Prenatal Suffocation Become Greed and Class War, PME 2:  Prenatal Matrix of Human Evil 2 … Gasping, Suffocation, Drowning, Being “Cut Off” Become Greed, Oppression, Conformity … “They’re Sucking the Very ‘Life Blood’ Out of Us!”



Prenatal Suffocation Become Greed and Class War, PME 2: 

Prenatal Matrix of Human Evil 2 … Gasping, Suffocation, Drowning, Being “Cut Off” Become Greed, Oppression, Conformity … “They’re Sucking the Very ‘Life Blood’ Out of Us!”

 

 

— which is Chapter 14 of *Psychology of Apocalypse: Ecopsychology, Activism, and the Prenatal Roots of Humanicide* by Michael Adzema, coming to print book and e-book format March-April, 2018.

 

 

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Prenatal Suffocation Become Greed and Class War, PME 2:

Prenatal Matrix of Human Evil 2 … Gasping, Suffocation, Drowning, Being “Cut Off” Become Greed, Oppression, Conformity … “They’re Sucking the Very ‘Life Blood’ Out of Us!”

 

“The timelessness of prenatal experience at this point — when not getting enough air — feels horrific, an unending nightmare. This part contributes to human ideas of places of forever, endless suffering, for example, hell.” 

“The feeling we carry with us, below the surface in life, is of not being able to breathe, to get enough air … like the discomfort we feel holding our breath under water. We have a simmering panic of ‘drowning’ … of our oxygen supply being ‘cut off’ … which is kept constantly in check.”

“…the vast majority of us live our lives with a barely-kept-in-check panic that we will at some point be cut off from something that we need to survive — food, water, air, other people … and their concomitants — land, transportation, money, family….”

“We spend much of our lives struggling to ‘breathe freely,’ to ‘get on top of things,’ to ‘get out from under,’ to ‘be ahead of the pack,’ because of this time in late gestation when we felt stifled and in danger of dying lest our oxygen/blood supply be completely ‘dried up.’ We cannot enjoy the blessings of the moment, for we are forever looking forward, fending off and steeling ourselves for possible unpleasantness in the future.” 

 

 

I mentioned how our human tendency to warring has its roots in the uncomfortable crowdedness we experience in the late stages of gestation, specifically PME 1. This matrix of crowdedness describes a trauma that stays with us for life and drives us to act it out in trying to push back lines and make more room (womb) for ourselves in many areas of our lives, including politically.

Prenatal Matrix of Human Evil 2

I also said our psychological state preceding wars, in line with deMause’s work in this area, is akin to feeling stifled and wanting to “breathe free.” This arises of the second prenatal matrix, PME 2, which is related to early-rooted feelings of suffocation … of drowning. In the “gasping” or oxygen deprivation trauma of late-stage gestation, beginning usually in the third trimester, we cannot get enough oxygen. The placenta is aging and is not as efficient in providing for our needs.1 We feel suffocated … suppressed, stifled, repressed, oppressed.

Lloyd deMause does a pretty good job of describing this development. For that reason, and to respond to those of my readers wondering “just where the hell am I coming up with this shit,” lol, let me lean on him to give you a flavor of what is going on at this point. I quote,

“Although most of these studies have been generally ignored by medicine and psychology alike, some obstetricians have recently begun to draw the same conclusions as I have drawn regarding the womb as a place full of pain as well as tranquility. Albert Liley, while filming with x-rays what he termed ‘frantic’ movements of the fetus during uterine contractions, concluded that they ‘were characteristic of a human being in severe pain, as the fetus threw its arms and legs about and appeared to actively resist each contraction with various contortions of its body.’ If the uterus were not filled with fluid, says obstetrician Robert Goodlin, and if there were air in the womb, the fetus would be heard ‘crying in utero’ much of the time. ln fact, he says, for ‘obstetricians using air amniograms, it is often necessary to caution the mother to assume the sitting or upright position (post air amniogram) for several hours after the amniogram so that the air will be kept away from the fetal larynx; otherwise, the annoyance for the [mother] of hearing her unborn fetus cry. It therefore seems not unreasonable to assume that fetuses are often as uncomfortable (enough to cry) in utero as extra utero [for] it is the intrapartum, not the newborn period, which is filled with pain and stress for the infant.’

“The distress of the fetus is increasingly felt during its third trimester in the womb. As the fetus during this period increases its length from 13 to 20 inches and nearly triples its weight, it is more crowded, more affected by stress including hypoxia, moves less and dreams more, and begins to exhibit a definite ‘personality’ which the mother can now recognize as its own, as it gets upset and vigorously kicks her in response to certain of her actions or positions — for instance, if she is sleeping in a position uncomfortable to the fetus. The crucial problems for the fetus in this new cramped womb lies in its outgrowing the ability of its placenta to feed it, provide it with oxygen, and clean its blood of carbon dioxide and wastes. The placenta not only stops growing during this period, it regresses in its efficiency, becoming tough and fibrous rather than spongy, as its cells and blood vessels degenerate and it becomes full of blood clots and calcified areas. As this happens, the effect on the fetus is to make it even more susceptible to hypoxia than previously.

“Ever since the early research in the 1930s by Anselmino, Haselhorst, Bartels and others, medical research has been puzzled by the low oxygen pressure of fetal blood, which continuously has such low oxygen levels that adults would black out in comparable conditions. This normal condition of low oxygen pressure was termed ‘Mt. Everest in utero,’ with the suggestion that fetal development during the last trimester is analogous to a mountaineer climbing Mt. Everest and experiencing slowly decreasing oxygen levels as the fetus grew bigger and the placenta became less efficient. Although the discovery that this very low oxygen level is somewhat offset by an oxygen affinity of fetal red blood cells that is somewhat higher than adults, even so, it is now recognized by many researchers that this one factor is not enough to completely offset the growing insufficiency of oxygen supply to the brain cells. In fact, the late-term fetus is often extremely hypoxic by adult standards.’ As one obstetrical researcher puts it, ‘the foetus in utero may be subject to great O2 and CO2 pressure changes’ which produce frequent hypoxia, ‘the most frequent cause of brain damage in the perinatal period.’

“Recent medical literature is full of admissions of ignorance and calls for more research as to what is termed the ‘puzzling’ ability of the fetus to live with such low oxygen levels and with such an ‘inefficient’ placenta — the oxygen transfer efficiency of which Bartels calls the ‘worst’ of all mammals. Since ‘the asphyxiated fetus has no cerebral regulatory mechanism giving priority to the blood flow of the brain,’ and since the human fetal brain is many times the comparable size of other mammals of equal body weight, ‘the margin of safety of the fetal brain against hypoxia is probably smaller in man’ than in other animals, so any reduction at all of the already very low oxygen level late in fetal life is felt as extremely stressful.

“Therefore, as the third trimester proceeds and birth approaches, as the placenta becomes less efficient and fetal needs much greater for oxygen, nutrition and the cleansing of its blood of carbon dioxide and wastes, the blood becomes more polluted, and every stress becomes magnified and is more painful to the fetus. At this low level of oxygen, even normal contractions (‘practice’ contractions), which produce an increase in uterine pressure and a decrease in oxygen levels of up to 25%, are painful to the fetus — as though the womb were giving it an hourly ‘squeeze’ to get it used to the more violent contractions to come…. [T]wo weeks prior to birth, the fetal oxygen level drops much further, and the fetus’s need for oxygen becomes … critical….

“During labor itself, oxygenation is decreased even further below critical levels, and carbon dioxide in the blood rises. Saling found a level of oxygen in fetal scalp blood at the onset of labor of 23% and just before delivery of 12% (in adults, the central nervous system fails below 63%, findings which have led even the most cautious of obstetricians to conclude that ‘hypoxia of a certain degree and duration is a normal phenomenon in every delivery.’) The effects on the fetus of this severe hypoxia are dramatic: normal fetal breathing stops, fetal heart rate accelerates, then decelerates, the fetus often thrashes about frantically in reaction to the pain of the contractions and the hypoxia, and soon the fetus enters into its life-and-death struggle to liberate itself from its terrifying condition.”2

Suffocation

In addition to the hypoxia come of an aging placenta, near the end of gestation, the mother, when standing, constricts blood vessels to the fetus. This reduces the blood supply to the fetus and thus less oxygen is received. It is what I addressed earlier as fetal malnutrition. The result is that prior to birth we humans experience suffocation and claustrophobic feelings — we “can’t get enough air”! — which seem deadly and unending.

The timelessness of prenatal experience at this point — when not getting enough air — feels horrific, an unending nightmare. This part contributes to human ideas of places of forever, endless suffering; for example, hell.

The feeling we carry with us, below the surface in life, is of not being able to breathe, to get enough air … as I have said it is like the discomfort we feel holding our breath under water. We have a simmering panic of “drowning” … of our oxygen supply being “cut off” … which is kept constantly in check.

As adults our experience is colored through with that feeling in ways so subtle we can no longer tease it out even if we wanted to. Still, the vast majority of us live our lives with a barely-kept-in-check panic that we will at some point be cut off from something that we need to survive — food, water, air, other people … and their concomitants — land, transportation, money, family, and so on.

We act out these fears through excessive control of all these resources and through controlling and sycophantic behavior toward others in order to try to ensure a steady supply of vital resources. Additionally, we unconsciously re-create that situation of panicky suffocation in our environment, in particular with the air we breathe.

Important prenatal influences, specifically of PME 2, are evident in media and film in the frequency of scenes of death by suffocation, in water or otherwise. Remember, we are immersed in water before birth, amniotic fluid.

 

 

PME 2 in Human Events and Humanicide

With this overview of the Prenatal Matrix of Human Evil 2 in mind, following now in this chapter and the next we will look into some of the psychological dynamics of human events, particularly regarding our air. While we are at it we will uncover rich veins of understanding and possible solutions for certain political and social dilemmas, which we will find are operating dialectically with these dynamics. There are provocative and profound influences from our experiences in the late stages of our womb life on the kaleidoscope of our current postmodern lives.

However, our act-outs of our PME 2 feelings have the most significant effect on our humanicide through their effects in pushing us to create the environment we have. That is a topic so important I will save it for a few chapters, for the ones on “prenatal Earth,” Chapters 19 through 21. We will look, there, at how our experiences from this time of our lives is implicated in our insane behavior regarding our environment; as well as how an understanding of PME 2, specifically, is crucial to reversing any of our self-sabotaging tendencies there and possible solutions for our current environmental problems.

 

 

On Greed and Oxygen

So there’s crowdedness in the late stages of womb life, increasing up to the time of actual birth, which is PME 1. Yet also there’s the experience directly related to the fetal malnutrition — the increased pressure on arteries to the placenta, which reduces blood flow, hence the amount of oxygen the prenate receives — that occurs at that time, which is PME 2. One feels “pressured” and “overwhelmed” as one becomes larger in the womb; however one also experiences not getting enough oxygen — the simmering panic of near drowning.

“Can’t Breathe”

There is the state of not moving and crowdedness; but there is also suffocation of sorts. They are related but very different experiential constellations, both of which profoundly affect how humans will see their lives ever after. Both experiences skew our ability to ever see reality accurately — clearly and “unfiltered.” Due to the distinctly different experiences humans have coming into the world — caused by our uprightness, our bipedalism — we are, unlike any other species, riddled with bouts of feeling “pressured” by events, “overwhelmed” by circumstances, and panicked by thoughts of suffocating for lack of vital resources — food, air, land, water, touch, interpersonal contact, tribal/societal belongingness.

We spend a great deal of our lives struggling to “breathe freely,” to “get on top of things,” to “get out from under,” to “be ahead of the pack,” because of this time in late gestation when we felt stifled and in danger of dying lest our oxygen/blood supply be completely “dried up.” We cannot enjoy the blessings of the moment, for we are forever looking forward, fending off and steeling ourselves for possible unpleasantness in the future.

“They’re Sucking the Very ‘Life Blood’ Out of Us!”

Second, because of pressure on arteries we experience a reduced blood flow and get less oxygen, therefore we experience “stuffiness,” suffocating feelings, feelings of need, want, and lack … and deprivation.

Later in life as individuals we are driven to gobbling up more resources than we need — greed. As nations we are compelled to exploit resources from those conquered territories we “expanded” into — colonialism and imperialism. It is fascinating how we act this out on both sides of class war and revolution also.

Oxygen and Oppression

It is out of these feelings carried over and restimulated again and again as adults that we create class wars, revolution, and culture wars. For we feel there to be an oppressive force inhibiting our self-expression, keeping us from “breathing freely.”

But more: On the other side of those panicky feelings of suffocation we are driven to gobbling up more resources than we need — greed. We experienced oxygen poverty in the womb, so poverty and reductions in finances feel stifling and suffocating. It is less desirable to not have money, of course. My point is that this prospect drives us to overreact and build our lives around major act-outs of it, as so:

Suppression, Oppression, “Sucking” From

(1) Being politically oppressed, we feel we can’t move freely, which is the crowded feeling, or PME 1. However, interestingly, we feel we can’t “breathe freely.” We act this out on both sides of class war and revolution: One side always feels this lack because it has roots in the unconscious and cannot be satisfied and so overcompensates and in doing so “sucks” up all possible resources (oxygen) from those lower on the totem pole: It “suppresses” the “masses”; it “sucks from” the masses.

Liberals’ hearts may “bleed” but not conservatives.’ For releasing blood is losing oxygen and conservatives have a prenatal “knowing” that you need every smidgen you can get to survive. You may even go so far as to try to “squeeze blood from a stone,” i.e., the aging placenta.

Sycophancy, Conformity, “Sucking Up”

(2) From another side of this discomfort we have a prenatal sycophancy showing itself. Conforming Underlings, in a country’s economic array, act out their prenatal oxygen panic by investing all their energy in “sucking up” to those above them … seeking to ensure a steady supply of resources (money, oxygen) by sucking from the rich stream (blood stream) of money “circulating” among those on rungs above them on the economic ladder.

Suffocation, Starvation, Being “Sucked From”

(3) And the other component in this political triangle — those poor and working class directly opposed to the greedy forces “sucking up” from the masses — feels this suppression as suffocation, starvation, and stifling unto death. So it wants to “overthrow” or “throw off” the forces weighing down upon and suppressing/suffocating them.

Basically, if you’re not “sucking” resources (oxygen) from below, you are either “sucking up” to those above you or being “sucked from” and wanting to “overthrow” them to “breathe more freely.”

Revolution, Freedom, and Breathing

This does not mean that revolutionary forces are necessarily act outs of early trauma and not real. Although that is possible. It does not mean that oppression does not actually exist; it does not mean that struggles for economic justice are overcompensations.

Injustice, Inequity, Struggle Throwing Off

No. It is no more true that these are unreal than that struggles to save the environment are act-outs. For we must remember that the prenatal forces drive us to actually manifest conditions that re-create our womb states. And just as we are driven to despoil our air and waters as act-outs of our fetal malnutrition, so also our fetal oxygen panic causes us to create situations of dire inequity by pushing unnecessary, greedy acts creating gross economic injustice. These are the actions of the Controllers, the wealthy. And these greedy forces are aided in their suppression by their sycophantic underlings, driven by their underlying panic of resource loss. These are the Conforming Underlings. Between the two, our fetal oxygen panic causes us to create situations of dire inequity by pushing unnecessary greedy acts creating gross economic injustice.

Free Speech Stifled, Inspire, Expire, Express … to Breathe Free

Interesting aspects of this oppression-revolution dynamic rooted in the fetal dynamic is the focus on free speech: The one side wants to suppress expression (expiration — release of air) of inspiration (to inspire — to take in air), thus directly slowing down the masses’ political equivalent of breathing, “stifling” its expression (its ability to “breathe out”).

The revolutionary side of this wants the opposite: Folks want freedom of speech. They want to be able to speak freely (breathe freely), to be inspired (take in air or spirit), and to express this uninhibitedly (expire, let air out). These same dynamics apply to freedom of religion as well.

The oppressed masses feel they are deprived, cannot get enough of what they need (oxygen), want to “breathe freely,” and so need to assert self-expression, to express (expire) one’s inspiration freely as part of that “struggle.”

 

 

Sycophancy and Conservatism

Nevertheless, the basic dynamic is about resources: One side out of oxygen panic wants to suck up resources from everywhere around and wants to keep those resources from others. The other side, the revolutionaries, wants to take theirs back. That third part, the Conforming Underlings, is the fetus hoping to get more resources from “above” … to “suck up” … by not moving too much, by “conforming.”

We all know how movement in a delicate situation might just “make things worse.” That is the basis of why we hold our breaths when we first experience stress. The response of Conforming Underlings to the oppression that pervades societies since civilization is patterned upon that. Their strategy for survival is to stay compliant with outside forces, not be too obvious or “stand out,” and if moving to do so only in ways remembered as safe … strictly prescribed, ritualistic ways.

For our prenatal memory tells us that doing so is the way of getting a little more in the way of resources (oxygen). We experienced that by not struggling, by not moving around too much … and further complicating and constricting the blood flow through the arteries to the placenta (the bank) … more oxygen (money) seemed to flow. Also, by not moving too much, by “conserving” our energy, “holding our breath” as it were, we might be able to survive … that being too “radical” and free risked death.

 

 

Culture War — Oppressors Orchestrate a Panicked Population for Their Profits

An aspect of this prenatal dynamic as acted out politically is the culture war that comes of it:

The greedy forces manipulate the latent panic of the masses in order to suck more resources by telling each segment of the masses that another sector of the population is actually the part that is sucking all their resources, stealing all their benefits and money (oxygen). So we have the creation of minorities and scapegoats out of this interplay.

Nonetheless, the reason it happens unerringly in societies is because it works so well. And it works so well because the forces of manipulation are orchestrating powerful drives and forces within the masses — tendencies of people born of the desperation and panic of catastrophic suffocation, which have their roots in the earliest months of one’s individual existence.

 

 

Now let us look more deeply into this manipulation of the masses, this scapegoating of minorities. We see how racism, bigotry, and anti-Semitism are themselves constructed out of prenatal cravings and fears. In continuing to direct our attention here, to PME 2, we find out why we look at others the way we do, so that our errant ideas can be further used against us by the greedy ones. And we stumble upon the underpinnings of some of the most curious of human concoctions of thought — as in the ideas of vampires and blood libel.

 

     

— from Chapter 14, titled “Prenatal Suffocation Become Greed and Class War, PME 2:
Prenatal Matrix of Human Evil 2 … Gasping, Suffocation, Drowning, Being “Cut Off” Become Greed, Oppression, Conformity … “They’re Sucking the Very ‘Life Blood’ Out of Us!””

— of *Psychology of Apocalypse: Ecopsychology, Activism, and the Prenatal Roots of Humanicide* by Michael Adzema, coming to print book and e-book format mid-April, 2018.

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Movements, To Foster: Think Globally, Act Nationally … Jump on the Bandwagon and Lend a Hand … Occupy, the Women’s Movement, and Democratic Socialism


Movements, To Foster:

Think Globally, Act Nationally … Jump on the Bandwagon and Lend a Hand … Occupy, the Women’s Movement, and Democratic Socialism

 

— which is Chapter 52 of *Psychology of Apocalypse: Ecopsychology, Activism, and the Prenatal Roots of Humanicide* by Michael Adzema, coming to print book and e-book format March-April, 2018.

 

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Movements, To Foster:

Think Globally, Act Nationally … Jump on the Bandwagon and Lend a Hand … Occupy, the Women’s Movement, and Democratic Socialism

“…socialistic and utopian schemes can work, if we focus on a parallel consciousness revolution and an environmental campaign to save the planet to go along with the political ones.”

“Marxist doctrine sought equality and benefit for the working man at the expense of women, planetmates, and the environment. You cannot build a utopia on the suffering of anyone is what they did not include in their calculations.”

“…the Women’s March on Washington … has been called the largest single-day protest ever staged in the U.S.”

“…behind the scenes and perhaps under the covers in the most misogynistic cultures around the world, women are waking up and asserting themselves.”

You say you want more direct and immediate things that can be done and that perhaps you can do? No problem.

Think Globally, Act Nationally

First, of course, you can join with any of the many groups, projects, tasks, or efforts to do something about our environmental crisis. That is something you already know, so I won’t spend any time repeating the obvious.

Indeed, my intent is to make folks aware of the more substantive psychological and spiritual changes that are needed; for without them there is little interest, as we see currently, in saving ourselves and all life. Additionally, I believe our efforts should primarily be toward major changes and targeting the systemic causes of our problems, not as much their myriad individual eruptions. For I do not see that at a time when we need to do things on a mass scale and as quickly as possible that simply applying oneself to recycling or petition campaigns, and the like — or even the saving of individual species — is a very high priority. Helpful, yes. Necessary, yes. But a high priority? What about a sense of proportion? A little bit of thoughtfulness about the ways to apply oneself that will reap the greatest benefit?

What good does it do to take small actions locally that are undone at the federal or worldwide level by corrupt, ignorant, or inept politicians and corporate or government officials? How helpful is it to save one species when four and a half million of them, minimum, will go extinct in the next ten years or less? Better to raise awareness about the major ongoing extinction and direct action toward the climactic and environmental causes of extinction in general. Regarding recalcitrant and self-interested officials, better to first get them out of office or do anything to limit or redirect their power.

More important, also, to march in the streets to bring awareness to the important issues, to do any and all things to raise consciousness about the things being ignored — by government and media equally — which are guaranteed to end our lives. How is that not a no-brainer? That is how we ended the war in Vietnam. We first raised public awareness nationally and internationally about what was being done there and the ramifications it was having everywhere. It would not have made any sense to apply our efforts to saving individual soldiers on either side — who were being murdered wantonly, granted — as the war continued bringing more soldiers into the meat grinder on an endless conveyor belt.

Wars need to be stopped, before one can address oneself to their aftermath and to doing remedial work. And to stop wars, one needs to set one’s sights on the power and decision centers and take whatever actions are possible toward ending them there. Similarly, the environmental crisis needs to be noticed and to be addressed in major national and international ways, through policy changes and accompanying enforcement, before it makes any sense to place the priority at the local cleanup level. I mean, seriously. And concerning my issue of nuclear radiation, I do not understand how anything we are doing matters much as long as we are irradiating the planet so as to make virtually all life impossible eventually on Earth, and much sooner than you realize, nor as long as we have nuclear weapons abounding which can undo any progress on any front in shorter than even a New York minute.

Let me give you my take on how we forgot that sense of proportion: After the Vietnam War, activists were understandably weary of the struggle. How could they not be after being battered by propaganda and misinformation at the national level — coming out of the camps of Republicans, the Nixon White House, and the wealthy elites — which portrayed their noble and self-sacrificing actions for peace as the selfish acts of narcissists? Which stirred up the South, the heartland, and White working men against supposedly “privileged” do-gooders, “lazy bums,” “smelly” hippies, “Commie” activists, and “cowardly traitors”? Not to mention after having their ranks decimated by governmental murder — as at Kent State and Jackson State — and through incarcerations. Protesters and other counterculture elements were imprisoned on a mass scale and mostly on trivial grounds.

One example is the drug war that was begun at that time. Marijuana possession began being ruthlessly punished; the term “zero-tolerance” came into vogue. Zero-tolerance meant that the slightest infraction — a tiny amount of possessed marijuana, a joint, for example — was equally worthy of punishment as the largest transgression in any category. It was a concoction of the Right, weary of liberal notions of compassion and brotherhood, who wanted to attack the seeming social problems — which were only the heads of real progress and change popping up — with old-fashioned methods of indiscriminate “spanking.”

Thus, “zero-tolerance” was a result of the frustration of enforcers, and the population at large, at being cajoled to be thoughtful and considerate in a world that had shown itself to be more nuanced, complicated, and less at fault than traditionally was assumed. Zero-tolerance was Perseus slaying Medusa without bothering to look at her. And — consequences be damned! — it felt damn good for them to be releasing their tensions on innocent scapegoats. You hate hippies? You hate Berkeley? You hate those uppity Blacks? Well, indiscriminate prosecution of those subcultures on spurious drug charges was a way one could not only keep them down, embattled, and afraid. Which it was; Nixon admitted as much on the secret White House recordings, where he also advocated murder of contrary elements. It was also a way one could let out one’s anger and frustration about a world that was changing away from what one was taught; requiring instead that one be a better person, a more sensitive and intelligent person, than one’s lazy and privileged White ass wanted to be.

In any case, the result was that the Left as well as its accompanying counterculture was weary of the national and worldwide struggle and so sought relief in easier to achieve, safer to engage in, and less-likely-to-get-them-imprisoned activist efforts on the local level. The mantram, “Think globally, act locally” became the guiding star.

Of course, applying oneself on both the local-personal and the national-international spheres at the same time is surely the best course … as long as one does not get caught up in trivial environmental causes or projects while ignoring the systemic causes of them. Nonetheless, “think globally, act locally” was never really a good idea except in regard to smaller issues. Once we stopped acting globally and nationally — instead tending our own metaphorical or literal gardens locally — we left those arenas open to be loaded with all kinds of Tea Party, fascist, racist, and other (my god! even, now, Russian!) propaganda. For those Rightist and reactionary elements, indeed, never stopped seeing the issues as being of such huge national, even Universal, even metaphysical, scope. As the Left toned down its consciousness-raising, the Right increasingly jacked up its efforts at consciousness-lowering. They never forgot their “big picture” — constrained as it was in relation to the burgeoning new awarenesses. The Right attests to that in their writings about a culture war and in their continually being willing to stop all governmental action and progress on trivial, indeed symbolic grounds.

However, the Democrats, in America, in opting for more pragmatic responses to problems only had them conceding parts of the field to the Righties. Whereupon the Republicans and conservatives merely moved the goal posts backwards. That is how we ended up in the situation we are in now where gains we once had fought hard for, and won — unions, civil rights, environmental legislation, a free press, LGBQT rights, fair and wise immigration policies, free and fair elections, social security, Medicare, and virtually everything progressive or compassionate, now that Trump is calling the tune — now have to be regained, new struggles required. The Democrats never understood that they needed to maintain a principled position, keeping fast to it — equivalent to keeping one’s goal posts in place — so that any compromises required would not end up losing what was gained, having them endlessly eroded away. Having them continually being pulled closer to conservative positions and views.

That Democrats did not stand fast with their principles is evident in their refusal to allow a fair chance to Bernie Sanders in his run for the presidency and so stacked the deck for Hillary Clinton. Hillary was an extremely capable and “safer” option than Sanders. Yet she was not feeding the fervor of the masses at the time, in 2016, when folks on both the Right, the Left, and in-between were ready and yearning for the more radical change, finally, which Sanders offered. Similarly, more principled Democrats would have joined with the Occupy movement or at least supported it if they had not stopped “thinking globally.” Obama, sadly, kept his distance from OWS. The Democrats’ failure to do what Republicans did in their supporting the Tea Party movement earlier is what accounts for so many Tea Party folks in government currently, whereas the Democrats have been severely compromised, fighting merely to stem their many losses. Which brings us around again to … exactly that:

The Occupy Movement

What you can do? Hey, occupy Earth, for one. This is one movement which rose up out of the intense and neglected need to change things at the systemic level. It aimed its bow at capitalism itself, specifically the injustices inherent in it. Something which I have been explaining is inherent in civilizational society itself, with its social hierarchy. And so I have addressed it in even its grandest scope, as an element of civilization which itself has roots in birth trauma, which emanated out of our becoming bipedal. Still, Occupy Wall Street (OWS) — the main component of Occupy in the United States — was anything but shallow in its understandings of the causes of things.

The Occupy movement, which began in October of 2011, was a firestorm of response to frustration about changing. And it was the first worldwide movement for progressive change seen since the Sixties. If you think it has gone away, you have not been looking. Our Eugene, Oregon, contingency still has monthly meetings, and members still participate in programs such as Occupy Medical, here, which helps the homeless and the poor. Occupy, worldwide, fostered ongoing action for change in many disparate but all progressive ways. Furthermore, its mode of discussion as practiced in its General Assemblies represents a model for egalitarian dialogue and decision-making that goes far beyond the competitive and disputative modes … or the authoritarian, patriarchal ones … of virtually all other decision-making groups, whether corporate and secular or civil and governmental.

However, much more must be done to help the world, and Occupy needs to have a grander role and influence in bringing that about; and maybe it is you who is needed to help.

Democratic Socialism

Political and economic changes need to happen, as well. They should not be overlooked, for the effect of small changes in political and/or economic processes are profound. They are wider ranging than ever imagined and are longer lasting than the influences of any individual or group. Any changes in the actual system, once it is established, effects change on an ongoing and automatic basis, requiring no additional personal or group effort to bring it about.

This is one of the true benefits of activism over against mere personal growth to effect change. Civil rights movements do not have to be continually redone once its tenets have made it into law. The effects of activism can also be unwritten and be equally long lasting. Once we halted nuclear plant construction in the United States with that lawsuit, it did not need to be re-stopped. Corporations and investors simply ceased applying for new plant construction once they realized consumers were not going to foot the bill. Though of course that can change, as is true of any systemic progress. Still, institutional and governmental change is the longest lasting of all and is far superior, in changing a world, than any effects of individuals, however cumulative. For even those must result in policy and legal change eventually.

So we need political and economic change, for it is the most powerful and longest lasting of all. But what kind of political change? What kind of economic?

It should be clear that capitalism is the epitome of civilization, with all the faults civilization has that are contributing to our humanicide and the world’s ecocide — hierarchy, insensitivity to the needs of the individual, inequality, domination and submission, dependence on the value of power and control, and greed and the profit motive not just adopted but actually enshrined … worshipped, even. On the other hand, in America’s last presidential election in 2016, Bernie Sanders presented a model of Democratic Socialism that would help, if ever adopted.

Not coincidentally his proposals included a robust program addressing climate change. This should not be surprising, for our interests — survival, the health of our children — are obvious and ever more pressing; and real people, actual people not economic entities, cannot help but respond to them. It is primarily the mindless behemoth of the corporation, feeding itself on greed and self-interest, that is the barrier to real change. Thus anything that takes the seat of decision making out of the hands of those whose only interest is profit and the material advance of themselves alone — which cumulatively create the monster with no conscience whatsoever, the corporation — is a helpful and hopeful thing. It is most certainly something to foster.

A Marxist Reformulation Needed

The point is that socialistic and utopian schemes can work, if we focus on a parallel consciousness revolution and an environmental campaign to save the planet to go along with the political ones. This brings in the Marxist material for a complete rebuilding, not a mere tune-up. For indeed, socialist revolution was itself founded upon understandings of human psychology and human nature and of our relation to Nature that, while the movement was considered utopian, were wrong … dooming the movement to failure. You cannot build a utopia peopled with folks motivated in the way we have been seeing them in modern societies, which is to say, as purely self-interested and materialistic.

The Marxist movements were also undoubtedly sexist in practice, though its literature asserted a goal of equality.1 For, misogynists abounded in that era and influenced all ideas and attitudes on the Right and the Left.2 Admittedly, Communist revolutions were importantly instigated by women’s actions; their ranks were filled with women; and their role was crucial in Marxist revolutions’ most significant events.3 Post-revolutionary councils and governments, also, were more likely than in capitalist countries at the time to have women members.4 Indeed, the Chinese socialist revolution, led by Mao Tse-tung, was partially inspired by an event he observed in his youth, which involved a woman taking her life in public as she was being carried in a ceremonial chair to a man to be her husband in a prearranged marriage.5 Such suicides were common in China at that time and for that reason.6

Nonetheless, the equality of humans became, at home and in practice, mostly a “brotherhood of man,” not particularly, women. Brutal and widespread rape of women occurred on both sides of socialist revolutions; men accused women who refused their sexual advances of “bourgeois prudery.”7 Marilyn French (1985) writes, about the Russian Revolution, “It was an especially cruel war for everyone, but particularly for women, who were savaged by men on both sides, Bolsheviks (Reds) and anti-Bolsheviks (Whites), who raped women with impunity. One city declared it a crime for a woman to ‘refuse a Communist,’ and another declared all women state property, along with any children born of such unions.”8

Some Marxist leaders, and especially its most prolific theorist, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, were staunchly sexist and chauvinist in their beliefs about the family and their attitudes toward their wives.9 They could be authoritarian, even dictatorial, when it came to their own families and children. Proudhon came under brutal criticism by several Marxist writers. This is telling in showing the movements struggle, within itself, over this issue. For example, Andre Leo in 1869 wrote about Proudhon, “These so-called lovers of liberty, if they are unable to take part in the direction of the state, at least they will be able to have a little monarchy for their personal use, each in his own home…. Order in the family without hierarchy seems impossible to them — well then, what about in the state?”10

Proudhon was also “disgustingly” anti-Semitic.11 Such bigotries abounding even in idealistic and utopian movements show the need to do more than overthrow or transform the engines of economies, if we are to survive. They point to the psychological insanity I have been explicating in this work as embedded in their doctrines, policies, and if not, then in their leaders. This suggests that the next revolution needs to stand on firmer psychological and sociological grounds — and I would argue, in alignment with the more profound metaphysical and transpersonal findings of our consciousness research — for it to be successful. Forgoing undue modesty, my works to date are attempts to help in that effort, and this is something that will come out increasingly in the several works to follow in my Return to Grace Series.

Similarly, the lives of our planetmates and the quality of the environment were also not considered in Marxist doctrine or practice. The world of Nature was as equally thingified as in capitalist systems and reduced to a common denominator in terms, only, of its usage as resources and items to be consumed. Planetmates and the planet were equally as under capitalism plundered for consumption and the waste swept under the rug. Indeed, the Soviet Union and the Chinese Communists, until only just recently, were just as much, if not more, destructive of their environments as is the Western world. These socialist governments did not make it beyond the idea that a utopian world could be achieved through the equal distribution of resources and profits to the understanding that how those resources were acquired, who was injured in the process, how it affected the planet, and the manner of the processing and distribution of those resources should figure into what would be considered truly prosperous or utopian. Altogether, Marxist doctrine sought equality and benefit for the working man at the expense of women, planetmates, and the environment. You cannot build a utopia on the suffering of anyone is what they did not include in their calculations.

Clearly, then, only a thorough reformulation of what is human and what is human nature and what are the possibilities for consciousness change and what are the possible ways of facilitating changes in consciousness on a mass scale (see Chapters 49, 50, and 51) is what can provide what is needed for a radical restructuring of societies and economies in a way that would save our beloved Mother Earth. To that end, Democratic Socialism — which we see having great success in Europe, as an ideal if not as yet in any pure form, and to have contributed to human rights and prosperity for the average citizen there above what is the case in the United States — is at least a start.

Democratic socialism, according to Wikipedia, can be defined as “a political ideology that advocates political democracy alongside social ownership of the means of production with an emphasis on self-management or democratic management of economic institutions within a market socialist or decentralized socialist planned economy.

“Democratic socialists hold that capitalism is inherently incompatible with the democratic values of liberty, equality, and solidarity; and that these ideals can only be achieved through the realization of a socialist society. Democratic socialism can be supportive of either revolutionary or reformist politics as a means to establish socialism.”12

It has also been shown to be better than any form of government and economies in its respect for the environment. The Democratic Socialist nations of Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, and Belgium, among others, have led the way — and in some cases far surpassed America and the rest of the world — in sustainable economies and environmental protection, along with benefits for its workers.13

The Women’s Movement

Finally, and most potent and recent of all, is the Women’s Movement. It rose its head again, 21 January 2017, in a powerful way as the Women’s March on Washington. The March has been called the largest single-day protest ever staged in the U.S.14

The Women’s March on Washington

Its issues are comprehensive but have a keystone in overturning the pervasive male domination of the trajectories and policies of nations — currently, still in the sway of patriarchal notions — toward something that has all the elements I have been mentioning as needing changing. This includes, along with women’s rights, a concern for the environment and the planet, LGBTQ rights, workers’ rights, racial equality, immigration and healthcare reforms, religious freedom, and reproductive rights. It arose as a reaction to the installation of Donald Trump as president of the United States, particularly because of his misogynistic comments, past behavior, and his implemented and proposed policies clearly seen to be anti-women, anti-children, anti-democracy, against free speech and the open media, reactionary and regressive (in the bad meaning of the word) and authoritarian in general … aspiring to be totalitarian.15

Regarding the issues of climate change, nuclear contamination, and pollution, the March’s organizers were clear: “We believe that every person and every community in our nation has the right to clean water, clean air, and access to and enjoyment of public lands. We believe that our environment and our climate must be protected and that our land and natural resources cannot be exploited for corporate gain or greed — especially at the risk of public safety and health.”16

The Women’s Movement, as it arose in the Women’s March was a worldwide movement at its very start. A credible estimate of its strength in January 2017 is that over five million people — women, men, and children — marched throughout the world, in eighty-two nations. Other estimates have it even stronger and that 3.3 to 5.2 million participated in the United States alone.17

In the United States, the March encouraged women to step up to positions of political power. The organizers of the March came out with “Ten Actions for the First One Hundred Days,” in which, among other things, women were encouraged to run for office at all levels and in numbers greater than they ever had.18 That part succeeded, as was evident in the unprecedented gains by women in political offices nationwide in the elections held later that year.19

Ready to Run

These gains were indisputably inspired by the Women’s March and catalyzed by the Ready to Run program operated out of Rutgers’s University. The program schools women on the details and procedures of running for office. Applications for the program, which has eighteen partners and is carried out nationwide, soared after the 2016 election was stolen from Hillary Clinton, a woman.

Incidentally, the manner in which the election was taken away from her was part of what drove the fury of women that followed it. Hillary’s presidency was ripped from her through a massive misinformation campaign conducted out of Russia, with collusion from the Trump campaign and many in the Republican Party. Despite all this, Hillary Clinton prevailed by over three million votes in the popular vote count but was not given the office because of razor-thin, highly questionable “wins” for Trump in states — it is still to be determined to what extent there was Russian and Republican influence on the actual tallies, though that is likely — which created an electoral college win for Donald Trump.

The vote totals in the states that created the electoral college “win” seemed perfectly calculated to bring them about, barely winning, in these states. Experts using mathematical models have asserted that the win was highly unlikely to have occurred in those states — in those exact states with those perfectly suited electoral votes and with such consistently narrow margins of victory — without some intentional manipulation of the results, brought about through some kind of hacking. Further suspicion attends the fact that, just as with Gore in 2000, states were given to Hillary early on which were taken away later on election night. In both cases, exit polls showed the Democrats winning and the final tallies contradicting that. Just as after the 2000 election, ludicrous explanations as to why people would lie after the fact about who they voted for have been advanced. As if suddenly in the history of elections and polling American psychology had changed from what it had been and what it is like everywhere else in the world.

Additionally, though the intelligence services of the United States looked into Russian influence on the campaign in the misinformation it spread and other ways, it never looked into whether the tallies were tampered with. Clearly, to admit there was hacking of the election results and that Hillary had actually won the electoral college as well would create a constitutional crisis and a kind of civil war that the powers that be wished to avoid by simply saying it was not looked into. Not looked into became, then, in the media and among the politicians and talking heads that it had not happened.

Yet, since this vote tampering has happened as well in order to deny John Kerry and Al Gore the wins they also earned, in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, it is something that I hope will finally be addressed. Then we have a chance to ensure actual democracy in the United States, for we can prevent vote tampering in the future by implementing non-hackable means of vote counting, with paper receipts.

In any case, this corruption of democracy, along with Trump’s infamous comments, derogatory of women, and including references to sexual predation and assault, as evidenced by his “pussy grabbing” comment, and with the Women’s March on Washington as inspiration resulted in such phenomenal interest by women in politics in 2017. EMILY’s List, a partner of Ready to Run, was contacted by ten thousand women, by March of 2017 alone, who were enthusiastic about running for office. Another partner, VoteRunLead reported interest by 6,545 women. That was the number of women signing up to learn about campaigning as of April of 2017.

Thus Trump’s policies, his misogynism and apparent sexual predation, and the theft of the presidency in 2016 mobilized women to run for office the following year. They not only ran, they won. And in a big way.

#MeToo Movement

Not long after the elections another movement related to women’s rights arose, triggered by one after the other of revelations of sexual abuse by men in power. This time, these events were not covered up, dismissed, or overlooked. America is currently reeling from the changes being wrought in our understandings of men’s behavior regarding women, in the workplace and otherwise, and the increasing awareness of the way misogyny infects patriarchal cultures, even the ones of today. This movement is nothing but auspicious for gender relations in America and for an increased power of women’s voice on all issues of policy and in the cultural arena.20

Worldwide Women’s Rights

And around the world, we see gains by women, even in recalcitrant Arab states such as Saudi Arabia, where women are finally being allowed to drive automobiles.

I will note one small, perhaps prophetic, indicator of things that might be on the horizon. In the book I released before this one, four months ago, November 2017, I had plenty of material on women’s roles and their lots in cultures around the world and throughout history, and I made strong arguments for women’s rights and for respect for women. My work, Dance of the Seven Veils I, focused especially on the way girls were cobbled for life through their rites of passage into womanhood. In particular I gave the example of clitoridectomy. My conclusion was that a kind of soul murder occurred to make women compliant and hard-working tools of their societies … their felicity and individuality stripped from them, sometimes in brutal fashion.

Shortly after posting sections of the book having to do with that, I had an explosive influx of followers on Twitter, where I had announced my writings. This was the only time that had happened in my nine years on Twitter. My total number of followers increased by nearly fifty percent in a short period, most of that in the first few days following the posts. Well, here is the shocker: It is that the vast majority of the followers were women from Arab countries. That had me thinking. Perhaps now it also has you.

Although I won’t hold my breath, it just might be that, behind the scenes and perhaps under the covers in the most misogynistic cultures around the world, women are waking up and asserting themselves.21 Considering the worldwide dissemination of information on human rights — and with the evidence of the gains by women in the West, especially in the last year — it might be that the rest of the women in the world have taken notice and are beginning to take action. Just as the Mideast tried to overthrow dictatorial regimes and institute the democracy and human rights they were seeing exhibited in the Western media and among Westerners — as distributed on the pervasive social media and the internet — in the Arab Spring uprising of 2011; so also its women might be on the verge of rising up in huge numbers to overthrow the enslavement they have suffered for a thousand years in the Arab world.

That is my tentative, hopeful, prophecy. Coming in 2018 or in the years shortly thereafter.

Next, Mental Preparation for Activism

As I mentioned earlier, this topic of solutions will be addressed again and again in my many upcoming works. However, we should keep in mind that most solutions are embedded within the problems themselves. For most deleterious processes and events the answer is simply, “Stop it!” as comedian Bob Newhart once so humorously put it.22

Yes, to put an end to most things that are taking us to oblivion, the solution is to simply stop doing them. Beyond that, one need only look to any of the readily available alternatives to any such procedures or practices. Still, as I said above, I will address these topics of solutions and ways and visions and possible futures in my works, Back to the Garden, Primal Return, and Primal Renaissance, which are to be brought into print in the next few years. Furthermore, one book already in print in the Return to Grace Series, Apocalypse NO: Apocalypse or Earth Rebirth and the Emerging Perinatal Unconscious, speaks to this topic and points out some hopeful and helpful developments in postmodern times, resting alongside the growing problems.

Meanwhile, in the next chapter, we will notice how some of these corruptions of human thought and feeling — these twisted and irrational urges and compulsions — come out in our very attitudes and actions in response to our humanicide. We have been talking about the reaction of our general population to our predicament. Now, those who have actually turned to face this problem, who acknowledge it, have their own set of perverse attitudes, intractable and encrusted inanities, and obvious but avoided considerations.

— from Chapter 52, titled “Movements, To Foster: Think Globally, Act Nationally … Jump on the Bandwagon and Lend a Hand … Occupy, the Women’s Movement, and Democratic Socialism”

— of *Psychology of Apocalypse: Ecopsychology, Activism, and the Prenatal Roots of Humanicide* by Michael Adzema, coming to print book and e-book format March-April, 2018.

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Prenatal Matrices of Human Evil: Prenatal Suffering Is the Root of Virtually All Human Atrocity — Greed, War, Torture, Rape, Racism, Murder, Massacre, Bigotry, Pollution, Apocalypse

Prenatal Matrices of

Human Evil:

Prenatal Suffering Is the Root of Virtually All Human Atrocity — Greed, War, Torture, Rape, Racism, Murder, Massacre, Bigotry, Pollution, Apocalypse

 

— Which is Chapter 12 of *Psychology of Apocalypse* by Michael Adzema

 

 

 

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Prenatal Matrices of Human Evil:

Prenatal Suffering Is the Root of Virtually All Human Atrocity — Greed, War, Torture, Rape, Racism, Murder, Massacre, Bigotry, Pollution, Apocalypse

 

“These imprints of experience — …being compressed and hemmed in, gasping and unable to get our breath as if we’re drowning, feeling poisoned and revolted or disgusted by what comes into us, and feeling dirty or irritated and burning on the surface of one’s body — are molds for what we call ‘human nature.’”

 

“…evil, as I mean it, is not of a theological or religious origin or intent. Quite simply, evil … e, v, i, l … is the opposite of live … l, i, v, e. Evil is live spelled backward…. There are many things we do on both large and small scales that are anti-life. They lead to death, to unhappiness, to unnecessary suffering, and to all the other things we have attributed to evil…. Evil is an empirical category … closely associated with self-destructive, destructive, and self-sabotaging tendencies in humans.”

 

Over the last five chapters, I disclosed the imprints from our experience of birth which are driving us to kill ourselves. For our birth is unique in Nature in both the amount of trauma attending it and the prematurity of its occurrence. I pointed out that we have experiences, in the womb, of oceanic bliss, then no-exit claustrophobic feelings, then feelings of struggle and warlike aggression, which is rooted in our actual birth struggle. And finally we have feelings of release and exultation, which is related to our experience of actually being born.

I explained that we act out these early imprints in all kinds of ways. War is a particularly salient one; as in going to war we are re-creating our imprint of the birth struggle and the desire to achieve release and rebirth. We are the only species who has the kind of birth that we do, that is, traumatic; and that has everything to do with the fact that we are the only species to go to war.

The Perinatal Pushes on Human Nature

But let’s back up a bit and put this in context. Because humans stand upright — are bipedal — in the latest stages of gestation/pregnancy the weight of the fetus, now nearly at its largest, presses upon the arteries feeding the placenta and bringing oxygen to the unborn child. Bipedalism causes fetal malnutrition in addition to birth trauma, you see. Of course, this is most pronounced when the mother is standing, as the fetus weighs down upon arteries between itself and the bones of the pelvis. Reduced blood and delivery of vital resources mean the fetus is not getting as much oxygen, or nutrients for that matter, as it wants and could use. The prenate cannot gasp for breath but one can imagine it having a similar feeling … recall the sensation of holding one’s breath under water.

This is an uncomfortable situation for the fetus which goes on for a long time and gives rise to many of our adult feelings of claustrophobia and entrapment, depression, no-exit hopelessness. This is one of those specific birth traumas we humans have acquired because of becoming bipedal that other species, our planetmates, do not have. So birth pain makes humans out of planetmates, essentially. It makes us different and sets us apart from all other species in ways that are not often positive or beneficial, however human. It is something that is crucial to the understandings I bring forth in my books, Planetmates: The Great Reveal (2014) and Prodigal Human (2016).

Prenatal Matrices

Looking more closely at it, there are four major feeling constellations involved in this late gestation discomfort. You might say, four blueprints of human consciousness are written in the womb. They, along with other imprints from our prenatal and perinatal experiences, are integral parts of the foundation of our humanness — that part which is normally called “human nature” and is considered to have a basis that is genetic only.

It is a joke to think that just because a trait exists in humans at the time of birth that it is rooted in our DNA alone. That thinking is as archaic as flat-earth theories became after the heliocentric revolution. For there are a full nine months of individual experience prior to birth that, being the earliest influences on all experiences and perceptions after them, are far more important in determining who we become and how we act later on than anything that happens to us after birth, even if it also occurs to us early on, as in infancy or childhood. It is wholesale naïve and rather quaint that esteemed scientists and intelligent lay folk would subscribe to the idea that just because one cannot see something happening with one’s eyes, it does not have observable consequences. By that reasoning, we would never attribute causation to molecular events and would have no science of chemistry.

So, no, there are profound imprints on the way we think, view and interpret our experience, view the world, and act in relation to ourselves, others, and the world, which are stamped upon our psyche by our earliest experiences. For now, let us look at the provocative and profound influences from our experiences in the late stages of our womb life. They are especially deep and far-reaching molds for all later experience because they are, in general, the most painful, uncomfortable, and overwhelming experiences we have in the entire first nine months of our physical existence.

 

 

Four Blueprints of “Human Nature”

These imprints on our psyche caused by uncomfortable experiences in late gestation that are molds for and roots of a great deal of the later experience and behavior of humans can be put in four categories — crowded, suffocated, disgusted, and irritated. These imprints of experience — let us say, being compressed and hemmed in, gasping and unable to get our breath as if we’re drowning, feeling poisoned and revolted or disgusted by what comes into us, and feeling dirty or irritated and burning on the surface of one’s body — are molds for what we call “human nature.”

Let me explain. There are four important qualities of pain involved in late-stage gestation:

1.      The first has to do with being crowded and unable to move freely. The other three come under the category of fetal malnutrition:

2.      You get less oxygen because of the reduced blood flow in late pregnancy; you experience lack of abundance and feelings of deprivation, impoverishment, “starvation.”

3.      With the reduction of blood, you get a reduction in nutrients and insufficient removal of toxins so that the blood coming into and flowing through you is not felt to be as “pure”; you experience being poisoned, “infected” … prenatal “disgust.”

4.      Finally, you experience a buildup of toxins in your placental environment as the reduced blood flow does not remove toxins as efficiently as it previously did; you feel irritated, bugged, “dirty” … prenatally imposed upon by the outside world.

Roots of War, Bigotry, Pollution….

These feeling complexes sculpted by our early, uniquely human, prenatal discomfort and pain mold our politics, shape our wars and conflicts, determine how we treat the environment, and color how we see and treat each other. They are the roots of violence, bigotry, and pollution.

We will now, and in the coming chapters, deal with each of these in turn and discuss the way we act them out as adults politically, environmentally, and interpersonally. To aid us in this inquiry, I thought it a good idea to categorize these different constellations, similarly to the way Grof and deMause have of their patterns of experiences and events in their theories. They separately came up with categories that overlap, with Grof’s describing the birth process from womb to postnatal experience. And deMause contrived categories for stages in a nation’s cycles of peace and war. Keeping in mind that war is the birth struggle projected macrocosmically, we see that the categories line up neatly. Doing this, provides fascinating insight that they both, Grof and deMause, for ideological reasons that separated them, refused to get into themselves.

Perhaps by laying out their categories side-by-side you might see that better yourself.

Lloyd deMause, in his seminal work, Foundations of Psychohistory, himself encapsulated Grof’s matrices. I point this out because he clearly was aware of them, yet he failed to see the overlap. Let’s look at his words. In describing the basic perinatal matrices, deMause writes that they are,

BPM 1 (Primal Union with Mother): In the womb, fantasies of Paradise, unity with God or Nature, sacredness, “oceanic” ecstasy, etc.

BPM 2 (Antagonism With Mother): Derived from the onset of labor, when the cervix is still closed, feelings of being trapped, of futility, of crushing head pressures and cardiac distress, of unbearable suffering and hellish horrors, of being sucked into a whirlpool or swallowed by a terrifying monster, dragon, octopus, python, etc.

BPM 3 (Synergism With Mother): When the cervix opens and propulsion through the birth canal occurs, fantasies of titanic fights, of sadomasochistic orgies, of explosive discharges of atom bombs and volcanoes and of brutal rapes and suicidal self-destruction, all part of an overwhelmingly violent death-rebirth struggle.

BPM 4 (Separation From Mother): Upon the termination of the birth struggle, after the first breath, feelings of liberation, salvation, love and forgiveness, along with fantasies of having been cleansed, unburdened and purged.

Then deMause sums up his stages of the process of group’s and nation’s events, which he calls the fetal stages as,

FS1-STRONG: During the leader’s first year, media fantasy language and cartoon body-images are full of group-fantasies of the great strength of the nation, and of the leader as grandiose, ruthless in defense of the group, and vitally necessary to its national life-blood…. The group in this “strong” stage is felt to be safe in a “strong” womb-surround, so any external disorders which might occur are not seen as threatening enough to require a violent response.

This “strong” period is clearly a societal equivalent of Grof’s BPM I. Peace and prosperity and strength in the nation aligns with oceanic peace, vibrant growth, and bliss in the womb.

FS2-CRACKING: The deification of the leader begins to fail, with an increase in scapegoating to deflect hostility from the leader. The group’s boundaries are felt to be “cracking,” with images of leaking water and crumbling walls predominating. The leader is seen as weakening and unable to control events. Complaints of being crowded, hungry and breathless multiply, and worries are increasingly voiced that collapse is imminent….4

This is clearly equivalent, on the individual level, to Grof’s BPM II where growth is stymied, depression and no-exit hopelessness set in. The words “crowded, hungry and breathless,” which deMause is applying to a social context could as easily describe the fetal situation of BPM II.

FS3-COLLAPSE: The group during this stage experiences extreme anxieties about its collapse of self-image and growing rage toward the leader, who now seems impotent in ending the group’s feeling of pollution, sinfulness and starvation. Group-fantasies of choking, falling, abandonment, disintegration, death and explosiveness proliferate in the media…. Free-floating paranoid fantasies of unnamed poisonous enemies multiply, as the group attempts to project its own rage outward…. The “collapse” stage ends only after a “search for a humiliating other” — an enemy who, in a moment of “group-psychotic insight,” is identified as the concrete source of the group’s distress…

Clearly this is describing another aspect of BPM II, the no-exit prior to birth. It would align with the time in the womb leading up to when the birth struggle will begin. It is here and the previous category, FS 2 and FS 3, where deMause breaks down Grof’s one stage of BPM II into two. That increasing distinction of this time by deMause was a stepping off point for my own theories, where I found four distinct constellations of feelings within BPM II, not just two. We’ll get to that soon, but continuing with deMause, we have

FS4-UPHEAVAL: The “group-psychotic insight” which identifies the delusional poisoner of the group can take one of several forms:

(1) Regicidal Solution-.

(2) Martial Solution — If an external enemy can be located who will co-operate by humiliating the group, it then enters into a trance-like state of sadomasochistic enthrallment towards the enemy, whose totally evil nature makes every rage seem justified and every sacrifice noble.

(3) Suicidal Solution — Suicidal individuals often resolve internal ambivalences through a fantasy of a “Hidden Executioner” who helps them in their suicidal effort in killing the bad, polluted part of themselves so that the good purified part can be loved again….

Clearly this stage describing a war or a substitute violent event in the nation’s inner dynamics corresponds to the time of birth, described by Grof.

Finally, deMause, without categorizing it, refers frequently to the time at the end of the war — the time of triumph, or defeat, and the aftermath — as having its own constellation of feelings and events. And it corresponds exactly to Grof’s BPM IV — which is the time of release from the womb, in birth, and right afterward.

 

 

Prenatal Matrices of Human Evil

However, another aspect of our unique human birth that is instructive to understanding our current drive to extinction and apocalypse is the time before birth, at the end of gestation. Here, where we do not get enough oxygen because of our weight as a fetus having become such that we constrict the blood vessels around us, we experience a suffocation but also a buildup of toxins, as the blood supply being reduced does not remove our waste matter, particularly carbon dioxide, sufficiently.

As I said above, this period is delimited, roughly, in Grof’s BPM II, but it has two components, in deMause’s schema, as it manifests in the cycles of national events. As I also said, I see there are four. Beyond that, I see that expanding the category to reveal these four components adds immensely to our understanding of human events through history and currently, particularly as it pertains to the events that demand we call them evil.

Furthermore, employing this fourfold breakdown of BPM II, and the expansion of deMause’s FS2 and FS3, reveals things overlooked in those theories. In my framework, we see clearly that the poisoning in the womb that Grof describes as going on during BPM I and only for some people is in fact routine and occurs during the last trimester and most excruciatingly during the final month. While I do not deny that some feelings of the influx of noxious elements can occur earlier, during the BPM I period, especially if the mother smokes, drinks, or uses drugs, it clearly — adding the research of deMause and my own — is an aspect of everyone’s experience, as you will see….

Also, Grof’s schema calls for scatological feelings as occurring after birth. Whereas with the addition of deMause’s research and insights along with my own, it is clear these feelings of wallowing in feces are actually an aspect of the prenatal immersion in toxins. While I believe it is possible that some people are born into feces, as the mother’s bowels release upon birth, as Grof explains it. Still, the fact that mothers routinely receive a pre-birth enema, yet experiencers feel this constellation of feelings about being surrounded by dirt and feces, is not explained. Not, that is, unless one employs the revised categories of BPM II that I am proposing.

In any case, these categories I am calling the Prenatal Matrix of Human Evil.

 

 

Evil Defined

I should probably mention that evil, as I mean it, is not of a theological or religious origin or intent. Quite simply, evil … e, v, i, l … is the opposite of live … l, i, v, e. Evil is live spelled backward. That is to say that there are many things we do on both large and small scales that are anti-life. They lead to death, to unhappiness, to unnecessary suffering, and to all the other things we have attributed to evil. Thus, evil is an empirical category; it is one closely associated with self-destructive, destructive, and self-sabotaging tendencies in humans. In no way is my definition a derivative of any “revealed” or authoritarian laws or commandments. No. Evil is what causes unnecessary suffering and death. And great evil is what leads to unnecessary suffering and to death on a massive scale. There is no way to quibble about the suitability of my using the term evil for the events and occurrences I have been and will continue to be pointing to.

Putting it in the context of the categories brought out in the chapter on Thanatos, the death wish, the Will to Die, you might say that this prenatal matrix of evil specifies exactly what that death wish is, where it comes from, and does so much more in elaborating on its aspects, revealing its features. The prenatal matrix of human evil is Thanatos explained. It is the reason we are self-destructive and the ways in which we harm ourselves and others.

It is not a death instinct, however. It is the way we end up after going through some very hellish experiences in the womb in the last trimester. If we did not go through these experiences, we would not have these tendencies to sabotage ourselves and to harm others. In that light, you can see how the death “instinct” or drive becomes simply an aspect of neurosis. Certainly, it is a neurosis that is fundamental and common, nearly universal, but it has roots in experience, not DNA. We know that because by mitigating these early traumas, as we very well are able to, we create people with less of that tendency to want to undermine themselves.

Furthermore, we know this is not genetic because those experiencers who feel through, resolve, and integrate these early traumas have considerably less to none of those tendencies. I know. For I did re-experience these traumas in a thorough and comprehensive way over the course of a number of years. And whereas, starting out, I had my share, more than some actually, of self-sabotaging tendencies, after doing my inner work, I no longer do. Rather than being unconsciously self-defeating, I am now — in a sense unconsciously … or at least effortlessly — self-actualizing. Completing and publishing eleven books in the last four years might be taken as testament to that.

The PMEs

In any case, let me explain these prenatal matrices of human evil. I break them down into four categories:

Prenatal Matrix of Human Evil 1 (PME 1) is the time of compression and crowdedness in the womb that begins in the third trimester and is especially difficult in the last month.

Prenatal Matrix of Human Evil 2 (PME 2) is the hypoxia that comes to the fetus as the placenta ages, becomes more fibrous, has increasing calcification, gets increasingly less efficient, resulting in reduced oxygen and feelings of suffocation, gasping, prenatal starvation and oxygen deprivation, and prenatal panic. This is augmented in the last month by the fetal malnutrition come of bipedalism and which is increased by the mother’s standing, rather than lying down, at the end of pregnancy. This also begins in the last three months but is extremely traumatizing in the last month.

Prenatal Matrix of Human Evil 3 (PME 3) is the constellation of feelings during those last three months, especially severe in the last one, where because of the aging placenta’s deficiencies, the byproducts of food conversion, carbon dioxide in particular, are not removed as efficiently. So this toxic waste matter gets “backed up” and recirculated into the fetus. The prenate experiences feelings of being poisoned, of nausea, of being force-fed noxious substances, and of disgust-sickening.

Finally, Prenatal Matrix of Human Evil 4 (PME 4) comes about because the fetus is not merely taking in those toxins but is immersed in them. The environment in the amniotic sac, for the fetus, gets increasingly polluted, and this is experienced on the prenate’s skin as a kind of itch that cannot be scratched, an irritation, a burning. It results in feelings of revulsion, creepiness, dirtiness.

As I repeatedly say, war can be considered an act-out of our birth struggle and the desire to be born. However, on a deeper level war is a direct outgrowth of PME 1, for such crowdedness cries out for expansion in an explosive way, like a war.

Now, pertaining to PME 2, PME 3, and PME 4, I’ll give you a look ahead. For this time at the end of gestation, where we feel suffocated and living in a toxic environment, is the root of our unconscious desire to manifest and live with pollution, as well as of a global warming, with its buildup of carbon dioxide, and global oxygen reduction, which goes hand-in-hand with the increase of carbon dioxide. Much more of the things we have created which are threatening life on this planet, including nuclear radiation, are act-outs of the prenatal trauma built into our beginnings

Our PTSD from the Womb We Confuse as Human Nature

At any rate, the reason we do these self-destructive, indeed, suicidal things is that our psyche tries to heal itself from that birth and prebirth trauma by having us unconsciously re-create that which we could not integrate or face at the time, which left us thereafter damaged and in need of healing. The psyche does this in its unconscious attempt to somehow resolve or heal these traumas by having us continually re-create that which might remind us … at least it re-stimulates this in us … the things inside we need to resolve still. You might think of this mechanism as a kind of post-traumatic stress syndrome, which virtually all of us experience, from our births, yes, but at a deeper level, from even before — during the hell of prenatal trauma.

This undergirding of our personalities with a prenatal horror is so prevalent, in fact, that we actually call it our “human nature” — a human nature we say is characterized by aggression, competitiveness, selfishness, and greed. But which my research and that of others in my field has shown to be a product of our birth and prenatal traumatic experiences. And which my research has shown is underlain with a deeper human nature, before that and in synchrony with the rest of Nature, which existed in us before that, before our trauma, which actually is genetic … a true human nature. Another hint of what’s coming: The good news is that we have such a harmonious and cooperative human nature which we can access and so avert our ecocidal plunge.

All this being said, let us now take the prenatal matrices in turn, beginning next chapter with PME 1. Which is the constellation of feelings around being crowded, hemmed in, and experiencing a fetal claustrophobia.

 

 

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— from Chapter 12, titled “Prenatal Matrices of Human Evil: Prenatal Suffering Is the Root of Virtually All Human Atrocity — Greed, War, Torture, Rape, Racism, Murder, Massacre, Bigotry, Pollution, Apocalypse”

— of *Psychology of Apocalypse: Ecopsychology, Activism, and the Prenatal Roots of Humanicide* by Michael Adzema, coming to print book and e-book format March-April, 2018.

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“we are players in epic stories of ends of days and beginnings of time….”

“these times are the coming together of heaven and earth….

“we walk in realms of the mythical, the archetypal….

“we are embraced by arms of Divinity … and find ourselves as fingers of God Herself….

“we are the myths in motion … are witness to secrets of eternity finally revealed….

“we are players in epic stories of ends of days and beginnings of time….”

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“The world needs to hear this!!” Humor and the Reemergence of the Divine Feminine, an interview with Michael Adzema

The latest interview with me. I talk a lot about my book, “Funny God: The Tao of Funny God and the Mind’s True Liberation” as well as my work, “Wounded Deer and Centaurs: The Necessary Hero and and the Prenatal Matrix of Human Events.” The transcendent approach to activism; the necessary hero and her/his qualities; the relation of activism to true spirituality; the oppression of women, feeling, and Nature, and its roots in civilization and patriarchal cultures; our inner Divinity; life; existence; and the roots of evil and fear and their transcendence are among the many topics covered.

What was said about it:

Kristina Asinus: “Our new episode with our dear friend Michael Adzema!!

“We discussed the divine dual polarities, sacred energy manifestations, the comedy and humor of life and much much more!”

Michael Adzema: “I just finished listening to it and i am delighted with how it came out… You guys managed to get the best and realest me to come out in it…. Yours and Stefan’s responses, comments, and questions were spot on as well…. I truly believe folks will get a lot out of listening to it, their spirits will be lifted, and they might feel an easing of the fear they carry around…

“as you know, that is why i do what i do…. to comfort and lighten up where i can… thank you to both of you for doing what you do….”

Maxine Downs: “I planned to listen for a half hr and the rest tomorrow but was enjoying it too much to stop!

“Great interview, Michael. your laugh is so infectious … how great is that….

“I love how you tell it how it is with your authentic self. fucking amazing.”


listener on youtube: “The world needs to hear this!! His words are like music to my ears…”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbLHY66LlXU&feature=youtu.be

Funny God: The Tao of Funny God and the Mind’s True Liberation is available at Amazon in print and e-book formats

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Peter Melton interview of Michael Adzema: “The Crisis and Opportunity of Impending Extinction”

 

The Crisis and Opportunity of Impending Extinction: An Interview with Michael Adzema with Peter Melton. Peter Melton is host of Extinction Radio, broadcast by Activate Media, formerly known as Occupy Boston Radio.

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Michael Adzema, author of the books, “Apocalypse Emergency: Love’s Wake-Up Call,” “Apocalypse NO: Apocalypse or Earth Rebirth and the Emerging Perinatal Unconscious,” “Planetmates: The Great Reveal,” “Funny God: The Tao of Funny God and the Mind’s True Liberation,” and the soon-to-be-released, “Wounded Deer and Centaurs: The Necessary Hero and the Prenatal Matrix of Human Events” … among others … talks to Peter Melton about the importance of these times and the opportunity herein for humans to become the best angels of their being. With a 50% extinction rate of species occurring within the next few decades, we are in an “apocalypse emergency” the likes of which this world, and maybe even most of the Universe, has never seen. This is the setting for either the grandest human story every told or the most tragic.

Most importantly, this crisis affords folks the opportunity to align themselves to a cause beyond themselves, greater than any other in importance that has ever existed. While our situation is grave, it seems 7 billion people have shown up on this planet to either watch in dismay and afterward in regret for an eternity or to take on the greatest challenge of all and realize a fulfilling life of purpose unlike any other.

 

Ecocide and the Necessary Hero — Peter Melton, Michael Adzema, Extinction Radio 09-13-15

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The transcendent approach to activism .. the necessary hero .. the relation of activism to true spirituality…

listener on youtube: “The world needs to hear this!! His words are like music to my ears…”

The latest interview with me. I talk a lot about my book, “Funny God: The Tao of Funny God and the Mind’s True Liberation” as well as my work, “Wounded Deer and Centaurs: The Necessary Hero and and the Prenatal Matrix of Human Events.” The transcendent approach to activism; the necessary hero and her/his qualities; the relation of activism to true spirituality; the oppression of women, feeling, and Nature, and its roots in civilization and patriarchal cultures; our inner Divinity; life; existence; and the roots of evil and fear and their transcendence are among the many topics covered.

What was said about it:

Kristina Asinus: “Our new episode with our dear friend Michael Adzema!!

“We discussed the divine dual polarities, sacred energy manifestations, the comedy and humor of life and much much more!”

Michael Adzema: “I just finished listening to it and i am delighted with how it came out… You guys managed to get the best and realest me to come out in it…. Yours and Stefan’s responses, comments, and questions were spot on as well…. I truly believe folks will get a lot out of listening to it, their spirits will be lifted, and they might feel an easing of the fear they carry around…

“as you know, that is why i do what i do…. to comfort and lighten up where i can… thank you to both of you for doing what you do….”

Maxine Downs: “I planned to listen for a half hr and the rest tomorrow but was enjoying it too much to stop!

“Great interview, Michael. your laugh is so infectious … how great is that….

“I love how you tell it how it is with your authentic self. fucking amazing.”

listener on youtube: “The world needs to hear this!! His words are like music to my ears…”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbLHY66LlXU&feature=youtu.be

Funny God: The Tao of Funny God and the Mind’s True Liberation is available at Amazon in print and e-book formats

http://www.amazon.com/Funny-God-Minds-Liberation-Return/dp/1499504845/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-1&qid=1436465784

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Other Books by Michael Adzema available at Amazon

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