Tagged: Polanyi

this reality is not primary

I received a few questions and challenges posed to my Mystical Trump post.  One of them gives me the chance to answer them all.  It comes from AM:

“Interesting. I’m trying to think about it in terms of the relationship between the market and society in Polanyi’s Great Transformation. The idea that the two realms aren’t really separate, but rather society’s response to crisis in the market makes the continuation of capitalist markets possible. So seeing them in a dialectical relationship.

In this context I guess my question would be a somewhat basic one: in what ways does or doesn’t a move towards inward non-opposition perpetuate the dialectical relationship between seemingly oppositional forces?”

This is a great question, and it is where it gets a little complicated. The core plank of my position lies in this graf:

what i would suggest however, in the context of (r)evolutionary mysticism is that we not feed into that binary impulse that drives those groups who are currently engineering reality for the great part of the world.  but rather, that we consider that by opposing things with the intent of destroying them, we edify them in the process.

The simple answer to your question lies in the nature of dialectics. In its purest form, a dialectic is a discourse between differing points of view on a subject.  In the case of political or social conflict, it is the semantic expression of a chaotic sine wave.

sound-wave

So in the pure mathematical/physics context, if we occupy the polar viewpoint to our ‘opposition,’ and we are engaged in a dialectical process, then we are an implicit participant and driver of the opponent’s momentum and identity.  It follows then that if we simply abandon our positions and thus remove the binary curvature in the wave’s force/resistance, it will have the effect of collapsing the entire structure.

But that is a fallacy.

One has only to look at history to know that there have been times when hatred and anti-humanism have marshaled enough force to very nearly approach world domination if not for the willful opposition of an opposing force.  

In some cases agents of change have been able to destroy all opposition so that they simply become the structure of reality themselves. They become the new paradigm, and the dialectic continues, within the parameters established by the new order.

This is very much what has happened to the world post-Industrial Revolution, and why Polanyi is able to make him point, that in the capitalist paradigm, even opposition feeds the capitalist enterprise.

I am proposing something very different here.  Going inward is not simply about becoming silent and meditating oneself into an innocuous trance.  No. Not at all.

When I write about (r)evolutionary mysticism, I am invoking an ancient practice that is more akin to alchemy than non-violent opposition.  This is the stuff of the mystery schools who were forced underground for millennia because of the (real and perceived) threat they posed to those who ruled humanity on the material plane.  You can find the substance of this deeply subversive thinking through history from Plato, Hermes, Meister Eckhart, and then the modern mystics like Mabel Collins and Helena Blavatsky.

In this line of (r)evolutionary thinking, the reality we are experiencing is not primary.  It is a recipient realm, which receives the projection – much limited and distorted by virtue of the time/space confinements of 3D – of a higher, more true source. And it is from this realm that we can connect our earthly consciousness to attain incredibly powerful transmutational power.  Power which will not simply neutralize the forces of hatred and fear which we ‘oppose’, but transform them through the vibrational frequency that we attain in our alignment with, and tuning to, the primary, non-material realm.

If we simply ‘oppose’ Trump from within the confines of the same paradigm, we are still locked in the same structure and what you get is another crest in the wave without ever transmuting the generators that created him.  (Hence, the 50 year dialectic of Carter-Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama-Trump).

So this is what I am talking about when I say, in my Mystical Trump piece, that we should:

vanish into the interior realm, where true generative power resides.

But of course, knowing how to connect with and channel a new paradigmatic vibration is not a simple thing.  And it is not something that is taught.  But, I will tell you, it is something we know innately to do.  Just as much as we know that sitting near a 1000 year old redwood nourishes us more than hugging a telephone pole.  But we must be willing to let go of the primacy of this plane, and all its amazing spectacles, in order to bring in the new/ancient thing that is what we are all so hungry for.

Let’s bring it back to Trump.

This is a phenomena that is being generated by people who are responding to a perceived threat. The campaign was driven by a system of phobias that essentially create an ‘us vs them’ dynamic which was enough to position Trump as a savior for the millions of Americans who feel deep-seated frustration and anger at their diminished economic and social agency.

The reality is that what these people are experiencing is real.  And what Steve Bannon and the Trump team did was take that anger and channel it into a campaign that reflected it back in order to create a force of energy that would propel them to a electoral victory.

(r)evolutionary mysticism is not concerned with opposing these people.  It is not concerned with opposing Trump or Steve Bannon or whatever other interchangeable body suit the ruling paradigm throws up to sustain its steady march toward oblivion.

It is concerned with a solution that is appealing to the deepest facets of all humanity.  It is about ending the dialectic we are currently trapped in and establishing an entirely new playing field.  Call it paradigm shift, call it a spiritual awakening, call it the solution to quantum physics’ search for a unifying theory.

Mysticism is based on the belief that we are in a place in which we are unable to feel the innate interconnectedness of all things, but that we all emanate from the same creative energetic field, and that is something we very simplistically call ‘love’.

And there is no cleaner and purer and more profoundly transformative vibration than love.  But ‘love’ as we experience it on the material plane is a mere fragment of its computational and transmutational power in the non-material realm.  What I have experienced in my own limited journeys to the primary realm is so beautiful and massive and ancient and futuristic… it is like a wave of creative potential that has the power to sink all of these zero-sum antiquated architectures and simultaneously float all boats to a new kind of world that we have only ever dreamed about.  And it is just as real as everything we are experiencing now.

You just have to close your eyes,