Last year, inspired by the Scottish Referendum, I wrote about identity and indicated that externals like family, religion and nation claim the rights to our selves. I put these in ‘external’ category as these groups/phenomena can be easily identified in the outside world in form of members of family, or church, the preachers, politicians, national flags and geography.
Economy as a multi-folded, multi-faceted and interdependent phenomenon is conceptualised, experienced and approached differently in every country. This is partly the reason why globalisation, conducted as it had been up until now, brought mixed and sometimes devastating results. I will briefly introduce the contextualisation of economy by looking at it from angles of debt and apparent inequality. I will lean on and use Joseph Stiglitz understandings as a platform to introduce the cosmic perspective to the current Earthly experiences provided by the economic system.
In 2013 I decided to seriously look at becoming a British citizen. After 10 years of working diligently perhaps there was indeed some extra benefit in holding a British passport. There are several criteria but applying is only possible after one had passed a test of knowledge. There is a preparatory book you need to be learning from for the test, entitled Life in The United Kingdom, a Guide for New Resident. It was a great test of patience ploughing through it. It is really a bigger marketing pamphlet, this book. Knowing the realities of living in the UK reading the skewed version was both enlightening and amusing, especially the last chapter.On page 123 of the manual one is informed that on becoming a British citizen they will be asked to take an oath. It reads:
As I continue to work with the collective consciousness of various nations I gain more confidence in deciphering a particular way of thinking or cultural imprints in their psyche, the way societies work as a unit. For just like each of us is their own soul purpose or a divine blueprint, playing a particular ‘role’ in the magnificence of creation, so are societies collectively. Each nation or race has an agreement with the Cosmos (and itself) to play a particular role in the evolution and/or ascension of The Whole.
At the beginning of this year I had a chance to share my vision of unified~umbrella political system for Europe with someone who understood my concepts and saw them in a wider context. A semi-formal occasion, I barely know my partner in conversation but my hands are in the air, I’m on my tiptoes, heart pumping, speaking quicker than usual. And being aware of it. The topic engaged the Whole of me. Far more than my ‘usual’ creative expressions of dance or painting. I slowed down, I had mixed feelings, I rarely let my passion loose in public. But I just had.
On the way home I enquired what was it that really kept this fire burning, always present although not always acknowledged by my practical self. Yes, I grew up in a political household and my writing got me into Youth Parliament. And these perhaps form the framework, ‘the stones around the fire’. But it seems the core of it is threefold.On the superficial level politics is one of the most stimulating exercises for my brain, it appeals to one of the strongest aspects of my mind – organisation. This in turn sits against the backdrop of my understanding of hierarchy. Politics, through good organisation, is the best medium to deliver socially what the said hierarchy suggests. Slightly deeper there is an activated aspect of my psyche which drives the heat ‘upward’ and keeps me focused ~ politics taps into and empowers the archetype of a humanitarian in me which I feel strongly connected to. Then there is the deepest level of my understanding, underpinning the rest.
Years ago I thought it was the power, which I believed politicians represented, that inspired me. Today, after I’ve grown and matured a little I smile at the ‘cunning’ of the Universe, at its continuous games. It transpires that my deep interest in political structures and delivery is nothing more than an extension of my continuing fascination with Spirit and how it finds Its way through the intricate tapestry of human construct. From a wider perspective I see global politics as an expression of a collective ego mind which ‘terrorises’ the subtler, more alive expressions of humankind.
Lies, hidden agendas, manipulation, the everyday of political interaction with the public, are Spirit’s tools to bring us to the realisation of what we are and what we are not. Our awareness constantly navigates through the obstacles of falsehood, fraud, deception, guiding us, individually and collectively, towards what is more Whole-istic, genuine, relevant, in the present moment. Everything is exactly as it ‘should’ be, right here, right now and serves us to raise awareness, to touch and engage us. From the place of true engagement we can consciously create. I believe global politics can evolve into an intelligent, unified model and serve as a balancing, rather than a governing force. And just like the Ego, when accepted and integrated (or transcended if you had chosen to Ascend) in tandem with the Soul it can deliver miracles to this Earth. Believe it or not.Related posts:
After taxi revelations of my projected spirit last month I decided to take Scotland for a long walk, enquire what the deal was. I have been living in this country since 2006. Although I didn’t really know ‘why’ I came (apart from the obvious reason of starting a new job) I felt that somehow I was meant to be here. After few futile attempts to leave or re-locate, I have stopped pushing against my cosmic intention and arguing with what the ‘outer’ reality was telling me: that Scotland was somehow part of my soul purpose. Since 2012 I was acutely aware the purpose involved Scottish Independence. And there are perfectly logical reasons why I would relate to this concept but do they explain my passion? I don’t really care more about Scotland than I do about any other country, Queen Russia, King USA and other rooks and pawns in between included.
Of course I resonate with full autonomy because independence and freedom are integral and very empowering aspects of my personal life. Secondly, independence is a natural stage or unfoldment of any maturing spirit but also collective evolution of any society. From my point of view independence for Scotland is just a natural way forward, aligned with ‘direction’ (or multidimensionality) of evolution and expansion. Digging deeper I found the underlying ’cause’ of my determination: the ever present agenda of my soul to re-balance nations and disarm respective countries. Somehow, my non-logical aspects see Scotland as playing a pivotal role in balancing the ‘male’, collective Western thought and introducing currency glocalization which would bring realisation of my agenda closer to our experience. For that, Scottish Independence is a pre-requisite.
Scotland’s is an inspiring journey because it is seemingly striving to create something totally new which stands against its cultural efforts (and a great deal of monetary investment) to preserve history or ‘bring past to life’. However, today it stands much stronger than it did in September 2014, the intention of empowerment is spread wide and well grounded. Outburst of patriotism and loudspeakers did a great job last year, perhaps strategic planning will round the numbers next time. Of course, birthing of new reality would require a major shift in our thinking – we would need to start seeing ourselves in context of the world rather than that of Britain. Our social reforms would need to match innovation seen in Scotland’s sciences and technology. We would need to look beyond Scottishness and into more cosmopolitan attitudes and connections. All that is already here, sitting with people of Scotland.
Naturally, some say I should put my dream of Scottish passport on the top shelf, slot it between Greek myths and children’s stories. Yet, I still hold it gently in my hands, study its verses with loving attention, curious if it becomes clay in my hands, which, shaped by many, could become a reality experienced by all. Impossibility? Creativity at its best, aye say!
Last week on a way to an event, curious as I am, I asked the taxi driver what he thought about the results of the Independence Referendum. An elderly Scot who’d lived through a lot shared his views in an uncommitted way and concluded with: “You know, some countries are able to fight for their freedom, and we quibbled over pennies”. This last sentence caught my attention and made a crack in my self-delusion. I sank deeper into the seat. Could it be that I had been projecting the great spirit of Polish fighters onto Scotland all along? Could it be that Scotland would never deliver what I see it is perfectly capable of? Absolutely. I smiled, as found a deep sense of peace in this realisation. The projection sponsored my inflated sense of possibility. It served its purpose and carried me to the place in global history where projections are no longer needed or necessary. I was ready to have the bubble burst and the taxi driver did that for me. Life brings us answers all the time if we care to listen.
The whole interaction deepened my respect for Attention as the tool of discipline and creation. In my post Touching History I shared briefly how, if we allow it, we can be guided towards transformations. Sometimes we need a specific environment to access parts of ourselves. Our inner and outer worlds are in constant dance, relationship, movement and attention is what connects these worlds. There is a saying that where attention goes the energy flows. It is one, outward aspect of attention. The inner one is ‘where the energy is stuck, attention goes’. We will be pulled in different directions and every time we are deeply attracted to or repulsed by something it is a sign that an aspect of ourselves is waiting to be integrated. The ‘goal’ of our soul is Wholeness and it will guide us through our senses towards appropriate environment for our realisation. We will see/perceive the outer through the lens of our experience. What we perceive is pointing to what is real (behind the perceived) and the understanding that any experience is both a learning and an illusion. Only by addressing the inner can we alter the outer in a sustainable fashion. We need to pay attention.
However, the physical reality is designed to distract us: TV, social media, games, economy. If we continually follow the attention to the outside, never inquire what it tells us about our inner world, we will always rely on the guidance of others. That’s why whenever I find myself distracted I consciously re-direct my attention to love. This is where I wish my energy to flow because this is the aspect of humanity I wish to grow. It is the greatest spiritual discipline. To be coming back to love, every time, back and again, however hard it is. Because it is not only roses and gentleness, sometimes it is radical and ‘harsh’, sometimes it slaps the cheeks of the blind or the callous, sometimes it doesn’t let me compromise or bend my standards. And it is there, in the heart, that we find the true sovereign. From that point onward we can only create empowered states of being and empowered nation states. So when I study Stalin or Hitler am I not distracted? Does not the study of conflict influence my gentle soul in a negative way?
In fact it brings me closer to Wholeness and nature of love. My work is my passion and to perform harmonisation effectively I need to understand the elements that are ‘distorted’. This includes understanding situations or people that we’ve been taught to perceive as ‘evil’. It is very easy to disregard Hitler and Stalin as monsters but they were humans, just like you and me, who decided to shape their world according to their vision. Where did they put their attention? Exactly where the financial industry puts it today. But love is all inclusive, even though we like to think differently. For once the ‘thing’, phenomenon, person is understood at an appropriate depth, their nature is revealed to us. Once nature is seen, all need for judgement, opposition or categorization dissolves. What sits at the core of our nature? Please enquire within.
Related posts: Love. Apparently, 14 Sep 2014
I regularly hear from fellow migrants of various nationalities “They think I’m stupid” or “They just don’t understand” when referring to the natives. I smile then and nod or laugh out loud depending on which social class I happen to be representing. I understand the migrants’ frustrations but also see how enclosed they are in their own understandings. We rarely appreciate that every time a native encounters a foreigner they have no idea what level of English they will be dealing with. Even as the conversation progresses, the native cannot know (unless it is evident from the content of the conversation) if he was really understood. An interesting social landscape considering the Brits are in their own country. Or are they?
Even though only 7-15 per cent of communication happens verbally, and but a fraction of human behaviour is governed by reason, communication is still vital as it facilitates true understanding and expansion. Today, it is one of the most important arts we could be practicing. There are very few non-commercial bridges left between nations and we cannot be sure if those will last long. Communication is the only bridge which, even though burnt time and again, can be re-created and each time it is re-built, it can grow stronger. (Given the objectives of the parties involved are similar).
Of course open, direct communication can be scary. In open communication everything comes out, shadows included. There we find out our own attitude and level of acceptance towards what’s ugly, irrational and criminal as well as vulnerable, hurtful or downright contradictory to what we believe/think about ourselves. It takes patience and maturity to remain impartial or not be disgusted by what comes out of the mouth of another or our own. It’s a risky affair, it can escalate and often does. But it’s the only way forward ~ through it. The result of a dialogue depends on how well it is contained. And that is an art in itself. Unfortunately, the upper class concepts of equality and political correctness drive divisions and lack of understanding even deeper. There is everything but honest exchange and communication between individuals of one class, let alone across social spectrum.
All that said, the most important communication that the rest builds upon starts with-in us. Do we listen to each aspect of ourselves with respect? Do we give our shadow, the inner child, the wise woman, the architect equal time and attention? Do we hinder or facilitate our archetypes towards their full expression in the world? Do we recognise which aspects are in conflict within us? Until we do, there is little chance we will ever be able to understand and transform the conflicts which happen on a larger scale. Because the roots of those are not found in the military or politics.
The current shape of Poland and its boundaries were decided after WWII. A home to nearly 40 million people, Poland has had its boundaries moved and realigned several times in history and at some point it did ‘not exist’. And because Poland was once what is now Russia and Germany (Map 13) these influences are also present in our psyche. According to Norman Davies Poland is “the most ethnically homogenous state in the whole of Europe” and I see this clustering of pure identity and values in one place as a result of the historic shifts of ‘our’ land. Another ‘consequence’ is our excellent adaptability which in politics manifests in its shadow form as ‘spineless’ leadership. The history of national boundary influences us all collectively. What is important to understand is that these influences date back to the moment of creation of lands and the changes are observable as energetic layers in the land itself and as historic imprints in our psyche. Additionally our core Slavic wisdom has been, over the centuries, either eradicated or enveloped by religious indoctrination. This sociologically shows as irrational loyalty to Church and close-mindedness and politically means we act either impotent or satirical on international scene.
The second example of energetic influences of land and collective psyche on the ‘tangible’ outcomes is visible in Scotland and specifically in the voting pattern during the recent Referendum. Scotland is geographically very defined, solid and had not been prone to boundary changes as much as Poland. In fact Scottish land runs deepest into Mother Earth among European countries; what happens here, due to law of Nature will have a lasting ripple effect across Europe. The land exudes strength and independence and so does the collective spirit, including Scottish diaspora. However, since 18th century and the Age of Enlightenment, part of the collective psyche detached itself from ‘the body of Scotland’ and has been entirely invested in belief in reason. Energetically it looks like a total split, and it seems that Scottish nation acted out this particular form of schizophrenia last year. It was clearly visible in the nearly 50/50 result of the Referendum, where each side was deeply convinced of their choice but the whole nation at large was far from united in thought.
Vatican, on the other hand, is a perfect example of ideological and strategic unity. Although in my view Catholic thought has had a profoundly detrimental effect on the collective psyche, I am full of admiration for how Vatican runs its affairs. As small as it is, its global influence cannot be denied. Vatican and everyone there knows exactly what the values are (ground), what the Catholic Church wants to achieve (goal) and everyone is absolutely devoted and united in achieving that goal. Even though occasionally its underbelly is ravaged by scandals of paedophilia and money laundering, Vatican has an excellent leader who ensures continuation of power. Pope Francis is inclusive, progressive and expansive and is the first Catholic pope whom I not only agree with on many levels but also value as a person. Certainly someone to be learning from.On the other side of the ‘size’ spectrum is
USA. I have been fascinated with this country for a long time especially in how its complexity is not respected by the government. Looking for the roots of how USA behaves in Middle East and Europe, I naturally looked into the land. It is both fascinating and devastating to observe, the land is covered in scars, which almost never heal, and the ‘weeping’ of the indigenous people can be heard in the background. I receive it as a low, continuous hum, hovering above the land, up to 1 m above but rarely in the mountains. It is not surprising for me that American society is so disconnected, USA never properly ‘landed’ , it’s too difficult to own the history. The disconnection from land can be seen in the epidemic of obesity, dependence on drugs and violence (passive aggressive). The psychological denial is acted out on other, remote lands in Europe. What’s more, each state is really like a country itself, each has its distinct mentality ~ Arizona, California and Oregon for example have deeper capacity for transformation than Texas, New York or Oklahoma. To have one government ‘representing’ all 50 states borders on criminal domination.And returning home, closer to the ugly uncle Britain and Mr Cameron’s continuous rhetoric directed at Mr Putin, it seems Britain is asserting something it is not. Scottish Referendum clearly showed what a divided, confused, psychologically vulnerable and spiritually non-existent nation Britain really is. It’s a historic shell with hollow core, very easy target. Russia has a strong and very integrated spirit, Russians lived through realities which the Brits can only read about and exchange remarks at dinner table. Until that, too, crumbles under the weight of their pride and ignorance.