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..:: Harmony ::..


Alan Schneider


              In many ways, harmony can be considered to be the opposing condition to chaos, with the latter assumed to be a completely discordant expression of manifestation, and the former a profoundly coordinated and synchronized expression. Harmony implies balance and blending in a composition of any kind, in a thoughtful, designed structure that reveals grace of form and function.  The random does not play a role in the harmonious design, although it can (and often does) play a role in chaos.  

            Now, this life often seems to be filled with the unharmonious and grotesquely chaotic, but I once heard a prominent local occultist claim that the whole of existence has not one disordered – i.e. unharmonious – element within it.  How can this apparently outrageous statement possibly be true?  As I have commented in a recent essay, life is all a matter of our perspective upon it, and nowhere is this more accurate as an observation than in our perception of harmony.  And social harmony is by far the most sought after, and yet elusive, form of all, as we do more or less continuous battle with each other for the sake of survival and advantage, never realizing how fleeting and insubstantial both are in the face of love and death, the two most powerful and important forces at work in this existence.  

            From the perspective of the physical senses, indicating to us the Physical Plane of Manifestation as they do, the world seems much of the time to be a very disorderly place, typified by every manner of abrupt disturbance and calamity, with the orderly, harmonious intervals requiring extensive and vigilant enforcement to maintain their presence. These, at least in the case of most modern cultures, seem to be the necessary and inevitable conditions for the maintenance of harmony, or even simple order, at the first glance of our old nemesis, the ego.  If, however, we should trouble ourselves to look far back into prehistory, a very different possibility appears, at least in the temperate climates of the time.  Here, hunter/gatherer economies were the rule, consisting of small bands of proto-human scavengers. Recent evidence unearthed at Gobekli Tepe (Knox, 2009), an extensive archeological site in eastern Turkey, now thought by many archaeologists to represent the birthplace of Stone Age culture, suggests that what might initially seem to have been a harsh life from our contemporary viewpoint was, in fact, the site of a lush paradise of mild climatic conditions, abundant game, fresh water resources, and naturally occurring fruits and vegetables of many kinds. Yes, this appears to have been the Paradise of Eden of Biblical legend, at least in the opinion of the excavators of today.  To date, dozens of stone monoliths of various sizes have been unearthed at this site, portraying the rituals of the hunt, animal totems, the seasons, and fertility.  I propose that much of what was different then and there was related to an enormously reduced need for the ego and its ceaseless machinations for power and social advantage, made possible by the natural abundance and limited population present everywhere.

            It is quite probable that the eventual increase in population made the transition to animal husbandry and agriculture inevitable, leading to the conceptualization of private property in consciousness, and, with it, the expulsion from Paradise, as the focus of awareness shifted from the collective to the personal.  Perhaps this is the source of the meaning of the Serpent in the Old Testament – a well known phallic reference to a reproductive process that was joyous initially (and probably for many millennia), but became a nemesis when the formation of personal knowledge and identity was introduced into consciousness – by then newly emergent demographic pressures (Knox, 2009).  From that point forth, we were never really free again, and probably never will be.  Then, and now, we bred ourselves into a subtle misery that has been ever lasting thereafter.  

            If the occultist observer was correct, we might still be able to at least conceptually free ourselves from this self-imposed bondage, through the abnegation of the ego and its social patterning. At our current stage of evolution, this has become extremely problematic, however, because our currently enlarged brains now naturally support the ego as an inevitable neurological manifestation, and tool development and usage as augmentations to native self-perception.  What may well have been a curiosity to our hominid ancestors has certainly become the order of the day now, in a world where the meaning of life has become a battle, and leisure time for such magnificent creations as Gobekli Tepe is the privilege of the few among us who can afford it.  In those days, there was apparently abundant free time for self-expression, at least as evidenced by this dig, which covers many square miles (as revealed by sonic profiles of the area), and was almost certainly the work of successive generations of artisans.  Today, only the very determined and/or fortunate can muster the time for creative effort. I myself am a case in point – if I had not inherited a large sum of money from my deceased father’s estate, thus enabling my free time to explore and write, I have no doubt that most or all of my spiritual projects would never have come into expression at all, as I continued to slave away for the almighty dollar for the rest of my life! No website, no essays, no exploratory workshops, no Doors In Disguise manuscript, no spiritual growth groups, nothing.  But, by the Grace of the Divine, I have done all of these, and continue to forge forward along the path of discovery that is my highest nature...  

            Possibly the most significant implication of Gobekli Tepe, at least to my mind, is that the individuals who created it were not members of an artisan class per se, but were undifferentiated members of tribal clans, as evidenced by the varied themes of the work, already mentioned here.  Characteristic of the collective mentality of such prehistoric groups, there are no signatures or other personal identification on the work pieces, although the carving style is frequently quite intricate. German archaeologist Klaus Schmidt, the lead authority on the project, estimates that decades of excavation remain to uncover the full site, which thus far has revealed a rich saga of the life and lifestyle of prehistoric proto-human consciousness associated with it. (Knox, 2009) 

            If these people did indeed live in harmony with their world, all of those eons ago, their artwork may be an indication of how we might regain some measure of this condition today, even as the opportunities to deeply study ourselves and our consciousness continue to wane.  From the inception of the agricultural lifestyle all of those thousands of years ago, we have, in fact, been in a steady state of decline in terms of the real value of life and freedom of awareness. Yes, it is true that we have become the dominant species of this world, a condition that may well have been in contest with the predators of Gobekli Tepe – but it is a filthy, overpopulated, culturally fragmented, dying world, and one that faces calamity and crisis daily in result.  Oh, what an achievement!  And all of history’s Renaissances have come and gone amid the frantic rush to keep up with our own voracious consumption patterns.  Has all of our technology compensated us for our inherent fallibilities? Is what we have gained worth what we have lost?  Are we as free now as they were then? I think not... 

            We may possibly still turn back within ourselves and resurrect the ancestral consciousness that produced Gobekli Tepe, and has surfaced throughout history in the minds and work of many great artists and artisans.  But, this must be done by turning away from the ego and the rational modern mind in a search for the intuitive inspiration that exists on, and flows forth from, a higher level of consciousness.  These higher states of feeling and being are the source of all harmony, and we can still attain them if we earnestly try to do so.  As you all know, my methodology in this quest has involved meditation and many Eastern and Western esoteric techniques, but these are by no means the only valid approaches to the renewal of creativity in the human spirit.  We each have our own personal inner path back to Eden available right now, if we make the choice to seek it out and follow fearlessly where it may lead.  Inner peace is the source of all peace, all harmony, and all creative action. May you find this delightful sacred space and share it with the world for eternity! 


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                                                                               - With Love, Alan -

                                                            (Copyright 2009, by Alan Schneider)


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