The last Dave-vent (“Mastered By Love”)
The part that stood out from me from this Sunday’s 4.5 hour Davevent was Tikkun (he left off the Olam).
Tikkun Olam is sometimes translated as “world repair.” For me, “human energy field repair” fits much better, since “world” can mean different things to different people. (For Christians, “this world” refers to Satan’s serfdom, and I would tend to agree.) If you are interested, there’s a description of tikkun olam quoted at the end of this article.
Dave went from Tikkun straight into “the awkward moment,” which I woke my wife up to hear, since she often advocates the richness of awkward moments, and encourages not trying to avoid them in group work.
Dave also used the tantalizing phrase, “Aim to fail.” A message to the false identity if ever there was one.
Awkward moments are glitches in the matrix when the false identity starts to flicker and falter (both as a cause and an effect). When one subpersona is switched out for another, and the switch-over occurs in a clunkily delayed way, the cracks in Humpty become experienced by us, often in excruciating ways. (Some participants may have found this event stormy to weather, since Dave invariably practices what he preaches.)
This was also something I attempted to show, as well as tell, in my recent talk at the Stoa. Not because I am so wise and enlightened, but because I knew I was likely to try to avoid awkwardness, and that I would fail, so I might as well … aim to fail! I succeeded in failing, to my own satisfaction, if not my host’s (actually he seemed quite content).
This brings us to the AGs, and how we can optimize their potential. I said elsewhere that these events are for us to meet, greet, and complete (not deplete) one another. This process requires finding ways to allow our differences to become complementary rather than divisive. Tikkun Olam.
A bit later on Sunday, Dave mentioned how a wound is a gap and how we fill the holes in our energetic being with whatever the culture provides, and so become hosts for toxic propaganda and delusional, life-sapping behaviors. The fantasy bonds of mind cement us in a state of unreality (hell).
He advised taking small journeys away from our habitually inhibited, programmed selves. As we come off balance by meeting fragments in other people that stir up fragments in ourselves, our many different reactions, and our reactions to those reactions, cause us to compensate for the awkwardness of being off-balance, and try and cover the cracks. We keep within a certain narrow bandwidth of expression in order to feel “safe.”
To aim to fail means being willing to interrupt the ritual patterns which our social alters dance to, to fall out of step and stumble and babble and blush, so we can start getting closer to one another, and so move closer to reality.
In reference to individual acts of repair, the phrase “tikkun olam” figures prominently in the Lurianic account of creation and its implications: God contracted the divine self to make room for creation. Divine light became contained in special vessels, or kelim, some of which shattered and scattered. While most of the light returned to its divine source, some light attached itself to the broken shards. These shards constitute evil and are the basis for the material world; their trapped sparks of light give them power.
According to the Lurianic account, the first man, Adam, was intended to restore the divine sparks through mystical exercises, but his sin interfered. As a result, good and evil remained thoroughly mixed in the created world, and human souls (previously contained within Adam’s) also became imprisoned within the shards.
The “repair,” that is needed, therefore, is two-fold: the gathering of light and of souls, to be achieved by human beings through the contemplative performance of religious acts. The goal of such repair, which can only be effected by humans, is to separate what is holy from the created world, thus depriving the physical world of its very existence—and causing all things return to a world before disaster within the Godhead and before human sin, thus ending history
For the strong of stomach and bold of heart, this is what I wrote about Tikkun in Homo Serpiens:
In Jung and the Gnostic Gospels, Stephen A. Hoeller describes a “Gnostic teaching within Kabbalistic Judaism … closely resembling the Gnostic and Christian concepts of apokatastasis, a process known as “Tikkun.”
Tikkun is the process whereby the lost light-sparks are drawn up from their imprisonment among the dark shards that abound in the unregenerate realms of the cosmos. Tikkun is primarily the task of the Messiah, but all wise and righteous human beings play a vital role in it. The task of restitution is in fact the Gnostic alternative to the forcible and violent extraction of the light from darkness, such as may occur in man-made and cosmic catastrophes alike. Unconsciousness, the unwillingness to redeem the shadow within ourselves and in the world, leads to destruction: egos, cultures, and worlds are equally shattered by the pent-up force of the unmet darkness that lurks in psychic and cosmic depths. Holocausts and cataclysms, whether envisioned as the flood that submerges Atlantis or the nuclear conflagration that devastates the earth: all of these are light extractors, extreme measures for the freeing of surviving soul power when no other means are available.… Thus, there is only one option open: Like Shiva in his destructive aspect, the Antichrist, the “dark fish,” obtains ascendancy and breaks asunder the material framework, so that the light and life captured within it may be freed from its shackles and ascend unhampered into the fullness (Hoeller, pg. 240–41, p. 235).
Such a description may help us understand how an evolutionary “dieback”—as described above—would be a necessary part of species “soul rescue.” At present, human consciousness is simply too diluted and disorganized—spread out over too vast and disorganized numbers—to focus its intent on a single end, or to access (much less fuse) its countless energy bodies. But the problem goes deeper than this. Humanity is indeed focusing its intent on a single end—that of extinction. For it to overcome the pull of inertia-decay and summon a new intent—one of freedom—the majority of individual humans have no other option than to succumb to the will to death and “cross over” into the inorganic realm. Once there, they will ipso facto remember their true natures, outside the tyranny of the personal self, and organize themselves inorganically, to help pull the remaining “residue” (that ring of sorcerers) past the entropy barrier and into a new state of being. It is this combination of push-pull intent—from both sides—that will “tip the scales” and release the sling shot.
Put crudely, the global catastrophe and resulting release of “surviving soul power” will provide the necessary energy-fuel to fire the ascension of those still in the physical. This will complete the apocalyptic process of “extraction of light from darkness.” The living sodality will then “pilot” the collective consciousness of humanity in toto (the living and the dead) into the realm of the inorganic beings, to access the “dark alien energy” therein. From there it will make the leap into the worlds beyond death, to “ascend unhampered into the fullness.”
Accompanying audio (for contributors; search for“Tikkun”).