Thursday, February 9, 2023

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  • 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:

    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.

  • Michael & Sandy. I think it is well worth noting that Karon views schizophrenia as a terror syndrome, which speaks to that physiological root of emotion, as the unconscious aspect of our common motivation. I suspect that this notion of an innate “fear – terror” syndrome stems from his collaboration with Silvan Tomkins in the editing of vol’s 1 & 2 of Affect Imagery & Consciousness, which posits an at birth “affect – system,” as a compliment to our “drive – system.”

    Hence, in my drive to understand psychosis, as an experience, from the inside-out, I have come to view the nine innate affects described by Tomkins as the REAL human economy. That is to say, I believe we unconsciously project our innate affect NEEDS onto external reality, creating what we misperceive as the system “out there.” While real economy is a visceral economy of survival by whatever means are available.

    Having sat in a room with Michael and listened and looked at his articulation of HOW to be with another human being who is experiencing an extreme state of subjective awareness, I think he will agree that the primary need is awareness of one’s own internal state, rather than the illusionary assumption that words can actually describe our lived experience.

    IMO there is a dichotomy of doing & being inherent in our common experience, which historically has manifest in an exoteric or esoteric exploration of reality, both within & without. While in my need to self-regulate psychosis, I have had to stall my own instinct to take experience for granted and learn to still the pulse of my heart & feel its innate orienting & defensive impulses, whereby the major organs of my body produce my subjective experience, as the manifestation of a dissipative system.

    Paris Williams refers to this current need to embrace systems theory in his post about the insights that madness may bring to our Paradox of Modernity, where an unprecedented era of material wealth goes hand in hand with increasing physical & mental ill health, in out most developed societies.

  • Dear Bonnie, You write: And why, you may be wondering, do I think of the launch as historic? In short, because an uncompromisingly psychiatry abolitionist book had not come out in decades.

    Which reminds me of the wonderful meta-narrative novel & movie Cloud Atlas, in which a young American notery survives a poisonous voyage aboard a ship of fools aptly named Prophetess, to take a stance against Paternalism and its “natural-order” to become an abolitionist. I’m sure you will relate to his historical struggle as a single voice, in this paradoxical modernity where an inherited negative bias to normal perception insists its bad judgement of others in existential distress, is inherently correct.

    Only an hour ago, here in Sydney Australia, I watched the middle-class TV hosts nod head’s at professor Patrick McGorry and a young Phd, as they praised the ABC for raising funds in last years “mental as” week, announcing its repeat again this year. Sadly the nodding heads endorsed the negative bias of words like psychosis & schizophrenia “as-if” these terms define the reality of such experience. While those of us with lived experience, quiet rightly view these words as “poisonous.”

    Which leads me back to your valiant efforts to rid the world of misconception and modernity’s medicalized sense of mind. I do believe that the presence of the past is returning, as the reality of a technological search for biological causation continues to flounder and “metaphor” as a means of existential interpretation, is explored once again. (see Eleanor Longden’s presentation on this webzine) While Pat Bracken is calling for a return to psychiatry’s past links with philosophy, in a need for a more “heuristic” approach, in which he does mention one of those God’s of the “inner vine” (vegetative, peripheral or autonomic nervous system), Hermes.

    METAPHOR & myth, with myth now viewed by “modernity” as simply a non-truth, may be rising to the fore of our need once again, in the natural cycle of our emerging consciousness. Where the “business” of life, as you point out, needs re-conceiving: Dare to imagine a world where helping is not professionalized, where caring is not commodified. Where decisions do not come from on high, but where in the spirit of community, we go about the business of life together.

    Can we? Perceive the self-deluding game of survival in modernity’s material world? Where, well educated citizens imprison themselves in a system of their own making, because we are not raised with an embodied sense of self and we exalt language above nature. Wherein, a nightly presentation of The News takes on the surreal feel of Jim Henson talking head’s, Muppet show, like the media news I watched this morning.

    In an era when survival is more dependant on mental rather than physical skill, are we seeing the prophecy of “the meek shall inherit the earth?” Which is explored metaphorically in the character of Mr Meeks in Cloud Atlas, the “I know, I know” word regurgitating Parrot, one finds at an academic conference when trying to engage another in expansive discourse. While a media arts critique of Cloud Atlas discusses its exploration of Nietzsche’s “will to power in individuals and groups,” and HOW we enslave ourselves by veneration of the existential paradigm we perceive as being normal. Which in my humble opinion is the delusion that our identification with objects in the external world, affects within our psyche, that time has moved on and the past understanding of how to be human, is incompatible with modernity.

    Anyway, please forgive my gabbering n gibbering, as willy old Zachery suggests of our sign symbolism of actual lived experience, “as-if” words contain experience, while we nod our heads for fear of ignorance in appearance and falling out of the consensus nest mind. But your “abolitionist” hopes and desires reminded me of this life script scene in the movie Cloud Atlas:

    Patriarch: Listen to me Adam.
    Their is a natural order to this world and those who try to upend it do not fare well.
    You will be spat on. You will be beaten. Shot at, lynched or crucified.
    And for what Adam?
    No matter what you do, it will never amount to more than a single drop in a limitless ocean!

    Adam Everyman:

    Yet what is an ocean but a multitude of drops.

    I hope the book reaches a wide audience Bonnie, crossing many oceans in the future to come.

    The doctoral thesis on Cloud Atlas can read here: