Dear Paris, Madness will save the world and the cosmos, imo. Because I believe we are all mad and that consensus reality is a perception based on the survival need of initially negative perception. While throughout human history individuals have committed treason against the fearful majority view, to uncover reality which is always before our eyes, yet veiled by a negative bias. To put such a view in context, we have been driven by a sense of curiosity towards external reality which has often overridden our survival instinct. One only has to envision sailors of a bygone era who set out to seek new horizons when census reality viewed the world as flat. While in this era, thousands registered to be on-board the first one way trip to Mars, in a clear manifestation of our subconscious, Cosmic agenda. Our Messiah mission, as children of light matter energy, we might say? Such is the survival context that my own “delusion of grandeur” during heightened episodes of innate intuition, beyond consensus reality’s, middle class survival illusion, that the world is made of words. While, even though “systems theory” has been with us since the discovery of light matter’s non-linear behaviour, the consensus illusion of cause & effect separation, still dogs our rather unholy communion. I suspect though, that during the course of this century our consensus taboo on knowing what we are, and that taboo’s generational Paternal injunction will give way to a realization of life’s true purpose and the “presence of the past,” as Sheldrake puts it, will reveal itself in very clever green narrative stories of our ancestors. I suspect that there will be a period of shock or fall, as we begin to understand the “consequential” nature of our solar emergence, as the cosmos manifest sentience. You write: in my own research and writing, I have come to feel that the term “heroic (or messianic) striving” is generally more accurate and helpful. The great irony I have come to appreciate is that while I think it’s true that these individuals are often experiencing some degree of confusion, mixing up different realms of experience (for example, mixing up collective or archetypal realms with consensus reality, or confusing unitive consciousness with dualistic/egoic consciousness), I have come to feel that perhaps the key to saving the world, or at least the human species, may in fact actually be revealed within these extreme experiences.” While in my heretical defiance of the consensus norm’s I have been willing to accept the scorn of people who only know themselves as words, to articulate my “esoteric” sense of our divine nature and cosmic responsibility. A responsibility that will see our children’s children’s children, populate the stars in the security of Einstein’s understanding that the Universe is a friendly place, once we have transcended our unconscious projection of our own nature onto external reality. In accord with my intuitive sense of reality I wrote this blog post back in January 2013: “A messiah is a saviour or liberator of a people in the Abrahamic religions. Or a metaphor for our species? Does Metaphor & Mythology, express innate Intuition? “Intuition is the ability to acquire knowledge without inference and/or the use of reason. “The word ‘intuition’ comes from the Latin word ‘intueri’ which is usually translated as ‘to look inside’ or ‘to contemplate’.” Intuition provides us with beliefs that we cannot justify in every case. For this reason, it has been the subject of study in psychology, as well as a topic of interest in the supernatural. The “right brain” is popularly associated with intuitive processes such as aesthetic abilities. Some scientists have contended that intuition is associated with innovation in scientific discovery. Intuition is also a common subject of New Age writings. Intuition in Jungian psychology: In Carl Jung’s theory of the ego, described in 1921 in Psychological Types, intuition was an “irrational function”, opposed most directly by sensation, and opposed less strongly by the “rational functions” of thinking and feeling. Jung defined intuition as “perception via the unconscious”: using sense-perception only as a starting point, to bring forth ideas, images, possibilities, ways out of a blocked situation, by a process that is mostly unconscious. Jung said that a person in whom intuition was dominant, an “intuitive type”, acted not on the basis of rational judgment but on sheer intensity of perception. An extraverted intuitive type, “the natural champion of all minorities with a future”, orients to new and promising but unproven possibilities, often leaving to chase after a new possibility before old ventures have borne fruit, oblivious to his or her own welfare in the constant pursuit of change.” More of this post can be read here: http://www.bipolarbatesy.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/a-messiah-species-existential-meaning.html Beyond the mental health focus on non-consensus awareness, here on MIA and in the survivor community, I am personally encouraged by books like: The Illusion of Separation: Exploring the Cause of Our Current Crises Paperback. by Giles Hutchins Which expresses a mainstream business concern for a sustainable future and our current need to embrace systems theory, at both a local and non-local level of being. Which imo, expresses the reality of the presence of the past, in that our anatomy has not changed in the last 5000 years, even though we fall for the delusion that our projective identification with external objects, invokes a sense of a new time and place, within the space – time continuum of an eternal NOW. The realization of this reality, within this century, will be the Biblical prophecy of the Fall, imo. Or as Jean Houston suggests, (mother of the human potential movement) we will give birth the the first generation of truly human beings. The first generation not possessed by non-conscious fearfully biased judgement of any sense of otherness.