Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Eco-activism, New Age empowerment, and Lightworking

Several months ago I went to two very different workshops. The first was an ecological group, the second Theta Healing. I have already written about both on this blog and alos my zaadz blog. In this post I would like to just comment on my feelings of both in hindsight, what each has left me with. Because in a sense each only provides half the picture.

The Ecological workshop did a very good job of reminding me of the mess the Earth is in because of human stupidity (but they didn't and cannot know that human beings - at least those in power - are just puppets of forces from the supraphysical, especially the affective or astral plane (what the Mother calls the vital world). And it pricked my consciousness and reminded me of why I'm here. But when it came to solutions, well i wasn't impressed. But I'm not a march in the streets holding placards activist, or a lie down in front of bulldozers activist, or an organise a filming pof Al Gore's inconvenient truth video to your local community activist, or even a write letters to your local MP activist. And really even if you are one of those (and btw Iabsolutely support all of them, I'm not denigrating this sort pf action at all!) it wasn't very good because the second part which was supposed to be the practical solutions was inefficiently organised, rushed, and the networking not followed up (apart from a Yahoo mail list). To be fair to these people they are new at this too, at least here in Oz, but even so it reminded me of a talk/workship at a ConFest some 20-odd years ago, in which the guy giving the talk and describing all the horrors of what is happening to the Earth ended it on a funny note by saying "father australopithecus, help us!" and stuff like that (calling on the ancestral hominids i guess). And I thought, this is the only solution they have?

The New Age scene is very different. It is all about empowering yourself, thoughts/beliefs create reality, so you are given techniques or initiated into the ability to modify your thoughts and beliefs to engineer your reality. The empowerment that is lacking - or is only present on the gross physical - in eco-spirituality, is present in the New Age, and indeed is the whole subject of the New Age. But conversely the New Age tends to be..., well, narcissistic is too strong a word, but what i mean is it more about oneself, although also of course about healing others, and even when about oneself it is in a positive manner. But there is very little about the Environment for example, except the acknowledgment that the current crisis is something that comes about through negative thinking, and lightworkers are working on healing the Earth. Or there may be some millenialistic element as in Jose Arguelles system (Mayan Prophecy), which in that regard is more like millenialist Christianity than the positive aspect New Age (although it lacks the intolerance of fundamentalist premillenialism). I saw a video of Arguelles talking a month or so ago (this was organised by the local Planet Art Network group) and he seems like a really nice guy btw.

Looking back at the two workshops I went to then, learning Theta Healing was a major turning point in my life, whereas the ecological workshop did not made any change in my life.

So the true Lightworking involves taking the best from both. Ecological and environbmental consciousness from eco-spirituality and deep ecology, and ecological activism, and personal spiritual empowerment from the New Age. It is actually strange that these two have not been combined already, because it is such a logical step, with each complementing the other. Or maybe they have - in fact I'm sure someone must have connected them somewhere - but i just don't know about it.

One reason for the lack or rarity of this synergy may be obstruction due to drugs clouding the consciousness and remoiving the will. I haven't bene to any confests in many many years, but i stopped going because of the degenerate drug use (excessive marijuana). This, I suggest, is where the hippy/alternative movement has run aground; they have become a bunch of druggies, no better than alcoholics in mainstream society or among the older generation. A friend of mine who has the same pure no-drugs attitude that I have, comments on this even in the rainbow gatherings and confests today, although he thinks it may still be possible to get around this. I disagree, and think instead that this is why the alternative movement, with their very perceptive enmvironmental and political consciousness, has not been able to empower themselves. You can't work on the subtle levels if you're head is always cloudy and out of it diue to marijuana in the bvloodstream (and marijuana stays in the bloodstream much longer than alcohol does, it is quite an insidious drug in that regard)

Thus the true lightworker, the true "rainbow warrior" (i don't know if this meme is still big but it was very big in my alternative and confest days some 20-25 years ago), integrates empowerment and magical potency with strong environmental and eco-spiritual consciousness. This is how the Earth is to be saved. Thus both New Age and environmentalism are good, but alos each partial. One gives power, but no map; the other a map, but no power. Okay environmental groups still leave out animal liberation and sentient rights; this is the real weakness in the environmental / social-reform movement that continues even now. Ultimately the lightworker has three areas of healing to do, human, animal, and environmental. Any one alone, or even any two alone, cannot heal this Earth. The healing can only come with all three, and with the power to engineer reality by working with belief and invoking higher spiritual and divine realities.

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Blogger sushil yadav said...

M Alan Kazlev,

People are coming out with hundreds of solutions to save environment. There is only one solution - we have to stop making almost all consumer goods. It is the city people who are responsible for destruction of environment. All people living in cities are doing unnecessary and destructive work - making, buying and selling of thousands of consumer goods. In this context I want to post a part from my article which examines the impact of Speed, Overstimulation, Consumerism and Industrialization on our minds and environment. Please read.

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.


Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.

When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.


A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.


Fast visuals/ words make slow emotions extinct.

Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys emotional circuits.

A fast (large) society cannot feel pain / remorse / empathy.

A fast (large) society will always be cruel to Animals/ Trees/ Air/ Water/ Land and to Itself.


To read the complete article please follow any of these links :

PlanetSave

ePhilosopher

sushil_yadav

12:16 AM  
Blogger Lux said...

I Alan,
The link between ecological activism and new age spirituality is neo paganism. There are thousands of groups of people practicing some sort of earth-oriented spirituality, eco-shamanism, kind of panentheistic natural religiosity. I think Arguelles is one in that movement. There are many more. In Spain and Mexico there's Emilio Fiel (emiliofiel.com), founder of the Arco Iris community in 1978 and still in full activity.

9:51 AM  
Blogger m alan kazlev said...

Sushil said:

There is only one solution - we have to stop making almost all consumer goods

imho it is not so much consumer goods in themselves that are the problem, but the wastefulness of throw-away society that has to make more and more consumer goods, designs built-in obscelesence, cars that break down easily, etc, to generate more and more profits for a wasteful and destructive (rather than wholesome) form of capitalism. Manufactured goods that last for generations would have much less environmental impact. So in a sense i agree with you in part but also disagree :-)

It is the city people who are responsible for destruction of environment.

Here in Australia at least, inapporopriate land practices by farmers using methods imported from England and unsuited to the land here have resulted in widespread land clearance, soil erosion, etc. So you can't just blame city people alone.

Lux said:
The link between ecological activism and new age spirituality is neo paganism

Wow - yes, how could I have forgotten - duh! I do however have one criticism (well, not so much a criticism, but just my own bias) of neo-paganism, and that is that it has a religious feel to it. Sure it is a very whoelsome and Earth-nurturing religion, but I want to go beyond all religions. But yes you are right. Also Arguelles, sure. However one thing I noticed about him is that he still seems limited to a cyclic worldview (at leats in this video i saw). I think he envisages a sort of wholesome neo-primitive future. And I don't see neo-primitivism as an option. This implies neo-primitive. That would've been fine when there were only 20 million people or so but it can't work now.

4:24 PM  
Blogger Malcolm Schosha said...

I have not checked in on your blog in a long time. There are quite a few ideas that came to mind as I read in your interesting post.....but I will spare that now; since, really, I just want to say "hi."

Malcolm

8:31 AM  

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