The New cAge prison

The text below caught my attention on FB. I often relish the simple and yet deep thoughts of Jeff Brown, and the New Age or New Cage text fits right into the overall context of my Integral vision and Integral.life Blog.

Lets first see Jeff’s words (my thoughts below):

New Cage Movement – A term to describe the more ungrounded, dangerous and simplistic elements of the New Age movement, including but not limited to:

  • wishful thinking mantras,
  • spiritual bypass and premature forgiveness practices,
  • superficial healing techniques, and
  • the perpetual denial of common sense realities with fantastical perspectives (‘Everything is an illusion,’ ‘There are no victims,’ ‘All judgments are bad,’ ‘You chose your every experience and circumstance,’ ‘Your personal identifications are inherently false,’ ‘Just ask the universe for what you want…,’ ‘Everything you see and feel is a reflection of you,’ ‘There is no one to blame,’ ‘The ego is the enemy,’ etc.

These perspectives have their place, but taken too far, become a prison of their own making, locking people in with their unresolved pain, obstructed from doing the real work by their addictive flights of fancy. The key to escaping New Cage prison is developing a willingness to do the real work to ground, embody and heal in authentic terms.

On a relational level, New Cage connections are often wound-mates, priding themselves in their seeming spirituality, but actually falling apart at the seams- boundary-less, ungrounded and controlled by all the unresolved emotional material that the crystals didn’t quite heal. In their determined efforts to float above the fray, they actually just perpetuate their own pain-bodies and miss the opportunity to do the real work to become conscious together.
(~an excerpt from ‘An Uncommon Bond’)

Well, that has been rather well said. 🙂
Thank you, Jeff.

What I would like to add, though, is that while my mind is always rejecting the New Age mentality, labeling it as pure bull s**t, my heart whispers that maybe New Age people yearn for recognition, peace, freedom, love, respect and empathy – just like me (and maybe you).

The difference, however, between maybe me and your average New Age person, as far as I can see, is that I am not avoiding or at least I am trying to not avoid darkness, anger, sadness and the negativity within or without.

I am willing to face my own shadow side of inner psychological climate straight on, without overly complicated means (read: tarot cards and elves) .

Wilber comes to my mind here, he likes to say:
“There is no jumping. States are free, stages are earned.”

I understand his assertion to mean that it is impossible to just avoid and jump over a certain level of human identity development. And in the case of New cAge people, it seems they might want to jump (probably unaware) over the Centuar level. And to attain the Centuar or the Authentic level one has to face and clear out the shadow. Basically that means facing all the stuff New cAge wants to avoid.

I have been there, done that and it did now work; I was young and naive. Now I know that transforming the shadow by embracing it amounts to sending my roots really really deep into the ground. And that seems to be the only safe means for spiritual progress (for me).

You?

Skoki čez plot?

Pri temeljitemu razvoju psihološko-transpersonalne (duhovne) identitete oz po domače pri osebnemu in duhovnemu napredku velja eno zanimivo dejstvo, katerega bom v tem Blogu opredelil iz več zornih kotov.

Dejstvo, o katerem bo tekla beseda je: there is no jumping oz skakanje (prek nivojev razvoja zavesti) ne deluje.

There is no jumping. Skakanje (čez plot nivojev zavesti) ne deluje zares. To v praksi pomeni, da prav zares ni mogoče biti prav zares transpersonalno oz duhovno trajno realiziran brez predhodne osvojene avtentičnosti in samo-aktualiziranosti

Bolj enostavno povedano, prav zares in trajno je možno biti zavesten duhovnih nivojev zavesti in s tem tudi razmišljati, čustvovati, komunicirati in tudi delovati v skladu s njimi, šele po soočanju in čiščenju t.i. sence.

In tle se velikokrat duhovni aspiranti kar precej širokega kroga ujamemo v past. Negativnosti v obiliki potlačenih travm, čustvenih stanj (jeza, žalost, sram, tesnoba, sovraštvo, bes itd…), nekonstruktivnih mentalnih vzorcev (sem slaba, manjvredna, ne zaslužim si dobrega, moram trpeti, nimam izbire itd…), ki se manifestirajo v obliki težav v življenju in morda celo fizičnih bolezni – vse to je vendar negativno, temno in prav nič duhovno! Torej, dajmo se vsemu temu lepo izogniti biti duhovni, ljubeči, svetli in sveti.
Namesto soočanja s problemi v življenju, dajmo raje prepustiti odgovornost za življenje zvezdam in planetom oz astrologiji in namesto čiščenja potlačenih čustev, dajmo raje redno buljiti v angelske karte.

No way. Napaka, vsaj na podlagi mojh dooooolgooooletnih izkušnjah, tako pri delu na sebi in v seansah psihoterapije. Tako enostavno ne gre; razen seveda, če sem zadovoljen s t.i. New age realnostjo. New Age je namreč zelo znan po temu, da se na vse kriplje izogiba vsem negativnostim, seveda v imenu duhovnega napredka. Vse OK. 🙂

There is no jumping. Skakanje niti ne deluje, no. 🙂

Če pogledamo obravnavano tematiko skozi prizmo integralne paradigme, dejansko poteka razvoj zavesti prek določenih stanj in nivojev, ki kot kaže, veljajo prav za vsakogar. In pred duhovnimi nivoji (Subtilni, Kavzalni in Nedualni, po integralni paradigmi) obstaja zelo specifičen in pomemben nivo: Avtentični nivo oz Centuar.

Za ta nivo je značilno, da je zanj potrebno najprej ozavestiti in preseči senco, travme, težave v življenju, zunaj pobrane strukture, dogmatične vpetosti v razne sisteme (religiozne, izobraževalne, socialne, politične itd…). Pot osvobajanja in duhovne samorealizacije se prične in je pogojena z delom na preseganju svojih notranjih negativnosti, ne pa z meditacijo.

In iz tega vidika je izogibanje temni plati moje/naše psihe v bistvu zelo uspešno izogibanje resničnemu in trajnemu duhovnemu napredku. Odrekanje željam, zanikanje svojih lastnih avtentičnih potreb, odrivanje stran materialnih užitkov ter s tem dajanje sebe in svojih talentov na stran tako niti ne vodi v duhovni napredek, po mojih izkušnjah. Tak pristop prej vodi v neprizemljenost, nevrotiko ter bežanje od realnosti tukaj in sedaj.

Kaj je živo v vas samih, v vašem srcu, ob tem ko berete te besede?

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Na tem mestu bi izpostavil še eno pomembno stvar:
meditacije in ostale metode duhovnega razvoja niti ne pomagajo pri čiščenju sence (oz reševanju problemov v življenju, preseganju čustvenih negativnosti itd…). Ne. Meditacija in ostale metode duhovnega razvoja pač nudijo to, duhovni razvoj.

Zato je zame investicija časa in energije samo v meditacijo kar precej zgrešena strategija. Meditacija ne more trajno rešiti mojih finančnih težav, težav pri izražanju potreb ali v spolnosti. Meditacija ne more trajno odstraniti strahu in ostalih občutkov ob avtoritetah, ker ni prava metoda za to.

Za čiščenje sence in reševanje problemov in s tem za pripravo terena (živčnega sistema, žlez z notranjim izločanjem itd…) za resnične transpersonalne oz duhovne izkušnje, je zelo dobra in učinkovita strategija natančna in strukturirana pomoč, recimo psihoterapija. Seveda, psihoterapija naj bo vsaj humanistična ali transpersonalna; psihiatrično tabletkanje in mentalne akrobacije psihoanalize vendarle morda ni dovolj.

Torej, če povzamem na kratko:
zame je izogibanje negativnostim v sebi več ali manj zgrešena strategija. To tako ali tako ne vodi nikamor,(vsaj v mojem primeru ni, no). Sploh pa to ne vodi v duhovni napredek, ki se lahko prav zares razcveti šele po doseženi samo-aktualizaciji in avtentičnosti. Biti zares duhoven brez prej osvojene avtentičnosti (oz brez presežene sence) je (zame) kar precej močna iluzija.

Je pa vse napisano zgoraj seveda zgolj moja subjektiovna realnost in kot taka verjetno velja zgolj zame. Vsakdo ima svobodno voljo prav je tako.
🙂