Saturday, September 05, 2009
From Slime to the Sublime
(from an on-going discussion between myself and Eos at the Inner Forum ~ now formerly to be known as The Place of Lost Souls)
I’ve been thinking about your allowing a more "negative" perception of the current path of consciousness/humanity (your repeated references to things shutting down or decaying, and suchlike) to co-exist with the other, more upbeat view that most of us here share: that of some sort of quantum leap of consciousness (collective shift of the assemblage point) being due.
The nature of the Shadow is that any positive expression always summons into being the very inverse, meaning that, even if we are due for such a shift, it would inevitably entail an opposite shift occurring simultaneously, in order for the cosmic balance to be maintained.
Until now, I've reconciled this conundrum by perceiving a pending Apocalypse that will precipitate the shift in consciousness, so that, as befits a falling object, the Shadow precedes the event. The trouble with this POV is that a) it is causal and linear; and: b) what is far worse, it echoes the Christian and Old Testament view of a Day of Judgment in which only the righteous few are saved, while the rest get thrown into a Pit called Because. So it’s a way for Pluto-embodiers like myself (would-be niggas?) to have their cake and eat it ~ I can emphasize the shadow nature of the shift, while at the same time feeling exempt from it. I get to look forward to the Apocalypse.
Exchanging views with you (until now never directly about this subject) has allowed an alternative perception to dawn. Consciousness is moving not only forward but also backward, through time; it is a double current, with a twin-direction. This means that, as we enter into divine consciousness, our perspective will begin to encompass not only new, unexplored states of being, but old, disowned, long-forgotten states also: in other words, to move not only into the future but into the past. So, as consciousness expands (and descends) beyond/beneath the personal, into impersonal and archetypal realms, our experience will be of both an evolutionary leap “beyond flesh and blood” ~ into energetic awareness ~ and a return to the primordial slime, that slime which we, as a species, have been struggling so hard and long to get out of!
From the point of view of physical existence, however, the past is finite; the future is unknown, and possibly infinite. Like heat, it has the potential to expand beyond all limits. DNA’s journey begins in the slime, but, as an expression of the divine will through matter, it has no conceivable end.
If this is the case, then to experience this two-directional stream as persons would entail becoming polarity beings, male and female in one flesh, divine androgyne. Since we cannot will our mutation into another state of organic existence (or inorganic for that mater; the Old Seers tried it, but I don’t recommend it!), what does that leave? To experience the alchemical wedding not merely as an internal process, but also as an external, personal enactment, via communion with a flesh and blood other.
The flaw of the personal self is in thinking it can understand sex, or anything, in believing we can direct or control it, or anything, and then in acting on that belief.
But this isn’t what the personal self is for. A baby does not need to take care of its own needs; a chrysalis doesn’t need to sprout wings and fly.
All we get to do, as persons, is to lay our heads down.
Primordial slime is also sublime.