We commonly see practitioners of various spiritual traditions—serious and learned practitioners, at that—who spend a lot of their time and energy in criticizing human social and political tendencies. There is no inherent problem with this, as an increasingly “spiritualized” perspective on psychology tends to reveal these and other outward behaviors certain occult interactions of the mind (see my article Politics as Counterfeit Spirit.) We do see, however, that many of these Gnostics and Yogis come to resemble the very things for which they criticize others.
Such criticisms often come along with name-calling, such as the now-infamous “sheeple” or just a sneering inflection applied to words like “humanity” and “people”. Terms and phrases are coined or co-opted for labeling a particular in-group, not just for the practical sake of distinguishing practitioners from non-practitioners or a spiritual family group, but to differentiate between people who are worthy of existence versus those who aren’t. Continue reading “Contra Misanthropy; The Meaning of Peace — A Metapsychology of Liberation, part 2”
I find it interesting to watch and listen to “political discourse” not because I care about the politicians or parties themselves but because of the patterns and forces which they reveal. Saying this is liable to bring accusations of disconnected or apathetic privilege from the impassioned Left or else of Satanic refusal to tow the Nationalist line from the effusive Right, but this is evidence of the selfsame patterning.
In the occultism of the West, we might speak of egregores: group-minds which take on a literal life of their own, directing human activities on a more or less large scale in line with their own survival and expansion needs rather than the explicit desires of the human agents themselves. These egregores, however, may be dealt with, tricked, trapped, or, more commonly, compacted with just like any other spirit-being. Such pacts, whether explicit or implicit, are more common than not. Continue reading “Politics as Counterfeit Spirit: A Metapsychology of Liberation, Part I”
Liberation begins in the mind of the individual. The mind is both the Great Cage and the Great Space, tightly constraining or limitless—as we decide.
How we define liberation can and must change over time, so I won’t spend much energy on it here. Suffice to say, for now, that liberation expresses itself as three virtues: Peace, Freedom, and Happiness. How these three arise, and what we may do to open ourselves up to them, is the subject of this series.
Psychology is, as we all know, the study of the workings or “logic” of the mind. But the circularity of the mind studying the mind is, at some level, unsatisfactory. Continue reading “A Metapsychology of Self-Liberation: Introduction”