that have been
to create …
the structures they create
… always seem to end
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“lord (n.) mid-13c.
…”master of a household, ruler“
“There is but one temple in the universe, and that is the Body of Man. Nothing is holier than that high form. Bending before man is a reverence done to this Revelation in the Flesh. We touch heaven …
… when we lay our hands on a human body.“
-Frederich von Hardenberg 1772
~ ~ ~
It would appear
that we have been made …
… to forget
that life is
all about the body.
So let’s look some more into the campaign of attack that has been waged against this temple for too long:
“As late as the second decade of the twentieth century the death rate for infants under one year of age in various foundling institutions throughout the United Stated was nearly 100%“
“Dr Knox described a study he made in Baltimore. Of two hundred infants admitted to various institutions, almost 90% died within a year. The 10% that survived … did so apparently because they were taken from the institutions for short times and placed in the care of foster parents or relatives.“
A thinking person might wonder how such a thing was possible in the advanced civilisation of the Western world?
That same thinking person might accept (with some reservations) the “efforts” made to alleviate such suffering:
“America … was massively under the influence of the dogmatic teaching of…
… Luther Emmet Holt, Sr., Professor of Pediatrics at New York Polytechnic and Columbia University. Holt was the author of a booklet, The Care and Feeding of Children, which was first published in 1894 and was in its 15th edition in 1935. During its long reign it became the …
… supreme household authority on the subject, the “Dr Spock” of its time.“
With further research the thinking person might begin to feel uneasy about the practices recommended for the ‘welfare’ of children:
“It was in this work that the author recommended the abolition of the cradle, not picking the baby up when it cried, feeding it by the clock, and not spoiling it with too much handling, and, while breastfeeding was the regimen if choice, bottlefeeding was not discounted … In such a climate the idea of tender, loving care would have been considered quite “unscientific“.“
The thinking person might go on to investigate the man whose commandments steered a generation of American parents:
“Luther Emmett Holt (March 4, 1855 – January 14, 1924) was an American pediatrician and author … He pioneered the science of pediatrics, and became the head physician at New York’s Babies Hospital in 1888 … Using a grant he acquired through his connection with …
… the Rockefeller Institute
[he] was instrumental in the creation of milk commissions and advisory boards for the city’s Department of Health.
In 1891 he was appointed to the board of the Rockefeller Institute … Following his development of a child welfare program adopted at the Red Cross Cannes Conference (1919), he was elected president of the Child Health Organization.”
In a world where Rockefellers & milk marketers were the advocates of child health, the thinking person would have done well to feeling a rising sense of alarm.
He or she might have felt the hair stand up on the back of their neck when they realised that these humanitarians were in the god business:
“As president of the American Association for the Study and Prevention of Infant Mortality (AASPIM), Holt promoted reproduction control by society as a means of …
… eugenics. In his 1913 presidential address he said:
“We must eliminate the unfit by birth not by death. The race is to be most effectively improved by preventing marriage and reproduction by the unfit, among whom we would class the diseased, the degenerate, the defective, and the criminal“.“
FYI, eugenics =
“a science that tries to improve the human race by controlling which people become parents“
Luther Holt was ‘owned’ by the Rockefellers:
“In 1923, despite his old age, the Rockefeller Institute called on him to lecture at Peking Union Medical College for their winter term. Holt accepted, viewing the offer as both an opportunity to observe Chinese children for his own studies, and introduce pediatrics to the Chinese doctors. Days before his return home, Holt suffered a heart attack and died in Peking on January 14, 1924“.
For those unfamiliar with the humanitarian work of the Rockefeller institute :
“It developed and funded various German eugenics programs, including the one that Josef Mengele worked in before he went to Auschwitz“.
It is possible to now look at the various ‘parenting programmes’ adopted by the masses as a carefully structured system of eugenics marketed by “experts”.
So what would have happened to the children raised by such expertly-brainwashed parents?
“The beginning development of self commences with the responses to the conditions of life which the infant experiences. When …
… he takes action at the breast to get what he wants, this constitutes a decisively critical experience in his development. He feels encouraged to …
on his own, knowing that he will continue to reach his goal with the encouragement of the (m)other …. it is for this reason so potentially destructive to schedule feedings by the clock … because they deprive the infant of the feeling that it was …
… his own signals that resulted in the satisfaction of his hunger.
Disregard of his signals discourages, and he tends to lose the impulse to develop the mental and emotional techniques for handling the environment, and thus for the adequate development of self and personality …
… The baby who is adequately satisfied receives the feeling that the world is his for the asking“
I have been living in the US for the past couple of months. Frankly I’m shocked by what I see. The resignation and acceptance of what should be totally unacceptable – ill health, overwork, overtax, poor wages, lack of freedom, lack of time, obesity, urban decay, chemtrail extravaganzas etc …
How on earth would you manipulate an entire nation into destroying itself?
By making them
“To shut off any one of the senses is to reduce
… of our reality,
and to the extent that that occurs
we lose touch with it;
we become imprisoned …
... in a world of impersonal words, sans touch, sans flavor. The one-dimensionality of the word becomes a substitute for the richness of the multidimensionality of the senses, and our world grows …
… crass, flat and arid in consequence. Words tend to take the place of experience.“
The good news is that it’s never to late to get back in touch with our senses.
Touch in particular is a key ingredient:
“I know that touching was and still is and always will be the true revolution” - Nikki Giovanni
Getting in touch with touch may be the most important step we ever take.
“Touch is the parent of our eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. It is the sense which became differentiated into the others, a fact that seems to be recognized in the age-old evaluation of touch as “the mother’ of the senses.” Though it may vary structurally and functionally with age, touch remains a constant, the foundation upon which all other senses are based“
We have been misled to believe that touch is simply a pleasant way to fulfill our ‘need’ for “love”.
It is so much more.
“It is both through its skin and the proprioceptors that the infant receives the messages from the muscle-joint-ligament behavior of the person holding it …
… from the quality of his handshake“
We read the world & others through our skin – it is an organ of survival.
It is also an organ of truth:
“As the old saying has it, “Seeing is believing, …
… but feeling [touch] is the truth.“
Only by touch do we get the real measure of our world -
“touch and contact are necessarily the most conclusive factor in determining the structure of our world … touch differs from all the other senses in that it …
… always involves the presence, at one and inseparable, of the body that we touch and our body with which we touch it … in contact we feel things inside us, inside our bodies“
Is our species becoming more & more …
… disembodied through its
loss of touch?
Or is that too big a claim to make?
I don’t think so:
“The philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) called the hand …
… the human outer brain, & the psychologist G. Revesz noted that the hand is frequently more intelligent and endowed with …
… greater creative energy than the head. Among animals, he further noted, there appears to be some correlation between mental ability and manual dexterity. In humans, he observed there was a clear reciprocal relationship between …
… the hand and the development of the intellect.“
If we are losing …
… the use of our hands in much the same way we are losing the rain forests, what does that bode for the remnants of our intellect?
What does that bode for the future of our species?
“It is in large part the stimulation of his skin by touch which enabled the child to emerge from his own skin“
“The ego … is the perception of the bodily self, and what one feels and knows of the body is the skin“.
Perhaps you may see now
that the future is
in your hands.
“Our skin is a mirror endowed with properties even more wonderful than those of a magic looking glass“
~ ~ ~
Text in this colour from Touching – The Human Significance of the Skin ~ Ashley Montagu
Everything we do in life is shaped by …
“humanness … having the attributes of man as opposed to animals, …
… divine beings, or machines“.
Today we explore the idea that re-connecting with this flesh of ours might be the most important thing we do,
we want to have a real chance
at a future.
“Total knowledge is annihilation
Of the desire to see, to touch, to feel
The world sensed only through senses
And immune to the knowledge without feeling” ―Dejan Stojanovic
We open (playfully) with the (apparent) ultimate truth of mathematics.
“According to the famous 17 century Alchemical tract Atalanta Fugiens the great Hermetic Secret …
… can only be penetrated through an astute employment of geometry.“
Do you feel astute?
I want to contemplate the idea that the truth behind the truth of sacred geometry, is the very fleshy human touch:
“we begin to appreciate that Geometry played a profound role in opening up the mysteries and secrets of Nature to humankind…
… by mimicking the … fundamental
processes and harmonies
“All geometric constructions begin with …
… a single point,
represented by the moment that
the point of the compass or the point of the pencil …
… contacts paper“
“contact (n.) 1620s, “action of touching,” from Latin contactus“
Despite the best biblical efforts …
… to prove otherwise,
… required contact/touch.
Any act of creation
joining with …
Thus (geometric) constructions must begin with two points, not one:
The compass (or pencil) touches the paper only because of the hand that holds it.
The alchemists …
have always known this.
“A study of Sacred Geometry begins with the …
… hands-on experience, the commission of a geometric act of creation“
Ritual symbolic touch permeates our world:
1. Abbr. TD Football An act of carrying, receiving, or gaining possession of the ball across …
… the opponent’s goal line.
2. The contact, or moment of contact, of a landing aircraft …
… or spacecraft with the landing surface“
“Throughout the descent Aldrin had called out navigation data to Armstrong, who was busy piloting the LM [lunar module]. A few moments before the landing … he said ..
“Contact light!” Three seconds later, Eagle landed.“
However healing human touch …
Just because we can sum up the world with numbers, doesn’t mean we can touch those numbers. Even if this world proves to be a …
our experience will remain
The following slightly poetically licenced quote fleshes out this point:
“In all these processes and influences, words (and numbers) are unimportant. What happens between adult and infant is …
… not primarily conversational or intellectual. The foundations of our personality are not composed of words (or numbers) … How poor we would be if we needed words (or numbers) to appreciate a landscape! … The non-verbal nature of …
… infant experience is similarly hard to apprehend and put into words. This makes it easy to neglect the non-verbal elements from which our personality is built up“
“A person could last a long while without touch, but once someone had experienced the comfort, joy, and sheer relief of another human body close, the desire to experience that again was hard to deny.” ― Mary Johnson
What did we lose when we lost touch?
Animal experimentation is a prime example & psychological mirror of, our lost connection:
“For four newborn monkeys the cloth mother lactated and the wire mother did not; …
… and, for the other four, this condition was reversed … Thus, the experiment was designed as a test of the relative importance of the variables of contact comfort and nursing comfort … The infants were always free to … contact either mother, and the time spent on the surrogate mothers was automatically recorded …
[The] data make[s] it obvious that contact comfort …
… is a variable of overwhelming importance in the development of affectional response, whereas lactation is a variable of negligible importance … The persistence of these differential responses [continued] throughout 165 consecutive days of testing.
We were not surprised to discover that contact comfort was an important … variable, but we did not expect it to overshadow so completely the variable of nursing; indeed, the disparity is so great as to suggest that the primary function ..
… of nursing … is that of insuring frequent and intimate body contact of the infant with the mother.”
“By far the most important of Harlow’s observations was the finding that his infant monkeys valued tactile stimulation more than they did nourishment … When a baby is born a mother is also born. There is considerable evidence at this time, and for months thereafter, her need for contact exceed those of the infant.”
Lest we are tempted to brush off the importance of [human] “touch” in our adult lives, let’s look at a quote from a highly regarded business development handbook. The author experienced a series of competent yet deeply unsatisfying, haircuts:
“It didn’t matter what I wanted. It didn’t matter that I enjoyed the sound of the scissors and somehow equated them with a professional haircut. It didn’t matter that I enjoyed being waited on by his assistant. It didn’t matter that I enjoyed the experience of having my hair washed.“
So unacceptable is our need for physical care & touch, that the author cannot bring himself to ask for these human touches:
“I would have been embarrassed to ask for these things, let alone give my reason for wanting them. They were all so totally emotional, so illogical. How could I have explained them, or justified them, without appearing to be a boob?
What the barber did was to give me a …
… delightful experience, and then take it away.” The E-Myth ~ Michael Gerber
Of late my friend Michael & I have been discussing our dissatisfaction with our dreams. For the most part they seem to be …
… a load of bollocks. Perhaps if I dig deep and long enough I can interpret a few of them into something semi-useful, but more & more it seems like a waste of my valuable conscious time.
What if our bodies are crucial to making wise decisions – & without their connection, our heads just go crazy?
Yet when we sleep our body is …
- Are many of our crazy dreams simply the result of a mind-frenzied body disconnect?
- Is our civilisation the result of a mind-frenzied body disconnection?
What is the one
in this world today?
The body is under diabolical attack via toxic food, pharmaceuticals, pollution, technology, overwork, over-stimulation (media, light), under-stimulation (lack of nourishing communication & touch), isolation, overcrowding etc ..
Is the body being taken out of the equation so that our weaker minds will mindlessly take whatever road has been prepared for us?
Without our bodies …
… we are truly
Our skin is the mediator between our inner & outer worlds.
“Never trust anything, not until you can touch it. With touch, you know you know” ― Ron Parsons
“That the importance in human behavior of the tactile functions of the skin has not gone wholly unrecognized is evident from the many expressions in common parlance in which reference is made to them. We speak of “rubbing” people the wrong way, …
… and “stroking” then the right way; of …
… “abrasive” and “prickly” personalities. We speak of the “personal touch” … of “getting in touch.” We say of someone that he has … “a magic touch,” … a “human touch,” or …
“delicate touch,”… a “feminine touch,” … or that he is a “soft touch.” In the constant search for human contact we get “into touch” or “contact ” with others. Some people are “hard” to deal with, others are “softies.” Some people have to be …
… “handled carefully” … We speak of someone who is quick to take offence or oversensitive as “touchy” … Some people are “thick-skinned,” others are “thin-skinned,” some get “under one’s skin,” while others remain “only skin deep.” Others are “out of touch” or have …
… “lost their grip.” Things are either “palpably” or “tangibly” so or not. The “feel” of a thing is in many ways important to us … Our “feeling” for others embodies much of the kind of experience we have ourselves undergone through the skin. A deeply felt experience is …
“What emerges from the observations and experiments reported here [is that] cutaneous stimulation …
… is of prime importance for their healthy physical and behavioral development. It appears probable that for human beings, tactile stimulation is of fundamental significance for the development of healthy emotional or affectional relationships … in short one learns to love … by being loved“.
Without the body we are …
… rabbit-holed minds.
Touch tells us we are alive. Through it we connect to others & to our worlds. With that connection comes the creative power that has always made us greater than the gods.
Human touch requires the existence of an “other”.
I think many of us got too used to “doing it” alone. Struggling on alone, living out of our minds the way some people …
… live out of a suitcase, & trying so hard to make a difference.
Maybe that is no longer an option if we wish to create a future.
The time may have come to create a relationship with our bodies & as well as to learn to create relationships with each other:
“In the last fifty years … psychology has begun to catch up with common knowledge, and all kinds of evidence have been accumulating to suggest that relationships are at least as basic as individuals. Indeed … being an individual may not be such a big prize anyway.“
Apologies for extended leave of absence -
New article …
plus upcoming podcast /exploration on structures
with Michael Skaggs.
How much do the ‘shapes’ in our lives affect us?
“shape (n.) Old English sceap, gesceap “form; created being, creature; creation; condition“
“shape (v.) Old English … “to create, form, destine“
A few weeks ago my friend Michael (Hidden Agendas) & I walked the streets of Boston’s financial district with its intense, overpowering buildings. We began a discussion & exploration of the …
… effect of shapes & structures that I will be expanding upon in the weeks to come.
Up till now we have been prisoners of the structures in our lives (& our world) – mostly because so many of them do not possess a three dimensional reality.
Michael & I are about to take a course on structure with Robert Fritz. In the meantime I want to issue a challenge to you, to look & play …
… with any of the structures/shapes/patterns in your life (or this world). Feel free to use the comments section here to work with others. As always there are no right answers, this space is offered for an exploration of structure, with the intention of angling towards restructuring the course of our future, along more ‘human’ lines.