When I reference in my writings that ‘you are the world’ it is a shorter way of saying what Rollo May, Carl Jung, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Martin Heidegger, Fredrich Schelling, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and others have all alluded to which is, Self implies world and world Self; there is neither one without the other, and they are only understandable in terms of the other. And when I say, ‘the world’ I do not mean culture or society. I instead refer to the connection between Self and nature, or the Imperial Self and existence. This connection is exquisite, profound and undeniable; it absolutely does not belong to theory. The truth is we do not really know what this bliss is, civilisation consciousness has forgotten it.
If we do not embody and imbibe the existential connection of metaphysics it will skew epistemological, ontological and ethical thinking. We then inadvertently become cogs in the machine of empire logic. This prevents the logical sequencing of one’s own philosophy and creates fundamental flaws in one’s understanding of love, virtue and goodness. To come upon this metaphysical reality, one must address one’s epistemological approach. These two branches of philosophy cannot therefore be separated.
Consciousness is feeling as well as it is thought. It incorporates a ceaseless flow of sensory interpretations and translations about with this or that experience means. We are aware of consciousness only by way of consciousness, for it has this most unusual monopoly. We are the thinker and thought and the subject and object of our own reflection. Presently we think of these things as separate entities, they are not. Certainty is only possible within your own consciousness, all other certainty is contingent and therefore, by definition, uncertain. When you look to another person you see only a reflection. And when they look at you it is the same. Realisation does not come from social interaction, groupthink or group activity. Interiority, privacy and self-empathy are what is needed. Consciousness carries within itself the Absolute Truth. Thus, there will be no ‘we’, ‘our’ or ‘us’ in our dialogue. There will only be ‘you’; with the will to know and more sensitivity to your inner workings. The conversation will therefore be intimate, straight forward and accessible, without the intricacies of convoluted or conversational language.
Truth cannot be objective. It is a process of subjectification. Profundity arises only within your own Being, for it must bear the hallmarks of your unique existence. It is Selfhood, with a capital S, is that brings you to freedom. Every philosopher worth his salt has said this and each has then stated that the more he understands of his inner workings the more he realises just how little he knows of others. The other becomes less important. Within the purging, healing and renewing capacity of being able to read and feel one’s inner dialogue, any revelation about the world another has to offer will always be less profound. Instead, you discover your own profundity. You become autonomous and sovereign; you are unshakeable, not triggered and yet have this enormous capacity to act. The virtues are not imbibed as such, they are simply in action. There is perceptive clarity of what is needed at that moment. Compassion sees and feels the deep sorrow of humanity, works to minimise it and is never diminished. This is the awakening of intelligence.
The solutions to the world’s problems will only come from individuated thinking, from what is individuated existentialism. A collective mindset is not the correct energy, indeed under the guise of good evil is thriving.
When an inner conflict is not made conscious it manifests in the outer world as an event, often tragically. This psychological and philosophical room 101 can reveal itself in the body, in relationships, at home, in the workplace, it can arise in any environment and with multiple appearances the most common of which is allegorical. 2020 is a fractal multiplication of this, a large-scale global event. Power psychology must therefore be understood, and the origins of trauma must be addressed. Together, we will discuss childhood mistreatment and how when the primal needs have not been met a child is forced to fragment its psyche, often called the Split, in order to ward off pain. This separation of oneself from one’s needs and feelings is an instinctive manoeuvre in order to repress excessive pain.
This commences the neurotic process which, when largely unaddressed in a society where we are collectively traumatised and habituated to bullying, we substitute these unfulfilled and real biological needs into a never-ending cycle of psychological needs to compensate. This symbolic behaviour in defence against psychobiological pain is self-perpetuating because symbolic satisfactions cannot fulfil real needs.
The beauty of philosophy, mind-body philosophy that is, is that neurosis can be repaired. Most psychologists struggle to agree on a single factor of success. A pre-described role, a mere functionary in a collective cog may bring you better surface relationships and congeniality but congeniality will not bring you rounded sensitivity. This is why philosophy is and will always be the umbrella discipline. This book is about what is real which is your interiority, subjectivity and ontology; a sensory Beingness where subjectivity and objectivity meet.
Currently what we think of as ‘self’ is a pseudo-self; it is culturally determined, indoctrinated from childhood, highly manipulated, collectivised in orientation and void of real sovereignty. Our idea of the self, as we currently understand it, is a false suzerain that constantly seeks power, cues, strokes and approvals. Shadow work is necessary to avoid the pitfalls of needing validation from others. We become receptive to the subtle but vital biopsychic activity of the Self. It is a lack of sensitivity that is the causal root of worldwide neurosis and psychosis.
Buddhists have correctly pointed out that what you think of as ‘self’, with a small ‘s’, has no real tangible existence, it is merely a thought generated construct. In a sense, it is more correct to say that you are a non-self since what you think of as ‘self’ in today’s world is patently false. We equate a pseudo-self with Self, we live by its dictates, conflicts and false notions of fulfilment. The world we create is a direct reflection of that falsity. The indoor environments of cities and towns are reflections of our own artificiality, shopping malls and apartments serve to exclude nature and yet replicate her very laws and edicts; a perverse logic which encages us. The city walls and barriers that keep nature out also serve to lock us in. Our antipathy towards nature is ultimately antipathy towards the Self since the Imperial Self is nature. The appropriate response is to respond to the call of Being, a very private, unique and serious deconstructive affair. You come upon the true by eliminating what is false, an apophatic approach.
Schelling pertinently pointed out, “Nature is visible spirit and spirit is invisible nature”. The connection between Self and world, Self and nature, Self and Existence must be made if you are to find an abiding fulfilment and no longer feel the conflict of thought. You need to look at the world not as a Cartesian subject or some soul in a human body and instead see that you are purely of this world, you are borne from nature and your reason exists only because of your capacity to observe the order of nature. Nature is the parent of thought and the underlying intelligence of evolution. Reason is the child of human existence, which itself is an emanation of nature. Your existence, your nature is the real investigation, the true philosophical Magnus Opus; quite unlike the intellectual castles in the air which many have worshipped like historical dogmas, future utopias and age-old philosophical cul-de-sacs. If viewed correctly and if your attitude is assiduous and astute, nature frees you. Nature is not just a recreation park to be used as escape from city life or a mechanical order to be studied, mastered, replicated, patented and owned. No. Nature is an awe-inspiring extension of Self. Its very wonder and raw beauty is ‘You’, you as ‘Artist’. When sensitive, you – rather than ‘we’ – animate what you see and Nature views itself through your heightened perception. The person who sees this is, embodies and imbibes it fully is truly alive. Neitzsche’s famous ‘will to power’ is the deep and abiding commitment of will and fortitude to live authentically away from the tide of consensus trance.
Such an individual is undivided unpremeditated Art, the indivisible timeless Aeon. Being is not an ego state. The genderless Self is nature. Nature is an emanation of its parent, Existence, the deep quiet silent eternal non-Self.