President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have been repeating the same ridiculous mantra, “Don’t Turn Inward”, in an effort to send a message to Europe that American Globalist Politicians want the UK to stay in the European Union during a time of turmoil, division and protests.
The immigration crisis has tipped the support of One Europe to re-establishing borders and removing itself from intergovernmental control where the individual becomes buried under the Politics of Unity.
Let us also not ignore the disgust both Kerry and Obama have for their own country, for the rugged individual, and America’s love for personal truths. If you don’t know what a Globalist represents, it is the desire to bring all Earthlings under the control of a single global state. One thumb pressing down upon the masses. How scary is that?
Let us pretend for a few moments a nation represents one individual, because nations, after all, are people too. And, let us also pretend the individual is experiencing a crisis of epic proportions, one that is tearing them apart. A struggle so great, death by suicide is not unimaginable.
And, let us pretend the only advise you are receiving is “Don’t Turn Inward” from charlatans with enormous egos who have nothing better to do than imagine themselves your superior with a haughtiness developed from a belief they are Right and you are Wrong. That they are superior and you inferior in every way. Their judgement greater and yours in error.
Would you not stop to wonder what they are getting out of your lack of self-awareness, self-accountability, self-esteem, and self-sufficiency? Why they need you to follow their truths and not your own? Why they believe your validity is not important or encouraged, but theirs is?
Let me tell you something about the advice, “Don’t Turn Inward”. It sucks. It stinks to high heaven. It derives from an arrogance so evil, only Mephistopheles would appreciate it.
I was raised a Southern Baptist so the day I purchased my first Tarot Card Set in the fall of 2001, I went home and prayed to God he wouldn’t strike me down dead. So far, so good. Fascinated by its mythology and storytelling, I played with the cards often and discovered more about myself than I really wanted to know, but I found necessary to grow and become the awesome person I am today.
You think my awesomeness came from government and government planners? What a ridiculous notion that an individual who seeks enlightenment would find it where liars, thieves, and power hungry fiends dwell. But, I digress.
The Tarot. The cards allowed me the opportunity to reflect INWARD and to know myself better. During some of the most turbulent times in my life and there were many throughout my early 30’s, I would draw the Hermit card. When I think of the Hermit today, I think of Obi Wan Kenobi from George Lucas’s Star Wars: A New Hope.
It is not a coincidence that Lucas’s film was heavily influenced by the theologian Joseph Campbell and his most powerful book, ‘Hero with a Thousand Faces’. In it, Campbell lays out the 12 stages of the Hero’s Journey. In the Tarot, the Hermit represents a silent reflection and a withdrawal from the hectic world in order to gain personal insight or truth.
The Hermit can represent either a spiritual guide like Obi Wan was to Luke Skywalker or path one must walk alone as Obi Wan was doing when Skywalker found him. Sometimes we must withdraw in order to advance. Sometimes we must turn inward in order to know ourselves better.
Think of all the greatest spiritual Leaders throughout human history who had to turn inward in order to find peace and the Source that led them to Enlightenment. Imagine if these great men had listened to the Politicians of their day tell them, “Don’t Turn Inward, Jesus”, “Don’t Turn Inward,” Siddhārtha Gautama.
The Tarot suggests the Hermit is telling the reader that it is time to reunite with the Source (the Force), which can only be found Within, NOT Without. At the end of Star Wars, Luke Skywalker in a New Hope turns off the Machine. Luke realizes through Obi Wan’s guidance that in order to feel the Force, he must turn inward to destroy the Deathstar. Imagine if Obi Wan had said, “Don’t Turn Inward, Luke. Use the Machine, Luke.
Whether it is the Almighty God, The Creator, The Source, The Force, you will never find inner guidance and strength by looking for it outside yourself. You certainly will not find it listening to politicians, failed community organizers, and government planners. The Tarot is an instrument that forces you to seek your own counsel through mythic images and heroic journeys.
Regarding the 12 paths Joseph Campbell studied, the Seventh relates to the journey inward and how necessary it is to advance personal enlightenment. He uses the biblical story of Jonah and the Whale and how it signifies a kind of metamorphosis and the hero’s final separation from the known world and self.
Campbell writes, “The idea that the passage of the magical threshold is a transit into a sphere of rebirth is symbolized in the worldwide womb image of the belly of the whale. The hero, instead of conquering or conciliating the power of the threshold, is swallowed into the unknown and would appear to have died. This popular motif gives emphasis to the lesson that the passage of the threshold is a form of self-annihilation. Instead of passing outward, beyond the confines of the visible world, the hero goes inward, to be born again.”
Turning Inward. Being born again. How profound! That in order to live, we must die to something old, something worn out, something that is not working. Something like politicians and government telling you your hope & change comes from them.
Campbell continues: “The disappearance corresponds to the passing of a worshiper into a temple—where he is to be quickened by the recollection of who and what he is, namely dust and ashes unless immortal. The temple interior, the belly of the whale, and the heavenly land beyond, above, and below the confines of the world, are one and the same. That is why the approaches and entrances to temples are flanked and defended by colossal gargoyles: dragons, lions, devil-slayers with drawn swords, resentful dwarfs, winged bulls.”
Today, our gargoyles, dragons, and resentful dwarfs are politicians with their swords drawn telling you, “Don’t Turn Inward.” We do not want you renewed, centered, a hero because that would promote rugged individuality and personal accomplishment. Stay out here where we can tell you what to do.
Finally, “The devotee at the moment of entry into a temple undergoes a metamorphosis. Once inside he may be said to have died to time and returned to the World Womb, the World Navel, the Earthly Paradise. Allegorically, then, the passage into a temple and the hero-dive through the jaws of the whale are identical adventures, both denoting in picture language, the life-centering, life-renewing act.”
Jonah receives God’s message and is renewed again. God is not an outward institution, but a Life Force, a Creator.
More recently, Marvel’s latest feature film, Captain America: Civil War has garnered quite a bit of buzz from Left Wing Opinion sites like Salon who accused our hero of being a “douchey Libertarian” for Turning Inward and questioning the authority of the resentful dwarfs and colossal gargoyles at the gates of the UN. Who made them an Authority on Righteousness and Moral Authority, anyway?
While some found Captain America’s rugged individualism repulsive, more found his Libertarian bent refreshing and inspiring showing us that to know thyself is to reject Outward interference and meddling which reminds me of another quote my Mr. Mythology himself, Joseph Campbell,
“Man should not be in the service of society; society should be in the service of man. When man is in the service of society, you have a monster state, and that’s what is threatening the world at this minute. … Certainly Star Wars has a valid mythological perceptive. It shows the state as a machine and asks, “Is the machine going to crush humanity or serve humanity?”
Is that what Captain America is asking himself and why he rejects the UN’s authority over him? That the UN represents the machine with the power to both serve and harm and he would rather seek his own counsel than be dictated to by potential machines and monsters? And, in so doing he loses friends and influences, but feels that staying true to himself is worth the sacrifices. In the end, his friends join him in rejecting the Monster State to become The Rugged Individual .. The Outlaw.
Shouldn’t Captain America be cheered and encouraged rather than insulted and abused?
What does that say about the people who encourage us to reject the hero’s journey? That, we as individuals, should give up our personal rights to seek inner guidance and internal truths in order to follow a government body who believes they know what is best for us more than we know ourselves?
That we should be in the service of society, at the mercy of government planners, machines, and monster states because they don’t trust us to seek out own guidance?
And, if their goal is to serve humanity, why not encourage personal freedoms, the hero’s journey, and inner counsel rather than depressing and insulting it. Are they telling us, “Don’t Turn Inward” so they can dictate our direction and manage us like cattle?
Immanuel Kant who wrote, “What Is Enlightenment” and has something to say to those who would question the authority of monsters and men, “Dare to know! (Sapere aude.) “Have the courage to use your own understanding.”
The next time you hear politicians or government planners telling you to, “Don’t Turn Inward”, question their motives for doing so. It certainly isn’t to protect you, but to prevent you from reaching a greater understanding about yourself.
Speaking of supercilious politicians, John Kerry has been out lately promoting a ‘Borderless World” like it is something wonderful. The European Union prides itself on eliminating borders, being all welcoming, but is this a good thing?
Again, let us imagine a nation as an individual. How would an individual get along if S/He did not establish boundaries or were unable to control their own outer rims from toxic friends and acquaintances? If the individual allowed any one to breach their personal spaces? When we are young, we may be so lonely & needy we require as many friends and connections as possible. The more the better.
“But, then something extraordinary happens. You learn that more doesn’t always mean better, and failing to set boundaries can be bad for your health. You change for two reasons: Either you learn enough that you want to, or you’ve been hurt enough that you have to.” ~Unknown”
Have you ever been around someone who is toxic, draining, and you couldn’t find the edges where you ended and they began? Their misery becomes your misery. Their drama becomes your drama and eventually, your physical and mental health suffers.
And, when you thought about sealing up the edges around you and establishing borders to take care of yourself, to protect your internal organs from stress of not having boundaries, your brain from the mental exhaustion of not having borders, when you began to pull away, to ‘Turn Inward’, something extraordinary happens. You are called a selfish douchey libertarian, Nazi, Racist.
You were made to feel horrible about putting yourself first by liars, thieves, and manipulators. “Don’t Turn Inward. Stay exhausted, drama filled, mentally drained, your resources depleted, your body dissipated because this will bring the world around you to a harmonious Utopian level.”
But, deep down inside, you know that what you are, the world is. In other words, you cannot bring peace to the world while your inner life is in chaos. James Allen explains in “As a Man Thinketh”, “Thought and character are one, and as character can only manifest and discover itself through environment and circumstances, the outer conditions of a person’s life will always be found to be harmoniously related to his inner state.”
How do you bring peace and harmony in the world when a nation is in chaos unless you convince every person within that nation they are not individuals, but cogs in a machine, servants to society, slaves to machines and monster states? You tell them to, “Don’t Turn Inward, don’t seek your own counsel, don’t have the courage to use your own understanding because we are here to do it for you.”
Today, we are being threatened by politicians and government planners advising us to NOT depend upon ourselves and upon our own guidance, but to rely solely on intergovernmental organizations and dogmatic diplomats.
If you have the courage, if you have the audacity to meet the dwarfs and gargoyles at the gates of Enlightenment, tell them “I’m Turning Inward, I am putting myself, my nation first, and there is nothing you can do to stop me short of making me a martyr upon the steps of personal freedom and individual enlightenment” and then dive in.