The Hammer and the Anvil

We are getting hammered by cascading crises at our “end of history”, aren’t we?

Despite Fukuyama’s discredited thesis (mostly the production of wishful thinking), there is nonetheless the sense of an ending. It brings to mind a piece I posted long ago in the old defunct Dark Age Blog — the predecessor to the present Chrysalis — about our being seemingly stuck between the Hammer of God and the Anvil of the Earth. Jean Gebser, of course, enjoins us not to focus too much attention on the ending of things as much as on the beginning — on the seedlings sprouting amidst the ruins and detritus of the old order. The path of the hammer and the anvil is the form of a transition to a new consciousness structure as long as do not succumb to the “maelstrom of blind anxiety”, as he put it, that attends this transition, but which is unfortunately everywhere in evidence today. And that is why I retired The Dark Age Blog and launched The Chrysalis.

I regret, now, that this earlier post is no longer accessible.

The Hammer and Anvil is, of course, a metaphor for the experience of extreme stress and pressure and trauma. The alchemist’s crucible is even more appropriate — the site of the transmutation of the ignoble element into the noble element, such as lead into gold. Either works as a metaphor for the transitional era we are passing through. You might also refer to that is the evolutionary intelligence or even as the descent of Aurobindo’s “supramental consciousness” into manifestation. In any case, it should have occurred to you by now that this Modern Age is passing away along with its particular mode of consciousness and its sense of identity — an identity that was and remains, in any case, “deficient” in realisation and expression, as Jean Gebser argues in his book The Ever-Present Origin. It was and is an identity that is estranged and alienated from its source in “the vital centre”, which is the real meaning of the Parable of the Prodigal Son, as we’ve noted frequently in past posts — an identity that is alienated from “Truth-Consciousness” — the state we have identified as “narcissism”.

I’m near concluding the final pages of A. H. Almaas’s The Point of Existence: Transformations of Narcissism in Self-Realization, and what a trip that has been! — a fabulously lucid account of narcissism and the steps necessary to overcoming it so that we are restored to our authentic “Essential Identity”, which is the Truth-Consciousness or “Essential Being”. I very highly commend this book to those who wish to deepen their understanding of what Jean Gebser means by the “deficient mode” of functioning of the current consciousness structure (also known as “civilisation”). This transformation of narcissism into authentic self-realisation befits the metaphor we have deployed here of the Hammer and the Anvil, or the alchemist’s transmutation of the elements.

That’s it. A very short posting today, the principal aim of which was to draw your attention to A.H. Almaas if you aren’t already familiar with his “Diamond Mind” approach — an allusion to the multi-dimensional, multi-faceted aspects of awareness that is so crucial also to understanding and gaining insight into Gebser’s own “integral consciousness”.

10 responses to “The Hammer and the Anvil”

  1. Scott Preston says :

    “He who binds to himself a joy
    Does the winged life destroy
    He who kisses the joy as it flies
    Lives in eternity’s sunrise” — William Blake

    Blake is speaking of what Buddhists refer to as “non-attachment”, a very important matter to understand. It occurred to me to mention this while watching an old video talk of Almaas’s in which the subject of the heart and attachments comes up, and Blake’s “eternity’s sunrise” sprang to mind as a very good example of the thing Almaas is trying to describe to his listeners.

  2. Charles says :

    Sounds like a good book. Interesting that I am meditating on narcissism and scarcity and their relationship. Narcissism and a feeling of scarcity is a human dynamic from the very beginning. Each of us are born dependent on significant others and if this relationship is less than satisfying, one is wounded. The various degrees of narcissism is the result.

    • InfiniteWarrior says :

      How trauma became the word of the decade

      If “trauma” has become that ubiquitous in everyday speech, does that mean we’ve all experienced and are experiencing actual trauma or “wounding” unconsciously being inflicted upon us by others, but perhaps more importantly, unconsciously being accepted by ourselves to one degree or another? Because it certainly feels that way at times, and that’s why the principle of “nonattachment” serves us so well. It matters not if others perceive our “nonattachment” as utter indiffernce if we know better ourselves that it isn’t or, at least, it shouldn’t matter to us. If we tell someone they’re causing us personal pain and they refuse to stop, that’s when the matches need to come out in order to burn that particular bridge. There’s no one we can’t love from a distance and, I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve had to burn quite a few bridges in my lifetime, always as a last resort.

      “Pain is God’s megaphone to rouse a deaf world. You see, we are like blocks of stone out of which the Sculptor carves the forms of men. The blows of his chisel, which hurt us so much are what make us perfect” — C.S. Lewis

      Of course, Lewis is writing about our everyday experiences of pain and suffering as opposed the needless pain and suffering we inflict on each other. We have some really strange ideas about what “perfect” means, though. I’ve found that Scott’s writings about the indigenous understanding of “impeccability” to be a sufficient corrective of modern notions of “perfect.” Some here might also appreciate the works of don Miguel Ruiz on this subject. Just don’t expect the bone dry, boring(!) version of “intellectuality” that’s become so prevalent and popular today.

  3. Charles says :

    I would answer yes to your first paragraph question. Humans are embedded in an inner- subjective world. Non-attachment is a necessary quality of learning. How else does one critique the dynamics that are creating the dysfunction and trauma one witnesses. Narcissism and competition go together.

  4. John says :

    Yes I had to burn bridges with every single republicrat I ever knew. https://youtu.be/hGsvcPD0R5c
    Now the eco-apocalypse is here and there is no stopping it. The IPCC reports are years behind the actual climate devastation.
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XyabBkO_lSreXc1Tc2AFbKrvYXdoECoxQXhenOe341c/edit?usp=drivesdk They are a PR arm of the oil baron fake gov’t corporatocracy. John Stockwell warbed everyone in the 70s 80s and 90s but everyone ignored, kept voting, and then went into the $piritual narcissism of $pirtual marketing and $elf help.

    • John says :

      Wrong video. This one. https://youtu.be/VKbBn_-uSAY

    • InfiniteWarrior says :

      Both the DNC and RNC are anthropocentric and both have worked overtime to shut the American people up and out — locally, regionally and nationally. Both are also busily imploding on themselves, however, losing constiuents left and right. (Pun intended.) I keep trying to point that out, but no one is listening. At any rate, perhaps the implosion will open up some new possibilities for us.

      PS: “They say it’s too late, but the cherry blossoms refuse to listen.” — Ian Mackenzie

  5. TheOakofNormal says :

    Most of these kind of videos are garbage, but this ones in-formation seems legit. At least instead of using knowledge to do bs around the world for money/power there’s stuff like this happening even if it is just a few Fox Mulders in their basements.

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