The distinctions I have shared on the 3 selves were life changers for me. The resolved the seemingly mysterious answers I had sought on why my ability to manifest was sometimes so challenging.
A large portion of my life is spent in communion with nature, and I am often horrified at our current stance on taking care of our Earth. In fact I am horrified as to what is happening politically. I heard a politician say the other day a remarkably profound insight into our current reality. We must heal our inner divisiveness as the best way to deflect the intruders hacking into our countries political worlds. Putin or Trump cannot make us hate each other, rip children from mothers arms and separate families for months or forever, destroy the earth and enable extinction of our glorious wildlife. We are creating this, through our past apathy and by not assuming responsibility, often by not knowing where to begin. It must begin with each of us looking within to heal our inner divisiveness.
I believe our current political environment is one of the most profound wake up calls the earth has afforded us. This is a tie to make things right on every level. That will not be possible by hating the otherness of others. Maybe that is not just about hatred of others, maybe that is a function of consciousness. Check this out.
From User Illusion, Tor Norreanders
Coming to consciousness (an identity appears around 3) means a rupture in continuity, the emergence of a divide between Self and Other. With the thought a new level of existence opens up for us.
It is not a painless process. Winnicot suggested that one could interpret children’s use of teddy bears as transitional objects between the inside and the outside. To smooth the passage between the self and the rest of the world, children use comforters and teddy bears. Later on, more advanced things take over: art, religion, alcohol, pills and books. The fundamental angst arising from the idea that we are separated from the world is dulled by whatever means we can find.
In his remarkable book Coming to our Senses, Morris Berman employs this childhood separation as the key to understanding why we deny our own body and the feelings we register in it. For when we distinguish between our self and the rest of the world a conflict arises: how do they relate to each other” We may den the existence of our consciousness (and experience an ecstatic sense of oneness with the world by forgetting ourselves), or we can deny the existence of the outside world and its differentness, allowing the consciousness and the subconscious to rule without being contradicted.
The distinction between self and differentness becomes a recurrent theme in history. We learn to distinguish between friend and foe, tame and wild, worldly and heavenly. The more or less desperate attempt to keep alive the idea that we posses control over ourselves I manifested in nations states and standing armies.( which arose at the same time as the mirror and self-consciousness).
The real drama is the inner conflict: you are a person with a body, but you do not want to acknowledge that body, for it is uncontrollable, weird and revolting. What really terrifies us is everything you (consciousness) cannot control.
The result of this denial is a feeling of intense emptiness, and inner disturbance that constantly needs compensating for with transitional objects. Everything uncontrollable is a threat to the mental consciousness, and we seek to eradicate it through intensive use of pesticides, zoos, and television. We have got to get the different under control, for” the mere idea of an outside is the real source of angst.
Nuclear holocaust is really a scientific vision of utopia, in which the world is finally expunged of the messy, organic, and unpredictable-by being wiped out-purified. Suicide, whether on the political, environmental or personal level, is the ultimate (and most effective) solution to the problem of otherness. Examples include not only nuclear war but the extermination of the Jews, homosexuals, and other minorities by the Nazis, the way modern households exterminate spiders and tame wild animals as pets. We shall solve it all, destroy any vestige of wild, disorganized Other entirely, so that Self now reigns supreme in a pure, dead and totally predictable world.” Berman.