The Problem and the Solution
"There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. We seek (generate) problems because of their gifts." (27) Richard Bach, in Illusions, provided us with this profound approach of unconditional love for all creation. Even including destruction? Yes. Destruction is included. "The Universe is unfolding as it should."(28) It appears that a total knowledge of all that will not work is information to be valued equally with total knowledge of all that will work.(29) Now, it does also appear that destructiveness has indeed been so overdone that we must not continue there indefinitely, as stated for example by the senior scientists. Indeed, we must cease as soon as possible. And that is what this juncture in the history of Earth is all about. There are enough black holes and enough completed and devolved civilizations already without our contribution. Richard Bach also said, "Always remember why you created the mess you are in." During this time it is indicated that we, as a race and as a planetary entity, are going to have our secrecy veils lifted, and we will be able to remember who we are and why we are where we are. Much has already been revealed. You are referred to these sources. More information is to be revealed, and all of this together will assist us in understanding the mess we are in and will assist us in setting ourselves free to experience spiritual evolution.
"Do we want the problem or do we want the solution"? The Workbook from A Course in Miracles challenges us with this compelling question. Karen Danrich indicates that about one third of us want the problem, two thirds the solution. The problem keepers include wealth holders, wealth hoarders, greed perpetuaters and fear expanders, control addicts. Karen Danrich reports that the decision to grow and evolve is sufficiently made and stabalized that the "problem keepers" will either change and move into harmony with the process of spiritual evolution or they will be removed, at least from positions of power. Some intervention and limitation upon total free will is involved.(31) The implication of allowing Earth's eventual total destruction and demise is so vast and far reaching that it has been decided that it cannot be allowed.
From the perspective of Gakati'yi, how is the problem perceived, defined and presented? "Reduction and/or loss of consciousness" is the first and foremost idea. The "History of the Unconscious on Planet Earth, in Human Beings" is one of the most challenging and, to at least Dr. Black, "utterly fascinating" subjects which can be pursued, researched and studied. It can be stated that the "purpose of the Gakati'yi Foundation is to discover, identify and heal the unconscious, then integrate with the conscious." The famous phraseology is "to make the unconscious conscious," or, "making the unconscious conscious." Paradoxes abounded in response to the life of Sigmund Freud, M.D. (32) He asserted the presence of an unconscious realm of the Mind, and he spent his life researching, working and exploring it. While he and Carl Jung, M.D. disagreed in numerous ways, they generally agreed upon the existence of the unconscious realm and its importance in understanding and helping mankind.(33) There was a mutual understanding that humans have an ego, that it could be hurt, that defenses developed to deal with that hurt and that important, powerful problems could be buried beneath those defenses. While their methods of therapy differed considerably, they agreed that the healing process was needed to bring solution to the problem.
Freud was most devoted to connecting theory to scientific proof and practice. (34) Arthur Janov, Ph.D. had the benefit, which Freud and Jung did not have, of new technology which could measure bodily activities during therapy sessions. At the Primal Institute in Los Angeles Janov and his colleagues were able to bring precision, science and measurement to the idea of the unconscious. Janov's writings are filled with this information.(35) According to Janov, the problem was trauma greater than could be processed and healed at the time of the trauma. Janov described "partial reactivity" and "total reactivity." Rarely was it possible to heal a trauma completely at the time of the trauma. Thus, partial reactivity with repression was the usual situation for all persons. Repression for him was the temporary solution, and Primal Therapy became the complete solution. Primal Therapy became the vehicle through which total reactivity and complete healing could be actualized. Janov is totally insistent that regaining and maintaining consciousness is the solution while loss of consciousness due to repression after trauma is the problem. Gakati'yi is grateful to Janov and the thousands of patients who have gone through the healing process and the scientific research processes which were involved in all of this segment of our evolution, advancing science and therapeutic results through Primal Therapy and the research studies with patients in the process of healing.
Focusing upon positive advancements in the last thirty years in psychotherapy, healing, medicine and alternative medicine, we can say that enormous progress has been made. At the same time there has been an increase in persons in prison, increased governmental controls in some areas, etc. less control in others, and in these terms the problem and the solution is a mixture of progression and regression.
On the surface the world's economic health shows many signs of robust life and infinite possibilities, but many point to underlying conditions which do not bode well for the current system. The manifested world in the third dimension suggests, or heartily proves that human unconsciousness has generated some problems, and we are overdue for achieving some solutions.
How shall we describe the problem? Multiple systems of thought and description are available, some claiming to be the only right one, others presenting theirs as one part of a greater whole.
The vital importance of the emotional body, its wounding and healing and return to full functioning and embodiment, has been introduced already. It is reemphasized again as a primary part of the problem, and the healing of the emotional body is a primary focus of Gakati'yi and one essence of the solution. The importance of the Conscious Mind and the Unconscious Mind has been introduced, and the signifignance of genetics has been referred to with implications that hereditary factors are very important. It is assumed that a comprehensive approach to the problem will address all of these factors and will work toward solutions at root levels of cause rather than focusing upon the mere removal of symptoms. As for example in economics, a reduction in the international debt, or, even if the fantasy can be imagined, a full payment of the international debt, could be helpful and could bring great changes into our world, but what would become of causes for which it occurred originally? Would the payment of the debt modify or heal the fears, the greed and the hoarding of resources which generated the problem?
Therefore, ideas which embody and present basic causes, original causes, are to be expressed here so that we may progress toward solid, dependable and lasting solutions. The number 7 is ever present in the theoretical presentations of psychology, religion and philosophy. The "seven days of creation" in the book of Genesis is perhaps one of the most famous "7's" of all literature. Systems of classification involving the number 7 will recur frequently here. An elegant system, for example, can be found in the material known as Messages from Michael.(36) Michael states that Earth has been in the "obstacle theory of learning" mode for aeons. From this perspective, the soul designs lifetimes, chooses bodies, seeks experiences and accumulates wisdom, knowledge and information and reaches one of the goals of the soul, which is ecstasy. Michael also says that there are seven chief features, each based on a fear to work with, struggle with and thereby master. The chief features and the accompanying fears are: 1. self deprecation, fear of inadequacy. 2. self martyrdom, fear that life is not worthwhile in states of self-compromise. 3. self-destruction, fear that life is not worth having at all. 4. impatience, fear of missing out on something. 5. greed, fear of lack. 6. arrogance, fear of judgment, criticality 7.stubbornness, fear of change. The essential idea is that the soul chooses these materials like clay in the unformed states and molds them into objects of beauty and value. For example, a person with a chief feature of self deprecation based on the fear of inadequacy and inferiority may grapple for 30 to 50 years with the problem and finally reach the solution of equality, being neither inferior or superior, total self respect, honor and love for oneself. From Dr. Black's perspective it was Dr. Alfred Adler who devoted an entire lifetime to this particular pattern of growth and evolution.(37) A major result has been that countless humans through his teachings, therapy and students have grown to higher levels of individual responsibility, overcome inferiority complexes and reached states of honor. Dr. Jose Stevens of Santa Fe has written a book, Transforming Your Dragons, in which he describes each of the seven chief features, elaborates the fears beneath them, and shows the joyful solutions in actual case histories which are very inspiring.(38)
Karen Danrich and Tom Weber have spent many years, especially the last ten, transforming their fears and achieving some amazing results in all bodies including the physical body. They present a system of seven root fears, each root fear being associated with one of seven chakras. Briefly stated they are as follows. 1. The fear of survival. It is associated with the first chakra. The fear usually is revealed as a desire to be somewhere else or in suicidal tendencies, in this instance matching the fear that life is not worth having at all in the chief feature of self destruction in the Michael approach. The positive side of this root fear when worked through is a forging ahead and leading to a new golden era on Earth. 2. Fear of emotions and sexuality, sexual energies. The fear manifests as someone's being overly emotional or overly sexual or at the other end of the spectrum, as rigid and overly repressed. The positive aspect is creation and manifestation. 3. Fear of power. The negative sides are a spectrum from persons who are overly manipulative and controlling to persons who relinquish their power too much qualitatively and quantatatively. The positive side of this one is the correct use of power based on unconditional love. 4. This realm of fear concerns love and relationships. The negative manifestations are the search for love outside oneself and, at the other end of the spectrum, a trend to fix others, heal others, rescue others rather than stay focused within on one's own healing and growth. The positive manifestation is relationship based upon unconditional love. 5. Fear of Creative Self-Expression. Hyperproductivity and hypercreativity are one negative expression, and the tendency to dream always and never bring the dream to manifestation is the other end of the spectrum. The great gift of this fifth area is balanced, creative self-expression. 6. Fear of seeing the truth, leading to wearing of blinders, or, fear about having "seen everything" or "too much," leading to indiscriminate sharing of too much too soon. The gift is balanced vision about everything in accordance with Divine Plan. 7. Fear about knowledge and knowing. This fear is expressed as a search for knowledge outside of oneself, doubting one's own knowledge resources, or at the other end as one who already "knows it all." The gift of the realized excellence of this aspect is Unlimited Knowledge. In this day and time the Internet is present in the third dimension to give pictures and models of a sense of infinite, unlimited knowledge.(39)
In the Danrich approach these seven root fears are present in human genetics, quite deeply so, as a matter of fact, and they also are present in different levels of realtiy in differing amounts and degrees. Jung, Freud and many others helped us to become aware of more than a single, third dimensional realm. Danrich stretches us out much further in an "Overview of the 16 Planes of Reality." (40) Eight of the planes are conscious, and eight are unconscious. The eight conscious planes are: 1. Unconscious Dreamtime 2. Astral 3. Causal, 4, 5, 6, 7--Subplanes and, 8. Conscious Physical. The eight unconscious planes are: 1.Unconscious Physical 2, 3, 4, 5--Unconscious Subplanes 6. Unconscious Causal 7. Unonscious Astral and 8. Unconscious Unconscious. Study the structural charts and read the extensive history of how things got to be this way, and some pictures of the problem, its origins and its solutions are available. To remain clear and simple for now, the problem is partially the split between the conscious and the unconscious, and the solutions involve discovering the unconscious and making it conscious, achieving integration of the two. Keith Bailey presents 49 levels of reality, 7 levels in each of seven. He starts with the physical plane at the base and rises to various planes such as the Buddic and the Monadic. Bailey and Danrich both emphasize the value and importance of initiations, completion of initiations and the eventual rise in consciousness and vibratory rates of the initiate. Completion of initiation is a state of mastery. Danrich offers the best answer so far to the question of why so little progress has apparently been made for so long and why it is now possible for Earth and the human race to progress.(41)
In the past seven old laws have prevailed, and there are those, (some are "gloomers and doomers") who believe that the seven old laws will continue to prevail. The old laws were: 1. Law of Death 2. Law of Suffering 3. Law of Pain 4. Law of Fear 5. Law of Judgment 6. Law of Greed 7. Law of Lust. These seven laws of the negative polarity will eventuallly be replaced by the seven laws of the positive polarity or the New Earth Law. They will be: 1. Law of Compassion 2. Law of Harmony 3. Law of Peace 4. Law of Love and Divine Union 5. Law of Forgiveness 6. Law of Abundance 7. Law of Honor. From this perspective, then, the problem has been the seven negative laws expressing as the manifestations of the negative polarity, and the solution is the change to the positive pole and on to the position of synthesis which results from the complete expression of both sides.(42)
Now, to ground these concepts into our practical daily experience, all of the work that has been done on the transformation, transmutation and transcendence of the ego becomes vital and relevant. So much has been done by so many in this century, and we ask why, if so much has been done, do we have so seemingly little to show for it? You are referred to the extensive histories available for answers to this very valid question. For right now, the conclusion from A Course in Miracles is powerful in its simplicity and practicality: the ego would rather be right than happy. (43) The ego seems addicted to taking a position, then defending that position forever, no matter how incorrect or destructive it is. Note again that the chief feature of stubbornness is based on the fear of change. Danrich describes ego in a three fold manner to assist us in working with the transformation of it.(44)
There are three categories: Ego, Negative Ego and Spirit.
Ego Negative Ego Spirit
Controls Relinquinshes Control Allows
Manipulates Sabotages Supports
Creates Destroys Co-Creates with God
Superior Inferior Equal to All Others
Male Energy Female Energy God/Goddess Energy
Lives in the Past Lives in the Future Lives in Present Time
The personality theories, the forms of psychotherapy and the manifested results that have accrued, been observed and validated, can all be related to the chart items in some way. It was pointed out before, for example, that Fritz Perls through Gestalt therapy assisted people in letting go of living in the past, changing from Top Dog (superior) and Underdog,(inferior) to Equality and changing from manipulating and controlling to genuine support and cooperativeness in Present Time.(45) Living always in the third column with Spirit appears so totally appealing in comparison to the first two columns, we wonder why a single human has ever spent a single moment in the first two columns. The appeal of mastery through learning and overcoming obstacles is sufficient to attract many aspirants. And the pleasures of life are many and potentially infinite. Yet, humanity finds itself embroiled in negativity, density of vibration, pain and suffering. The Pathwork for Self-Transformation makes a most potent point about our human situation, nature and condition. In any situation, however painful, terrible, traumatic, horrible or awful it may be, we must look for and ask where the pleasure is in it, however infinitesimal it may be. The Pathwork says it's always there.(46) It's time for us to rise up and above some of it, it seems.
The literature of history is full of stories, statements and wisdom about attempting to evolve, grow, advance on the path of evolution and then not making the mark or reaching one's goal. This matter is of such current importance that Karen Danrich has written a new article on the subject. "The Seven Pitfalls Upon the Spiritual Path"(47) discusses the problem and offers solutions and guidelines for dealing with each of the pitfalls. Assuming primary and full responsibility for one's creation of one's own reality is the main theme. The concept of arrogance is utilized as the major idea to convey the core of the "pitfalls," and there are seven arrogances. They are: 1. The Arrogance of Ambition 2. The Arrogance of Inflexibility 3. The Arrogance of Abusive Power 4. The Arrogance of Codependent Love 5. The Arrogance of Hoarding 6. The Arrogance of Seeing It All 7. The Arrogance of Knowing It All. No wonder so few ever evolve much higher! Such a response is understandable when the curriculum for freeing oneself is so arduous. Yet, the rewards and benefits are apparently worth it all, for the initiate and the Planet.
Since the full presentation, elaboration and explanation of all seven pitfalls is quite extensive, only two will be presented as models of how these ideas about growth and evolution work and how they can be experienced as a process of setting onself free and how the Gakati'yi Foundation assists people in the process of acquiring that freedom. The arrogance of inflexibility is an appropriate example since those who suffer with it tend to resist growth and change. In the Michael work this arena is described as the Chief Feature of Stubborness based on fear of change. Growth and evolution bring about change on a perpetual basis. Spirit is in a state of constant creation and change. Strangely, the ego would rather be right than happy, never changing the rightness at the expense of infinite, glorious possibilities. In redecision therapy the goal becomes that of making the first steps to a new decision to change and then finalizing it with an actual 100% intention to change and the actual crossover into action. The longing to stay in the comfort zone, the constantly comfortable position, is released as the stubborn stance shifts. Part of the resistance to change is simply not wanting to go through the experience of temporary identity confusion, even perhaps a sense of total loss of the existing identity. There can be much fear of the temporary "void," or creative emptiness which precedes the new identity. The problem of lust, addiction, perseveration, "stuckness," perpetuates the arrogance of inflexibility. "The experience of lust glues an initiate to a particular addictive pattern or another individual. The vibration of lust causes one to believe that one cannot exist without something or someone....The vibration of lust underlies all addictions whether such addictions are to drugs, people or fear-based thoughtforms."(48) Growth sometimes requires leaving relationships, and that can be extremely difficult if addiction is involved and especially if the addiction is to the person in the relationship. Danrich gives an example of a person who is addicted to an abusive relationship, but the person is addicted to the sex in the relationship and continues to return indefinitely no matter how much abuse is present and involved.
The energies of lust and addiction can be transcended through the energy of honor. The arrogance of inflexibility is changed through the redecision to honor oneself and all other forms of creation at all times. This achievement is at the end of a long and hard path indeed, but, as A Course in Miracles states it, "It is not a question of whether you will take this Course, it is only a question of when." The basic premises and statements of Alcoholics Anonymous address the problems involved in the Arrogance of Inflexibility. There is a gift as the Arrogance of Inflexibility is released. There is strength, a firmness and solidity of energy field, a strong presence. "There is a brightness of love and light for all to see."(49) Some very inspirational lives have been lived where the key element was the transformation of addiction into the positive, constructive side, this strong presence of love for self and others, a state of honor.
The arrogance of abusive power is dark and has been so pervasive in human consciousness for so long that it is perceived by some to be "normal." Fear driven thought forms and behavior patterns involving issues of control, dominance-submission and the general idea of manipulation in order to achieve and/or manifest one's dreams are all major parts now of the history of human consciousness. The presence of power without love is so strong in our minds. Earlier in this century the human race went through experiences with such beings as Hitler, Stalin, Mao Tse Sung. There are so many others, but these names arouse memories of the use of power for efforts at total control with a willingness to use murder, killing and mass slaughter to achieve control.
The ideas and methods of Fritz Perls have been discussed at some length already, but they are especially apropro with reference to the arrogance of abusive power. Historically, it is interesting that Perls went to Freud and requested to become a student, and Freud did not accept him. Since Perls made such a unique and creative contribution, it is apparently best that Freud did not accept him. Perls foresaw Hitler and what was coming in the future, and he went to South Africa, bypassing the experience of the subjugation of Europe by Germany. Perls came to the United States, and Everett Shostrom, Ph.D. worked with Perls, and he elaborated Perls' idea of Topdog and Underdog by assigning four roles to Topdog and four roles to Underdog. The four roles of Topdog are: Judge, Bully, Calculator and Dictator. The four Underdog roles are: Weakling, Clinging Vine, Nice Guy or Nice Girl and Protector. These roles can be worked with intrapersonally and interpersonally. In Gestalt therapy the general practice is to have the various roles one is struggling with to interact with each other as intrapersonal interactive parts and have them move toward a synthesis. The goal is to reach a synthesis where power is based on love.
"Power of the physical plane has been related to whoever is in control or in charge. Such control often goes hand-in-hand with a domineering personality. Dominion is often retained through the utuilization of emotioal abuse targeted at another or shame and blame also targeted at another. Such personality patterns inflate the individual in power by allowing them to be perceived as "greater than" and deflates the individual who has been targeted into being perceived as "less than." It is through the act of being perceived as "greater than" that such individuals retain their power." In the Michael material, this area of life, the Underdog side as presented by Perls, is presented as a chief feature of self deprecation based on a fear of inadequacy. The Topdog side is presented by Michael as a chief feature of arrogance based on a fear of being criticised and judged. As mentioned earlier, Adler made this area of life well known as the famous "inferiority complex." Thomas Harris, M.D. described it in terms of "existential positions." "I'm not OK, You're OK, and, "I'm OK, You're not OK." (53) Harris perceived the existential positions as changable through new decisions. The change to equality from inferiority or superiority was possible by deciding "I'm OK, You're OK," and maintaining that position indefinitely, ad infinitum.
A Course in Miracles presents this area of life as a problem of "specialness." The ego fragments and develops into special negatives, such as the world's worst offender or performer or as the world's toughest, most powerful and most impenetrable being. In this framework "the ego would rather be special than happy." Then that specialness must be defended, supported and advocated "even unto the death." The vehicle for that is anger. The Course states, in the appendix on psychotherapy, "there is one thing that makes all of us patients on this planet: it is the belief that anger will bring us what we want." With audacity incomprehensible to our wounded, fearful egos, The Course asserts that "specialness is the ego's paltry substitute for love," and, also, "Anger is never justified!" Thus, specialness-anger, from this perspective, is the problem. And the negative ego would rather have the problem than the solution. The insane addiction to being right rather than happy is actually unbelievably amazing. This picture correlates highly with Danrich's "abusive power without love." It is asserted that each of us was created in a state of "perfect love," completeness, wholeness, and it was through devolution and the downward spirals of consciousness that we reached positions of perceiving ourselves as fragmented, imperfect, wounded, less than whole. A major feature of the specialness structure is the presence of hatred (anger calcified or hardened) and the illusion of love. "You do not have to look for love. Perfect love is within you." The special relationship is the "ego's greatest accomplishment," luring human beings into seeking for and never finding love in a mutual dance of specialness. Specialness is offered as the substitute for equality based on love, with the illusions that superiority and inferiority are actual, real and remedial by fantasies of specialness in unreal worlds that end up as materialistic, third dimensional cul de sacs. When the subconscious hatred erupts, the relationship usually ends, but if a goal of healing can be achieved,, then it becomes the turning point toward the positive. The healing of the special relationship is a primary goal for those involved in the study and practice of A Course in Miracles. The healing involves just "a little willingness" (as a beginning) to relinquish the ego as one's total identity and to decide upon love as one's identity rather than the specialness to which the ego has been clinging for its identity. The relinquishment of the ego is the solution to the problem, and, "the most beautiful place on Earth is the spot where an ancient hatred is turned into love."
Another major contribution to understanding this part of human experience is that of Phil Laut.(55) He says that mankind developed and has decided to explore five major limiting beliefs. They are the belief in lack, limitation, loss, scarcity and deprivation. These beliefs surely correspond to the idea of a lowering of the vibratory rates of human consciousness and loss of consciousness. These five beliefs also correspond to the negative emotions of anger, fear, guilt, hurt and loss itself. Laut's transformation work with his clients utilizes the methods of rebirthing and positive affirmations. People transform the belief in lack into a belief in abundance, limitation into less limit or no limits, loss into endless change, scarcity into infinite supply or at least enough for everyone, and deprivation into nurturance and gratitude.
The arrogance of abusive power is fueled by the problem of pain. The ancient, historical problems of sadism and masochism reside here. The strange bond between these two elements seems to defy our understanding. The energy of lust may join, and often does join, the energy of abusive power, creating the strange combinations of pain-pleasure in human life and the strange dramas that evolve from these combinations. Elitism, tyranny and slavery, the despair that life is not worth living when certain levels of low self-esteem are reached, the strange mixture of love and hate in human consciousness reside here. Thus, the transformation and working through of this area of human life holds forth great prospects for our future. The inability or the unwillingness to work it through would contribute to the overall process of eventual destruction discussed earlier. The healing of all of our pain is a goal of the highest quality and needs to be the highest priority. Visualize power based upon love as our future. Peace and harmony are our new thoughtforms. We have learned more than we ever needed to know about the negative thoughtforms of superior and inferior, expressed as vertical, painful relationships.
The painful past we have known through ego and negative ego can be transformed, transcended, transmuted and changed to where we can live in states of Spirit, allowing, supporting, co-creating with the Source of All Sources, being equal to all others, expressing Self as God/Goddess Energy and living in Present Time. In terms of the two transformations just presented, we can live in loving flexibility and in expressions of power based on unconditional love. The shifts can be made to the principles of compassion, harmony, peace, love and divine union, forgiveness, abundance and honor. As we do, our lives, our planet, our universe, become joyful, happy and devoted to creation rather than competition, conflict, "rightness" death and/or destruction.
The principles, practices and processes presented have emphasized the healing of the emotional body through spiritually based psychotherapy. The healing processes are applicable to children who are already traumatized. Another goal and another aspect of Gakati'yi is the prevention of trauma to children and the design of joyful futures focused upon and based in the positive polarity. The parents of the future will be assisting their children in such pathways. The Gakati'yi Foundation is available for support in such noble and challenging endeavors.
The healing of the emotional body is obviously highly related to the enhancement of longevity and expansion of quality of life at all ages and all stages of evolution and development. Janov, for example, demonstrated scientifically numerous positive effects toward longevity and higher quality of life through the effects of Primal Therapy upon the emotional body. The information now available and becoming available more and more rapidly indicates that the "old law of death" is at least in a state of revision for those who choose to participate in "anti-aging" and the enhancement of longevity. Dr. Black and the Gakati'yi Foundation are constantly attempting to keep informed of what is becoming available and applying it personally as it becomes available. The literature, research and results are massive and most interesting. Gakati'yi joins in the research waves of the future to study longevity enhancement and to provide practical assistance in the achievement of longer and better quality of life.
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