FEAR OF THE WARRIOR

“Masculinity is a sacred thing- and yet it’s been demonized and disprivileged in the Western world, regarded as just an excuse for brutality.  Masculinity is about self-control; it’s about respect and power that’s ventilated when it’s necessary to use it.”

  • Jonathan Bowden

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One of the primary beliefs of modern feminism is essentially that men would be better (i.e. more “well-behaved)  if they were more like women.

The issues of violent crime, sexual assault and suicide perpetrated by men in the modern era have caused a great amount of fear in modern western society, particularly among women and particularly those of a modern feminist persuasion.  And the solution to this problem, as laid out in feminist-produced films like “The Mask You Live In” and the curriculum based off said film that is being pushed into a growing number of schools and universities (and sponsored by Axe- purveyor of carcinogenic male beauty products); is that men need to “get in touch with their emotions”.

And this is not wholly untrue.

Modern western men are emotionally isolated and have for a long time lived in a world where expressing any sort of vulnerability or authenticity was frowned upon, causing men to “keep it bottled up”- and keeping anything bottled up inevitably leads to unwanted consequences.

But this problem is not some sort of side effect of “socially constructed” masculinity that has been around for centuries that we are now just learning how to deal with, due to our more “enlightened” state as a modern society.  Rather, it is a side effect of modern society and the removal of men from their traditional roles and support structures and placing them in a world where they became little more than an economic integer- a creature of mass production and consumption.

But even having men’s support groups (a modern substitute for tribe) and learning how to “get in touch with our feelings” will not solve the crisis of masculinity and its tendency towards “anti-social” and even criminal behavior in the modern world.  This is because in its prescription for what was wrong with men and how to solve it, modern feminism and its backers in corporate state chose to demonize and attempted to cut-off the “Warrior” aspect of male consciousness rather than embrace it.

This is because modernity is terrified of the warrior class- even though it still begrudgingly needs it in order to fulfill its aims of geopolitical and social control (until AI is at a point where it can replace it).

The warrior class makes the average modern person somewhat uncomfortable- even when they are in a somewhat obligatory and insincere way saying, “Thank you for your service”.

The warrior class lives in a world the average modern person prefers to pretend doesn’t exist.  These are men who are intimately connected with, and in many ways, comfortable within the realm of violence and death.  The average western modern person is terrified of these things and wants nothing to do with them.

The warrior is versed in violence and does not fear death.  But the true warrior is not motivated by the egoism of the immature hero or the sadist, but is grounded in honor, duty, mission and the glory of serving those he is bound to.

In our modern, post WWII and Vietnam era, war and violence are seen as utterly abhorrent and is resented and feared by the western masses.  But this has not always been the case.  For millennia, the martial and warrior classes of a society were respected and revered for their strength, courage, honor and willingness to their die to defend their people.  This was expressed in the stories of King Arthur, the Norse Eddas, the Homeric Epics, the Vedas, and Japanese martial texts like The Book of Five Rings and The Art of War.

The understanding that life in this world was one very much rooted in conflict of one sort or another was central to this ethos.

The warrior ethos was part and parcel with much of what would be considered pre-Christian Indo-European culture.  And even with the introduction of Christianity and the infusion of Semitic ideals into the cultures of European peoples, the martial valor of European culture still lived on through institutions like Chivalry.

The doctrine of universal love of Christianity found itself able to co-exist and even become somewhat infused with the warrior ethos of European man from the early medieval period up through the Enlightenment.

But modernity changed all that.

With modernity came mass-scale industrialization- including the industrialization of mass slaughter and death.  The honor and glory that was seen in the old forms of warfare were now all but gone.

There is little glory in being blown to bits by a helicopter machine gun or an IED.

Up until the last century, it was common for the Western aristocracy to be military men who proudly served in battle.  But now, military service is seen very much as a “war of the ants” where it is the poor and underclass almost exclusively, who march often blindly into a veritable meat-grinder.

And even what little honor and glory that CAN be gleaned from industrialized warfare is now seen as an archaic abomination by modern liberal society- as are the men who would be “warriors”.

For this is a society that has largely cast out the warrior, for the warrior off the battlefield is seen as a threat to the “peace” and “safety” of the society he was ready to die to protect.  This is because the functional mindset of the warrior is of a dangerously masculine type that is linked by modern culture to that of fascists and terrorists.

We have been taught to fear the warrior.

Even with television commercials and segments about “supporting the troops”, it is done in a sort of “hands off” manner, where these men are quietly put “over there” as sort of odd ducks that can’t fit into modern society.

The ideals of the military and police; the modern “warrior caste”; are in truth, antithetical to the modern globalized commercial liberal order it is charged with protecting.  These institutions are paired more and more with violent criminals and terrorists when observing the “crisis” of “toxic masculinity” and its tendency towards violence.

But violence is inherent in Nature, and it has always been the warriors that stood on the precipice of that violence, forming the human wall between it, and the elements of society that needed to be sheltered and protected from it.

In the book, “King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine”, authors Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette stated:

We live in a time when people are generally uncomfortable with the Warrior form of masculine energy… This is the age in the West of the ‘soft masculine’ and it is a time in which radical feminists raise loud and hostile voices against the Warrior energy. In liberal churches, committees are removing such ‘warlike” hymns as ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ and ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’ from the hymnals.”

Moore and Gillette went on to state in criticism of feminism and modern liberalism’s attempt to re-design a less-aggressive, less-threatening man:

We can’t just take a vote and vote the Warrior out. Like all archetypes, it lives on despite of our conscious attitudes for it. And like all repressed archetypes, it goes underground eventually to resurface in the form of emotional and physical violence.”

The idea that we can simply treat a timeless, eternal archetype as a simple socially-constructed aberration that can be “trained out” of men is the height of modern arrogance and disconnectedness.

Unless we instill in our young men the discipline, courage and honor necessary to utilize the Warrior archetype of Masculinity in a healthy and functional way, we will continue to create either neurotic, effeminate men who are unable to protect themselves or anyone else, or insensitive bullies/predators who simply seek violence and domination for selfish gratification.

The Warrior needs to be integrated, not shunned- and there should be no greater indicator of this than how absolutely terrified and resentful the Western masses are of it.

Let us strive to once again find a way of being where the virtues of the loyalty, honor and courage are once again things worth living and dying for.

Let us strive to be able to fearlessly stare death in the face, unphased and even welcoming of its glory.

Namaste and WRA-ALDA’S Blessings.

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RACE FOR JERUSALEM

“For centuries Jews had been of a different religion, now pseudoscience marked them as a separate race.”

  • British actor Laurence Olivier narrating the BBC miniseries “The World at War”

The narrative of the preceding documentary clip is typical of what you will find taught in any school or university in any part of the Judeo-European-Anglo-American Empire.  Indeed, the idea of an almost cartoonish “Nazi” belief that the Germanic peoples had the right to rule over, oppress and ultimately genocide all the other peoples and races because they were “the master race”, was propagated and repeated to me throughout schooling and the media.

In the West we have been saturated with this narrative for decades and it is a multi-million dollar industry.

I learned during my time of mandated compulsory “education” on the Holocaust and Nazi/NSDAP Germany during WWII was the NSDAP used “pseudoscience” (and then gold stars) to label the Jews as a separate race.  This, I was told, made it easier for them to “other” them from the ethnically German peoples and make them “scapegoats” for their problems.

However, the irony of the demonization of the NSDAP stance that the Jews were a separate race from that of the German peoples, is that this was essentially the view that a great many, if not the majority of Jews in Europe had in practice.

This irony became even more pronounced when in 2012, “The Jewish Daily Forward“- one of the oldest Jewish-American publications, put out an article entitled, Jews Are A ‘Race’ Genes Reveal“.  This article highlighted a book published by medical geneticist and professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, Harry Ostrer entitled, “Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People”:

Jews exhibit, he writes, a distinctive genetic signature. Considering that the Nazis tried to exterminate Jews based on their supposed racial distinctiveness, such a conclusion might be a cause for concern. But Ostrer sees it as central to Jewish identity.

For centuries, the Jews viewed themselves as a “chosen people” that had to be set apart in ethnic and cultural purity, so they could be fit to fulfill what they saw as their duty to intellectually, culturally and spiritually “lead” humanity out of the darkness of ignorance, oppression, and immorality- as they defined it

Unfortunately in practice, the principle of Jewish tribal exceptionalism has often tended to manifest itself as policies and practices that are seemingly antagonistic and even hostile towards the rest of the “tribes of man”- particularly those with whom they share space with.

Aside from the oft-leveled charges of usury and other ruthless and deceptive business practices, in recent times, Jews in power often tend to promote the slow deracination, homogenization, and general “leveling out” of all other cultures into one mass of humanity.  Meanwhile, these Jews themselves (or at least those of the Zionist or Orthodox persuasion), would either openly proclaim or quietly maintain in their own personal life and business, the preference for Jews to remain an ethnically/culturally separate people from all others, and a general support for the State of Israel.

Tribalism.  The way humans are.

This tribal and somewhat aristocratic view is a view that is ironic due to the overwhelming amount of Jewish leaders within Marxism and general “leftism”.  This Jewish “aristocracy” was praised by Count Richard Coudenhouve-Kalergi, ideological father of the modern multicultural European Union:

Russian Bolshevism constitutes a decisive step towards this purpose where a small group of Communist spiritual aristocrats govern the country…  The general staff of both… are recruited from Europe’s spiritual leader race, the Jews.

From the European quantity people… the mass, two quality races rise up: blood aristocracy and Jewry… both believe in their higher mission, of their better blood… The superiority of their spirit predestines them to become a main factor of the future nobility.”

From ancient times it was understood that blood was a living gateway to the metaphysical and archetypal dimensions.  Certain High spiritual impulses would be carried among a true spiritual nobility; a person of valor and virtue who thus those traits on spiritually, through the blood of your descendants.

These Divine Evolutionary Impulses descended into humanity through these people’s genetics.  This is why kings were seen as gods.  This is the root of the modern aristocracy, who through the generations, have fallen into degeneracy.

Of course, there are well-documented physical and psychological problems that can develop as the result of an extended practice of keeping strict maintenance to a kind of “blood purity” within a family or tribe.  Especially as inevitably after generations, what may have been a bloodline with a new, vital and virile spiritual message or impulse to deliver to the world, slowly degenerated and decayed as all but the Eternal does.

From their inception as a people, the Jews have historically seen themselves as a “people set apart”.  In Biblical times and through the present in more orthodox sects, it is the Jews themselves as essentially a people that needed to remain separate from the outside culture and be extremely selective on which if any, non-Jews to let in.

This was initially understood so as to keep pure the “transmission” of YHVH (the supreme god/archon of the elements of matter and the material world; i.e. Saturn) through them as an ethnic people from Abraham on.

However, there are now generations of Jews who have come to see the Holocaust, rather than the Torah, as what defines Jews as a people.  Many of these young, particularly American Jews are becoming increasingly anti-Zionist and see the ethno-nationalism of Israel of giving legitimacy to the “Nazi” ideology of the Alt-Right.

It is perhaps the very narrative that ultimately garnered the international sympathies and support needed to have a fully Jewish-controlled Palestine (now Israel), that is beginning to tear at the unity of “the tribe” in a seemingly significant manner.

Perhaps there is a serious conflict within “Judah” as to what should be the future of Israel and the Jewish people as a truly distinct racial, ethnic, or even cultural entity.

Perhaps the globalist universalism exported from the Abrahamic world that is coming home to roost.

Perhaps the recent situation with the embassy in Jerusalem is the signal that it is indeed the “End Times”, and that the great “Battle of Megiddo” will commence.  And perhaps in the ashes will rise the transhumanist AI utopia of Neom, which is currently being developed in Saudi Arabia; or “Greater Israel”…

Perhaps there is some element of truth to the teachings of some Catholics that the Bible, particularly the New Testament, was criticizing the Jews for rejecting the Logos, represented in Christ Jesus, and instead embracing what Dr. E. Michael Jones calls “The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit” in the figure of Barabbas.

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Whether event, allegory or both, perhaps the notion of a people rejecting the true Light of Christ, the Light and Divine Rule of the Sun/Son and the ordering principle of the Logos, in favor of the more Saturnian, materialistic element of creation, and the destruction or a “tearing down” of the other “orders” around them has some truth to it.

This impulse can be seen in much of the radical left Enlightenment liberal ideals of Liberty, Fraternity, and Equality of the French Revolution.  It was this same ideology that got carried to the extreme into Jewish-led Communism.

Communism is an internationalist political ideology, and is related in philosophical heritage to the Critical Theory created, taught and regurgitated in universities by a large number of Jews.

Critical Race Theory (a subcategory of Critical Theory) teaches that race is a social construct and to suggest otherwise leads straight to oppression, lynching, concentration camps and gas chambers.  In this theory ALL nationalism and open tribalism is immoral- even in Israel.

This belief of supreme equality spouted by Neo-Marxists and liberals inevitably conflicts  with famed Holocaust speaker Elie Wiesel’s claim that “Jews are ontologically exceptional” compared to all other groups of people.

Jews are well known for their dedication to “preserving G-d’s morality”- whether this is truly seen as a divine or a secular duty is almost of secondary importance.

But what happens when the morality of a group conflicts with itself?

A house divided cannot stand“.

The “morality” of internationalism and universalism is also echoed by certain Jewish globalist hedge fund managers who have declared Israel and its nationalism as roadblocks to “progress”.  This is the ideology of the internationalist, cosmopolitan “Davos Man” who is a “citizen of the world”, free to take from whatever land he wishes.

It is perhaps a sort of “cold war” between those Jews in positions of power of with a Zionist or Orthodox view (AIPAC, Chabad, the Jewish-Russian mafia [even criminal Jews get protected international asylum in Israel], etc.) and those of a more globalist/atheist view that we see going on now- particularly within the U.S.

This conflict of the left and right within political Judaism was written about long ago by Winston Churchill in “Zionism versus Bolshevism: A Struggle for the Jewish Soul”.

But perhaps as some seem to believe, it is ALL, as those within the pro-wrestling business would call; “A work”.  The President is a WWE Hall of Famer after all…

Rudolf Steiner saw the Jewish people having at one time, carried an important spiritual impulse into humanity.  However, over time, it has gone into its twilight as a new impulse begins to emerge.

Julius Evola saw the Jewish and other Semitic peoples as somewhat “spiritually antagonistic” to the Aryan/European race.

But at the end of the day, it is up to each tribe to solve its own problems.

And us to solve ours.

Only the Jewish people themselves can solve their issues as a people; as a race; whatever they may be.

Only they can decide what sort of role they will play in the future evolution of humanity as a whole, in a necessarily post-Abrahamic age.

Even though the Old Age is trying to stay beyond its time…

So let’s hope, for the good of all beings, this undeniably clever, talented, influential, powerful, and persistent group chooses to embrace, rather than reject the Logos within themselves.

Let us pray that they can find the True Jerusalem; the “City of Peace” within.

And let’s hope we do the same.

Soon.

Namaste and WRA-ALDA’S Blessings.

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GRATITUDE ACROSS GENERATIONS

“We must eternally bring thanks to WRA-ALDA that he let his spirit flow so strongly over our forefathers.”

  • The Book of Adela’s Followers
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We inherit the legacy of our ancestors in many different ways- through our hair and eye color; our looks; our intelligence; and even through much of what we’d call our spirit.

Through the blood and the information contained within our DNA, we are linked to our ancestors and their metagenetic memory.

We also inherit the legacy of our ancestors through Western civilization.  People of European ancestry have built the most prosperous and stable societies in the world.

So today, let us give thanks and have gratitude in our hearts for all of the good things we have in our life due to the virtues of our ancestors.

Let us honor them by adding to and strengthening their legacy.

And most of all let us give thanks to WRA-ALDA for the unique gifts he has infused within the minds, hearts, and wills of the European peoples.

Namaste and WRA-ALDA’S Blessings.

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ADOLF HITLER & THE MEANING OF SUFFERING

In the manifested Universe as we experience it at our scale, no living being embodies that triple and complete idea of Existence: — the everlasting, universal Law of constant change away from, and of untiring aspiration towards and ceaseless effort back to original Perfection, and the ineffable inner peace of Timelessness, inseparable from It — better than the everlasting and ever-returning Man ‘against Time’; He-Who-comes-back, age after age ‘to destroy evil-doers, and to establish upon earth the reign of righteousness’… the exceptional Kshatriya, who lives in Eternity, while acting in Time…”

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As an author, teacher, political activist/prisoner, philosopher and spy for the Indian Nationalist resistance (who were aligned with the Triparte or “Axis” powers) against colonial-occupying Britain during WWII, one would be right to say Savitri Devi led a unique life.

Such a unique life almost requires an equally unique and controversial worldview.

It was through her experience coupled with her natural inquisitive intelligence (she studied philosophy and chemistry, earning two master’s degrees and a Ph.D) that she gained a unique and to many, rather controversial perspective and philosophy on life.

Devi was a part Greek, part French, part English, and as a result she identified as a “European”, rather than one particular nationality.  Devi had a very European nationalist outlook to her politics, and eventually became a staunch moral advocate for the then-recently deposed National Socialist regime in Germany.  Devi was arrested and banned from country after country for literature in favor of and morally defending the NSDAP (“Nazis”).

Spiritually, Devi was a pagan, and she believed in the need for Europeans to return to a pre-Christian form of “living paganism”.  In her own personal quest for this ideal, she went to India, became a Hindu and married a Brahman (who was also a Hindu Nationalist leader).

Devi was a woman of “extremes”, and went to the extreme ends of whatever she was directing her focus.  It was almost as though she was using an alchemical formula where by going to the extreme of one area of consciousness or another, you can thus capture all the other variations and vibrations of it on the way out to the pole.

Without a doubt the most controversial element of Devi’s philosophy was her view of Adolf Hitler.  Devi saw Hitler and his regime as being “against time”.  This essentially meant he was beyond good and evil; a force of Nature exhibits both “Lightning” and “Sun” qualities (destructive power harnessed for a life-affirming purpose) and seek to fight historical decay by using violent, Dark Age/Kali Yuga methods to achieve a “Golden Age” state of existence.

The violence brought about by the conflict that centered around Hitler and the NSDAP (a conflict that some say he always knew was inevitable), was one that was seen by Devi as needing to occur- it HAD to happen.  To Devi, the horrific suffering of the German people in particular, as well as the peoples of Europe as a whole, was a cleansing; a crucible through which they would be purged of the degeneracy and decay of the Old Age and brought into the New; born again in greater strength and glory like a Phoenix out of the fires of Dresden and Hamburg.

Now, one could argue whether or not the nation that is at the same time the economic engine of Europe while being completely self-loathing and humiliated, has passed through the crucible successfully.  However, recent events of Germans taking to the streets in greater and greater numbers to speak out against the efforts of their leadership to in essence, replace them, may be signs that this is taking place.

Things are unfolded in the realms of Spirit long before they are seen on Earth.

Regardless of one’s opinion of Devi, her philosophy around National Socialism or the current state of the German people, I feel the idea of a group of people going through an event of mass suffering and death as a way of “shedding old skin” is worth looking at.

I have spoken at length before about the Principle of Cause and Effect; the idea that ‘you reap what you sow’; Karma.  This is the notion that what you put out there in thoughts, words and deeds is a reflection of what you will get back (often in multiples).  This is the understanding that every action has an equal and opposite reaction.  This is the knowing that if you use your free will to violate the Laws of Nature, there will inevitably be unpleasant consequences.

Karma is not “punishment” any more than pain is a “punishment” for stubbing your toe.  It’s simply a signal of an undesirable condition that cues us as to what NOT to do next time.  Of course, being that it is an active emanation of the timeless, the way it operates often seems to be delayed (although many, including myself, would attest to the increased speed of karmic “payouts” in recent times).

There is an inherent moral Law built into Nature and Creation, but it operates on a level beyond what we would typically see as “good and evil”.

It is believed by many that there are multiple levels of karma; extending outward from the individual, to the family, to the tribe, nation, race, etc.  It is here where things often seem to play out in a longer time frame, and often in a somewhat harder to grasp manner.

This would especially be true of mass “tragedies” like war and genocide.

What person of modern secular humanist sensibilities could possibly bring themselves to believe that a group of people who were “victims” of civilian bombings or genocides in some way spiritually “willed” for that to happen to them; that it was chosen by them and/or the guiding archetypes of their folk in order to bring them to spiritual strength through hardship; to bring them through the path of initiation in the ways that are suited to the Age?

When looking at the suffering of German civilians during and after World War II, many liberal humanists who do believe in karma of some sort, will often fall back on the sort of “hellfire and brimstone” of Protestant Judeo-Christian rhetoric, claiming that their suffering was punishment for the regime they allowed to rule over them.

But what if that isn’t true?

While Karma, Natural Law and the Principle of Cause and Effect are always in play, so too are the Divine Cycles of Initiation that play out on both individual and group levels.- the cycle of psycho-spiritual ordeal, death and rebirth.  Both can be extremely unpleasant to experience.  However, the pain of one is a symptom of a state of imbalance that can be avoided if proper care is taken; while the other is the sort of pain that must be gone through in order to become stronger, more evolved being.

It is the pain that comes from stubbing your toe vs. the pain that comes from working out.

The art is discerning which is which- which can be difficult…

However, this can be done when we are able to place our consciousness in the state that Devi refers to as “above time”; the place of the Higher Self.

But there are also men ‘outside Time’ or rather ‘above Time’; men who live, here and now, in eternity; who (directly at least) have no part to play in the downward rush of history towards disintegration and death, but who behold it from above — as one beholds, from a strong and safe bridge, the irresistible rush of a waterfall …”

It is from this place we reside beyond the temporal illusions of suffering and death.

This is a place beyond emotion, sentiment and attachment.  A place where all violence is impersonal and ultimately done to further evolve the Creation and its parts.

It is here that all chaos and violence are simply seen as chemical reactions in the alchemical process and nothing more.

This is the place where the BIG decisions are made.

Be in that place as much as possible.

Namaste and WRA-ALDA’S Blessings.

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PSEUDO-RELIGIONS OF MODERNITY

In the secular world of modernity, God is dead.

Belief in an absolute Divine Order and the traditions that arose around such a concept, has been replaced by the secular religions of modernity: secular humanism, multiculturalism, capitalism, Marxism, the Holocaust, Civil Rights, reductionist materialism, consumerism and of course, pop culture.

These things have become entrenched in our lives and have become the new “gods” that are worshiped  by the masses.  This is the true religion for the masses.  This is the religion that seeks to bring everything to a state of near-universal inclusiveness by bringing everything down to the lowest common denominator.

Exceptionalism and any sort of natural “aristocracy” are shunned.  The spiritual is obfuscated and made “marketable”.

The pseudo-religions of modernity are based on salvation in one way or another through economic enhancement.  The belief in the absolute power of the economic system and the dark alchemy it stems from.

Despite all the fluffy feel-good rhetoric and jargon about “rights and freedom”, money is the true go of ALL the pseudo-religions of modernity.

We are told it is wrong to seek any sort of personal greatness outside of what is approved by the mass culture.  To do so is to “oppress” those who would rather not make such a heroic effort.

Fundamentalism and far-Right views are presented in all avenues of modern culture as the abyss of ignorance and evil.

Any ideology that cannot be assimilated or subservient to the global corporate state MUST be marginalized, hated and destroyed.

These things are the pariahs of modernity.

So let us too be pariahs in modernity.

Let us forge the way into the New Age.

Namaste and WRA-ALDA’S Blessings.

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GIVE IT UP & GROW

“Most people try to live by self-propulsion. Each person is like an actor who wants to run the whole show; is forever trying to arrange the lights, the ballet, the scenery and the rest of the players in his own way. If his arrangements would only stay put, if only people would do as he wished, the show would be great. Everybody, including himself, would be pleased. Life would be wonderful.”
– Alcoholics Anonymous “Big Book”

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We all have roles and identities we play and maintain in our life.  These things are a necessary and functional part of the human experience.  However, problems are created when we become ATTACHED to these roles we play and the pursuit of the physical pleasures of life, and we begin to identify these things as being  fundamental to WHO WE ARE.

When we become attached, we desire things to stay as they are, which is impossible because change and motion and flow is forever a constant in the universe.  Spring into summer, summer into fall, fall into winter; life into death and then life again from death.  Everything is in a constant state of flux.

But we create an illusion that this eternal flow will somehow not affect us and we cling to these attachments that our ego creates. This results in our minds manufacturing a world of turmoil and pain around the agony of having things we are attached ripped from our grasping hands over and over and over again.

The ego at its core is simply the part of our mind that differentiates our physical body from the rest of the physical landscape we inhabit. It is a necessary tool for having a spiritual experience inside of a dense physical body. Without something to differentiate separateness, we would literally perceive ourselves as “one” with everything- including the bus that was headed straight for us. We need the ego to survive and do the work we are here to do on this level of existence.

However something has happened in our development that has allowed this ego, which was designed to be a tool and a servant, to become the master. The ego has created kingdoms for itself and walls to protect what it has. And while it asserts an illusion of control, with its pride and hubris and attachments, it is easily fooled and manipulated by others and itself.

It is also this pride and attachment that makes it extremely difficult and at times impossible to tell the ego it has been deceived or it has deceived itself. The ego HATES admitting it could ever be wrong in its belief and will aggressively defend against the notion that it ever could be.

Ego has taken over the consciousness of humanity collectively and individually.

The reasons and origins given for this run the gamut from an unexplainable side effect of evolution to some kind of alien or demonic intervention. I cannot claim to be certain of the exact nature of the origin of the ego problem, but I feel the perpetuation of it into the present has to do with human “self-domestication” and the world we have made for ourselves which has caused us to become disconnected from the true nature of reality and the world around us.

The world we have collectively created is a result of a moving away from the Natural World and the Laws of Nature and Creation and letting the materialistic (focused on the world of matter) ego call the shots.

Humanity under the guidance of its governments and institutions (which are the expressions of the collective ego of a people) has tried to do things “its way”, and the suffering and turmoil we collectively experience is the result. As always, the microcosm reflects the macrocosm, and the suffering and turmoil many of us experience in our daily lives is the result of trying to do things “our way”.

But for many of us, there will come a point in our spiritual growth where we realize that following the whims of our lower ego doesn’t serve us the way we thought.  We may come to realize that doing things “my way“, isn’t really doing it for us.

It is at this crossroads we decide to get out of the way and let the Divine work through us, unhindered by the often petty, grasping nature of the ego.

This moving out of the way means we have to stop trying to control things and do things “our way”. The ego hates this. The ego wants us to submit to its will and remain attached to the physical sensations and pleasures and comforts as being our goal in life.

When I’m doing things “my way”; my ego’s way; I am doing what is habitual for me instead of taking a moment to reflect on the decision I am about to make.

When I’m doing things “my way”, I am reacting instead of acting. I investing myself in specific outcomes of things and events that I cannot possibly control, and then getting upset if things don’t turn out the way I want them to.

When I’m doing things “my way”, I am expecting other people to act and behave in a manner that I feel they should, and then resenting them when they don’t. I will even lie and deceive others and myself to protect and maintain the identity and ways of doing that my ego is attached to, and I will lash out at anyone who threatens it.

When I am doing things my ego’s way, I am separate, isolated and fragmented. When I am in this place I can tend to be a miserable prick.

Contrast this to when I “let go and let God”.  In this place, I am reflecting on what I feel the impulse to say or do at an given moment, taking a conscious breath and checking in with my Heart, my Mind and my Gut (these 3 elements are unified when I am in this state of consciousness) to guide me.

When I “let go and let God”, I am acting consciously instead of unconsciously. I have faith that the outcome of an event or situation will be for the best, but also have the clarity and insight to take the right actions, while being guided away from taking the wrong ones.

I “let go and let God”, I don’t put unrealistic expectations on people and I accept them in that moment as they are, while being grateful for them being in my life and learning what I can from my relationship with them.

When I I “let go and let God”, I am connected, I am at one with my environment (although I still don’t walk in front of a bus) and I am in a state of whole-ness. When I surrender in this manner I feel truly alive and full of love, and my actions and demeanor reflect that.

let-godIn my experience, this process of surrendering to my Higher Power is not a “one and done” sort of deal, but rather a continual process of recognizing what needs to be let go, and praying to the Active Force of Creation, to remove these things from my mind and being.

God, please remove this __________ (fear, resentment, anxiety, belief, etc.) from me, and direct my attention towards what you would have me be.

The ego and its habits and mannerisms are deeply entrenched into our psyche and don’t just “go away”. We have literally been programmed by a multitude of influences, most importantly our own mind, to act and identify with ourselves in this manner. We have become comfortable with our programming. This way of being is what we know. So it is for this reason that surrender has to be done repeatedly; day-by-day; moment-by-moment.

Every time we face a challenging situation where we are tempted to respond in the habitual ways, but instead we surrender to this Higher Impulse, we grow spiritually stronger as a result.

The stronger the spirit is, the stronger we are as a whole.

Whether it is keeping your cool and not speaking or acting in a hurtful manner when hurt or angered; or whether it is reaching out and being present and available when you would rather just not deal with it; when we surrender and let the Principles of Light, Life and Love guide our actions, we receive relief from our personal suffering and find Grace.

Namaste and WRA-ALDA’S Blessings

TRIBALISM: Bane of Modernity

“Looking back through human history, we see our species having evolved to live in tribal groups, where individuals support each other sharing skills and resources. Modern life is isolating and counter to our biological heritage, which leads to stress and an emptiness that we try to satiate with drugs like alcohol, food and shopping.”

  • Wulf Zendik

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Tribalism is the bane of the totalitarian humanist universalism of modernity.

Unless in corporate-state-sanctioned outlets such as rooting for a sports team or being a part of a drinking club, tribalism is all but outlawed.  Shunned and thought the worldview of “barbarians”.

The specific group loyalty of tribalism causes problems in the attempts at a united “global order” based in materialistic consumerism and totalitarian humanism.  The idea that tribalism is “part of the problem” is shared by both left-leaning New Agers who lump tribalism in with negative actions and emotions such as greed and fear, as well as with  secular humanists, such the contributors at the Huffington Post, who see tribalism as a roadblock towards a “global civilization”.

If we’re to advance as a global civilization, we can’t focus on the past internecine conflicts or the way civilizations acted when we first started developing. That’s such a bone-headed way to organize ourselves today. It holds no promise because it is backward-looking instead of predicting what the future will demand. And with climate change, the potential for war, inequality and poverty, we have many problems to solve. Let’s put aside our tribal differences and focus on what the world could be like 3,000 years from now; not what it was like 3,000 years ago.

Of course, right off the bat we see the assumption here is that this “global civilization” is something to be desired.

Of course, this “global civilization” referred to is the modern Neo-Liberal empire; which in turn is simply the latest form of the old British Empire.  This empire is an evolution of the empires that came before it, and exists as the result of the ever-expanding desire for cheap consumer goods, foreign resources, and of course, the power and dominance of those who head it.

The irony here is that very tribal people who are very protective of their lineage and “their people” are at the head of this global order that tells the rest of us that there is no difference between us and that we should all “become one“.

In certain esoteric views of history, it is believed that one of the things that Christ Jesus accomplished through his incarnation was that he instilled within the faculties of man, the ability to love someone outside his “tribe”; someone who was not ethnically, racially, or even culturally like himself.  This could be seen as an expansion of mankind’s capabilities towards compassion and empathy; allowing them to move beyond that which was immediately most like him.

But the modern social application of this expansion of our faculties of love and inclusiveness now seems to have reached a point of imbalance.

It is now as though only altruism done for the stranger or someone who shares only the most basic human commonalities with us is what is lauded as most virtuous.  It is as if an act of kindness or in many cases, perceived kindness, towards the stranger or foreigner is of greater value than when it is towards family or kin.

Now we are told that to think, act and love tribally is immoral and “uncivilized”.

Adopt a child from Africa and you are a candidate for sainthood.  Adopt a child from the U.S. (particularly if they are of your own race/ethnicity) and, well, people are a lot less excited… and they might call you a racist.

And while the fruits of globalized modernity and its universalist values have certainly yielded great technological and material gain, the side-effects of degenerative disease, mental illness and an attitude of solipsistic nihilism become more virulent the closer you get to the “source” of this global modernist culture that the Neo-Marxists call “Whiteness” (i.e. America and the Western World).

We have disregarded tribalism and all that comes with it in exchange for a globalized culture that is so vast in its perimeters (7 billion in counting), that it can’t really be conceived of in more than a sort of nebulous and theoretical way.  The result of this has not been a true embracing of all, but rather the atomization and isolation of modern man by a large, impersonal system.

The larger something is, the harder it is to manage.

If you’ve ever seen anyone making a pizza crust, you see that there is a point where the dough can get too large, where, if not brought back to a manageable size, it will become unmanageable and ultimately fall apart.

British anthropologist and evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar postulated that the maximum amount of relationships that a person can maintain in any sort of meaningful way is 150.  While that number has been debated, it is certainly less than 7 billion.   The idea that there is a limit to one’s mental/emotional capacities and resources is largely common sense, whether one admits it or not.

And despite the best attempts to create a unified cosmopolitan “global civilization”, we really just have created different tribes and different identity groups like LGBT, Feminism and Black Lives Matter.

The typical definition when used to describe tribalism is that it is something that is governed by ethnic, racial and/or religious particulars.  However, while these things will often make it much easier to establish cohesiveness in a tribe, I do not believe they are not the be-all, end-all in this Age.  But conversely, I also do not believe that organizing a tribe around these older principles is the morally reprehensible act we are led to believe it is.

At its core, a tribe is a group of individuals who share a common mission and purpose; a group of individuals who look out for each other first and foremost.  Any look at the cohesion and brotherhood among men of different races in American military units, particularly the more elite ones, and one can see that this is certainly the case.

Tribe is going through the trials and tribulations of life with the support of your brothers (or sisters) as opposed to trying to go it alone.

Tribe is strength, encouragement, accountability, and fellowship.  Tribalism is helping most those who have most helped us.  Whether you want to call it tribe, fellowship, community, etc., makes no difference.  We are looking out for those who look out for us- but not just because we need them, but because we feel love and connection for and to them.

In my view, the expanding of the heart faculties enabled by Christ allowed us to expand our definition of what tribe can be, rather than render it obsolete.  It allows for the possibilities of recruiting others from outside who can add to the overall synergy of the tribe and bring in “new life” if the group becomes weakened for whatever reason.

Tribalism is the tendency of like elements to group and cooperate with one another and is an organizing principle of Nature, not a human vice.  Of course, with the unique way that man has the faculties to shape his own evolution, it can and should evolve with him, but it will never go away and the attempts to make it do so will only cause further friction and dis-ease.

We are capable of loving outside of our ethnic, racial, religious and cultural lines, but we are not capable of serving beyond our faculties and means.

Attempting to make the entire population of Earth “one tribe”, will only inevitably fail, as humans will inevitably divide into like groups, and there will always be different groups as people are inevitably different to varying degrees.

Humans are social creatures by nature, and work best in small, cooperative, mutually supportive and nurturing groups; in teams.  These teams in turn, can cooperate and align with other groups.  And at the end of the day, most people will play better with one team over another.

It is the belief that one group has to sabotage another in order to survive and thrive that needs to be done away with, not that we function best in groups of like individuals.  Tribes can and I would argue, must, work to cooperate with other tribes and form mutually beneficial alliances.

I see human society functioning best as part of a de-centralized network of small cooperative, localized, sovereign tribal communities that act as stewards to the land they live.  We must work WITH Nature, not against it, and tribalism is part of our natural way of being, as pointed out by author Andrew Sullivan:

Tribalism, it’s always worth remembering, is not one aspect of human experience. It’s the default human experience. It comes more naturally to us than any other way of life.

Any act of love and service will ripple throughout the consciousness of humanity and elevate it.  Through loving and serving its members, the tribe serves the entirety of humanity.

We need to do away with the human desire for empire, not the human need for tribe.

In closing, I will leave you with the words of intuitive healer, Cas Hartley:

I cannot advise often enough that you must find your tribe… the support, the love and the healing you will give and receive through this beautiful exchange of energy is priceless. As a mother, and as a woman, I know that my life is so much better for having a tribe, a village if you will, that I can laugh with, cry with, celebrate with and grieve with. We learn together, we grow together and we each bring a unique energy to the collective. How could it possibly get better?

Namaste and WRA-ALDA’S Blessings.

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THOUGHTS ON FAIRNESS

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I do my best to be fair in my personal dealings with others.  I do my best to treat others how I would want to be treated.  I do my best to be kind, hospitable, or at least somewhat cordial to most people.

But I don’t treat everyone the same.  Because they’re not.

One could argue that even fairness comes with some in-built assumption of equality; be it of an equality of social status in some way within a group, or even the general humanist assumption that one deserves to be treated fairly simply because they are human.

It could be further argued that these assumptions have led to an expectation, not on the individual who feels they are on “the short end of it”, doing what is necessary to acquire some sort of an equality of capabilities; but rather now being conditioned to expect an equality of outcome regardless of personal effort.

Now, one might say, “No, we just want equality of opportunity“, but then we have the problem of what this looks like and where guaranteeing opportunity for one is taking it away for another.

I think fairness can be achieved to an extent in small tribes and culturally homogeneous societies.  Smaller, more tight-knit societies will naturally be better equipped to meet the needs of its members.

But I think this quest for socio-economic fairness in a globalized sense is a pipe-dream and a waste of time.  Far too often, this quest for global utopianism has people focusing on “the struggle” of foreign peoples and the affairs of far corners of the Earth, while neglecting their own families, their own communities and their own personal spheres of influence.

Fair means “in accordance with rules or standards“.

Global “fairness” necessitates a sort of standardization.  This means the “rules” would be the same for everyone.  But who creates these rules?  And how are they to be expected to put aside their own group loyalties to benefit the rest of the world?  And doesn’t standardization on a mass-scale inevitably create something that cannot deal with the unique and specific needs of diverse groups and individuals?  How can what is fair for someone in Africa be the same for someone in Ukraine?

If the world was naturally “fair”, would not the entirety of the inhabited Earth would have been land suited for agriculture?  Is Nature wrong, too?

And really, isn’t this modern ideal of fairness just about reaffirming the belief in the all-encompassing power of Mammon as this “fairness” business is ultimately measured by what is deemed “equal” access to money and consumer goods?

Who owns this money?  Who creates it?  Are we really not just asking to play someone else’s game with their pieces?

Is the key to human spiritual growth and development the ensured access to the imaginary socio-economic levers of power?  Is the key to human happiness ensured success in that world?

Is life supposed to be fair?

Just some thoughts.

Namaste and WRA-ALDA’S Blessings.

RESIST NOT “EVIL”

“Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

– Matthew 5:38

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“Ye have heard it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth”.

This quotation goes back to the Code of Hammurabi, created by the Semitic First Babylonian Dynasty king of the same name.  Unlike the preceding Sumerian codes that focused on compensating the victim of the crime, Hammurabi’s laws were particularly focused on physical punishment of the one who committed the crime.

One could argue that as a result of the influence of the Semitic culture of Babylon that eventually seeped into the west as the result of trade and empire, the more brutal, punishment-based laws of the Semitic world and the consciousness that created it, spread to Europe and to the European peoples.

Much of what is seen as “justice” is actually little more than revenge through a third party.

As without, so within.

There is a particular tendency in many towards internal self-flagellation.  Here in America, this is rooted largely in the Puritan consciousness of so many of our ancestors, and its hyper-morality.

While we no longer live in that sort of culture per se, the cultural, ethnic and racial consciousness of the people of the United States have retained these values, albeit in a sort of watered down, then re-mixed version of them (totalitarian humanism).

When many of us see what we judge to be wrong, immoral or evil, we seek to suppress it, seek to punish and even destroy it.  This is mirrored in both the external world around us, and the internal world within.  We will often feel resentment towards ourselves for even being susceptible to such a condition.  I know I do.

Jesus sees the folly of attempting to go blow for blow with this “evil”, we see within us, and the state of dis-ease that can create.  This ties into his statement of how a house divided cannot stand.

Jesus goes on to say “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil..”.

To resist something implies a combative stance; to go against something head to head: force-to-force. This can create the conundrum of the unstoppable force against the immovable object, which results in nothing getting anywhere.

100_0608For years I have attempted to do battle with what I would subconsciously see as “evil” within me. I have tried to outsmart it, I have wrestled with it, I have fought it, and in the end, I am just kicking the crap out of myself.

All this would just cause me to feel worse, which would in turn just feed my addictive behavior, and the self-destructive cycle would inevitably perpetuate itself.

The truth of the matter is that it is an impossible thing to fight, because it was not some external “thing” at all. It was me; those parts of me that have been dejected, rejected, diseased and weakened due to my own fear, trauma, pain, resentment and self-loathing.

By trying to battle and hurt this “it”, I am really just battling and hurting myself.

I find peace when I stop trying to fight it head on (and I certainly could not outsmart it).

When I simply surrender to my “Higher Power” (WRA-ALDA, The ALL, The ONE, God, the Monad, etc., etc.), I can walk in another direction; forge another path.  When I am in this place, I am as they say in martial arts, “like water”- clear, fluid, and adaptable to whatever uncertainty or unpleasantness that may come.

“:but whosoever smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

When I have the strength and courage of Christ, I can stand face to face with the unpleasant or “evil” thing, unmoved.  I am hit.  Not because I didn’t do anything, but simply because sometimes, you’re gonna get hit.

And you do.  But it doesn’t hurt.  Or at least it doesn’t hurt as bad as you may have thought it would.

Invigorated and perhaps even slightly emboldened, I offer the other cheek; not in weak, cowardly subordination, but as a way of indicating that I am un-phased and unharmed by what would have taken down others, and perhaps even myself at another time.

However, the process of reaching this point is typically not a “one-and-done” deal, and tends to require repeated acceptance and letting go. I recognize the source of the hurt and self-loathing that came from being stuck in the pain of past events, some of which were very repressed and recessed.  At which point I then had to allow them to move and be released.

And then do my best to tend to the wound itself, while simultaneously working to keep it from being “re-infected” by toxic beliefs and emotions caused by my own mental chatter.

For me, this can be achieved through a combination of prayer in the moment, journaling, expressive art, connecting with and authentically speaking to another human being, and being of service to someone else.

despairWhen we attempt to forcefully do battle with ourselves, it inevitably creates more suffering. After we recognize what it is, we need to understand it. We need to understand what it wants and what it wants to express. These things within us that cause so much suffering are usually the psyche’s attempt to deal with past trauma. Once again, this principle can be applied to both the individual psyche, and the collective psyche of the human species. Trauma causes separation of the psyche.

At its very worse, intense or prolonged trauma can create such a detachment that it can give rise to a variety of physical and mental diseases.  One of the most severe of the mental conditions caused by extreme trauma is psychopathy.

A psychopath is typically understood to be someone who is completely consumed by his/her own ego and feels no empathy towards anyone whatsoever.  They are almost reptilian in a way.

Recent studies have found, psychopaths seem to inherently rise to the top of government and corporations. This is because the power structure that governs this planet is psychopathic in its very nature, as it serves its own interests through manipulation and is completely detached from concern for the true well being of the human population and the planet as a whole.

This corporate-sponsored attitude of selfish detachment has trickled down to the consciousness of the masses through the corporate/government controlled media and society as a whole, causing immense damage.

Collectively we are constantly experiencing “little traumas” through our media, and the “news” and entertainment it provides for us.  These simply build on top of the psychological wounds already inflicted by family and other relationships, and through the various cultural institutions that shaped our belief systems and seem to govern our lives.

American PsychoWe have allowed ourselves to become separated from the Earth and her cycles, from our family and neighbors, and from our own inner being.

We have held onto the individual and collective traumas of the past, while continuing to allow ourselves to be traumatized by the world around us.

It is time to let all of this go.

Trauma is an inevitable part of this three-dimensional existence, and it is our ability to recognize and move through that trauma and express it in a non-harmful way that pushes us through the next threshold of spiritual evolution. Once we have consciously done this, we will no longer feel compelled to re-create the situation of trauma within ourselves or project it onto others.

When we refuse to acknowledge the “ugly” parts of ourselves and cast them away in judgment, like any neglected or abused child, they will inevitably lash out at us in some way. That it is why it is crucial that we be compassionate with ourselves in this process.

No actual part of us is “evil”.

What we call “evil” is often simply the results caused by being severely out-of-sync with the Laws of Nature and the vibration of the Higher Self.  It is what happens when we give into the weakness and vice that keeps us from evolving into the greatest version of ourselves we can be.

Or it is simply a moral judgement led by beliefs and emotions.

When we do the work to clean out our belief systems and habits; when we show compassion to our underlying wounds; then we can effectively move out of the way and allow the healing to take place within us and through us. We can then take those same principles of compassion and loving-kindness and facilitate the healing work to our brothers and sisters in the “external” world.

Let’s do the work.

Namaste and WRA-ALDA’s Blessings.

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HOW MASCULINITY BECAME “TOXIC”

“The problem is not toxic masculinity; it’s that masculinity is toxic.”

  • Lisa Wade

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The above quotation is from an article entitled “The Big Picture: Confronting Manhood After Trump” , and it is authored by Lisa Wade, a sociology professor at Occidental College.  The perspective taken is pretty “cookie-cutter” modern feminism, paying lip-service to the standard talking points of toxic masculinity, rape culture, and a “gender revolution”.

Now, I could easily pick apart the article for the sake of discrediting it.  I could point to quotes within the article like “We need to start honest about what being a man has come to mean“, and speak of how a woman is really ill-equipped to engage the topic of what being a man means– just as a man would be ill-equipped to delve into what being a woman has come to mean.

But I’m not going to do that.  I’m going to talk about the very real problem of “toxic masculinity”.

Like most of her peers, Prof. Wade espouses the belief that masculinity is simply a social construct like everything else, and as such, masculinity is a belief system that can and should be discarded.  But the problem is that it’s not.  Masculinity is the expression of the Divine Masculine Principle as it manifests in human men; just as Femininity is the expression of the Divine Feminine Principle as it manifests in human women.

But despite this misconception, toxic masculinity is indeed a real thing.  But it is not that masculinity is toxic, it is that masculinity has become toxic.  This problem stems not from masculinity, but from the modern society it resides within.

Masculinity can be a fierce, wild thing, and almost always seeks, consciously or unconsciously, to manifest a progenitive legacy of some kind.  This is something that needs discipline and direction, but it isn’t a matter of getting it to “behave”- we’ve already tried that; it’s called human domestication, and that’s part of the problem as men have created a cage for themselves and thrown away the key.

The key was the initiatory rites of passage of traditional societies, and the brotherhood and community that supported them.  These initiations served as a way of not only bringing the individual fully into the tribe and the responsibilities that came with it, but it was also very much about the alignment with the individual with the greater forces of Heaven and Earth.

With women, Nature gave them an in-built initiation through the fertility cycle, and the suffering and rewards that came through it (with the apex of that being childbirth).  In traditional societies, these initiations were celebrated amongst the women.  These initiations helped bring the women to a place of maturity and responsibility within the tribe.

Lacking this sort of in-built rite of passage, the men had to go out and create their own initiations that allowed them to experience the journey of suffering, a point where they essentially “break” (the death) and then finally, the (re)birth, which was essential for stepping into the fullness of adulthood.  These rites were seen as being absolutely crucial for maintaining a healthy society.

But these sorts of initiations by and large are gone.  Now there is of course groups like the Freemasons and organizations like the military, but these things are by and large shells of their former selves or in general, scorned by a large swath of the greater society.  The male initiation that involves any sort of real suffering or violence for the purpose of strength is called “hazing” and seen as a barbarous and archaic thing that doesn’t belong in modern society, and is the realm of “rapist” frat boys and criminal gangs.

But this perception is due to the fact we have created a society that doesn’t really allow for a true initiation. The “initiations” of the average man are measured through navigating the education system, sexual conquest, substance abuse, and climbing the corporate/financial ladder.

This reality becomes exacerbated when we look at the state of the two pillars that supported the initiation rite: brotherhood and community.

It was once understood and respected that it was important for men to be in the company of other men for support and guidance.  In times past, they were all men who would have had the deeper understandings brought to them through the initiations and productive existence within the tribe after.

But now, male bonding is commonly a case of arrested-development full or partial “man-babies” fully devoted to leisure and narcissistic self-fulfillment- whatever that might mean at the time .  And perhaps more importantly, conversation between men has become shallow and inauthentic.

After the brothers, it was the community; the greater tribe; that provided the support and structure for the man to fulfill the purpose of his initiation.  But this would have been an involved and inter-connected community.  Nowadays, people are more isolated then ever before, lost in their technology, not knowing one’s neighbors has become commonplace, and deep conversation is almost unheard of unless it involves spewing venom about a political “enemy”.

Men need more than this.  We need the face-to-face with death in as real a manner as we can without actually dying (the point of those doing the initiating was to ensure you lived, while believing death was a possibility), and then experiencing the face-to-face with Spirit that we are so open to after surviving a harrowing ordeal.  I don’t think our socially acceptable, “canned” initiations are cutting it- in fact, it’s obvious they aren’t, or modern western men (along with the women) wouldn’t be turning into sociopaths.

This isn’t the natural state of masculinity.  This is the state of a sick and diseased masculinity, rotting away in the comforts and confines it created for itself.  Society must have a return to true initiation rites.  Society must be restructured in a way that allows for men to be as they were naturally meant to be, if we wish to stem the tide of rage that comes from men who feel bound and shackled to a world that hates them.

To quote an African proverb:

If you do not initiate your young men into the tribe, they will come back and burn down the village just to feel the heat.

Namaste and WRA-ALDA’s Blessings.

SUGGESTED LISTENING:

ReWild Yourself Podcast: Initiate Them, or the Village Will Burn

The Pressure Project: Rites of Passage

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