Welcome to Sanctuary 7

by Christopher Lovejoy on November 19, 2021

Note to readers: this post is the seventh in a series of posts about flowing into and out of sanctuary

Life, love, light, and the lust for life.

Sounds new-agey, wouldn’t you agree?

And yet, are they not legitimate words?

Do they not ring true, at least a little?

By itself, the word life seems fine, but when you place it next to love and light, is one not given pause? By itself, the word love seems fine, as does light, but lust doesn’t seem so wholesome, even if you try to rescue it by appending “for life.” But then again, when you picture children at play with a lust for life, the connotation changes rather dramatically, wouldn’t you say?

Life, love, light, and the lust for life: these words speak profound truth, at least to me. Picture, if you still can, a family of four ~ mother, father, son (6 years of age, say), daughter (4 years of age, say) ~ by themselves, at play, laughing, splashing, in water near the shoreline of a sea.

Imagine all of that laughter against the setting sun in a world at peace.


life, the love of life, the light of wisdom, the lust for life …
are they not the most natural companions in the cosmos?

In my study of personal fulfillment, I have come to view spiritual death as an apparent dearth of life, love, light, and lust in the ebb and flow of life, love, light, and lust. A dearth suggests lack, a shortage, a scarce supply. An apparent dearth is in keeping with Kala: there are no limits. Here, the suggestion is that the energies of life, love, light, and lust are forever renewable.

If not here, then there; if not sooner, then later.

A Time and Place for Death and Dearth

My ultimate aim in life is to weave, with my word as my wand, the following four threads into a coherent, consistent pattern, one that endures beyond the apparent death of my body and my person, and one that coheres before I pass into the Great Beyond from this life to the next:


1
life is found in loving, even as I embody a pure love of self with grace and ease

2
love is found in trusting, even as I cultivate a pure space to live at peace with love

3
light is found in caring, even as I engender a pure path to joy in awe and wonder

4
lust is found for giving, even as I alchemize a pure lust for life from joy to bliss

notes on 2:
a pure space to live can be metaphysical, physical, or psychological
examples include a dreamscape, a space in the home, a refuge found within
a space is pure when everything within it has its place, and its function

notes on 4:
a pure lust for life is organic, appearing effortlessly in the course of giving
a pure lust for life can also seem mysterious, even miraculous, when it flows
a lust for life is pure in the absence of any hint of craving that seems forbidden

These threads are what I call “sovereign inviolables” ~ sacred boundary makers that serve to reclaim, restore, renew, or refresh a reverence for life, the love of life, the light of wisdom, and the lust for life. The resulting weave is a life of ultimate fulfillment for this life in this lifetime.

As I ponder this weave, I cannot help but welcome a contemplation of these questions:


Where my life is concerned, what role does a pure love of self play? What role does a pure space to live play? What role does a pure path to joy play? What role does a pure lust for life play? And what role does the light of wisdom play in weaving all of these roles together in harmony?

And so, consider this uncommon declaration of personal sovereignty: “my word is my wand, even as I meet Death with the beauty of Love in the wonder of Light.” Just to be clear, Death with a capital D encompasses the death or dearth of life, love, light, or lust under many guises:


the death or dearth of agency
the death or dearth of authority
the death or dearth of autonomy
the death or dearth of beauty
the death or dearth of belonging
the death or dearth of bliss
the death or dearth of benevolence
the death or dearth of buoyancy
the death or dearth of care
the death or dearth of choice
the death or dearth of civility
the death or dearth of clarity
the death or dearth of compassion
the death or dearth of compromise
the death or dearth of concern
the death or dearth of confidence
the death or dearth of conflict
the death or dearth of conscience
the death or dearth of contentment
the death or dearth of creativity
the death or dearth of delight
the death or dearth of desire
the death or dearth of dignity
the death or dearth of diligence
the death or dearth of discernment
the death or dearth of dissent
the death or dearth of ease
the death or dearth of ecstasy
the death or dearth of efficiency
the death or dearth of enchantment
the death or dearth of excellence
the death or dearth of experience
the death or dearth of extravagance
the death or dearth of flexibility
the death or dearth of fortitude
the death or dearth of fulfillment
the death or dearth of goodness
the death or dearth of grace
the death or dearth of growth
the death or dearth of happiness
the death or dearth of harmony
the death or dearth of humanity
the death or dearth of improvement
the death or dearth of impulsivity
the death or dearth of indulgence
the death or dearth of innocence
the death or dearth of insouciance
the death or dearth of inspiration
the death or dearth of integrity
the death or dearth of interest
the death or dearth of intimacy
the death or dearth of joy
the death or dearth of kindness
the death or dearth of life
the death or dearth of light
the death or dearth of love
the death or dearth of lust
the death or dearth of maturity
the death or dearth of meaning
the death or dearth of motivation
the death or dearth of nonchalance
the death or dearth of opportunity
the death or dearth of optimism
the death or dearth of passion
the death or dearth of patience
the death or dearth of peace
the death or dearth of persistence
the death or dearth of perspective
the death or dearth of pleasure
the death or dearth of possibility
the death or dearth of potential
the death or dearth of presence
the death or dearth of productivity
the death or dearth of promise
the death or dearth of propriety
the death or dearth of purpose
the death or dearth of quality
the death or dearth of respect
the death or dearth of reputation
the death or dearth of satisfaction
the death or dearth of sensitivity
the death or dearth of serenity
the death or dearth of serendipity
the death or dearth of sovereignty
the death or dearth of speculation
the death or dearth of spontaneity
the death or dearth of sweetness
the death or dearth of tact
the death or dearth of tolerance
the death or dearth of trust
the death or dearth of truth
the death or dearth of urgency
the death or dearth of virtuosity
the death or dearth of vitality
the death or dearth of wisdom
the death or dearth of wonder

the death or dearth of . . . (specify)

note: this list is by no means comprehensive; feel free to specify additions to your heart’s content

I am capable of feeling a profound, pervasive sense of dread when I see someone who gives me the impression of having succumbed to a living death in any one or more of these ways, but I wonder: might I be giving others the impression of a living death in one or more of these ways?

Just as it not hard to imagine, in accordance with an absolute standard of purity, positivity, and perfection, that no one alive is truly, wholly, and purely alive in all ways, one can also imagine that everyone has suffered a death or a dearth in at least one way by this same exacting standard.

Am I willing to acknowledge to myself that I have died in any one or more of these ways? If so, how would this acknowledgement look, sound, and feel? More to the point, who would I need to be to come alive and stay alive to giving others the impression of living a vibrant and vital life?

In perusing the list above, we would do well to distinguish between states (like bliss) and traits (like benevolence). We would also do well to note the difference between “ebb and flow” and “death or dearth” ~ the former more applicable to states, the latter more applicable to traits.


state, n.: a temporary way of being (peace, love, joy, bliss, grace, ease)

trait, n.: a stable, enduring characteristic or pattern of behavior (benevolence, confidence)

note: states ebb and flow; traits live or die, though memories of same can endure

In perusing a D List, we would also do well to distinguish between value (that which one acts to gain and/or keep, like wisdom) and virtue (the action(s) by which one acts to gain and/or keep it, like patience). Here, we could easily talk about a dearth of wisdom or a dearth of patience.

As someone who is intuitively sensitive to a high degree, I am acutely aware of any dearth of intimacy that arises, if only for a moment, in any context, but especially a context of beauty, harmony, and serenity. I authored a story on this theme many years ago, and I can all too easily see myself having this theme be the focus of my fulfillment for the remainder of my life.

But I would take care not to focus unduly on dearth.

I would keep my focus on frequency and sufficiency.

And how would I do this and do it well? Essentially, by harmonizing the bias towards negativity (in adversity and difficulty) with a compensatory, complementary bias towards positivity, all the while cultivating and calibrating a robust relationship of trust and respect with life and reality.

Negativity Bias < > Positivity Bias

Any bias towards negativity (negative reactivity) begins with a wound to innocence. I would go so far as to surmise that the deeper the actual wound, the greater the potential bias towards negativity, with perhaps an even greater potential for cultivating a bias towards positivity.

When I think back on the course of my life, I can recall events or moments when I felt forsaken: my life no longer has my back, { __ } no longer seems to care, the world is colder than a witch’s teat, my reality can no longer be trusted ~ or some such lament that planted a seed of doubt.

Without effective dispute, the seed inside the wound sprouts and grows into a bias, which, if reinforced over time through encounters with similar events or moments, can all too easily calcify into a way of being that is automatic and problematic, with little awareness that it exerts influence.

With such biases, one can grow all too numb ~ comfortably or uncomfortably. In so doing, one seems compelled to become a trickster of sorts in the art of life, love, light, and lust. Whatever needs care, however, eventually finds its way to the surface with a thought, a mood, or a feeling.

I am convinced that what we now call Psychology is the study of the tricks we use to avoid the anxiety of absolute novelty by making believe that the future will be like the past

~ Abraham Maslow, Toward a Psychology of Being (1962)

These thoughts, moods, and feelings ~ tiny dark mass formations, if you will, in the ultimate scheme of things ~ offer fair warning, and though they seem to indicate a preoccupation with death or dearth, they nevertheless remain life-giving opportunities to “step up and step out.”

Many of these tiny dark mass formations are coming to the surface at this time, and they’re coming together to form one very large dark mass formation around the heart of humanity, and so, how might we handle these smaller dark mass formations, both within and without?

Storm Clouds Gathering

the taproot of fear is dearth in relation to death;
coming to terms with dearth in relation to death
is the taproot of all courage in relation to dearth

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the species on Earth known as human is a deeply insecure race, and that the races themselves are deeply insecure, no matter where are they are placed, and no matter where they would presume to place themselves, amongst other races.

Why do you suppose one race is attempting to enslave another from the shadows under false pretenses? Any ideas? More to the point, why are notions of racial inferiority and supremacy even a thing? Who is afraid of who? Who is afraid of what? And why all the fear, hate, and spite?

Cui bono? Who benefits?

To which I might add: what a colossal waste of time and energy.

And yet, amidst all this chatter about race, a mass formation has arisen, one that threatens to deep-six the entire human race, one that could not arise were it not for the social isolation, the lack or loss of meaning, and the attempts to contain free-floating anxiety and formless frustration.

Crazy-making measures taken to deal with “a viral threat” have evolved into a social solidarity whose sustenance seems unduly hypnotic even as these measures continue to generate and perpetuate a faux sense of meaning for the oblivious masses, offering up shiny new objects of attention in a bid to assuage anxiety, frustration, and aggression, in a death march toward totalitarian rule.

A mass formation, in psychological terms, is a very narrow field of attention on a mass scale with access to only a small slice of reality, one that contains a shared narrative replete with endless reports, first about the dangers of “a novel coronavirus,” for example, and then about why the measures taken “cannot go away unless and until all are vaxxed, regardless of natural immunity.”

Any argument made against the shared narrative, no matter how sound, cannot easily penetrate the solidity and solidarity of the mass formation. In this case of mass hypnosis (psychosis?), much of what was personally important to people (before the narrative) is neglected or dismissed out of hand in a bid to maintain a misplaced loyalty to a common good that seems anything but good.

In the field of medicine, a patient’s field of attention can be so narrowed by hypnosis that this patient can be made impervious to surgical pain; with a mass formation, by analogy, the collective focus of a group can be so narrow that it can be made impervious to psychological pain.

People who are in the grips of a mass formation are willing to sacrifice everything ~ health, wealth, happiness, rights ~ even their very lives ~ to remain contributing members of the shared narrative, to remain a part of the reassuring social solidarity that the mass formation promises.

Either for them, or for generations to come.

Many people subject to a mass formation find a renewed sense of meaning and purpose ~ all the better if they benefit from it ~ and so, become highly resistant to going back to “the old normal,” to going back to “same old, same old,” to going back to “a relative dearth of meaning.”

A serious risk, however, arises in the wake of a mass formation, with its gross intolerance of dissenting voices that threaten to wake people up to the full reality, even if these voices prove sane and reasonable: such a radical collectivism is a precursor ~ a cakewalk ~ to totalitarian rule.

Totalitarianism, as the word implies, aims for a total consensus, one that calls on a dutiful push to exclude or eliminate discordant voices. One rather unfortunate consequence of this totalitarian mindset is that it requires demands a constant supply of shiny new objects of attention.

Allow me to elaborate with an example.

First, it was social distancing. Then it was masking. Then it was lockdowns. Then it was “vaccines.” Then it was digital passports. And now, the shiny object du jour is the booster shot. What’s next? Quarantine concentration camps? A social credit system? Might the hypnotic masses not eventually wake up to the call of “kill the leader!” if they are not adequately supplied with more shiny objects of attention to assuage their anxiety and to justify more losses incurred and endured under false pretenses?

Not if the mass formation goes global and stays global.

In a classic dictatorship, the dictator rules by fear and only calms down after the opposition is silenced. With the approach of totalitarian rule, it becomes more essential for free spirits to raise their voices in dissent and in unison so as to avert any descent into absurdities and atrocities.

Statistically speaking, about 30% of the population in a totalitarian system comes under the spell of a mass formation with a strong tendency to take a mechanistic, reductionistic view of the world, while about 40% just go along to get along; only about 30% resist and refuse the rule.

And so, we have 3 in 10 who are walking around in a daze, 4 in 10 who just wanna get on with their lives thank you very much, and 3 in 10 who cannot stand to watch the world go to Hell in a handbasket, even as they try to wake the other 7 in 10 up to “the horrors that await us all.”

The problem for dissenters is that they are usually too diverse in their views to effect lasting change. The most effective groups of dissenters find common cause in creating a common banner around which to rally ~ one that (hopefully) does not generate yet another mass formation.

The key to dissolving a mass formation is to reconfigure its conditions with new and fresh “ways of being” that bring a new consensus reality, one that honors reason and logic with applications of virtue, one that respects sound argument and judgment, and one that reveres life itself.

While being ever mindful of the roles that life, love, light, and the lust for life play in the interim.

Herewith, seven practical suggestions for bringing this darkened world back from the edge for those free spirits who have awakened to the deep, dark, dense agendas that are upon us (and the deeper, darker, denser ones that await us all if we should resist saying or doing anything at all):

1) consider your turning point when you began to move against the shared narrative; is there something you can share about that? for me, it was reading about the many lies exposed in the alt media about what was happening and how things were being handled to keep the story going

I admit that I had a robust distrust of mainstream narratives well before this inflection point. If it weren’t for the many red pills that I’ve taken from truth tellers before then, I doubt that I would have been been able see through the scripting and spellcasting, if you catch my drift.

2) find as many ways as you can to question the shared narrative, and do so nonchalantly, while suggesting reasonable or sensible alternatives; discourage the use of mass media what with its constant, hypnotic, totalitarian messaging, and encourage the use of reputable alt media

A tiny sample of questions: are you aware that athletes are dying on the fields and the courts in view of the public? that the “vaccines” are still classified as experimental under an EUA (Emergency Use Authorization)? that they contain questionable (as well as secret) ingredients?

3) replace the current object of free floating anxiety (a so-called virus or variant calls for a so-called vaccine (and boosters) alongside a so-called green pass) with a new object of attention (totalitarian rule) that reduces this type of anxiety before giving arguments against the narrative

So, for example, “what would keep you from endorsing the construction of quarantine camps?” Also, “what would you be prepared to do if you began to see, hear, and feel that totalitarian rule was being brought to bear worldwide against internal enemies only, like the unvaxxed?”

4) pay less attention to the 30% under the spell of the mass formation, and instead concentrate your efforts on the 40% who unthinkingly go along to get along; by the same token, think of ways to bring dissenters under a common banner with a vision of what is possible moving forward

For example, instead of intoning “build back better,” try this: “bring back butter.”

Okay, I admit, I’m starting to sound a little facetious here.

5) keep talking, keep sharing information that questions the narrative, but do so in view of the suggestions offered above; note also that while you may not be able to wake people up, you can nonetheless cause them to doubt the narrative in ways that loosen the grip of hypnotic influence

6) because the totalitarian mindset is self-protective and self-destructive, tending over time to collapse on itself, it might be a waste of your time, money, and energy to engage it directly; it might make more sense to bypass the mindset while speaking out against its questionable effects, but then again, if you feel really and truly called to engage it directly, do so to your heart’s content

7) last, but not least, be aware that a salvation narrative is making the rounds with claims that we’re on the verge of liberation, one that restores health, fitness, and vitality in some rather dramatic and exciting ways. I’ve seen this sort of thing before and it didn’t pan out as promised; based on what I’ve seen and heard, however, I’m inclined to lend it some credence this time around

Here’s an exercise for your consideration: list five ways in which you feel that you can now hasten the dissolution of the mass formation and the totalitarian mindset that goes along with it, and then, without hesitation, follow through with enacting the most compelling ones for you.

In view of this exercise, keep in mind that a mass formation has at least four conditions: social isolation, a lack or loss of meaning, free floating anxiety, and formless aggression, all of which beg for social solidarity, a greater sense of meaning, and new objects of focus to contain anxiety.

There is, of course, much more to this dark matter than “a mass formation” ~ to believe otherwise is to fall prey to ignorance or delusion ~ but before I address the issue of dark intentionality (who could possibly be capable of investing evil with intentionality?), let’s do a quick detour.

A Duty of Care: Freely Chosen, Freely Given

In a world coming apart at the seams and losing its grip on consensus reality, and for a species whose members seem too preoccupied for their own good with dearth or death, an obvious antidote presents itself with sufficient hindsight: a duty of care, freely chosen and freely given.

It is no secret that many have succumbed to the pains and pressures of nonsensicality. Most everyone is at risk of same. It’s all too easy to simply give up ~ emotionally, spiritually, or existentially ~ and retreat into a reclusive posture, and then wake up to the stunning realization that . . .

I, a stranger and afraid,
in a world I never made

~ A.E. Housman

But not all is in vain.

Why?

I have only one answer for that: because.

Because?

Because. Be cause. Be at cause. Be the cause ~ just because.

as you choose, so shall you be; as you care, so shall you give ~ yours

Imagine for a moment that everyone and everything around you were to suddenly drop out of sight. In its place, a void appears ~ a pure white void ~ one without any sight, sound, or sensation of any kind ~ a pure awareness with a breathtakingly simple choice: to care or not to care.

Awareness in and of itself is pure, positive, and perfect in its posture.

Awareness . . . with presence, with promise, with or without purpose.

Awareness is the ultimate Holy Grail, the ultimate in sanctuary. Why? For two simple reasons: (1) you get to summon a friendly curiosity, one that always already contains some measure of care; and (2) you get to choose the who, the what, the when, the where, the why, and the how.

I mean just how much sacred and divine power can you take at once?

As you choose, so shall you be, and as you care, so shall you give, and so, do you choose to care or scare? And do you care to scare or share? In holding space for Sanctuary, for the ultimate in sanctuary, you get to care, and you get to share, with and through the acronym of CARE:


CARE

Conjure the experience of a pure, positive, perfect awareness

{ how might I embody a pure love of self with grace and ease? }

Attend to this awareness in wonder, as you would a campfire

{ how might I cultivate a pure space to live at peace with love? }

Receive the ensuing experience as wholly and fully as you can

{ how might I engender a pure path to joy in awe and wonder? }

Expect yet again to “add more flowers to crowd out the weeds”

{ how might I alchemize a pure lust for life from joy to bliss? }

For me, it helps to dwell in a quiet space with few sounds or a soothing place with natural sights and sounds; to enter the Witness and be still, physically and mentally; to feel as if I have all the time in the world; to gaze in wonder at a clear blue sky, or even a white computer screen.

With practice, I can reliably begin to bring this posture into the midst of activity.

The ultimate in sanctuary, then, need not be confined to a single place, or space.

In essence, CARE invites me to see, hear, and feel the experience; to let it be a good, kind, or sweet experience, and to take all of this goodness, kindness, or sweetness into myself, even as I continue to follow the admonition to “feed the wolf you love rather than the wolf you hate.”

With CARE, I now feel ready to take a trip into the very depths of Hell.

Care to join me?

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Note to readers: this post is the seventh in a series on finding sanctuary. As I post each one to my blog, I’ll be placing it into Sanctuary under the Resource tab in the Navigation menu at the top of this site

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