Sunday, July 29, 2007

The Politics of Fear. The Chemistry of Courage

The metaphysical View.
Each moment in a human creature's life contains every feeling in existence .... fear, hate, love, confidence, sadness, joy .... they all come together seeking receptors outside the self that fit the requirements of the specific experience. When someone feels fear and associates it with an outside person, place, event, object or idea, it's symbolic of an inner fear in the psyche. The connection is worth considering as a path to self cognizance.
Those who spook other people have karmic reasons for doing so. Maybe they were frightened out of their wits by others in a previous life, or early on in the current one. Maybe it's the only protection they know as the feeling accompanies them everywhere. Scare first or be scared. Or scare another when scared.
On the other hand, those who express confidence might have triumphed in fearful situations previously. The most important thing to realize is that the distress is always internal as well and might not be directly connected to what a person thinks it is.

Many politicians are very very frightened people. They often have weak identities and are driven by impulses they don't comprehend and can't control. They lack personal will and do what they are told to do, living in a world of crime that they might not have anticipated when they got involved, overtaken by urges for power. The further they go into this world the more imprisoned they get. They use of fear is a top priority in their work and it has even been designed specifically throughout history to maintain their job security. Insecurity mounts with increasing pressure. This is what they induce into the population at large. And the receptors of the mass consciousness take it in. The game has gone on forever.
There are countless variations on the theme. In societies with brutal and oppressive governments the people have karmic lessons dealing with terror and restriction. Those who have freer societies have lessons in that direction. This is the main reason enslavement of the masses by a central tyrannical government is impossible. There are too many ancient lessons of freedom being taught. Far too much diversity. Too many evolutionary stages. Each person's karma leads him to the right birth time and place, and to the right passage of events thereafter.
Since we can't stop the tornadoes or the bombs in their tracks, or control the actions of other people, the best chance for feeling unafraid is to experience some victory over our inner fears. So rather than shrinking and quivering when imagined outside threats come, we can use the terror as motivation to learn courage and discrimination. The techniques for dealing with the real threats are always there. We can learn what to battle and what not to, creating a balance of give and take. An osmosis in our protective membranes can develop encouraging a fulfilled and productive life.
But then, I'm a born opportunist.

The media are the tools of these politicians and the idea that it's worse than it was is false. This has always been the scenario. The Gothic horror that the public has always craved, and maybe there is good reason for it. Maybe this serves to remind people that their own lives are tolerable in contrast. Perhaps the only way they can endure for now. Sometimes people's lives dip into unspeakable real horrors, but mostly they are manageable and there are joys in between the painful contractions. The extremes come and go. And they are geographically selective. They always occur but people survive and recover. It's the in between times that give them the chance to enjoy the goodness of life while building strength to face future difficulties.
Aries and Mars are associated with courage in the birth chart and when these daily fears are aroused one can look to the Aries house and the placement of Mars to find the bravery to face them down. Aries Rising is in good shape. The whole life is strong and protected if the skills are used. Aries in the 2nd house might be protected by their material possessions, a tangible fortress. 3rd house Aries have the strength of their minds to defend themselves against mental manipulation. Aries in the 4th have emotional courage and perhaps strong tribal defenses with family and other close people. The 5th house folks have their creativity to turn to and even their children can help provide the tough barrier to resist the injected dreads. 6th house placements can use their health and sometimes turn to immersion in their work as defense. Daily routines serve these people well as coping mechanisms. 7th house Aries can have brave partners that they trust completely to protect them through danger. Aries 8th house have regenerative abilities, healing well from the wounds, with great skill in handling crisis. The 9th house people can use the power of their faith. Aries in the 10th often have authority figures to help them through the storms and sometimes their own executive skills to manage fear. The people they direct can be a source of strength. In the 11th house, knowledge of a better future can provide the defense along with good people in their lives. And the 12th house Aries have infinite potency to combat fear when they are not indulging in it completely themselves.

When one takes the frightening aspects of a life to heart knowing that they represent the individual's own selves seeking recognition the whole game changes and one becomes the holder of the keys to real freedom.

22 Comments:

Anonymous Joe said...

Good points, all.

A few years ago when the fear of the government was reaching one of its fever pitches, I happened to read a book on the Hmong people and their history. In the past, they clashed with the Chinese frequently and refused to be assimilated into Chinese society. They were originally nomadic and lived in the hills of Laos, Viet Nam and Thailand, among other local groups with other languages. Any time another group tried to subdue them or wipe them out, they either fled or fought back, but they always survived. During the Viet Nam war, they fought on the side of the US, and many came to America (as so many have) in search for a better life.

The point I'm trying to make is that after reading about them, I realized the essential truth of what you said today: This is the main reason enslavement of the masses by a central tyrannical government is impossible. There are too many ancient lessons of freedom being taught. Far too much diversity.

As fragmented and divided as we are among social/racial groups in the US, there's no way one-world-government types could ever impose order on such diversity. Too many individuals and groups would be contentious and defiant, so the spooks have to try to make examples of a few who are willing to be cowed.

I took a peek at AstroWorld to find a specific link, and it's the same damn thing in the Sally's Babble-On section, as usual: fearfearfearfearfear, interspersed with back-patting any time someone scores a point against another view. I left in a hurry.

29/7/07 6:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for this blog, your writing is helping me move past these fears...

29/7/07 9:03 AM  
Blogger Neith said...

Brilliant post!! Dang, jm, when you're on, you are unbeatable. This is great stuff! :-)

Yes, with Aries on the 5th, I use my creative projects as an antidote to fear. And with Mars in Scorpio on the ASC (similar to Aries Rising), it takes a lot to make me afraid. that being said, the internal stuff can slow me down if I'm not careful - active 12th House.

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BTW, I haven't even visited Starlight News in ages, much less Astroworld . . . same old, same old, just as Joe said.

29/7/07 9:59 AM  
Blogger Kadimiros said...

Many excellent points above. :-)

"Those who have freer societies have lessons in that direction. This is the main reason enslavement of the masses by a central tyrannical government is impossible. There are too many ancient lessons of freedom being taught. Far too much diversity."

Exactly. A sense of perspective and proportion helps so much. I don't mind that people guard the principles which they hold essential, that can be enobling, but I wouldn't take things out of all proportion.

"Those who spook other people have karmic reasons for doing so. Maybe they were frightened out of their wits by others in a previous life, or early on in the current one. Maybe it's the only protection they know as the feeling accompanies them everywhere. Scare first or be scared. Or scare another when scared."

Maybe it's their way of learning about fear. Living it, breathing it. It's hard for people to get a conscious hold of their mental programming. It eludes them. So the externalized trigger the recurring emotional pattern. Between discharges of the emotional energy, there are opportunities to open to a different direction.

"On the other hand, those who express confidence might have triumphed in fearful situations previously. The most important thing to realize is that the distress is always internal as well and might not be directly connected to what a person thinks it is."

When I was younger, I had a vision of a prehistoric shaman who came out of a cave and held out a piece of charcoal for drawing. He instructed: You must draw your fears so clearly that you never see them again.

They do that in art therapy, I gather. Getting things down on paper literally works wonders sometimes. The brain is relieved of carrying the imagery, some of its resources are freed up to just look at it in a fresh way, and there's a kind of magic in the process that invokes an awareness that's bigger than the fears. The unconscious fears morph into the symbolic representation, which can be handled and are a handle on them. It gives the therapist and the client a concrete focus to target the core issues. Under the light of consciousness, fears that seemed insurmountable in murky dimness become much easier to dismantle.

29/7/07 10:36 AM  
Blogger jm said...

Joe you are funny.

fearfearfearfearfear

That says it. Part of the whole and a constant. Good choice of words all the way around. People do what they need to do and we are lucky to be free. Maybe it's a good thing that the fear controlled have a place to congregate "safely". :-)

That's good information on the Hmong.
During the Viet Nam war, they fought on the side of the US, and many came to America (as so many have) in search for a better life.

This is important and I think we should look at it.

As fragmented and divided as we are among social/racial groups in the US, there's no way one-world-government types could ever impose order on such diversity

This has been on my mind for a long time. A basic elemental part of life and human evolution. Nothing will interfere.

29/7/07 1:21 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Anon, I want to thank you too. I might have just turned a corner with my own fear and you helped. Very interesting. We need it as motivation.

29/7/07 1:23 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Mars in Scorpio on the ASC (similar to Aries Rising), it takes a lot to make me afraid.

This is good neith. I never looked at it quite this simply before so this post was a revelation to me. The inner fears are different, I think, but just getting there is the challenge. We always hook everything on everything. I think we should have some say in the matter.:-)

29/7/07 1:27 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I don't mind that people guard the principles which they hold essential, that can be enabling, but I wouldn't take things out of all proportion.

This can be dangerous. As joe and neith mentioned about the other sites, for me, I don't like the sensations the hysteria produces in my body with no action to complement the fears. It's all so incomplete. I stopped reading Starlite News soon after it started. The violent expressions all produce chemical reactions and there (as well as the other), the whole thing is violent and fearful, and very repetetive. Like brainwashing. Not for me, but it could benefit them.

Maybe it's their way of learning about fear. Living it, breathing it. It's hard for people to get a conscious hold of their mental programming.

I think this is the case exactly. It takes a lot of work to control it so hopefully that will come in time with repeated expression. I wonder about the group verification without positive action, though.

Good stuff on the drawing of fears. Very good idea. I think some respond and some don't. Like fear of spiders. People seem to be unable to conquer ones like that.

29/7/07 1:41 PM  
Blogger jm said...

The only problem with the repetition of the outside fear is the little time and space it leaves for self confrontation. But possibly this is the prelude. Hopefully.

29/7/07 1:45 PM  
Blogger jm said...

And one more thing we've been talking about here in relation to all of this in our country: Pluto is subconscious overwhelming drives and Capricorn is control and management. I am convinced that this uptick in societal terror is preparation for a real grappling with this Plutonian aspect, especially since Pluto crossed the USA ASC just as the Towers came down.

We can start now on the control. Pluto will oppose all the frightened Cancer planets soon and we can grow up as a nation. So these forums of fear are probably just part of the process. Good time to forge ahead though. Now. With Pluto as a dwarf.

Fear is good as a start but after the fact, it is not good for accomplishment. Law and order are ahead but not from some tyrannical outside source, especially if we all get a grip. By the time these pols get it together we will be long evolved. And I wouldn't count on 2012, or 2020 for that matter, my personal favorite.:-)

29/7/07 3:08 PM  
Blogger jm said...

One other tiny thing on these fear forums. It's self flagellation to read them. They increase cortisol production no matter how aloof one thinks he is, and this in turn breaks down immunity, increasing the penetration of fear. Vicious cycle.

29/7/07 4:15 PM  
Blogger Don said...

JM - i have had a similiar experience with my resentment, anger, and fear in response to any type of authority. those negative emotional responses diminish my freedom to create and act as an individual, and somehow align and fuse me to the motivations and desires coming from that authority. the negative responses actually become a sort of obedience to the authority.
but the more i ingest - and digest - that negative circle of emotions and projections - the greater my autonomy and freedom.
this somehow seems related to virgo - being a finite, seperate, and empowered individuality - and it sounds like you might be anticipating saturn in virgo as well here.....

29/7/07 7:35 PM  
Blogger jm said...

the negative responses actually become a sort of obedience to the authority.

Absolutely, totally, 1000% right. Beautifully put don! OMG, someone in the know.

and it sounds like you might be anticipating saturn in virgo as well here.....

Yes, and I think Virgo is highly understimated.

but the more i ingest - and digest - that negative circle of emotions and projections - the greater my autonomy and freedom.
this somehow seems related to virgo - being a finite, seperate, and empowered individuality


Virgo's expertise is discrimination.

29/7/07 7:55 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Well, Saturn in Virgo's gonna be a doozy.

This evening I had a talk with a longtime acquaintance who's sign, oddly enough, I didn't know. I don't always badger them with it.

I was wearing a pair of cut-offs and she admired them, looking closely and commenting on the finished edge. I then asked, "you wouldn't happen to be a Virgo, would you?"
The answer, of course, was "Yes" with a beaming smile.

I shrieked as I usually do and we started to talk astrology. I think we have a new interested party. Watch how our future conversations go. Don't-cha just love these moments?

Years ago when I was wearing the same jeans, someone peered at them making the same comment about the edge I had finished with an overedge stitch.

He was a Virgo.

I'm going to be minding my Ps and Qs, I'll tell ya that. I hope we're still speaking to all the Virgos in 2 1/2 years.

30/7/07 12:34 AM  
Anonymous Joe said...

oh boy, I hope so! My mom is a Virgo, after all.

30/7/07 3:15 PM  
Blogger jm said...

LOL!

She'll be a good one to study during the transit. Saturn to her sun. We can track it and learn.

30/7/07 3:38 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

What's funny is, I happened to mention to her my interest in astrology and she seems interested enough to ask me what I've found. I think a few years ago she'd have rolled her eyes and left it alone.

Anyway, I put her off for now, saying I need to study it more since I'm still a novice.

30/7/07 3:53 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I think that's happening in a lot of quarters, which verifies my theory that astrology is becoming accessible to more people, probably largely due to this medium. It's all happening together. Pluto through Sagittarius has awakened an interest, I'm sure. Even people not directly connected are responding. So every bit of knowledge you've gained can already find use through these upcoming practical years. She really seems genuinely interested. Excellent news. I noticed the change in the Virgo I talked with yesterday.

30/7/07 4:23 PM  
Blogger Nathan said...

Excellent essay, JM and very helpful comments from everyone. Thank you. Subconsciously labeling fear as security is a theme of this era; yet as you point out, collective freedom springs from consciously embracing higher truths. Assessing karmic ripening reveals the submerged mind, but today's Piscean Moon has had enough of self pity. As you have reminded me before, self-forgiveness is an antidote and relieves the pressure to dwell endlessly on former suffering.

31/7/07 11:27 AM  
Blogger jm said...

Subconsciously labeling fear as security is a theme of this era

This is brilliant nathan. Perfect way of stating it. And this prevents the conscious forward motion and the facing of the real fears. I've never heard it expressed this way.

karmic ripening

Love this too.

The depth of the problems of suffering and forgiveness with Pisces are more than people want to hear so I have held back going into the truth about Pisces. People dwell on compassion but this is usually not the case with Pisces in general. That, of course, is the ideal. There is a great deal of degradation, humiliation, and shared pain with Pisces as it is hard to access the forgiveness enough to get to the spiritual heights of the sign. People harbor guilts they only superficially share. Pisces is a tough one. I think part of the coverup is this candy coating of the shame, and the self flagellation is hooked on outside torments.

I would like to delve into it in hopes of helping the forgiveness process for all of us but this subject is one of the many that people resist with all their might. You've helped me realize its importance.

The spiritual babble I usually hear about love and forgiveness offers little in the way of real technique. This is what I'd like to develop.

Uranus and the NN in Pisces are trying to teach, but the fear of outside circumstance has made it difficult They are fearing Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries more than the present Piscean fears in the evasion you just mentioned.

This is great. I'll see what I can do. As always, your wisdom and bravery have pointed important things out to me.

31/7/07 12:58 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

The spiritual babble I usually hear about love and forgiveness offers little in the way of real technique.

I would include the "love and lighters" in this category. I understand the sentiment, but I have witnessed too many people espousing love'n'light and then attacking others who have a different opinion. It's just the opposite extreme from raving xenophobia.

31/7/07 7:47 PM  
Blogger jm said...

You got it joe. I enjoy it when you speak up. Pretty sharp daggers in the hands of the "love and light to you" crowd.

31/7/07 10:07 PM  

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