Possession by the Idea of Unity.PDF

The Idea of Unity in Ancient Egypt.PDF

1. Introduction

I shall attempt to show how the idea of unity pervades every aspect of our lives, in the things we sense, think, feel and the intuitions that gives us symbolic hints on how to become more aware of the idea. It pervades our lives in everything we strive for and do, and is behind the yearnings and searches of many people. Aside from the lofty ideals of the great religions, this study emphasises the simple and immediate experience of the idea of unity and how it can be realised.

2. Pre-Historic Ideas of Unity, a. Animism
The value of animism today as an early form of projection, is its connection to the myth making unconscious. It is important to note that it is impossible to unlearn knowledge once gained through science of the physical world, but it is possible to connect to the primitive functioning of animism in ourselves.

3. Structured Belief System, a. Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egypt was the first great civilisation to emerge from the prehistoric animistic world and transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture. Their myths expressed elemental systems related to their agricultural pursuits and their projected deities gave them answers to the mysteries and behaviour of objects like the sun, moon, rain, earth and so on. They perceived the sun as hot, drying, bright, a daytime object and differentiated its behaviour into several deities. This includes where the sun went at night and it disappearance behind clouds and storms.

3. Structured Belief System, d. Early Judaism
Symbolically, the term ‘Let there be light’ is the same as saying ‘Let us be aware’ because only in light can we see clearly, in darkness we cannot see. The above text also shows a differentiation of the opposites of light and dark and the idea of unity called ‘one day’.

3. Structured Belief System, e. Early Christianity
The Christian story is the continuation of the evolution of consciousness, and overcoming of the beast of instinct. It strengthened consciousness to a point where worldly concerns became almost irrelevant at a time when Palestine was under Roman occupation. The overcoming, or denial of the natural instincts of sex and power, as preached by Jesus, had major implications on his personality and those around him. It was literally the overcoming of the natural man symbolised by his sacrifice and this separation of the natural man and the god-man is the basis for the Christian myth. Satan became the projection of the natural man in Jesus and depicted as an animal with horns, feet of a beast, and associated with the fire of passion and lust. On the other hand, depictions of Jesus are angelic, clean, beautiful and little trace of the animal. This differentiation of the opposites was pivotal in the evolution of consciousness.

3. Structured Belief System, e. Gnosticism
The Gnostics recognised the two great streams of Western civilisation of the Judaic Christian spirituality and morality with the logic and reason of ancient Greece and Platonic thought.

3. Structured Belief System, f. Alchemy
There is no doubt that ancient alchemy was steeped in spirituality, as its language refers to the extraction of a purified spirit from base material (prima materia) and the transformation of the primordial man (anthropos) to a self-aware and unified spiritual man through the process.

4. Ideas of Unity in Philosophy, c. Aristotle
In his Ethics, he introduces the intermediary element as the soul, one part being rational and the other irrational.  The irrational he equates with the vegetative, appetitive and instinctual functions related to the body. The mind in his view, bound less to the soul than the body.  The mind, or the power to think and understand, is alone capable of isolation from all other psychic powers.  The soul is what moves the body and perceives sensible objects; its characteristics are self-nutrition, sensation, feeling and motivity, but the mind has the higher function of thinking, which has no relation to the body or to the senses.

4. Ideas of Unity in Philosophy, c. Nietzsche F.
For all his problems, Nietzsche had a very fine intuition that enabled him to see far beyond his epoch and what was to befall Germany in the twentieth century. His intuition was predominately directed inward to the world of images and ideas, which made him highly visionary. For Nietzsche, music and dance was part of his relation to the world and a connection to his soul. As a deep intuitive thinker, music and dance was part of his sensual feeling and his unity.

4. Ideas of Unity in Philosophy, f. Kant I.
The important aspect of Kant’s division of the world into opposites is that he regards ‘Noumena’ having an objective reality. Indeed this is an important viewpoint in that the products of the unconscious do have an objective reality. For example, dreams come to us while asleep without conscious input or control. They happen of their own accord and in their own way. Similarly, we project inner characters and ideas onto the ‘phenomenal’ world, which connects us to that world.

5. Ideas of Unity in Psychology, b. Jung C.G.
Projection is an interesting form of natural connectedness and the beginnings of relationship to the object  and unites object and subject. For example, most people have an idea of a snake and it is activated when they see a snake in the wild. With knowledge of snake species, we may appreciate it, not fear it, get closer and feel comfortable enough to catch it. If we do not have knowledge of what type it is and one’s idea of snakes is undifferentiated, we lump all snakes together as potentially dangerous and move away from it. The idea is activated and we behave according to the idea based on our understanding and knowledge of snakes. This is the unifying function of projection, in that the object and idea of the object coincide. What happens after that depends on our knowledge and experience of the object and the idea. This example shows that projection is an initial form of synchronicity.

6. Matter, a. Atomic Structure
Known elements make up everything that exists in the physical world, from the simple water molecule with its Hydrogen and Oxygen atoms, to the complex molecules of Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) with its combinations of Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen, Carbon and Phosphorus. This ‘inert’ molecule does not have life of its own, but does provide the information for life. DNA provides all known living organisms with its genetic plan, form and function. Due to the complexity of the molecule, the variety is as vast and unique as the variety of genetic information contained within the molecule.

6. Matter, f. Space
The moon for example, has since ancient times, regarded having a physical effect on humans. Aristotle saw the full moon inducing abnormal behaviour (lunacy) in susceptible individuals due to the water content of the brain and knew the moon affected the tides. In addition, the moon’s effect on water and the earth is measurable in addition to its gravitational force and electromagnetic energy (EME) reflected from the sun.

6. Vegetation, d. Relationship to Animals
The relationship between plants and animals in the examples cited above shows that the system between them is one of attraction and repulsion or an infinite number of combinations between these opposites. Plants use deception, subterfuge, trickery, poison, inflict pain on one hand, and beauty, aroma, food, nectar and fruits on the other.

9. Human Nature, e. Possession by the Idea of Unity
The relationship between plants and animals in the examples cited above
It is natural to want to share such a powerful idea because there is an enormous amount of energy behind it. There is a danger however, the idea can overwhelm and possess an individual . Tyrants and spiritual leaders are prone to sacrifice their humanity and well-being to their own personal interpretation of unity. It is important to know one self and to have one’s feet firmly planted in the earth because the energy behind the idea has the ability to possess the personality of the individual.

10. Transforming Projections, b. Methods of Transforming Projections
The term ‘introversion’ has a stigma attached to it that makes people feel that they should be more extroverted. In many ways, introversion is discouraged due its withdrawal from the physical world of commerce and culture. Daydreaming still regarded as mysterious, and to some extent dangerous. Indeed, a withdrawal can become habitual and as one sided as only dealing with the physical world.

11. Symbolic Language, a. Associations, Amplification and Objectivity
The language of the unconscious is fraught with difficulty as there is no obvious logic to the images, characters and ideas. We can find ourselves in the most unusual places, flying around without a vehicle, meeting strange people and creatures, doing things that would be immoral to our culture and things that just bewilder us.

11. Symbolic Language, b. Synchronistic Phenomenon
Synchronicities, on the other hand, are smaller, closer and personal miracles that most people can experience, particularly if the event moves them inside, or corresponds to an inner idea, fantasy, thought etc.