In whatever way we stumbled, maneuvered, or otherwise came across our way, we tend to discover that the source of the world of events, relationships, and unfolding destiny is allied and close to our inner world. Projection, transference, and disowning are all manifestations of the unconscious urge to resist our shadow selves and unexpressed emotions and by casting it out of ourselves onto the other we project it onto the world of unfolding events.
In the name of this disowning of ourselves, those parts of us we cannot bear and our judgment and insistence that we be a certain way, selectively good not bad according to the ethos of the times in which we live, beautiful not ugly, virtuous not evil and so on, humanity has collectively created all the atrocities we abhor.
One single aspect of human existence has underpinned the outrageous and horrific events of human history – it is self-identification. The only way we could possibly act in the way we have to our fellow brothers and sisters is to be convinced that we are not them and they are not us, and that we are after all separate and divided and therefore we can survey, observe, and judge each other and perform outrageous acts of violence and inhuman acts of denigration on them, because they are “other,” the scapegoats, the cast outs, the marginalized, the less than human, the ones who are not us and who must atone for all we have kept buried in the collective shadow. Here lies the source of human bigotry and prejudice.
And yet in reality there is no one who is not us. For we are all connected, all one family, and all essentially the same.
The Threshold of Transformation is powerfully symbolic, powerful in so many ways. One of these ways is this: the primary function of our therapy process after the Threshold event is no longer self-release or self-fulfillment. Up to now our motivation and intention has been to clean the lens of our awareness, to heal ourselves and attend to the inner garden, to make ourselves whole and complete. But at the crossing this all changes – everything changes – and our work becomes as much about others as it is about ourselves… then for others only… then there are no others at all.
Through progressive and connected stages of ego work we come to this sublime and liberating realization: we are all the same in Consciousness.
Richard Harvey is a psycho-spiritual psychotherapist, spiritual teacher, and author. He is the founder of The Center for Human Awakening and has developed a form of depth-psychotherapy called Sacred Attention Therapy (SAT) that proposes a 3-stage model of human awakening. Richard can be reached at [email protected]
Richard Harvey is a psycho-spiritual psychotherapist, spiritual teacher, and author. He is the founder of The Center for Human Awakening and has developed a form of depth-psychotherapy called Sacred Attention Therapy (SAT) that proposes a 3-stage model of human awakening. Richard can be reached at [...]