Flight lines – Flaunt Magazine
We seem to be living in a time that we might call ‘post-reality’ as it feels like we are heading towards a dystopian simulation. Our civilization – as it was – was built on a set of shared ideas and conventions. We had learned to value and give importance to certain things, while we ignored and suppressed many other factors. In our current state of emergency, our old values and agreements are dissolving. We don’t know what to replace them with. We no longer know what we value or what we share. It is both frightening and exhilarating.
Personally, as someone who has experienced many psychedelic apocalypses with LSD, iboga, ayahuasca, DMT, bufo, peyote, and other compounds, as well as public deceptions and private despair, I am feel quite at ease in this strange new world. For a long time, I found our fashion and celebrity culture, as well as the cult cult of the wealthy entrepreneur and technological innovator, to be obnoxious and superficial. I am delighted to see this house of cards fall apart. I hope to be a part of everything that follows. The seeds, the mycelial spores, the embryonic potential of what could constitute a truly human culture are already around us. We just need to recognize these nascent shoots and then help them grow, flourish and spread.
I tend to look at our world from a Jungian perspective, given my extensive experience with shamanic rituals and paranormal realms. More than a psychoanalyst, Carl Jung was one of the great Western shamans and hermetic thinkers of the twentieth century. He realized that the psychic and physical realms were intimately interconnected, as revealed by the phenomenon of synchronicities. He also described how the archetypal forces and myths of the collective unconscious swirl, invisibly, throughout the world we live in together.
From a Jungian perspective, the Coronavirus pandemic – as well as the technocratic control system that has gathered around it – must reflect archetypal processes that were already taking place within the collective human psyche, of which our individual Psyches are. aspects or reflections. This is something we subconsciously anticipated, expected, as advertised in many books and movies (Twelve monkeys, The Pier, I’m a legend, The seventh seal, etc).
Alienation and separation – the fear of contamination, the fear of “the other”, which was already a feature of modern and postmodern civilization – has been amplified to a considerable degree by the pandemic, along with class stratification. and wealth of our society. As millions of people lose what little they have, billionaires pose as bandits. Even the loss of taste and smell, which is one of the hallmarks of this mysterious black magic-like virus, reinforces the eerie feeling that we have been forced, as if by an immaterial power, into some kind of confrontation. existential with nothingness. and the Void, collectively and individually.
Yes, I know, we always follow the endless parade of empty selfies on social media feeds. Celebrities still bleat, scream, strut, flaunt. Yet somehow the celebrity parade seems more and more exhausted, meaningless, as we look around a planet where insects, rainforests and coral reefs are rapidly disappearing. , perhaps taking our future with them. We have temporarily forgotten that as humans we are integrated into a much larger and incredibly complex living system. We are beginning to remember our responsibility – our role as stewards and protectors of Earth’s living systems.
Stanislav Grof, the great Czech LSD researcher and psychiatrist, guided 4,000 LSD trips in the 1950s, before psychedelics were demonized and made illegal. He noted that many of his patients, during their emergencies or spiritual emergencies, relived the phases of birth trauma, which he later defined in his theory of “perinatal matrices”. According to Grof, there are four main stages that we go through between being a fetus in utero and the birth of the uterus. These four stages bear striking affinities with the four outer planets – Neptune, Saturn, Pluto, Uranus – which structure the longer cycles of human history, as Grof collaborator Richard Tarnas recounts in his astonishing book, Cosmos and Psyche. As a collective, humanity seems caught between the second perinatal matrix, linked to Saturn, and the third, close to Pluto.
During the second stage, Saturn, notes one chronicler, “the unit of the uterus has been lost but the cervix is still closed, creating a ‘no-exit’ situation for the vulnerable fetus. These biological memories are also accompanied by transpersonal themes such as existence in hell, expulsion from paradise, and cosmic engulfment. During the third stage, Pluto, during the contractions, the themes “include a feeling of titanic combat and mythological battles, sadomasochistic arousal based on suffocation, confrontation with demonic energies, scatological materials and pyrocatharsis – all in the context of an intense death-rebirth struggle. , where we sneak through the dark tunnel and there doesn’t seem to be a way out. The only hope is in the archetypal initiatory process of surrender, leading to shamanic death-and-rebirth. Those who are unable to surrender to the dissolution of their ego structure will have a terrible time.
What awaits us on the other side of this metamorphosis? It’s still a mystery, isn’t it? Are we going to take wings and fly – like cocooned butterflies, freshly hatched birds, or angels – into realms we can’t quite imagine yet? Will we upload our brains to digital networks, or will we find that the world was already simulated, written in digital code and fractal equations? Or maybe something else entirely unknown is happening? As William Blake said, “the imagination is not a state: it is human existence in itself”. As the old world disintegrates around us, perhaps this is the time when we need to think bigger – imagine more beautifully – than ever before.