as Iraq. Yet the Republicans appointed Kenneth Starr as special prosecutor and spent over $40 million to investigate and try to impeach Bill Clinton. No such outrage is being directed at George W. Bush and his Administration even though thousands of civilians have died since Bush's decision to take the path to war with Iraq based on lies. Let the reader be the judge. Is the media really "Liberal"?

Attacks on "liberal media" are a convenient ploy by the elite who run the nation. After all, one need only consider that the "media" are owned by, and completely serve the interests of, very large corporate structures, which are, in turn, owned and controlled by very wealthy elites within American society. Nevertheless, labeling the "media" as "Liberal" creates a sham debate among the general populace...a debate in name only, never in substance. In fact, the terms "Liberal" and "Conservative" no longer have any substantive meaning in American political discourse.

Just as both major parties marched in tragic lockstep towards the horrendous misuse of American power in Southeast Asia from 1957 to 1975, so now also have they done vis a vis the Middle East. Then the external enemy was Marxism. Now the external enemy is Terrorism. The current "ISM" is a far more effective tool for focusing the attention of the masses. The "threat" is ongoing, ubiquitous and ever changing.

Posted by: Concerned Citizen | April 18, 2007 1:19 AM | Report abuse

First of all, this "ISM" is not confined to any one readily identifiable nation state. This enables the elite to project its military power with impunity wherever it sees fit.
Secondly, this "ISM" lends itself to constant change in definition, depending on the current needs of the elite. Thirdly, it can just as easily be applied against internal as external "undesirables". An impervious assault upon long cherished Constitutional rights and liberties is being aggressively pursued. Unwarranted wiretaps, the questionable election results from 2000 and 2004 (the first of these having predated 9-11-01 argues in favor of elite scorn for democratic practices BEFORE terrorists gave them a convenient bogey man), and "rendered" prisoners are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

Posted by: Concerned Citizen | April 18, 2007 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Fourth, new "terrorists" are easy to "create", based on the definition fed to the populace. There are many more parallels between the two "ISM"s that have dominated public discourse since 1917. I will not bore the reader with further detailed enumeration. Suffice to point out that, once again, the elite has effectively found a "cause celebre" to distract the masses and allocate society's wealth and nature's resources in such a way as to massively benefit the few at the expense of the many.

Historically this is not new. What IS new is the degree to which the powerful can get away with outright lies to justify what they want to do.

Posted by: Concerned Citizen | April 18, 2007 1:22 AM | Report abuse

The total lack of American leadership accountability is extremely blatant and obvious. The weakened condition of democracy within the USA has been an ongoing process. One might easily argue that this process is a direct outcome of elite rule. After all, power hates accountability or restraint, and privilege disdains oversight. Democratic principles are inconvenient to those who wield enormous power and privilege. Witness the concerted propaganda campaign that was unleashed upon the American citizenry to justify military attack and invasion of Iraq. Witness the massive discrepancy between what the Bush Administration said about the likely duration of that "war" and the bleak reality of what the world sees now in the Middle East. Of course, both American political parties fully supported Bush's march into the current military insanity. No entity seems willing or capable of holding the Administration accountable for its actions.

In the meantime, the powerful in the USA have contributed mightily to massively destabilizing the Middle East and, therefore, the entire world. Such destabilization, of course, plays directly into their hands and serves their interests. After all, if enough people can be significantly terrorized and frightened, they will grant any and all power to the "authorities" that hold out a promise to "protect" them. How convenient that these "authorities" have not been able to find, capture or kill Osama Bin Laden or his lieutenant, Ayman al Zawahiri. How convenient that, only when Bush suffered a huge decline in his "approval" ratings, suddenly the "authorities" were able to find and kill Abu Musab al Zarqawi. The list of outrageous crimes committed by the powerful in America, in the name of a powerless citizenry, has earned scorn, ridicule and hatred worldwide.

Posted by: Concerned Citizen | April 18, 2007 1:23 AM | Report abuse

The point here is not to deny that groups exist in the world at large, groups that are willing to resort to dastardly, heinous acts to inflict harm on innocent citizens to achieve their goals. Terrorism exists, to be sure. One must bear in mind, however, that one group's terrorists are another group's freedom fighters. The ability to define the terms dictates how these different groups are perceived. When the first world nations perpetrate a bloodbath against less powerful states, the perpetrators invariably couch such actions in terms of promoting "freedom" and "liberation". When the much less powerful states respond with suicide bombings or other equally pathetic attempts at redressing the massive grievances they have, these people are labeled "terrorists". When the USA bombs and slaughters millions with impunity, this is "liberation", whether in Vietnam or Iraq. When 2 planes kill 3000 American citizens, this is "terrorism".

This is only one small example of how the elite create the world they want and then use what they have created to further their interests, always at the expense of the masses. The one thing that they cannot do is control events globally. Once having unleashed the insanity of global military conflict, the powers in Washington now are at a loss to rein in what they have started in motion. Witness the total unpredictability of events in Iraq, followed by more of the same between Israel and Lebanon. The world may now be witnessing the opening battles of what might very well become WWIII. Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Andrew Card, Karl Rove, Karen Hughes, George W Bush, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and all the other people who have played a significant role in these developments will be held to account only by a distant history written by minds that have perspective. Meantime, we all have to live with the results these people have given us. Whether the human species can survive what has been set in motion remains to be seen.

Posted by: Concerned Citizen | April 18, 2007 1:24 AM | Report abuse

ARCHETYPAL DIMENSIONS OF WORLD EVENTS
by Paul Levy

C. G. Jung had profound insight into the deeper, underlying archetypal processes originating in the unconscious psyche of humanity that give shape and form to collective human events. To quote Jung, "...the first World War released the hidden power of evil, just as the war itself was released by the accumulation of unconscious masses.... The second World War was a repetition of the same psychic process but on an infinitely greater scale." The current global war on terror is the latest iteration of the same underlying psychic process, the latest variation of a very old theme. Our species is endlessly re-creating the same mythic, archetypal process, as if we are having a recurring dream.
War itself is an expression of an unconscious process in the collective psyche of humanity that literally is being re-enacted on the global stage. Speaking about the Second World War, though he could've been describing our current times, Jung said that it "...was recognized as an unmitigated psychic disaster only by the few. Rather than do this, people prefer the most preposterous political and economic theories." [Emphasis added] Jung was pointing at the little recognized fact that the root factor underlying collective events such as war originate in the unconscious psyche of humanity. Most people overlay political or economic explanations onto collective events, not realizing that the origin of the collective events is to be found in the human psyche.
The seeds of world events lie in the unconscious, waiting to sprout under the proper conditions and at the right moment. Jung elaborated by saying, "...what the unconscious really contains are the great collective events of the time. In the collective unconscious of the individual, history prepares itself; and when the archetypes are activated in a number of individuals and come to the surface, we are in the midst of history, as we are at present. The archetypal image which the moment requires gets into life, and everybody is seized by it. That is what we see today." Any given moment of time requires and is simultaneously expressing the deeper, mythic archetypal process which in-forms it. When we get into proximity to the archetype, we become collectively drafted into its overpowering field of force. We then become a tool in the archetype's hand, enabling it to give shape to itself in our world. By being seized and thereby compelled to act out this more powerful archetypal force unconsciously as collective events, we become the instrument through which this suprapersonal force is making itself known to us.
Collective events have their own unique type of psychology. Collective events are the manifestation of a mass psychology that becomes operative when large groups of people fall into their unconscious together, feeding into and off of each other's unconsciousness. The determining power underlying mass psychology, the archetypes of the collective unconscious, are the formative templates that give breath (inspire) and depth (materiality) to events in the outer world. These inner primordial images are pregnant with a living energy that wants to embody, actualize, and incarnate itself in the shapes and forms of our 3-D universe.
The archetypes are the invisible, form-less "ground plan" which in-form and give shape to both individual and collective human behavior. They are the psychic skeleton upon which the individual and collective body politic is formed. Archetypes are the structural forms that underlie consciousness, just as the crystal lattice underlies the crystallization process. Archetypes, like the crystal lattice, are empty of concrete, material existence, yet they shape consciousness and events in the world just like the crystal lattice patterns the form of the individual crystal. The archetypes themselves are non-perceptible and irrepresentable, since they precede all representation, while simultaneously re-presenting themselves through in-forming and giving shape to the perceptible universe.
Being atemporal, archetypes exist outside of time. They bleed through, irrupt, and unfold into and through time so as to incarnate and reveal themselves. Archetypes become visible by arranging and magnetically attracting events into themselves like atemporal, self-organizing fields. Archetypes synchronistically configure events in the outer world so as to express and actualize themselves on the stage of history. When the archetypal dimension is emerging, the boundary between the inner and the outer begins to dissolve, as the inner experience of the archetype becomes synchronistically enacted in the outer world.
Jung said, "...people had simply no idea that our personal psychology is just a thin skin, a ripple upon the ocean of collective psychology. The powerful factor, the factor which changes our whole life, which changes the surface of our known world, which makes history, is collective psychology, and collective psychology moves according to laws entirely different from those of our [individual] consciousness. The archetypes are the great decisive forces, they bring about the real events, and not our personal reasoning and practical intellect...the archetypal images decide the fate of man. Man's unconscious psychology decides, and not what we think and talk in the brain-chamber up in the attic." If we want to get to the source of collective events in our world so that we can transform them, we need to recognize the archetypal, mythic dimension of existence that is revealing itself to us as it acts itself out through us. We have all been drafted into the service of a divine drama, and we play a key role in how this deeper, divine process of incarnation manifests.
Speaking about getting close to an overpowering archetype, Jung said, "One cannot resist it. It gets you below the belt and not in your mind, your brain just counts for nothing, your sympathetic system is gripped. It is a power that fascinates people from within, it is the collective unconscious which is activated, it is an archetype which is common to them all that has come to life. And because it is an archetype, it has historical aspects and we cannot understand the events without knowing history." The destructive world events throughout time immemorial are the effects of an archetype getting constellated and being unconsciously acted out as human history. The archetype is continually creating novel iterations of the exact same underlying invariant process, which is to say "itself," like an endlessly self-generating fractal unfolding over linear, historical time. Until the archetype is consciously recognized, however, instead of unconsciously acted out, we are doomed to endlessly re-create its negative, destructive aspect as if we were somnambulists under an insidious spell.
Sounding eerily prophetic almost a century ago, Jung appears as a voice from outside of time when he said, "And at the present time, too, we are once more experiencing this uprising of the unconscious destructive forces of the collective psyche. The result has been mass-murder on an unparalleled scale." Jung was articulating in his time the same eternal, archetypal pattern that is expressing itself in our current times. He was pointing to the deadly danger that results when collective psychology presides, and the archetypes become unconsciously acted out en masse as a destructive psychic epidemic. Jung said, "...collective psychoses are based on a constellated archetype, though of course this fact is not taken into account at all. In this respect our attitude is still characterized by a prodigious unconsciousness."
We are so unaware that archetypes are the determinants of world events, that this fact is not even part of our planetary dialogue. Psychologically speaking, we, as a species are still in an un-evolved, unconscious and adolescent state, as we are too absorbed in a personalistic, reductive, and literal view of the world. Unaware of the archetypal dimension of reality, we don't realize that this dream-like universe is a living oracle, an unfolding revelation which is speaking symbolically. Recognizing the archetypal dimension of existence is to realize that we are mutually playing roles in a mythic, divine drama of salvation, redemption, and incarnation. We are tied together by a deeper archetypal process, which is like an embryonic fluid in which we are contained. This deeper, archetypal unified field pervades, penetrates and expresses itself everywhere. The archetypal dimension is not bound by the traditional rules of space and time, and is hence, non-local. Being non-local, the archetypes of the collective unconscious exist in a realm outside of space and time, and configure events in the field so as to become manifest and actualize themselves. The archetypal dimension is incarnating itself in, as and through our seemingly time-bound world so as to transform itself. We are the medium through which this deeper process of incarnation and transformation becomes accomplished. It all depends if we recognize what is being revealed.
To be unconscious of the archetypal dimension is to be caught in a local, limited universe where we think we exist separate from each other, a fiction generated by our own divine, creative imagination with which we have become entranced. We have then become bound and limited by the power of our own divine, creative imagination, instead of consciously harnessing its creative power in a way that serves us.
In the archetypal dimension, we don't exist in isolation, but only in relation to each other. By being interdependent, we are not separate from each other. We are all interconnected and contained in, as well as being an expression of a deeper, archetypal process. We reciprocally condition each other in an interactive relational web in which we are co-related and correlated to each other. This realization of our interrelatedness is the very teleology, or purpose, of the deeper, archetypal process unfolding in and through time. In other words, recognizing the deeper, archetypal dimension is itself to snap out of the illusion that we are alien to each other.
Jung commented, "In these collective events, we merely see, as through a magnifying glass, what can also happen within the individual." What is happening on the planetary scale, the macrocosm, gives us insight into what is occurring inside the individual, the microcosm. What is occurring on the world stage is a reflection of a process happening deep within each and every one of us. And vise-versa, as what is occurring deep within ourselves is being played out on the world stage. In collective events, we are seeing through a looking-glass into the world-soul of humanity being played out on the global stage.
How our situation unfolds depends on whether or not we recognize what is being revealed to us by the deeper, archetypal process as it acts itself out through us. Jung pointed out that "Whenever an archetype appears things become critical, and it is impossible to foresee what turn they will take. As a rule this depends on the way consciousness reacts to the situation." This is analogous to the dilemma in physics about the nature of light: Is it a wave or a particle? And just like our current world situation, it all depends on how we observe, or dream it.
Speaking of the dangers of unconsciously being forced to act out the archetype destructively, Jung said, "It seems as if the psyche were endowed with consciousness for the very purpose of preventing such destructive possibilities from happening." The psyche is the organ through which the archetype realizes and transforms itself. Everything depends on enough people waking up to what is being revealed by this deeper process and consciously mediating and overcoming the spellbinding effect of the archetype. Instead of unconsciously participating in creating an endless, recurring nightmare in which we are all victimized, we are then able to connect with each other so as to incarnate the archetype consciously, compassionately, constructively, and creatively.
The underlying archetypal process that is giving shape and form to events in our world originates in the unconscious psyche of humanity. Because it is not honored and recognized, the unconscious psyche of humanity is asserting its power in a destructive way so as to reveal itself. This deeper, archetypal process is literally demanding to be recognized and integrated. We are participants in the divine drama of incarnation, as we are the vessels through which the archetypes of the collective unconscious are incarnating and transforming themselves. This is to say that we are the conduit, and events in our world the medium, through which consciousness is birthing itself into, through, and as our universe. Because we have been unconsciously acting out this deeper process, it has been getting dreamed up destructively. But our unconsciously acting out this deeper process is itself the very means through which we become conscious of the deeper archetypal process, which is to say that what is playing out in our world is initiatory. We have collaboratively dreamed up a living nightmare for ourselves on a planetary scale so as to wake ourselves up. To see it any other way is simply insane.
Paul Levy is a spiritually-informed political activist. A pioneer in the field of spiritual awakening, he is a healer in private practice, assisting others who are awakening to the dream-like nature of reality. He is delighted to receive readers' response to his articles, but regrets that time constraints in this 3-D reality do not always allow him to personally respond. He can be reached at paul@awakeninthedream.com. Please visit his website at www.awakeninthedream.com. He is the author of The Madness of George W. Bush: A Reflection of our Collective Psychosis. Please feel free to pass this article along to a friend if you feel so inspired.
© 2005 Paul Levy

Posted by: Concerned Citizen | April 18, 2007 1:26 AM | Report abuse

[An inflated consciousness] is incapable of learning from the past, incapable of understanding contemporary events, and incapable of drawing right conclusions about the future. It is hypnotized by itself and therefore cannot be argued with. It inevitably dooms itself to calamities that must strike it [and others within its sphere of influence] dead.
--C. G. Jung
BUSH IS CERTIFIABLE
by Paul Levy

George W. Bush is suffering from a peculiar but not that uncommon form of madness in which a pathological part of his psyche has co-opted all of the healthy parts into its service. Speaking about such a pathological condition, Jung commented that "...an unknown 'something' has taken possession of a smaller or greater portion of the psyche and asserts its hateful and harmful existence undeterred by all our insight, reason, and energy, thereby proclaiming the power of the unconscious over the conscious mind, the sovereign power of possession."
Bush has been taken over by an unconscious complex of the collective unconscious. We speak of a mother complex, or a father complex, but Bush has what we could call a savior complex. Jung said, "The savior complex is an archetypal image of the collective unconscious, and it quite naturally becomes activated in an epoch so full of trouble and disorientation as ours." The archetypal figure of savior is literally dreamed up into incarnation by the field to be both a compensation for and an expression of the disorientation and dissociation in the field. Being a reflection of the greater underlying unified field, this figure will embody the unconsciousness of the time. Because of the unconsciousness in the field, the person playing the archetypal role of savior will reflect this unconsciousness and become inflated, blown up out of human proportion by the power of the archetype. He will then, of necessity, be compelled to act out his hubris in a way that is destructive for all who are under his dominion.
Inflated by the power of the underlying archetype, Bush is suffering from delusions of grandeur, and has become megalomaniacal. He is unconsciously identified with the archetype of the Messiah. Bush told an Amish group in 2004 that "God speaks through me." Bush imagines that God actually speaks to him as well; in 2003 he told Palestinian ministers that God told him to invade Iraq. Jung commented, "One should listen to the inner voice attentively, intelligently and critically, (Probate spiritus!) [test the spirits], because the voice one hears is the influxus divinus consisting, as the Acts of John aptly state, of "right" and "left" streams, i.e., of opposites. They have to be clearly separated so that their positive and negative aspects become visible." John 4:1 says, "Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits whether they are of God." Just because one hears an inner voice doesn't necessarily mean it is the voice of God. Listened to uncritically, we could just as easily be seduced by the Devil.
Bush has become inflated with an archetype of the collective unconscious, which is an expression of madness. He has become identified with one side, the light, of an inherently two-sided polarity, and projects out the other, dark side, which he then tries to destroy. By shadow projecting in this manner, Bush has become possessed by the very evil he is projecting outside of himself. This is to fall under the spell of the Devil, who is rightly called "the deceiver."
A clearer case of madness is hard to imagine. Jung describes such a situation by saying it is an "...overwhelming manifestation of the "blond beast" [of prey, a figure popularized by Nietzsche], which seizes the unsuspecting soul with nameless shudderings. The seizure transforms him into a hero or godlike being, a superhuman entity. He rightly feels himself "six thousand feet beyond good and evil." Because of his inflation, Bush literally feels himself above human morality, as he is under the self-generating delusion that he is the supreme moral arbiter, not realizing in the slightest that he has fallen into his unconscious, whose dark side he is acting out. Because of his pathological condition, he is the last person who should be the judge of morality, the very last person on earth choosing justices for the Supreme Court.
Jung continued by saying, "The psychological observer knows this state of 'identification with the shadow,' a phenomenon which occurs with great regularity at such moments of collision with the unconscious." Paradoxically, by dissociating and projecting out our shadow, we become unconsciously identified with it, possessed by it, and unconsciously act it out. Speaking about becoming taken over by a complex of the collective unconscious, Jung elaborates by saying, "As a rule there is a marked unconsciousness of any complexes, and this naturally guarantees them all the more freedom of action. In such cases their powers of assimilation become especially pronounced, since unconsciousness helps the complex to assimilate even the ego, the result being a momentary and unconscious alteration of personality known as identification with the complex. In the Middle Ages it went by another name: it was called possession."
Because of his complete unconsciousness, Bush has unwittingly allowed himself to become an instrument for evil, the dark half of the Self, to give shape and form to itself. Speaking about what the devil symbolizes psychologically, Jung said, "The devil is a variant of the "shadow" archetype, i.e., of the dangerous aspect of the unrecognized dark half of the personality." Bush has become unconsciously taken over by the shadow side of the savior archetype, which is to become possessed by the very thing from which people need to be saved.
Becoming inflated and identifying with an archetype of the collective unconscious is to step outside ordinary human boundaries, a state in which genuine humility is impossible. Jung said, "The potentialities of the archetype, for good and evil alike, transcend our human capacities many times, and a man can appropriate its power only by identifying with the daemon, by letting himself be possessed by it, thus forfeiting his own humanity." Any mental health professional would recognize that Bush's inflation is an expression of his unconscious identification with (as compared to conscious realization of) God, which is an unequivocal form of madness.
Lacking self-reflection, Bush is blissfully unaware of the perverse nature of his situation, which itself is an expression of the extent of depravity he has fallen into. Speaking of a person who has fallen into such a pathological state, Jung said "...they avoid self-criticism to an amazing degree, preach to others, and know nothing of themselves. They are happy to possess no self-knowledge, because then nothing disturbs the rosy glow of illusions."
By being inflated, Bush is unconsciously accessing and unleashing the power inherent in the archetypeÑüthis is why he has such an enchanting power over his followers. By identifying with the archetype, the archetype acts as an amplifier, enhancing beyond measure Bush's hypnotic power over his followers. Because Bush is so taken over by the unconscious, he has a compelling and entrancing effect on others' unconscious. Only one who is seized by an archetype has a gripping effect on others. To quote Jung, "It is a psychological fact that an archetype can seize hold of the ego and even compel it to act as itÑüthe archetypeÑüwills. A man can then take on archetypal dimensions and exercise corresponding effects." By being so seized by an archetype of the collective unconscious, Bush becomes an agent that has a very powerful effect on the field around him. He becomes a portal through which an underlying psychic epidemic which non-locally pervades the field that I am calling "malignant egophrenia" (see my book The Madness of George W. Bush: A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis, available on my website www.awakeninthedream.com) feeds, replicates, and actualizes itself in full-bodied form, in and over time.
When we become unconsciously gripped by an archetype, we become pawns in the hand of a deeper power. Succumbing to the compulsive adrenaline rush of the "will to power" inherent in the shadow, Bush is, as Jung said in describing Hitler, "...like a man living in his own biography." Bush has become arrogant and full of himself, a legend in his own mind, someone who feels he is not bound by law, and believes himself entitled to get away with murder. Speaking about being unconsciously taken over by an archetype, Jung commented, "Here we see the characteristic effect of the archetype: it seizes hold of the psyche with a kind of primeval force and compels it to transgress the bounds of humanity." When we are gripped by an archetype and forced to unconsciously act out its effects destructively, we are acting out the dark side of this greater power. Etymologically, the word "transgress" is related to the word "evil."
The world literally shape-shifts around someone who is inflated and blown up with an archetype, as this inner state of possession is able to synchronistically express itself through the medium of the outside world. To quote Jung, "...archetypes are not found exclusively in the psychic sphere, but can occur just as much in circumstances that are not psychic (equivalence of an outward physical process with a psychic one)." [Emphasis in original] When we become inflated by an archetype, there is a synchronistic correlation between the inner experience of being identified with the archetype and outer events. The inner state of being possessed by the archetype expresses itself by arranging external events so as to give shape and form to itself. A person inflated by an archetype, such as Bush, literally becomes the channel through which transpersonal, mythic forces become materialized into our third-dimension, which just reinforces his inflation in a diabolical feedback loop.
By identifying with the archetype, Bush becomes seized by the archetype's irresistible field of force and unwittingly becomes the agent who does the archetype's bidding. By being so taken over by an impersonal force, Bush has become a "magnet" which torques the field around him so as to insatiably feed his own pathology, while simultaneously wreaking havoc on the field.
Taken over by the archetype's magnetic power, Bush achieves a certain magnetism, which polarizes the field around it. Like a magnet, archetypes are bi-polar, having a negative and a positive aspect. On the one hand, the power of the archetype coming through Bush attracts people to support him in his delusion who are suggestible to the overwhelming unconscious power inherent in the archetype. In a co-dependent relationship, Bush's followers feed his identification with the archetype, which simultaneously nourishes their own bewitchment, in a perverse, self-perpetuating feedback loop which develops an autonomous life of its own.
At the same time, Bush's identification with the archetype repels other people, who react against the one-sidedness and perversity of his inflation. By being so unconsciously identified with the archetype, Bush will literally attract to himself, like a lightning rod attracts lightning, other people's negative, shadow projections. These people will strongly condemn Bush, and see him as being evil. And yet, people who react against Bush in this way are unwittingly feeding the polarization in the field, perpetuating the very diabolical energy they are reacting against.
If we concretize Bush as being evil, we are projecting our own shadow onto him and are then guilty of the very evil of which we are accusing Bush. Interestingly, another inner meaning of the word Devil is "the accuser." If we are accusing Bush of being evil, we are guilty of the very evil of which we are accusing Bush. Bush is merely an ignorant human being who, due to his unrestrained greed, desire, and lust for power is unwittingly allowing himself to be used as an instrument of evil. Evil itself is a power, or principality that transcends the merely human dimension, as it is archetypal in nature and thereby is a content belonging to the collective unconscious. Bush is simply a deluded human being who is dangerous because of his position of power, which allows him to act out his pathological process on the world stage. We do not want to make the mistake of attributing evilÑüan archetypal content of the collective unconsciousÑüto Bush as a person.
Becoming possessed by an archetype of the collective unconscious is an expression of not only forfeiting our humanity, but of abdicating our personal responsibility as well. A true Faustian pact with the Devil, we discover too late that what we have lost in the bargain is our soul. As in any such bargain, we are ultimately responsible and accountable for our choices. Identifying with the archetype of the savior is a compensation for a deep inferiority, fear, and weakness. We become absorbed into the archetype due to our inability and unwillingness to deal with the darker part of ourselves that needs saving.
Though describing Hitler, Jung just as easily could have been describing Bush when he said that he had a "...conceit that bordered on madness, a very mediocre intelligence combined with the hysteric's cunning and the power fantasies of an adolescent." Bush is acting out the adolescent fantasies of a war of good versus evil with our living sons and daughters as his toy soldiers. Being inflated, Bush doesn't relate to other human beings as being autonomous or independent, but as pawns to serve his own narcissistic blindness and masturbatory fantasies.
Jung pointed out that "Inflation magnifies the blind spot of the eye.... A clear symptom of this is our growing disinclination to take note of the reactions of the environment and pay heed to them." When we are inflated, we don't accept any reflection or feedback from the outer universe that contradicts our puffed up image of ourselves. Instead of being open, receptive, and learning from the outer world, we continually interpret everything to support our delusory self-image. When we become inflated, we become closed to any information or in-forming influence from the outside world, which is a form of psychic blindness. Instead of being in genuine relationship to the world, a person who is inflated relates to the world through their own narcissistically self-serving, grandiose self-image.
Speaking about madness, Jung said that it "...consists essentially in the fact that the unconscious in large measure ousts and supplants the function of the conscious mind. The unconscious usurps the reality function and substitutes its own reality." Jung continued that this resulted in "...senseless, unshakable judgments upheld in the face of reality [for example, Bush saying, 'the war in Iraq is going well,' despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary]." Being caught up in inflation is like being sucked up by a cyclone, as there is literally no getting through to the person who is inflated, who has been taken over and lifted off the ground by a more powerful energy. Bush and his supporters feed into and off of and support each others' unconscious madness so as to conjure up an impenetrable field around them that resists consciousness at all costs. It is only when their worldÑüwhich in this case is our world, tooÑüself-destructs that the universe forces them out of their psychosis.
Just as the unconscious always compensates a one-sidedness, inflation inevitably results in all of the air (life, breath, spirit) being taken out of the person who is inflated. Inflation is ultimately self-destructive and always results in catastrophe. Talking about inflation, Jung said that it "...can be damped down only by the most terrible catastrophe to civilization, another deluge let loose by the gods upon inhospitable humanity." The fact that our government, led by an inflated madman, is insanely and endlessly investing in and feeding the industry of creating weapons of mass destruction is an extremely dangerous situation for all of us. To quote Jung, "Let man but accumulate sufficient engines of destruction and the devil within him will soon be unable to resist putting them to their fated use. It is well known that fire-arms go off of themselves if only enough of them are together."
Bush has let the spirit out of the bottle which will undoubtedly destroy him. Being possessed by the unconscious is a very dangerous situation, particularly when the person so taken over is in a position of power where he can act out as well as activate a virulent madness on the world stage. Bush's madness affects all those under his sphere of influence, which in this case is the entire planet. Jung commented, "It is abundantly clear that such an abaissement du niveau mental [lowering of the mental level], i.e., the overpowering of the ego by unconscious contents and the consequent identification with a preconscious [as compared to conscious] wholeness, possesses a prodigious psychic virulence, or power of contagion, and is capable of the most disastrous results." When such a "lowering of the mental level" happens collectively, a psychic epidemic becomes activated in the field. The (collective) unconscious goes from being in the background and comes actively to the foreground, where it makes itself known by (destructively) giving shape and form to world events. It is merely a question of mitigating the damage of this virulent psychic epidemic for the rest of us.
Seen as a dreaming process, we are all complicit in dreaming up Bush to pick up the archetypal role of savior. Our doing this is clearly a reflection of the part of ourselves which is disempowered and is not in touch with the savior within ourselves. To be in touch with the savior within ourselves is to be in touch with the wholeness of our true nature, which is to be truly saved and redeemed. To the extent that any of us get in touch with the part of ourselves that is a genuine redeemer and leader, we literally are dis-investing energy from the archetypal role of leader being dreamed up outside of ourselves in a pathological way. When we consciously and collectively access the part of ourselves that is a leader by our very nature, we become truly empowered. Being in touch with our God-given power engenders a situation in which the savior archetype is consciously distributed throughout the field, rather than being localized and concentrated in a single figure, which is a set-up for abuse.
The only way to change the collective nightmare we are sharing is through inner transformation in the individual, which collectively gets mobilized on the world stage so that we can effect genuine change. As each of us wakes up, we discover that we can reciprocally empower each other so that we can consciously activate the archetypal figure of the savior in the collective unconscious itself. Mediating, humanizing and incarnating this archetypal figure consciously throughout the field, we connect in lucidity, stepping into being agents of light who collectively dis-spell the darkness in the field.
Paul Levy is a spiritually-informed political activist. A pioneer in the field of spiritual awakening, he is a healer in private practice, assisting others who are awakening to the dream-like nature of reality. He is the author of The Madness of George Bush: A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis, which is available at his website www.awakeninthedream.com. He can be reached at paul@awakeninthedream.com. He is delighted to receive readers' response to his articles, but regrets that time constraints in this 3-D reality do not always allow him to personally respond. Please feel free to pass this article along to a friend if you feel so inspired.
© 2006 Paul Levy

Posted by: Concerned Citizen | April 18, 2007 1:27 AM | Report abuse

WHY DON'T WE SEE OUR COLLECTIVE MADNESS?
by Paul Levy

We are a species gone mad. Why don't we see the collective psychosis we are in? We are like fish who don't see the water they are swimming in because the water is everywhere, both within the fish and the fish within it. Some of us have an extreme conception, I imagine, of what it would look like if we were to fall into a collective psychosis. I imagine, for example, that many of us think that if our species has truly gone collectively mad, we'd be running around naked and screaming at the top of our lungs and doing wild and crazy things, or something of that nature. In other words, I find myself imagining that many people think if we were truly a species gone mad, it would look very different than what is happening right now. And yet, because of thinking that a collective psychosis would look a certain way, we miss what is in front of our eyes. The fact that we are systematically, over time, colluding with each other so as to destroy the very biosphere that is our life support system is somehow not recognized to be a form of collective psychosis. I mean, collective psychosis is a strong word. Maybe I should think of a milder word, because I certainly wouldn't want to offend anyone.
Imagine sometime in the future when we all wake up and contemplate this time in history. Having woken up to that we are not separate from one another, we would look back upon the early part of the twenty-first century and literally scratch our heads in wonderment at what those people in 2006 were thinking. I imagine it would be so strange to consider the extreme dissociation, trauma and unconsciousness that our species was destructively acting out on the world stage.
From an awakened point of view, I imagine, it would seem completely incomprehensible why people, who were interconnected parts of a greater whole and were truly "one," were trying to destroy each other. It would appear as if they were suffering from a very peculiar form of psychic AIDS, an auto-immune disease of the psyche writ large on the world stage. In auto-immune deficiency syndrome, the immune system of the organism perversely attacks the very life it is trying to protect. In trying to live, it destroys life, ultimately destroying itself. Similarly, we are not only destroying each other, but are self-destructively taking down the biosphere, the global immune system upon which we all depend for our very survival. If the planet were seen as an organism, and people seen as cells in the greater organism of the planet, it would be as if these cells had become cancerous or parasitic, and had turned on themselves, destroying the very organism of which they themselves were a part. Traumatized, it was as if our species was enacting a mass suicide ritual on a global scale.
From an awakened point of view, it would be inconceivable to enact violence on each other, I imagine, for to perpetrate violence on one another is to do violence to ourselves. Those crazy people in the early part of the twenty-first century were unconsciously enacting their trauma onto each other, traumatizing each other while concurrently re-traumatizing themselves in an infinitely self-perpetuating feedback loop. Reinforcing each others' madness, they were a species unconsciously "possessed" by and compulsively acting out an archetypal power greater than themselves. From an awakened point of view, I imagine, it could not be more clear that people in the early part of the twenty-first century had gone collectively mad.
From an awakened point of view, the early twenty-first century was an age of darkness. A shadow had befallen the planet and was acting itself out by incarnating through our species. People were taken over by fear, and were living in a world of lack and scarcity. People felt themselves "alien-ated" from the natural environment and from each other, as well as from themselves. Our species was absorbed in a world of materialism, having forgotten the spiritual dimension of our experience. Instead of co-operating with each other, we fought with one another. It was as if our species had gone "out of our minds" together, as we all played into and off of each other's madness.
What is playing out in our world is not "like" a collective psychosis, it is nothing other than a collective psychosis. Look at how we are investing our energy. We are literally investing our resources into engines of mass destruction to "protect" ourselves. And we are destroying ourselves in the process. We are literally feeding and supporting our own genocide. And people ask me what makes me think there is a collective psychosis going on?
It is "shattering" for people to look at and come to terms with the fact that our species is in the midst of a psychic epidemic, for it is to see the part of ourselves that has not been in our "right" mind. This is to look in the mirror, self-reflect and see our own "shadow," our own darker and inferior half. Realizing our complicity in the collective madness is both liberating and traumatizing, as this realization creates higher-orders of freedom while simultaneously inducing a form of post-traumatic stress disorder, which itself is a form of madness. In other words, to realize how we had been part of the collective madness is truly "shocking" and induces a certain form of madness, just as trauma can literally cause a fever in a person. The fever is potentially the organism's way of metabolizing the trauma, just like the trauma of seeing how asleep we've been propels us to wake up.
The major obstacle blocking people from seeing the collective psychosis that has afflicted our species is our unwillingness to experience the pain, shame, guilt, mortification and trauma of realizing the madness in which we ourselves have been complicit. Most people simply choose to distract themselves and avoid dealing with this most uncomfortable realization, choosing instead to stay asleep, which of course just feeds into the collective madness. Until we recognize our part in the collective madness, we have fallen prey to it and are literally supporting it by our unawareness of it.
People's reactions to the words "collective psychosis" makes me associate to experiences I've had in dreams. There have been times I've been in a dream and I've told other people in the dream (my fellow "dream characters") that we were all in a mass shared dream, and their response was to tell me that I shouldn't use the word "dream," that it is too strong of a word, that it has too many connotations. Why am I using the dream word anyway, they say, it is confusing. Couldn't I think of a different word to use?
I really don't know what to say to someone when they ask me why am I using such an extreme word as collective psychosis, just like I don't know what to say when someone in a dream asks me to use a word other than "dream" to describe the nature of our shared experience. How can I communicate to fish swimming in water that they are swimming in water? This is a genuine question that I am asking myself.
The question becomes something like "how do I teach the fish to see the water? How do I help the fish to simply recognize the nature of their situation?" It is clear that if I proselytize to the fish, trying to convince them of the water that pervades every aspect of their experience, this wont help, as the fish are not able to see what I am pointing at because it is so overwhelmingly obvious. It is as if the fish are suffering from a form of psychic blindness due to the ubiquity of that which they are unable to see. If I am trying to preach to and enlighten the fish, then who is the one who is blind but me, as if I am the blind trying to lead the blind.
It makes no sense to try to show a Bush supporter their delusion, for example, as they are literally unable to see how they are deceived. To try to convince a Bush supporter of anything having to do with "reality," no matter how much evidence we have, is itself a form of madness. The question becomes "how do I teach the fish the art of seeing."
My situation is like I am pointing at all of the faces hidden in the landscape in those children's books, and some people just don't see what I am pointing at because their eyes are slightly out of focus. All we have to do to see is make the slightest adjustment in the focus of our vision. The hidden faces are literally staring us in the face, simply waiting to be recognized. We don't have to add them, they already exist. Our situation is similar, in that our collective madness is what IS happening and we are simply being asked by the universe to recognize what is being revealed to us by our madness.
While acting itself out through us, our collective psychosis is simultaneously showing us something about ourselves. To recognize how our collective psychosis cultivates itself through our unconsciousness of it is to go from being part of the problem to embodying the solution. Encoded in the collective psychosis is a deeper process which (potentially) awakens the participants, which is all of us. As more people wake up to how we are all unwittingly participating in the "insanity" that is playing out in the world, we are able to connect with each other "in sanity," and unite together like T cells to heal the cancer infecting the greater body politic. We become islands of sanity in an ocean of madness. Over time the islands in our archipelago of sanity join with each other and form continents, so to speak, as we dispel the madness in the field. Just like people who become lucid in a dream can connect with each other in lucid awareness and transform the dream they are all sharing.
How our collective psychosis unfolds depends on whether or not we recognize what it is revealing to us, and both act from, and literally embody this realization. Recognizing what is being revealed by the madness in our world transforms everything, as it is literally the birth of consciousness, or as Jung would say, the incarnation of God through humanity. All we have to do to see is open our eyes and look.
Paul Levy is a spiritually-informed political activist. A pioneer in the field of spiritual awakening, he is a healer in private practice, assisting others who are awakening to the dream-like nature of reality. He is the author of The Madness of George Bush: A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis, which is available at his website www.awakeninthedream.com. He can be reached at paul@awakeninthedream.com. He is delighted to receive readers' response to his articles, but regrets that time constraints in this 3-D reality do not always allow him to personally respond. Please feel free to pass this article along to a friend if you feel so inspired.
© 2006 Paul Levy

Posted by: Concerned Citizen | April 18, 2007 1:29 AM | Report abuse

DANGER: FASCI-NATION WITH BUSH
by Paul Levy

George Bush is embodying a very dangerous mental illness, what I am calling "malignant egophrenia" (see my book The Madness of George Bush: A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis, available on my website www.awakeninthedream.com). As we see and shed light on this malevolent disease animating Bush, we recognize that the pathogen is not localized in Bush, but pervades and partakes of the entire field, which includes all of us. This non-local disease of the psyche that has taken over Bush literally "cultivates" itself through our unreflected-upon unconscious "reactions" to it, whether they are positive or negative. The illness that Bush is embodying requires the participation of our unconscious for its generation. The malevolent psychic illness that has taken over Bush is non-locally propagating itself through our unconscious reactions, as compared to conscious responses to it. Whether we unconsciously react by ignoring Bush, becoming angry, repulsed, or entranced into supporting him, if we are re-acting out of our unconscious in a habitual way, we are unwittingly supporting the very psychic disease that we are reacting to.
An insidious aspect of this psycho-spiritual disease of the soul that has taken over Bush is that it has a "fascinating" effect on others. Because Bush is so possessed by the unconscious, he has an "obsessive" effect on consciousness. He "fascinates" us in a way which "catches" our attention. We become "triggered," as if something deep inside of us has become activated. If our mind becomes "hooked" on Bush, however, a part of our awareness has become "captured." The mobility of our consciousness becomes restricted and limited, as if we have become hypnotized or fallen under a spell. Etymologically, the word "fascinate" is related to the words "enchantment" and "bewitchment." If we become overly fascinated by Bush, we are unknowingly feeding the very sickness he is embodying.
In becoming overly fascinated by Bush, we become "fascined," or "fastened" to a particular re-action, which limits our fluidity and our ability to self-reflect, dis-connects us from our power, and takes away our internal freedom. When a group of people (or a nation) falls into mass psychology together, this collective fascination is a form of madness whose underlying psychological dynamic breeds fasc-ism.
There is a danger in becoming too fascinated by George Bush, which results in projecting our shadow onto him. We then become entranced by our own reflection, and by focusing our attention on Bush, we become compulsively tied to him. This is a psychological transference, just as when someone projects part of themselves outside into the environment, they become magically tied to the recipient of their projection. This state of unconscious identification, or fusion, is a primitive, un-evolved state of mind, psychologically speaking. Because it is an unconscious reaction against Bush, the result is that we are secretly feeding the very projection he is embodying.
If we are overly triggered by Bush and focus our attention outside of ourselves onto him, we have become bewitched by our own projection. We then have dissociated from our genuine self, which can only be properly experienced within ourselves. If we become overly focused on Bush, we can disassociate from what he is triggering inside of ourselves, thus losing access to the power within ourselves that is only available when we are in phase with our wholeness. We are then unwittingly giving our power over to Bush, and are complicit in the very thing we are reacting against.
It is easy and very seductive to personalize and concretize Bush as being evil, for he is literally embodying this archetypal quality. By being so taken over by this archetypal energy, he becomes the portal through which the archetype fleshes itself out in human form in a negative, and hence, destructive way. He has become an open channel and instrument for the malevolent aspect of the archetype to become incarnate and materialize itself, becoming fully clothed in the human world.
Because Bush so convincingly embodies the destructive aspect of what Jung would call the archetype of the Self (which contains both light and dark), it is very tempting to solidify him as actually being evil. To concretize Bush as being evil, however, is to become bewitched by our own shadow projection, and is to be secretly feeding, supporting and creating the very evil to which we are reacting. If instead of recognizing that Bush is merely being an instrument for evil and is playing a role in a deeper drama, we concretize Bush as being evil, we are projecting the shadow onto him. We are then guilty of the very same thing, projecting the shadow, of which we are accusing him.
If we project the shadow onto Bush and concretize him as being evil, we have become fixated on a particularized part of a much deeper process in which he is only playing a role. It is like an artist focusing only on the foreground and not noticing the background of which it is a part, forgetting that the two only exist in relation to each other and actually go together, co-arise together, are two parts of a greater whole. Bush is part of, contained in, and an expression of a greater unified field of which we belong and are all members. Bush, like all of us, is an expression of the field. We are all being dreamed up by the greater field, while concurrently dreaming up the field in a circular, non-linear, acausal and atemporal feedback loop. This greater unified field, which we are not separate from, is consciousness itself.
If we become too fascinated by Bush, we can potentially become distracted and take our attention away from the deeper process employing him. If we solidify Bush as being the problem, this takes our focus off of the deeper, archetypal process that is simultaneously veiling and revealing itself both through him and the field around him. Focusing on Bush can be like falling for a magician's deception, for as we focus our attention on Bush, we marginalize, don't engage with and don't notice the deeper, underlying corruption which he is both an expression of and a smokescreen for. By not engaging with the real power lines which actively underlie what is manifesting in our world, we give away our power to effect real change. We become "spellbound" by the outer manifest forms of the universe.
We don't want to marginalize and ignore what Bush is doing, but we don't want to concretize him in a way that is an expression that we ourselves have become fixated, are caught in a particular viewpoint and have lost our fluidity. There is a balance of seeing the deeper process that is playing out through Bush and not solidifying him as being that. We need to not make it personal to Bush. He is merely the instrument through which impersonal, archetypal forces are playing out. If we personalize Bush as being the problem, we take our attention off of the deeper, underlying problem. In scapegoating Bush to satisfy our own anger and guilt, we are actually protecting the darker forces that are playing out through him in the surrounding field.
By being so unconsciously possessed by the archetype, Bush is literally killing people, as he is embodying and incarnating the malevolent aspect of the archetype. He has become the agent through which the deeper archetypal process is acting itself out in our 3-D world while simultaneously revealing its darker side. What this means is that Bush, being a mere figurehead and cardboard cutout figure, is a symbol reflecting the more powerful, darker archetypal forces that inspire him and exist within all of us. Bush is literally re-presenting a deeper process that is operative throughout the field, which is to say both outside and inside ourselves. Bush is the mouthpiece through which this deeper, archetypal process, which has everything to do with us, is making itself visible. He is the revelation in human form of the malevolent aspect of the archetype in all its nakedness. The (Mad) Emperor truly has no clothes. Bush's incarnation is actually revealing something to us about ourselves.
When we recognize that the figure of Bush is in the form of a revelation that is speaking symbolically, instead of feeding the darkness when we contemplate Bush, we actually liberate it. Instead of becoming tied to him in unconscious fascination and giving him our power, when we recognize what the figure of Bush is symbolically showing us, we dis-spell the darkness while simultaneously empowering ourselves. When we shed light on the darkness in the field of which Bush is merely a reflection, the darkness becomes de-potentiated, as it can no longer act itself out through us. Illumining the darkness, we take away its power over us.
Once we stop projecting our shadow onto Bush and recognize that the darkness we see in him is reflecting something inside of us, we stop relating to him as being separate from ourselves. Not being separate means that we cannot contemplate Bush in isolation to ourselves, as our roles only exist in relation to each other. The one is a condition of the other and vise-versa. A deeper process is revealing itself through our interplay.
Bush is an embodiment of an archetypal figure existing deep within the collective unconscious of humanity that we have all "dreamed up" into incarnation. This is to relate to Bush not in a literal way, but as a figure in a dream, whose language is symbolic. All characters in a dream symbolically re-present aspects of ourselves. Seen symbolically, Bush is embodying a figure that exists deep within each and every one of us. He is the part of us that abuses power simply because he can, which is morally indefensible. Bush has fallen into and is embodying a form of "moral insanity." Bush's sense of morality is truly upside-down and crazy-making, as his morals are perversely inverted so as to feed their own pathology. Bush is the aspect of us that is truly sick.
The underlying archetypal process giving shape to and in-forming the evil playing out in our world is revealing itself, in condensed form, through the figure of Bush for all who have eyes to see. Bush is the cipher through which a higher-dimensional process is bleeding into our third-dimensional reality. The way to see these deeper, darker archetypal forces is through the act of recognizing that Bush is both the portal thru which these darker forces are incarnating on the world stage, as well as the symbol which simultaneously hides, represents and reveals this process.
It should be emphasized that it is a very unique situation when a formless archetype of the collective unconscious, which is transpersonal (beyond the personal) in nature, manifests itself and becomes visible through the form of a human being. Because of Bush's possession by the archetype, a higher-dimensional and atemporal process is symbolically re-presenting and revealing itself through him. Because of the extent of his unconscious identification with the archetype, Bush has become a vacant vessel, empty of any discriminating wisdom, controlled by the archetype to embody, incarnate, and reveal its negative, destructive form.
Though the supposed leader of the free world, Bush is merely a puppet on a string, controlled by forces beyond his conscious awareness. Paradoxically, though he is supposedly the most powerful human on earth, he has the least internal freedom of all. Becoming possessed by an archetype of the collective unconscious is to fall prey to the overwhelming compulsive power-drive of the archetypal shadow, a process that robs us of our actual freedom. In light of Bush's depraved situation, it is the height of irony that, in his delusion, he identifies himself as the "bringer of freedom" to the planet.
By being so taken over, Bush is literally being used and manipulated by the very forces he has conjured up and identified with. He himself is victimized by the very forces which possess him and compel him to victimize others. By becoming unconsciously possessed by an energy that is more powerful than he is, he unknowingly plays a role, like an actor in a play, to fulfill the agenda of this more powerful agency. Bush is a true Manchurian candidate, a finger-puppet of the underlying, impersonal archetypal darker forces that animate him.
The people who are manipulating and controlling Bush are themselves being used as instruments in the hands of this archetypal power, just as much possessed by these darker, archetypal forces as Bush is, ad infinitum. Bush and his "handlers" are all nested in and slaves to the underlying formless archetype which moves them. It is as if Toto, in the Wizard of Oz, pulls away the curtain, and instead of finding a frail old man, there is no one behind the curtain but the formless archetype itself. This formless archetype "clothes" itself in numberless variations of people and events, as it is the animating power which gives shape and form to our universe. When not recognized, the archetype becomes constellated in its negative, and hence, destructive manifestation, "drafting" people into its service so as to incarnate itself in physical form. When we don't become overly fascinated by Bush, however, we can recognize the deeper process that is revealing itself both through him, and all of us as well.
It is not that there are not "bad" guys who are, because of their moral depravity, purposely perpetrating "evil" acts. Of course, on one level, we desperately need to act and deal with the very real criminality that is being acted out by the White House. What I'm pointing at, though, is that these bad guys are just picking up and playing roles in a deeper process that is playing itself out through our species. Unless we deal with the deeper process, even if we get rid of the seeming "bad guys," central casting will simply send others to eventually play these same dastardly roles. Until we deal with the underlying psychic disease affecting our species, in thinking that Bush is the problem we are becoming distracted and only dealing with the outward symptoms of the real problem. Unless we deal with the deeper, archetypal process that is in-forming and giving shape to what is playing out in the world theater, we are doomed to unconsciously re-create it, as if we are stuck in a recurring dream. Bush is simultaneously a symptom and symbol expressing and (potentially) revealing to us the nature of the deeper sickness pervading the field.
Bush is an open portal through which the deeper archetype incarnates itself, affecting the field around him. The deeper, archetypal process is expressing itself through the interplay of Bush and the field around him, which in this case is the entire planet. The archetype is expressing itself non-locally throughout the entire field, with Bush being the magnet around which the archetype constellates itself. A deeper process is bleeding through him, literally, into our 3-D reality and is becoming visible through him and the actions of his administration. By being so possessed, Bush is the crystallization of this deeper, archetypal process, which is to say that the deeper process is symbolized and fully-embodied in, as and through him. By being so taken over, Bush is like a looking-glass window through which the deeper, archetypal process appears, becomes accessible, and is contained in full. Just like a piece of a hologram contains the whole hologram, or a fragment of a dream contains our entire inner process.
To initiate the re-solution of our current dilemma, what is needed is the slightest shift of focus in our vision. It is like our fingers are one key to the right of where they're supposed to be on the computer keyboard. When we type, it looks illegible and hopeless, like a terrible mess. We might not even know where to start to fix our seemingly very large problem. As long as our fingers are on the wrong keys, any intervention we make to rectify our situation only makes it worse. In reality, all we have to do is make the slightest little adjustment as to where our fingers are on the keyboard, and our seemingly overwhelming problem is resolved. Or similarly, if our fingers are slightly misplaced on the keys of a piano, we produce a dissonant cacophony, whereas if we move our fingers one key over, we produce beautiful music. Our situation is similar, we just need to make the slightest little change in our perception, and our entire situation can be transformed.
Paradoxically, Bush is a potential distraction from this deeper, darker archetypal process, while being an expression and revelation of this deeper process at the same time. Seen symbolically, he is a true "coincidentia oppositorum," a conjunction of opposites. He is both a smokescreen while being the very revelation of what he is a distraction from. Seen symbolically, he is the living embodiment of the darkest evil, while simultaneously, like the archetypal figure of Lucifer, he is the bringer of the light. Destroying our planet, he is simultaneously awakening our species.
A true reconciling symbol, the figure of Bush contains and unites both of the opposites. Seeing that Bush is a diabolically "dividing person," while at the same time being a sacred "uniting symbol," is to recognize that the figure of Bush is truly a revelation that we have all dreamed up so as to re-mind ourselves that we are not separate from each other. To the extent we are unconsciously reacting to Bush as if he is separate from ourselves, we are complicit in the madness that is getting acted out in our world. Instead of becoming fascinated by Bush and unconsciously re-acting against him, however, we can recognize that the figure of Bush is symbolically reflecting back to us our own darkness. Seeing Bush in this way is the very expansion of consciousness that redeems and liberates our situation. Seeing Bush in this way empowers us to co-operatively deal with the deeper, archetypal powers that animate him.
Paul Levy is a spiritually-informed political activist. A pioneer in the field of spiritual awakening, he is a healer in private practice, assisting others who are awakening to the dream-like nature of reality. He is the author of The Madness of George Bush: A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis, which is available at his website www.awakeninthedream.com. He can be reached at paul@awakeninthedream.com. He is delighted to receive readers' response to his articles, but regrets that time constraints in this 3-D reality do not always allow him to personally respond. Please feel free to pass this article along to a friend if you feel so inspired.
© 2006 Paul Levy

Posted by: Concerned Citicen | April 18, 2007 1:31 AM | Report abuse

ILLUMINATED BY DARKNESS
By Paul Levy

(Note: For those of you have read my book, the first few parts of this
article might be somewhat familiar, but I urge you to not let this stop you
from getting to the meat of the article, as I genuinely try to illumine some
new territory. I've included these first few parts for those unfamiliar with
my work, as it serves as a framework for the main discussion that follows
later in the article).

In my recent book "The Madness of George W. Bush: A Reflection of our
Collective Psychosis (available on my website www.awakeninthedream.com)," I
point out that one of the fundamental psychological dynamics in-forming the
crisis that is playing out in our world is the unwillingness to "consciously
experience" our own sense of shame, guilt and sin. This turning away from
the darker part of ourselves pervades the entire field, which is to say it
exists within each one of us in potential at each and every moment. This
contraction against our own guilt, shame and sin is an active dynamic that
exists "inside" every one of us and is revealing itself to us as it gets
"dreamed up" in the "outside" world. This inner psychological process of
turning away from our own darkness is giving shape to collective events in
our world.

To see what is playing out in our world as a "dreaming process" is to
contemplate it as if it IS a dream we are having right now. As in a dream,
the outer (what is happening in the world) is nothing other than an
unmediated expression or reflection of what is going on inside the dreamer,
which in this case is us. The fact that this core psychological process of
turning away from our guilt, shame and sin is at work, "fully employed"
in-forming and fueling the crisis in our world, is revealing to us that this
very same process exists within ourselves. This is to say that the genuine
healing and resolution of our world crisis is to be found by looking within
ourselves. This is exactly what Christ himself was teaching when he said,
"The Kingdom is to be found within."

Just like a dream, the core "inner" process of the psyche is revealing
itself, both literally as well as symbolically, in, as and through events in
the "outside" world. We don't recognize this synchronistic correspondence
between the inner and the outer not because it is hard to see, but because
it is so obvious, we don't notice what is staring us in the face. This
correlation between what is happening inside of ourselves and what is
happening in the outside world is "transparent." This is to say it is not
hidden, as it's fully apparent, while at the same time being invisible, like
a see-thru medium that we are not able to register. This synchronistic
co-relation between the inner and the outer is veiling itself in the
obviousness of its very revelation. We are simply being asked to recognize
what is being revealed.

Seen as a mass, shared dream that we are all collaboratively dreaming up
into materialization, what is playing out on the world stage is symbolically
revealing to us the core psychological process that is keeping us separate
from one another. Any one of us integrating our own darkness into our image
of ourselves has a non-local effect on the entire field, which is to say
that the way to "fight" evil is by coming to terms with it within ourselves.


GEORGE BUSH IS OUR REFLECTION
We can use the figure of George Bush as an example. As I articulate in my
book (in chapter 1), at the bottom of Bush's madness is his unwillingness
and fear to consciously feel and experience his own guilt, shame and sin
(which means to miss the mark). In order to hide from his darkness, Bush
splits-off and projects his own darkness outside of himself. In projecting
his shadow, however, he is lying (both to others, as well as himself), for
he is disassociating from and deceiving himself about his darker intentions.
Bush then deludes himself into believing his own lies, which is the very
thing which feeds his guilt in the first place, creating the very thing he
is hiding from. Bush is caught in a self-created, involuted spiral of ever
increasing madness, a crazy-making double-bind with no "exit strategy" that
he is acting out on the world stage.

This self-reinforcing process of splitting-off from his guilt develops a
momentum and a sovereignty of its own, more and more taking Bush over in the
process. Bush is being manipulated, victimized and possessed by darker
forces that he himself is setting in motion through his refusal to
self-reflect and consciously experience his guilt. He has fallen into a
self-created and self-creating feedback loop, an infinite regression known
in Buddhism as the endless wheel of cyclic, problematic, and
suffering-filled existence called "samsara." Because of his position of
power to determine events in our world, however, we are all at risk, as his
disastrous, unconscious, fear-based re-actions threaten the well-being of
the entire planet.

Being so taken over by his unconscious as a result of his unwillingness to
feel his guilt, Bush is incarnating this (inner) process in full-bodied
(outer) form, which is to say he is an embodied "revelation" of this inner
process. The figure of George Bush is both literally, as well as
symbolically - like a figure in a dream - reflecting back to us the part of
ourselves that is feeding and thereby supporting our own darkness, as well
as the darkness in the universe. Seen as a dreaming process, in which George
Bush is a figure that we've all dreamed up into materialization, we have
dreamed him up to mirror back to us our own ignorance, madness, and
darkness, so as to help us recognize and integrate these pathological parts
within ourselves of which he is merely a reflection.

Being an embodied reflection of this part of ourselves is to say that Bush
is not separate from us, as we are all interconnected parts and expressions
of the underlying unified field. We don't exist in isolation from Bush, nor
him from us, but rather, in co-relation to each other. We are all
interdependently co-arising together, which is to say that we are all parts
of one another. We are expressions of and contained in a being whose
periphery is far greater than what we have been imagining for ourselves. To
realize this is to have an expansion of not only our image of who we are,
but of consciousness itself.

WE ARE ALL COMPLICIT
Avoiding relationship with our shadow results in having a chronic "guilty
conscience," which is an expression of "unconsciousness," and is the polar
opposite of "consciously" experiencing our guilt. Our turning away from
consciously experiencing our own guilt, shame and sin literally feeds and
give life to the shadow, both on the personal level (in ourselves), and on
the collective, archetypal level (on the world stage). This "turning away"
from a part of ourselves is an inner, archetypal, age-old process that has
enacted itself all throughout history. This is to say that this dynamic
exists in the collective unconscious of humanity, pervading the entire field
of consciousness, and is therefore a process in which we all share and
participate. To the extent that each of us is not dealing with our own
guilt, shame, and sin, we are contributing to and unknowingly colluding with
the collective shadow that is playing out in the world.

The evil that is playing out in the world non-locally pervades the entire
field, which is to say that we are all complicit. Though he was talking
about Nazi Germany, Jung could have been talking about our present day when
he said, "Psychological collective guilt .hits everybody, just and unjust
alike, everybody who was anywhere near the place where the terrible thing
happened." In our case, because the evil is playing itself out non-locally
throughout the field, which is to say everywhere, we are all "near the place
where the terrible thing happened (and is happening)." We are all playing
roles, to the extent we are acting out our unconscious, in animating the
darkness that has befallen our planet. To say this differently: We are all
collaboratively dreaming up the darkness in the world, we are all
responsible. There is no one in this world who is completely innocent, as we
are all interconnected, inseparable parts of the greater field.

When we are unwilling to consciously experience this shadow part of
ourselves, we necessarily project it outside of ourselves. This split-off,
darker part literally gets "dreamed up" into materialization in the outside
world. Once we meet our projected shadow in the outside world, we
immediately contract against it, which is the very reflection of our
original impulse of contracting against our own inner darkness being played
out in the outside world. Paradoxically, this implies that the way to work
on our inner process is by actively participating in the outside world,
while concurrently, the very way to change the outer world is by looking
within and working on our inner process.

THE DARKNESS ITSELF ILLUMINES US
Once we project our shadow, we fall into a vicious cycle in which we are
endlessly hiding from and lying to ourselves. In order to justify our shadow
projections, we continually have to entrance ourselves into believing the
lie that is inherent in our shadow projection. Interestingly, Jung simply
refers to "shadow projection" as "the lie." Etymologically, lying is related
to the word "Devil," who is the "liar." Shadow projection is intimately
related to the evil that is playing out in our world.

We secretly feel a sense of guilt when we shadow project, because we
inwardly know we are not in our integrity. This sense of guilt itself is the
very feeling from which we split-off. Our guilt does not allow us to feel
our guilt, which is what we secretly feel guilty over. To the extent that we
don't consciously experience our guilt, we become caught in an
infinitely-perpetuating double-bind in which we project out our darkness,
which just perpetuates the very thing we feel guilty about, ad infinitum.

Commenting on the insidious futility of shadow projection, Jung said, "One
realizes, first of all, that one cannot project one's shadow on to others,
and next that there is no advantage in insisting on their guilt, as it is
much more important to know and possess one's own, because it is part of
one's own self and a necessary factor without which nothing in this
sublunary world can be realized."

Jung is pointing at the "primary" importance of getting in touch with our
own guilt. It should be noted that getting in touch with our own guilt
doesn't preclude at the same time holding someone like Bush accountable for
his criminal actions. Both the inner and outer situations need to be
consciously dealt with, without either being marginalized.

Once we consciously access our own guilt, however, we withdraw and
dis-invest our projection of the shadow onto others. We recognize that the
evil we're seeing in the other is simultaneously our own evil, thereby
realizing we can no longer project evil outside of ourselves and keep it at
arm's length. On the contrary, we discover that evil exists within the very
arm that is pointing to it out there. Yes, Bush is guilty. And to the extent
that we are turning away from a part of ourselves (whether within ourselves,
or as it appears in reflected form in the outside world), so are we. We are
all complicit.

Once we withdraw our shadow projections from external reality, we dis-spell
and dis-engage from the diabolical feedback loop which we were unknowingly
feeding and in which we were imprisoned. Once we withdraw our shadow
projection from the outside world and recognize it within ourselves, we are
able to snap out of our self-created double-bind and consciously feel our
guilt, shame and sin. Once we become fluent and engaged with the darkness
within ourselves, we no longer have to hide from it, which is to say from
ourselves, by projecting our shadow outside of ourselves. We can thereby
take responsibility for our role in perpetuating this cycle of self-deceit
and denial, and with our increased consciousness, bring our complicity in
this dynamic to an end. We are then able to deal with the "sublunary world"
of the dark unconscious, both within ourselves and as it appears in the
outside world. Once we are acquainted with the archetypal darkness which
expresses itself non-locally
throughout the field, this darkness paradoxically reveals itself to be an
expression of the light, as it is the darkness itself that has illumined us.


Becoming "intimately related" to our own darkness empowers us to effectively
deal with the darkness in the world in a way that was unavailable to us as
long as we were avoiding a confrontation with our own inner darkness. When
we were hiding from our own darkness, we were trying to destroy it as it
appeared in the outside world (which is merely an "externalized" reflection
of our "inner" act of contracting against our own darkness). In other words,
the darkness (inside of us) is trying to get rid of the darkness (in the
outside world), as if the darkness is trying to get rid of itself, which is
the very act that generates and is generated by the darkness in the first
place.

WE ARE ALL GUILTY OF BEING INNOCENT
Once we consciously take the shadow back into ourselves, we become an
instrument, a flash of light that illumines the darkness in the outside
world. Instead of reacting to the darkness in the outside world through the
lens of our own unembraced darkness, which simply creates, through
projection, more darkness, we are able to see the darkness through the part
of ourselves that is separate from it. Paradoxically, seeing our own evil is
the very thing which activates the part of us which is "other" than and free
of evil. This part of us that is "other" than evil is the only part of us
that can clearly see evil (as it plays itself out both within ourselves and
in the outside world) because it is not "mixed up" with it, and thus, is not
blinded or deceived by it.

At the same time we see the evil part of ourselves, the part of us that is
seeing evil is free of it, for we couldn't objectify it otherwise. For
example, if we have jaundice, we couldn't pick out what objects are truly
yellow, for everything looks yellow. The part of us that is seeing the color
yellow is the part of us that is "yellow-free." Paradoxically, it is only in
recognizing and owning the evil within ourselves that allows us, by virtue
of being the witness of it, to relate to it as "other" than ourselves, which
is to be free of it ("evil-free").

This is a very subtle, but immensely profound point. When we see the evil
within us, by owning it we simultaneously witness it as other than and
separate from ourselves, which is to get in relationship with it as an
"other." Simply aware of what it is witnessing, the part of us that is the
witness of "evil" is free of the attribute that is being witnessed; it is
not the "guilty party." The evil I am witnessing within myself is an aspect
of me and I own it but it is not mine. This is the personal/impersonal
paradox of the soul: what is most me is not mine.

We are only able to bear the experience of the evil within us and not fall
into overwhelming despair if we recognize the "transpersonal" origin of evil
(for a deeper discussion on evil, see the chapter in my book called
"Shedding Light on Evil," chapter 13). Instead of identifying with the evil
we have found within, thinking it "belongs" to us individually, we recognize
that evil is "archetypal" in nature, in that it belongs to the universe
itself. Realizing the archetypal dimension of evil is itself an expression
that we are in touch with our intrinsic wholeness, which enables us to not
split-off from nor identify with, but rather contain, transmute and liberate
evil's deleterious effects. Becoming engaged with and intimately related to
the transpersonal evil within us simultaneously acquaints us with the part
of ourselves that is beyond the personal ego and plugged into something
greater than ourselves.

Similarly, the part of us that experiences the guilt that is bound up in the
evil within us is the guilt-free (innocent) part of us. When we consciously
experience our "feelings" of guilt in a "full-bodied way" (compared to an
"intellectual" way, in which we only experience the "idea" of our guilt),
the underlying guilt, as if released from being stuck in a frozen block of
ice, begins to melt, move, and transform. Fully experiencing one of the
opposites, our guilt, constellates its opposite, as we become introduced to
the part of us that has always existed in primordial purity. This "innocent"
part of us has simply been temporarily hidden by our unwillingness to
experience our own evil and corresponding guilt. Paradoxically, by
consciously experiencing our guilt, shame and sin, and experiencing remorse,
we become acquainted with the part of us that is "innocent."

This "innocent" part of ourselves has never been tainted by darkness. This
part of us that is "other" than evil is unstained and undefiled by evil,
just like the sands of the Sahara desert are not made wet by a mirage of
water. This innocent part of us warrants being identified with divinity.
Paradoxically, by owning the evil inside of ourselves, we access the part of
us that is untouched by evil, and can genuinely be called "good," as it is
of the nature of "God."

THE SHADOW IS A TRICKSTER
Jung said, "Consciousness of guilt can therefore act as a powerful moral
stimulus.without guilt, unfortunately, there can be no psychic maturation
and no widening of the spiritual horizon." Feeling genuine regret and
remorse brings with it a "metanoia," a refreshing and renewal of the spirit.
This is the "remorse of conscience" that the spiritual teacher Gurdjieff
considered to be the doorway into genuine spiritual maturation and
evolution.

Experiencing remorse involves seeing the times in our lives when we have
deceived ourselves and/or others and have hurt other people in the process.
Who among us is not guilty? It takes moral courage to shatter our one-sided
image of ourselves as "pure and righteous," face ourselves in the mirror,
see our darker half and experience remorse. Humility spontaneously arises as
we "feel through" our remorse.

There is a danger however. To quote Jung, "In making the shadow conscious we
must be very careful that the unconscious does not play yet another trick
and prevent a real confrontation with the shadow. A patient may see the
darkness in himself for a moment, but the next moment he tells himself that
it is not so bad after all, a mere bagatelle [something of little
importance]. Or else he exaggerates his remorse, because it is so nice to
have such a wonderful remorseful feeling, to enjoy it like a warm eiderdown
on a cold winter's morning when one should be getting up. This dishonesty,
this refusal to see, ensures that there will be no confrontation with the
shadow. Yet if there were a confrontation, then with increasing
consciousness the good and the positive features would come to light too. We
must therefore beware of the danger of wallowing in affects- remorse,
melancholy, etc.- because they are seductive." [Emphasis added]

Until integrated and made conscious, the shadow is always trying to
obfuscate itself. Even the part of us that wants to integrate the shadow so
that we can be free of it might itself be an aspect of the shadow. The
shadow itself is not "bad," it is a mere "shadow" with no substance. It is
our turning away from and avoiding our shadow which is the very act that is
both created by and creating the darkness from which we are turning away.

Spiritual/New Age practitioners who are endlessly affirming their innocence
are another example of falling under the spell of the shadow. Many
metaphysical practitioners are actually caricatures of genuine spiritual
practitioners, as in their affirmations of their guiltlessness they are
unwittingly avoiding conscious relationship with their feelings of guilt,
shame and sin. Overly identified with the light and trying to be pure, they
become self-righteous and one-sided, which guarantees that they will
unconsciously act out their shadow destructively in the world. These
"light-workers" generally run the other way screaming in horror when someone
has the temerity to even mention the word "evil."

There is also a danger of identifying with, getting absorbed into and caught
by the shadow, where we feel possessed by it and act it out unconsciously.
Once we develop a strong enough sense of self, however, we can not only
become more intimately in relationship with the darkness as an "object"
other than ourselves, but we then experience the darkness "subjectively," as
we experience ourselves as the source of the darkness. This is to realize
that it is our contracting against the darkness, a form of clinging and
grasping, which is the very act that generates the darkness against which we
are resisting.


OUR BURDEN IS LIGHT
As Christ said, "resist not evil." There is a radical difference between
fighting evil and loving God. Loving God is to embrace unconditionally both
the light and dark sides of God, which is to say of ourselves. Snapping out
of the self-created and infinitely-regressing feedback loop of fighting
against our own darkness is to realize that our very grasping itself is the
origin of the problem of evil. This realization allows us to receive the
blessings of the "dark God." As alchemists, we are then able to transmute
the darkness into light. As Christ said, "My burden IS light." Could this
statement by Christ mean not only that his burden is "not heavy," but that
his (and our) burden IS (in disguised form) the "light" of the Godhead
itself?

We are confronted with a paradox: No one is innocent, as we are all
complicit in the darkness that is playing out in the world, while
simultaneously we are all innocent. A genuine "coincidentia oppositorum," a
co-inciding of the opposites, a complete and utter paradox where both
opposites are true simultaneously. Consciously experiencing this co-joining
of opposites challenges us to snap out of the spell of our bifurcating,
dualistic mind which separates this seamless universe of ours into alienated
fragments that seem to be at "odds" with each other.

The only way to directly realize this union of opposites is to have an
expansion of consciousness in which we recognize our interconnectedness and
interrelatedness, and develop a more complete and holistic vision of our
inseparable relationship to each other and the universe as a whole.
Entertaining both opposites being true simultaneously is an expression that
we have become united with ourselves (which is reflected both within
ourselves, as well as in the outside world), while at the same time we
ourselves have been united by the opposites. Not merely the "subjects" of
our inner process, we have become the "objects" of a deeper, mythic,
archetypal and divine process that is incarnating itself through us. We are
the conduits through which the universe is becoming consciously aware of
itself. The universe is waking itself up through us.

Just like the darkest thunderclouds are themselves the unmediated expression
of the sky, not separate from the sky in one iota, as they come out of the
sky and unfold back into the sky when they dissolve, evil can be recognized
to be related to, not separate from, and a revelation of our true nature.
Just like the darkest thunderclouds don't dirty the sky, evil is recognized
to have no power to taint our true nature, but rather, in some very peculiar
way, helps us to realize who we are in a deeper, more ultimate sense. Evil
awakens in us the recognition of our true nature, similar to how we would
never notice the surface of the mirror without its reflections.
Interestingly, it is only by allowing himself to be completely bound by
darker forces on the cross does Christ actualize true freedom.
Paradoxically, by binding us, evil can potentially enliven the part of us
that is truly free.

Just like a mirror can reflect back the vilest image and not become sullied
by the darkness of the reflection, when we become truly acquainted with our
true nature - which embraces both light and dark and is simply aware of what
it witnesses - our "original sin" dissolves back into the empty illusion
that it always was. Acting from the living experience of our basic goodness
and primordial purity, we can then truly be of benefit to the world.

Paul Levy is an artist and a spiritually-informed political co-activist. A
pioneer in the field of spiritual awakening, he is a healer in private
practice, assisting others who are awakening to the dream-like nature of
reality. He is the author of "The Madness of George Bush: A Reflection of
Our Collective Psychosis," which is available at his website
www.awakeninthedream.com. Please feel free to pass this article along to a
friend if you feel so inspired. You can contact Paul at
paul@awakeninthedream.com; he looks forward to your reflections. C Copyright
2006.

Posted by: Concerned Citizen | April 18, 2007 1:33 AM | Report abuse

MEETING THE OTHER WITHIN
By Paul Levy

As I point out in my recent book, "The Madness of George W. Bush: A
Reflection of our Collective Psychosis," withdrawing our shadow projections,
the darker part of ourselves that we see reflected in "others," initiates
the process of being able to more effectively deal with the darkness in our
world. The question arises: what does owning our shadow and withdrawing our
shadow projections look like? When we recognize, own and withdraw our shadow
projections from the outside world that we have cast onto "others," we get
in touch with the "other" inside of ourselves. When we stop seeing the
"other" who is outside ourselves as separate, but as a reflection of
something within ourselves, we become acquainted with the "other" who exists
within.

This newly found "other within" is subjectively experienced as not being
under the control of our will, as if it is a separate and autonomous being.
To meet the other within is to discover that we are not the master of our
own house. To conceptualize this other within ourselves, think of our
primary identity, of who we imagine we are (a good, kind, spiritual person,
for example), and then take the polar opposite of this perspective - this is
how the other within us sees the world. To quote Jung, ".we discover that
the 'other' in us is indeed 'another,' a real man, who actually thinks,
does, feels, and desires all the things that are despicable and odious.. A
whole man, however, knows that his bitterest foe, or indeed a host of
enemies, does not equal that one worst adversary, the 'other self' who
dwells in his bosom." To quote the cartoon character Pogo, "We have met the
enemy and he is us."

The autonomous other within us is symbolically related to the figure of the
devil, who is the "other," and adversary, to God (one of the inner meanings
of the word "devil" is the "adversary"). The battle between Christ and his
adversary (the anti-Christ), seen symbolically, is a reflection of the
dynamic that exists between ourselves and the "adversarial other"
unconsciously residing within us. Commenting on this correlation, Jung said
".the 'adversary,' is none other than 'the other in me.'" And yet, in some
mysterious way, this adversarial other plays a crucial role in the
actualization of our true nature. To quote Jung, "The shadow and the
opposing will are the necessary conditions for all actualization."

This other within can really get in our way and mess with our best
intentions, however. This other within can manifest in a way that is truly
"devilish," thwarting us at every turn. Interestingly, one of the meanings
of the word "Satan" is that which "obstructs." This other within can
manifest so demonically and arouse such terror in us because it is a
reflection and projection of our inner state of fear and denial, as
ultimately it is related to, an expression of, and inseparable from
ourselves. Because we experience this "other" within ourselves as alien and
separate from ourselves and not under our control, however, we feel fear
upon meeting it. Fear and the experience of an "other" (whether in the
outside world, or within ourselves) co-arise simultaneously, as they
mutually evoke and reinforce each other. Fear is the very expression of the
separate self, as one is never found without the other.

AUTONOMOUS COMPLEXES
Jung relates demons to what he calls "autonomous complexes," which are parts
of the psyche that have been so split-off due to trauma they develop a
seemingly independent and quasi-life of their own. These split-off and
disowned autonomous complexes which seem to oppose us are ultimately parts
of ourselves that we have disassociated from. This is similar to if we
forget about part of our physical body, this part of ourselves will
compensate our dis-membering of our wholeness by trying to get our attention
and help us to re-member it; so it is in our psychic landscape. When we
split-off from a part of our psyche, we project out this part of ourselves
and it will invariably get dreamed up, either as an "other" within our
psyche, or as an "other" in the outside world.

These autonomous complexes are ultimately our own energy appearing to us in
projected, seemingly out-there form, so as to compensate a one-sidedness on
our part. These autonomous complexes are genuine symbols that reflect our
inner situation while at the same time being potentially transformative of
it. They are an expression of the part of us that is one-sided, while
simultaneously being the very doorway into integrating our imbalance,
embracing the split-off inner "other" and actualizing our intrinsic
wholeness. How the autonomous other within us manifests - constructively or
destructively - depends upon if we recognize what it is revealing to us.

Jung said, "Individuation is an exceedingly difficult task: it always
involves a conflict of duties, whose solution requires us to understand that
our "counter-will" is also an aspect of God's will." This autonomous other,
with its "counter-will," plays a mysterious, and key role in the revelation
of our true nature. Paradoxically, this "autonomous other" within ourselves,
though seemingly separate from ourselves, is simultaneously none other than
ourselves. It is as if we are so split off from our true self that we have
to dream it up as being alien to ourselves in order to begin relationship
with it.

Interestingly, such disparate thinkers as Jung and the philosopher Terrance
McKenna, hypothesized that the ET/UFO phenomena might actually be an
expression of the psychic fact that we are so split-off from our true self
that we can only begin to experience it in the projected form of an "alien
other." Are the seeming appearances of ET/UFO's in the outer world simply an
embodied reflection of this inner, psychic process, as if an archetypal
process existing deep within the human psyche is being "dreamed up" into
materialization through our universe in order to show us something about
ourselves?

When we are completely disassociated from a part of ourselves, just like in
a dream, we project it outside of ourselves (whether inwardly or outwardly),
where this unconscious content belonging to ourselves gets "dreamed up" in
the form of an "other." If we can recognize the reflection of ourselves that
is being revealed to us, we can then begin the process of integrating this
split-off, unconscious part of ourselves into our conscious self-image. This
is similar to how Christ, who symbolizes God incarnate, had to fully
incarnate in humanity, which is to say become completely alien and separate
from God, for God to re-concile with and become one with Itself. To quote
Jung, "God in his humanity is presumably so far from himself that he has to
seek himself through absolute self-surrender. And where would God's
wholeness be if he could not be the "wholly other?"

THE OTHER WITHIN AS A SACRED EXPERIENCE
When we discover the "other" within ourselves, we begin to get in
relationship with it, instead of trying to dominate and destroy it. We begin
to treat our darker part "religiously," as we honor and respect this darker
partner we are sharing our life with. Etymologically, the word "religio"
derives from the word "religare," which means to link back and reconnect (to
the source, God, our true selves). Talking about treating things
religiously, Jung said, "Religion appears to me to be a peculiar attitude of
mind which could be formulated in accordance with the original use of the
word religio, which means a careful consideration and observation of certain
dynamic factors that are conceived as 'powers.'" The use of the word
"religious" in this context must not be confused with the contemporary
pejorative use of the word, which typically refers to the dogmatic, rigid
fundamentalism of "organized religion," which entails following a set of
predetermined beliefs or laws imposed by
an
outside authority.

Our existential situation as human beings is to find ourselves having to
come to terms with archetypal powers that are seemingly more powerful than
ourselves. To quote Jung, "The truth is we do not enjoy masterless freedom;
we are continually threatened by psychic factors which, in the guise of
'natural phenomena,' may take possession of us at any moment. The withdrawal
of metaphysical projections leaves us almost defenceless in the face of
this happening, for we immediately identify with every impulse instead of
giving it the name of the 'other,' which would at least hold it at arm's
length and prevent it from storming the citadel of the ego. 'Principalities
and powers' are always with us; we have no need to create them even if we
could. It is merely incumbent on us to choose the master we wish to serve,
so that his service shall be our safeguard against being mastered by the
'other' whom we have not chosen." We are in a position where we choose,
whether we know it or not,
whether
we become taken over by the "other" within ourselves in a way where we
unwittingly become its instrument, or relate to this power seemingly greater
than ourselves with consciousness. This is related to the choices each of us
must make in coming to terms with our own compulsive, addictive tendencies.

To relate to the "other" within ourselves in a "religious" way is to be
carefully contemplating it as a power greater than ourselves (the numinosum)
that is worthy of our devoted attention. To quote Jung, "Religion, as the
Latin word denotes, is a careful and scrupulous observation of what Rudolph
Otto [author of "The Idea of the Holy"] aptly terms the numinosum, that is,
a dynamic agency or effect not caused by an arbitrary act of will. On the
contrary, it seizes and controls the human subject, who is always rather its
victim than its creator. The numinosum - whatever its cause may be - is an
experience of the subject independent of his will."

To treat things religiously is to develop a more wholistic attitude towards
our experience, in which we realize that we are inseparably united with our
universe. Instead of relating to our experience in a literal, linear and
materialistic way, we recognize that this universe of ours is a living
oracle, a continually unfolding revelation that is speaking symbolically,
just like a dream. This is to recognize that the "material" of our universe
is infused with spirit, a realization which itself is a reflex-ion and
effect of cultivating a religious attitude. Jung explains that ".the term
'religion' designates the attitude peculiar to a consciousness which has
been changed by experience of the numinosum." When we have the numinous
experience of getting in relationship with the other within ourselves, we,
as well as the very universe in which we live, become transformed in the
process.

We encounter the numinous every moment, as our very life experience is
nothing other than an ongoing experience of the numinous. The question is:
do we add consciousness to our experience of the numinous or do we continue
to experience it unconsciously, indirectly, and hence, as problematic? The
answer to this fateful question literally determines our destiny. This is
why Jung said, "The main interest of my work is not concerned with the
treatment of neuroses but rather with the approach to the numinous. But the
fact is that the approach to the numinous is the real therapy and inasmuch
as you attain to the numinous experiences, you are released from the curse
of pathology. Even the very disease takes on a numinous character." When we
encounter the numinosum, the seemingly negative aspect of our experience
reveals itself to be an aspect of the divine.

To have an experience of this autonomous other within ourselves can
potentially lead to a life-transforming experience in which we get more
deeply in touch with the truth of who we are. To quote Jung, "All modern
people feel alone in the world of the psyche because they assume that there
is nothing there that they have not made up. This is the very best
demonstration of our God-almighty-ness [an unconscious identification with
God, otherwise known as "inflation"], which simply comes from the fact that
we think we have invented everything psychical - that nothing would be done
if we did not do it; for that is our basic idea and it is an extraordinary
assumption..Then one is all alone in one's psyche, exactly like the Creator
before the creation. But through a certain training [contemplating the other
within, for example].something suddenly happens which one has not created,
something objective, and then one is no longer alone. That is the object of
[certain] initiations, to tr
ain
people to experience something which is not their intention, something
strange, something objective with which they cannot identify.this experience
of the objective fact is all-important, because it denotes the presence of
something which is not I, yet is still psychical. Such an experience can
reach a climax where it becomes an experience of God."

When we recognize and get in relationship with the dark other within us, we
can potentially experience the numinosum directly. As Jung continually
pointed out throughout his work, it is by making the darkness conscious that
we become enlightened. Coming to terms with the dark other within us forces
us to develop a strong sense of self, of who we are, of our innate wholeness
and connection with the divine. Developing a strong sense of self enables us
to sustain being in conscious relationship with and not become overwhelmed
by, identified with, or possessed by this more powerful transpersonal power.
Paradoxically, though the other within us is ultimately an aspect of
ourselves that we need to embrace, confronting the other within forces us to
develop a viewpoint other than it. The other within teaches us how to say
"no" and set a boundary. Like a psychic nautilus machine that helps us to
work out the very muscle we need to develop, engaging with the other within
helps us to st
rengthen
the part of ourselves that is weakest.

Relating to the other within us religiously is to participate in the
transformation of this archetypal power into becoming our ally. As we become
more engaged with this part of ourselves, we experience the sacred marriage
of alchemy, which is to join and unify with ourselves. At this point the
"other" is no longer "other." We have become integrated, one with ourselves.
By raising our darkness to the level of consciousness, we have taken away
its autonomy and assimilated it into the wholeness of our being, which is
what "Incarnation" is all about.

ENCODED IN THE DARKNESS IS THE GERM OF A NEW LIGHT
Paradoxically, recognizing our own darkness is an "illumination." Depending
upon how we relate to it, this dark other we have found within ourselves can
truly be Lucifer, the dark angel who is the bringer of the light. As Jung
continually contemplated in his work, evil plays an incredibly important and
mysterious role in the divine drama of incarnation, salvation and
redemption. To quote Jung, "A glance at the Scriptures, however, is enough
to show us the importance of the devil in the divine drama of redemption."
When the Christ event is viewed symbolically (just like we would contemplate
a dream), the Incarnation of God in, through, and as humanity would not have
been accomplished without the role of the devil. As if part of a deeper
divine mystery, the figure of the devil, the embodiment of evil itself, is
related to the coming of the light. Shadows are expressions that light is
nearby. As Jung pointed out, ".a strong light is the best shadow-projector,
provided that there
is
something to cast a shadow."

When the darkness seems to be at its most powerful is paradoxically when the
light becomes available. To quote Jung, ".when one principle reaches the
height of its power, the counter-principle is stirring within it like a
germ.the apparently meaningless and hopeless collapse into a disorder
without aim or purpose, which fills the onlooker with disgust and despair,
nevertheless contains within its darkness the germ of a new light." Could,
as Jung suggests, the darkness in our world contain within it the "germ of a
new light," heralding a new era dawning for our species? Marie Louise von
Franz, Jung's closest colleague, wrote, "Jung saw this present-day
culmination of evil as typical of the historical catastrophes that tend to
accompany the great transitions from one age to another." In bringing the
darkness within us to the light of conscious awareness, we are participating
in an evolutionary and epochal expansion of consciousness that has been
predicted by numerous wisdom-ba
sed,
prophetic traditions for centuries.

What is happening within us, the microcosm, is a reflection of the same
process that is happening collectively, in the macrocosm. Just like the dark
other within ourselves is the very figure that can awaken us to a greater
and more comprehensive state of being, the darkness that is playing out on
the world stage can potentially activate the light of consciousness in our
species, thus serving as a catalyst for collective evolution. Jung said,
"And so we can draw a parallel: just as in me, a single individual, the
darkness calls forth a helpful light, so it does in the psychic life of a
people."

Becoming intimately acquainted with the dark other within us empowers us to
relate with and effectively deal with the darkness in the outer world. The
inner experience of getting into conscious relationship with and integrating
the other within ourselves is reflected in the outside world, as the more we
embrace the other within us, the more we are able to re-connect with others
in the outside world, and vise-versa.

Any one person integrating the darkness within themselves could be, as Jung
said, "the makeweight that tips the scales," precipitating a realization in
the collective psyche of all humanity. Because we are all interconnected, we
can co-relate, inter-act and hook up with each other to become the
instruments through which our lucidity becomes collectively made real
(materialized) in space and time. We are then able to intervene en masse and
change the dynamics and direction of the waking dream we are sharing. We are
being invited by the universe to be the engines of our own, as well as the
universes', evolution. It is an invitation we should not decline. Let us
assent and say "yes" to what is being freely offered to us.

Paul Levy is an artist and a spiritually-informed political co-activist. A
pioneer in the field of spiritual awakening, he is a healer in private
practice, assisting others who are awakening to the dream-like nature of
reality. He is a long-time Tibetan Buddhist practitioner. He is the author
of "The Madness of George Bush: A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis,"
which is available at his website www.awakeninthedream.com. Please feel free
to pass this article along to a friend if you feel so inspired. You can
contact Paul at paul@awakeninthedream.com; he looks forward to your
reflections. C Copyright 2006.

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MIDDLE EAST MADNESS
by Paul Levy

The other night I was watching Dan Gillerman, the Israeli ambassador to the U. N. being interviewed on t. v. by Charlie Rose. Gillerman was incredibly articulate, and very brilliant. He spoke with the utmost authority and confidence. Here was someone who seemed truly empowered, I thought. Flawless in his logic, it seemed like no one had a chance to win the slightest point in any argument with him. And then, something revealing happened. At one point, Rose asked him whether Israel preferred a military or a political victory. The ambassador answered, "We prefer a MILITARY victory over a military victory.' Rose immediately corrected him, saying he meant that Israel preferred a POLITICAL victory over a military victory. Gillerman responded by saying "yes, a political victory over a military victory," as if that's exactly what he had said. He had no idea that he had mis-spoken, and that his Freudian slip may have unwittingly revealed a deeper process that was playing out through his, and by extension, Israel's unconscious.
A Freudian slip is the voice of the unconscious. In his slip of the tongue, Gillerman unknowingly may have revealed what is going on inside the unconscious, whose intentions are the polar opposite of what he imagines or represents them to be (both to himself and to the world) at that moment. In his Freudian slip, Gillerman may have been unwittingly revealing what he was unconsciously dissociated from and hiding from himself, and hence, unconsciously enacting in the world. When we are not in conscious relationship with a part of ourselves, we are doomed to unconsciously give shape and form to it by acting it out in the world.
Once I began contemplating the ambassador's Freudian slip, I wondered what it could have been revealing about his (and Israel's) unconscious. If that was the voice of the unconscious, it is expressing the shadow, the darker part, of what Israel is playing out on the global stage. If it was a genuine Freudian slip, Gillerman is unknowingly revealing that Israel prefers a victory by force over anything negotiated via diplomacy. It is as if this voice that wanted a military victory was thirsting to assert its power and domination over its enemies. It goes without saying that this is the absolute polar opposite of the representatives of peace that Gillerman and Israel like to think of themselves as being. This unconscious dark side that the Israeli ambassador is revealing is none other than the underlying, un-integrated collective shadow of his nation which is being brutally acted out on the world stage.
Gillerman's Freudian slip seems to be revealing an urge on the part of Israel for revenge, an impulse to want to punish their adversaries. Wanting to destroy the "other," Israel is unconsciously acting out the part of itself that has been abused. Israel's knee-jerk, vengeful reaction is coming out of a deep hurt, a deep wound. Israel's unconscious reaction to want to hurt and destroy the other is an expression of the part of it that has been traumatized by its enemies attempting to destroy it. And yet, Israel's desire for revenge is what transforms it from being the victim of terror to itself becoming the terrorist.
The ambassador's Freudian slip may be revealing that Israel, under the guise of being the victim, is actually playing the role of the victimizer disguised as the victim. By acting out of its wound and unconsciously acting out its trauma, Israel is actually doing the very thing it is accusing its enemies of doing. Accusing its enemies of perpetrating violence, Israel is perpetrating violence, thereby pouring fuel on the endless cycle of violence. Does Israel really think that enacting violence is going to make it safer? Doesn't Israel realize that perpetrating violence is just going to inspire and create more enemies than it will destroy? Of course, I can't help but notice the similarity between Israel's (ultimately self-defeating) attitude and that of my own country, the United States.
Israel's argument that Hezbollah or Hamas "started" the violence, though seemingly accurate on a superficial level of reality, is profoundly untrue. Israel and its enemies "reciprocally co-arise" together, which is to say that we can't pinpoint in linear time where the violence actually started. Hezbollah or Hamas didn't react out of a void, but could just as easily point to a previous violence that Israel had perpetrated onto them that they were just reacting to. Israel and its enemies are both unconsciously acting out a deeper process that is beginingless in time (atemporal) and acausal, which is to say that it is a conflict which cannot be traced back to a "first cause," as no one "started it."
Although there are deep, historical roots to this conflict, no matter who is to blame for what has been done in the past, the fact is the only place we have the power to make a genuine difference is in the present moment. Thus, the present situation is the place wherein effective action can be taken to resolve this crisis. From the point of view of the present moment, no one "started" the conflict. Either side, at any moment, can step out of the vicious cycle which is nothing other than an infinite regression and simply refuse to continue to feed the endless, self-reinforcing cycle of violence. Either side of the conflict can simply refuse to participate in perpetuating the cycle of reactive and retributive violence and the self-perpetuating cycle will be broken. This is the deeper meaning of Christ's urging to "turn the other cheek." This is the underlying meaning of both Gandhi and Rev. Martin Luther King's teachings on non-violence. Only by not striking back can we become agents of peace.
There is an incredible "edge" or resistance around criticizing Israel, as many people will immediately accuse me of being anti-Semitic. Being of Jewish heritage myself, it breaks my heart to see the abuse that Israel is unconsciously acting out against its neighbors. It is as if the Jewish people have not learned the deeper lesson of the very Holocaust that almost destroyed us, which is that to project the shadow outside of ourselves is to become the very evil that we are trying to destroy in the outside world (Please see my article Shadow Projection: The Fuel of War, available on my website www.awakeninthedream.com). And yet, for anyone to criticize what the nation of Israel is doing is to not only NOT be anti-Semitic, but is to be a true representative of what the Jewish people ultimately are supposed to stand for, which is peace. This situation is analogous to when a family member in a position of power abuses their power, the other family members are enabling and complicit in the abuse if they remain silent (such as, in this case, other Jews who blindly support whatever Israel does, as well as the United States, who is giving tacit approval of Israel's violent actions by its silence). The family member who speaks up and sheds light on the abuse, though at first quite unpopular and unwelcome, is the one who is the truly loving "patriot" of the family system.
Of course, Israel's enemies are doing to Israel exactly the same thing that I am pointing out that Israel is doing to them. Both Israel and its enemies are mutually projecting their own shadow onto and blaming each other, which creates a dark, but very intimate connection between them. Each party couldn't project the shadow onto the other without its adversary's secret collaboration in playing out and embodying the very shadow being projected. The violence that is happening between these two polarized agencies couldn't happen without their unwitting, mutual co-operation. Israel and its enemies don't exist in isolation from each other, but in co-relation with each other. A deeper process is revealing itself through their interplay.
Israel and its adversaries are both mirroring back what the other is doing. They are enacting their trauma onto each other, and are simultaneously playing both roles of terrorized-victim/terrorist-victimizer. Though the American mainstream media is propagandizing the conflict as being between Israel and the "terrorists" (similar to how they frame the Global War on Terror as being between the United States and the "terrorists"), the question arises "Who is the real terrorist? (The answer goes something like this: the terrorist is just a role in the field that is being played at different moments by all participants in the conflict).
Like a kitten looking in a mirror, Israel and its enemies are reacting to their mirrored reflection, thinking it is separate from themselves. They don't recognize that they themselves are generating and calling forth the very behavior that they are reacting to. Reacting to their own reflection, they are compulsively acting out a collective form of the repetition compulsion, which is to be feeding into and off of each other's madness.
In my book The Madness of George W. Bush: A Reflection of our Collective Psychosis (available on my website, www.awakeninthedream.com), I name this psychic epidemic "malignant egophrenia," or ME disease for short. Falling prey to this psychic epidemic, we truly suffer from a case of mistaken identity, an erroneous sense of ME, of who we imagine we are. The essence of ME disease is a deep dissociative split in which we project out our own darker half outside of ourselves, becoming entranced in thinking that our own evil exists outside of ourselves. We then try to destroy our darker half as we meet it in the outside world, which is to act out and become possessed by the very darkness we are trying to destroy. The figure of George Bush embodies and is therefore a living symbol of this disease. Not being separate from ourselves, Bush is merely an embodied reflection of the mad part of all of us that dissociates from and projects out our own shadow, and then tries to destroy the reflection of our own darkness as it shows up in the outside world.
The "inner name" of ME disease is "Mad Emperor" disease, as it is what happens when an individual such as Bush, or a nation such as Israel, is in a position of power and abuses its power over others simply because it can. Those who have fallen prey to ME disease identify with an illusory "separate self" (be it on the personal, or national scale) which is fear-ridden, while simultaneously generating fear in others by traumatizing anyone within its dominion. Instead of being in relationship to others and the environment, people (or nations) taken over by ME disease want to dictate, subjugate, dominate, and have power over others. They are tantrum-throwing bullies, who live by the rule of "might makes right." I immediately associate to the archetypal and mythic figure of the negative father (Cronos/Saturn), who abuses his power over others simply because he can, a morally indefensible act.
ME disease is a psycho-spiritual disease of the soul that non-locally pervades and is holographically enfolded throughout the entire field of consciousness. This is to say that ME disease exists, in unmanifest potential, deep within the collective unconscious of all humanity. ME disease in-forms and gives shape to the greater body politic of the world, and it is noteworthy that the Middle East is currently having an acute outbreak of ME disease. ME disease could just as easily stand for "Middle East disease," as this is where the disease is currently having a localized inflammation and is thereby, in fully condensed and essentialized form, where this deeper, underlying non-local field disease is becoming visible in 3-D space and time for all who have eyes to see. This is to say that ME disease, an illness that exists deep within the entire unified field, is embodying, incarnating and revealing itself in, through and as events in the Middle East. We are simply asked to recognize what is being revealed to us.
The ME epidemic that is playing out in the Middle East is a reflection of a deeper process going on within the collective unconscious of humanity, and is hence revealing something to us very important about ourselves. In the crisis in the Middle East there is an extremely valuable lesson for all of humanity hidden (veiled), while simultaneously being revealed for all who have eyes to see. Israel and its enemies are engaged in a ritualized dance of mutual shadow projection in which they are both doing the exact thing they are accusing the other of doing. Terrorized by the other, each side terrorizes in return. They are both looking in a mirror (whose inner meaning, etymologically speaking, is "holder of the shadow"), and trying to destroy their own shadow, which is not only a battle that can never be won, but is a form of insanity. Seen as a dreaming process, we have dreamed them up to objectify and show us these mad parts of ourselves. Israel and its adversaries are embodied reflections of the part of ourselves that unconsciously enacts this same insane behavior, both within ourselves and outside in the world.
Just like George Bush and the terrorists, Israel and its adversaries are acting out a form of collective madness in full-bodied form on the world stage. This is to say that a madness that exists deep inside the psyche of all humanity is being symbolically re-presented and played out in the Middle East. Something is being revealed to us about ourselves through this outer display of collective madness in the Middle East.
The only genuine and lasting solution which will create true peace is for enough of us to realize what is being revealed by what I am calling ME disease as it unconsciously is being endlessly re-enacted in the Middle East. Acting out the unconscious on the world stage, we are a species possessed by a more powerful energy. Like Israel, we are a species in trauma, enacting our trauma as we traumatize others while simultaneously re-traumatizing ourselves in a diabolical self-reinforcing feedback loop with no exit strategy. We are a species gone mad, and yet, in unconsciously acting out our madness, something very important is being revealed to us. Events in the Middle East are both the literal as well as symbolic crystallization of this process. A deeper, mythic process that is taking place in the soul of humanity is playing itself out, both literally and symbolically, in extreme and exaggerated form in the Middle East. Encoded in these events are the key to its resolution.
Once we realize we are reacting to our own mirrored reflection, our relationship to our reflection, both within ourselves and as it appears in embodied form in the outside world, changes. Instead of trying to kill our reflected shadow, we recognize and embrace it as part of ourselves. Re-collecting our projected and split-off parts, we "re-member" ourselves (coming back to our "right mind"), which becomes instantaneously reflected in the outside world, as we remember who we are to each other. Instead of projecting our shadow outside of ourselves (which is to dis-associate and dis-member from a part of ourselves), we recognize, own and take responsibility for our own darkness. Integrating our shadow into the full-spectrum of our being literally "fleshes us out," as we become more spiritually substantial, embracing the light and dark parts of ourselves, which is what genuine incarnation is all about. Waking up to who WE are allows us to open up to including "others" as being inter-related, inter-connected, and inter-dependent parts of ourselves. We step out of a world in which we are alien, and recognize we are co-related with each other as well as the universe at-large, which is to say we are not separable from the universe as a whole. Stepping out of the illusory "separate self," we heal our mistaken sense of ME (which is the cure for ME disease), as we simply recognize what has always been the case, which is that we are truly one.
Paul Levy is a spiritually-informed political co-activist. A pioneer in the field of spiritual awakening, he is a healer in private practice, assisting others who are awakening to the dream-like nature of reality. He is the author of The Madness of George Bush: A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis, which is available at his website www.awakeninthedream.com. Please feel free to pass this article along to a friend if you feel so inspired. If you resonate with the message of this article and want to help Paul spread this information, please contact him at paul@awakeninthedream.com, as he needs all the help he can get.
© 2006 Paul Levy

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SHADOW PROJECTION IS ITS OWN MEDICINE
by Paul Levy

The crisis in the Middle East between Israel and its enemies is a microcosm of the greater underlying conflict that is wreaking havoc on our planet. Just like any one part of a hologram contains the whole hologram, what is happening in the Middle East is a reflection of what is playing out both on the entire planet, as well as within ourselves. What is playing out in the Middle East is actually reflecting back to us, in full-bodied amplified form, a dynamic going on deep within the collective psyche of humanity. What this means is that we can more deeply understand how to resolve the conflict in the Middle East by understanding what it is revealing about ourselves.
In a previous article, "Shadow Projection: The Fuel of War," (available on my website www.awakeninthedream.com) I contemplated how the act of projecting our own darkness outside of ourselves is the psychological act which underlies and animates the human activity of making war. What is playing out in the Middle East is the materialization, in full-living color, of the process of shadow projection that is taking place deep within the human psyche. The more we understand the "inner" psychological act of shadow projecting which events in the Middle East are the "outer" manifestation of, the more we are able to effectively transform ourselves as well as our world. Paradoxically, shadow projection is "pathological" while simultaneously being its own medicine. It is in the act of shadow projection, whose source is the human psyche, that the fundamental cause of war is being revealed to us.
Shadow projection is a process that is playing itself out in our internal psychic landscape (intrapersonally), in our relationships with others (interpersonally), as well as transpersonally (collectively as a species on the world stage). The underlying psychological act of dissociating from our own darkness and projecting it outside of ourselves, whereby we see our enemy as the embodiment of evil, is a process that is happening in multiple dimensions of our experience simultaneously, both within ourselves as well as in the outside world.
In shadow projection, both parties, the projector of the shadow and the recipient of the projection, are unconsciously "re-acting" to their own projected darkness as it is reflected in each other, which just unwittingly feeds and perpetuates the very darkness they are reacting to. In essence, they are both asking the other to do something that they themselves are unwilling to do. For example, both Israel and its enemies want the other to stop attacking them, but they aren't willing to stop attacking the enemy. This is the convoluted logic of a traumatized (national) soul being played out on the global stage.
It is as if a non-local psychic epidemic that pervades the unified field of human consciousness all over the planet is having a localized outbreak in the Middle East. The Middle East is suffering from an acute inflammation of a collective psychosis that has stricken the planetary body politic (see my book The Madness of George W. Bush: A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis, available on my website www.awakeninthedream.com). This is to say that something which is critical for us to understand is being revealed to us by events in the Middle East.
These two roles that Israel and its enemies are both playing- the "projector" of the shadow and "recipient" of the shadow projection- are interdependently co-joined to each other. Israel and its enemies do not exist in isolation from each other, but rather, in co-relation to each other. Both roles reciprocally co-arise together, interdependently conditioning each other and implying each other. They are secretly tied in a timeless embrace, as one is never found without the other, which is to say that they are not separate. The two roles, projector of the shadow and the recipient of the shadow projection, are parts of one and the same process, as if they are two sides of the same coin, contained and united in a deeper unified and unifying field. A deeper process is revealing itself to us as it becomes visible through their interplay. Once we recognize this, we become liberated from being unconscious pawns in the hands of this more powerful energy, and are able to connect with each other and become agents of peace.
Both roles, the projector of the shadow and the recipient who embodies the shadow projection are intimately related to each other, as if they are "family members." The violence that is happening between these two polarized agencies couldn't happen without their mutual co-operative antagonism. Each needs an adversary who embodies the shadow so as to confirm their compulsion to project their shadow outside of themselves, and vise-versa. The projector and the recipient/embodiment of the shadow are simultaneously playing both roles, as the projector of the shadow is the recipient/embodiment of the other's shadow projection, and vise-versa. Each of these roles couldn't exist without the other. They go-together so deeply as to not be two isolated roles co-joined together, but are inseparably one, aspects of a greater whole.
Shadow projection always shares a mutuality between participants; each is doing the very thing they are accusing the other of doing. Jung said, "As events in wartime have clearly shown, our mentality is distinguished by the shameless naivete with which we judge our enemy, and in the judgment we pronounce upon him we unwittingly reveal our own defects: we simply accuse our enemy of our own unadmitted faults."[i] We and our enemy reciprocally project the shadow onto each other, as if we are two mirrors endlessly reflecting each other. An infinite regression, this situation is an energetic black hole, as all our creative energy gets sucked into continually reinforcing the shadow projection we are entranced by and reacting to. Just like a black hole, no energy escapes whatsoever for any creative response. As long as we are caught in mutual shadow projection, we are unwittingly creating a closed feedback loop for ourselves which has no "exit strategy." As long as we are mutually projecting the shadow onto each other, we are perpetrating violence on each other, abusing each other, and draining our vital creative resources in the process. When we are shadow projecting upon our enemies, we are unwittingly investing in and supporting the extreme diabolical polarization in the field. Shadow projection always boomerangs and hurts and impoverishes ourselves, as it is truly a self-destructive act for all concerned.
Shadow projection is never one-way, as it always evokes a counter-shadow projection, just as a "transference" always evokes a "counter-transference." Throwing an activated unconscious content onto someone, in Jung's words, "...constellates the corresponding unconscious material in him [the recipient of the projection], owing to the inductive effect which always emanates from projections."[ii] To shadow project is to attract a shadow projection onto ourselves from the recipient of our projection as surely as the moon is reflected in water. Jung elaborated by saying, "For all projections provoke counter-projections when the object is unconscious of the quality projected upon it by the subject."[iii]
We are intimately connected with those upon whom we shadow project. Jung said, "All projections are unconscious identifications with the object."[iv] When we project the shadow onto someone, we are secretly identified with them. On a deep subconscious level, we are fused with them, which is to say we have not fully differentiated from them nor entered into genuine relationship with them, but are co-dependently entangled. The people projecting the shadow and the ones holding their projection are compulsively tied to each other by their mutual projections. Jung pointed out that this situation "...consists of mutual projecting into each other and being fastened together by mutual unconsciousness."[v] They are bound together via the unconscious, and mutually feed off of and into and get triggered by each other's unconscious shadow. Jung pointed out that the unconscious content projected outside of ourselves "...is only apparently severed from its context by projection, there is always an attraction between conscious mind and projected content. Generally it takes the form of a fascination."[vi]
Both parties, the projector of the shadow and the recipient, will co-ordinate themselves and behave in such a way so as to provide the convincing evidence to each other that their shadow projections are "objectively true." Because of the self-entrancing nature of shadow projection, both Israel and its enemies, for example, believe that the other really has the attributes they are ascribing to them. To quote Jung, "Every projection is simply there as an uncriticized datum of experience, and is recognized for what it is only very much later, if ever.
Projecting the shadow onto each other, like Israel and its enemies are doing, becomes a self-generating and self-fulfilling feedback loop, as the more we project the shadow onto someone, the more they embody the shadow we are projecting, and the more they embody the shadow, the more we project the shadow onto them, ad infinitum and vise-versa. Once we experience the evil outside of ourselves, we have all the evidence we need to further strengthen our shadow projection.
The people (or nations) we project the shadow onto simultaneously embody and play out the very shadow we are projecting, and it is impossible to tell which came first or caused what- their manifesting the shadow, or our projecting it. In a circular, synchronic, cybernetic feedback loop, our adversaries are concurrently pulling the shadow projection out of us by embodying the shadow, while we are evoking out of them the very shadow we are projecting. This acausal and non-linear process is beginingless in time, with no first cause. It is an atemporal process that exists outside of time itself that is manifesting in time. All parties are reciprocally evoking (dreaming up) and being evoked by (dreamed up by) each other in a self-generating feedback loop that Buddhism calls interdependent co-origination.
Once the reciprocally co-arising nature of our situation is seen, the argument of who "started" the conflict reveals itself to be beside the point. A much more relevant question is who is going to step out of the vicious cycle and "stop" the endlessly self-perpetuating violence. Any one of us stepping out of the cycle of violence literally invites our enemy to do the same. Rather than being an expression of weakness, our surrendering is an expression of genuine strength, the strength of wisdom. This is the essence of Gandhi's, Martin Luther King Jr's., Buddha's and Christ's message of non-violence.
We are so accustomed to the linear, causal, temporal and mechanistic view of classical physics that we are not trained to recognize a process that is atemporal (exists outside of time), synchronistic, and circular (instead of linear). The old paradigm view of classical physics views the billiard ball-like interactions of what it imagines to be separately existing parts, whereas quantum physics is articulating a higher-dimensional universe which is seamlessly whole, which is to say that it is impossible to separate it from itself. When we develop a more holistic view, we step out of viewing our universe through a lens where we exist separate from each other, and, on the contrary, recognize that we are related to each other. Re-cognizing that we are all appendages of a greater "body" that contains us and of which we are expressions, we realize that there is a deeper process that is collectively animating us so as to make itself known to us. Developing a more holistic view in which we recognize the deeper, underlying formative template which is in-forming and giving shape to events in our world through us is the very expansion of consciousness which empowers us to engage with events in our world so as to transform them. This deeper underlying process originates and is to be found in the unconscious psyche of humanity.
Through our compulsion to mutually project the shadow onto each other, a darker archetypal power that exists deep inside of everyone is seizing us in its iron grip and giving shape and form to itself through our unconscious inter-action. A deeper, up-till-now hidden shadow is materializing itself and making itself visible through our interplay. Subsumed into this more powerful archetypal process, both Israel and its enemies have become "drafted into the service" of unconsciously acting out and incarnating onto the world stage the darkness that exists deep in the soul of humanity.
By projecting out our shadow, we will be assured to meet the darker part of ourselves as it gets "dreamed up" in the outside world. The unconscious, dis-associated part of ourselves always gets projected outside of ourselves and "dreamed up" into materialization in the environment. Jung commented, "It is therefore not surprising if the unconscious appears in projected and symbolized form, as there is no other way by which it might be perceived."[vii]
Just like in a dream, the unconscious approaches us from outside of ourselves, as what we project out always gets dreamed up in an objectified, personified and solid-seeming form, appearing to be separate from ourselves. When we project the shadow, we have so split off from the dark part of ourselves that the carrier of our projection will convincingly appear to exist in the form of an "other." If Israel and its adversaries are dissociated from their own evil, we can be sure that the other is embodying it for them. Just like in a dream, when we split off from and project out our own darkness, this waking universe will supply all the convincing evidence we need to justify our shadow projection, endlessly feeding the self-regenerating feedback loop which we have fallen into. When we fall prey to the seductive power of shadow projection, we have become entranced by our innate power of co-creators/co-dreamers of reality in a way that not only doesn't serve us, but is (potentially) destroying us.
Shadow projection is the circuitous route by which we dream up into materialization our unconscious, darker half so as to (potentially) recognize it and integrate it as a part of ourselves. In the co-related interaction between the two polarized-parties of shadow projector/recipient, a core psychological process that exists within each and every one of us is symbolically being revealed to us. Both Israel and its adversaries are playing out, in full-bodied form, a dynamic that exists deep within the collective unconscious of humanity, as if they have been dreamed up into materialization to reveal to us this unconscious part of ourselves. Recognizing this initiates the process of integrating this heretofore unconscious dynamic in ourselves. It is only when we project out, dream up and objectify a content of the unconscious do we begin to "see" it and become conscious of it, which is the very act which initiates its integration.
In their interplay, Israel and its adversaries are playing out and revealing to us the unconscious part of ourselves which splits off from our own darkness, projects it outside of ourselves (where it gets dreamed up into materialization in the form of an "other"), and then, as if spellbound, tries to destroy its own reflection. It is as if we have dreamed up Israel and its enemies to reveal to us, in full-bodied form, the inner psychological act of shadow projecting, which happens to be the root cause of war.
The more we understand how the inner psychological act of shadow projection plays itself out both within ourselves, as well as outside in the world, the more we, both individually and collectively, can become agents who help to metabolize the collective shadow of our species. Any one of us assimilating the unconscious darkness into the light of awareness non-locally lightens the load of the shadow for the entire body politic. When enough of us become lucid in the dream together, we can heal and transform the psycho-spiritual disease which exists deep within the collective psyche of humanity and is at the root of the violence in our world.
Paradoxically, shadow projection is the unmediated expression of the negative aspect of the shadow, while simultaneously being the vehicle through which we can (potentially) assimilate the very shadow of which it is an expression. Shadow projection reveals to us how we are secretly tied to, interdependently connected with, and ultimately not separate from our worst enemies. Paradoxically, shadow projection is both a severing from a part of ourselves, while simultaneously being the very way in which we become conscious of the part of ourselves that we are dissociating from.
The paradox of shadow projection is that on the one hand it is divisive and creates separation and conflict, but on the other hand it is revealing to us how we are secretly united with our enemies, and hence can be (potentially) the very way in which we learn how to make peace. Shadow projection, the psychological act which is the root of war, is simultaneously the very medium through which we realize that, ultimately, we are all on the same side. We don't want to shadow project onto shadow projecting. Shadow projection is a natural function of human consciousness, with both a divisive and reconciling potential. Shadow projection is the very means through which we (potentially) realize our wholeness within ourselves and our oneness with each other. How utterly paradoxical, the root of all of the destruction in our world is itself the very thing that is (potentially) waking us up. It all depends upon if we recognize what is being revealed to us.
Paul Levy is a spiritually-informed political co-activist. A pioneer in the field of spiritual awakening, he is a healer in private practice, assisting others who are awakening to the dream-like nature of reality. He is the author of The Madness of George Bush: A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis, which is available at his website www.awakeninthedream.com. Please feel free to pass this article along to a friend if you feel so inspired. If you resonate with the message of this article and want to help Paul spread this information, please contact him at paul@awakeninthedream.com, as he needs all the help he can get.


[i] Jung, The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche, CW 8, par. 516.
[ii] Jung, The Practice of Psychotherapy, CW 16, par. 364.
[iii] Jung, The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche, CW 8, par. 519.
[iv] Jung, Mysterium Coniunctionis, CW 14, par. 696.
[v] Jung, The Symbolic Life, CW 14, par. 322.
[vi] Jung, Psychology and Alchemy, CW 12, par. 436.
[vii] Jung, Mysterium Coniunctionis, CW 14, par. 129.
© 2006 Paul Levy

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SHAMANISM
by Paul Levy
We are all taking part in a shamanic initiation; the question is whether we consciously recognize the greater process that we are involved in or not. Becoming a shaman is not something that you consciously decide to do; it's not like you go off to shaman's graduate school or take a weekend workshop and become a certified shaman. Becoming a shaman always is something that we are "called" to do by a greater power; it is a true vocation in the sense that it involves listening to one's inner guidance. The shaman's calling puts one deeply in touch with one's "genie," which introduces us to our true genius. The word genius is derived from the word daemon, which literally means our guiding spirit or inner voice. A word of caution, though, for as Jung points out, if one doesn't listen and honor one's daemon, it turns negative and becomes a demon.
In all traditional shamanic cultures, when the person gets called to become a shaman, they almost always look like they are having a nervous breakdown. Unlike normal cases of psychotic breaks, however, the soon to be shaman's psyche is dis-integrating towards a higher transformation. The crucial point is when the would be shaman chooses whether or not to assent, to say yes, to co-operate with the deeper process that they mysteriously have found themselves drafted into. If they continue to resist, holding onto the life they were used to living, they can become genuinely neurotic, even psychotic, and possibly even die.
Invariably, the would be shaman needs to descend to "the underworld." This is nothing to be afraid of, as we are all in the underworld anyway, only most of us are going through the experience unconsciously, resulting in a mass of symptoms and neuroses. For the shaman, the underworld is a place of confronting the demonic, experiencing death, and going through insanity. The great psychiatrist C. G. Jung himself went through a severe shamanic crisis, during which many of his colleagues thought he had gone insane. He wrote about his initiation in the chapter of his autobiography called "Confrontation with the Unconscious," and he reminds us that the demonic is "the not yet realized creative." The idea is that inherent in the demonic is a blessing, is our creative power. Lucifer is truly the bringer of light.
Jung pointed out that myths and fairy tales with all their spells and tales of enchantment are deeply shamanic in nature. In the ultimate sense, the underworld is nothing other than an invaluable opportunity where we can confront the seemingly darker forces in our own nature; it is the place where we meet the split-off parts of our own psyche that we have so disowned and are so afraid of that they appear to be evil.
The shaman's journey is deeply related to the archetype of "the wounded healer," which points out that it is through our wounds that we receive our gifts. The wounded healer is someone who, as if by magic, is able to alchemically transform the darkness into light. Wrestling and confronting these seemingly darker forces has to do with gaining one's ego strength and owning one's intrinsic power. In the deeper sense, when the shaman recognizes the true nature of their situation, which is that they are simply struggling with their own energy, they have become lucid in the dream. The shaman then recognizes these seemingly darker forces as aspects of their monstrous totality, which they share with the entire universe. They can then welcome and embrace these seemingly darker and adversarial forces as long lost parts of themselves; this is true soul retrieval. This is the point where the demons turn into allies, and the shaman is ready to return back to the world to share the gifts of healing that they themselves have realized.
The point is that we are all by nature shamanic; we are all shamans in training. Maybe all cases of mental illness and emotional disturbance are actually aborted cases of shamanic emergence in need of deeper unfoldment.
© 2005 Paul Levy

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THE DREAMING UP PROCESS
by Paul Levy
When you awaken inside of a dream you realize that everybody else in the dream is not actually separate from you, but are in fact different reflections of your own True Self. You begin to realize, as the quantum physicists have pointed out, that not only is there nothing objectively existing out there, but that the very way we observe each other actually has an effect on each of us. In essence, you discover that we are moment by moment "dreaming each other up."
When somebody sees you a certain way, they are, in terms of physics, "collapsing the wave function," amplifying and evoking out of your hologram of infinite potentiality a particularly limited aspect of who you are. This immediately calls forth out of you exactly that part of yourself, which if you aren't careful, you will find yourself identified with and acting out, as if under a spell. Your manifesting in this particular way just confirms to the other person that this is who you are, so they will start to solidify you even more this way, which pulls this part out of you even more, which confirms to them even more that this is who you "really" are, ad infinitum.
You can't say, though, that you are only manifesting in that way because they are dreaming you up to manifest in that way, for you are dreaming them up to dream you up this way; it is a mutually arising process with no causality that both people are simultaneously doing to each other.
This is what I call "the dreaming up process;" we are all dreaming up our universe moment by moment. No one seems to notice this process, though, as it not only happens in no time whatsoever, but it takes place outside of time itself.
To the extent that we are asleep in the dream and have unresolved wounds and abuse issues, we will unconsciously dream other people up so as to endlessly recreate, act out, confirm and make real our woundedness.
When you begin to wake up to the dreaming up process, which is the same thing as becoming lucid in a dream, the boundary starts to dissolve between dreaming and waking, between the inner and the outer. When you wake up inside of a dream, be it a night dream or the waking dream that you call your life, you recognize that the outer dreamscape and your inner process are one and the same, as the dream has been discovered to be nothing other than your own inner process projected externally, or dreamed up, into the seemingly outer dreamscape.
This is the key moment, as this is the moment when, instead of reacting to the other as if they are separate from yourself, you realize that you are both dreaming each other up to play roles in each other's dream dramas. If both people realize that this is the very nature of relationships, they have built a container which can then embrace and work with whatever shadow energies get constellated. Their relationship becomes the very vehicle through which they can heal their woundedness and awaken to their true nature.
A healer, Paul Levy is a spiritual and political activist. He is in private practice, helping other people who are also spiritually awakening to the dream-like nature of reality. He can be reached at paul@awakeninthedream.com. Please feel free to pass this article along to a friend if you feel so inspired.
© 2005 Paul Levy

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The Madness of George W. Bush:
A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis - by Paul Levy
FOREWORD
By Mark Comings
This book that you hold in your hands by Paul Levy is a landmark contribution to an emerging integral psychology. It illuminates the deeper nature of our world crisis through a novel perspective that synthesizes psychology with recent discoveries in physics, doing so in a deeply spiritual context. Paul uses the current Bush administration as a compelling case study which reveals the character and structure of a collective psycho-spiritual malady.
The reason that a scientist like myself is writing a foreword to a book called The Madness of George W. Bush: A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis is that in this unique work, Paul is drawing upon recent discoveries in physics, as well as many other disciplines, to shed light on the underlying psychological roots of our collective dilemma. The severity of the planetary crisis currently engulfing us is so great that we need to call forth and integrate the best maps of reality available to us in all fields and use this evolving synthesis to wisely address the problems facing us. Paul's book is a significant contribution in this direction, and is an example of the kind of integrated approach that is urgently needed at this time.
The two general domains of knowledge from which we can gain useful guidance in navigating our way through the turbulence of our times are the spiritual and the scientific. We are witnessing a profound convergence and synthesis of these two realms that have been divided and kept separate in western culture for many centuries. This spiritual-scientific synthesis is of great interest and concern to me, as it represents the healing of a deep epistemological rift that has shattered our integral wholeness in ways enormously crippling to us as a species. The process of creating bridges between new science and spiritual/psychological perspectives represents the process of repairing this split in our collective consciousness, thereby moving us toward the healing of our species.
Paul is drawing a new and powerful picture for us. There is much talk in physics about the participatory universe. But very rarely is this connected to the deterioration and failure of civil society and our opportunity to translate the understanding of reality coming out of the new physics into social responsibility and political activism.
This book represents a breakthrough in the understanding of how the collective human psyche operates as a non-local field of energy, information and sentience (the quality of having awareness). This perspective is distinctly different from that of present-day mainstream psychology, which views the psyche in purely local terms, i.e., each person's psyche is located and confined, more or less, within the locus of their physical body. The non-local quantum field of information revealed by modern physics is, as Paul illustrates, related to Carl Jung's concept of the atemporal, field-like aspect of the psyche that he called the "collective unconscious." This non-local dimension of the psyche is specifically left out of all standard, mainstream psychological maps or models. By exploring and unpacking the implications of the idea that neither the human psyche, nor consciousness itself, are bound by space and time, Paul accesses a rich set of empowering insights, tools that help us come to grips with what is actually occurring in our world today.
Paul's work not only articulates an innovative field-based perspective on the human mind but also calls for a radical revisioning of the very nature of psychology itself. His diagnosis of our non-local collective mental illness is an important achievement in the evolving psychology of planetary consciousness. What Paul is bringing to light requires us to rethink the very nature and definition of psychiatric disorders in terms of the non-local field of consciousness which unites all minds in a singular and inherently inseparable unified quantum field. This recontextualization of the way we think about illness has the power to bring forth new possibilities for the healing and transformation of our collective malady.
Don't let its title fool you into thinking that this is a book about George W. Bush. This would be to miss the entire point of what Paul is saying. Bush is simply an acute and prominent example serving to illuminate the deep and insidious nature of the collective mental disorder afflicting our species. This is not your typical Bush-bashing book. Though it seems to be about Bush, it is really about ourselves.
Paul identifies and elucidates the structure and dynamics of the collective trance from which humanity needs to wake up from so that we may stop dreaming up nightmares for ourselves. We, as a species, have been suffering from a pervasive form of mis-knowledge about the nature of the universe, and ourselves as well. We keep trying solutions that are premised on a view of reality that is false, which ensure that our attempts at resolution will never succeed.
One of the implicit and generally unrecognized problems underlying our world crisis is that we tend to be entranced by fixating our attention on a superficial level of explicate (outer manifest forms) and seemingly separate patterns that make up our world. By having our awareness constricted and focused in such a limited way, we are not seeing, attending to or feeling the deeper, undivided, invisible, and indivisible field and its non-local dynamics which are responsible for shaping world events in a fundamental way.
Paul is taking a stand and saying that the way we have been perceiving and understanding "reality" (or the world) is fundamentally flawed and ignorant of a deeper level of radical interconnectedness that is primarily responsible for organizing, regulating, and patterning events in the so-called "objective" physical world. These non-local forces are the formative agents of the patterns of outer events and are only to be discovered in one place within our own subjective experience, that is, within our minds.


There has been a critically important breakthrough in physics in the last few decades that has radically changed our understanding of the nature of Nature. What has been discovered is that an underlying assumption--known as "the principle of locality"--implicit in our scientific understanding of the physical world for centuries, is categorically wrong at the deepest level of nature. In a brilliant series of experiments conducted in the 1970s and '80s, and which have been continually refined and made more rigorous throughout the '90s and on into the 21st century, "locality" (being bound and limited by space and time) has been shown to not apply at the most fundamental and essential levels of matter, energy, and information.
Locality refers to a tacit or unconscious assumption about the nature of physical reality. It is the view, arising from our day to day experiencing of the macroscopic physical world, that the world is comprised of apparently separate things or mechanistically interacting parts. In a local universe, light is the fastest carrier of information. Thus, no information or influences of any kind can get around the material universe faster than the speed of light. Another way of saying this is that all information and influences in the universe are thought to necessarily propagate through space, i.e., over distance, at the speed of light or less. This assumption has been soundly proven to be wrong. In essence, what physics has discovered is that everything is radically interconnected in ways that are subtler and much deeper than can be explained or understood on a purely mechanical or macroscopic physical basis.
In a non-local universe, at the most primary level, there is a way in which information is getting around faster than the speed of light. So much faster, in fact, that it actually takes no time at all. The inherent non-locality of nature provides for instantaneous information distribution throughout all of space. Light is the very substance and foundation of being, but as we know, according to Einstein's theory of relativity, time stops at the speed of light. For light, there is no time. Thus, light itself is essentially timeless by its very nature. Light is therefore a non-temporal standing wave pattern of energy/information. Being non-temporal or synchronic, the information encoded in light is available everywhere at the same time, and is thus non-local.
Due to this intrinsic atemporality of the fabric of reality, information and informing influences can get around the universe in ways that are instantaneous, unmitigated and immediate. The universe is thus able to choreograph its movements by being informed and thus orchestrated and co-ordinated by information from the whole in-forming every part. In other words, all apparently separate things, e.g., people, etc., are actually indissolubly united as one singular invisible and indivisible being or field. There is only one already-unified Singularity of Existence that will not ultimately admit separations. This is Being itself and all that it contains. Physics has thus proven that separation is an illusion at the most fundamental and essential level of the unified field. We may appear to be separate beings and on the conventional order of reality it makes sense and is useful to treat each other as discrete, encapsulated and separate entities, but when it comes down to dealing with the fundamental nature of reality, none of us are truly separable from each other.
The psychological implications of embracing the reality of a non-local universe are enormous and vastly transformative of the entire field of Psychology, and by extension, every other form of collective human activity. Certain functions of the human psyche must now be understood to operate as a non-local quantum field in which we all participate in an interconnected and interdependent mind-field. Thus, any problem arising in the sphere of the human family can ultimately be seen as having something to do with each and every one of us. We are co-participants in all that occurs in the entire human world. This knowledge brings with it great responsibility--universal responsibility, in fact. In taking this total responsibility for our lives and our inescapable impact upon the entire human world and beyond, literally upon all that lives for generations to come, we become aware that we have greater power than we have previously understood and become self-empowered to act as conscious agents of change, healing, and transformation.
Paul's book inaugurates and calls for a whole new non-local or field psychology in which the prime object of focus is not the mind or psyche of one individual taken in isolation, but rather the entire continuum or field that is the energetic medium underlying and interconnecting all of physical and non-physical reality. Through this medium or field, all minds are thereby united as constituents of one universal mind. Physical reality, which on the surface appears to be made up of a rich and complex array of discrete and separate "things" that we call the universe, is actually an utterly seamless, perfectly contiguous unified field of sentient beingness. This field which is called the "quantum vacuum" in physics, is in fact a "plenum" (an absolute fullness) and is known to be saturated with nearly infinite energy and immeasurable luminosity.
The standard psychological approach is to treat psychological disorders on a case by case individual basis. This definitely has its merits, similar to how classical mechanistic physics has great value and utility for dealing with the everyday world of macroscopic objects and their mechanical interactions. But when it comes to understanding the deepest roots of the nature of mind and psyche, it is too crude of a generalization to treat our minds as separate and encapsulated from each other. This standard psychological and psychiatric perspective lacks the ability to perceive and discern the mysterious interconnectedness of our collective psychology that gives rise to mass events. Mainstream psychological understanding does not have enough resolution to grasp the subtle and profound ways that all minds are linked together and co-operate as integrated parts in a collective, non-local field of consciousness. Herein lies the value of what Paul is articulating, for it extends the scope of modern psychology into new domains that have been heretofore either ignored or poorly understood. The ability to map, model, discuss and thus more deeply understand the non-local and non-temporal dimensions of the psyche and the role that these dimensions play in informing and shaping the psychology of individuals, groups and our entire species is a great contribution that cannot be underestimated.

Paul's view of the universe as a mass shared dream is congruent with the moment to moment "collapse of the wave function" model of quantum physics. This rigorous, mathematical description of how events unfold indicates that in each moment there are an array of possibilities and that in each moment, only one of those myriad possibilities occurs. The possibility that becomes an actuality is selected in the moment of observation by the act of observation. Quantum physics thus shows us that the unfolding of a physical event is profoundly connected to and impacted by how consciousness, through the act of observation itself, brings that potential event into manifestation. The collapse of the wave function of quantum physics is mediated or determined by the observing consciousness in a similar way that the witnessing consciousness within a dream affects the unfolding of the dream. This reveals the profound parallels between the process by which material events are understood to unfold in physics and the process by which consciousness is involved in creating and shaping how a dream manifests. The dynamics of material process appears to have a deep similarity to the dynamics of dreaming. Thus quantum physics provides strong supportive evidence for the dream-like nature of the universe.
By the word "dreaming," Paul is evoking a radical shift or recontextualization of the nature of our experience. By "dreaming" Paul does not intend to evoke the common notion that if something is a "dream" it is somehow less real or "imaginary" in the pejorative sense. Paul means exactly the opposite when he refers to the dream-like nature of our human experience. When Paul refers to our experience being "a dream," or being "dream-like," he is making a very profound phenomenological assertion, one that is common to many of the world's most time-honored spiritual wisdom traditions and philosophical systems of thought. This assertion essentially points to the fact that our so-called outer or "objective" experience of the world is actually not separate from, but is in fact an instantaneous reflex of the structures of consciousness that we are operating out of in any given moment. This point is both subtle and immensely profound--it is the essence of the great spiritual wisdom traditions. Just like in dreaming, we are the source of meaning for every moment of our experience. We are each creatively responsible for evoking, or in Paul's words, "dreaming up," our world.
Physics gives us a rigorous basis for understanding and gaining insight into the way that we are all co-participating in the evocation or "dreaming up" of our world moment to moment. An essential truth that has emerged out of quantum physics is that when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. This is an exact articulation of the dynamics of dreaming. This book is beginning to describe the basic outlines of what could be called "the physics of the universal dream."
Paul is saying that in order to effectively deal with the present planetary crisis we must awaken to a new level of consciousness, which is available to us in this very moment. Just as we can learn to become lucid in our night dreams, it is imperative that we, as a species, learn to become lucid in our so-called waking state. The crises of our time requires a new form of collective lucid waking consciousness for their resolution.
Paul is saying that our ordinary mundane so-called waking-state consciousness is in a very real sense asleep to the way that it is involved in shaping and evoking the patterns of "outer" events. This key insight can change our lives profoundly. When fully understood, it can enable us to discover entirely new ranges of options and possibilities to which we were previously asleep or blind, having fallen under the spell of a limiting belief system. This essential insight, when properly engaged, can be the tipping point within our consciousness that snaps us out of the spell that perpetuates our sense of helplessness and impotence. This insight can awaken us to the fact that we have a vast array of previously unrecognized creative options at our disposal that we can use right now to make positive change in the world, no matter who we are or what our situation may be.

While we hold Bush and Co. accountable as a political, legal matter, it is imperative for purposes of human spiritual evolution to see that the roots of that same madness that we see them so clearly embodying are in us. This is one of the most salient points in Paul's book. The outer madness we see acting itself out in the world is inescapably connected to and, in fact, a reflection of a process going on deep within ourselves, both individually and collectively. A specific example of this is how our environmental crisis is actually an outer reflection of a crisis in the inner mental and spiritual landscape of humanity.
If our leaders are behaving in mad ways, it reflects a deeper spiritual and cultural madness pervading the field and affecting us non-locally. How could we as a collective accept and even actively support mad leaders if we weren't mad ourselves? In our madness, we believe our leaders to be sane, which means like us. Our mad leaders are thus an inseparable reflection and product of a mad populace. When we see how we are connected and are unconsciously helping to support and feed the madness pervading the field, we gain power to change the overall madness by changing ourselves.
Paul's unique synthesis of diverse areas of knowledge is a creative and daring attempt to point out and articulate "something" that has remained hidden in the field of humanity's experience for millennia. This "something" has caused indescribable and nightmarish damage and destruction to human life throughout the entire cycle of recorded history. This "something" has been eluding and tormenting humankind for ages. It is hard to see because it hides in the shadows of human consciousness. It secretly influences perception in ways that prevent it from being discovered. This "something" has traditionally been called "evil."
Paul's work is an earnest and creative effort to shed new light on the nature of evil. As he points out, the very process of shining light on evil dynamically transforms the nature of evil itself. He articulates how evil can function as a catalytic agent in the awakening of consciousness within humanity. Despite the horrors of evil, it has an important transformative function to play in the evolution of our species. This very perspective on evil helps us to relate to it in new and empowered ways. It provides us with powerful and creative tools for tracking, studying, and dealing with evil. Armed with these insights, Paul is able to draw a more accurate map of the roots of the psychic malaise afflicting all of us which is the cause of untold amounts of human suffering.
Paul synthesizes the wisdom of the pioneering psychologist Carl Jung with the transcendental insight of Buddhism and the revealed wisdom stemming from a deeply felt understanding of the implications of the latest discoveries in quantum physics. Paul's perspective is the product of a unique initiation that was the hard-won result of his own ordeal of freeing himself from the limitations of mainstream psychological understanding. Paul's personal experience, combined with his additional education in psychology, spirituality, and consciousness enables him to bridge the worlds of inner experience and outer appearance. Paul's innovative way of utilizing the recent discoveries from physics to elucidate and map new psychological territory is trailblazing, and I applaud him for his bold synthesis.
To see the integration of physics and psychology that Paul is forging is deeply satisfying to me as a scientist who has always striven to integrate the scientific and the spiritual. It is my hope that Paul's work will stimulate and awaken the realization of the dream-like nature of reality. Joining our lucidity together, we can help each other to understand and stabilize the recognition that we are collaboratively dreaming up our universe into materialization in this very moment. This spreading realization in our species can create a shared context in human consciousness that will allow previously undreamed of approaches and solutions to emerge. This may well be the secret to the reconciliation and healing of our world crisis.
Please see the first chapter of the upcoming book by Paul Levy "The Madness of George W. Bush: A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis," at www.awakeninthedream.com. Paul Levy is a spiritual and political activist. He is in private practice, helping other people who are also spiritually awakening to the dream-like nature of reality. He can be reached at paul@awakeninthedream.com.
© 2005 Paul Levy
THE MADNESS OF GEORGE W. BUSH:
A REFLECTION OF OUR COLLECTIVE PSYCHOSIS
by Paul Levy

In this ground-breaking work, Paul Levy explores whether the madness that George W. Bush has fallen into is showing us something particularly important about ourselves. What if Bush's madness is a reflection of our own potential for madness? What if Bush has been collectively dreamed up to play out, in full-bodied form, a pathological role existing deep within the collective unconscious of all humanity? Though this book centers on George Bush, it is ultimately about ourselves.
In The Madness of George W. Bush: A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis, Levy analyzes the current state of our world as if it is a mass shared dream all 6.4 billion of us are collaboratively dreaming up into materialization. Drawing heavily on the insights of the great doctor of the soul, C. G. Jung, Levy identifies the root process being dreamed up on the world stage is a collective psychosis he calls "malignant egophrenia." He illumines how this disease of the psyche expresses itself non-locally (not bound by space or time) throughout the underlying unified field that connects us all, propagating itself through the unconscious blind spots of the collective. He points out that if the malignant egophrenia epidemic manifesting in our world continues to go unrecognized, it will result in endless suffering and self-destruction. Levy proposes that this collective madness is simultaneously revealing to us our potential for an evolutionary quantum leap in human consciousness. He concludes that whether we destroy ourselves as a species or wake up depends on enough of us recognizing what the insanity of our current world crisis is revealing to us. The choice, and responsibility, is truly ours.

"Paul Levy, in The Madness of George W. Bush, does a brilliant job of deconstructing the invisible spiritual and cultural ways that corruption flows into our souls and our minds -- rooting itself in our day to day lives in a manner that can cause an entire culture to go mad together. This book is an invaluable contribution to creating the change of hearts and minds that is the pathway to true evolution."
-Catherine Austin Fitts, Former Assistant Secretary of Housing (Bush 1)

"The Jungian analysis by Paul Levy, of Bush and the culture which maintains him, reaches deep into the American psyche. It should be studied and digested by everyone. If the citizenry would recognize that Bush's egomania is acting out a national illness, we would all be saner. If the US could integrate the "shadow" which Bush projects upon the "the axis of evil," perhaps we could achieve world peace and start to solve global problems. A MUST READ."
-Carol S. Wolman, MD, Board Certified in Psychiatry
About the Author
A pioneer in the field of spiritual emergence, in 1981 Paul Levy had a life-changing spiritual awakening in which he began to recognize the dream-like nature of reality. A healer, he is in private practice, assisting others who are also spiritually awakening. Paul has developed a unique and creative vehicle to introduce people to the dream-like nature of reality. He facilitates what he calls "Awakening in the Dream Groups," wherein people who are awakening to the dream-like nature of our universe collaboratively help each other to wake up in the dream together. Deeply steeped in and inspired by the work of C. G. Jung, Paul is an innovator in the field of dreaming (both night dreams, as well as waking dreams). He has had numerous articles published on consciousness, dreaming and spirituality, and has lectured about his work at various universities. A Tibetan Buddhist practitioner for over 20 years, he has intimately studied with some of the greatest spiritual masters of Tibet and Burma. A visionary artist, he is creating an Art-Happening Called Global Awakening. Inspired by the Bush administration, Paul has become a spiritually informed political activist. Please visit his website at www.awakeninthedream.com, or e-mail him at paul@awakeninthedream.com.
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George W. Bush is ill. He has a psycho-spiritual dis-ease of the soul, a sickness that is endemic to our culture and symptomatic of the times in which we live. It is an illness that has been with us since time immemorial. Because it is an illness in the soul of all of humanity, it pervades the field and is in all of us in potential at any moment, which makes it especially hard to diagnose.
Bush''s malady is quite different from schizophrenia, for example, in which different parts of the personality are fragmented and not connected to each other, resulting in a state of internal chaos. As compared to the dis-order of the schizophrenic, Bush can sound quite coherent and appear like a "regular" guy, which makes the syndrome he is suffering from very hard to recognize. This is because the healthy parts of his personality have been co-opted by the pathological aspect, which drafts them into its service. Because of the way the personality self-organizes an outer display of coherence around a pathogenic core, I would like to name Bush''s illness "Malignant Egophrenia" (as compared to schizophrenia), or "ME disease," for short. If ME disease goes unrecognized and is not contained, it can be very destructive, particularly if the person afflicted is in a position of power.
In much the same way that a child''s psychology cannot be understood without looking at the family system of which he or she is a part, George Bush does not exist in isolation. We can view Bush-and his entire administration: Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, etc., as well as the corporate, military industrial complex they are co-dependently enmeshed with, the media they control, the voters supporting them, and ourselves as well-as interconnected parts of a whole system, or a "field." Instead of relating to any part of this field as an isolated entity, it's important to contemplate the entire interdependent field as the "medium" through which malignant egophrenia manifests and propagates itself. ME disease is a field phenomenon and needs to be contemplated as such. Bush''s sickness is our own.

THE DISEASE IS NON-LOCAL
Being a field phenomenon, malignant egophrenia is non-local in nature, which means that it is not bound by the limitations of time or space. Being non-local, this disease pervades and underlies the entire field and can therefore manifest anywhere, through anyone, and at any moment. The disease''s non-local nature makes the question of who has the disease irrelevant, as we all have it in potential. It is more a question of whether or not we are aware of our susceptibility to fall prey to the disease. This awareness itself serves as an immunization protecting us from the pernicious effects of the illness, thereby allowing us to be of genuine help to others.
Bush, like all of us, is both a manifestation of this deeper field and simultaneously an agent affecting the field. He's become so fully taken over by the disease, all the while not suspecting a thing, that he's become a "carrier" for this death-creating disease, thus infecting the field around him. He's become a portal through which the field around him "warps" in such a way as to feed and support his pathogenic process. A non-local, reciprocally co-arising and interdependent field of unconscious denial and cover-up constellates around Bush to enable and protect his pathology. People who support Bush are actually complicit with and enabling Bush's madness in a co-dependent, self-reinforcing feedback loop that is "closed," which is to say it is insular and not open to any feedback from the "real" world.
Bush supporters are not merely disinterested in seeing that they are in denial of reality; on the contrary, they actively don't want to look at this-they resist self-reflection at all costs. Bush and his supporters perversely interpret any feedback from the real world reflecting back their unconsciousness as evidence proving the rightness of their viewpoint. All of Bush's supporters mutually reinforce each others' unconscious resistance to such a degree that a collective, interdependent field of impenetrability is collectively conjured up by them that literally resists consciousness.
People who don''t recognize Bush''s illness and support him are unconsciously colluding with and enabling the co-creation of the pathological field incarnating itself into the human family. People who support Bush become unwitting agents through which this non-local disease feeds and replicates itself. By supporting Bush, they collaborate with and become parts of the greater, interconnected, and self-organizing field of the disease.
The situation is analogous to when seemingly good, normal, loving Germans supported Hitler, believing he was a good leader trying to help them. The German people didn''t realize that the virulent malignant egophrenia pathogen had taken possession of Hitler and was incarnating itself through him. By not seeing this and supporting Hitler, they became agents used by this non-local, deadly disease to propagate itself. This is why Jung says, "...evil needs masses for its genesis and continued existence." [i] What happened in Germany was a collective psychosis, and this is what is taking place in our country right now.

Posted by: Concerned Citizen | April 18, 2007 1:42 AM | Report abuse

Wow, That dude is REALLY concerned!

Posted by: Patrick Huss | April 18, 2007 10:08 AM | Report abuse

In other words, WE are the body politic and it's time to cut off our own megalomaniacal head (only figuratively and in dreams of course)!!

WTF? Impeach them already! our DEMOCRACY is at stake!

Posted by: pre-Amerikkkan | April 18, 2007 12:23 PM | Report abuse

We are awaiting the Administration's announcement, within 60 days, that a draft is required to save us from the terrorists... coded language for saving Christendom from the rebirth of an Islamic revolution and empire. More than DEMOCRACY is at stake... at stake is our American right to glofify God by parading through the subburbs with a fish sticker affixed to the rear of the Hummer.

Posted by: Senator Mike | April 18, 2007 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Polls are meaningless statistics. There is no indication of why Pelosi, for instance, fell in ratings. It's anybody's guess and probably has more to do with ABC's agenda than anything else. Media spin rules politics these days, and I trust polls even less than I trust voting machines.

Posted by: Katharine Otto | April 18, 2007 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Pelosi's opinion of Iraq war that "there is no purely military solution in Iraq". If the military solution is continuing to worsen the situation in Iraq, maybe it is time to reinforce a humanitarian aid to bring peace to the world.
Instead spending $522 billion on U.S. military budget and wasting our precious lives by sending more troops, we can use the money to save so many lives by providing food, water access and sanitation.
According to The Borgen Project, it only costs $19 billion to eliminate global starvation and nutrition.
How long does is take for Bush and his to realize their "Plan B" is not working? I hope our next political leader will make a commitment to the U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals to stop the global poverty.

Posted by: DaShamu | April 18, 2007 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I like both Pelosi and Reid and hope the public gives them a chance... They cannot do worse than the Republicans. I just wish they would cut off funding and get our troops home. Secure the oil fields in S. Iraq and leave.....That is what this is all about is it not...OIL!!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2007 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Many of us vets (and other occupations) have long said that Bush has us involved in a civil war as recognizable as Vietnam. Somebody should have shown him the film, "Path to War," because this looks like a duped copy of it. While regretfully I voted for him, long ago he lost support over his Iraq policies. "Faulty intelligence," its always somebody else's fault.

I was glad to hear that this issue confronted him today. No suprise, reportedly Bush visibly bristled saying, "I reject the comparison." Then later when again confronted about timelines and benchmarks he reportedly said, he had invented so-called benchmarks for political reforms.

In medicine, his stance would get him committed to an institution because he clearly is a danger to others. The sooner American Airlines starts bringing men home instead of Kalitta Airways, the better for us all.

Posted by: airamerica1966 | April 19, 2007 5:21 AM | Report abuse

In my book Moscow-Chicago, Further - Everywhere I have described the times of Clintons and what they were doing. My name is Anna v. Epelbaum. The book with its extensive preview is available on www.lulu.com. It could be also purchased on www.moscowtochicago.com.

Posted by: aepelbaum | April 19, 2007 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Pelosi and Reid are doing what they can. I have not closely watched Reid, but have done it with Pelosi and her political actions within the entire Bush time. She is consistent, persistent, and logical. She has all qualities of a good leader, and she is extremely up to date currently.

Posted by: aepelbaum | April 19, 2007 8:29 AM | Report abuse

To Mr. Levy and Ms Epelbaum, Go get your own blogs ffs! Mr. Levy, how can you expect to be taken seriously when you hijack someone else's blog to publish your work, and attempt to claim copyright on material you have voluntarily posted to a blog that very clearly states that you give up all rights to claim copyright simply by posting the material. If you can't grasp that simple fact, then any attempt to persuade others with your words is undermined by your obvious inability to understand simple legal concepts and notions of common courtesy and etiquette. I'm not sure what Carl Jung would have said about it, but where I come from your actions prove that you're rude and poorly bred.

Posted by: Patrick Huss | April 19, 2007 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Delete the long, strange stuff PLEASE! What a waste of space.

Posted by: KarenJ | April 19, 2007 1:26 PM | Report abuse

In light of recent events why can't there be a ban on hand guns! Hand guns are designed to kill people. Mr. Cho may have been stopped if he were carrying a shotgun on campus.

The right to bare arm's does not apply uniformly to all firearms. The authors of the second amendment could not have envisioned such a weapon as a 9mm Glock.

If a ban is too strong of a pill to take then make it manditory to attend hunter safety for a year prior to owning a hand gun.

If that is too strong how about making the hand gun sensitive to screaming and or shouts of "please don't shoot me"! You all know we have the technology! We can place chips in TV's to curb unauthorized viewing by our youth. Who knows maybe it would work with hand guns. Of course, it would drive up the cost.

Posted by: Roger H | April 19, 2007 5:29 PM | Report abuse

thank you Concerned citizen. I appreciate what you have written today.. We will keep up the good fight and never let this Administration win, last I heard it was noted 74 times I don't recall...live from the senate with Gonzo.....youza, let the partying begin.....Champions

Posted by: champions | April 19, 2007 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Well kids it goes to show you that some people who can not get published elsewhere will do anything to get their idea's into print. What has this pair of wonderful public servants done in their first 100 days? We have been treated to endless hearings for circus to the masses, and interference with the functions of the Secretary of State's functions. Do we have a higher minimum wage as promised? How about the other promised things that the Democrat congress was supposed to accomplish in their first 100 days in office? It has been over 100 days. Where is the Beef!!!!! I have seen a lot of pie in the sky, just no BEEF!!
Seems that some people are too interested in bringing down someone who will be out of office in 2009, to take care of business.
Hate can make people blind and stupid, just because they do not take the time to think! Pelosi and Reid seem to be making themselves ridiculous, but then they are playing to their audience who are too entralled to pay attention to just what is really going on. Like slight of hand magic they divert the attention away from what is going on while the audience is enthralled with their words of misdirection. Why wasn't a very disturbed individual flagged so that he could not be eligible to purchase a firearm? Ask the legislature for the answer to that one! You know the ones that you elected! The law parces on the fine point that if he had been committed involuntarily he could be flagged, however if he voluntarily committed he would not be flagged. Talk to your legislators kids!!! After all you elected them, hold them accountable. That is how he got around the law and was able to own firearms legally! Study, listen, write your legislators.

Posted by: h1m912009@plateautel.net | April 19, 2007 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Patrick Huss, it is burdensome to run a blog, I have always preferred to write books. Maybe, I would change my mind about blog in the future, though. Anyhow, I don't see any reason why I shouldn't mention my books or refer to them in my comments. My copyright is already preserved, and I am the author of quite a number of books. Some of them could be found over Internet under my name, and some-not, as my name looks differently in other languages, and I used to write in a number of them. Now about Pelosi and Reid. I hoped that these people finally found it possible to impeach Bush/Cheney. I am seriously disappointed that they don't want to do it, whichever their reasons are. It is more than unhealthy to the country under current internal and external circumstances to have such leaders as Bush/Cheney for almost twenty months more.

Posted by: aepelbaum | April 25, 2007 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Dear, h1m912009@plateautel.net, unfortunately, under enormous pressure of Iraqi every day's slather, and what is starting here, like Virginia Tech last event, as the inevitable results of this slather, other parts of 100 days legislature don't seem so important, do they? It looks similar to, for example, a family, which is enthusiastically discussing next year vacation, while their house is on fire, instead of doing anything against this fire. So, make your own conclusion.

Posted by: aepelbaum | April 26, 2007 12:14 AM | Report abuse

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