Strive For Simplicity, Economise on Energy (3)

“I have long held an opinion, almost amounting to conviction, in common I believe with many other lovers of natural knowledge, that the various forms under which the forces of matter are made manifest have one common origin; or, in other words, are so directly related and mutually dependent, that they are convertible, as it were, one into another, and possess equivalents of power in their action.”

— Michael Faraday, English Physicist and Chemist


Reading time: 20 mins

Energy

What is energy?

Energy is a property of matter, space, objects and fields. It can be transferred and converted, but it can’t be destroyed – or created. Energy can be chemical, thermal electrical and kinetic, all of which exists in and around the mind-body system.

For our focus it is potential energy which can be stored and qualitatively accumulated which is of interest.

Energy can be refined in order to get more vitality for your voltage, so to speak.

Since sufficient energy is the fuel for all manner of action, (and The Work) it stands to reason that the more energy you have within your mind-body system the more enhanced the capacity for change.  With enough stored, (and the “space” ready to store it) we have a greater chance of changing our physical, mental and emotional states.

With a greater store of energy on tap, this might even provide the “nourishment” and power needed to fuel overall meta-physical transformation.

At this point in history the demands on our time and energy are relentless. Many of us have become mentally ill or physically debilitated due to environmental and psycho-social factors. In this technological age there are reasons to fill every waking hour with activities and distractions which feed our restlessness but give little in terms of true nourishment. If we cut out the clutter and re-organise our daily lives so that things become simpler we make better use of our time. Time management goes hand in hand with simplicity. Economising conserving and simplifying are mutually inclusive.

What is crucial to your life and what is just repetitive, useless busy-ness? Is that moving centre sending into you spirals of pointless activity in order to displace energy that could be useful to personal transformation? Ask yourself honestly: Is your attention habitually fixed on getting things to feel better? Has this focus overshadowed what’s truly important in my life?

If that’s true and like so many of us, you have been caught up in finding too much satisfaction in possessions (or possessing people) then it’s a cue to simplify and to realise that attachment to beliefs and their possessions are often the greatest obstacle to living a more harmonious life. Or, as German poet and playwright Johann von Goethe expressed it: “Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least.”

To achieve simplicity we have to conserve our energy in thought and action. One thing is for sure, you’ll need every ounce of it if you are to transform your inner life. By gettting rid of that which ultimately drains you, it opens up the space for an ongoing process of spring-cleaning, much like you do with your flat or house. And it’s amazing how much more can be achieved by decreasing one’s complexity.

We take food, thoughts, feelings and emotions into our mind and body. These are beneficial or harmful. The ratio of nutrients to expenditure of energy is clear. If we lack enough energy then we do a poor job. Food and sleep replenish the stores but if we are constantly running on empty from faulty thinking, atrophied emotions or a neglected body, we can never fill that inner tank up enough to achieve creative potential.

The right functioning of the centres equates to specific resevoirs of energy distributed throughout the mind-body system. If they are perpetually unable to access refined energy then proper functioning will continue to be impaired resulting in stasis or sometimes irreversible breakdown. Getting the right quality of energy and conserving it is next to impossible – the whole system has to be overhauled.

Mind-Body Drain

One of Gurdjieff’s long-time students was British-born Alfred R. Orage who wrote the following on the conservation of energy in the context of 4th Way Work but which is accessible to those seeking to better themselves without such knowledge:

The human machine may be compared to a three-storey house, each floor of which is devoted to a particular form of work. On the ground floor we carry on our physical life; on the second floor we carry on our emotional life; and on the top floor we carry on our intellectual life.

Now when we are working on one of these three floors, it is not necessary that the others should be working too. We do not turn on the lights over the whole house when we are only using one floor. That would be a waste of light. Similarly we ought not to be using energy on all three stories of our organism when we are only actually using one of them. For instance, if we are thinking, it is not necessary for the body to be expending energy as well; or if we are working physically it is not necessary for the mind to wander and waste energy doing nothing. We ought to learn to shut off our energies on each floor at will, so that the machine is not running when we are not in the room to direct it.

All ‘unconscious’ actions waste energy; only conscious action saves it. The first principle of economy is thus to employ ourselves consciously and voluntarily and not to allow any activity to escape our attention or to run away with energy itself. The three chief sources of loss correspond to the three stories of our organism; and they may be defined as loss by unconscious muscular exertion; loss by mind-wandering; and loss by worry.

Just examine the state of your muscles at this instant. Observe that in all probability you are sitting with a quite unnecessary exertion. Your legs are braced, your neck muscles are taut, your arms are not loose. All this means that you have the lights on in your ground-floor rooms, though, in fact, you do not need them; and the meter is ticking away your energy uselessly. The cure is to relax the body when it is not in use. Always when you are not using the body, leave it loose. By long habit the body does not relax of its own accord; but it can be trained to do so; and the consequent saving of energy is enormous.

Thinking aimlessly is to leave the lights on in the upper story when they are not really needed. But everybody does it. Observe your fellow-passengers in a bus or train. They are not engaged in working out some definite problem. Their minds are just running over the incidents of the day or of yesterday or of last year. They are not trying to arrive at any conclusion; they are not, in fact, thinking. But their mechanism is being worked by association of ideas; and as it grinds out chance memories and images, it consumes energy. And when, later, we wish really to think, and to use our brains to some purpose, we find that our day’s supply of energy is exhausted. The remedy is never to think aimlessly. When you catch your mind just thinking by itself—day-dreaming, musing, plunged in reverie, lost in memory—make it think definitely. Say the multiplication table backwards, or repeat some verse to yourself. Compose a letter or a speech. Think out clearly tomorrow’s work. Recall exactly the day’s events. Do anything so that you intend to do it, but don’t allow your mind to be done. This effort to make the mind work may seem to be exhausting; but actually it is refreshing. It uses blood; whereas unconscious and uncontrolled thought is simply bleeding to exhaustion. [1] [bold mine]

Orage’s essay manages to highlight the relationship between all three centres or “floors” and the link to unregulated thoughts and emotions which comes about through fantasy and day-dreaming. Again, nothing wrong with indulging in a bit of day-dreaming with a specific aim, because then it’s creative imagination. But to fantasize as end in itself and a reaction to hardship is to deplete our mind and body of vital energies. And as Orage mentions, when we do need them for an important task, the energy is not there nor the creative impulse to supply it.

We can even go as far as to say that aimless fantasizing is a primary gateway to host of subjective thoughts and displacement activities which are ultimately self-defeating since they are fuelling illusion about one’s self-concept and how we think we are perceived by others. This may be grandiose or pitiful, putting great strain on the instinctive/moving centres’ ability to maintain the mind and body functioning and instead, promoting a purely mechanical awareness. Factor in defence mechanisms and buffers and it’s no wonder our energy is unable to go where it should on a day-to-day basis, let alone reach the state where we can accrue “finer energies” for inner work and creative enterprise.

This means it is important to know how various types of energy are working within us and to comprehend how this mis-use of energy is being translated into impressions that you offer others and how they perceive you as a result.

If these impressions are mechanical i.e. as a result of an ego-mask, trauma or a chosen lack of awareness then other people’s evaluation of you is likely to be at odds with your own. Think of it like the quality of light that you see reflected from the windows of your “house” onto your inner walls. Is it diffused and hazy? Do you windows need cleaning? And then compare what people might see looking in from outside?

Would they see what you think you see? Or is it a psychological version of Plato’s Cave?

 

© Infrakshun


“Impeccability is nothing else but the proper use of energy. … To understand this, you have to save enough energy yourself.”

— Carlos Castaneda, The Fire From Within


Which is why it is so crucial to have trusted friends (or a guidance system like the I Ching) who can offer you brutally honest data about those impressions since we are simply not able to be objective about our own inadequacies on that score. (If you are lucky enough to have a network of seekers – all to the good. If not, no matter. Progress can still be made, although it may well take much longer).

When the basic lower centres of our human machine is running on empty without any proper refinement of creative/sexual energy flowing in a balanced manner to each centre, but rather in fits and starts, it’s like the kangarooing of a car without sufficient fuel. As P.D. Ouspensky mentioned: “In an unbalanced kind of man the substitution of one center for another goes on almost continually and this is precisely what ‘being unbalanced’ or ‘neurotic’ means. Each center strives, as it were, to pass its work on to another, and, at the same time, it strives to do the work of another center for which it is not fitted.” [2]

So, the intellectual/thinking centre tries to do the work of the emotional centre and vice-versa, while the moving/instinctual centre usurps sexual energy floods them both with the lowest common denominator of desire. All of which leaves us exhausted. As Gurdjieff mentions: “…when the energy of the sex center is plundered by the other centers and spent on useless work, it has nothing left for itself and has to steal the energy of other centers which is much lower and coarser than its own.” [3] And this is an opening for all kinds of fetishes and perversions most of which are now normalised. End result? Perpetual depeletion away from the higher centres and the hope for harmony.

The unconscious mind shackled to the ego is never satisfied and always restless. It is the turbulence of the psyche which moves us to adopt activities and preoccupations which quickly become addictions that gratify in the short-term but drain us of will and vitality over the long-term. The more we relinquish any form of discipline the harder it becomes to find it again.

The brain needs a focus and the level of our attention determines what is best in ourselves, what will nourish our whole mind-body complex. The tension arrives when our unconscious collection of wishes, desires and immature feelings rise up to resist such a discipline. Perhaps these “little I’s” fear a repeat of the pain of the past; maybe they are only a product of the survival mechanism that came into play when we much younger and have now taken on a consciousness of their own, trapped in a self-perpetuating loop. Be that as it may, they must fall under the will to heal and integrate. But it can be a challenging process to foster leadership over that unruly crowd!

It is this desperate vicious circle of toxic thoughts and emotional reactions which is akin to the machine over-heating and the perpetual smell of rubber on the pot-holed roads of our lives. It is for this reason that the body and mind is so often undernourished and lacking the proper psycho-spiritual nutrients which may set the whole “organism” on the right road to recovery. No wonder that in these times of infantalism, narcissism, depression and psychic fragility people frequently have little left over to manage their own growth. When the tank is empty and the ego is strutting about like a garish theatre prop then it’s a scary thing to begin repairs because it means dismantling what’s left of the ego-creation and all it’s dysfunctionality. And as has been mentioned before, it will fight such a process like a wild animal.

We don’t want to destroy the ego, we just need to create a healthy one by showing it who is master: the soul. And the soul, conscience and the real essence that is you – needs energy to do it.

If we want to refine and accumulate that energy, much like a central battery that fuels all aspects and attributes of our mind and body, then we must be prepared to discover how best to undertake such an aim lest we “bleed out” a little more each day. Similarly, if we intend to live simply we can certainly do so by downsizing, de-cluttering and and re-organising our home and work to that end. But it will not last if we neglect to do the same within ourselves. They must proceed as a parallel process, the latter always taking precedent. The reason being, simplicity tends to follow naturally when we have reached a certain amount of self-regulation and self-responsibility for our own inner growth.

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Now we are going to nose-dive once again into esoterica and then come up for air in the next post, fully down to earth.

4th Way cosmology can be seen as backdrop to the importance of energy conservation. The following can be taken as a curious, if not utterly bizarre theory. Or it can resonate as a disturbing truth concerning the nature of this world. Either way, it may provide an added incentive to begin taking steps to safeguard your own precious energy.


“Everything living on the earth, people, animals, plants, is food for the moon…All movements, actions and manifestations of people, animals and plants depend on the moon and are controlled by the moon… The mechanical part of our life depends upon the moon and is subject to the moon. If we develop in ourselves consciousness and will, and subject our mechanical life and all our mechanical manifestations to them, we shall escape from the power of the moon.”

— G.I. Gurdjieff


“Food for the Moon”

Those are bold statements in the quotation above. Yet, what I’ve found in so much genuine esoteric literature over the past few decades is that much of what has been passed down through the various traditions is now being confirmed by mainstream science, often as though they had these major breakthroughs all by themselves.So, what about the moon? Is there much more to this natural satellite than meets the eye?

George I. Gurdjieff was way ahead of his time when he begin to reveal the nature of man’s “mechanical” existence and the state of automatism which has befallen comtemporary society. His insights are more than relevant today with a bureaucratic and cultural zombification claiming social and cultural dynamics. Yet, despite this intriguing body of knowledge, one aspect which is less well-known is the role of the moon in relation to organic life.

According to 4th Way teachings, the energy of Creation passes through levels or phases flowing from a central point of expansion. When it reaches a dimension or plane of frequency/vibration corresponding to Earth, then the energy of organic life present is used to “feed” the moon since her consciousness  is “growing” as part of a natural process that occurs for all forms of life.

Sentient life performs a specific function under cosmic law which is to provide sustenance to higher levels of consciousness up the Chain of Being.  Mankind, the animal kingdom and the biosphere have particular qualities of consciousness that provide “nourishment” for cosmic processes. A certain level of energy is needed to be released however, in order that the moon receives its quota.

The general ebb of the collective ability to be conscious has led to nature and the cosmos initiating a quantitative push for more energy. Hence the reason for periodic upheavals in human life and the environment. Increased chaos from war, social strife, pain, suffering; the natural dynamic of the predator-prey relationship that produces intense emotions of pain, shock, fear or death means the release of potent energy…which feeds the parasitical nature of the moon.

“Mother Earth” is effectively feeding the “Lunar Child”.

So, if we remain unthinking automatons and wholly mechanical in nature. i.e. akin to animals, we are effectively “milked” by the moon. We are living batteries charged through negative emotion which leads to its biochemical release vaccumed up by our orbiting friend. However, and this is part of the reason for the 4th Way teachings, if we were to adopt a conscious process of self-development we can somewhat mitigate and modulate how much of our energy is “taken.” Mere awareness of this possibility is a start.

Peter Ouspensky, Gurdjieff’s colleague and pupil lectured quite a bit on the role of the moon in relation to humanity and the planet, mostly from numerous initial discussions with his teacher which he passed on through his most popular book In Search of the Miraculous. According to Gurdjieff’s information the moon is a like a cosmic foetus exerting a vast pull on the Earth’s biosphere:

“In our system the end of the ray of creation, the growing end, so to speak, of the branch, is the moon. The energy for the growth, that is, for the development of the moon and for the formation of new shoots, goes to the moon from the earth, where it is created by the joint action of the sun, of all the other planets of the solar system, and of the earth itself. This energy is collected and preserved in a huge accumulator situated on the earth’s surface. This accumulator is organic life on earth. Organic life on earth feeds the moon. Everything living on the earth, people, animals, plants, is food for the moon. The moon is a huge living being feeding upon all that lives and grows on the earth. The moon could not exist without organic life on earth, any more than organic life on earth could exist without the moon. Moreover, in relation to organic life the moon is a huge electromagnet. If the action of the electromagnet were suddenly to stop, organic life would crumble to nothing. […] [4]

And humanity is very much part of this complex process of energy extraction:

“The influence of the moon upon everything living manifests itself in all that happens on the earth. The moon is the chief, or rather, the nearest, the immediate, motive force of all that takes place in organic life on the earth. All movements, actions, and manifestations of people, animals, and plants depend upon the moon and are controlled by the moon. The sensitive film of organic life which covers the earthly globe is entirely dependent upon the influence of the huge electromagnet that is sucking out its vitality. Man, like every other living being, cannot, in the ordinary conditions of life, tear himself free from the moon. All his movements and consequently all his actions are controlled by the moon. If he kills another man, the moon does it; if he sacrifices himself for others, the moon does that also. All evil deeds, all crimes, all self-sacrificing actions, all heroic exploits, as well as all the actions of ordinary everyday life, are controlled by the moon. “The liberation which comes with the growth of mental powers and faculties is liberation from the moon. The mechanical part of our life depends upon the moon, is subject to the moon. If we develop in ourselves consciousness and will, and subject our mechanical life and all our mechanical manifestations to them, we shall escape from the power of the moon.” [5]

Organic life on Earth acts as a ‘transmitting station of forces’ which was “…created to fill the interval between the planets and the earth.” Sentient life is “…like a sensitive film which covers the whole of the earth’s globe and takes in those influences coming from the planetary sphere which otherwise would not be able to reach the earth.” Gurdjieff explains that organic life is “the earth’s organ of perception and radiation” with the vegetable, animal, and human kingdoms performing an equally important role. [6]

Ouspensky believed we must create the moon – or rather, a magnetic centre – within ourselves. By choosing which influences are most beneficial to our own individual evolution, we can reduce or break free from the lunar influence. That means cultivating the awareness of what can be verifiably known alonside that which might be known, though for now is a working hypothesis. As Gurdjieff explains: “…it is impossible to become free from one influence without becoming subject to another. The whole thing, all work on oneself, consists in choosing the influence to which you wish to subject yourself, and actually falling under this influence. And for this it is necessary to know beforehand which influence is the more profitable.[7]

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If this very ancient hypothesis is correct, you can see why it amounts to an escape from certain forces which keeps us spiritually imprisoned if we are in a state of mechanial awareness, i.e. operating from ignorance, instinct and lower desire. The moon uses this energy as hyperdimensional nutrient for its growth. Growing our own field of awareness places us outside these energy-mining forces leading to a liberation from the moon.

Boris Mouravieff who wrote the Gnosis Trilogy building on Gurdjieff and Ouspensky’s work with the addition of Eastern orthodoxy and the monastic tradition (see a previous post) agrees that “…organic life functions as a transmitter station sending refined energy to the Moon to assist its growth.” In order to release ourselves from “the devouring influence of the moon” Mouravieff reiterates the process:

As a cell of organic life on Earth, man plays a part in the development of the Ray of Creation. The vivification of the Moon, that cosmic foetus, is one aspect of this development. This requires considerable quantities of energy, which is produced in particular by the human part of organic life. Illusion, which plays such an important role in the waking consciousness of man, was introduced into that state so that he would accept this aspect of the cosmic work, participating in it without rebellion. […] [8]

When we become conscious of this hypothesis, decide it has validity and wish to escape this influence, Mouravieff believes we must “create a screen” of heightened awareness defined by self-observation and all the constructive qualities necessary to develop true individuality which will protect us from the moon’s influence, thus energy extraction.

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The moon needs sustenance to grow and eventually sustain life. But we don’t have to be the ones to sacrifice our consciousness to it. Meanwhile, we must:

“… guard against falling into Illusion again by erecting a false screen; the result would be an aggravated waste of these forces instead of an economy of force. The quantity of force necessary to genuinely oppose the influence of the Moon is already considerable. The first imperative, then, is to stop wasting these forces, to turn off the taps which let the energy escape uselessly: sterile emotions, in particular negative emotions; fantasies from uncontrolled imagination; uncoordinated mental gymnastics, gossiping and chattering. We must thus act like a wise minister of finance and carefully economize our energies, yet without all the time sterilizing either our activity or our intelligence. On the contrary, we must store and as far as possible augment these forces to build up our reserves. These are the two main aspects of the first objective we have to attain. [9]

Mouravieff also states that “Under normal conditions of peace, insufficient quantities of energy are transmitted to the Moon as a result of the work of human society and its surrounding fauna and flora.” Which means an increase of energy is needed and expanded at this level, set in motion by cosmic forces and the creative impulse of universal growth. This ensures the nourishment and growth of the moon as cosmic foetus. He goes on to say that the planetary and societal “convulsions” are of cosmic origin and the cause of “wars and revolutions, of epidemics, and of all the other large-scale catastrophes that plague humanity.” Therefore, “…considerable conscious efforts must be made by exterior man on the esoteric plane before man can efficiently contribute as he must – by his own evolution – to the harmonious evolution of the System of Cosmoses.” [10]

The Vedas, Upanishads and the Indian Puranas all include the theme of a “universe upheld by sacrifice” with the Creator presiding over a smorgasboard of food defined by predator and prey. And it doesn’t take long before the ideas of ritual and sacrifice in a range of traditions takes on a whole new frame of reference: from Tibetan Buddhism to ancient Egyptian death cults; Native American tribal lore, Canaanite worship of Moloch and Baal to modern Jihadism and Old Testament blood-and-wrath of Yahweh/Jehovah.


“The initiation centres have always recognized that mankind is in thrall to the Moon — that ordinary men and women are sleeping under the influence of the lunar powers.”

— David Ovason, The Zelator


There are other more modern Influences which talk about the relationship between the moon, organic life and certain forces that exist within this negative or “Lunar” influence. Gnostic belief and dualistic thought personified by manichaeism or the Cathar sects characterises the material plane as the dominion of the evil demiurge or the Archons of darkness who, in line with evolution of the moon, stimulate and encourage chaos so that they may feed on humanity’s lowest instincts.

In the same vein, Carlos Castaneda’s intriguing books include the motif of a cosmic predator and its shadow “flyers” who prey on the fine energies of man, eating his level of awareness down to his toes. The greater the level of chaos stimulated by these predators, the more rich the human energy nutrient. It is the dark side of the universe that consumes and the light side that regenerates and disperses. It is the consumption and devouring nature that we strive to limit as we grow.

In The Eagles Gift (1991) the role of this dark force is explained in cosmic, mythical terms:

“The Eagle is devouring the awareness of all the creatures that, alive on earth a moment before and now dead, have floated to the Eagle’s beak, like a ceaseless swarm of fireflies, to meet their owner, their reason for having had life. The Eagle disentangles these tiny flames, lays them flat, as a tanner stretches out a hide, and then consumes them; for awareness is the Eagle’s food. The Eagle, that power that governs the destinies of all living things, reflects equally and at once all those living things.” [11]

And we read a more detailed relationship to cosmic devourer and food for the moon symbiosis in his third book The Active Side of Inifinty:

We have a predator that came from the depths of the cosmos and took over the rule of our lives. Human beings are its prisoners. The Predator is our lord and master. It has rendered us docile, helpless. If we want to protest, it suppresses our protest. If we want to act independently, it demands that we don’t do so…

Why has this predator taken over in the fashion that you’re describing, don Juan?” I asked. “There must be a logical explanation.”

“There is an explanation,” don Juan replied, “which is the simplest explanation in the world. They took over because we are food for them, and they squeeze us mercilessly because we are their sustenance. Just as we rear chickens in chicken coops, gallineros, the predators rear us in human coops, humaneros. Therefore, their food is always available to them…

“In order to keep us obedient, meek and weak, the predators engaged themselves in a stupendous maneuver- stupendous, of course, from the point of view of a fighting strategist; a horrendous maneuver from the point of view of those who suffer it. They gave us their mind! Do you hear me? The predators give us their mind which becomes our mind. The predators’ mind is baroque, contradictory, morose, and filled with the fear of being discovered any minute now…

“I know that even though you have never suffered hunger,” he went on, “you have food anxiety which is none other than the anxiety of the predator who fears that any moment now its maneuver is going to be uncovered, and its food is going to be denied. Through the mind, which after all is their mind, the predators inject into the lives of human beings whatever is convenient for them. The predators ensure in this manner a degree of security to act as a buffer against their fear…

He explained that sorcerers see infant human beings as strange, luminous balls of energy covered from the top to the bottom with a glowing coat something like a plastic cover that is adjusted tightly over their cocoon of energy. He said that that glowing coat of awareness was what the predators consumed, and that when a human being reached adulthood, all that was left of that glowing coat of awareness was a narrow fringe that went from the ground to the top of the toes. That fringe permitted mankind to continue living, but only barely. As if I were in a dream, I heard don Juan explaining that, to his knowledge, man was the only species that had the glowing coat of awareness outside that luminous cocoon. Therefore, he became easy prey for an awareness of a different order; such as the heavy awareness of the predator. [12]

I read this some 21 years ago and had enough elements of knowledge to begin to make some connections. But notice now, in our discussion of simplicity and the economy of our energy how high the stakes might be in terms of soul growth.

In the above you have an explanation for the primary outpost of the moon as receiver of Earth and organic life and a transmitter of negative energy. But… The moon also represents a path, a way of Being. We have equal references to a range of negatively polarised beings who worship matter and feed off those negative energies as way to sustain their own existence. What’s more, the worst excesses and evils in the human kingdom are a product of “The Predator’s Mind” which still functions through the reptilian/limbic brain and the ego as a “foreign installation” or Archontic intrusion in Gnostic parlance.

In effect, we have the negative half of the universe as part of our mind in much the same way we animal DNA. It is both a curse and a blessing. A curse, if we acquiese to its demands and a blessing if we seek truth and soul growth. And it is the will to resist this inbuilt seed of evil within that gives the needed fire to transmute ourselves beyond its reach.

Theosophists incorporated similar allusions to this mythology, in particular through Helena Blavatsky’s The Secret Doctrine (1888) which formed the foundational theory (some would say doctrine) of theosophy as a whole. She states, in suitably elaborate verbiage typical of its day:

“The moon is now the cold residual quantity, the shadow dragged after the new body, into which her living powers are transfused. She now is doomed for long ages to be ever pursuing the Earth, to be attracted by and to attract her progeny. Constantly vampirised by her child, she revenges herself on it, by soaking it through and through with the nefarious, invisible and poisonous influence which emanates from the occult side of her nature. For she is a dead, yet a living body. The particles of her decaying corpse are full of active and destructive life, although the body which they had formed, is soulless and lifeless.” [13]

This puts into better perspective the destructive and chaotic, the archetypal dark side of the feminine force personified by Isis, Lilith and Kali and how the moon’s “lunacy” may be linked to not only to the movement of the oceans and the biorhythms of all beings, but the state of our bodily and mental health at specific periods of the month. This is the feminine Receptive counterpart to the masculine Creative power.

Finally, the late Robert A. Monroe of the Monroe Institute and author of the trilogy Journeys out of the Body (1970) Far Journeys (1989) and Ultimate Journey (1996) details a similar story. During his out-of-body travels he encountered a range of metaphysical truths about the Universe, one of which was the Earth and nature as a generator of what he called “loosh” a label he used to describe Chi or life energy which essentially saw the Earth as part of a “loosh factory” and human farm. In his own words: “I think we’re property.” This subsequently caused him a significant amount of distress and eventual depression. Understandably. I highly recommend reading these unique books. (A summary of his extraordinary findings beyond the physical can be found from a gnostic perspective care of the excellent Jim DeKorne here).

There are many others but we will stop there in case you run screaming from this blog never to return.

This is heavy stuff but if we are to do justice to the concept of simplicity and economy of energy – not least the 31 suggestions – we need to have as wide a field of awareness as possible regarding how we can become “unpalatable” to both Official Culture, the technosphere and the predatory half of the universe who will consume your mind energy if you do not take responsibility for it yourself.
So, you see, cultivating simpliciity isn’t so simple, but there is great protective power once you do.

So what am I meant to do with all that?

The key bullet point to take away from all this looshing is the following perennial truth:

Everything in the universe eats and consumes at different levels of being – from an amoeba to a black hole. It’s what we choose to “consume” and “digest” that determines the quality of our mind, body and spirit. If you want to extricate yourself from that feeding frenzy then build your own resource within.

Think about it.

The Cosmos is an inconceivably vast learning experience for consciousness. It works through a variety of physical and para-physical forms expressing a predator or prey dynamic. You can learn all you need to know about the complexity of that relationship from the natural world. These dynamics apply to the microscopic world in your gut to penguins in Antarctica to divorce courts of middle America. The complexities of the meta-physical realm always underscore these dances of energy, be it an exchange or a bid to consume.

All the above esoteric hypotheses are simply reminding us of an age-old reality: a cosmic restaurant of consciousness that is replicated on Earth from the boardroom to the playground. A big fish eats a smaller fish and that fish is eaten by a still bigger fish, and so on. The Corportion buys out several companies and becomes a massive market predator like Monsanto or Amazon; the psychopath consumes conscience in a relationship and moves on to the next one.

It’s all consumption – the vampiric light eaters/service to self vs the light conservationists/service to others. The latter polarity builds light nutrient through knowledge, awareness and expansion through disbursement. It includes and integrates. Darkness consumes and contracts through entropy and chosen ignorance of the light quotient. It excludes and separates.

You want to be parasitical in nature and feed off other’s energy? If so, you’ll be replicating a vast cosmic process. However, simplicity and economy as part of a package of self-growth and autonomy starts by self-generated energy. That’s the whole point of this admittedly intense article. Once you start to do that you gradually become unpalatable to the parasitical nature within yourself and the world at large.

So, don’t become the main course, nor purloin another’s energy for a midnight snack. Enhance and accumulate your own energy; self-remember and remain attentive and vigilant against unconscious reaction and instinctive beahviour. We might then slowly return to a position from which we can grow our awareness as a natural habit in the face of those that would covet such potential, be it man, woman, child, beast… or Moon.

At the very least, it’s food for thought.

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Note: For more on the shamanic view of this hypothesis I highly recommend an article by José Stevens called Predator or Prey? The Shamanic Understanding of Eating and Digesting Experiences.

 


Notes

[1] ‘Economizing Our Energy’ By A. R. Orage Published in The Active Mind: Adventures in Awareness (1930) London: Janus Press | https://www.gurdjieff.org/orage13.htm – economising energy
[2] Location 2474; Ouspensky, P. D. In Search of the Miraculous. BookMasters.(Kindle Edition).
[3] Ibid. Location 5692
[4] Ibid. Location 1922
[5] Ibid. Location 1950
[6] ‘The Ray Of Creation’ | http://www.gurdjiefffourthway.org/pdf/THE%20RAY%20OF%20CREATION.pd
[7] op.cit. Ouspensky Location 548-549
[8] p.168; Mouravieff, Boris; Gnosis, Book One – The Exoteric Cycle, Study and Commentaries On The Esoteric Tradition of Eastern Orthodoxy (1989) | First published in 1966. Translated by S. A. Wissa, edited by Robin Amis. Published for Praxis Institute Press by Agora Books. See: http://www.praxisresearch.org/bookstore/gnosis_books.htm | See also PDF version on this site: https://infrakshun.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/gnosis1.pdf
[9] Ibid. P.145
[10] Ibid. p.114
[11]p.173; Castaneda, Carlos; The Eagle’s Gift (1991) Pub. Simon & Schuster
[12] pp.218-219; Castaneda, Carlos; The Active Side of Infinity (2000) Pub. Harper Perennial.
[13] p. Blavatsky, H.P.; The Secret Doctrine Theosophical Univ Pr; Unabridged Verbatim Edition (2-vol set) edition (2014) First published in (1888)

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