'The sacred alliance of life includes all beings,' writes Duhm. (Photo: Pixabay/CC0)
By Dieter Duhm
Apr 24, 2017
The fight for Standing Rock is over, at least for now. With the help of Donald Trump and the banks, the oil industry has imposed its agenda. The construction of the pipeline has been completed. Our prayers are with that handful of people who are still there, still standing their ground. Last year, thousands of people, from every culture and from all over the world, traveled great distances to come together on the land. They came despite the freezing cold, to take part in the resistance. By now, nearly all of them are gone. Was this all just another passing phase, a brief episode in the imperial powers’ centuries-long war against life?
What would happen if all those different tribes and groups, having come together from every continent, would have a shared goal for further collaboration: to concretely create a post-capitalist world? The only way to overcome the existing system is to establish a deep commitment to what we want to come after. But what is it? What will come after?
Do we have a strategy to permanently overcome the violence in today's world—to overcome the power of the banks, the oil companies, the pharmaceutical industry, the arms industry, and their servants in government? Such a strategy, if we can find it, would offer protection to all the Standing Rocks of the world, now and in the future. It has been clear for some time that the questions raised by Standing Rock are global issues. Is there a power that can make it possible for life—life lived in love and trust—to overcome the power of guns? This is the revolutionary and ethical question of our time. And here is our answer: Yes, there is such a power.
In the shadow of every current catastrophe, forces of global renewal and creating a nonviolent planetary society are taking shape. We have a realistic chance to make this happen in the near future. Upon hearing this, the inner reaction often is, “I don’t believe it.” Yet, it comes too quick. Who would have believed in self-driving cars just thirty years ago? Human beings are able to manifest whatever they believe in, whatever they can envision. This applies to every area of life, from extreme sports, to research and technology, all the way to the possibility of global annihilation. Why not apply this power to global healing and global peace?
Around the world today, there is a suffering that compels us to rise to new standards of peacework. The inconceivable events in Aleppo and Mosul, in Somalia and South Sudan; the refugees in inflatable rafts; and also the disintegrating marriages in our own culture, the child pornography and sexual violence… all this demands our deep introspection, and that we make a profound change in our own ways of thinking.
250 million children are currently living in war zones. 50 million children are refugees, searching for a new home. Humanity is faced with an apocalyptic situation; the age of materialism is on the verge of self-destruction. On the one hand, we stand on the brink of a third World War - and on the other hand, at the beginning of a new civilization. The lives of billions of human beings and animals will depend on this historical shift. We can offer our children, and our children’s children, a future worth living, if we take an active part in this transformation of the earth. What does this transformation consist of?
We live simultaneously in two realities: in the reality of global war, and in another reality, which we call the “Sacred Matrix.” To “Defend the Sacred” was and remains the motto for the Sioux in the Dakotas. It is ours too. The Sacred Matrix contains the holy and healing powers of life. Transformation is what we call the transition from one reality to another. We are at the beginning of a planetary system change. The new civilization will be based on the Sacred Matrix. This will also be the foundation for new communities. We started the global Healing Biotopes Project to make it possible for many such groups around the world to connect with one another on this basis.
What is the Sacred Matrix?
There is a documentary film, The Man who Swims With Crocodiles, available on the internet. It shows the love between a man and a crocodile. The two are connected by such a tender intimacy, that one can hardly imagine it existing between human beings. The man gives the fully-grown crocodile a kiss on its muzzle…It seems so otherworldly, that it’s hard to believe until one sees it. But the story is not something from another world. It’s real, and here on earth. It simply shows us something that contradicts all the beliefs and fear-projections we have been taught.
This story is not unique. Research with animals has revealed countless other examples. One can read, for example, the book, Kinship with All Life by J. Allen Boone. We have had many similar experiences here in Tamera. Nine year-old Simon met a wild boar with its little ones in the night, and he remained unafraid. When a classmate from the neighborhood asked him the next day, why he had not been afraid, he answered, “The wild boar are just the same as us.” To this, the young neighbor said, “I want to take care of the wild boar in Tamera with you.” Six year-old Aaron tripped over a terrier on a chain, who then snapped at him. Aaron let out a short scream, but then said, “The dog isn’t mean. He was just shocked, the same as I was.”
These experiences describe a possible world of contact with animals and a new door opens for us. All these real events show possibilities of another existence, in which there is neither fear nor hostility. They show what life itself can do, when fear and violence do not interfere. It is the world of the Sacred Matrix that exists as a real possibility and waits for us to activate it. The world of the Sacred Matrix is the fundamental entelechy pattern of life, and is the goal of a new planetary civilization. The world could be a love affair. Love is the most valuable of humanity’s cultural assets; it is the sacred aspect of existence. It is our genetic foundation, written into the nuclei of our cells. It is the core information of all life, all striving towards unity. The Jesuit priest and palaeontologist Teilhard de Chardin wrote, “Through the power of love, the fragments of the world search for one another, so that the world can may find perfection.”
Perhaps we cannot simply create this world right away. We can, however, recognize the preconditions, from which it would arise by itself. In the case of the crocodile, the story has a very simple beginning: The man found a small, injured crocodile on the banks of the river. For two years he nursed the crocodile back to health. He said, “It doesn’t only need to be fed; it also needs my love.” When it was healthy again, he wanted to release it back in the wild river. But it immediately swam back to him. From then on, they have been inseparable friends. Can we imagine that new communities might arise on earth, where people and animals, and children and parents, grow up in this kind of friendship? Communities, in which there is no fear and no hostility, neither among human beings, nor between humans and their fellow creatures? Can we imagine a world, in which the concept of enmity has been made obsolete? Are we ready to acknowledge—and put into practice—the necessary ethical, social, ecological, and spiritual conditions, from which such a world can emerge in reality? Are we not then very close to the idea of daring to make such an attempt?
A global network is arising on the earth, with the goal of bringing these thoughts into reality. We call it Terra Nova. It is not bound to any particular group, but rather belongs to the global information of the Sacred Matrix.
Information is one of the world’s basic raw materials. Everything is guided by information. How far this can go is demonstrated by the strange success of Silicon Valley’s digital companies. It seems to be a voyage without limits. The same applies to our lives, when we allow them to be guided by the information of the Sacred Matrix. Here too is a voyage without limits - but in another direction. Whether there will be war or peace on earth, whether we will be sick or healthy, whether we will experience jealousy or solidarity in our relationships, depends on the fundamental information steering our lives. A civilization that has made war for millenia carries the information of mistrust and war deep in its cellular memory. Such a civilization will respond to the information of the Sacred Matrix with defense, derision , and violence. But this defense leads to humanity's self-destruction. Even the modern high-tech industries will not be able to endure if they continue to work as they have until now, without reevaluating their basic ethical principles. In the system that has lead to millennia of war, the dominant information arises from traumas in the collective unconscious of all humanity, and in the private lives of each individual. Also in our private lives, everything depends on which side we choose, and which information we follow. The system of violence obtains its power from a collective substratum of fear. We must recognize and dissolve it.
Our higher souls can do anything, if our higher will is present. Whether a lasting love relationship arises or not, depends on which information we allow to enter us and guide our on-board computers. The same applies to the collective organism of humanity as a whole - which path humanity will take depends on which information we enter into its information body. The love story between man and crocodile reveals something that is relevant for the whole planet. It goes so very deep. Within the vision of the Sacred Matrix is a possibility of salvation, which we have to get used to, at first. It is so other-worldly and yet so real, like the love between human and crocodile. And yet we have a deep sense that it is true; that the possibility of such a planetary love affair exists. We feel that such a world could exist, and that we could manifest it, if we agree together to do so. If this succeeds in one place, it will succeed in many places.
The sacred alliance of life includes all beings; all are connected to this basic pattern, all carry this vision in their souls like an ancient memory. It is built into humanity’s entelechy program. When a group of people builds a new structure for life based on the Sacred Matrix, this will activate a vision of life, latent in every other living being. As soon as this vision is put into practice in real life, it will be possible to receive it everywhere, because the collective consciousness of humanity is in an “excited state.” Everywhere, there are sensors that will record the image; everywhere, there are powers that will manifest it. Because the vision will be understood and loved, on a cellular level, everywhere. This is the secret of how healing works: healing though contact with the healing power of life. A sick child can become healthy, just because a little dog lays beside her.
We see an entirely different logic at work, wherever trust, love, and care—not hostility and fear--reign among human beings and all their fellow creatures. It is an entirely different concept for life—a different concept for love, for its healing, and for what love can do. Indeed, it is the concept of the Sacred Matrix. This concept is the basis for paradise, a new earth. It is the concrete utopia of a human race that has finally left the old fields of hostility and violence behind. Again and again we must question the facts, and test these realities, until we see that this utopia is not a dream and not an illusion. Rather, it is a message about a different global culture written into the genome of every living thing.
We’re talking about planetary system-change - in every community and in every individual. No more, “What do I get?” but rather, “How can I support?” A shift from egocentrism to participation. It is a shift on many levels—from the hologram of fear to the hologram of love. In this context, the subject of Eros is central, for here the traumatic wound is the deepest. The subjects of sex, love, partnership and community take on new meaning when they are reconnected with the sacred. Through trust-building work in community, love and sexuality must be freed from all the old degradation, hypocrisy, and lies. In an erotic culture without fear or lies, Patriarchy will collapse. A new culture will take root in a new relationship between the genders. (This is described in detail in my previous books.) Eros too—even including its animalistic aspects—is part of the sacred. The goddess also reveals herself in the wallowing pig.
What is sacred? A world, where people practice solidarity, and care for one another, even in times of need: that is part of the sacred. A world where children can completely trust their parents, and indeed all adults: that is part of the sacred. A world where the sexual interest of one person in another does not create fear, jealousy, or hate in a third: that is a part of the sacred. A world in which animals come closer to humans, because we welcome them, and they do not have to fear us anymore: that is part of the sacred. A world in which we see and care for earth and water as a living organism: that is a part of the sacred. When a rescuer reaches out a hand to a drowning refugee, that is part of the sacred. And when people pray for someone who is terminally ill, and they become healthy again, the sacred has achieved another of its countless miracles. We do not necessarily have to call it “God,” because the sacred does not need a name. It is the inner power that brings us all together, and connects us eternally with all our fellow creatures.
When we understand this, we are faced with an absolute imperative: To shift to the other system of reality that we call the Sacred Matrix. This shift is the goal of the global Healing Biotopes Project, that we have been working on for so long in Tamera. Healing Biotopes are are communities of human beings and nature, in which all participants—including the animals—are connected, on a foundation of trust. Every rural commune, and many urban neighborhoods, could transform themselves into Healing Biotopes. The planetary community of the future will develop out of a complex network of autonomous communities, built on the basis of the Sacred Matrix. Could that be a solution?
Dieter Duhm is a psychoanalyst, art historian and holds a PhD in sociology. He was one of the intellectual leaders of the 1960s student's movement in Germany, initiated the Healing Biotopes Project in 1978 and co-founded the Tamera Peace Research Center in Portugal together with his partner Sabine Lichtenfels in 1995. He is the author of many books, including Eros Unredeemed, The Sacred Matrix and Terra Nova: Global Revolution and the Healing of Love.
Tamera invites for an international gathering on sacred activism, August 7-16th 2017: “Defend the Sacred: Envision a Planetary Alternative”
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