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NHNE Update 59
Friday, July 23, 1999


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NHNE Update 59
Friday, July 23, 1999


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Hello Everyone,

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,
David Sunfellow



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
Dan Quaylisms
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.
And now,
I am dying
and suddenly
I realize I forgot to live."

--- Anonymous



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 events.

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 and it will be my pleasure to add you to the list. Recent donors include those of you who provided and/or purchased items in our April auction.

Those of you who are already on the Friends of NHNE Mailing List don't need to write (you know who you are because I just sent all of you a special update on the 18th).

To be included on this list, please send a message to "nhne@nhne.com" and include "Friends of NHNE" in the subject field of your message. If you've made a recent contribution to NHNE and don't want to be included on this special list, you don't need to do anything -- I won't be adding anyone who doesn't specifically ask to be included.



Our publications are occasionally sponsored by someone that has a product or service that they would like everyone on the NHNE Mailing List, as well as visitors to our award-winning website, to know about. Placing an ad in one of these publications typically costs anywhere from $50.00 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 "nhne@nhne.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.



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?



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 humanity."

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 serpent.

"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



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 connectedness."

"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."



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:

The Pathwork:



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 "nhneffacu-on@mail-list.com".

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 Bulletin Board:




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 about it...


(Source: THE SUNDAY TIMES OF LONDON, Jonathan Leake Science Editor, 7/18/99)

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 quarks".

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.

You see,
I was one of those people who lived
and sensibly,
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,
In fact,
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 Quayle

"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 Quayle, 5/22/89

"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 Quayle

"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 Dan Quayle

"Illegitimacy is something we should talk about in terms of not having it." -- Vice President Dan Quayle, 5/20/92 (reported in Esquire, 8/92)

"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 Quayle

"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 Dan Quayle

"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 Quayle



Hello, welcome to the psychiatric hotline.

If you are obsessive-compulsive,
please press 1 repeatedly.

If you are co-dependent,
please ask someone else to press 2.

If you have multiple personalities,
please press 3, 4, 5 and 6.

If you are paranoid-delusional,
we know who you are and what you want.
Just stay on the line so we can trace your call.

If you are schizophrenic,
listen carefully and a little voice
will tell you which number to press.

If you are manic-depressive,
it doesn't matter which number you press.
No one will answer.

---Author Unknown


David Sunfellow
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