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Delving Into "The Dark Side"

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In Cycles of Time Magic is Wrought

Unhallowed halls where evil dwells

In minds where dense realms have their hold

Where no warm thought casts its light

Here money barons hoard heavy loads

Then elusive Time circles round

Wide cracks appear where no light was

Down fall the systems wrought by greed

Unworthy matters turn to dust

Cyclic rounds of time and space

Turn things strangely upside down

What was held down will again spring up

And evil dominions sink into the ground

Pluto, Lord of the Underworld

Outermost planet and ruler of the soul

Every 200 years brings his solstice of cold

And unfit things die and in the grave mold

Inner Heavens: Heart Chakra Poem

Dark lay my soul under ego's hold

Hid from the light by mortal mind

Suffering and sadness was my lot

Until ego cracked and lost its power 

Glimpses came of a new world

Where love and light ruled instead

Darkness melted and sunk below

The world of the inner heart unfurled

Realms within hide invisible worlds

Worlds of inner heart-magic

Vast storehouses of imminent happenings 

Potentialities immeasurable

They are waiting our discovery

Our inner heart knows the way

Let go and realize who you really are

Take spiral chakra staircases to inner heavens

   One of the big problems with spiritual growth is that many of the things we need to work on to progress are buried in our subconscious minds. According to the spiritual writer, Ken Wilber, we in  the west have addressed this problem to an extent with western psychology. According to Wilber we in the west also trace the psychological development of the human  being from infancy to adulthood. Wilber also relates that this is where eastern mysticism begins. 

  Eastern mysticism covers psychological  growth from adulthood to enlightenment. It seems so strange that the lands where civilization began can tell us about the top of the mountain of psychological development and the lands here in  the  west, which are late comers to the human scene,  trace  the  development of the human from its source. Hmmm!

But if you never get to a psychologist the intense trauma of times like these will bring up buried psychological issues and then the opportunity arises to clear these issues up. Needless to say it is no picnic. The best and the worst of us can be unearthed at times like these and if we handle it correctly then we can evolve as human beings. 

   In Genesis we learn that we are a fallen race. At some point the opportunity to set that issue straight will undoubtedly come to us. Now may be that time. 

   There is much going on at  the periphery of this culture that is full of beauty and wisdom. Painful as this current cultural catharsis is, if it means that our highly dysfunctional culture dies away, and  the culture in  the wings can begin to take center stage and replace it, then humans may be able to begin to be what humans were always meant to be.  

  A missed opportunity long ago in our remote past may be ( in  the great wheel of cyclic time) now coming around to set things straight, so that we can again begin to move forward after ages of being stuck.

 We are meant to go to the stars. I am not talking about UFOs or space travel in outer space. I am talking about humble inner spiritual growth in inner space. I am talking about all of us becoming better people so that we can  fix what is wrong with this planet. What is wrong with the planet is a reflection of what is wrong within us. Many are already on board for the new age and these troubled times will help us all to get on board. 

   We are meant, first of all, to be citizens of earth with all the love and responsible behavior that is required to be a hologram of planethood, one of Earth's human brain cells thinking planet-thoughts. 

  Clearing  out old patterns of behavior can enable us to do this. And when old stale patterns of behavior are discarded we can realize who we really are, and that is potential celestial citizens  of a magnificent universe. So dark times and facing our own Dark Side can be a wonderful thing. It all depends on what we do with the opportunity.

 

I am a hippy that never dropped out. I have held on to impossible idealism and will not give up. I think the human race is a ticking time bomb and we are at the last tick. So what is the good of slow careful pragmatism that allows time for it all to (more...)
 

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