This Blog Entry is going to be quite taxing and somewhat hard on those of religious nature. For those of you that cannot read more than a few pages at a time, and don’t like to dive into the great sea of human awareness, Stop here!! I have tried to keep the readers entertained so if you get tired, there are a few funny diversions along the way, so click on the links if you can’t hold the thread for so long.
I felt like it would be good to look at the current trouble in the Middle-East from a different perspective, to try and understand it not as a war of sides or religion, but as the pot where (Western) Human consciousness always has been mixed, making potions for us all to try, saying we will be healed. I try to view it from historical point of view, with emphasis on the psyche shifts in human consciousness.
Once upon a time, we were all tribal people.
Due to a magical feature that is inherit in us all, the power of mass, the force of the tribe created a meta identity – a being of sorts. To me this is one of the most interesting subjects under the sun (and moon): that the tribe coming together could create a sort of field that has a life of its own. We call this the group mind, or rather body, and if you look in between the other blog posts you can read about it some more.
In tribal society, I guess we best refer to it as the Tribal God phenomena. The god of the desert and of Moses was a tribal god (he later became a non tribal god when the people settled, and more complicated when they no longer lived in one country). I think if you search any tribal society in their purest form, (before they took religion on), you will find that phenomena manifest: the gods of dreamtime, the Tibetan gods and goddesses, the beings that come of tribal trance, the sexual orgies of African villages, the tribal dances that lead into shared awareness and on and on – the deities that were born from the collective field of a people sharing altered states of awareness. Some of these are actually natural powers, e.g. beyuls, and are a manifestation of earlier religions.
You get what I mean.
Maybe, before we go on we need to mention that actually this was not the first psyche step in our connection with larger forces. Before tribalism we must have all been naturalists, and have celebrated the connection to the power of nature, the power of the world, and power spots on it particularly. This can still be seen in some places and I guess is the purest form of abstinence. If we truly wanted to be peaceful beings, we would stay away from group merging altogether, and from what happens when any of us come together, but we can’t. We come together, and the force turns us tribal, the tribe gets a shared mind and that mind leads us into trouble with other tribes.
Onwards we go. For years on end, tribalism was the prevalent force, especially in the Middle East.
For the force of coming together and the act for its (semi) stabilisation – let us use Moses as a symbol for this process.
Here is a man that took (maybe also created) a tribal god and turned, (or tried to) it into something else. He turned it into religion. I think we can view religion as the attempt to govern a people into holding shared awareness, that in the desert, in the Israelites case, it can be viewed as a case of trying to shift into a new era of consciousness.
Some argue that going out of Egypt was the symbol for changing from the age of Taurus to Aries, and the man Moses is believed to be the representative of that. He was meant to have been born in Aries, the seer. If you are given into shifts of human consciousness and its evolutions through history like I am, a good book to read is the Great Cosmic Mother.
If you delve into group consciousness work, it will become apparent that this formation (group mind) can no longer really be held on a national level, as it is hard for the people to hold the field if they are not actually together. The field must be broken somehow, either because of physical distances or because some of the people do not share the depth, and break the the force. Altered states of awareness have this particularity – we go back to normal if others around us do not shift with us. Try and imagine what it must have been like for our man Moses, to keep tens of thousands of people held in altered awareness, to shift into a newer way of being. No wonder he had problems.
It is almost an impossibility to take a whole of uninitiated mass into the unknown….
not to say that it is impossible to take a whole of initiated mass into the Unknown, that must have happened too somewhere. Maybe the reason we do not have any record of some peoples that seem to have vanished, (another one of my wows!). There is a pictogram in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico that I love, which looks like a group of people holding hands and walking together to the horizon under a massive bird, that to me looks like an imaginative explanation of where they disappeared to.
So the story of the travel in the desert is exactly that: Moses trying to take the whole people into another state of awareness, and the rules that are made in order to usher them through, become a religion, a memory of the tribal trance, when the tribal god was in us.
That god of the desert, is still held by Israelis today, they hold the flag with its star.
I wonder, on the level of Human awareness, when was the real point that we lost that tribal god?
As far as the Middle East goes, the Israelis were foreigners that came from somewhere else, probably Europe, even before Moses, maybe even before living in Iraq or Southern Turkey (which was Mesopotamia back then). I find this fascinating, but the only records history holds stop at that point of history. In fact, it’s called the point where history began. It’s not clear where the Semitic people came from, but it seems they were visitors from somewhere else. I love stories of migrations, and people on the move, so this intrigues me.
What happened in the Middle East is that, one after the other, whole societies tried to hold that form of shared group mind, through a set of rules. This is where the first set of written rules came from, and maybe law as we know it. The problem starts with tribalism, and trying to govern a group to hold shared awareness, or at least to hold some consensus: these days we only have laws, but no altered states of shared awareness. That some people still follow that old desert god, and that they believe he led them to a land 4000 years ago is the proof.
But, time and time again, the people who made those rules were conquered by another, younger, more tribal society. This notion was covered by one of the greatest Arabic scholars, Ibn khaldun, explaining that the nomads always win over the sedentary due to their stronger assabyia (tribalism, or tribal force). They in turn become sedentary, and get conquered by another tribal(er) group: he had the greatest of all nomadic empire to witness after all, the Mongols, when they took over Syria. I for one take his word.
So here we are, no fault lies with any people, but with the fact that any people coming together create a field of shared consensus that can not be refused, one that exerts such force over them it seems to command them, one that leads us like the pillar of fire and of smoke; which is my personal favourite: the fact that the desert nomads would stop moving, when a cloud that moved with them stopped above their most esteemed tent….. wow, that must have been something.
I guess as gypsies, once we left the desert we were already goners. It is obvious in the bible, that in the Holy Land, it was even harder for the people to hold that shared field of awareness, or follow the commands Moses created in order to usher the people into the Group Mind. The people were not interested, being too removed from the phenomena. No one made miracles for them as a whole: no snake banners, and water out of rock, the Gypsy died, and the people settled down to lose their God of travel, and their shared awareness, and to be conquered by a neighbouring people. Watch this short movie that explains it all if you still have not got what is going on in the Middle East.
To be honest I don’t believe Moses did ever hold all the people, although I can’t even imagine what it would feel like holding over a 1000 people in a shared field of altered states, having done group process work for over 20 years now.
I guess this trying to take tribalism into a new level, to turn it into a nation only to be taken over by newer tribalism group thing kept on happening, until (and after) a new stage in our Human consciousness took shape, with a new star (in Bethlehem), again born out of that old Semitic wandering stock. Some say this was the birth of a new age: the age of Pisces.
Jesus took tribalism-turned-nationalism into something new. He turned it into non generic form, using the art of shifting levels or taking people into altered states through magical feats of awareness, to preach the people around him into a new belief system (again group body and mind), but instead of creating a body of rules for a tribal society. He opened that body to everybody to practice, with his disciples as the mediums, creating a new order: the grouping of people through belief not through bloodline.
That was the real killer as far as tribalism went, so not only we lost the ability to hold the group body as small tribal units, we now lost our tribalism all together. I don’t mean it was Jesus that messed us up, he can be seen as the first symptom for the death of tribalism, and the beginning of globalisation.
I personally think now that this is where we lost our chance of going through (into the other awareness) as people. Jesus took that away, not only that the nations can’t hold the same field of awareness together but globally we don’t stand a chance, never mind all the dogma and weird stuff that follows when others try to interpret his work. The Biggest mistake on that level is that when Jesus’ work is viewed from an energy work point of view, he did not make a body of faith that is practicable by everybody. His new faith journeys into altered states are only accessible to those that can go direct, those who see and shift into the otherness by themselves, which is why Christianity is really lacking as a teaching. People can not just shift into other possibilities usually, so except some saints here and there that got the message and went true on it, nothing much happened not to all of us ignorant. But we now had the chance to by unified as a people under one banner, one that did not care if we were of the same blood line.
To conclude the list of great Middle Eastern thought manifest in man, we must now turn to Muhammad, the man that outlawed tribalism altogether (I’m not joking he actually kind of made it unlawful).
Jahiliyyah (ignorance of god) is the Muslim name of the pre-Islamic period in the Arabic world. I am very taken with that periods poetry: one of its most constant forms being the pre-Islamic Qasida, which could be seen as tribal poems. The poet speaks of his love, who is usually a female member of the tribe, and explores through and through the glory of his own tribe. I love the notion that back in those tribal days, the Arabic tribes had a way to resolve their battles by wedging poetry war, the tribal poets would compete against each other, and the the victor would decide the war. Here is another of my wows.
Maybe the poets of Gaza and Israel should have a go, although there has been attempts as you can see , and I think actually this one should actually have won the present war (in my view anyway), being such a catchy hit (pun intended) in Israel.
I am not clear enough to understand if the man Muhammad actually took the people into another state of awareness at all, but the greatest achievement in my eyes is what came after him. Islam has unified the land, the Levant, turning it into the biggest mass of land to be peaceful speaking the same language, where a traveler could travel using Arabic from Morocco to India. As seen in the travels of Ibn Battuta (sounds like Mr potato head but a great traveler non the less), this is called dar al islam which was created by the peace over the land (dar al salam).
The next stage in middle eastern History was that of great prosperity of thought, and culture, maybe one of the greatest ever.
The 13th century Arabic prosperity showed too in the Jewish perception of god, no longer a tribal god but a global Omnipresence, that could be (or even meant to) healed by our own prayers. This god was made of different layers of female and male super-consciousness as seen in the Tree of Life model (to be honest this was always to farfetched for me to grasp).
That time was also the birth to the Kabbalah thought forms and writings like the Zohar, which show God in very complicated multi-part form, surfaced. This is something that too was probably created during the Golden Age of thinking which prevailed by Arabic scholarship. It is hard for us to believe that the most mysterious Jewish writings are actually Arabic, or at least influenced by Arabs. Because of the amount of “terror” that is invoked by Islamist groups it is hard for us to imagine that world of peace, but such it was. It is harder to imagine that actually that is the goal of some of those Islamist groups like ISIS (not the goddess but the militant group), to unify the land under the peace of Islam.
But then came the Mongols. Again a stronger tribal force took over the world order, which is probably where the Middle East evolution has stopped altogether actually, and degraded all the way to where it has been since, and maybe where it was all along (hope you watched that movie earlier): the fighting ground of human consciousness.
The symbol of that Mongol conquest over the Middle East phase was not a great man (not saying there where not great mongols because there were), but the Black Death (believed to originate with the Mongols). That is what human consciousness had manifested: the whole of the Levant and Europe was laid waste, and great thought or great people have never come again to rule us (or try to) into freedom. Wars had to be stopped because the armies on both sides lost all their fighters.
So now the fractions of history are all fighting each other, with no clear direction. The Jews can never be a freed chosen people and their tribal god is long forgotten. Their new complicated god was created through Arabic scholarship, funny that we might call him an Arabic god, I mean why not you should expect a people to learn something from their neighbours after thousands of years.
The Arabs still try to re-create the Dar al Islam, by killing everybody else, and the Christians are lost like they always were, without any understanding of how to access the otherness directly, hoping for miracles no one seem to be be able to deliver.
The truth is that nomads can never own the land, and the Jews were always nomads, so instead of going 2000 years back in time and saying we lived here, we can say 2100 years ago Jews did not live in Israel, they came and conquered that land. What is very interesting (to me at least) is where they came from and why.
But this entry has now been made long enough, and the next dive into Human consciousness evolution must wait for another day. I believe we will continue this thread, and pick up another current battleground to portray it: the war front in Iraq and especially the siege on mount Sinjar, and the Yazidis.