Friday, November 11, 2016


It is clear that half of voting Americans(with the majority of electoral votes) got their desire granted tonight that the man Donald Trump be promoted to President. I will not listen to words like, 'He is not my president' or, 'Lets keep him from having any success.'

Mr. Trump should be pleased to learn, contrary to his insistence that it is crooked,  that America's system of electing a president was not rigged after all. It seems to have been kept pure and not corrupt.

He campaigned hard and won the votes. I, and  hoping others who did not vote for him, give my heart felt support to him and those on the side of increased political power. That they will find their sincere ways to use it for the genuine good of America, for  all its people  including those who Mr. Trump terribly denigrated and disrespected in campaign speech. And  also wishing them well  in guiding America to fulfill its needed place in the world.

There is a great need and, I sense, desire of many for some kind of presently undefinable coming together, uniting and cooperating for the good of the country and world as well as for our personal well being .

I hope much of the anger that had built up in many middle American people  from their feeling of not being heard or represented will now begin to subside and be transformed into a positive view of what is presently good about our land. That we all more than ever will value its ideal of potentially governing for the 'common good' of all citizens  and for a clearer realization that we remain a new and ever changing  and imperfect experiment with democracy. One which can fail us all if we take it for granted or abuse its intended goals which is for the diverse collective good as well as for the personal.


My little analysis here is not to disparage Donald Trump. On the contrary it's to offer up the hope he has in him what history is demanding now. He is on the threshold of great power for good or bad.. All who care for the country should be wishing him insight and wisdom of a caliber that he has never been called on to bring forth. This tweet regarding the protests to me is discouraging . It reflects a near juvenile understanding of really big and important things. It implies a very personal egocentric take on the serious internal threats to the country and well being of all citizens. Here is what he says, "Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!"

No one can argue there is some  truth  here but it misses what is now being called on from him. It reflects an attitude of 'tit for tat', of blaming others, ' you hurt my feelings and I will hurt you back' . I'm  very concerned he also lives with the belief, which many others fall prey to, that strong enough 'law and order' is the way to unity and healing. That is the way of historical countries that America has always determined to not be like for they become authoritarian.   Harsher law and order is not and never has been the way to stronger democracy but to something we deplore. What is needed now by Donald Trump is truly a matter of heart and spirit and it cannot be learned or transmitted by 'overpowering' people but by understanding and seeking to affirm and  empower those who are the 'least among us.'

Not only is this blurted out tweet not presidential it sadly represents small mindedness. If he cannot rise, and very soon, above the personal ego and realize he now must find a higher more noble part of himself that does not focus on personal insults(He could on this take notes from his predecessor) he can never succeed in bringing any level of healing or unity to a very divided country. Obama as a noble and well liked person of character can no longer be counted on as a strong enough buffer against our many underlying hostilities and hurts. He enters a lame duck period.

Mr. Trump should be humbled that he did in fact lose the popular vote. He is being watched with a fine tooth comb now, not to catch his weaknesses but in hopes he can rise above some of his more dangerous ones. Now his job becomes to show that he has some grasp of the concerns and especially fears of many varied people in a very diversified democratic America. He is called now to find a way to promote all citizens to respect the presence and safety and contributions of each other , not blame and threaten or intimidate each other. Mr Trump does not have a good record of these skills. He is going to need to be a very quick learner. If there was ever a person we need to genuinely pray for the best and noblest in him to now come out it is Donald Trump.

He seemed to be somewhat humbled in his oval office orientation. But this tweet  that night does not reflect he has found his 'bigger self' that he must if he is to have a chance of being a president that brings greatness and true character to the surface of our citizens. I'd like to think the shock of sitting in that office, which will be his to run for good or ill in a few months, would serve like a 'bucket of ice over his head'. Wake him up to the actual responsibilities of being president. To face that every word he utters can either lead toward healing or set people into a further anxiety and  chaos. He can no longer use the style of walking back thoughtless blurts but must measure his words carefully in the first place.  He is likely has  quite limited experience with this kind of task. No doubt no president understands the enormity of the task until it is laid on him. But most if not all others have been more prepared in experience and temperament. But he can potentially rise to the challenge if he has it in him. We can only hope and pray. If not there could be wide spread suffering approaching.

To the 'Big Self' in him and us our present dangerous situation will not be blamed any longer on any one person or any one group or party. But we are rather here much by some  fate of a mindful evolution that we can believe is urging humans to a higher level of awareness and consciousness than has ever been before. That humanity's highest greatness is in the future not the past. Greater consciousness of our actual situation and times is the most needed virtue to bring harmony out of the threatening chaos, not just in America but the world. This is all much bigger than Donald Trump or any personal ego or ideology or one religious perspective.. But he is now a most major player that will set the tone toward healing or destruction.

There is little doubt  his campaign rhetoric  endorsing all kinds of negativity toward minorities  and  women,  heard even by our  children,  has nurtured the forces of old and deep unresolved wounds deep in our collective history to come to the surface. We and he  have no choice  but to own he gave verbal support to racism, sexism,  misogyny, xenophobia and Islamophobia.  He should be forgiven but it is not real unless he acknowledges it.  He has , as it were, promoted the eruption of a dangerous volcano. He will have to sincerely  walk back  that hate and  disrespectful talk toward all citizens he denigrated  or he will not win the moral  respect needed by a  president. His words will not be forgotten by us and the world until he speaks very differently consistently.  Now it is upon him  to help his fellows find a way to harness such unleashed forces for good, not evil. It may be too late already but he and we all must try.   He, along with caring citizens of all stripes, must find a way to compel  all citizens to respect the presence and contributions of each other , not blame and threaten each other. This is not what Mr. Trump was trying to do in the campaign.  He  does not have a good record of these skills. If there was ever a person we need to genuinely pray for the best in him to now come out it is Donald Trump. I am confident many desiring for him to come through, both ones who voted for him and who did not.

To his credit he later, perhaps after someone close to him urged him to reflect on what he had said in the first tweet,  attempted to step it back. Even though it seems like a 180 degree change from the first tweet I am afraid it still does not show any genuinie grasp of what is being called upon him to  provide the country that has elected him president. It may even be a sarcasm.  I hope not.  Read it for yourself. "Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country. We will all come together and be proud!"  

THERE SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN A COLLECTIVE VOLCANO ERUPTION...How mass mindedness can dehumanize us...Nov 9, 2016

In mass, people who by themselves would be civil and reasonable, can become the worst they can be and unfortunately it is very much unconscious. So when we are caught up in any emotionally strong group mentality we are in a real sense a victim of it and easily loose sense of our individuality, personal responsibility and ethical values. Some of the worst things I've done have been as part of a group large or small. This is how a 'lynch mob' , now a metaphor for any group activity against undefended victims, comes to be. History and life are full of examples at various levels of seriousness.

We can associate with a group in a healthy way without falling into identity with it but it is tempting to give ourselves to it somewhat totally for security and sense of connectedness. Only by being aware that this psychological dynamic can and does happen to all of us at times and ways can we best catch ourselves from identifying unconsciously with the group. A close bonded group is always the potential seed of a mob mentality. Only greater consciousness or awareness can best protect us from falling victim.

Try having a reasonable conversation of different view points when one or both are so connected emotionally to a group that also holds their views. Typical political and religious arguments are a common example. Persons in such a state of mind are not just speaking for themselves but what they feel is their whole group's support. This gives a false 'rightness' to ones attitude and actions and reduces genuine personal responsibility for ones words and behaviors. ( The world is made safer and more sane when anyone comes to realize that all his/her views are opinions and not more, not really. Hopefully personally derived thoughtful opinions based on sound sources and real experience and not primarily on our supporting group or news feed.)

Without this kind of unconscious group bonding Hitler would not have been possible. It was otherwise normal intelligent people overtaken by a mass mindedness which reinforces all kinds of denials of sober reality that made that and all ethnic cleansing activities possible. With the present emotional state of our nation and world it becomes very important that we consider how easily any of us can fall prey.

Such emotional and physical turning against undefended others can happen anywhere, especially where people do not think it can happen. A novel by Sinclair Lewis form 1935, before Hitler's assent, describes these very mass dynamics and political America is the setting. Appropriately the book's title is " It Can't Happen Here.' The U.S. constitution is amazingly well designed to help counter act such a happening in America but no system is a guarantee. Only increased consciousness by many of such unconscious dynamics can bring the strongest preventative.

The change of character brought about by the uprush of collective forces is amazing.
A gentle and reasonable being can be transformed into a maniac or a savage beast.
One is always inclined to lay the blame on external circumstances, but nothing could explode in us if it had not been there.
As a matter of fact, we are constantly living on the edge of a volcano, and there is, so far as we know, no way of protecting ourselves from a possible outburst that will destroy everybody within reach.
It is certainly a good thing to preach reason and common sense, but what if you have a lunatic asylum for an audience or a crowd in a collective frenzy?
There is not much difference between them because the madman and the mob are both moved by impersonal, overwhelming forces.

 Carl Jung... Psychology and Religion  (1938)  

Friday, November 4, 2016


This question was posed by a Facebook friend about expressions that are sometimes heard in efforts to console a person's  moment of great human tragedy or  loss:  "God is in control..."Or "God is still in control".....Or "Everything happens for a reason"... What do these even mean,  in any practical way for our times?

Here is my effort to respond:  *The Western ego(what most consider 'me'), including the typical Christianized ego, does not know, believe let alone trust there is any true reality beyond what it apprehends with its physical senses. So to say to most anyone in midst of seeming tragedy any of these statements, which have become clichés to most persons, would be cruel and even correctly resented.

I suspect it is not typically till after mid life in our materialistic culture that a human becomes  very capable of consciously experiencing there is something 'other' that is part of themselves beyond the 'ego me'. This is what the instinctual  religious function  in us humans is about as it seeks to 'open our eyes' to what is more than only ego perception.   And  it is where the stories of revelation, hearing 'a voice of God'  and  the statements you quote  had their legitimately experienced origin. Until the entrance of depth psychology , the past 100 years, there had been no way to grasp, to have an Archimedean leverage point,  an awareness of the 'other' within us  through personal ego consciousness alone. Or to have anything close to an 'explanation' of such  an experience of the 'other'.  So such reports  in past millennia  usually degenerated to now being 'only  superstitions'  that many still cling to without significant or convincing  inner experience of it.

But ancient  or now, when such experience happens a person can find themselves legitimately living with a conscious awareness of both the ego perceived world(all there is with ego consciousness alone) and a reality that is beyond our ego and  of  which  the ego can normally  have barely a conscious and often fleeting comprehension of.  Yet a  person significantly aware of this 'more than the ego' part of themselves still feels the pain of all human suffering but from a view  just outside and broader than  the limited ego. This  state of awareness cannot come from being 'told' to believe it. It must be experienced to be real.  Moving toward this increased range of consciousness is a central goal  of  the processes of depth  psychology, initiated in modern  times   by Freud's scientific discovery of the personal unconscious and much expanded  by C.G. Jung as Analytical Psychological.

 The expressions you quote  have in times past and present been  found to be experienced in the struggles of  some more 'individuated' personalities.  This happening is  never anything to boast of for it is simply a matter of  psychological/spiritual development.  This development, though including what can only be described as what people  imagine as  'miracle and ecstasy' is also  clearly natural and not supernatural. This means it is a possible state of consciousness that can come to any human being in his/her development. And  hopefully it is becoming the experience of many more persons than ever before.  It does likely require  quiet and meditative type outer and  inner spaces to nurture such a  process of development, something that  the Western materialistic ego is  often not turned toward in interest or that people find easily  available.  The outer environment's noise, both physical and in  thoughts and  image,  that we seem to prefer crowds out what seeks to be noticed from within. Here we can learn from the East without trying to copy it.

Why this happens to only some and when will it be more typical are probably questions unanswerable but must be related to the evolution of our species' collective consciousness. Surely the word  GOD found in all cultures  is made most relevant by such a mind  development but, to be warned,  it's being experienced is also most likely something quite   different than any present collective notion of the idea of GOD. (It would not be expected to be a total  discontinuity from present collective religious views but a further development of them. For it all comes from the same Collective Unconscious source.)    God  is probably  best now  thought of as enfolded within us , and all of nature, collectively and individually, not as 'some thing or being' out there somewhere separate from our own natural, but barely becoming understood, natural  mind or psyche.

This more immanent view of  the 'God mind' , the imperfect and incomprehensible, guide of universal Evolution, being enfolded into all creation coupled with humanity's growing awareness of  our being more  than only our initial  ego impressions has encouraging implications: That in our present age, far more than ever before, God and human are in a cooperative dependent relationship with each other. Amazingly implied is that God 'needs'  this newly developing human consciousness for God's own development  as much as the human needs the guiding function of  the  ever  evolving and supporting 'Mind of God.'   It is encouraging to know that  persons from many quarters  now, far more than in the past,  are becoming conscious of  a movement within themselves that is  in harmony with the 'other' or  'God mind'   toward  a  higher valuing and respect  of all humans and all other elements of creation.  (One astonishing example is how the equality of female and male, so contrary to past millennia and American culture, is now grasped and claimed  by a majority of Western persons. This in the space of only a few decades and unimaginable  even  to the founders of America. That phenomenon I suggest is not the result of any human conscious political   conspiracy but a matter of evolution and  a strong leap in  human collective consciousness. A cooperation between human consciousness and the 'mind of evolution' or what can still be called God. There are many other just as amazing and 'used to be  unconscious'  developments happening.)

This positive hope for the future of humanity and the planet  still faces resistance of  the strong instincts of  our past survival traumas which created  our tendency toward tribalism  and looking after one's self and one's own rather than seeing the now more obvious need of striving for the good and health of the whole. This  while also  preserving the necessity and  uniqueness of each contributing part of creation. I think we are seeing , especially in politics and religion, very strong last minute convulsive like seizures  to, at all costs,  stave off this destined  evolutionary movement toward a much improved and healthier humanity and planet.

*As I write this I am aware that, in addition to Depth Psychiatrist  Carl Jung,  I am  influenced by the hopeful and empowering 'visions' of Jesuit priest and world renowned evolutionary paleontologist(how is that for a combination?)  Pierre Teilhard de Chardin along with some of the implications of Scientific  Physics Quantum Theory. And God only knows what or who else.

Thursday, November 3, 2016


  1. White supremacist groups, including the largest KKK newspaper, are 'getting out the vote' for Donald Trump and strongly endorsing him. The kinds of organizations a candidate excites and openly emboldens their message clearly demonstrates something important about a candidate's core appeal. To deny the importance of this cozy connection, such as Trump's rhetoric and it's appeal to the KKK and white supremacist types, is to succumb to a state of strong psychological den...ial. Once grabbed by such a euphoric fear-based toxin of making ones self or group 'great again', persons abandon wholesome reason and become willing, if deemed necessary , to sacrifice the human rights of others, including one's fellow citizens. This is not a new dynamic of American society. We have had our share and variations of lynch mob excitement. But such a collective moral abandon, as reflected in the strong appeal of Donald Trump's communications, has possibly never been more broadly accepted against fellow citizens and immigrants as it threatens America now. America is strongly flirting with a greatest danger to its central moral fiber.
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