That was a time before modern psychology.
Some depth pioneers succeeded Rumi to give us a more detailed map of the unconscious; most notable was Carl Jung. Jung famously believed that we must make our darkness, our unconscious, conscious.
If not, he said, it will return to us as 'fate':
It follows, then, that if our darkness remains unconscious, darkness will come to find us as fate.
What we deny inwardly,
comes to us outwardly, in a kind of Yin-Yang reciprocity. In a
culture hell-bent on ignoring itself and looking outward for glitz,
it's no surprise if indeed we found not just a superficial plenty
but a deep and pervasive specter as result of denying our inner
darkness, our pain and heartache.
...and the general pulse of our world on a fast track to its own demise.
These atrocities are the
external reactions, the effects, for our lack of correct and
necessary inner action to resolve our collective pain.
Ironically, we do this in
good part by embracing the negative. We can choose different causes
to experience different effects, a la "cause and effect." But our
causes must be deep and core-healing enough to create comprehensive
results outside us as fate.
Unless dealt with, these wounds create protracted suffering, which we displace onto the world because we don't want to hurt alone and because we can't bear the burden without discharging it.
When we don't clear and release this pain consciously we do it unconsciously, thus the roots of our violence on all things, including the earth.
We become this dynamic:
The way that we discharge - what is called displacement of emotion in psychological terms - is key.
Displacement is the transferring of overwhelming or unacceptable feelings away from the original and deserving target onto a more harmless victim or object.
Consider such objects to include the Earth itself, as well as the humble and innocent, the heartfelt among us. Perhaps this is why the sensitive and vulnerable among us are often the targets for others' abuse. When we can't effectively mitigate our pain, we discharge it through violence and needless destruction, causing more needless suffering.
One primary way to discharge this pain responsibly, sustainably, and wisely is through grief work, by confronting and releasing the pain we have stored away in our body-mind.
After all, everything culturally correct tells us to avoid our pain and seek the shiny and bright, happy and exciting.
Consider for a moment
that this propaganda of light in denial of the dark is the deeper
manipulation, the real conspiracy, of the elites, those in power who
want to prevent us from waking up to the self-empowerment that would
make us not need so much of their stuff because we wouldn't have the
neurotic need to distract ourselves with it.
The light and love
movement, which we think is alternative, therefore also falls far
short from truly empowering us.
The stealing of our hearts and minds happens right under our noses because we think we have identified a truer cause.
I invite you to consider
that nothing is more fundamental than the fertility of a
healthy dark side embrace - the shadow work that sets us
free - because it is the path to inner fulfillment that makes us not
need all the crap we're bombarded with night and day.
We will merely swat at it by hating Donald Trump (which is valid, but not enough) and craving more ayahuasca journeys. Consciously or not, the 'powers that be' convince us that our dark emotions are to be avoided at all costs.
And the easiest way to do
this is to flaunt and sell us and endless barrage of shiny,
ultimately useless stuff and ideas.
So, we buy into easy and immediate gratifications - many of which have a significant carbon footprint - those with which we are tearing down the world one frivolous enjoyment after the next.
Don't get me wrong:
I'm reminded of a poem I wrote that conveys this message:
To do this, we have to un-brainwash ourselves of the light, glitzy, perverse Yang motif that ignores the sacred feminine, holy darkness. To this end, I have begun creating the following audios describing how to go about clearing our hearts of backlogged pain.
This work is modeled
after the death and rebirth cycle common to the natural world and
embedded in Taoism and Chinese medicine.
This emotional work is foundational for activism and creating a new world because it helps us become regenerative people that stop hurting others as much. It brings truer, sustainable inner and outer peace from the ground up.
That ground is our
unconscious, the core of our deep selves, our heart of hearts, that
then manifests as wise goodness in the world.
Again, this model for
self-compassion is to do the embodied grief work that releases
the pain we carry from the past.
Yoga philosophy and beliefs in God or Spirit, for example, set up a hankering to only abide in the light.
This ignoring of the dark - the turning away from our very ordinary human heartache - sets in motion the "ten-thousand evils" via denial and repression of our pain.
May we be as wise as Meister Eckhart who said,
I know all this might sound outlandish, but I invite you to be open-minded to consider and watch it at work in your own life.
For example, notice what happens when you don't address underlying problems in your relationship,
Notice how unresolved hurt makes people perpetually afraid, angry, bitter, contracted, and cruel. All these examples involve noticing and embracing the dark, the rotten, the difficult.
They necessitate abiding by our Yin-feminine-benevolent dark nature in order to make our lives sustainably more productive-Yang-enjoyable.
Legitimate suffering is to deal with our pain, which entails temporary, legitimate suffering.
When we don't deal with
our pain, we create perpetual, unreasonable suffering for ourselves
To do this by avoiding
our heart-hurts usually requires a degree of spiritual bypassing and
intellectual dishonesty that only consolidate pain and darkness in
us, and eventually, in the world, as fate.
Yes, this is not a pretty and flowery; nor an easy fix... which just might point to its value.
It is quite the opposite.
And because it is the opposite of what pop culture and alternative
media values, it is precisely a clue to the secret medicine we need
to rebirth ourselves from the knots of our pasts, so we can rise up
and stop and destroying ourselves, one another, and our world.
When we face ourselves we
also gain the courage to face the world more honestly and
poignantly, from which we distract ourselves with our neurotic,
first-world obsessions and self-indulgences.
I believe this is
precisely because within our dark depths lies the hidden light of
rebirth from our pain, which pain is what drove us to seek many
spiritual teachings in the first place.
This clearing of pain is our source of true joy and integral, embodied living. More, this shadow work is the healing that makes New Age, religious, and spiritual teachings obsolete and casts a light on their ignorance, if not their outright lies.
At the very least, most all spiritual and religious teachings have no comprehensive methodology to deal with our shadow sides, to release its hidden light, which is our rebirth into functionality, non-dual love, and integrity.
It also sets us free from
having to believe in fake conspiracy theories, which are
approximations of our problem, like itches we scratch trying to get
to the core of our ache.
If you follow the chain of events closely, this forward, light-seeking progress has led to,
We have sold ourselves
out to Big Business by denying what they have quite cleverly,
and perhaps even inadvertently, steered us away from.
Let us go to that place
where "the moon might finally carry" us...