Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A View of the USA's Trump Crisis in Terms of the Gnostic Circle

On 7 February 2017 Senator Warren was silenced by Repulicans while trying to read the 1986 letter of Coretta Scott King opposing Jeff Sessions' nomination as a federal judge due to his record of not supporting the civil rights of minorities in America. Over the past few days I have been mapping out some of the history of the USA since its Independence in 1776, in terms of a 360 cycle, using Thea's Gnostic Circle as the backdrop. I started mapping this out after realizing that 15 days after the 240th anniversary of USA's Independence, Trump became the presidential nominee for the Republican Party. I have recently been researching what Thea (Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet) has written about the dangerous passage over the 6 point of the circle in the course of the evolutionary journey towards higher expressions of the individual or collective soul, and realized that America's current crisis needs to be seen in this light.

The 6 point continually reveals itself to be vitally important, and tremendously dangerous if passage over this point does not serve to open one to the final round of unity and growth on a higher level.  
– Thea, The Gnostic Circle, p. 186
It is fascinating to see the geometry above wherein the point opposite our current position in this cycle is 0° Gemini (1836). Two years after the USA entered into Gemini came the Trail of Tears which epitomizes United State's ill treatment of Native Americans. It is interesting to see that the Trump administration's clamping down on refugees and immigrants sits opposite in the circle to this forced Death March of Native Americans, whose 180th anniversary is in 2018. The Standing Rock Protests are a prequel of this coming anniversary. The need for reconciliation and a much higher level of integrity in dealing with the United States' crimes against Native Americans will likely increase in the next years.

That 30 year period of Gemini ended with the Civil War and Lincoln's assassination sitting at the cusp of the Cancer Cardinal point. It is fitting that America's Civil War would fall in Gemini in this 360-year cycle, given that Gemini is the sign epitomizing the duality and division of the Mind yet to be illuminated. At the 3 Point (120° angle) of the Circle the US Supreme Court voted in favor of  'Separate But Equal' state-sponsored segregation in Plessy vs. Ferguson.

Then, in 1956 we came to the 4.5 Point of the circle which Thea wrote of as a 'Reversal Point'
In the number scale 0 to 9, it marks the exact halfway measure, the 4.5. If we were to lay this scale against the solar system of 9 orbit/planets, this reversal point would fall at the Asteroid Belt. That vast abyss in our system presents us with a visual impact of the reversal point’s effects when experienced in time on this planet, housing, as it does, billions of particles of some shattered cosmic body that once occupied the zone. Disintegration is thus its keyword, – a splintering, a shattering, a dismembering.   
This 1956 Reversal Point in American history was closely preceded by the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka I and II rulings, the second of which ordered the desegregation of schools. In the last month of 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to sit at the back of the bus in Montgomery, Alabama, followed by MLK's first major speech. 1956 is considered the height of the Civil Rights Movement, which resulted in the passing of the Civil Rights Act in 1957.

Thirty years after this reversal point, upon entrance into the sign of Scorpio, MLK Day was first celebrated in America in 1986, and Coretta Scott King wrote her letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding Jeff Sessions. Thirty years later America entered into Sagittarius and with this passage has come Trump and the installation of an 'Alt-Right' government seemed bent on returning to a time when minorities in America were more effectively suppressed and marginalized.

It is quite striking to see this arc, and to see it punctuated on 7 February 2017 by the Republican-led Senate's refusal to let Senator Warren read Correta Scott King's 1986 letter in opposition to Jeff Sessions. Warren proceeded to read the letter outside the doors of the Senate and then the whole episode went viral. The attempt at repression has drawn tremendous attention to the letter which the Republicans had intended to silence, and adds new energy to the Resistance of the 'Alt-Right' Republican agenda.

Amidst this questionable behavior of our government, we can be assured that higher level of development that the soul of the United States is struggling to achieve is not racism, division and fascism. Our soul will continue to strive for greater unity and freedom and goodness which includes freedom from the scourge of toxic business practices and industries. As we move forward towards these goals, a backlash is inevitable, but so is our progress beyond this collective Ignorance in which we all participate in one way or another. A central theme of the backlash is the rejection of increasing globalism by nationalists. The USA is living this crisis out for all the world to see, and it is of course the entire world's problem. As Thea pointed out, in our collective evolutionary journey (in both the 77,760 year Maha Yuga Cycle and the even larger cycle of 311,040 years which are both discussed in The Gnostic Circle), we passed through the 6 Point in 234 BCE, which brought with it the rise of increasingly fanatical organized religions that continue to push our world to the brink of disaster ... all for the 'love of God' which is clearly a misguided and dysfunctional love on all fronts, not at all its highest expression or realization.

Crisis naturally erupts when the point of Sagittarius is reached and the well-crystallized Ignorance of the Past and of the Ego refuses to let go or dissolve, refusing to allow the forward movement towards the higher expression of the being. Thea's discussion on passage through the sign of Scorpio helps to illuminate what has yet to be accomplished in our evolutionary journey, not only in the consciousness of the USA, but throughout the world. 

[P]assage through the sign Scorpio would ideally bring about the death of that which served as a pedestal to the growth but which has no place in the higher evolution of man. In a word, when there is ego during passage through Scorpio, the individual must become liberated from some of the ‘excess baggage’, otherwise it is not possible to advance further. In that case the being remains caught in the wheel of eternal re-birth in ignorance, stopping his development at Scorpio … [rather than meeting] the orbit of Saturn in a cleansed condition. To experience the higher sphere it is impossible to carry the seeds of the old consciousness into that realm. The gnostic being who has the realisation of immortality has experienced the true meaning of Scorpio, which is to have died to a certain sheath of ourselves, to have become rid of the protective sack of the Mother and to have the psyche come forward and become the beacon of light during the further progress. For this individual the symbol of Scorpio has become the Eagle, a transmutation which merely means that he has realized his immortality and become rid of that which is death, the illusion of his ego. 
In Scorpio all that which is no longer of use falls away, the truth alone remains. Scorpio is the birth into the higher hemisphere, the plunge through the void of death into the fire of life of Sagittarius, the very process the entire races of Earth are actually living through in this 9th Manifestation. Most of humanity has never lived through such a birth. With a subtle vision one sees that individuals proceed through life enshrouded in the maternal sack, their auras are thus clouded by this stuff and the light which they carry within never manages to show itself. They are the living dead, for all that which has not become born exists within the kingdom of Death. The illusion of Death is only the fear and the reluctance to shed the veiling Sack and become born a light, full and pure, upon Earth. 
 – Thea, The Gnostic Circle, p. 224-5

This crisis is not merely about the divisiveness of Trump, it is about the collective Ignorance our entire world is trying to free itself from, and no one is exempt from the process. As Thea wrote, we all share the same higher destiny, and we share the journey that gets us there.

… [M]an isolates himself from the totality and views himself, his destiny as unique, separate though mirrored for him in the vast cosmos. This separative consciousness is the greatest obstacle to the study of the Cosmic Truth as reflected in the Gnostic Circle. Those in the lower hemisphere of knowledge refuse to see that man is one and the destiny is one. This is the greatest offense to the ego, for the ego clings to its ‘uniqueness’ which is only the loss of identity with the One. The individual who concentrates on these studies with an eye for the personal and an interest in the small details of life loses the opportunity- one of the most sublime given to mankind- to see himself as a part of the superb oneness: and to see that his destiny is the destiny of the evolution of his species and that evolution’s destiny is the essence of Creation, of the entire Manifestation, of the universe, of the Divine. 
Each human being is a particle, a child of the one Divine Mother, and the Gnostic Circle is the revelation of her being. Within it one cannot see the petty details of life, which are the fluctuations and ever-changing ripples on the sea. To identify ourselves with them, to see ourselves and to seek to find our inner truth through these events, to project ourselves into them and expect to discover the Way through the personal destiny, is an illusion. The personal view belongs in fact to the sign Cancer, the Cosmic Ignorance for the present, because this Ignorance too shall one day be transformed. Its nature is change and through its very nature it will become the higher part of itself, or it will find its complement in its opposite pole. 
 – Thea, The Gnostic Circle, p. 256-7

We are all in this together. 

Examine thyself without pity, then thou wilt be more charitable and pitiful to others.
– Sri Aurobindo, Aphorism 70

Click  HERE to link to the Mother's 21 January 1962 comments on Sri Aurobindo's 70th Aphorism which needs to be taken close to heart by all of us who wish for America and the World to move forward into better days.

The Mother's Thoughts on Evolutionary Goads and Adverse Forces

In January 2017 a colleague (Robert E. Wilkinson) reminded me that Donald Trump is what the Mother called a 'goad' in the course of our collective evolutionary journey. Below is the Mother's discussion of how to deal with goads and adverse forces in our world and in our consciousness, which seem particularly apropos at this challenging point of our collective learning curve. This post is meant to be read in conjunction with 'A View of the USA's Trump Crisis In Terms of the Gnostic Circle'.

21 January 1962 

Examine thyself without pity, then thou wilt be more charitable and pitiful to others. – Sri Aurobindo, Aphorism 70

Very good! (the Mother laughs) That's very good.
It's very good for everyone, isn't it?
Especially for those who think they're so superior.
But it really does correspond to something very deep.

This is exactly the experience I have been going through these past few days; since the day before yesterday it seems to have reached its peak, and this morning it developed into a comprehensive vision, an earth-encompassing vision.

It's almost like a reversal of attitude.

[P]eople have always taken themselves for victims hounded by adverse forces – the courageous fight back, the rest lament. But increasingly there has been a very concrete vision of the role the adverse forces play in the creation, of their almost absolute necessity as goads to make the creation progress and become its Origin again. And there was such a clear vision that one should accomplish one's own transformation – that's what we must pray for, what we must work out – rather than demand the conversion or abolition of the adverse forces. …

So long as a single human consciousness carries the possibility of feeling, acting, thinking or being in opposition to the great divine Becoming, it is impossible to blame anyone else for it; it is impossible to blame the adverse forces, which are kept in the creation as a means of making you see and feel how far you still have to go.

It was like a memory, an eternally present memory of that consciousness of supreme Love emanated by the Lord onto earth – INTO earth – to draw it back again to Him. And truly it was the descent of the very essence of the divine nature into the most total divine negation, and thus the abandonment of the divine condition to take on terrestrial darkness, so as to bring Earth back to the divine state. And unless That, that supreme Love, becomes all-powerfully conscious here on Earth, the return can never be definitive.

It came after the vision of the great divine Becoming. “Since this world is progressive,” I was wondering, “since it is increasingly becoming the Divine, won’t there always be this deeply painful sense of the nondivine, of the state that, compared with the one to come, is not divine? Won’t there always be what we call ‘adverse forces,’ in other words, things that don’t harmoniously follow the movement?” Then came the answer, the vision of That: “No, the moment of this very Possibility is drawing near, the moment for the manifestation of the essence of perfect Love, which can transform this unconsciousness, this ignorance and this ill will that goes with it into a luminous and joyous progression, wholly progressive, wholly comprehensive, thirsting for perfection.”

It was very concrete.

And it corresponds to a state where you are so perfectly identified with all that is, that you concretely become all that is antidivine – and so you can offer it up. It can be offered up and really transformed through this offering.

This sort of will in people for purity, for Good (which in ordinary mentality is expressed by a need to be virtuous) is actually the GREAT OBSTACLE to true self-giving. It’s the root of Falsehood, the very source of hypocrisy: the refusal to take up one’s share of the burden of difficulties. And that’s what Sri Aurobindo has touched on in [his] aphorism, directly and very simply.

Do not try to be virtuous.  See to what extent you are united, ONE with all that is antidivine. Take up your share of the burden; accept to be impure and false yourself, and in so doing you will be able to take up the Shadow and offer it. And insofar as you are able to take it and offer it, things will change.

Don’t try to be among the pure. Accept to be with those who are in darkness and, in total love, offer it all.

From the moment this was seen and DONE, the full power came back – the great creative Power.

Most likely the experience could take place only because the time had come for all this to be offered up.

The point is not to perpetuate those things, but to offer them up.

Because the time has come to manifest this Power, which is a power of Love – of LOVE, not merely of identity – of Love, of perfect Love; for perfect Love alone can offer.

It happened this morning, with great simplicity, but at the same time it had something so vast and almighty in it, as if the Universal Mother were turning towards the Lord and saying, “At last! We are ready.”….

In those realms, you know, “now” sometimes stretches over many years. I won’t say it’s going to be instantaneous…..

It’s like opening a door just a crack and catching a glimpse of what’s beyond….

And it was preceded by a kind of anguish: “Will there always be something that, compared with the state to come, seems antidivine?” No: after a long preparation, it becomes capable of feeling divine – and thus of being divine.

Looking at things externally, in terms of present material reality, there is still a lot of ground to be covered before the new manifestation becomes an actual fact. What we have now is probably the seed of the thing ….

–The Mother, The Mother's Agenda, Volume 3, bold emphasis added

A Note from the Publisher of The Mother's Agenda: (When [Satpem] published extracts from this conversation in the Ashram Bulletin of April 1962, [the] Mother had this passage modified (over his protests). Instead of “Do not try to be virtuous,” She put “Do not try to seem virtuous”; and she added: “There’s a drawback here. People never understand anything, or rather they understand everything in their own way. They would take this sentence as an encouragement to get into mischief, to misbehave, to entertain wrong feelings, and then proclaim, ‘We are the Lord’s favorites!’ … There was something like it in one of Sri Aurobindo’s letters, you remember – a letter to people who wanted to bring all the impurities in themselves out to the surface; he told them that was definitely not the way!)