My cousin (who’s writings can be found Here) messaged me the below. I was moved to reply to her with what follows.
As I re-read my “Puzzled” blog post it occurred to me that a great many people, particularly those to whom that post was directed, do not see
An example is a young man who was once close to my sons, and who thought I was “mad” at Mr. Trump after reading something I wrote on my FB timeline. We both agreed that neither of us would see Mr. Trump as the other does, so our respectful exchange was brief.
I still find myself astonished by this kind of blindness, because as I wrote it all seems so “Obvious” to me.
A lot of it I suspect is because most all they ever see, for most all their lives is rightwing, fundamentalist and Fox News type “news,” lies and “alternate facts,” including these days all the crap on Facebook and other social media platforms that their own conditioned tendencies and cherished and fearful illusions keep drawing them ever deeper into. Deeper into the darkness in other words. All of it together a highly refined, programed, and manipulated ignorance.
It is in essence a collective and mutually reinforcing activity based in fear and ignorance and resulting for the most part in hate and violence.
All of which is being used by the rightwing dominant, egoistic, pathological, sociopathic, narcissistic and ignorant “world” view Trump has in the last four years become the most prominent symbolic focal point for, as well as its most highly visible expression and example. Altogether representative of so many other “alternative facts” type folks and similarly aligned sociopathic world views and alliances of alienated and alienating belief, and all the many ways social and mainstream media is being manipulated and distorted by rightwing, extremist, ruling class, criminal, greedy and otherwise nefarious interests.
The Secretary of Education Betsy Devos’s efforts to destroy public education, in other words turn education and especially early education over to private, corporate and ruling class interests, in the same way the people she is aligned with have been privatizing the prison system and are attempting to privatize the US Postal Service, is merely another part of their joined (as in organized criminal efforts) to make this ignorance and alienation even more widespread, under control, rightwing and two dimensional.
All the efforts to control Facebook and social media in general, and the efforts to centralize all the individual data that is accumulating from so many social and media platforms, is exactly the same, efforts to control the minds and thinking of people everywhere.
Liberal and “left” ruling class interests are not at all innocent in any of this, but at the moment it is the greed, ignorance and reactionary activities of an organized rightwing fundamentalism that is deeply identified with and therefore mostly instigating, aggravating and determining the extremes we are now seeing everywhere on every level and in every sphere.
A metaphor for this manipulated ignorance – it is as if someone is born in New York City and has never even seen Central Park let alone upstate NY, farms, forests, the natural world, wilderness, etc.. They only know how to get around via subways, taxis, buses and crowded commercial sidewalks, and in a sense go only where all these “manufactured means” go, and even more limitedly, only on the routes they have been taught since childhood to believe is the whole of their world and therefore all of the “good” world that there is.
In this metaphor these ‘someones’ acquire all their information, beliefs, symbols and language, and therefore their means of “thinking,” from all the signs and advertisements in the stations, on the routes, and on the sides of the buses and taxis they take.
It is very difficult and even impossible for most of them to understand a larger and much more natural world and the earth itself that some of us are trying to encourage them to become aware of and begin to act as if they are an integral part of it, because they are.
In other words, a more natural and Life centered world which New York City is, even in its apparent hugeness and dominance, only a very small, extremely distorted, alienated and conflicted, and actually poisonous to what is alive and natural and real, part of.
But because they are so identified with and woven into that poisonous, conflicted alienated world, they find (and feel) anything alternative to it, or that questions it in any persuasive way, to be a very real threat to their own existence.
And so all they can do is respond with fear and anger and hate, because the very idea of a more natural, community and life based social order not alienated from its larger environment seems to threaten everything they have been taught to believe.
What you and I and others similar in so many variable ways, as collective expressions of some larger dimensional realities, see and think and know, and are choosing to believe and join in holding to be true, is actually and very much an existential threat to all such identities of separation and alienation.
Identities of separation in the extremes we are now seeing all over the U.S. and all over the world simply do not and cannot grasp that what they are believing is actually the illusions of an alienated mind lost in beliefs of separation. They will fight, kill and even die rather than allow their beliefs to be challenged, let alone be changed. They have become unable to open their minds and hearts to anything that questions what they have come to believe is the totality of who and what they are.
Death being the ultimate and final illusion of every identity of separation, the belief they are a finite separate body that is apart from others, the environment, the earth, and the universe.
There are no “bad” people, only bad (mistaken) beliefs, and people who have lost themselves in their beliefs. Some people are very, very lost in their beliefs, and have no idea that they and their beliefs are not the same.
And some people because of life circumstances and what I’ll call previous life karma have a huge lot of extreme belief to work through, before they can begin to experience themselves as not their beliefs.
Bad beliefs are founded in unconsciousness and attachments to the illusions of separation. Good beliefs are founded in awakening consciousness and interconnection.
All beliefs increase and extend by acting them out, whichever kinds of beliefs they are. Another way of saying this is we create the world we believe in.
The only way someone conditioned like that and to that degree will ever begin to see and think differently is when the real pain of the conflicts, contradictions, limitations and alienating ways of their world view becomes both conscious enough and acute enough that they actually begin on their own to try to find somewhere or something “else.” In other words something “other” than what they have been taught to believe is the only real and true world.
But even then their only hope, and all of our only hopes as earthlings, because there are now so many humans lost in deeply alienated separation identities, will be that in the process of that seeking to escape their now growing into consciousness pain and alienation they don’t get totally lost in alcohol, drugs, myriad commercialized forms of escapism, and so many extreme reactionary addictions via technologies, ideologies, fundamentalism, violence, terrorism, hate, etc.
And then of course the best hope of all, that they actually come upon something they can relate to and that resonates with their heart of original awareness now lost in deep and profound pain. Some one, ones, thing or things that will begin to show them little bits and pieces (to begin with) of their own original nature, which their heart of hearts however unconsciously at this point can no longer accept the pain of being separate from, and which the alienated world they were taught to believe they somehow ‘are’ denies even the possibility of, let alone its actual existence, or reality.
Using different metaphors – folks like the person you describe in your message have never learned how to actually think. Rather, they have learned only how to take the kinds of conditioning and extremely limited and degraded symbols, images and ideological constructs their fragmented “world” of separation has given them pretty much since they were born, and sort of like move all these fragments of beliefs they have come to believe is who they are around in their heads in deeply conditioned and prescribed ways, and to call that thinking.
No one at all in that two-dimensional world of subjects and masters actually knows how to think. Neither the subjects nor the masters.
What is astonishing is that even today, people young enough to be childhood friends with your kids, and with all the alternative views and actual deeply thoughtful things accessible even if not readily available on the internet, still do not have any idea or experience of what actual thinking or real intelligence is.
Google and Amazon along with so many other major corporate entities have become a huge part of the problem, competing with each other in the centralization of this global effort to control people’s minds by controlling their symbols, language, images, beliefs and concepts, equal to FB and rightwing media in similar and different ways.
To use another metaphor, it is like all these rightwing identities of separation have become extreme two-dimensional beings, their so called “thinking” now limited to the flatland of their conditioned symbols, emotions, fears and beliefs, all of which is being shaped and controlled by the masters of these two dimensional “realities.” The “masters” themselves are even more deeply caught in (identified with) the same fear determined flatland ideology that can only react, resist and refuse all real love-based (inclusive) approaches to existence.
All such flatlanders as I am calling them will, if they believe it necessary, attempt to destroy anything or anyone that suggests there is a larger existence than the very flat and narrow one they are so fearfully attached to and identified with.
Democrats and liberals could perhaps be compared to three-dimensional beings. And the conflict between these two-dimensional and three-dimensional realities has been going on for a long, long time. With the flatlanders seeming for the moment to be dominant, via Trump and his cohorts.
And so of course three-dimensional (liberal) reality is presently the right direction. But it is only the right “direction” so to speak here now in the early 2020s. It is hugely not enough, because the three-dimensional liberal ruling class world view continues to base far too much of its identity (as in “existence”) upon many of the very same things and circumstances the flatland ruling class world view bases its identity upon. It can challenge things as they presently are only so far. It cannot challenge its own three dimensional limits because its whole identity and seeming existence is based on those limits or boundaries, or on its own limited dimensional consciousness in other words.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others like her are four dimensional beings in a sense, in this mingling of metaphors. And all women and men who are waking up.
You and I and others we know are beginning to know ourselves and each other as four and five (or multi) dimensional beings, so to speak.
“Time,” in this mix of metaphor and analogy, is the fourth dimension perceived through three-dimensional (body) senses, because some aspects of our minds have become able to transcend some of the limits of our senses.
Fifth or multi-dimensional ways of being and apprehension include every earlier or preceding dimension as “aspects,” now changed or transformed, because all so-called previous dimensions are now no longer limited by any (of our) identification with them.
Every dimensional shift or lifting of consciousness into the light, in essence awareness realizing itself ever more fully, in the ways I am using these word-concept-metaphors here, is essentially what might be called our stepless steps upon a non-journey of awakening.
We could perhaps say that these multi-dimensional ways, as presented in this writing, is an attempt to describe some of the additional ways of communication you and I have been sharing for a while now. All in the context of an understanding that the Whole of the Universe including each human birth is a conversation most of all, a conversation of Consciousness, or God, with Herself.
And of course, as you know and which I keep reminding us, all this writing here is only pointings, a mingling of metaphors and analogy, windows to see through, with this kind of seeing through these kinds of windows not ever separate from the seen.
And doorways perhaps, also… Zen’s Gateless Gate, the end of separation, infinite uniqueness fully realized…
~ John Fridinger