Lamed feat – part II


What goes on four feet in the morning,
two feet at noon,
and three feet in the evening?


A Lamb
with bloodily pierced feet

Oedipus himself is that man; his name means “Swollen Foot,” and his feet are pierced when, at his birth, he is exposed on the hillside

Oh silly me, I left out a question!

I should have asked …

“What twinned tales of lamed males have provided two of the West’s foundational cornerstones?”

But I gave away the game away didn’t I?

Never mind, let’s continue.

The first pillar of our community needs no introduction (but we’ll give him one anyway) …

Ladies & gentlemen, on our  right we have the reigning waterweight champion of the world – Jesus – son of a narcissist, Saviour of mankind & patron of the Western religion Christianity (with its obligatory Holy Days, Eastmass & Christer).

Limping in on our left we have Oedipus

… unluckiest man in the world, outstanding answerer of riddles & patron of the Western world’s attachment to trauma;

The foundational stories we tell about Western civilization are stories of trauma. Oedipus is wounded and abandoned by his parents, who drive a stake through his feet (hence the name Oedipus, which means “swollen foot”) … [they]  leave the baby on a hillside to die. Saved by the herdsman, Oedipus is fated to kill his father, Laius, and to marry his mother, Jocasta.


What has been the measure of a man for thousands of years?

The foot as a unit of measure was used in most Western cultures and was usually divided into 12 or sometimes 10 inches/thumbs, or into 16 fingers/digits. The first known standard foot measure was from Sumer


What is so important about this foot ...

… that it was given dominion over man
& turned into his ruler?


Why did the alchemists of the English language place the sole/soul at the base of the foot?
Why did they make ‘male‘ an anagram of lame

What if the soul is action as opposed to ether?

What if it is a trail-blazing energy that constantly seeks creation & connection?

Which part of the body pulses the earth-shaking beat of re-connection with our world …

… time & time again.

So I’m wondering …

“Was it perhaps VERY important
that our civilisation be founded upon
tales of  wounded feet/soles/souls?”

found –verb set up or establish on a firm basis or for enduring existence. lay the lowest part of (a structure) on a firm base or ground.

Our feet

 … are our base / roots in this world.

They ground us.

Our feet are the most powerful part of our body for creating groundedness. If you aren’t using your feet well, you can’t be truly grounded … When our feet are rigid, we walk like a car without shocks; we land hard on the ground rather than rebounding lightly. We don’t yield to the energy with the ground

Human abilities when ‘grounded’ may include;

Brings life in to matter and to be able to bring our healing abilities into the physical … Increases balance and stability in our physical and our emotional state … Helps in creating a bridge between Spirit and matter … Provides an outlet making the release (of energy) easier

Sounds bloody marvelous – where do I sign up?

Suggested effects of not being grounded include;

Dizziness … A feeling of being ‘Spaced Out’  … Feeling sick … Noise & light sensitive … Weight gain … Having brilliant ideas that never happen …  Arguing and unable to get your point across

Hmmm … I vaguely recall a civilisation like … now what was it?

When we’re ungrounded, we are walled off in the head

Ah, of course, got it!  They’re talking of usthis world.

But this world is in a much worse state than that!,” you say.

Yes ’tis true, but then again … we’re not really talking of un-grounded feet are we?

We’re talking of wounded & mutilated soles.

I began to explore the roots of what seemed a pervasive trauma. Trauma is the shock to the psyche that leads to dissociation: our ability to separate ourselves from parts of ourselves, to create a split within ourselves so that we can know and also not know what we know, feel and yet not feel our feelings. It is our ability, as Freud put it in Studies on Hysteria, to hold parts of our experience not as a secret from others but as aforeign body” within ourselves.

So mutilated is this world now, that I feel we must ask where the foundational wounding came from?

Well you’d have to get in real early, at ground level (so to speak), if you wished to cripple an entire race …

… ahh yes, so much easier to manipulate clay

Remember go for the feet, & a race (any race), will fall.

We need to probe deeper into these twisted tales of tortured soles because there’s something very nasty lurking in the shoe rack.

It seems that scarified feet always speak the same story – they tell of;

the (god-condoned) abandonment, betrayal & murder (or attempted murder) of the foot-owner, by their parents.

After their marriage, King Laius of Thebes and his wife Jocasta were warned by the Delphic Oracle that should they have a son that son would kill Laius and marry Jocasta …

It was not long after this warning that Jocasta gave birth to a son. Fearing the prophecy Laius pierced and bound the infant’s feet and left him to die on a mountain side

If you go ogle the term “Jesus betrayed you will be led straight …

… to Judas,
sometimes the deniable Peter is thrown in for good measure,
but number ONE on the list of quisling-backstabbers,
is always Judas.

But Judas was the fall guy.

He took the heat & attention off the master architect & his accomplice.

When the foot/sole/soul has been scarified, look to the parents.  That is where the soul wound has been made human.

If Jesus existed, then he was betrayed, abandoned & done to death by his father …

…  the Jehovian narcissist too long trapped in the mirror.

But what of his mother?

Untouchable (except by god), irreproachable, immaculate, chaste, modest, graceful & a damn fine sufferer to boot, she blindly accepted the ‘will’ of God even down to standing by at the murder of her son.

Mary is said to have fainted at the sight of her suffering Son
Nope, sorry, that just won’t wash!

Ain’t nobody gonna crucify my son
Ah now that’s more like it!

I wonder how many women over the years, have faithfully followed Mary’s example, standing silently by as their sons head off to sacrifice?

I wonder how many women have lived lives of inactivity & acceptance because the Mother of God did?

I believe these are fair questions, though they never crossed my mind until recently.

Mary, the God-mother was given a very superior job description;

“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.”

In the clan of womanhood, she got top billing – the ultimate role model. For millions of women she is THE Mother, but as a mother figure …

… she really, REALLY lacks the motherly vibe except (apparently) towards the son she watched die.

Thus far we have lamed/betrayed males, father’s who kill & mother’s who stand acceptingly by.

Does that feel right?

A search for truth was uncovering a buried history, revealing the extent to which neither men nor women felt authentic. How had this happened? Where had they split with their souls, their desires, their connection to themselves and each other?

Why has the love story in Western culture long assumed that pleasure leads to death, that love leads to loss?

More unprovable theories on the intermingling of feet with the traumatising of the Western world  to follow.


What saves a man is to take a step.  Then another step.  It is always the same step, but you have to take it

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


The quotes in this colour all come from The Birth of Pleasure (Carol Gilligan) – it is she who relates the Western trauma to the story of Oedipus.

June 14, 2011. Uncategorized.


  1. WhatsItAllAboutAlphie replied:

    Alex NZ nice summary. Goes with Alex FLA thoughts how soles are damaged by improper designed foot wear. It’s a mad, mad, mad world we live in.

  2. Michael Skaggs replied:

    Brilliant post and right in time for the Full Moon in Sagittarius with the lunar eclipse! Paradigm shift time for the world me thinks.

    I loved the questioning..she doesn’t seem a very nurturing mother figure does she, Mary that is? Funnily enough before reading this, I was so questioning duality and see how the “creators” pulled the rug out from under humanities feet. Devious. But then again, you don’t have to be “good” to be a creator, do you?

    Well done Alex! Another reality altering piece!


  3. alex robinson replied:

    Thanks Alphie!
    The Rebel pipped me at the post with some of his shoe revelations, but his take on ‘Dorothozy’ is quite, quite superb.
    Very best to you

    Hiya Michael
    Very telling to hear the thoughts of a ‘recovering’ catholic re the Ma Mary issue – I appreciate that.
    No indeedy, we now know that you do not have to be even a tiny bit ‘good’ to be a creator. So let’s just be very bad & have a damn good creative time while we’re at it :)
    Very best to you m’dear

  4. aferrismoon replied:

    Feet – Race , keep on runnin’.

    When I went to TaiChi classes they were very insistent on moving heel-toe, even walking downstairs [ quite a good stretching exercise] and keeping the feet close to the ground. The Bubbling Well – Kidnet point on the foot was envisioned as an anchor keeping one rooted.

    High heels seem to defy contact with the ground, and a few years ago the new fashion for shoes [ mens and womens] is to have an extended point which makes it difficult to walk up stairs.

    Judas via Hebrew = YHVDH which in numbers = 10+5+6+4+5 = 30.

    30 = L . All of the Hebrew characters have a ‘name’ and L = LMD [ Lamed] which translates as a ‘goad’.

    Yahweh-Jesus-Judas via Hebrew looks like this:



  5. brad replied:

    Absolutely fantastic once again..


    the only thing I could think of during this was being taught that the slaves feet would be chopped off if they had tried to escape…

    you gotta love that logic…

    : P

    be well Alex

    : )

  6. alex robinson replied:

    Ah yes mr moon – the two-legged race!

    Looked up the Bubbling Well;
    “When you really “Relax”, there is indeed a bubbling of joy, an inner smile coming up through your feet into your whole being … When the energy flows up, it makes you feel energised and light-hearted” – lovely!

    High heels are coming up (& down) in next article.

    Lame(d) is also very close to the word lamb – which brings this to mind;
    “Lambda … is the 11th letter of the Greek alphabet. In the system of Greek numerals lambda has a value of 30” – which fits nicely with Hebrewed LMD.

    Mein gott, that Hebrew trinity looks amazingly ‘inbred’!


    Many thanks Brad :) – it’s just as well that ‘getting legless’ doesn’t mean that!

    Very best to you

  7. celticrebel replied:

    When I was in school, one of my coaches/teachers was telling me that i needed to lift my feet higher off the ground when i walked … and me telling him I walk the way I walk and to go fuck himself, or something variant of that. Reading this and looking back, I did the right thing … and heck, doesn’t the collective walking in the same step, beat or drum always lead to mass murder? Good stuff.

    • alex robinson replied:

      Mr rebel, I think you walk your path just fine.

      Excellent point on collective steps & of course group steps have also been applied as a method extermination – running ‘races’ into the ground via enforced death marches.

      More footwork to come …

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  9. GladGal replied:

    In Spain where I live, it is insisted that girls not go barefoot because it’s “bad for the ovaries” with special emphasis put on when they are menstruating. Obviously it’s a very powerful time of the month for us women and not a debilitating one as we have been brought up to believe. The definition of my name is also “lame” (not very nice). Thanks Alex. I love what you do.

    • alex robinson replied:

      Thanks GladGal – & just so you know, in mythology the lame have been some of the most powerful.

      I was wondering where that belief came from – does it go back a long way? It seems strange to me as I would have thought connection would have been more important at that time, but we have had no Mother to teach us & it’s all guess work.

      Thanks for that & very best to you

      • GladGal replied:

        I don’t know where it actually comes from Alex because it’s a grandmother thing and it’s still going on and quite polemic to this very day, (I’m trying to find out more) In forums young girls ask if they can shower when they have their periods because they have been told to keep away from water and anything cold (I wonder how the Eskimo females managed!) Another interesting thing is the expression “to be grounded”, in Spanish it’s to be “nailed” Oh and thanks for the “lame” mythology explanation, I feel very internally powerful.

  10. amina replied:

    Dear Alex, I have listened to you and I didn’t realized you were so wealthy. Wow I am amazed at the wealth of your knowledge and insight. Great research and perspective. This will take me some time to ingest but I love it. Thank you. Wishing you well.


  11. alex robinson replied:

    Hola Gladgal
    Many thanks for that & also for that Spanish expression – that is most interesting!

    Thanks Amina – truth to tell, the ‘knowledge’ I write of is often news to me until I start ‘investigating’ – give me curiosity any day over hard fact :)
    Wishing you well in return

  12. GladGal replied:

    I forgot to add that soles are called plants, so between our plants, trunk and palms, we’re quite the tree with many ramifications. Thank you again for doing what you do, it’s good to hear a female voice echoing what many of us have pondered at some time. I for one immensely enjoy the laughter and joking atmosphere of Alex and Alex within these very deep and profound subjects

    • alex robinson replied:

      Well now that’s quite amazing! Better be careful we don’t start thinking of ourselves as living beings instead of mechanised slaves :)
      Thanks for the feedback on the show – much appreciated.

      Be well

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