Soul Values in Unraveling America

‚ÄčThere are so many threads to pull and each one leads to a world of words. All I can do this morning is name some of them and bring the whole cloth later.

There's a volatile unconscious energy loose in the world. It's been there for a while, growing. It's not one thing and it's not "out there" but is an expression of the collective unconscious. So in a very real sense, it's not something that anyone can describe for you. You have to find your way with it yourself.

How you see it will and does depend on your soul values, your highest and deepest sense of what's true. It is easy to forget this. Powerful emotions and polarized positions want to draw you to their side. And they'll be angry at you if you're not on their side. You can be wounded easily if you are on their side because they're not interested in your soul values, how you see it, what you care about most. They don't know who you want to be and they don't know what you have to do.

You'll have to bring that yourself in a difficult time and so that makes this a soul struggle. It's yours personally and it's mine personally. There's no place outside of it in which to stand.

From an archetypal perspective we're looking for how we can contribute to protecting the realm.

Yet even there we come into archetypal warrior territory again. We're not in a safe protected place, a time of peace where we can only take care of local concerns in the old way. We're in a place where the warrior and the healthy masculine is wanted from both men and women.

But the healthy masculine is in almost total disarray socially.  My judgment is that the disarray we see is itself the expression of the expulsion and abdication of the healthy masculine from society. Instead we see it in distorted or less healthy forms. The acting out around George Floyd's terrible death is itself an expression of the unhealthy masculine.  An African proverb says that "The child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth." We've not embraced the boys and showed them a way to serve. The epidemic of fatherlessness for which men and women both have responsibility is certainly an important part of this dynamic.  

This loss of healthy masculine and the rise of an  equal and opposite unhealthy feminine are root causes of the problem we collectively face. This does not mean that masculine or feminine are themselves unhealthy. On the contrary they're necessary and good and their balance is representative of health in the home and the nation.

We consciousness explorers, shared mindfulness folk and "we-space" men and women are part of this same one-sidedness. In style and substance we tend to favor a celebration of oneness and unity at the expense of holding, engaging, and being honest about, the friction that come from our individuality.

In my own groups I will be attempting room for both sides. The movement toward more room for the masculine is a work in progress

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