Thursday, 4 June 2009
The Shift of Worldviews
It is time for our society to remember that the experiences of shamanic cultures are truly magical. Anthropologists and Psychologists reduce the shamanic experience and the parallel experiences of childhood to the merely subjective.
The counter reactionary perspective is that we need to return back to the golden age of the past and the spiritual experience of childhood; however this denies progress and evolution. A more refined worldview will accept that as we evolve we set aside and leave behind certain qualities and consciousness that we are now ready to start integrating with our civilized self conscious selves.
The psychological analysis of shamanistic experience is not wrong from within the context of psychology or science, the problem is that the contexts of science and psychology are not large enough to encompass its reality. Yes ancient shamanic cultures are in fact often less evolved from the point of view of civilization, this can be contentious and offensive to some people as it smacks of superiority due to the last few hundred years of racial prejudice that was perpetrated with the license of rationality and evolution.
However this is not where I am coming from, the whole concept of superiority is inappropriate.
The shamanic and the childhood realities takes place simultaneously in the physical world yet mostly in the astral world, the world that interpenetrates this one unseen or as yet unrecognized by the dominant paradigm of mainstream science.
The astral world is sealed off from our experience by the development of the linear mind; this is true in childhood which is why childhood memories are sparse, veiled and interpreted differently from the actual experience. What’s true for childhood development is also true of early shamanic cultures from 40,000 years ago, what the aborigines call the Dreamtime.
The development of the linear mind was and is a necessary stage of evolution that gives rise to civilization and safer society. The linear mind develops hand in hand with the recording of history, writing, written records and linear time.
Before the axial age of 500-600 BCE, reality was different, time was different.
Through Ancient history we see the gradual formation of the individuated consciousness and the gradual closure of access to the astral worlds. What is happening is a two fold process one is evolution on the physical plane, the second is involution, the descension of the innocent soul from its timeless,-spaceless realm into the density of the world we know.
We stand at the doorway now where we are gradually opening our consciousness to integrate that which we have left behind with that which we have gained. The shift of the dominant worldview is an enormous expansion of our reality landscape, for it encompasses magical reality and that which we have gained from evolution.
If you want to read another page that furthers the understanding on the Astral planes, click on the comment box below, for Astral Planes 101.
I have done a variety of paintings over the last few years from the shamanic perspective and some of them are being featured soon on Lamma.com as I will be artist of the month, I will put up links on Mystic Cyber Crow.