Imagine there is a bustling farm in the early 1900s Midwest, and the farmer’s youngest of ten children is left unattended, lacks adequate care and teaching, and ends up finding pleasure in rigging mouse traps in the fields and watching the various animals get caught. His “evil” actions lead to several injuries, even to some of his siblings, and finally his behavior comes under the scope of his caretakers and the community.
Is the solution to get rid of all mouse traps, and forbid mouse trap possession throughout the property? Some will say yes, that should fix this terrible situation. Mouse trap control now!
Is the solution to reject and isolate the boy until he learns his lesson? Some will say yes, he obviously needs to be punished, he deserves to be punished. Farmers’ kids are all troublemakers.
I ask: What experiences or what steps have put the child on the path to inverted sensations and abusive expressions? They don’t manifest organically. Those behaviors are in response to the environmental cues and messages received throughout early childhood, and interpreted through an increasingly distorted filter.
This leads me to ask: What cues and signals did the child receive from his environment from birth onward?
Which are the symptoms and which are the causes? If we start looking more deeply at the causes leading up to the behavior, we look at the conditions of the home life. Lack of guidance, neglect, untended emotions, underdeveloped ability to connect or to care, lowered empathy, and lowered overall cognition as a result. This doesn’t mean setting the blame on the caretakers, it means looking at their contributions to the environmental toxicity – both conscious and unconscious – and then looking even more deeply into the experiences and steps leading to their beliefs and parenting style. What cues and signals did the caretakers receive from their childhood environments? Again, it’s not about blaming. It’s about honestly investigating a root cause.
In my experience, there is an observable root force cause to “evil” action. It’s not a religious thing; ‘evil’ is a word I use to refer to any force that opposes the “good” force that we observe as prana, orgone, or qi. One is creative, organic, and thrives on a loving energy and is enhanced through low entropy choices. The other is malignant and destructive, thriving on chaos, fear and confusion. Both energies have biologically observable effects on everything from thoughts to living tissue.
Unfortunately, many of us are simply unable to escape the experience of an acculturated upbringing and subsequent destructive programming. Chaos is normal for people who grew up with it. Neglect is normal for people who grew up with it. We euphemistically dance around our wounds, unable to bear the truth that our parents were not our allies. When we can no longer stand to operate inauthentically within the narrative we inherit from our parents, we may embark upon a spiritual journey and discover that our suffering is well-documented among the ancient philosophies and religions, and we recognize the void for the first time. We see the absence of the teachings of right action. We see the lack of humanity in our “advanced” industrialized civilizations. We see the vast manipulation that has tyrannized the earth for thousands of years.
There is a root cause for evil action. But what perpetuates it cannot be externally controlled.
It’s a subtle, covert energy that lingers in our lineage and manifests as domestic abuse, alcoholism, personality disorders, psychopathy, chronic illness and disease. It lives in us and is borne into the next generation. It thrives on our low-consciousness choices, it thrives on our perceptual distortions, and it absolutely thrives on our Shadow – our subconscious programming. It is the festering inner darkness that manifests as the torture of animals or children, it is the inner chaos rendered through spiritual disconnection.
Why is it so difficult for people to see this root cause?
Our sensations that are biologically designed to cue us to investigate a discordance are not addressed but muted with substances, denied attention, and escaped-from through distractions. Why? Often times we simply lack the capacity to manage the emotionally unsettling experience of an honest investigation. The truth is already difficult to face – that almost everything we’ve been taught is but a hint of the truth of life. What makes it seemingly unbearable to face is that we’ve been cognitively convinced of our own weakness and programmed to rely on external authority. This “lie” greatly contributes to the force of evil in the world, and anything that preserves the lie likewise contributes. If we are blind to participating in the transaction, we allow the evil to remain with us like a silent parasitic virus.
Even when we do see it for ourselves, the mainstream doctor will direct us to a pharmaceutical-grade distraction. The root cause of our suffering will not be acknowledged or named. We are kept from mending our deepest wound. We are prevented from purifying the corruption of our minds. We are distracted from caring about the corruption of our children’s minds, and the minds of their children.
We must allow each other – nay, invite each other – to see the “crimes” and assess the damage, identify the “culprit” and protect ourselves from further destruction. Only then can we heal ourselves and each other, only then can we heal our communities and our structures. If there is no talk of the root cause, this virus of the diminished heart-mind-soul will continue to play out in the violent opera of modern society and we will blame literally a million irrelevant things. We will blame the mouse traps and proceed blindly into further self-murder at the collective level.
We perpetuate evil when we choose selfishly at the expense of others. We perpetuate it by staying ignorant to the experiences of others – the awareness of which would inform us that our pleasures are in fact coming at the expense of many innocent animals and people. We are acculturated to stay ignorant of the truly important things. We are encouraged through high profile character models to avoid caring about the deeper truth of anything. We are encouraged to stay entertained, swept away with team spirit, buried in team defeat, or busy meeting social standards, chasing a carrot of security in any case. American culture teaches us to deny the experience of others and to prize a psychopathic lack of empathy if it produces financial or political gain.
We are sold solutions that acknowledge only the symptom, often identifying the symptom as the disease itself. We are given countless ways to avoid looking within ourselves and discovering the root forces at play within us. We would find that it is our consciousness, our thinking and cognitive perception, that is infected, and the infection is the culprit. The infection or virus is the unexamined Shadow.
This is why “shadow work” gets traction in New Age communities. It’s a double-edged sword in that on one hand it presents the concept and brings awareness to the existence of a shadowy, unexplored subconscious, but on the other hand, it also gives an incomplete and almost useless context for what to do with this information. Like any other organized religion or spiritual collective, there are co-opted bodies within the teachings that serve as cul-de-sacs, if not dead ends, for newly awakening souls. Whenever a spiritual teaching becomes culturally integrated, it is subject to the same infection as the collective, and must be navigated with discernment.
Anyone with sensitivities, anxieties, depressions, anyone seeking soothing beyond drugs and amusement – these are people who somehow managed to keep their essential spiritual connection or home frequency, and they suffer in cognitive dissonance until they release the false narratives. But instead of getting any cues to pursue an inner journey or to even question the social narrative, sensitive people are told by society’s authority figures that their sensitivity is a sickness, and that they are not as developed as the people who cannot care, feel, or self-inquire.
Who is providing this message of weakness and defeat? Who is the proverbial They? They = those who take advantage of the state of diminished awareness of the public; those who operate above the visible structures; those who stand to profit from people being underdeveloped and misguided, easily to manipulate, and easy to program as heartless, mindless, diseased consumers; those who use the toxic structures of society to perpetuate the ignorance and enslavement for control and profit.
We are kept busy blaming the symptoms, blaming each other. We’re encouraged to argue over the pettiest facets of our experiences. We’re born into a narrative that teaches us to meet our needs through dominance and subjugation, and to accept our own subjugation. We are not invited to look at the consciousness that has lead to the manifested symptoms and dysfunctions. We are not prompted to question the environmental dynamics throughout history that have necessitated weapons for protection or prison complexes for criminals. We are not given the mental space to ask: When did co-existence fall?
Any decent look into history will reveal that humankind did not always live such destructive, ignorant, disconnected lifestyles! It is an inorganic, learned dysfunctionality.
Was our co-existence forgotten? What occurred? What has resulted?
What caused our decline in peaceful co-existence? What interrupted hundreds of thousands of years of cooperation and instinctual honor for all life? When did we lose our awareness and connection to what is most sacred?
Long ago, before industry, before civilization, before language, when humans were clean in mind, like the animals, we were born in and remained in connection with our home frequency, our spiritual inner compass. We directed our choices through resonance, untainted by language or intellectual reasoning. We remained in alignment with our core program as an earthling. Sacred life was not a learned concept but an in-borne knowing at the being level. We nurtured our young as we were nurtured. We were not prone to express ourselves in abusive or destructive behaviors. We did not perceive pleasure from subjugating nature or any other creature. We were whole in our ability to experience and interpret life as a natural being, free from the mind programming of modern society and its false narrative of reality. We equated social status with things like health, service, courage, innovation, care, and wisdom. We were not confused about the value of material possessions, we were not encouraged to build an ego-based false self full of titles and credentials. We were in tune with the earth’s cycles and miracles, she was our mother, her creatures were our brothers. All of life was our kin, as all consciousness is from one spiritual essence. We did not need to be taught to care for each other.
Now we are like kidnapped, brain-damaged children, stolen from our cradles and thrown into cold cells that condition us for low emotional development. We’re programmed with a context for what to do with our life; in effect we are instructed what to do with our free will. We’re told what to value, what to achieve, what to worry about, how to fix this or that, who to blame, who to fear, and so on.
Media is the context generator for the false matrix reality that our current consciousness is stuck in. Through tv, facebook, advertisements, everywhere we look we see infantile behavior being normalized and lauded. We are told that we “grow up” just by aging. We become self-assured adults without our most fundamental internal guidance system being nurtured or even introduced to us. We fumble, we struggle. We cope with fight or flight, freeze or fawn. We cover up the pain with denial, as we are virtually forced into writing our own inner false narrative.
From deep within, with each choice we make, we do witness our own self-murder. Through our denial we impart the same self-destruction onto our children. It does not matter what tools or weapons or even what governing structures are dismantled if we, as individuals with free will, do not BECOME the solution. It is our obligation as awakened beings to nurture the courage to face the Shadow, to heal at the core, and to take responsibility for our own subconscious contributions. We all lead the way.