Something Much Deeper
A late lunch at the Getty in Los Angeles. “Enough with all the challenges, Michael. We want solutions,” lamented my brother and sister. Taking a breath, I stumbled, “we are colorblind to the source, and therefore how to get ourselves out of the mess we have made. Offering positive solutions demands seeing the problem clearly. But we are blind, as David Bohm notes;”
We are faced with a breakdown of general social order and human values that threatens stability throughout the world. Existing knowledge cannot meet this challenge. Something much deeper is needed, a completely new approach. I am suggesting that the very means by which we try to solve our problems is the problem. The source of our problems is within the structure of thought itself.
Included in ‘existing knowledge,’ is the known, all those words and intellectual concepts percolating in each of us and outwardly, mechanically reproducing like Mickey’s brooms, as technology. None of this can meet the challenge. Ops.
Appreciating Joseph Chilton Pearce’s lifelong passion, the “problem” is recognizing our self-inflicted limitations and simultaneously our astonishing capacities. The classic image for our dilemma is the Sorcerer's Apprentice, the stuff that myths, Shakespeare, and Mary Shelly’s Victor Frankenstein are made of; our hubris and unintended consequences, coupled with undisciplined imagination and delusionary self-images, disassociated and abstracted from the natural world, colorblind to imminence as a self-world-view, with ‘technology’ being the modern expression of Mickey’s broomstick flood. We are drowning in our unintended consequences, the mechanical flood of technology spawned from our own misguided imaginations. And, we are too close to the forest to see the trees.
“The very means by which we try to solve our problems is the problem. Something much deeper is needed, a completely new approach,” resonates with this colorblind metaphor. That something deeper is implicit in what David Bohm called ‘the natural order of the mind,’ what Krishnamurti, Pearce, and others call true intelligence, which is not knowledge or intellect and therefore is ‘not known.’
Thought, intellect, and knowledge mechanically replicated as technology, is the cognitive flood that exponentially displaces, distorts, and blinds us to this natural order, our entangled, empathic, reciprocal embodiment of creation, with life and its astonishing capacities.
This color-blinding force has grown so big, obese, and continues, its excluding myopic focus is now the dominant epigenetic source for genetic mutation, rendering carbon life almost obsolete, which is now being systematically replaced with counterfeit silicone forms.
Technology and Technocracy, supported by parents and teachers raising children who themselves are unable to recognize what they are missing. That missing mind is the challenge.
Intellect and causal-creative imagination is creation’s gift, the magic that we, the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, grab, not fully understanding the power we yield. In there lies the rub. Reversing our narrow colorblindness, our not perceiving directly what is right in front of our nose, the simple and immediate identification with what we actually are, embodied nature, rather than what we imagine ourselves to be, defines what must be done. With this realization comes the obvious fact that such a transforming act cannot be accomplished wearing virtual reality headsets.
For our true nature and identity to be experienced and expressed, what is imagined must be suspended. It is as simple as that. Krishnamurti and Buddhism 101. But, the cinemascope, high-definition imagery produced by our undisciplined and ungrounded imagination, blasted around the globe as high definition virtual reality by technology, like Mickey’s marching broomsticks, is too bright, too dazzling, too enchanting to let go. So we remain addicted, colorblind, falsely dreaming we are what we imagine, unable to see what we actually are.
For adults, something much deeper is negating this self-inflicted enchantment and modeling our authentic nature, which is nature, with its entangled empathic sensitivity and insight, in daily life, with our children, and all the children of all the species. Living, being that fundamental change shifts the default ‘state-of-the-mind’ of this most critical, tipping-point generation, to the mind’s natural fully integrated order, and upon that unwavering foundation, creative imagination resets, expressing only what serves and expands our true nature, which is holistic creation, which is life, in stark contrast to the opposite ‘counterfeit reality" offered by dead technology and dead Technocracy.
Fortunately, as Peace, Krishnamurti, and a few others know, it only takes a small coherent force, the Rebel Alliance, to bring a large chaotic field, the Death Star, to a new and organically sustainable order. That life Force is what George Lucas enacted in his Star Wars myth, with Darth Vader representing technology, void of living essence. For technology to serve life those who use technology must be fully grounded in, and informed by, their true nature. If not, technology becomes the master, not the tool, with catastrophic consequences.
“Use The Force, Luke,” were the famous words whispered as the apprentice pushed aside his computer, crashing through the bowels of the Death Star. That was his, and hopefully our, defining moment. Grasping the depth of our task, appreciating that human development, and therefore states of consciousness, are epigenetic, model-environment dependent, who is qualified to join the Alliance? Who or what is Master Yoda and how will he, she, or it, enlighten and nurture today’s emerging heart-mind? Where is old Ben, Obi Wan Kenobi? Hiding in you, perhaps? We would all be wise to heed the call.