From DON SANDERSON
We cannot resolve the problems of our existence at the same level of thinking that created them. – Albert Einstein
As blind Homer told us so long ago, after a series of torturous adventures in which most of his men are lost, Odysseus is swept up into the whirlpool Charybdis guarded by the six-headed monster Scylla. He only just survives to undergo still more challenges before finally years later returning to his home to slay his last adversaries and end his Odyssey.
The oil-guzzling Scylla we confront is a bizarre creature of many clashing colors and shapes. Its most prominent three heads, on coiled necks entangled nearly in strangleholds, are continually quarreling, each attempting to use the others for its own purposes. Those protuberances are that grossly bloated wealth symbolized by Wall Street, a Zionism that fantasizes rebuilding Solomonic empires on Islamic bones, the original of which archeologists can find no trace, and an apocalyptic Christianity determined to see a new Jerusalem constructed on the smoking remains of the present damned world. Scylla’s spoor is seen everywhere in smoking remains of villages, of starving urban homeless, of thousands of dying species, of degradation of arable land, rainforests, fresh water, and the oceans, all the excesses of climate change, and the increasingly likely demise of the human species. The U.S. military is the blaze with which it is attempting to use to enflame the world into submission. Units are buzzing everywhere, notably in equipping and training others, both foreign militaries and American police, to attempt to control popular movements that embarrass Scylla, reminding it that it is actually powerless to succeed without the hearts of those it seeks to overbear.
The U.S. military was fought to a standstill in Korea, embarrassed by Castro, lost in a Vietnamese jungle, sent packing in Iraq, and is floundering in Afghanistan. Pakistan is turning its back. While it managed to kill Gaddafi, it is apparently losing the war in Libya. Iran, into which it is being dragged by the Zionists, is recognized as a much harder nut to crack. It has been unable to placate boisterously-declared-conquered populations anywhere since the conclusion of WWII. About the only places the Beast’s claws have been able to penetrate are in Central America and the Caribbean, but even then only with the aid of mad dog dictators who come and go. Yet, it still blusters as if it is in control and, indeed, is wreaking all sorts of mischief around the world. Yes, we may face a flood of disappeared here at home, but even in Argentina and Chile the generals were finally brought to trial.
Why might we seek ever more wealth and power, never be satisfied, never have enough? Why would we insist on building a gigantic military and send it marauding around the world? Isn’t the answer obvious? We are afraid. Afraid of what? As Franklin Roosevelt so wisely pronounced in his first inaugural address, “So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” If there is to be an acceptable future, we must have a revolution, but not by using the repressive tools of those we oppose, which can only make us reflections of them. Isn’t it clear that we must conquer fear within ourselves as a prerequisite of a successful revolution?
We can only keep our societies alive and running by telling a seemingly never-ending series of lies. If everyone had the same interests, our present delusion could last quite awhile. But not everybody agrees, not anymore. There is considerable evidence that a revolution is happening, but hidden from most, even those involved. No, I don’t mean Occupy Wall Street and its populist kin, the environmental movement, the progressive movement, the localization movement, or any of the other many democratic activist causes. Bless them all, but most are locked into the old ways of thinking, the ways that got us here about which Einstein warned. After many centuries – yes, many – there are few signs of any recognizable positive lasting effects that can be specifically linked to such actions. While they respond to many critical issues, often with solid organizing and wonderful commitment, analysis of and radical response to basic political and economic structures and the psychological seductions and values that underlay them generally remain off limits. True, I’m very much back-to-the-Earth for the Earth’s and, thus, a future for the human species sakes. But, this is barely the start of a marathon. Much more radical changes are necessary if we are to succeed in thwarting our Scylla in time. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1967 starkly threw down the glove:
We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity. The ‘tide in the affairs of men’ does not remain at the flood; it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is deaf to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residue of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: ‘Too late.’
Do we need a more potent gut-felt reason for charging the barricades at great personal risk? But, we need firepower. I didn’t finish his paragraph, It included three more sentences: “There is an invisible book of life that faithfully records our vigilance or our neglect. ‘The moving finger writes, and having writ moves on…’ We still have a choice today; nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation.”
Earlier in the same speech, King explained what he intended by “nonviolent coexistence”:
Have they forgotten that my ministry is in obedience to the one who loved his enemies so fully that he died for them?
A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war: ‘This way of settling differences is not just.’ This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into veins of people normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”
“This call for a world-wide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one’s tribe, race, class and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all men. This oft misunderstood and misinterpreted concept — so readily dismissed by the Nietzsches of the world as a weak and cowardly force — has now become an absolute necessity for the survival of man. When I speak of love I am not speaking of some sentimental and weak response. I am speaking of that force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life. Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality. This Hindu-Moslem-Christian-Jewish-Buddhist belief about ultimate reality is beautifully summed up in the first epistle of Saint John:
‘Let us love one another; for love is God and everyone that loveth is born of God and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. If we love one another God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.’
Let us hope that this spirit will become the order of the day. We can no longer afford to worship the god of hate or bow before the altar of retaliation. The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate. History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path of hate. As Arnold Toynbee says : ‘Love is the ultimate force that makes for the saving choice of life and good against the damning choice of death and evil. Therefore the first hope in our inventory must be the hope that love is going to have the last word.’”
Gandhi, like King, placed nonjudgmental love of an high pedestal. As later for King, he was assassinated and his movement, while initially successful to an extent, floundered into chronic violence. I suppose we could put ashes on our heads, beat our breasts, wail, and fear the worst, but to what end would it serve to again sink into Charybdis, How are we to change the world, if we don’t, can’t first change ourselves? Can we each act revolutionarily non-violently, not only with each other, but with our world? Perhaps someone, something, or other will rescue us and save us the effort?
Versions of a salvation myth have always been recounted. Now, they seem to have popping through the ground everywhere – not only the Christians’ return of the Christ, but that of the Shi’ites’ last Imam, the arrival of the Amitābha Buddha and the Pure Land, and of course of the dawning of New Age prophesied by the stars and the Mayan calendar. As John Michael Greer has noted, “Epochs awash in apocalyptic beliefs are also full of intense social stress, but there are stressful periods in which very few people spend their time feverishly getting ready for the end of the world. What seems to do the trick is a particular kind of stress – specifically, the kind that happens when the narratives a society uses to make sense of the world no longer work.” As a youngster just out of college, Joanna Macy found herself in northern India with the recently arrived Tibetan escapees. There, she heard many stories about the wondrous land called Shambhala that was hidden somewhere or another and would soon be discovered. “There comes a time when all life on Earth is in danger. Great barbarian powers have arisen. Although these powers spend their wealth in preparation to annihilate each other, they have much in common: weapons of unfathomable destructive power, and technologies that lay waste to the world. In this time, when the future of sentient life hangs by the frailest of threads, the Kingdom of Shambhala emerges. Now you can’t go there, for it is not a place. It exists in the hearts and minds of Shambhala warriors.”
C.G. Jung and those who followed him found widely shared, i.e. archetypical, myths, world-view outlines if you will, everywhere, though most of us are unaware when we are painting by-the-number on the same pages because we each color with different choices of paints and brushes and don’t necessarily stay within the lines. Thus, Joseph Campbell found traces of an underlying hero myth everywhere of which Odysseus’ story is one. These largely unconsciously shared myths with which we live tie our cultures together, tell us how to behave. Problems may arise because the myths that pin together my lifestyle may be different from yours, may indeed clash, and we aren’t aware we’re on different pages. As a result, our opinions may be so opposed that we have little in common – my myth is True and yours is Stupid, False, or Evil. Can you doubt we need a new shared myth? One appears to be emerging.
Beginning in the mid 1940s, industrial psychologist Clare W. Graves stumbled on some common patterns of human behavior, in effect a collection of myths, that it would be wise for managers to understand. He divided them into eight levels of increasing complexity. They tell us much about ourselves and how we might more usefully manage our own lives and relationships.
Typically, we have well entrenched habitual ways of thinking, feeling, and behavior. Then, the world changes, becomes more chaotic, and the old ways no longer work; we find we are failing to cope. Feelings of hopelessness often arise – depression is said to now be widespread in the United States. What follows may be much like the grief stages we typically may go through after suffering a great loss, say of a loved one, home, or business. After a dark night of confusion, fear, and chaos comes a dawn, maybe, of revelation and rebirth. It is usual to expect that the light will capture our attention like thunder, we’ll step to altar and be saved, but we don’t learn new ways of thinking, actually of feeling, instantly and old habits don’t just melt away. Some who trailed Graves have ascertained that the leap from the darkness to the light needn’t be so dramatic. But, we must be so dissatisfied that we are willing to leave the comfortable and familiar behind to venture into the unknown. As you read the following descriptions, recall how you passed through at least the first few steps in your own lives.
Grave’s levels, his titles
- Reflexive Physiological Existence
Infancy. Primitive man out fighting the elements, scavenging alone with his mate and offspring like wild animals. The constant search for water, food, shelter, and warmth. It is existence without past or future, being completely on one’s own, with none to rescue us, stand up for us, or come to our aide.. It’s also about what happens when we are thrown backwards by catastrophe, suffering a fight or flight adrenaline rush that sometimes becomes chronic. Those who are thrown out into homelessness without previous parental support or adequate schooling and those suffering posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other types of mental dysfunctions are often placed in such situations.
- Tribalistic Existence
This is where we first learn to trust and relate to others, to value one another, and to know that it is possible to survive what we fear – together. Childhood. Such a life is firmly based on tradition, on ways that have been passed down and are unquestioned. Here is the extended family, the village or ethnic neighborhood, that clings together, interdependent, sharing, This is where we learn the skills for communicating, interacting and cooperating that guarantee the continuation of the life of the tribe/family through mating and births. Typically, religion, faithfully accepted, plays an important role here. Brotherhoods, sisterhoods, and even street gangs are other examples.
- Egocentric Existence
There comes a time for most of us when we have the urge to step out on our own, to make our own decisions. We become aware that situations, events, and even people can be controlled and manipulated to meet our needs and get us what we want/need. This is where we first see needs and desires face to face, and we learn to go after those things with passion and ingenuity. Such a person is often feisty and rebellious, prone to taking risks to get what he wants, spontaneous, energetic, willing to break from tradition, innovative, and autonomous. This way of life is seen as dependent on controlled relationships. Here were those independent pioneers who established the way many Americans see themselves, notably Libertarians and members of the National Rifle Association. Don’t tread on me.
- Saintly Existence
The word “saintly” is Graves, but is somewhat strange. Those living at the L3 level may become tired of their wild west lives and seek structure, rules, laws, hierarchies of authority, of course preferably with themselves in charge. Thus, the origin of governments, of corporations, of banks, of institutionalized religions, of ever faithful members of the professional military and police. Many here have a strong sense of justice, take pride in being law abiders, and enter the world each day equipped with a moral compass, an appreciation of law and order, and a respect for peace, peace keepers, and peacemakers. Those who see themselves at the top of the hierarchies, however, often remain L3 and are surely not saintly – examples are most of the present Republican candidates for President, while Ron Paul is clearly L3.
- Materialistic Existence
But, laws are arbitrary affairs and often abused. Those at this level seek objective “facts”. Here are those who take pride in self-reliant technical proficiency: scientists, engineers, corporate executives, and economists and bankers, even technically skilled craftsmen and artists. L4 residents live in a world where the market is based on scarcity. They must control distribution to make sure everyone gets their fair chance. The work ethic is firmly in place, and they believe that those who work the long and hard hours are the ones who are living comfortably. Those who aren’t willing to put their blood and sweat into it – did without. For an L5, abundance has taken over. The world is seemingly overflowing with natural and human resources, just waiting to be used by those with enough know-how and ambition to take advantage of them. Obama, I guess, is to be found here.
- Personalistic Existence
An L5 is so eager for more that he has no time just to live. Their obsession to redo the world in some more convenient, artificial form crowds out the natural. They are so eager to solve the world’s problems that they never notice the devastation they are leaving in their wake. Many who have reached L5 find themselves reacting in horror against this mindset. They becomes concerned with knowing the inner side of self and other selves so harmony can come to be, so people as individuals can be at peace with themselves. While they are focusing on the inner self to the exclusion of the external world, their outer worlds go to pot. So now they turn outward to life and to the whole, the total universe. As they do so they begin to see the difficulty of restoring the balance of life which has been torn asunder by their individualistically oriented, self-seeking climb up the ladder of existence. Here are progressive, Occupy Wall Street, environment, and New Age movements, which are beginning to coalesce. Van Jones, whose first book “The Green Collar Economy” recently reached the bestseller list, appears to be an outstanding representative.
- Cognitive Existence
L1 through L6 inhabitants concern themselves with the physical security of our personal relatively small circles of family, tribe, district, neighborhood, community, culture, or state very much in a Darwinian evolutionary sense. Fear-driven survival is front burner.
In speaking of L7, Graves wrote, “Man is at the threshold of being human. He is truly becoming a human being. He is no longer just another of nature’s species.” Such a life is centered on nonviolence, as S. Brian Willson expressed so well: “Nonviolence is a way of life, an external manifestation of an internal peace. Nonviolence is mindfulness and consciousness of the sacred, of the interconnectedness of ourselves with everything and every being. It is an attitude, an awareness, an understanding, a manner of expression and interaction operating from a deep internal integration that honors this sacred interconnectedness. It motivates intervention in or confrontation of forces destroying or harming sacredness of life, utilizing consciousness of the sacred in the means of intervention.” Vietnam veteran Willson; in 1987, lost both legs below the knee and his right frontal lobe when attempting to block a train carrying military supplies – the engineer was ordered by the U.S. government not to stop.
At L7 we cross over beyond fear to equanimity, into a much larger and more populated neighborhood – the global village, the global marketplace, and the global society that consists not just of other humans, but of all species. This is about acute empathy on a global scale, a very conscious L7 that is trying to deal with the complexities of a vast unconscious with the resources of a relatively smaller, conscious mind that never has enough time or information to untangle the knot. Emphasis is on acute awareness, existential freedom, breaking the shackles of uncontested beliefs and unexamined habits, and imaginative creativity. Here is the person Jung called the Modern Man who understands quite well the lower levels, but seeks a larger, deeper knowing. Because those of L7 are firmly rooted in the Earth, they may superficially appear primitive with shamanic overtones – philosopher and psychedelic pioneer Terence McKenna described this as The Archaic Revival – but with a new tribalism in which the tribe is beingness itself and our sacred land is planet Earth.
Please understand, to move from being a novice at any level to being skilled requires dedicated practice; it isn’t a gift – as usual, some are born with advantages. Surely King, Gandhi, Einstein, Campbell, and Jung were at least L7, but it didn’t come freely for any. I know no better guide to the fundamentals than Mark Colman’s “Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery”. Two L7 examples worth your interest: engaged Buddhist Joanna Macy and blind French resistance leader and Buckenwald survivor Jacques Lusseyran. I very much recommend her “World as Lover, World as Self” and “Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World” and his “And There Was Light”.
- Experientialistic Existence
Increasingly, daring scientists, using all the L5 toys, are finding the reality is mind-blowingly different than what they thought. Quantum mechanics, systems theory, chaos theory and emergent systems, morphological fields, explorations of a cluster of psychic abilities, and depth psychology are among the clubs that are breaking down narrow-mind walls. Some ordinary people are doing so as well: in 2006, Amanda Dennison set a world record; she walked barefooted 220 feet over 1,700 degree Fahrenheit hot coals without injury. That which we thought we were is being turned, literally, inside out. Here is where the question “Who am I?” is answered. There appears to have been many more L8 residents in simpler times – Jesus is the obvious example – but most of us are only now beginning to (re)learn – remember? – these arts. See “The Spontaneous Healing of Belief: Shattering the Paradigm of False Limits” by Gregg Braden for a solid introduction – there are many somewhat squishy ones.
At the center is mastery of what Jung called the Collective Unconscious, shared superconsciousness, which may be resonantly employed far more powerfully than we each can individually. Groups lead by L8 pioneers have formed, are continuing to form, all over the Earth, in what is sometimes called the Net of Light. to focus their psychic muscles, their knowingness, on confronting Scylla in its lair.
Look for people who exhibit the creative capacities and characteristics of L7, but who are focused on intuitive, insightful, feeling, on imaginative creativity, and on healing rather than objective knowing, who insist on cooperation and trust, and who are mindful of the possibility of long-term sustainability at a planetary level with all the richness of the Pure Land, the New Age. They don’t often advertise themselves, so it is difficult to get a count. I can surely think of only three likely examples of skilled members of this class, the Greek Cypriote teacher and healer Stylianos Atteshli, known as Daskalos, who died in 1995 but left many who he had trained, Sephardic Israeli Colette Aboulker-Muscat, who died in 2003 but ditto, and Vietnamese Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh, who is still alive.
This has been a most superficial examination of Grave’s work and those who succeeded him. When he died, he left an uncompleted book, his first. It was much later edited, combined with key papers, and published as “The Never Ending Quest”, edited by Christopher Cowen and Natasha Todorovic. Others have written complementary books and articles, which I’ll leave for you to discover.
Graves warned that his level descriptions were insufficiently defined, too vague, to allow certain statistical probing of the percentage of those at each level. Nonetheless, he noticed that the percentage of his students in the different categories had shifted dramatically over time. In 1952, Graves found 34 percent of his students at the level 4 and 10 percent at the 7 level. In 1977, the figures were approximately reversed. His objective was to understand how people think and not just to categorize the things they think about or value.
In the early 1990s, Paul Ray and Sherry Anderson began to follow hints that a remarkable cultural forking was afoot led by the growth of a social group they called the Cultural Creatives. Choose the statements you agree with. You are likely to be a Cultural Creative if you …
- Love nature and are deeply concerned about its destruction
- Are strongly aware of the problems of the whole planet (global warming, destruction of rain forests, overpopulation, lack of ecological sustainability, exploitation of people in poorer countries) and want to see more action on them, such as limiting economic growth
- Would pay more taxes or pay more for consumer goods if you knew the money would go to clean up the environment and to stop global warming
- Give a lot of importance to developing and maintaining your relationships
- Give a lot of importance to helping other people and bringing out their unique gifts
- Volunteer for one or more good causes
- Care intensely about both psychological and spiritual development
- See spirituality or religion as important in your life but are also concerned about the role of the Religious Right in politics
- Want more equality for women at work, and more women leaders in business and politics
- Are concerned about violence and the abuse of women and children around the world
- Want our politics and government spending to put more emphasis on children’s education and well-being, on rebuilding our neighborhoods and communities, and on creating an ecologically sustainable future
- Are unhappy with both the left and the right in politics and want to find a new way that is not in the mushy middle
- Tend to be rather optimistic about our future and distrust the cynical and pessimistic view that is given by the media
- Want to be involved in creating a new and better way of life in our country
- Are concerned about what the big corporations are doing in the name of making more profits: downsizing, creating environmental problems, and exploiting poorer countries
- Have your finances and spending under control and are not concerned about overspending
- Dislike all the emphasis in modern culture on success and “making it,” on getting and spending, on wealth and luxury goods
- Like people and places that are exotic and foreign, and like experiencing and learning about other ways of life.
If you agree with 10 or more, you probably are a Cultural Creative, likely an L6, L7, or L8.
Ray and Anderson explained, “While Cultural Creatives are a subculture, they lack one critical ingredient in their lives: awareness of themselves as a whole people. We call them the Cultural Creatives precisely because they are already creating a new culture. If they could see how promising this creativity is for all of us, if they could know how large their numbers are, many things might follow. These optimistic, altruistic millions might be willing to speak more frankly in public settings and act more directly in shaping a new way of life for our time and the time ahead. They might lead the way toward an Integral Culture. When we discovered the great promise of this new group, we set out to hold up a mirror for them, so they could see themselves fully. We wrote a popular book that tells their story: what their culture is like, who they are as individuals and how they live, where they came from, and what they’re creating now. It’s called “The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World”. The book was published in 1999.
Ray and Anderson found that the members of this emerging culture belong to the better-off classes, and they comprise nearly twice as many women as men. The number of Cultural Creatives is quickly increasing and the social and consciousness creatives are merging without any charismatic leadership. According to Ray, at the turn of the century the share of this culture was 23.4 percent of the U.S. adult population. In the 2009 survey Cultural Creatives had grown to 33 percent. He has estimated that twenty million people in the U.S. are “in the process of awakening”, surely L7, and that a total of nearly four million people in the U.S. and Europe are close to attaining a stable personal awakening, much fewer than Graves estimated. Paul Ray’s latest survey, as have others, shows that there has been a massive increase in support by Americans for major action on ecological sustainability and climate change, and support for initiatives of the green economic transition. Just a few years ago, support for these actions was in the 40 to 50 percent range, and now it is in the 70 to 80 percent range. This is not just a transitory change in opinions, but a change in basic values and beliefs. But, how deeply committed are they?
The factor that identifies the Cultural Creatives is less what they preach than what they practice, for they seldom attempt to convert others, preferring to be concerned with their own personal growth. Their behavior, especially their lifestyle choices, differentiate them from the mainstream. The common denominator of values and lifestyles among the Cultural Creatives is holism. They view themselves as synthesizers and healers, not just on the personal level but also on the community and the national levels, even on the planetary level.
They set the stage, “Getting a clear view of the road ahead may be more a matter of consciousness than information. We are facing not just a ‘great and yeasty time’ … but a breathtakingly dangerous tipping point for our civilization and our planet.” Yet, sadly, Ray and Anderson found only about one of us in a thousand is truly committed. Those involved in consciousness activities are mostly too impractical, business people mostly too unaware, and the rest of us mostly too undaring, to paraphrase their words. A large majority of us likely won’t wake up until we are unstoppably on the slide down, if it isn’t already too late. How, then, is there optimism? Nonetheless, Ray and Anderson do see hope for a residue of the human species residing among the Cultural Creatives, as do I.
Why aren’t we stepping up to the plate big time? According to a 2010 American Psychological Association report: “The list of mental obstacles to action identified by the APA report reads like a catalog of biblical afflictions: Ignorance, Uncertainty, Mistrust and Reactance (i.e., mulishness), Denial, Habit, Impotence (‘What can I do?’), Tokenism, Conflicting Goals, and Belief in Divine Intervention.” I’d add that we are too busy attempting to do and rewarding ourselves by collapsing afterward before the television or internet or ….
Lynn and James Whitlark commented on Graves’ levels, “Then Marshal McLuhan comes along and proclaims that the medium is the message in the global village. … It’s a village full of presupposed and useable L7 patterns, but with the ability to see the village as temporally non-linear, all the L2 through L7 skills and abilities become a greater responsibility, because their impact is no longer a matter of effecting this time line or that time line. An action at L8 seasons the whole pot of temporal soup. It is a global village, but it’s even more than a global village. It’s a – something. A body. A single living organism and we are the cells. A cut on the hand can cause enough bloodshed to kill the whole. Pollution in the lungs can deny the brain of its necessary oxygen. A build-up of cholesterol in the arteries can put so much stress on the heart that it bursts – or decrease circulation to the point that a limb could die. And pleasure. And joy. And contentment. They spread through the body like tonic. We all feel victories together. We all feel sympathy together.”
Television and movies were McLuhan’s media of interest; the computer was just arriving, “[I]f a new technology extends one or more of our senses outside us into the social world, then new ratios among all of our senses will occur in that particular culture. It is comparable to what happens when a new note is added to a melody. And when the sense ratios alter in any culture then what had appeared lucid before may suddenly become opaque, and what had been vague or opaque will become translucent.” Our present star media, the Internet, is many magnitudes more pervasive. Indeed, there is another medium that is hidden in our superconsciousness that is immensely more powerful still, as any L8 will tell you.
When Joanna Macy was attempting to understand Shambhala, she happened upon Lama Choegyal Rimpoche, who explained about the tasks the Shambhala warriors were undertaking. “Now the time comes when great courage is required of Shambhala warriors – moral and physical courage.” she wrote, “For they must go into the very heart of the barbarian power, into the pits and citadels were the weapons are kept in order to dismantle them. To dismantle weapons in every sense of the word, they must go into the corridors of power where the decisions are made.” “The Shambhala warriors know they can do this because the weapons are manomaya. They are mind-made. Made by the human mind, they can be unmade by the human mind.” she added, “So at this time the Shambhala warriors go into training. When Choegyal said this, I asked, ‘How do they train?’ They train, he said, in the use of two weapons. … The weapons are compassion and insight. Both are necessary, he said. You have to have compassion because it provides the fuel to move you out there to do what is needed. It means not being afraid of the suffering of the world. But the weapon is very hot, and by itself is not enough. It will burn you out so you need the other. You need insight into the dependent co-arising [i.e. the essential interrelatedness] of all things. With this wisdom, you know it is not a battle between good guys and the bad guys, for the line between good and evil runs through the landscape of every human heart. And with this insight, that each action undertaken with pure intent has repercussions throughout the web of life, beyond what you can measure or discern.” Is it not clear that the warriors of which he speaks are of L7 and L8, but I suspect a combination?
A one week “manifestation” course that is regularly taught ends with a trip to Las Vegas. There, the graduates demonstrate the most amazing mastery to the casino owners distress. Maharishi Mahesh, the founder of the Transcendental Meditation program, hypothesized that if the square root of 1 percent of a population group meditated in an intensive way for a period morning and evening, this would manifest in more orderly and harmonious individual behavior and a measurable improvement in the various social indices which characterize the quality of life in that society. At least 33 experiments have now been run and amazing results published in peer-reviewed scientific publications. During a 2-month period (August and September 1983), groups of Israeli meditators varying between 65 and 241 were assembled in a Jerusalem hotel to practice group TM. They focused on both feeling peaceful and thinking peace. The outcome variables were all the relevant social indicators available and included crime, auto accidents, fires, war deaths, war intensity, stock market, and national mood. All were obtained from governmental or other public sources, This was during the still continuing 1982 Israeli War in Lebanon and Syria. Correlations recorded were positive and dramatic. The square root of 1 percent of the present world population is about 8,400. It has recently been reported with amazement, given the impact the failing economy is having on so many, that the crime rate is falling all over the United States. Hmm. But, that is only a start. Mountains must be moved.
Heroes needed. There is the challenge. Can we wake up in time? Do we care enough?