Collective Bodhisattva Metamorphosis?
Here on a magnificent spring Saturday in Santa Monica I find myself once again pondering over the mystery of “why did we create this for ourselves?” And I can only agree with the assertion “homo sapiens sapiens is at present - undergoing a metamorphosis.”
Many of the cores of what I am musing on are related to the concept that many of the ideas, thoughts, and practices which emphasize the “Anima” side of our collective of old are to be reintegrated into the human zeitgeist, social experience, and the economy.
The core of our ills at this moment is briefly summed up in the truth that we have built our civilization with a business relationship with nature, and therefore each other, rather than a REVERENCE relationship with nature, and each other.
It is the nature of how Women in matriarchal and matrilineal groups have tended to interact, and order society – amongst women first, and in a broader collective – that has been much of the “baby” thrown out with the societal bathwater. And it these traits which I am particularly interested in bringing to the current cultural context, can be inspired in both men and women.
In particular this line of reasoning intersects where the typical discussion of "enlightenment" falls short. I find that it is still focused on the concept of enlightenment of the "individual" as a subjective separate identity, where our experience in reality is that the expression is found, and expressed by "enlightened beings" in a more "collective" fashion. Is there really a "you" or "me" or "we?"
Paradoxically, the three coexist as a triad, and mysteriously it appears that for us as "individuals", in order to "ascend" we must blend our "individual" mind with the Shamanic "collective dream mind" as a natural part of the "process of enlightenment."
This is something akin to the Bodhisattva awareness. This is the hallmark of this time, "group consciousness" "group think" "intersubjective field" ( see past blog entries cited below.) Naturally, my concept of group think is far different than the historical attempts of societies to apply "groupthink" as a tool of oppressive archetypal thought forms - typically found with the suffix "ism" at the end of it.
I'll leave you with a quote from Leonard Shlain's new book -<a href="http://www.sextimeandpower.com/"> "Sex, Time, and Power: How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution"</a>
"In Buddhist tradition, many enlightened souls elect to return to this world and serve as bodhisattvas. They teach and give aid to alleviate the suffering of the unawakened. The Buddhists frequently use the metaphor of the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly to describe poetically this transformation of the individual. Could it be that the entire human species began its existence as a collective caterpillar? As we enter our most environmentally rapacious stage, are we on the verge of transforming into the metaphorical equivalent of a butterfly? Perhaps, as a result of our transformation, individuals within our species will increasingly behave like bodhisattva and act to heal our relationship with nature and with each other."Tweet