salvia one final time

I finished smoking this stuff, or anything else. I broke my bong. I won’t need it any more. I have finished my examination of the jolly green giants, and here are my final conclusions. They are activated archetypes from the collective unconscious in Jung’s sense, which means:

  1. They are neither divine nor supernatural, but a product of subtle material forces.
  2. They only seem to have ‘minds’ in the common or garden sense, because they do not actually understand words. But they do understand voice-tones, facial expression, body language, visuals, music and rhythm.
  3. That is not to say they necessarily lack in ‘wisdom.’ After all, the most important of the archetypes in Jung’s personal record are of the ‘wise old man’ type, but ‘wisdom’ cannot be expressed in words, so the ‘wise old man’ cannot impart his wisdom in words. That doesn’t mean he isn’t wise, nor that he isn’t imparting his wisdom in some non-verbal way.
  4. What is it that ‘constellates the archetypes in the collective unconscious,’ to use Jung’s terms? He says variously that their source is material and that they are within us rather than without, and that they are hereditary. He was writing some decades before the discovery of DNA. His most famous essay on the activated archetypes talks exclusively of a warrior archetype specific to the German people. It is hard not to see this as racist, but he is saying that the more DNA they have on common the stronger the archetypal bonds created thereby.
  5. The archetypal realm is the realm of the instincts, and monsters from the Id, like in the film “Forbidden Planet,” are thrill-seekers. They are activated instinctual forces: what can they seek but instinctual goals? Rough sex, violence, torture & mutilation, atrocities of every sort: what should we expect when the instinctual archetypes are released through drugs or ritual invocation, but that they become devouring demons?
  6. The Crowley OTO, like many ‘occult’ groups, knows how to release the archetypes in the candidates for initiation, so that the candidates become acquainted with their own deepest devils and gods, demonesses & goddesses, but the Crowleyan tendency is to treat these as real gods, not just as released interior forces. If so, they are gods of the pit, gods of pure passion, brutal, asocial and ruthless. They need to be made the objects of psychotherapy, not used to implement Crowley’s fascist world-view.

2 Comments

  1. avram
    Posted February 26, 2020 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Ibn ‘Arabi’s concept of ‘contiguous and non-contiguous imagination’ is much more developed than Jung’s theories. Chitticks’ books are masterpieces in this realm of thought/imagination. He promised in 1998 a third and final vol ‘The Breath of the All Merciful’ but it has yet to see light. He is about 77 yrs now so we may never see it.

  2. niqnaq
    Posted February 26, 2020 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    I’ll look for them on Amazon. I was taught to read the text of the Fusus al-Hikam from the earliest english translation. Bulent Rauf, a Mevlevi dervish, prepared it for Beshara (which was Tim Springfield’s ‘Sufi farm’ in the Cotswolds), back in 1973 or so. I remember the phrase alam al-mithal (something like the archetypal realm), not much more.

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