I don’t want my head to explode. Limiting time on the web isn’t helping, because the lunacy is expanding daily on an exponential basis. I am seeing an army of women with long blonde hair curled fetchingly over their shoulders in identical hairdos and am thinking, where were they all ten years ago? Did they just get cloned? I never saw anything like it before, and these ladies are all spouting the same very strange things. Who turned on what faucet?
It’s not exactly comforting to read history. It seems abundantly clear that whatever shit we’re cranking out at the present moment has been cranked out again and again over the recorded centuries, but every time the wheel turns it’s like, “Oh, this is awful, this never happened before.” I’ve been remembering a concept that flew over my transom a few decades ago, an interesting filter for looking at these events..
A popular genre author wrote a whole series of speculative fiction that I liked, and I have a bunch of his paperbacks. Central in his plots was a different dyad than the Christian one. It wasn’t good versus evil, it was the Maker versus the Unmaker. No value judgement implied, just that one force connects and creates, and the other dismantles and decomposes.
I’m having a hard time comprehending the hideous division that is parting our population like the Red Sea. Calling one side a cult is one way of describing it, but it still leaves the underlying question: what’s the magnet? What energizes the cult? My rational mind can’t grasp it, because its effect is counterproductive to a functional life for all of us, including the cult members.
So I think about the Maker and the Unmaker. The Maker is a force of connection and creation, the idea of a web that connects us all. The Unmaker devotes itself to dismantling the web, severing connection, isolating humans into units competing for survival.
There is a word for a thought-form, an entity that rises from a focused human collective and then becomes an independent force: egregore. It isn’t hard for me to picture the Unmaker as an egregore that feeds on things like the torch-bearers in Charlottesville or any number of the right-wing rallies, an egregore that has been around for millennia. If there is such a thing, it is being well fed today, nursing on the rich milk of the amygdala.
Rage and fear kick the amygdala into overdrive, and the Unmaker is on a roll. What feeds the Maker? Individual acts of kindness and support don’t have that flash-bang quality, but it’s useful to recall what has happened when a child falls in a well, or kids get stranded in a cave with the water rising, or Manhattan suffers a total blackout. People tune in to the frequency of the Maker and pull together. I don’t know how we can make that happen, but we must.
Dear one to get through the selection season I have been meditating on Quan Yin visualizing all of her life had been and what she grew to be and the gift of compassion she has given to this world. After a recent discussion was one of my Midwestern family and friends she said she was terrified of the upcoming president how and what he will do to the country, I remember four years ago I wasn’t even able to talk to her for 5 months 2 months before the election and 3 months after the election in the horror at this dear friend of mine who is profoundly spiritual who walked as a reiki master who Loved Mama Earth possibly but for this man yet she did my way of dealing with it was silence until one day my heart broke during a supper with some elders from our pagan community and I said what am I to do I don’t like how I’m behaving but I can’t condone with this woman is doing one of these dear sweet elders said to me you have to love so four years ago I called my friend in the middle of the United States and apologized and told her that I would treat her with as much love and compassion as I could then once again you election came up once again I became silent after the election it only took me three weeks I called her not with a haha we won kind of an attitude but I miss you and I love you kind of attitude and yet I was shocked and just done silence hearing the terror that she had about this particular side running things for the next 4 years so once again I go back to my teacher Kuan Yin I must sit at her feet and learn about compassion no matter what is coming no matter what is happening
I have learned a new word. I can’t imagine how I have never heard “egregore” before. My spell check does not even recognize it. It is a perfect word for today. The Wiki was very helpful in clarifying it for me. Thanks Elizabeth.