Namaste: If Not Now, When? Chapter 20 Intelligence Of The Heart (Part 2)


Author’s Note: Each chapter of this book can be read as a stand-alone and it is not necessary that they be read in numerical order. All of the previous chapters are posted here or in my Diaries Firedoglake/MyFDL.

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Chapter 20

Intelligence Of The Heart (Part 2)

Pairing

Rosemary Clark describes pairing at page 23:

The ancient Egyptians perceived every principle along with its inverse or complimentary aspect. The notion of “Pairing” applies to all ideas, in the manner that balance and symmetry is sought in art. This is not to say that ideas were countered with opposite ideas, a pattern observed in philosophical religions such as Zen Buddhism. Rather, a concept was understood together with its opposite. This view was expressed in sacred images, such as the two guardians of the royal crown—the vulture Nekhebet and the cobra Wadjet. It also pertained to geography, as in the categories of the red (desert) and the black (cultivated) lands of the country to the heraldic plants of the lotus and papyrus, and the Valley and Delta regions of the Nile.

Pairing also applies to human beings, whom the Ancient Egyptians understood to be an inseparable duality composed of what we moderns call the personality and its complementary shadow. For example, arrogance is the shadow or complementary aspect of self-confidence. The personality trait is not necessarily good and its complementary shadow is not necessarily bad. They exist as a matched set that cannot be separated.

The path to enlightenment requires synthesis. That is, embracing the shadow and consciously integrating it into the whole personality instead of attempting to suppress and deny it, which is impossible. Assuming it were possible, however, extinguishing the shadow trait necessarily would extinguish the complementary trait.

For example, a self-confident personality can synthesize its arrogant shadow by practicing humility.

The key is to understand and accept what the Ancient Egyptians understood about the value of the shadow. It marks the path toward integration and enlightenment.

Be accepting and kind to your shadow because it saves you from being a one-dimensional cardboard character and lost to our world.

Fortunately, we cannot leave home without it.

Association

Rosemary Clark describes association at pages 24-25:

Nothing is perceived as separate or out of context from everything else in the Egyptian mind. There is always a correspondence existing between any one thing and others, through all possible realms of manifestation.

Traditional Hermetic philosophy states, “That which is above is that which is below.” This is based on the premise of associative thinking as the Egyptians used it and is believed to be the foundation of the magical technology which enabled transformation of both energy and matter to take place. The maxim suggests that higher principles are embodied in their lowest counterparts, no matter what the specific causal force may be. In this thinking, there can be no ultimate good or evil, because all things in our world are mirror images of subtler worlds. There can only be gradations of what essentially is divine force in all cases, which manifest in sky, earth, plant, animal, and human life.

The metaphor for Association is expressed in the activities of Djehuti [whom we know as Thoth, Hermes, Mercury], the Egyptian Neter who bridges the physical and nonphysical worlds. He is the translator par excellence, conveying the power of the primordial sound. His function is to ensure transmission of the divine pattern into the terrestrial world, where it is employed as language, architecture, and sacred ritual. Through him, Association with divine principles becomes possible. Djehuti also impels the cultivation of Hermetic consciousness, the comprehension of the phenomenal world in context with its divine origin and multiple realms in which it exists.

The Ancient Egyptians thought of themselves in relationship to their physical and spiritual environment by using the three lenses, or frames of reference: simultaneity, pairing, and association. By this process, they sought to awaken their innate consciousness or intelligence of the heart to the interrelatedness of all things, physical and nonphysical, in the universe.

Put another way, they thought holistically and saw themselves existing in the spirit and physical dimensions.

To translate and adopt these principles into the present, I believe we all would agree that restoring the middle class to its exalted position as the largest group of consumers driving the world economy is undesirable.

You can have anything you want may work for Alice’s Restaurant, but it is a lousy idea to run a world or national economy because it necessarily leads to the world we have today.

Would we not favor the ideas of shared responsibility, stewardship, sustainablility, promoting and expanding the Commons, and abolishing the doctrine of private property?

Rregarding work, would we not agree with the Indian philosopher and economist J. C. Kumarappa, who says,

If the nature of the work is properly appreciated and applied, it will stand in the same relation to the higher faculties as food is to the physical body. It nourishes and enlivens the higher man and urges him to produce the best he is capable of. It directs his free will along the proper course and disciplines the animal in him into progressive channels. It furnishes an excellent background for man to display his scale of values and develop his personality.

For the modern economist this is very difficult to understand. He is used to measuring the “standard of living” by the amount of annual consumption, assuming all the time that a man who consumes more is “better off” than a man who consumes less. A Buddhist economist would consider this approach excessively irrational: since consumption is merely a means to human well-being, the aim should be to obtain the maximum of well-being with the minimum of consumption.

Let there be no mistake. A consumption based and driven economy is, in the immortal words of Matt Taibbi which he used in another context, a “vampire squid” undeserving of resuscitation. We must not forget that to the extent we willingly participated in it before it was slain by bankster greed, we bear a corresponding degree of responsibility for sustaining it.

Our absolution will come from assuring that the stake will remain driven through its greedy and selfish heart, forever.

Let us resolve to evolve and move forward co-creating a sustainable future living in harmony with each other and all the spirits that make up Gaia. our home and Garden of Eden in this vast universe in which we live.

Cross-Posted at Firedoglake/MyFDL and the Smirking Chimp.

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My real name is Frederick Leatherman. I was a criminal-defense lawyer for 30 years specializing in death-penalty defense and forensics. I also was a law professor for three years.

Now I am a writer and I haul scrap for a living in this insane land.

Heh.

Namaste

Masoninblue

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