So I must tell you, I’m working on my dissertation in Human Development, the thing is bloody hard work. Our media and culture do not encourage deep, vertical thinking, everything is done on the fly and vast subjects encapsulated into a Lede followed by a few paragraphs. Most people never get to the end of an article, much less invest years of study on a small group of interrelated subjects. Academia is an interesting animal, like all areas of earnest endeavor, you have to really love it, because in-between all of the earnest endeavor, there is a lot of bullshit. But I do love it.
But that’s not the dirty secret; within all of that has been the study of hands-on healing, clairvoyance and shamanic practice to invoke change. I didn’t attend any one of a thousand “schools” that give a “certificate” for a million dollars at the end of 12 weeks work with instructors whose experience is questionable at best. I studied with an old woman–and she is old now–who has been doing this work for more than 50 years. Like most people of this type, she would hesitate to even call herself a teacher or shaman, much less one of the most intuitive, gifted souls I have ever known. Within her own realm, she is a genius. It’s kind of funny–while others represent, or take on avatars of tremendous power–the eagle, or the leopard, for example–hers would be the teddy bear. With pink fur. Who could kick your ass into next week if she chose to do so. But she wouldn’t need to, because by the time you’d gotten to know her, there wouldn’t be a thing on this earth you wouldn’t do for her, out of pure love. Love is her weapon, no, it is her, no one can withstand her.
So that’s the secret. Because I live in the world of academia, even most psychologists I know–and I know a lot–would be vastly uncomfortable if they knew this about me. And it is a shame that it has to be this way, that even the work of Jung makes them uncomfortable. Yet it was his work, and the work of Maslow that opened the door to the transpersonal, the perspective that the world had been working with for millennia, long before dualism forced our “either-or” view.
Interestingly, it was not a “cognitive” event that forced this change in me. And it was forced, I had to be dragged kicking and screaming into this new horizon, this epoché, as Husserl would say, a suspension of disbelief. And that tale will be told forthwith.