NHNE Update 59
Friday, July 23, 1999
& Consumer Protection
for Spiritual Seekers"
NHNE Update 59
Friday, July 23, 1999
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I wanted to let all of you know that I will be on the road (visiting
my father) from August 10 thru 17. Since I'm not yet able to stay online
while traveling, I'll be unplugged from the collective while I am gone.
If you need to get in touch with me, you'll need to do so before or
after these dates.
In the meantime, I've got a few loose ends to tie up and several pieces
of news, inspiration and humor to pass along...
With Love & Best Wishes,
Friends of NHNE
A Course In Copyright Troubles
Carl Jung & The New Age
David Spangler on Instant Enlightenment
A Pathwork Listserve
NHNE's Forum for a Common Understanding
Wild2k Rises Again
Big Bang Machine Could Destroy Earth
The Psychiatric Hotline
"First I was dying to finish high school and start college.
Then I was dying to finish college and start working.
Then I was dying to marry and have children.
Then I was dying for my children to grow old enough for school
so I could return to work.
Then I was dying to retire.
I am dying
I realize I forgot to live."
FRIENDS OF NHNE
Up till now, our Friends of NHNE program has consisted of people who
have pledged to make monthly contributions of any size to NHNE. We are
now expanding the program to include everyone who has contributed financially
to NHNE. I have also recommitted myself to keeping those who are a part
of our Friends of NHNE network regularly updated on various behind-the-scenes
If you have made a donation of any size to NHNE in the past year, and
would like to be included on my behind-the-scenes posts, drop me a line
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well as visitors to our award-winning website, to know about. Placing
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to $100.00 per issue. Yesterday I woke up wondering what would happen
if we created a new publication consisting solely of messages from the
members of our mailing list. How many of you have a book, CD, website,
product, service, garage sale item, artistic masterpiece, inspiring
thought, marriage proposal, birthday wish, or pet project that you would
like to share with everyone on the NHNE Mailing List?
Well here's your chance.
Send me a 100 to 200 word description of whatever it is you would like
to share with the rest of the members of our network, and I will get
it out to everyone. The cost of placing a message/advertisement in this
special publication is $20.00 per item. I'll need to receive whatever
you want to share by Wednesday, July 28th, and it will need to be paid
for by credit card (there's not enough time to process checks this time).
If you have something you want to share and can't afford 20.00 bucks
right now, just drop me a line and we'll work something out.
If there is a lot of interest in this kind of publication, we may turn
it into a regular event. But for now, it is a one time deal. I will
compile whatever messages are sent in and then email them to everyone
on the NHNE Mailing List this coming Friday, July 30th.
Send your advertisement/message and credit card information to "email@example.com"
and include "NHNE Webbuds" in the subject field of your message.
Along with reaching everyone on the NHNE Mailing List with your particular
message, everyone who places an add in this prototype publication can
count themselves as official supporters of NHNE and ask to be included
on the Friends of NHNE Mailing List.
A COURSE IN COPYRIGHT TROUBLES
On July 8th, I sent out a thought-provoking article by Hugh Prather
concerning "A Course in Miracles" (http://www.nhne.com/misc/misc0001.html).
Those of you who are students of "A Course in Miracles" probably
know that some of Prather's comments were directed at the unpleasant
situation that has developed around Course copyright issues: Who "owns"
the Course? How may it be used, and by whom? And, perhaps most important
of all, how has a spiritual path that advocates forgiveness and seeing
the Christ in others managed to slip into the same kind of controversy
that has tormented other spiritual paths and traditions?
Robert Perry, who is both a dear friend of mine and a well-known teacher
in the Course world, recently stepped into this hornet's nest by publishing
an open letter to Kenneth Wapnick, the Course's current copyright owner.
If you are interested in a blow-by-blow account of what has been happening
in the Course world around the copyright issue, Robert's article is
a good place to start:
For more details, here are two Course websites that have been tracking
the Course copyright situation:
While I, personally, am not a Course student (you can read my/our special
report on "Emissary of Light" to find out why: http://www.nhne.com/specialreports/sremissary.html),
I am very interested in the problems that beseech spiritual seekers
and spiritual paths. Why, for instance, do spiritual movements of all
sizes, shapes, and varieties, no matter how purely motivated and divinely
inspired they may have been in the beginning, often end up mired in
conflict? Do some spiritual paths and perspectives lend themselves to
particular maladies? Are there universal truths and lessons that can
be gleaned from the success and failures of the various spiritual paths
that have appeared on our planet over the ages?
CARL JUNG & THE NEW AGE
About the same time I received Hugh Prather's article and Robert Perry's
open letter, Debra Hegerle sent me the URL to a fascinating article
that discussed Carl Jung's perspectives on various New Age notions.
While I don't know how accurately David Tacey, the author of the article,
represents Jung's views, the issues he brings up are both timely and
important. Here's are a few comments that caught my attention.
On avoiding the dark side:
"The New Age man searches for highs, peak experiences, altered
states of consciousness, and avoids lows, depressions and bleak pessimism.
He looks for spirituality, for which read 'devices and techniques that
will connect me with the divine,' and he often avoids or rejects established
religions, for which read 'those dogmatic structures that limit my individual
freedom, inhibit spiritual expression, and diminish personal expectations
of glory.' Spirituality promises highs, but religion threatens with
its emphasis on moral restrictions, social conscience, and ethical obligations.
The New Age man wants the Goal (unity with the divine) without the Way
(the discipline, ethics, and self-effacement that make such unity possible).
He wants blissful union without the suffering of the cross, spiritual
rebirth without having to first endure spiritual death. He is 'hooked'
on the sacred, addicted to spiritual techniques and practices, and his
credo is: 'Follow your bliss' (Joseph Campbell)."
"When asked about their spiritual practice, or why their lifestyle
is so different from ordinary people, New Agers will often declare that
they have 'stomped on,' 'trodden on,' or 'dropped' the ordinary ego.
What they mean by this is that the usual things associated with human
development have been abandoned in favor of a lifestyle that is more
pointedly related to the reality of the soul. However, the ego has not
been 'dropped', and by definition cannot be dropped; it has merely been
(con)fused with the life of the soul. This is the psychological background
for the notorious problem of rampant egotism, emotionality, splits,
and competitiveness that plague New Age groups, cults, sects, ashrams,
clubs, societies and communes. Although all these groups work toward
transcendence of ego in favor of soul, they are often destroyed by a
secret, dark, and malignant egotism, which eats away at the high ideals
and eventually causes the whole edifice to collapse, often with devastating
consequences to society and to all concerned. What began with perfumes
and chanting, ends up in the law courts and in police interviews: we
pay an enormous price for repressing our ordinary impulses and our basic
On the purpose of life:
"Jung strongly contrasts two different kinds or models of wholeness.
The first is what he calls 'preconscious wholeness,' the wholeness of
the primal and amorphous universe, an undifferentiated soup-like unity
that exists prior to consciousness. In this primordial unity, the pairs
of opposites are fused, not because they have been brought together
in a greater wholeness, but because they have not yet been differentiated
from each other. Everything is 'one' because the 'many,' and the conflicting
pairs of opposites that constitute the many, have not yet been brought
into existence. This wholeness is discovered in ancient mythologies
that idealize an original 'paradise' from which we have all fallen or
departed. It is also discovered in certain kinds of mysticism, in otherworldly
cosmologies, and in the dreams and fantasies of deeply regressed patients
who find it difficult to accept the tensions and stresses of conscious
existence. To exist in time and space is to be 'torn in two,' to be
divided, and to experience first-hand the archetypal quarrel between
the binary oppositions that compose our psychic life. Jung identifies
this original, preworldly wholeness with the archetype of the Great
Mother, and those who seek the incestuous 'return to the mother' are
likely to idealize this primal condition. Neumann developed Jung's hypothesis
of the 'great round' by designating this symbol the Uroboros, or tail-biting
"By contrast, Jung posited, and championed, a second kind of wholeness
in which the pairs of opposites, split apart by the advent of a polarizing
and one-sided consciousness, have come together again in relative unity.
This wholeness, he felt, is the goal and end-point (telos) of conscious
realization. If the first wholeness can be paralleled with Eden or Paradise,
the second, recovered wholeness can be compared with Blake's New Jerusalem.
If the first wholeness is infantile, and linked with Freud's 'oceanic
feeling', the second is a higher state of consciousness, governed not
by the Mother but by the archetype of the Self. Jung and especially
Neumann felt it was crucial to differentiate between these two kinds
of wholeness, because while the original wholeness might represent the
goal of an exhausted, weak consciousness which has given up the struggle
of life, the second wholeness represents a consciousness which is advancing
the world soul (anima mundi) by refusing to allow the pairs of opposites
to split apart. The whole point of a second kind of wholeness is that
the integrity and identity of the opposites has been maintained and
respected. Conscious wholeness is not a soup-like chaos but a clearly
differentiated unity in which all basic differences and distinctions
have been honored, lived, and reconciled: 'Without the experience of
the opposites there is no experience of wholeness.' Jung saw the Eastern
mandala, a 'magic circle' in which the integrity of life's forms, geometrical
shapes, and sacred figures are preserved, as a symbol of the differentiated
wholeness that he so admired."
Jung and the New Age - A Study in Contrasts
by David Tacey
DAVID SPANGLER ON INSTANT ENLIGHTENMENT
Jung, of course, is not alone in believing it is important to incorporate
the day-to-day struggles of life into a broader, deeper, more wholistic
view of spirituality. David Spangler of Findhorn fame, echoed many of
Jung's observations and concerns is "Solstice Shift":
"I have found a tendency in New Age thinking to imagine that some
great shift or transformation is going to happen, and that because of
it we will all wake up one morning to discover that we have a new consciousness
and are living in a new world.
"This is a tempting image. It is like getting something for nothing
-- like winning the lottery, for example -- and we all can appreciate
the attractiveness of such an occurrence. Yet, in this process, something
is lost. There are connections that are not made... consciousness is
impoverished through lack of participation. If humanity is entering
a new world and a new consciousness, if a transformative shift is truly
going on, then... we must be awake to it and be part of it; we cannot
just wake up one morning with a new face and a new identity. We would
not know how we got there, and it would be just a surface event; an
outer change but not necessarily an inner one. We might be in a new
world but we wouldn't know how to inhabit it.
"My own inner contacts have stressed over the years that humanity
is going through a time of transition, but that the nature of this transition
is different from others which it has experienced in the past... Put
simply, the fundamental nature of the transition is not the emergence
of a new world but the emergence of a new spiritual and incarnational
maturity. It is the emergence, not of new powers of awareness necessarily,
but of new depths of responsibility, integrity, accountability, and
"The thrust of the 'new' energies active within the Earth at the
present time is toward enhancing the experience of personal freedom
on the one and the experience of being part of a larger wholeness and
having a responsibility to that larger wholeness on the other... by
its very nature, we cannot embody or understand [this new energy] except
by consciously working through the tension between self and the other
and learning to participate in cocreative relationships."
"For this reason, the new world is not something that can just
happen for (or to) us. We cannot be magically transported from where
we are to a better place. We must forge the path ourselves, for in knowing
how we arrived in that better place and what we had to go through to
get there, we will have developed the knowledge, the wisdom, and the
maturity to know how to sustain it.
"It is not uncommon for individuals to have experiences of sudden,
spontaneous enlightenment; it is much more rare, however, for that experience
to last. Nearly everyone I have talked to who has had an experience
of suddenly entering a higher consciousness has told me how it faded
after a few days, leaving him or her with a feeling of emptiness and
longing. This is because something in that person's life was attuned
enough or strong enough to empower a breakthrough but not integrated,
attuned, or strong enough to sustain the new level of complexity and
energy once it had been touched. To make such a new level permanent,
one needs to live out its elements in everyday life, to anchor its qualities
within oneself through choices, actions, and attentiveness. This can
take time and work.
"Within this context, I believe we need to be careful when we talk
about 'shifts' in the earth's vibrations or new 'energies' coming into
the world. It is very easy for this kind of language to become quite
abstract and meaningless while still engendering a feeling that something
is going to happen that will bring the New Age about without our needing
to do anything. I have had people in New Age gatherings come up to me
and say with much excitement, 'A shift in the planet's energies is going
to happen this coming solstice!' or some equivalent statement with the
same happy anticipation as if they had said, 'Christ is appearing next
month and all the world will be transformed.'
"The problem with such an attitude is twofold: it can be disempowering
because it leads us to look outside ourselves for something or someone
else to do our work for us, and it is not a precise enough statement
to mean anything. After all, what does a 'shift' mean? What is shifting?
How is it shifting? How will that affect us? What are the new 'energies'
that a 'shift' might bring? How are they propagated throughout the world?
How do they work? What impact will they have? These are all important
questions to at least consider if we are to use such language with precision
and with the hope that it actually will have concrete meaning that will
be useful to us in making choices and taking actions."
A PATHWORK LISTSERVE
One of the best, most balanced, well-rounded and penetrating spiritual
paths I am aware of today comes from the Pathwork Lectures of Eva Pierrakos.
A few years ago, we published a special report on this insightful material
and also helped an online study group get started. Early next month,
we'll be helping this study group move to a listserve -- and inviting
any of you who may be interested to join in. Dottie Titus, Director
of the Seven Oaks Pathwork Center, will continue to facilitate this
study group. I mention it now because the Pathwork material deals, exhaustively,
with the need to embrace, heal and transform our dark sides:
"This path demands from you that which most people are least willing
to give: Truthfulness with the self, exposure of what exists now, elimination
of masks and pretenses, and the experience of one's naked vulnerability.
It is a tall order, and yet it is the only real way that leads to genuine
peace and wholeness."
--- From Pathwork Guide Lecture 204
If you would like to find out more about this material before the new
listserve is up and running, I encourage you to read our Special Report
and/or visit the Pathwork Website:
NHNE Pathwork Special Report:
NHNE'S FORUM FOR A COMMON UNDERSTANDING
Now that you've heard from Carl Jung/David Tacey, David Spangler, and,
perhaps, read Robert Perry's open letter about the copyright upheaval
in the Course world, what do these things stir up in you? I encourage
you to join NHNE's Forum for a Common Understanding and explore these
issues with others who are wrestling with the fundamentals of being
human. Facilitated by Sherry Stultz, the forum now has over 80 folks
who are exploring everything from the public's reaction to JFK Jr's
recent death to the ugly inner workings of war and the dubious coverage
of such events by the mass media.
To sign up, all you have to do is send a message to "firstname.lastname@example.org".
To see what everyone has been talking about, you can visit the forum's
archive at this address:
You are also welcome to post any thoughts you might have on the NHNE
WILD2K RISES AGAIN
Linda Becker has officially taken the reins of the wild2k Website and
has begun posting the day's most important Y2K stories on the wild2k
home page. I encourage those of you who want to stay on top of the Y2K
situation to bookmark wild2k and drop in every day to see what's new:
You can also stay current with the day's most important Y2K news stories
and resources by visiting the Sedona Y2K Discussion List's Archive:
Obviously, there is nowhere on this planet where we are entirely safe.
And if global computer bugs, holes in the ozone, and maurading asteroids
aren't enough to convince us of the tenuous nature of our existence,
then how about a group of scientists who think their experiements "might"
set off a chain reaction that could destroy the Earth and, potentially,
turn our beautiful blue planet into a black hole (literally). Tom Atlee
of the Co-Intelligence Institute (http://www.co-intelligence.org) passed
the following article on to us and I wanted to be sure all of you knew
BIG BANG MACHINE COULD DESTROY EARTH
(Source: THE SUNDAY TIMES OF LONDON, Jonathan Leake Science Editor,
A nuclear accelerator designed to replicate the Big Bang is under investigation
by international physicists because of fears that it might cause "perturbations
of the universe" that could destroy the Earth. One theory even
suggests that it could create a black hole.
Brookhaven National Laboratories (BNL), one of the American government's
foremost research bodies, has spent eight years building its Relativistic
Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) on Long Island in New York state. A successful
test-firing was held on Friday and the first nuclear collisions will
take place in the autumn, building up to full power around the time
of the millennium.
Last week, however, John Marburger, Brookhaven's director, set up a
committee of physicists to investigate whether the project could go
disastrously wrong. It followed warnings by other physicists that there
was a tiny but real risk that the machine, the most powerful of its
kind in the world, had the power to create "strangelets" --
a new type of matter made up of sub-atomic particles called "strange
The committee is to examine the possibility that, once formed, strangelets
might start an uncontrollable chain reaction that could convert anything
they touched into more strange matter. The committee will also consider
an alternative, although less likely, possibility that the colliding
particles could achieve such a high density that they would form a mini
black hole. In space, black holes are believed to generate intense gravitational
fields that suck in all surrounding matter. The creation of one on Earth
could be disastrous...
The complete story can be read at:
More on the RHIC can be found at:
What are we to do about the potentials for personal and global destruction
that surround us? Most of us will, I hope, do what we can to help sort
out and heal the craziness that continuously erupts in our world. But
as we respond to these urgent callings, I also hope we will remember
that there is always something to worry about and be sure to take time
to enjoy life and all the wonderous people and events that cross our
paths. All of our days are, after all, numbered. Even the Earth, regardless
of how well we take care of her, will one day surrender her life to
a sun that can no longer offer us light and warmth. True, our planet
may have another three or four billion years before the sun goes nova,
but any number of disasters could pull the plug long before then. It
does, therefore, seem as important to relax and enjoy life as it is
to work to make things better...
If I had my life to live over again,
I would try to make more mistakes next time.
I'd try not to be so damned perfect;
I'd relax more, I'd limber up,
I'd be sillier than I've been on this trip;
In fact, I know of very few things
I'd take quite so seriously;
I'd be crazier
and I'd certainly be less-hygenic;
I'd take more chances
I'd take more trips
I'd climb more mountains
I'd swim more rivers
And I'd watch more sunsets;
I'd burn more gasoline,
I'd eat more ice cream -- and fewer beans;
I'd have more actual troubles
and fewer imaginary ones.
I was one of those people who lived
hour-after-hour and day-after-day;
Oh, that doesn't mean I didn't have my moments,
But if I had it to do all over,
I'd have more of those moments,
I'd try to have nothing but wonderful moments,
I was one of those people who never went anywhere
without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a gargle,
a raincoat and a parachute;
If I had it to do all over again,
I'd travel lighter next time.
If I had my life to live all over again,
I'd start barefoot earlier in the spring
and I'd stay that way later in the fall;
I'd play hooky a lot more;
I'd ride more merry-go-rounds,
I'd pick more flowers,
I'd hug more children,
I'd tell more people that I loved them,
If I had my life to live over again;
But, you see, I don't.
The preceding poem is typically attributed to an 85-year-old man who
had just learned he was going to die. It was apparently written by Jorge
Luis Borges, a well-known Argentina writer.
And finally, to end this update on a humorous note, here are two lighter
side pieces that made my day when I first read them. I hope they give
you a good laugh, too...
The following statements, which the compiler claims are authentic, are
attributed to Dan Quayle. The compiler is unknown.
"I was recently on a tour of Latin America, and the only regret
I have was that I didn't study Latin harder in school so I could converse
with those people." -- J. Danforth Quayle
"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure." -- J. Danforth
"What a waste it is to lose one's mind. Or not to have a mind is
being very wasteful. How true that is." -- Vice President Dan Quayle
"The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history. I
mean in this century's history. But we all lived in this century. I
didn't live in this century." -- Vice President Dan Quayle, 9/15/88
"I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom
and democracy -- but that could change." -- Vice President Dan
"Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things." -- Vice
President Dan Quayle, 11/30/88
"I have made good judgements in the Past. I have made good judgements
in the Future." -- Vice President Dan Quayle
"The future will be better tomorrow." -- Vice President Dan
"We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a *part* of NATO. We
have a firm commitment to Europe. We are a *part* of Europe." --
Vice President Dan Quayle
"I love California, I practically grew up in Phoenix." --
Vice President Dan Quayle
"A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to
the polls. " -- Vice President Dan Quayle
"When I have been asked during these last weeks who caused the
riots and the killing in LA, my answer has been direct and simple: Who
is to blame for the riots? The rioters are to blame. Who is to blame
for the killings? The killers are to blame." -- Vice President
"Illegitimacy is something we should talk about in terms of not
having it." -- Vice President Dan Quayle, 5/20/92 (reported in
"For NASA, space is still a high priority." -- Vice President
Dan Quayle, 9/5/90
"Welcome to President Bush, Mrs. Bush, and my fellow astronauts."
-- Vice President Dan Quayle
"Mars is essentially in the same orbit... Mars is somewhat the
same distance from the Sun, which is very important. We have seen pictures
where there are canals, we believe, and water. If there is water, that
means there is oxygen. If oxygen, that means we can breathe." --
Vice President Dan Quayle, 8/11/89
"[It's] time for the human race to enter the solar system."
-- Vice President Dan Quayle
"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities
in our air and water that are doing it." -- Vice President Dan
"Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our
children." -- Vice President Dan Quayle, 9/18/90
"Public speaking is very easy." -- Vice President Dan Quayle
to reporters in 10/88
"I stand by all the misstatements that I've made." -- Vice
President Dan Quayle to Sam Donaldson, 8/17/89
"We're all capable of mistakes, but I do not care to enlighten
you on the mistakes we may or may not have made." -- Vice President
"The American people would not want to know of any misquotes that
Dan Quayle may or may not make." -- Vice President Dan Quayle
"People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions
and have a tremendous impact on history." -- Vice President Dan
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