Notes on archetypes, landscapes, models, symbols, icons, idols
by Jon Rappoport
December 5, 2017
“At the core, the imagination exercises I developed for my collection, Exit From The Matrix, came from the work of ancient Tibetan practitioners. They were operating beyond metaphysics and cosmology. They weren’t trying to form a picture of the universe. They were confirming that many potential universes existed inside the human being. The creative power of the individual was limitless. These Tibetan were unique. No other teaching like this existed in “spiritual systems.” The Tibetans weren’t going up against other teachings. They were simply surpassing them.” (Notes for Exit From The Matrix, Jon Rappoport)
The elements listed in the headline of this piece are contained in the mind. They are not the same in every mind. But they all do share one common feature:
Over time, they tend to freeze and turn quiescent—because the individual turns passive. Once upon a time, the landscapes and icons in the mind were fresh and new and dynamic, because THE INDIVIDUAL IMPORTED THEM AND CREATED THEM FOR THE PURPOSE OF ASSISTING AND INSPIRING HIM TO INVENT THE FUTURE HE TRULY DESIRED.
In that sense, the content of these symbols and archetypes was of lesser importance—the fact that they were THERE and THEY INSPIRED was the main event.
Likewise, now, when the icons and symbols are stale, their content is relatively unimportant. Their staleness is far more important.
If the individual has gone passive—well, that is the situation and the problem.
A person could spend 50 years researching the meanings (content) of archetypes in the mind and come up empty, because he is failing to notice the key factor:
Is the individual creating the future he profoundly desires…or is he in a passive state?
ALL human psychology hinges on these options.
The basic purposes of the mind’s contents need to be understood. Once that happens, everything comes clear. There is no more mystery. The individual stores those contents to remind him of his own creative power. If he isn’t using that power, the curtain falls and the contents of his mind raise questions, and mysteries abound—and then he can circle around the mysteries and probe them and emerge with no useful answers. In ancient cultures, that was called the Labyrinth.
Down through history, in 99.99% of the philosophies of both West and East, the individual’s creative power was omitted or downplayed. That is why philosophy as a subject eventually faded into obscurity. Its practitioners were depicting the Labyrinth and trying to find basic answers along its paths—where no answers exist.
In the early 1960s, I was working with an extraordinary healer, Richard Jenkins. I was writing and painting every day. From Richard, I sought answers to metaphysical questions. He brought me up short. He basically said: You’re creating; that’s what I’m doing in my healing as well; if you keep going, you’ll find your own answers to those questions you keep asking me; those answers will emerge from your own work as a creator; they’ll be far better answers than you can find anywhere else.
The creative force and impulse are the bottom line of the mind. All the mind’s contents are gathered as fuel for that fire. Without the fire, they form into paths of a Labyrinth: inscrutable.
THAT is a succinct philosophy you can dig your teeth into. It isn’t a limiting philosophy. It isn’t a prison or a system. It isn’t one-size-fits-all. There is nothing rote about it.
Here is an interesting thing novelist Philip K Dick did with a version of this philosophy. He wrote: “Because today we live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups…So I ask, in my writing, What is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms…it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind. I ought to know. I do the same thing.”
The same thing, yes—but with a far different intent.
Oscar Wilde: “Art is individualism, and individualism is a disturbing and disintegrating force. There lies its immense value. For what it seeks is to disturb monotony of type, slavery of custom, tyranny of habit, and the reduction of man to the level of a machine.”
The first great philosopher of the West, Plato, followed a path INSIDE the Labyrinth. He came to the conclusion that there were immortal and pure Ideas that existed in a higher realm, and they were unchangeable. Society, therefore, could only triumph if certain wise men, who could apprehend these Ideas directly, ruled over everyone else. Thus, the freedom and independence and power of open inquiry led to totalitarianism. Freedom led to slavery.
Here is something I wrote during those days when I worked with Richard Jenkins: “Art should be whatever the artist intends it to be, and he makes those decisions as he goes along. By the process, there is wonderful art and terrible art. But that is the price we pay. Otherwise, the artist surrenders to a pattern, and he keeps illustrating that pattern until his work is dead. He is creating copies. The life goes out of them. There isn’t anything new. The artist should invent what he wants to. He isn’t bound. He comes out of the trap. He always has energy, because energy shows up when things are new. If the universe doesn’t like that, so much the worse for the universe.”
Invent your own reality and find out.
(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, Exit From The Matrix, click here.)
The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.