by Stephen Michael Murphy
(All music and lyrics written, arranged and produced by Stephen Michael Murphy (c) 2017 )
“Running like the wind on the Serengeti running ahead of the pack what’s it going to get me”? Apparently, it was enough to get our modern human ancestors out of the cradle of Africa to the four corners of mother earth in an epic journey spanning 60,000 years. This, according to the “Genographic project”, a map of the human story created through DNA samples collected from people worldwide. National Geographic’s “Human Family Tree” brought the project to Queens, New York swabbing volunteers hailing from 125 different countries who live peacefully in this melting pot on the western tip of Long Island. After careful examination, they were able to genetically trace the DNA markers of every participant to one African scientific Eve 175,000 years ago and a scientific Adam 60 thousand years ago; every person alive today is descended from this one black power couple. It’s complicated though, our relatives went on numerous convoluted migratory paths; north into Europe east into Asia with a array of sub routes, averaging one mile per year (the kids moved out and up the beach). Climate change over thousands of years spawned Ice ages bridging continents allowing humans to walk out of Asia into the Americas. With the northern hemisphere gridlocked in mile thick ice, sea levels near the equator dropped 300 feet explaining how humans got from India to Indonesia, the Philippines and the South Sea Islands (they strolled there on high grass).
Over the ages, the ice retreated and groups became isolated developing unique cultures, customs and physical traits based on their climate and resources. Skin pigmentation changed over time according to the degree of sun protection required (not much in Norway, lots on the Serengeti) producing a rainbow of skin tones. The participants in Queens were excited to learn about their individual ancestral path and the project’s conclusion that every person on the planet shares the same DNA; beyond surface appearances we’re identical. Some said how this information might help us be more accepting of each other. True it might reach people with a racist bent, for the rest it begs a question. If we’re so alike why are we so different?
Humans always search for the source of things, the Nile, Adam and Eve, fountain of youth, end of the rainbow, and usually the last place we look is in our heart. At our individual source we’re spirit entities. There are many ways to be a spirit, being human is just one and each of us is a different kind. Genetically, we come from the same Home Depot; vast differences lie in a uniquely individual psychology or state of mind, unique tendencies of attention and qualities of energy. Some of us are freer, some stronger, others denser 1, more lustful, psychic, inward, intellectual, athletic, etc. Combined with cultural and random circumstance, humanity has produced Jesus Christ and Jeffrey Dahmer, Adolph Hitler and the Dali Lama, Prescott Bush and Perry Como, Kobe Bryant and Anita Bryant with every version in-between. Our inner worlds are infinitely varied and unaffected by our DNA. The far outer reality of the manifest universe is that we exist in one of countless dimensional planes making this physical cosmos with its billions of galaxies a grain of sand in an unfathomable spectrum of possibilities. With that said, average Joe just dropped in to see what condition his condition is in and he wants to go bowling. It’s a problem and it’s in the point of view.
The POV of today’s scientific, religious and political materialism is not based on the cosmos “as we find it” but on a low level idealism aimed at giving comfortable lives to as many as possible while convincing the rest to wait for theirs in the afterlife. Meanwhile, the total breath of vibratory existence is raining down on us as we text, we can’t connect to it, our numerous thoughts block the reception. With minds so easily distracted, it makes our untapped ability to discover the sublime a great gift, duty and saving grace. Carl Jung’s “collective unconscious” approach connects us to a “psychic inheritance”, a reservoir of the species, knowledge we’re all born with that influences behavior yet we’re never directly conscious of. These are human experiences like love at first sight, Déjà Vu, near death experiences, the spiritual paths of mystics and their parallels in dreams and myth, as well as artists in the moment of creation. “It’s a Possibility” is my one recorded tune brought back from a lucid dream prompting this blog. The music I dream is my only perfection and tres difficile to bring intact into waking life.
“Synchronicity” is a Sting album and Jung’s label for an occurrence of two separate unrelated events that become meaningfully linked. We all know this one; you go to call a friend and he’s already calling you. Out of the blue, I blurted “God bless Lawton Chiles” (the then progressive governor of Florida), moments later, news reported he’d just died from an unexpected heart attack while cycling. Psychologists call these things coincidences but those who frequently have the experience know it’s a connection between all living things. Similar to synchronicity, the Hindus view individual egos like islands on the sea. We look out at the world and each other thinking we’re separate entities; we don’t see that we’re connected by the ocean floor beneath the waves. All of creation is Maya meaning illusion or God’s dream. We as separate egos are pretty much an illusion too, since we’re all extensions of the one “Atman”. He allows himself to forget his identity, becoming apparently separate to become us. One day, we’ll wake up and realize who we were from the beginning: God2.
“Me and my Arrow straighter than narrow wherever he goes everyone knows it’s me and my Arrow” (Harry Nilsson). We’re all a lot like Harry, missing “The Point” lost in self distraction. Not for lack of trying, religions have threatened us with hell and condemnation, governments with concentration camps and unregulated karaoke. Our self centered actions continue like a plague. Narcissism is so omnipresent today that its symptoms have been clinically eliminated as a personality disorder. With pleasure it’s give me more, we shape the mind to get more and get further from the point. All the truth we need is an understanding of the mind from moment to moment. Awareness is consciousness itself which begets intelligence and compassion.
“It’ a Possibility love will find a way, love will take you home”; is a point of view beyond both ignorance and knowledge. Ramana Maharshi said all that’s required to realize the self is to be still, observe your string of thoughts, at their source the infinite self will appear. Locate the self prior to thought; locate the self in others, in everything. Everything that exists arises in the self; the self is never new but eternally the same. Abiding in the self is called grace, from that benevolent state worldly preoccupations relax replaced by being and bliss. Ralph Waldo Emerson echoed this saying “in giving to ourselves each of us can be a cosmos rather than chaos.”
Back in the POV of the chaotic, where war is peace, ignorance is strength and conventional wisdom is no wisdom at all; unconventional clues about the source of inner peace must be Wikileaked. Next time you drop in to see what condition you’re really in, talk to the affable Chinese American guy at the ball field whose kid has a two letter get along first name RJ or JR. The Genographic study suggests he’s partially descended from horsemen who rode with with Genghis Khan (GK) living on frozen tundra atop a barren steppe in northern Mongolia. After a lengthy subsistence on dried oxen fat, they tired of a mono-diet and decided to conquer the known world. Since genetically you and Ming are like Me and my Arrow, our spiritual DNA must be the same too. So we sit together on this transparent bleacher watching a night game somewhere in the Milky Way. Imagine no religion, nothing to kill or die for4, inquiring “If I am not this body, who am I?” You, my brave internet friend are the only revolution in Gotham and it’s time to play.
1 Da Free John, The Fire Gospel
2 C.George Boeree, C. Jung, Personality Theories
3 Krishnamurti, The First And Last Freedom
4 John Lennon, Imagine