This year we saw some significant decisions being made. People decided to march, presidents decided to ban, prime ministers decided to separate. Considering how much social and political – both domestic and international – pressure politicians face, they are doing remarkably well. I’d say it even though some of their decisions might seem contradictory. Despite the political and global uncertainty they face themselves, the way they choose to act reflects some level of stability. At least this is the impression compared to their behaviours earlier in the year. Even Mr Trump, unpredictable as he might seem, had not diverged immensely in his behaviour or actions from what he had shown or promised the world in his presidential campaign. In a way we could see it as reassuring.
and/or Contextualising Environmental Conditioning
Last year I wrote about how nations come into interaction with each other and create a third field. Today I’d like to focus on the micro-level of these interactions comprised mainly of subtle mechanisms of our collective psyche. To make explanations as simple as possible I will use an example of interaction of two people only and illustrate what is included in the third field created through that interaction. I will roughly use the model of Hierarchy 2 to put the explanations in context. My own nomenclature and environmental context of what conditions the third field will also be presented. This post might be of some use to those interested in conflict resolution at the root cause rather than the symptomatic, end stage level.
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.