“Tao gave birth to One, One gave birth to Two, Two gave birth to Three; Three gave birth to all the myriad things.
All the myriad things carry the Yin on their backs and hold the Yang in their embrace, deriving their vital harmony from the proper blending of the two vital Breaths.”
– Lao Tzu; “Tao Teh Ching”
The topic of race and “racism” is one that seems to saturate every area of dialogue in modern society. From press, to academia, to politics and even the workplace, the conversation around race has become increasingly pervasive as well as divisive. Charleston, Baltimore, Ferguson, White Privilege, the “Knockout Game”, Political Correctness, Affirmative Action, and Immigration Reform- these things permeate the (Western) Mass Mind to such a degree that we are undoubtedly far more sensitive about race now than we ever have been. But is this manufactured hypersensitivity necessarily a “good thing”?
As I stated before, the conversation around race has become increasingly DIVISIVE, and this has led to some foreseeable results. First, the general narrative presented to the “non-white” races, (specifically those living in western countries and those wishing to immigrate to them) is that the white man has continuously oppressed and taken from them and now it is their “right” to take from the white man what they are “owed”, be it through legislation or immigration or other means.
This narrative causes a reactionary feeling of resentment and entitlement towards white people, which has played out in often-violent means. One needs only to look at the not well-publicized but unquestionably racially motivated violence in modern-day South Africa to see the results of racial resentment, institutionalized entitlement and promotion of victimhood.
The narrative given to white people is similar, stating that white people are responsible for all of the evils of the world, past and present, as well as stating that now they need to pay “reparations” in various forms to “repent” for their “White Privilege”. This view has saturated academia and pop-culture to such an extent that it has created a self-loathing and insecurity amongst the millennial and younger generations. The new documentary being released by MTV entitled “White People” showcases and perpetuates this idea of white privilege and guilt. As one interviewee in the documentary, a 23-year old young woman named Samantha states:
“We’ve never had to internalize what white people have done in here in America, but here, you can’t escape that.”
Internalizing guilt has never been healthy, and being forced to do so usually causes one of two reactions- either a hysterically apologetic form of self-loathing as demonstrated by the crying millennials in “White People”, or anger and rage at having guilt thrust upon you that you feel isn’t yours to own. There has been a backlash amongst many over the “White Privilege/White Guilt” narrative that has become so dominant in the West. Dylan Roof can be seen as the extreme of how far that can go, if you believe the “official story” regarding the Charleston Shooting, which the jury’s still out for me.
However there is a less “extreme” form of organic backlash coming out of various alternative media and political movements spearheaded by “white people”. And while much of this has been productive for creating a more open dialogue, there is still at times a very vehement resentment towards people of the “black and brown” races that comes through.
The dominant dialogue coming out of mainstream is that white people stole everything, and are undeserving of the status they have held in civilization. The reactionary dialogue is that white people built everything of substance and that the other races essentially reaped the benefits of “white civilization” and didn’t really contribute anything of merit on their own. Both arguments are flawed and one-sided from my perspective. Both preach entitlement. Both preach resentment. So now let’s look at this from an esoteric perspective. What’s REALLY going on here?
The Civil Rights, Feminist, Sexual Liberation and Environmental movements that spearheaded in the 1960s and became institutionalized in the 1990s can be seen as various aspects of one overarching, mega-event: the resurgence of the Divine Feminine into the forefront of human consciousness and civilization. This is a primal and primordial archetype that exists beyond the realm of perceived “good” and “evil”. That being said, this primordial force is one that can be directed and utilized by those who understand Her workings. This means that HOW the Divine Feminine manifests can be steered by steering human consciousness on an individual and collective scale.
So what exactly does racial conflict have to do with the awakening of the Divine Feminine? In order to explain this I am going to summon another primordial archetype- that of the Taoist diagram of the T’ai Chi T’u (Supreme Ultimate), aka. The Yin and Yang symbol. The neo-Confucian philosopher, Chou Tun-I explained this symbol in his treatise T’ai chi t’u shuo (The Diagram of the Supreme Ultimate Explained):
“The Supreme Ultimate through movement produces the yang. This movement, having reached its limit, is followed by quiescence, and by this quiescence it produces the yin. When quiescence has reached its limit, there is a return to movement. Thus movement and quiescence, in alternation, become each the source of the other. The distinction between the yin and yang is determined, and their two forms stand revealed.”
Movement and stillness. Active and receptive. Positive and negative. Heaven and Earth. Sun and Moon. Conscious and Subconscious. Male and female. Light and dark. These principles are present and reflected throughout all levels of creation including the races of men. I will again remind folks of the Hermetic axiom; “As above, so below; as below, so above.”
I have stated in previous writings that men and women are manifestations of the male and female aspects of the Divine Consciousness. I am going to build on this by postulating that this is also true for the different races, which I am going to group into two categories- the light-skinned or “Yang races” and the dark-skinned or “Yin races”. And no, I didn’t arbitrarily do this just because the Yang side is white and the Yin side is black. Far more than the “social construct” some attempt to label it as, race goes beyond the physical body and is something beautiful and vital to the expression of the Divine here on Earth.
Throughout recorded history we see over and over again from the Indo-European migrations to the Roman Empire to Colonialism, the continuous movement of the “Yang races” all over the world. Ever moving and expanding, the Yang races in their positive aspect brought many of the higher gifts of civilization such as agriculture, science, architecture and invention to the world. In their negative aspect, they brought exploitation and various forms of enslavement. Their prime deities were masculine in nature, i.e. the Sun, Jupiter and Saturn.
These Yang races have historically been explorers and empire-builders. Their civilizations have very much characterized the masculine aspect of consciousness, specifically as it “acts upon” the world, active and seeking in similar fashion to the conscious mind acting upon its surroundings as well as the subconscious mind.
As the Yang races explored and settled, they have come into repeated contact with indigenous dark-skinned peoples. These Yin races were people who generally lived as hunter-gatherers with close ties to the Mother Earth and Her creatures. They often knew much of the various plant medicines and how to live in harmony with the plants and animals. They often revered the Goddess in her many forms, recognizing she was the living Earth and the patterns of nature. Keepers of archaic knowledge through the Shamans, these were people who had a natural tendency for creative expression through song and movement.
While there were “empires” within the Yin races, such as the Aztecs and the Zulus, they were not as a whole prone to exploration, expansion and altering their environment in the same way the Yang races were. Conversely, the Yang races also had tribes and peoples who reflected aspects of the Yin. This is explained in the T’ai Chi T’u through the “lesser yin” and the “lesser yang”. These inner circles inside the greater yin and yang represent how each “opposing” force also contains within itself its opposite. This “seed” can also be related to genetics, as the genetic traits of the Yin races are dominant, with dominance being a Yang trait, and vice versa.
The meetings and intermingling between the Yin and Yang races mirrors the interaction between the male and female polarities: At times it was a beautiful dance with the mutual sharing of knowledge and trading of goods that allowed for the growth and development of people. However, at other times it produced conflict and a violent clash of misunderstanding, ending in wars, genocides and other atrocities. Unfortunately it is this latter experience that we are given to dwell upon.
Humanity is the product of the Divine Marriage of Heaven and Earth. Even materialist science has correlated this, noting that we humans contain elements from the stars within our DNA. Through this marriage of the elements of Heaven and Earth, some of us got more from “Dad’s side”, i.e. Heaven, and some of us got more from “Mom’s side”, i.e. Earth. This does not make anyone “superior” to anyone else, it just means we have different strengths and play different roles in the spiritual evolution of Earth and man. Again, “As above, so below…”
This creates a far more profound understanding of race than either looking at in terms of an imaginary construct that is only due to society and melatonin, or the social Darwinian and materialist point of view of eugenics.
Italian philosopher and mystic, Julius Evola explained:
“In the mystery of our blood, in the depth… of our being, resides the ineffaceable heredity of our primordial times. This is not heredity of brutality of bestial and savage instincts gone astray, as argued by psychoanalysis, and which, as one may logically conclude, derive from ‘evolutionism’ or Darwinism. This heredity of origins, this heredity which comes from the deepest depth of times is the heredity of the light.”
What I am conveying here is that race has MEANING; it isn’t happenstance. There is a reason you are born into the family you are born into, and there is a reason you are born into the race you are born into- race being an extension of family, of kin, of blood- both in a physical and a non-physical sense. Evola explains how there is purpose to this:
“Thus, (racial awareness) invigorates and renders tangible the concept of tradition; it makes the individual get used to observing in our ancestors not just a series of the more or less illustrious “dead,” but rather the expression of something still alive in ourselves and to which we are tied in our interior. We are the carriers of a heritage that has been transmitted to us and that we need to transmit – and in this spirit it is something going beyond time, something indicating, what we called elsewhere, ‘the eternal race.’”
I feel that it is necessary that we take in the fullness of this incarnation in order to make the most of it. Knowing and understanding folk and tribe and race gives us keys to unlock our full potential, reaching for the Heavens, while remaining rooted to the Earth. Rituals and spiritual traditions of our ancestors can provide the key to finding an organic spiritual path that best fosters our spiritual growth. And while we understand that at our core, that we are ultimately beyond race and creed, these things were given to us as unique expressions of the One manifesting into the many as a means of understanding our unique task or “destiny” here on Earth.
That being said, it is important that we maintain the ability to look at these things with both an open heart and a clear mind, and not allow the waters of consciousness to become muddied with social and political ideals like “political correctness” and “multiculturalism” that are indeed nothing more than social constructs.
I realize that this perspective breaks from the dogma of racial “sameness” that many have grown to tenuously believe. I realize that this may make people feel uncomfortable. To that I am going to quote Jose Vargas, the director/producer of MTV’s “White People”: “Good, let’s all get all uncomfortable together.”
Until next time, Namaste and God Bless.