Monday, March 20, 2017


I'm at Cooks Chili Parlor on West North Grand Ave in Springfield, IL. I'm having oatmeal and homemade bread.I Hope to not bite my lip as it is still numb from the dentist.

I revisited Lincoln's tomb just now. I'm struck again , "My God what consciousness has wrought." I know none of us can have made conscious more than the tip of the iceberg of  what Carl Jung calls the Collective Unconscious. This is a present day psychological way of thinking about the source of all that is or can be, of God or the Self. We all can and do experience its contents becoming conscious, some probably more than others.

This process can be the source of major life changes in personal and collective views of life and the world. It can also be a dangerous overwhelming of the far smaller but amazingly  essential  conscious human ego.

A Suffering Luncoln
While again trying to comprehend the great moral advance in American culture heralded by Lincoln's courageous encounter with life's tensions; I felt, like so many have, the rush of archetypal, sacred like, emotions.

With that stimulation fresh I'd like to describe some basic premises of the work of Swiss psychistrist Carl Jung, a resource that much helps me explain some of my own experiences and unexpected changes in personal points of view.

What Jung  may not have always made clear to the typical reader is that the complicated mythological development he describes(Such as in his very late little book "Answer To Job")  which resulted in the Christ Story becoming culturally universal- was weaved, from archetypal energies, by the not perfectly developed conscious mind of the Collective Unconscious. Not by human plan but something beyond human consciousness, yet even that great God  power was not fully conscious of itself.

From exceptional  leaps in personal human consciousness, such as Jung experienced, some have in recent centuries been able to 'see' or comprehend that psychological fact(The imperfect God consciousness) and also help make it conscious to others.

This in turn comes to  mean that 'God' , in God's need, at times is  'heard',  in its own suffering tensions,  by the human. And, like us when we are really heard,  God has been made more morally conscious of Itself. The Biblical record as a whole describes this process of the evolution or transformation of  the God consciousness. As it also shows the same happening to the human who contains  within ourselves the full and exact image of the creator. This is the psychological situation for  both the Divine and all humans. This is an insight not possible until modern times and still only partially conscious.

What we call God and Human are  seen working collaboratively for the increased consciousness of both. This is to be expected because the human really  is made in 'God's image', both it's perfection and imperfection. This idea remains a great challenge for our usual Western religious point of view. It feels at first too much like blasphemy  and stirs a reaction of guilt and fear. But it actually offers a sounder  understanding I think of many urgent questions and inner disturbances. And such an idea honors an enhanced more conscious  fullness of God which is  so needed for an already begun new epoch of global human evolution.

The imperfect mind of evolution, of God, (Think of it as like God's ego)was not fully conscious of its own creativity and much more. Many of the most remembered  Old Testament  stories picture this lack of ethical consistency in the God image of Yahweh. Such as his quickness to hot anger, thin skinned  jealousy, ignoring its own ethical laws,  blaming the human for all errors and extreme punishments of any who offend him. These are ever  present along with a genuine desire to be loving, faithful and dependable.  And the God  is pictured as being talked out of such  moral lapses by the cautious words and better judgment of his human creatures such as Abraham, Moses and Job.  The result always being that the God is influenced to a higher ethical decision, God 'changes' its imperfect mind.

These images of God's imperfection  are  being noticed by many and are  seen  at first in direct and troubling opposition to the image of God as transformed and morally elevated in Jesus the God-Man  of the New Testament.

 God's highest creation, the human,  is described in the Biblical narative  as made in God's spiritual/psychological image. And  the human  ego we know from honest personal adult experience  is also not at first conscious of the  full meaning of its own creative works and behaviors.( This is a common confession of many of the world's most creative geniuses and more conscious very ordinary people.)

It is as if God and Human are dependent on each other's  conscious feedback and mirroring for mutual  fuller moral and self awareness.

Similarly, on a smaller scale, this same process is true of all culture changing events, such as  the Lincoln story. In this same way we humans are first affected unawares by  spontaneous and  strong  rich emotion by the activated archetypes  of the Collective  Unconscious(Which are always unconsciously dormant within us all. Much like the biological instinct is already present for a bird to build a very specific kind of nest.) And then, maybe now or  later, we become conscious that we  have been so affected by such archetypal autonomous energies..

 This way we come to know, be conscious of,  something  important about the nature of our personal archetypal 'religious ' like experiences (ones that are far broader than  only formal organized creedal religion and which always  go beyond  our rational thinking). These experiences  are what  make and  shape the meaning of our fully human lives.  By having some awareness of these natural internal processes we become more conscious beings. And we can trust the same is true of all other humans  as well.
The Empty Tomb

Being somewhat conscious of these internal processes need not take away the wonder(numenosity) or authority of such experiences.  But allows us to know the natural psychological principles underlying such emotional life changing  and enriching phenomena. And the great epoch making evolutionary ransformations they bring, for good and bad, to humanity's course. (We still most humbly know these living internal autonomous   factors, called archetypes,  are  far beyond our most conscious rational grasp. And we have no way of knowing, and may never, the why of these things.)

PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS: There are very practical and needed implications of thinking of God and Human this way. Here are a few:

1. It helps us move away from the archaic notion that God is a 'being' out there much like us only far more powerful and perfect  in its morality and use of its power. Such a God is completely unaccountable and as the Bible stories show can often get as off track ethically as the human creature. It means that everything that goes wrong is not always and only human failure, though there is plenty of that.  This outgrown image of God  is called an anthropomorphic view of the divine. Science and especially Quantum Physics has pushed modern  humans to move to a much broader view of God where God is fully present within us and also  embedded  in all that is beyond us.

2. It does not mean that God can't be thought of  as that to which we can  personally relate but it also means that God is an embedded  continually active mind  factor in all of creation and  in the deepest strata of our human Collective Unconsciousness;  that the Collective Unconscious, which can now be explored,  is what most reflects the reality of God to modern persons. This means we are all connected to God similarly and can potentially become more conscious of what that connection means in terms of the meaning  and challenges of  our personal and collective  human life.

3. This view of God not  being a perfect mind but an evolving one is not at odds with real science like anthropomorphism is. It is very consistent with the central science theorem of universal evolution. This means that one thing  we can always count on is that everything which  has come from God is in a state of evolving, of changing from one level to another over, what seems to us,  long periods of time. Some more progressive  traditional theology has accepted evolution about most parts of the universe but not  usually about the deepest origins of the universe or what we call God. It is logical that if the creation bears the image of the creator that,  like the creation,  God also is an evolving reality. And as described above that involves the mind of God and the ethical moral consciousness of God; that it is changing. The changes are  potentially  toward the better  and  in need of evolving human consciousness to help God in God's development just as the human is need of reflections of the divine in order to become more morally conscious,  more fully human and divine.  It is a mutually dependent collaboration of God and Human that is so needed to address the  problems the world urgently faces.

Without such a potential change  the imperfect human consciousness, with its increased power of the past several centuries,  is nearly certain to destroy both itself and the creation. This is the path we are most noticeably on  at present.  Peace on Earth can be a meaningful hope only to the extent that the moral consciousness of both God and Human are making progress through much creative human and divine suffering.

4. This view means the  idea and experience of God , which can only be carried by the human consciousness, can affect  humans who are not moved by any  of the forms of institutional religion  toward any 'belief' in God. This opens up  a way , without negating their best thinking or their conscience, to consider a God image maybe for the first time. This would mean such persons could confess their authentic hunch of something that is  'more than'  personal or collective human ego as a best explanation of  the fullness of reality. That the universe and human experience is not simply physicality and  rational materialism.

5. It  implies that more traditional religious people would no longer live with the motivation , " I'll do good so that I might be rewarded now or later by the Great God."  This motivation is of a lower  more self centered  level and does not really  give the human something to aspire to with the most valued parts of themselves. It would instead make ones motivation to live, strive and yearn , " to be honest, loving , compassionate and fair" in our dealings so that which is God becomes more that way also. Alone our human  striving may be seen as futile but with also an increasing moral consciousness of the God factor it can become a practical hope of a new epoch.  This all means that God needs us  humans as  much as we need God, and  that all of life is  for the purpose of expanded moral consciousness via the Human-God interdependence .  This world view  offers a genuine hope and reason to work for the goal of  Peace on Earth and good will to all humankind.

Saturday, March 18, 2017


Regarding the discussion going around about Mr Trump's CUTTING THE  MEALS ON WHEELS PROGRAMS which so many see as a very positive and caring American tradition. It is not as simple as many FB posts make it but neither is it insignificant.

I think we can all agree that most bumper sticker posts are not any full picture. We may should take time to make our personal comment with posts than to just quickly put them up for they sound 'right' to our present strong feelings. It reveals us letting someone else speak for us in very simplistic terms. This is a downside to FB posts on serious topics. And some complain if someone tries to make a  thought out statement instead of just passing on the simplistic blurb.

Yes, Mr Trump's initial budget does not necessarily directly cut the Meals On Wheels program. Such statements like this always over simplify. But it would be a serious mistake to not recognize the very real shift in basic values this budget represents. One that many, still often to my astonishment, adore. This budget of Mr Trump's is strongly saying that people who have basic survival needs due to near or full poverty family situations are  ' not trying hard enough' to take care of themselves independent of government. This attitude , imo, ignores the nature of our presently evolved capitalist societal system with its built in inequalities. It surely appears in direct contrast to how the Jesus Story pictures His understanding of the plight of the poor in society and the more wealthy's responsibility to them. That view can be stated as,' access to basic earth resources, and basic human needs, belongs to all humans and those with political power are obligated to attempt to make it so.' I don't think it can be reasonably doubted such was Jesus' central message to his culture's power structure. It got him killed as it has many other ethical martyrs.

We are sitting on a social volcano which this budget represents one extreme . It leans strongly toward resenting the poor who, often in America and worldwide, are present among minorities and ethnicities. Most of us adults have all heard such resentment from the demographic majority ordinary persons in barbershops, bars and beauty shops for decades.(It is not usually something someone will say in open public conversation but it is very real in private.) Now we have a president who fully agrees and says so and does so. This is our present but long forming divide come to full fruition as I see it and am troubled by.

I , sometimes misunderstood, do not think either party or side of our debilitating national polarity, presently has 'the right' clear solution. It is escaping all sides to various extents. But it seems to me that many of us are due a far reaching change in our world and ethical view of our place and role as conscious responsible humans. ...We seem appropriately in need of what has been called in pervious epochs of human development as 'Divine intervention.' A true metanoia 'from above' in New Testament language.

A beginning point is for us each to be aware of such a need and move away from our statements and excuses , in private and public, of our absolute rightness regarding  the dangers we face.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017



There are many historical precedents of where an authoritative personality/leader's personal mental health issues have collectively affected unawares his strong supporters with the same dangerous symptoms. Some such expected symptoms would be a leader who believes he is uniquely selected by history to be the 'only  one' who can heroically lead the people to great freedom and prosperity. This grandiose estimate of ones self would be expected to be accompanied by paranoia( 'my enemies are many and are after me'), use of uncompromising name calling as a preferred tool for relating with any who legitimately disagree, an inability to operate within the boundaries of normal physical and social facts, a continuous need for personal validation of one's rightness and approval, and an inability to work cooperatively and consistently with other legitimate authority and stake holders.

Unless I am blind there appears to be such a story happening in front of us. The dangers are more than most of us let ourselves think about. Nothing quite like this has ever threatened America before. Our hope is there are enough sounder minds close to the president and in congress , which have not been clouded by the psychological chaos; who find the courage to openly stand against the leader when the signs of mental incompetence are obvious.

Such a moment is likely unfolding now. Those exercising a sounder mind must conscientiously speak out if it is shown, as it is so far, that the president has no verified evidence for his charge that the former president wire tapped his campaign office.

We need to keep in mind, without assigning any specific citizen as being so affected, that there is indeed tragic historical evidence of collective mental health and moral collapse. And that such a psychological phenomena can indeed be set in motion by a *archetypally (as if beyond the mere human realm) experienced mentally unhealthy authoritarian leader.

The nation's need today is many citizens , and hopefully some near our president , some of his own party in congress; persons who have not forgotten such things have happened before and can be happening again.

*Some explanation: When any of us are under 'archetypal' influence we experience being part of something that is godlike and we are mesmerized. We tend to give ourselves over to the certainty of its promises. It can be like a truly religious experience. Physical facts and logic are easily overridden by the excitement and inflation caused by the archetypal images and energies.

Obama also was charismatic and set in motion for his fans an archetypal 'savior' like experience. A big difference though is Obama consistently presents an image of a healthy and well reasoned person and does not state obvious physical untruths like this president does repeatedly. Nor did Obama constantly question the legitimacy of our democratic institutions like is daily now done.

Archetypal influences , though often a necessary source of human hope and emotional energy, are always dangerous and need to be always questioned by ourselves. They can cause us to ignore obvious facts and give us a reason to abandon our ordinary logic and 'common sense.' . In other words we can become collectively mentally fragile and unstable under their influence. And we lean on  an excited group consensus rather than on our  personal reason and critique. We can become collectively infected psychically.(The same energy we see depicted in any lynch mob scene in a movie. It has a life of its own and individuals become just a part of the unquestioning crowd.)

 This is the dynamics of how murderous dictators have come to be accepted by the mass of otherwise ordinary folks.(The German people before Hitler were among the most educated in the world but the archetypal energy over swept their good judgment as they fell for the dark racist promises of the stirred up  archetypes. ) If the archetypal images are negative , violate demonstrated facts and are inhumane a whole group of persons can revert to basic barbarism . We are experiencing a very dangerous psychological situation with the archetypes that have been set loose around this new President's personality..

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