August 14, 2020
from KingsleyDennis Website
in a cage'.
our Collective Trauma?
It appears self-evident that there is something fundamentally wrong with how the world is - in so many ways and upon so many levels.
We are a species with noble character, with a great spirit, and with a sacred soul. In our hearts most people wish only for the betterment of all others:
And yet what we see going on in the world is nothing less than complete madness.
We have to say it exactly as it is:
In my recent work I proposed the possibility that some kind of mental and/or unconscious infection or contagion has produced a form of irrationality - or 'madness' - that has now become so normalized within us that we hardly recognize its presence. [i]
Further, this 'presence' has embedded itself into various forms of social conditioning (or perhaps even produces this conditioning) in order to veil its existence.
This 'normalized' madness then usurps genuine thinking patterns, with the result that when everyone shares the collective psychosis then the madness of the world appears to be a 'normal feature' of human civilization. And those people who are 'awake' to the irrationality and madness are considered the 'crazy ones.'
Here is an illuminating tale:
The King and his love of wisdom (Genuine Mind) was corrupted by the poisonous drops of the witch's liquid (infection/contagion) that resulted in the mass epidemic of craziness (irrationality/madness).
This corrupted mind, we can say,
This disease of irrationality is a contagion that infects individual and group minds as well as infuses the whole array of our social systems.
The collective 'cultural mind' is continually being shaped by dominant social-cultural narratives that normalize our mental and emotional behavioral patterns.
These norms are then transferred into cultural myths that serve to transmit and reinforce these mass-minded belief systems.
Once this seed of psychosis is planted then it aims to propagate and strengthen itself in order to legitimate its own 'logical' existence.
Like a mental cancer it
ingratiates itself into our own neural pathways as an insider rather
than an outsider so that we fail to notice its toxic presence. Yet
there remains a niggling sense of something being
'not-quite-right' deep within any sensible/sensitive
A more recent category for such people is now to be designated as a 'conspiracy theorist' which is,
And those people who appear to accept and encourage such norms are quickly brought 'into the fold' and supported by the orthodox, mainstream systems.
The majority of those supporting and propagating the disease of irrationality,
A great majority of the asymptomatic, unknowing carriers of this mental contagion can also be found in the streets, in shops, and everywhere in society.
Positions of great power, especially, represent this irrationality, and often knowingly so, as it supports and strengthens their own continuing structure of power.
Just like any other virus or pathogen, it seeks to spread itself by infecting as many carriers as possible. Those people who carry the irrational mind (whether knowingly or not) act as transmitters and amplifiers for it, strengthening its frequency within the collective consciousness.
A collective 'possession' can also be referred to as a psychic epidemic, or a disturbance in the field.
Such disturbances can
have varying affects upon people's mental health and well-being.
Over time, this off-kilter mentality stabilizes into a form of
trauma which then is projected externally.
When a person feels traumatized, they are vulnerable to further mental programming and varieties of external influence and persuasion.
It can be very subtle too...
Our modern societies have been stealthily constructed on ways to exploit this vulnerability to outside influence and persuasion.
The monk Thomas Merton said that modern societies suffer from a crisis of sanity:
If modern institutions are infected by a corrupted and irrational system of mental thinking patterns then, as Merton suggests, this instability will be amplified and made worse.
Individual traumas are given institutional sanction and support within a culture that has based its social norms upon such irrationalities.
The irrational has broken through and implanted itself as the 'rational standard rule.' It is perhaps little wonder that people are so susceptible to this mental corruption when it comes to us dressed up in sheep's clothing.
As is always the case, those people most vulnerable are usually,
unfortunately, is one that is first implanted through compulsory
The irrational mind preys upon such 'group-think' individuals as the 'mass mind' of humanity helps in the transmission and proliferation of the psychic trauma.
As the famous psychiatrist R.D. Laing once said,
Conscious awareness is
perhaps our greatest antidote to the irrational mind.
...and the rest, from the standpoint of the collective trauma of the irrational mind.
Modern human thinking patterns have been conditioned around such traits as greed, competition, ambition, materialism, and selfishness. These are all traits that mark a lack of authenticity.
The irrational mind seeks
to develop greater degrees of inauthenticity and lack of empathy
within the individual. The world stage is littered with such
It is the,
It seems that humanity is
collectively struggling to awaken against its very own condition of
The ignorance we have about this condition, and the absence of real knowledge of it, indicates we are asleep.
A person who is more conditioned to obedience is more susceptible to submission and external control.
This indeed could be the reason for our systems of authority establishing rigid orders of control and obedience, such as when we travel, pass through airports, are track and traced, etc.
It can be likened to a preparation for automated behavior as a requisite for an automated mind.
The thinker George Gurdjieff wrote:
By adopting the mentality of the irrational mind, we are participating in our own suppression and furthering the behavior of an automaton.
We need to recognize that many of our incumbent social systems are set-up to corroborate and reinforce the consensus mind-set.
Our genuine awakening
to this trauma cannot come from any 'mass movement' but only from
those persons who can think and act independently.
The Gnostic text The Gospel of Philip says:
The danger lies in our distraction - in our unknowingness.
It is now necessary to see the irrational mind for what it is:
If we cannot bring harmony and good sense to the world around us, then we should at least bring it upon ourselves.
It is time now to awaken from this cursed slumber and to finally heal our individual and collective trauma...