Saturday, June 24, 2006

Where Is The Voice of Sanity

By Paul Levy

06/13/06 "Information Clearing House" -- -- A little while ago I ran into a
friend I hadn't seen for awhile. He asked me what I had been up to. I told him
that I was writing a book about the collective psychosis that was wreaking
havoc on our planet. He asked me what made me think there was a collective
psychosis going on. His question left me speechless, literally not knowing
what to say. What made him think that there wasn't a collective psychosis, I
wondered. You could look in any direction and find endless examples which
proved that our species has gone out of our minds. There was so much
overwhelming evidence for the collective psychosis that I didn't even know
where to start. To see our collective madness, all we have to do is simply
look at what we're doing to each other, not to mention the very planet we
depend upon for our very survival. We seem to have gone so crazy that many
people haven't even noticed, as our madness has become normalized, which is
just further proof of our collective psychosis.

Where is the voice of the psychiatric establishment in pointing out the
obvious situation: not only that our leader is mad, but that Bush's madness is
a reflection of the fact that we, as a species, have fallen into a collective
psychosis? In a personal conversation I had with the late Harvard psychiatrist
John Mack about exactly this point, he expressed his opinion that the
psychiatric community doesn't see it as their job to deal with collective
pathological situations such as we are in. Amazingly, Mack was pointing to the
fact that the psychiatric community doesn't see it as their responsibility to
track collective psychic epidemics.

On the one hand, there is psychiatrist Justin Frank, author of the fine book
Bush on the Couch. Dr. Frank has my utmost respect for his incisive
psychoanalytic study of Bush, pointing out Bush's pathological condition in a
lucid and indisputable manner. Frank's analysis is extremely important and
very brilliant, illumining Bush's pathology in relationship to the
dysfunctional family system of which he is a part. Frank points out, both in
Bush's family as well as writ large on the world stage in the form of the
media and his supporters, the undeniable signs of the "enabling" behavior
typically seen in the disease of family alcoholism.

Frank's work has reached a very important edge, however, and is calling to be
unfolded further. By viewing Bush in relationship to his family system, Frank
reaches the limits of an understanding based solely on family dynamics. Like a
traditional psychoanalyst, Frank considers Bush as a "separate self" existing
apart from the greater unified and unifying field, that is to say the entire
universe, of which he is a part. And yet, at the same time that Bush exists as
a separate self who is autonomous and independent from the world at large, he
is interdependently embedded in and an _expression of the universe.

As long as psychoanalysis contemplates Bush as solely a "separate self,"
however, it is under a form of illusion, as we don't exist in isolation from
each other, but rather, in relation to each other. Though Frank's analysis of
Bush in his identity as a discrete, independently-existing person has
tremendous value, analogous to how the mechanical models of classical physics
have great general utility in understanding the workings of our world, any
analysis of an object or person isolated from the universe of which they are
an interconnected part is of necessity incomplete. As quantum physics points
out, we simply do not exist, in the ultimate sense, as isolated entities who
are separate from each other or our environment. Having reached the edge of
psychoanalysis, and limited by its worldview, it is not within the scope of
Frank's analysis to address the inherent psycho-spiritual condition that
pervades the underlying field, both in our country and our world at large, of
which
Bush is
merely a symbolic _expression. I imagine that Frank himself would be the first
to admit this, and would enthusiastically encourage others to further unfold
and place his findings in a larger psycho-spiritual context.

Frank points out the unconscious collusion in the silence and collective
denial towards Bush's behavior that pervades the field. Constrained by the
traditional discipline that he so faithfully represents, however, it is not
within Frank's purview to diagnose our species as a whole as being in the
midst of a psychic epidemic.

Frank's analysis is the pinnacle of psychoanalysis, beautifully illumining
Bush's pathology on the "personal" level. Because of the fact that Frank is
viewing Bush as an isolated person distinct and separate from the world around
him, he doesn't address the deeper level of the unifying field in which we're
all interconnected and interdependent. Ultimately, we are not able to
contemplate Bush's madness without looking in the mirror. Bush's madness is
truly our own.

Frank's analysis of Bush's "personal" pathology inspires and places a demand
on us to catapult off of his insights, like a springboard, into the
higher-order of the "transpersonal" (beyond the personal) dimension. Adding a
transpersonal viewpoint, which recognizes that we are fundamentally and
ultimately interconnected parts of the whole, actually complements and
completes Frank's analysis of Bush's "personal" psychology. Both of these
perspectives, the personal and the transpersonal, are incomplete by
themselves. When neither of these perspectives are marginalized, but are
simultaneously viewed together as both being true, they synergistically
cross-pollinate and illumine each other. The personal and transpersonal
interpenetrate each other so fully that they are not two separate perspectives
joined together, but are two aspects of a deeper unified field which contains
and unifies them.

Seen transpersonally, the figure of Bush is a symbol which re-presents and
reveals the collective psychosis that we have all fallen into. The figure of
Bush is a portal which simultaneously feeds and is an _expression of the
collective madness that is in everyone. Bush is merely a symptom, an embodied
reflection of a deeper underlying pathology that exists in the collective
unconscious of humanity which is giving shape to and in-forming world events.
Seen transpersonally, the figure of Bush is revealing something to us about
ourselves.

We are all complicit in the madness that is playing out in our world. Shedding
light on our shared responsibility for the deeper underlying psychological
roots of collective world events helps us to become truly empowered agents of
change in our world who can truly make a difference.

If the psychiatric establishment doesn't see it as their job to illumine the
fact that we are in the midst of a collective psychosis that is potentially
destroying our species, the question then arises: whose job is it? Cultural
anthropologists? Sociologists? Where is the voice of sanity who is pointing
out the collective madness that our species has fallen into? Who are the
people who study mass psychological events? What is playing out in the world
has its origins in the unconscious psyche of humanity. Whose job is it to map,
articulate and shed light on the psychic origins of collective world events?

A year or so ago I received an email from an irate Jungian analyst who was
very critical of my work. She expressed her outrage by saying "How dare I
write about Jung if I'm not a trained and certified Jungian analyst!
" It was
her non-negotiable opinion that it was simply "wrong" that I should be writing
an analysis of the deeper, underlying psychological roots of world events if I
wasn't a professionally authorized "psychologist." I never wrote her back
because I felt there was no space for dialogue with her. Now I know what I
would say to her: I wouldn't write about Jung's brilliant insights that
illumine and heal the pathological aspects of our current world situation if
the people who's job it is to write about such things, such as herself, would
simply do their job. If people such as psychiatrists, psychologists,
therapists, and the mental health community as a whole would shed sufficient
light on the collective psychosis that is potentially destroying our species,
I would be happy to do other, much more fun-filled activities.

As people who recognize the insane nature of our situation, which is to be
sane in a world gone mad, it is our job to come to terms and deal with the
collective psychosis that is wreaking havoc on our planet. It is our job, our
calling, our vocation to deal with the indisputable fact that we are being
ruled by people who have fallen into a state of collective madness. It is our
responsibility to deal with the fact that everyone who supports Bush in his
madness: his administration, the corporate, congressional, judicial, military
industrial complex, the media, the voters that allegedly put him into office,
and ourselves as well if we are doing nothing about our situation, have all
fallen prey to a psychic epidemic that threatens the entire planet. If we
continue to insist on being under-employed by not stepping into our power and
creatively speaking our true voice to the abuse of power, we have no one to
blame but ourselves.

The evil that is being enacted on our planet could only happen because of a
sufficient number of people who are passively standing on the sideline and
doing nothing about it. Not doing anything about the evil we see being acted
out in the world is to ourselves become an unwitting instrument of evil, as
our in-action allows, enables, and feeds the further propagation of evil in
the field. Evil is truly calling us to pick up an empowered role, whatever
that is, and "act," as if we are actors in a play or characters in a dream.
Recognizing our responsibility for the collective situation we find ourselves
in, we access our ability to respond creatively in the world and act-ively do
something about it.

Something is being revealed to us about ourselves by the fact that we are
being ruled by people who are mad. Imagine, what would we do if we truly
recognized that our government is being run by people who have collectively
gone mad? What would we do if we realized that the leader of the most powerful
nation on the planet, the person with his finger on the button, is a genuine
psychopath? This is not a make believe question: How would we respond if
enough of us not only recognized that our leaders were truly insane, but that
we urgently needed to do something about it? What do we imagine we would do?
This is a very relevant question, as this is the true nature of our current
situation.

Do we go belly-up, imagining that there is nothing that we could possibly do
about our insane situation? Do we imagine ourselves collapsing into impotence,
being totally dis-empowered, unable to do anything about being ruled by a
bunch of psychopaths? Or do we imagine that enough of us, realizing the
gravitas of our situation, connect with each other and access our collective
genius so that we can truly make a positive change in the world? The question
is: Will the darkness that is manifesting in our world destroy our species or
wake us up to our true nature? The choice, and responsibility, is truly ours.

Paul Levy, is the author of The Madness of George Bush: A Reflection of Our
Collective Psychosis, which is available at his website
www.awakeninthedream.com.

< paul@awakeninthedream.com



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