From one link to another I find another gem, another mirror to my own journey, the universe waves it magic wand and provides what the student needs to learn – or be reminded of.
In the clip below there’s so much layered information and even what he doesn’t say speaks volumes about the world we live in, the hierarchy of control mechanisms, who we are, who we’re told to be, the eternal struggle of Self identity and ancient old teachings we should be taking more seriously.
Guy uses his own words to summarize and describe psychological & philosophical concepts such as the super-ego, false self, true self, individuation, shadow work, Self-remembering, as well as the Hero’s Journey and the Path of the Fool.
Quotes are in bold, surrounded by how I grok it.
First Joe -the host talks about “you must really want to do what you are doing” be authentic in what you say and do – and with that opening line we’re deep down the rabbit hole of – who are “you” and are you doing what you WANT or what others want for you, that’s some deep philosophical and psychological opening statement.
Guy Ritchie, it seems, first starts off by checking if Joe has possession of his own Self :- “You must be the master of your own kingdom.” with a pause and a look to get the simpatico confirmation that Joe has the same inner affect – “I feel you“ there you go, a meeting of minds, they’re on the same subliminal level, Joe and Guy are masters over their own kingdom.
“You have to take possession of your Life” – What is not said but implied is that until you do, someone or something else possesses your thoughts/intellect/emotions. (This is linked back to my previous blog about how people identify with the super-ego self-image (pseudo-self) and how this is a reflection of what’s projected onto you/it by society, parents, family etc. (a tax payer, a voter. a bit of a lad, A good boy for mummy who’ll get a good job and marry someone just like her!)
If we take this to the extreme we could say that the energetic forces (powers and principalities) that affect the world systems (the game as GR calls it) can use this gap in your wholeness of Self as a door to project onto your pseudo-self & access your thoughts, emotions and actions. (Negative thoughts such as – I’m not good enough – I don’t belong – I’m not allowed- I shouldn’t do – I’m not a nice person:- are all examples of this)
A great emphasis is put on having a daily method to re-affirm your own sovereignty, as it is “easy to drift on this point” by using whatever method you want to “self-remember” that there’s a world out there trying to tell you who you are and a world in you trying to tell you who you are. (I’m not feeling myself today). Where do you want to put your eggs?
The external worlds of entertainment, music, fashion, advertising, inster-babe life styles, sport, & technology etc etc. Are all very tempting, noisy, full of glitz & glamour but they only succeed in their sales pitch by making you think you are missing out or you’re not enough, your less than, it’s designed to make you feel bad about yourself so you will that thing to temporarily fill the hole in your soul that is the Self, – – Implied is, those “worlds” are constructed & designed to prey on those who predominately identify with a pseudo-self that’s projected subconsciously by those “worlds.”
GR then says he doesn’t resent the system or the game, accept the game, love the game, move into the rules. From one level this could be a good prisoner telling the other inmates to be like him a good prisoner. He probably profits more off the game by keeping others in it than helping them climb the ladder to his level.
It’s a ongoing struggle – the eternal battle of the two worlds of energy, your inner world and the external world, the real and the false – and we have to give ourselves enough confidence and reassurance that we are enough and we don’t need to be told who we are by the latest shampoo commercial.
“The essence of narrative is only about this dynamic, there is nothing else in a story other than this dynamic”. That’s a bold statement! He gives us a few examples the Prodigal Son from the bible and the King Arthur legend. In the middle he drops “Every man in himself is aristocratic, he’s his own king.” This knowledge is one of the things that separates them from us, look back on how the aristocratic would tell the commoners who they were, to stay in their place, not to rise above their station, the son fills the fathers shoes and it got harder and harder for people to step against their family, society, and the system, into their own power, Self, divinity. You no longer look for a sense of self outside your Self. (I’ve been so guilty of this and I didn’t even know it) It’s also the thing that is passed down and taught to their own to help keep the class divides.
Again what is not said is impactful. Extrapolate this out, there is only one story, mix in the esoteric teaching, as above so below, & that the universe is fractal then this story applies to the growth of our solar system, the planet, human development (yuga cycles) and to us personally and individually, our aim at a soul and material level is to “be our Self” to individuate, to know we have a inner world and then be the master of it.
Then comes another interesting bit – After you gain your own power you have to face the demons you’ve created in your history (karma!) be nice to other as you climb the ladder. How do these demons manifest? Have you noticed at all, that after you’ve changed jobs a few times or changed partners you keep meeting the same type of person that eventually annoys you? It’s likely what your pseudo-self is projecting outwards that’s reflected back at you (integration of shadow is needed more than moving to a new job or partner.)
Take away your crutches, stand as the man you are and you’re liberated from the whole thing (system!?) This has a strong connection to Jung’s shadow projection and shadow work – you project onto other your own “demons” but by integrating them, you no longer see them in others. You accept them the way they are, to the same level you accept your Self as the way you are. The world will be the same but your world could be very different. (smile and the world smiles back at you)
He describes his King Arthur movie as it follows the same story arc in the Hero’s Journey, Whatever level of the ladder you’re on is the level of the movie you can glean, if your ready to glean. When the student is ready the teacher appears. Are you entertained or do you learn more about your own hero’s journey.
Religion has literalised these stories & rubbished the spiritual significance of them, they have turned a instrument of personal salvation and growth into a method of control and suppression of the individual Self. In our literal mind we see the narrative for what we believe it to be, your not interested in the movies soul your interested in it’s body” Implying that literalised religion is false & of the external world, but the symbolic deeper meaning in ancient stories that resonant with your inner world are what’s important.
When I first started my latest hero’s journey – I had no idea how it would turnout, my conscious mind had all sorts of idea and details of how it should be, as the path unfolded it took me places I had didn’t know existed but I had to “own them.” I had to go through the grief process as I killed the polystyrene pillars of truth I had held up and defended.
It wasn’t just a belief or a thought that I had to “simply let go and relax” (as advised by so many) it was also physiological, the super-ego changes the muscularity system, it physically twists and re-shapes the body to cope with the extra “weight of the world” projected onto it. (a pull i muscle is changed to a push out muscle) I took on these projections as part of the survival mechanism to the stressful, toxic, inauthentic environment I found myself in after my relinquishment to a new family.
A year or so ago I could feel my body tense & armour it’s self in response to a person or situations energy, words or pseudo-self projections (what they wanted me to be) I didn’t like it it troubled me and I needed to solve it or I would just keep encountering it and reflexively responding to the deepest of wounds.
For most adoptees (me) and children of neglectful parents the feeling of NOT “being enough” is very deeply rooted. The first time the newborn offers it’s true-self, it’s inner world to the universe via the conduit (mother) at first it might be accepted and bath in the warm glow of the divine but for a host of reasons that bond is severed and the newborn feels rejected and therefore faulty, broken, unlovable. This deep rooted affect is internalised before the newborn learns basic body functions such as hunger, tired, sad, happy, and before any ego or sense of self identity is formed, the notion of being accepted and enough had very little time, if any to manifest and the internal conflict and pain is at a level similar to the automatic body processes such as digestion and breathing.
The universe does have a mechanism to save the divinity/soul of the newborn and it is to split the psyche, hiding the true self in the archetypal world of spirit until it is safe for it to return to the body all the while the baby adapts to survive by becoming the projected self-image of the caregivers. (Its the ugly duckling story)
Adapting to the self-image while trying to maintain their own inner world can cause major rifts in families, especially where the parents are not master over their own inner world, how can they help grow the child’s inner world of true self, if it is a alien concept to them and they are fully immersed in the external world telling them who they should be.
I liked this quote about external truth vs inner truth, or lack of it.
When we lack an internal sense of truth, meaning, or value, we will seek after external models to live by. Once we have found models that suit us, we then impose them upon our own expression and behaviors. After that, we “naturally” seek to impose them on others as well–for “their own good” of course, but really for our own safety and comfort and to ensure that those adopted values–our crucial fictions–are never questioned. To silence all voices of dissent, both inner and outer, and avoid all “contrapuntal conflict.” J. Horsley
My Crucial fiction was that believed I was pseudo-self curated by family, friends and society, while holding the notion that I’m not enough, I’m a burden, I don’t belong.
What I’ve learnt has mainly been confirmation of my conflicted inner knowing, having the back up references give me push back, allowing a release and a change in posture and body shape.
And onward to slay my next demon.