To Threaten

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Slightly more creative than To Force is the consciousness level that I call To Threaten. Persons operating on this consciousness level live in the future almost exclusively. As a result, their power and resources are consumed in barricading themselves against enemies that may not yet exist and disasters that may never materialize. Consumed by fear and dread, they may project onto innocent bystanders their fears of betrayal and humiliation, thereby creating the ideal conditions for those very experiences, which thrive in conditions of suspicion and panic.

The consciousness level of To Threaten easily collapses into the consciousness level of To Force, as anyone can tell you who has witnessed a panicked crowd erupt into violence. Groups operating on the level of To Threaten are easily controlled by politicians and religious tyrants, so keeping a population afraid is a popular technique employed by Force-level rulers throughout history.

The other side of To Threaten is To Be Threatened. Persons who have suffered from To Be Threatened consciousness for long periods frequently have blocks to their spleen chakras, the energy centers around the mid-abdomen associated with evaluation, trust, and analytical ability.  When I allow my reason and intuition to be clouded by brain chemicals urging me to fight or flee, I cannot attain the objectivity to properly assess my situation. In such cases I am more likely to become a victim.

NEXT: To Blame.

To Force

mushroomcloudSlightly more creative than the level of consciousness I call “To Control Absolutely” is the level of consciousness I call To Force. People and civilizations operating on the consciousness level of To Force—like those on the level of To Control Absolutely—still tend to view the world around them as an enemy to be conquered in order to obtain wanted safety, housing, food, sex, goods, and other commodities. However, people operating on the level of To Force are not as ego-blinded as those on the level of To Control Absolutely. Though self-centered, they are capable of empathy, once they get their needs met; and though they may glorify militarism, conquest, and aggression, they can at times relax and feel more or less secure, something that those on the level of To Control Absolutely can never do.

People invested in To Force can include not only violent criminals, violent gang members, militant groups and professional mercenaries, but can also include aggressive corporations, businesses that despoil the environment for profit, spouse- child- and animal-abusers, thieves and barroom brawlers—all those who believe that they must take what they want in order to enjoy it, rather than learn to cooperate with others to get their needs met.

The flip side of To Force is the consciousness-level I call To Allow Oneself To Be Forced or To Allow Oneself To Be Victimized. This consciousness level does not include random or one-time abuse victims who are truly incapable of removing themselves from the line of fire. This consciousness level includes those who believe that the only way they can get the security or love they want is to allow themselves to be subjected to repeated abuse, and who therefore refuse to remove themselves from abusive situations even though it is in their power to do so. People stuck on this level of consciousness can also include those who abuse their bodies for the sake of religion, fitness, peace of mind, or weight loss; binge eaters; binge dieters; anorexics; bulimics; exercise addicts; compulsive eaters; those who cut themselves to relieve anxiety; and sadomasochists. In such cases, one can be both abuser and victim simultaneously.

Root chakra blocks are common among persons operating on the consciousness level of To Force and To Allow Oneself To Be Forced. Impotence, feelings of powerlessness, frustration, and rage can jeopardize job, sex life, and material security. Persons operating on these consciousness levels are also much more likely to become involved in workplace accidents, car crashes, and premature fatalities.

NEXT: To Threaten.

Spirit Gardening 101: A Message From the Family

Here begins our discourse concerning the spirits of plants, their natures, conditions, various properties, uses, and humours. Let all those who would dwell in woe read no further, for the Alliance of the Green is a family of harmonious interdependence: intersupporting, yet maintaining each member thereof its complete integrity, whereby men and women might learn from this economy.

And let all those who would seek an end to mystery read no further, for that which we present is but a shadow of what there is to be known of our green blooded cousins.

Knowing, therefore, that experience is the best teacher, we urge our readers to test the informations we give in these utterances; to [retain] what seems [useful] and to discard what seems not. And we ask Isis and Osiris, Pomona and Vertumnis, Maria and Yeshua, Flora and Ceres, Rhea, Demeter and Ops, all the consciousnesses of forest, fields, vacant lot, roadside, streamside, and dung heap—all these we ask to guide us we write, that our words may accurately represent the world as They view it.

  • If there is a plant whose virtues you wish to discover, it is first necessary to identify it as accurately as possible. For this, the botanies are invaluable.
  • Take note of the date and time you discovered the plant; the location and placement of it; its leaf and flower color, if any; how the leaves are arranged on the stem; how tall it is, and how broad; whether it springs up from the roots or from fleshy underground storage organs; whether it looks healthy and happy or ill and sad; whether it is insect-riddled or has suffered little damage from predators.
  • Observe also whether there are others of its kind dwelling nearby, or if it is a solitary specimen.
  • Do not pick it. If you are no artist, or cannot capture the plant’s image on film, one or two leaves it is permitted to take; but in your world of vanishing plant-forms it should be considered as criminal to kill or harm a green sibling for mere curiosity’s sake as it would be to kill or maim an animal for the same reason.
  • Go home to your botanies, and seek the plant therein. Ask the plant in meditation to help you to identify it. Talk to locals. The information will present itself in due course.

A Water For Improving the Understanding of the Hidden

  • 1 pint pure Rainwater or Distilled Water
  • 1/2 pound fresh Rosemary tops, taken equally from young and old [parts of the plant]; or 1/4 pound dried Rosemary leaves

If the Rosemary is in flower when you gather it, that is best. When you gather it, say, “Rosemary, dew of the sea, guide me into memory of the mystery I seek. Rosemary, my elder sibling, guide me; and as you give up your flesh to my knife, I honor you. And I will return your flesh to the Earth when I have put it to the use I intend.”

Next, distil the Rosemary with the water in a Bain-Marie. [Permit to cool, then] apply as a mist or splash to the Throat Chakra.

Additions:

  • To understand religious or spiritual mysteries, add to the Rosemary the shredded root of the Vetiver plant or Khus-Khus.
  • To understand the needs and motivations of human persons or beasts, add to the Rosemary [chopped leaf of] Juniper.
  • For understanding the causes and solutions of practical problems, add [the crushed dried buds of] Clove.
  • For understanding the next step in the progress of an artwork, [literary endeavour], or creative project, add [both flowers and leaves of] Lavender.
  • For understanding the proper time to do something, add [flowers of] Chamomile.
  • For understanding the speech of [beasts], birds, and plants, add [the flowers or leaves of] Thyme.
  • For understanding your self, add nothing, [but employ the Rosemary only].

The [true, pure, unadulterated essential] oils [of the above plants] may be used [instead of their parts], no more than 8 drops to [each] pint Rosemary Water.

When applying [the Water to your Throat Chakra], say, “Awaken, awaken, awaken.”

 

 

 

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)