The Rise of the Dream-State, part 3 of 3: Trans-Culture, Paraphilias, Non-Duality, & Corporate Cures for Alienation

“Transgender Women have needs and desires just like any other person. However due to their unique position, they have a greater understanding of life and realize the essential fallibility of humans. . . . Transgender Women are also sexually very active and are much more nubile than the average cis-woman. Therefore men with a high sexual appetite (that is every man alive) will have a great time with them.”
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While I prefer not to make sweeping philosophical statements of belief, there are aspects of the present subject matter that are too unexplored and unfamiliar to present them on a pure evidence-basis; at the same time, the subject is so fraught with strong emotional opinions that it may help if I make my own “position” as clear as possible–regarding why I consider the subject important enough to write about, even though I have no transsexual tendencies myself, nor any significant dealings with people who have these tendencies in my daily life.

I have arrived at the subject matter by an indirect route, through my researches into trauma, psychic fragmentation, organized sexual abuse, mind control, transhumanism, alien abduction, and other occult or spiritual systems of beliefs, social and cultural engineering, crowd control, and mimesis. Something that has become more and more apparent to me–albeit at a very intuitive level–concerns a largely unrecognized psychological (and frankly, metaphysical) reality, that of ancestral possession. At this point, I would probably say that ancestral possession is the primary motivating factor in history, and that without including it, no understanding of human behavior is going to be complete. This is particularly the case if we are looking at human pathologies,­ which are I think the sine qua non of human behavior, and hence history.

While not all ancestral patterns are pathological, all pathologies are to some degree ancestral. Our ancestry of course goes back a long way­–prehistory–and the most easily observable ancestral influence is that of those family members we have had direct contact with, especially the ones we grew up with and were raised by. Of these, none has a greater influence on our psychological development than our mother. To an incalculable extent, our self-image, our preferences, desires, fear, obsessions, and choices are determined by her influence–especially if we understand that our mother and our father’s influence is itself a continuation and extension of that of the ancestors, those who have now passed on. Nonetheless, in a purely observable (though still somewhat mysterious) framework, I am confident in making these two statements: that psychic possession of men by their mothers is the most essential and unrecognized aspect of ancestral possession (and hence of human history); and that the primary cause for the multitude of desperate quests for identity that have manifested throughout history in all forms of violence is this same mother-possession.

I realize that this is a thesis statement and that it is not the thesis of the present piece. I present it now as rather the essential background that provides primary context for the author’s own history and hence interest in this subject.

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After the first part of this series appeared, I received some criticism that it was lacking nuance and making the mistake of putting every transsexual in the same box together, when there was a very wide spectrum of individuals to consider. One thing that I hope has become clear, to anyone reading this series, is that the transgender/postgender agenda is quite distinct from transsexual individuals, at least to a large degree. In other words, a vast portion of the push behind trans/postgenderism is not coming from individuals who have or wish to transition (yet). Like the person who commented at my blog (Claire), there’s an unknown but significant percentage of transsexuals who are not supportive of the trans/postgender push. Nonetheless, for obvious reasons , the social and cultural movement and the individuals it points towards (and to some degree stems from), cannot be separated. Without the existence of transsexuals within our culture, no “Trans Agenda,” and without the Trans Agenda, there would be a lot less aspiring transsexuals than there currently are.

While the first statement will probably go uncontested, the second will no doubt stir the hackles on many a neoliberal neck. But human beings are imitative creatures and this goes double for heavily socialized human beings. Culture is a process by which certain behaviors “go viral” and become fashionable, i.e., inspire imitation. Naturally, the more prolific (and the more widely represented by the media) a given behavior becomes, the more people are going to imitate it. The manufactured transgender movement is really no different from any widespread marketing campaign that depends on both memetic and mimetic engineering, and central to its success is representing the idea of chemically and surgically induced sex changes as healthy, normal, and desirable (and sexy and hip).

As with homosexuality, however (and being nonwhite, and being neurodivergent), it is not enough for transsexuals to aspire for equality. The previously marginalized subset aims to colonize the mainstream, and, like a cuckoo, this means ousting the previously dominant ideology, or at the very least forcing it to change its ways. In the present case, it is not merely ideology that has to be radically reconfigured but biology. Since the Trans Agenda advocates the use of technology to alter people’s biological gender, the very idea of biological gender must be recalibrated to match the technology. The “is” determines the “ought”: as soon as it becomes possible to alter gender, an inevitable shift in cultural values occurs–including moral ones–that is geared towards making gender alteration socially acceptable. Since social etiquette and ethics form a complex system, this means that the entire philosophical and ideological basis of society must undergo a corresponding shift to accommodate the new technology and the new fashion, and to make room for the newly manufactured identities rolling off the factory lines, complete with their particular (and equally manufactured) sets of desires.

Now, like being a woman or being homosexual once was (ironically, both of these social identities are receiving short thrift from the Trans Agenda), the trans identity is being subtly equated with higher social standing and a kind of moral superiority. In certain circles, it is even being touted as a spiritual calling, a veritable attainment of non-dual reality in which gender is as mutable and arbitrary as any other form of consumer preference. Presumably this is because transgenderism has the relatively novel ingredient of actual physical transformation. While it is still a “choice” (albeit one attributed to some mysterious and anomalous whim of human biology), it is a choice that requires the ultimate commitment imaginable, short of death anyway.

Speaking of removing body parts, this is probably an opportune moment to ask: how long before apotemnophiliacs replace transsexuals as the ultimate marginal group? Apotemnophilia is a neurological disorder characterized by an intense desire for the amputation of a specific limb or a need to become paralyzed, blind, or deaf. Apparently rational individuals are asking for the amputation of healthy limbs or the destruction of functioning senses, and seeking surgeons to oblige them (or in some cases purposefully injuring themselves to force emergency medical intervention). Apotemnophilia was first described in a 1977 article by psychologists Gregg Furth and John Money (that pioneer of transgenderism and pedophile rights; see “Apotemnophilia: two cases of self-demand amputation as paraphilia”). In 2008, the afore-cited V.S. Ramachandran, David Brang, and Paul D. McGeoch proposed that apotemnophilia is a neurological disorder caused by an incomplete body image map in the right parietal lobe. A separate definition of apotemnophilia is erotic interest in being or looking like an amputee. In a similar way, there are transsexuals whose primary drive to transition to the opposite sex is the erotic charge they get from imagining themselves in a different gender body. This is known (in the case of men) as autogynephilia:  “a man’s paraphilic tendency to be sexually aroused by the thought or image of himself as a woman.”

The question of course is, why are apotemnophilia and autogynephilia considered paraphilias, while (the more “progressive” version of) transgender is not? The answer is that, through a combination of activism, media representation, and the growing numbers of advocates and defenders, it has been stricken from the list of paraphilias, and scientific research has gone full throttle to try and produce enough stupefying, generally pseudo-scientific evidence to keep it that way. But presumably all the arguments being made to defend transsexuals from the stigma of paraphiliacs (i.e., psychologically disturbed) could, if one wished, be equally well applied to cases of apotemnophilia (and autogynephilia)? And where would that end? A person might–like the author Paul Bowles–wish to do away with the body altogether, and opt for existence as a severed head floating in a jar. Who are we to say that this is an unhealthy life choice? But of course, the transhumanists are already working day and night to bring this grisly reality to fruition, and perhaps the ultimate social attainment will someday be recognized as having been achieved by those individuals who saw themselves as non-biological, non-human, and as “pure information,” people who chose to be removed from the physical realm altogether in lieu of an exclusive but eternal existence as Facebook accounts? But I fear I am in danger of becoming a pundit, so maybe I should stop there.

Except to add, in passing, that my brother Sebastian claimed to have had sex with a quadruple amputee prostitute in Amsterdam and wrote about it in his memoir, Dandy in the Underworld. Several years before he published the account, in late 2003, I received a photograph apparently of my brother inserting his erect penis into a dark-haired, legless, armless woman. Not only had he paid to have sex with her, apparently he’d arranged to have himself photographed in the act and then turned the photograph into a grisly greetings card, with the words “If you’re happy, clap your hands!” inscribed on the back. He then sent it to his family, friends, and who knows how many assorted others. I later found out that the photo was a fake: he had had someone Photoshop his head onto another man’s body, using a piece of apotemnophilia porn for his template. When I spoke to him at the time I received it however, he insisted it was authentic.

What appalled me about the image (and most of all his choice to use it that way) was how it exploited the woman’s suffering and misery. If I’d said as much, my brother would probably have countered that I had no business projecting my ideas about exploitation or human suffering onto the woman, and that (like all prostitutes, in my brother’s view) she was fully in charge of her choices. I can almost hear him saying it now. And in fact,  in his memoir, he wrote just such a comment, one that seemed especially tailored for me: “She wasn’t a victim. She was a warrior.” But as it turned out, my brother never even knew the woman in the photo, so how could he possibly know what her perspective on her condition was?

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What originally sparked this three-part series was ostensibly an email exchange between myself and two others, about a spiritual teacher who is currently undergoing a sex change. One of my correspondents—himself a spiritual teacher–made a quip about how the non-dual movement had always been moving in this direction. So what direction is this? Towards the equivalence of psychological trauma, infinitely expanding paraphilias, and a total rejection of our embodied human existence with enlightenment? The spiritual guru in question is named Francis Bennett, and he has been endorsed at his website by the well-known Advaita guru Adyashanti. Bennett made an announcement on Facebook on 16 November, 2016, to the effect that he was a woman in a man’s body:

“It has been a bit of a relief to find out that this is what I have been unknowingly dealing with my whole life. In a certain sense, it explains a lot in my psyche and even in my body which I have always wondered over. Many people that have these kinds of chromosomal anomalies do not struggle at all with gender identity and feel themselves to be very fully identified with the gender they were perceived to be at birth. But some of them, like me, have always felt a kind of ambiguity around their gender identity. . . . Some studies would indicate that this also has some basis in physiological changes that happen in the womb as the fetus develops and experiences certain effects in brain and hormonal development. To be honest, I have always felt somewhat ‘gender ambiguous’ and as a little child of 5 or 6, I had deeply questioned my gender identity already. Between the ages of around 5 and 11, I actually felt inwardly that I was a girl, even though I obviously had a boy body on the level of appearances.”

This “spiritually awakened” teacher ends by quoting the Hollywood movie Forest Gump: “I am reminded of what Forest Gump’s mom once said to him, “Life is like a box of chocolates Forest. . . . Once you open the box, you never really know what you are gonna get!”

In a later article, Maestro Bennett continues with his Gumpian vision:

God created humankind in the divine image … both male and female (Genesis 1:27). So God as Creator is both father and mother. God is both male and female. God is fully androgynous……God is therefore trans-gender if you will…

I believe that we LGBTQI persons can be considered to be special gifts of God not in spite of, but precisely BECAUSE we are different and don’t fit within normally accepted societal gender or sexual attraction categories. We have been rejected by the leaders of most organized religions. Simply to survive emotionally and spiritually, we have been often forced to look more deeply into the meaning of life than the average person who fits in more easily. Our rejection by mainstream religions causes many of us to question the basic tenets of these religions in order to determine what fits for us and what does not. Though not always, this in turn can sometimes result in a higher level of spiritual consciousness. . . . Because our very survival depends on it, we who are different must question all these things. As survivors of this painful process, we are perhaps better able to tap into the true nature of God/Source/Consciousness, and the intended relationship of humanity with this absolute Reality.

Bennett considers himself “fairly well out on the transsexual end of the transgender continuum” and therefore has opted to undergo a full sex change. “There is a deep peace in this decision.”

Maybe I am a stickler, but isn’t there something a bit “off” about someone who claims to be spiritually awakened, and who host satsangs for spiritual seekers to help them find their way, claiming they have found peace by having a sex change? Whatever happened to looking within?

Bennett consider himself to be on a mission, however:

I feel that I and all LGBTQI folks, are called, by our very existence in the world,  to openly challenge the teachings and attitudes of spirituality that serve to enslave both men and women of whatever gender identity and sexual orientation, into rigid gender roles and categories that prevent them from fully embracing both the male and the female aspects of their souls, that prevent most from becoming whole and integrated in the true image and likeness of an androgynous, trans-gender God.

In other words, for these pioneers of transformation, spiritual freedom is only possible via corporate-backed sex change surgery and military-industrial chemicals.

Meanwhile, the meme is spreading via things like Paul Brandeis Raushenbush’s podcast at the Huffington Post: “God Is Trans: The Extraordinary Spirituality Of Transgender Lives.”

“During this week’s segment you will hear from a Christian, a Jew and a Buddhist about their lives as trans people, and the surprising and instructive ways religious figures acted with compassion as they transitioned to presenting as their authentic selves. Their journeys invite new understanding of spirituality by urgently presenting the deeply religious question: ‘Who Am I?’ Recently Bruce Jenner spoke on national television about life as a trans person, ushering in a new era of visibility of trans people. My hope is that the stories of Joy, Taj and Ellie will be cause for further celebration, and that their spiritual stories will offer all of us lessons for discovery about self, others and even God.”

Is there any way intelligent discerning people would buy this crap, I wonder, if they hadn’t already been so thoroughly worked over by the Identity Police, and so burdened by guilt, shame, and fear around transsexuality, as to be unable to even think clearly about it? Have we all been spiritually Gumpified into believing that life is a corporate conflation of sticky sweet comfort products that can all be lumped together into a single heart-shaped box?

And is it any wonder that the flip side of this cultural saccharinization program is the idolization of sociopathic killers?

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At this point, the reader may well say, it’s easy to bitch and moan, but what am I actually proposing to do about any of this? Unfortunately, I am not in the business of offering solutions, not because I don’t want them but because I still think the best solution is found by fully taking on all the implications of a problem, and seeing it for what it is, without trying to fix it.

Imagine a very different sort of society in which confusion around one’s sexual identity was not seen as a problem to be fixed, in which suffering and identity crisis wasn’t seen as something to be avoided, or even alleviated, necessarily, but as a process to be observed and respected and allowed to happen. A society in which those individuals with especially fluid, anomalous, or unstable identities were given the necessary space and compassion (and attention) to be “liminal,” to remain essentially noncommittal about their sexual or gender orientation or anything else. Imagine a social environment where there was no pressure to fit in at all (provided one was not being actively hostile).

The point being: how many individuals are now jumping aboard the transgender bandwagon because of a combination of the pressure to conform in some way (the old world we are supposed to be evolving past via these new ideologies) with a more subtle pressure to early-adopt the non-conforming new identities being prepared for them, in tandem with a cynical marketing campaign–and/or a long-term, multi-national social engineering program (such as outlined in “Occult Yorkshire”)? How much is living in a society that sees social identity as the sine qua non of happiness, purpose, and meaning creating the very distortions, paraphilias, and biological “quirks” that are giving rise to growing numbers of alienated, dissociated children in search of a social identity that will match their anxiety and alienation? Do the vastly increasing numbers of transgender-oriented individuals have anything to do with a growing reality of transgenderism at a psychological or internal level, or do they relate to increased identity confusion and the ever-growing fear of being marginalized (because in liminal times, groups seek a scapegoat), combined with ready-made bogus identity-solutions that are generating vast profits for the ruling class and their corporations?

The idea of a “trans movement” suggests there is a new species emerging among us. While there may be a kernel of truth in this (there is definite overlap between transsexuals and autistics, which is a form of neurodiversity), I think that transgender is mostly a way for social (and possibly biological) anomalies to reduce and contain their feelings of alienation by over-literalizing them and converting them into sexual and cultural terms that relate to social identity. This requires ignoring the fact that social identity, whether it refers to “gender,” “race,” “class,” or all three, and regardless of how many bells and whistles are added to it, is the primary cause of human alienation. What might someone struggling with an interior experience that doesn’t fit the social molds tell us, if we gave them room to do so, rather than dictating the terms of their alienation to them? The same applies to autistics and to children in general: the social goal is always to socialize, to turn anomalies into productive members of society and good consumers of product, never to let them be and give them space to discover who and  what they actually are.

The question of what to do with social anomalies is the same as what to do with any lost soul (i.e., human being): listen, connect, share as deeply as we are able, and only then consider the possibility (or need) for guidance. The one thing that any of us really needs, and the only thing that ever really helps, is a working connection to our own sense of reality. Call it psyche or soul or intuition or God, once we have it, nothing can take it away. But if we don’t have it, no amount of naming or identification, no matter how ideologically “advanced,” is ever going to secure it for us. Ideology is not a means to establish a sense of reality, but as a very poor surrogate for it, it’s most destructive when it manages to persuade us we have found reality–our new, improved, socially sanctified identity–and so we stop seeking.

The problem with “pathologizing” anomalous traits is that there is a cultural stigma attached to pathology in a way that there isn’t–to anything like the same degree–with physical ailments. The term “mental illness” is inherently derogatory, not because there is shame in being damaged, but because it misrepresents the reality of what causes self-destructive behaviors, both subtle and extreme. First off, what’s invariably being addressed when people talk about mental illness pertains to the psyche and not the mind. Secondly, how is a mind supposed to get ill anyway? Illness is a term that was coined to address physical symptoms, that superimposed a biological map onto a psychological one, as if there could be an exact fit. This is absurd. The way the body gets ill and why, and the way to treat physical illness, may have very little in common with psychological imbalances.

If someone called me mentally ill, I would find it offensive. If someone suggested my psyche was out of balance due to trauma, I might be a little more amenable to discussing it, if only to point out that we are all, to varying degrees, out of psychic balance due to past traumas. We are all broken–but none more than those who want to pretend they are whole, that brokenness is their true nature, a birthright, and their very own special snowflake-ness. If psychological trauma is universal in our current society, and if it has a direct effect on our experience of our bodies and our sexuality, to suggest that transgenderism relates to psychological trauma—at least some of the time—ought not to be terribly controversial, much less equated with transphobia. The fact that it is indicates that there is a massive program of denial at work.

Since no one wants to talk about trauma or psyche, it has become a toss-up between slapping a label of “mentally ill” on someone and prescribing the latest pharma-cure, or creating a new ideology and lifestyle choice–or a new biology–to be celebrated and championed. In either case, big bucks are being made, accountability and understanding is being avoided, and troubled souls are being cruelly exploited. The saddest part is that those exploited souls are being turned into advocates of the corporations, and pushing the very agendas that are exploiting them onto others.

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One of the things that seems to prevent open dialogue about transgender is the assumption that one has no business talking about it unless one has experienced it. In principal I agree, but only if we are going to apply this across the board, and are willing to say, for example, that we have no business talking about the wrongness of the Jewish holocaust because we have no idea what it was like to be a Nazi. No one is likely to say this, however, because the assumption is that we know immoral behavior when we see it, and we don’t need to experience it from the inside to judge it as bad. When it comes to transgender, the assumption is that people know what they are experiencing and have the right to define it for themselves, so if they say they were born in the wrong body, we should take their word for it and try to help them. This line of reasoning is inherently problematic and even self-contradictory, however. Really, it comes down to indulging people’s whims regardless of whether we understand them or not, and provided their whims are sufficiently fashionable to have received some sort of ideological and institutional support. When non-conformity becomes the norm, then we will conform to it. And meanwhile, the true anomalies continue to get marginalized out of existence.

In 2008, during the same period I met my wife online and began to recognize the depths of my own psychic-mother-enmeshment, I was for a time in contact with a transgender person. This person called themselves the Dream Queen and did online dream interpretations. They were very intelligent and insightful and our correspondence was a rich one. I found them charming and likable (they were still biologically male but I didn’t find it difficult to think of them as a female at that time), even to a degree attractive to me. They described their self-transformation in a similar way to how Genesis P. Porrige talked about his, i.e., in alchemical terms, as a sort of coniunctio oppositorum by which they desired to enact the alchemical marriage through surgery. My feeling, then and now, was that they were over-literalizing a subtler psychological journey. But if I said as much, I was delicate about it and no conflict ensued.

At a certain point, this person began to suggest that I was like them, and that I would someday go through the same process and undergo surgical intervention in order to realize my true alchemical nature as a hermaphrodite. I began to feel mild panic: what if they were right? I knew deep down that such a path was not for me; and yet still, my identity at that time (I had just turned forty) was sufficiently shaky for me to have vague feelings of doubt. By that age, I’d come to accept that life was so unbelievably strange, so full of unexpected curves, that nothing could be ruled out completely. The Dream Queen was so convinced of it, I felt briefly afraid that this might really be my future!

I assured them they were mistaken and gave my reasons. It didn’t create a rift between us (though we did lose touch over time), but I suppose it made clear that there was already a gulf there: I was not willing to make the leap which they saw as our shared destiny; by the same token, I was not able to fully endorse their own choice, at least not if full endorsement meant imitation.

As an adolescent, my hero was David Bowie. I painted a portrait of him, dressed in gaudy clothes, and wore eye makeup at weekends. I was a late bloomer sexually, and although I was interested in girls at the normal age, I never went further than a kiss and a grope until I was in my twenties (I didn’t consummate until I was twenty-seven). As I wrote in Seen and Not Seen, I didn’t even use ordinary porn during my teen years, but opted for darker material. I was deeply confused about my sexuality and afraid of girls. My mother worried I was gay during this period (I overheard her talking on the telephone), and there were times when I wondered too–not because I was ever attracted to boys, but because I knew there was something fundamentally different about me, I just didn’t know what it was. According to my mother, the first thing she said after I was born was, “Oh, I wanted a girl,” and maybe this had something to do with my sexual confusion later in life. Beyond any doubt, the difficulty I had owning my sexuality, from adolescence to date, is directly connected to an unhealthy bond with my mother, and it was this very bond that I began to unravel in my forties, when I met my wife. Without having done so, I would never have been able to commit to her as I did.

My experience with the Dream Queen illustrates that, if anything, I’m flexible and open, maybe to a fault, when it comes to cultural anomalies and my affinity with them. My “problem” with the Dream Queen only began when they tried to impose their worldview onto me and recruit me into their alchemical trans-agenda. Even then, it was not actually a problem (unless it was for them), simply a clear boundary. I wonder if the more strident “cis” defenders of trans rights ever come as close to contemplating their own transgender potential as some of us who are rigorously questioning the narrative? My guess is, most of them don’t. It’s all theoretical to them, an ideological question and nothing more. This is why even those bold enough to question the trans narrative end up spouting latitudes like “Live and let live.” We are encouraged to approve of people’s choices, but not to empathize with them. Empathy is too scary.

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It has been a lifetime struggle for me to find a way of being that fits my own internal experience of being a man, and it’s a struggle that continues to this day. In a sense, that struggle has been invaluable to me, because I have had to discover an authentic sense of my sexuality without relying on any kind of social signage to guide me. During my adolescence, when I was aware there was something anomalous about me but not what it was, there were no “programs” to “help” me find my sexual orientation, no boxes I could put myself into to feel more secure (at least not until I found the box of “sorcerer” and alien hybrid, which worked for a decade or so). Essentially, I had to carry that feeling of being a misfit, a freak–of being somehow broken–with me through my life, like a splinter in the brain.

Now I’m fifty, and I know that splinter was in many ways the truest thing about me, because I was broken, my sexuality was polluted, hijacked, co-opted, and stolen from me, through a combination of a toxic culture, horrendous parenting, sibling abuses, and unknown human predators–in other words, exposure to the world. That doesn’t give me a clear sense of my sexual identity–I don’t identify primarily as a trauma-victim–but it at least gives me a clear sense of why I was unable to fully experience, express, and embody my sexuality. It also lets me know that there is something still to discover, underneath all the trauma and the poisons, behind the social programs of abuse and the phony solutions designed to keep us inside them, there is that which I truly am, and always have been.

The older I get, the more integrated, the less preoccupied I am with my self-image, and the more ordinary I am able to be in my daily existence. I may feel anomalous–in some ways more than ever–but there is less of a need to make others recognize and affirm it, and more of an ability to go along with the social norms on a surface level. I have a mortgage, run a small business, and live a generally quiet life with a wife and a cat. My internet explorations notwithstanding, my rebellion is more and more directed inward. Creating a special category of identity is less and less important to me; identifying as human is enough.

My single biggest regret in life at this point is probably getting tattoos when I was thirty-five, when I believed I was a living avatar of Lucifer. I got the tattoos to mark that allegiance, to brand my body as property of Lucifer/the divine. It was a pointless exercise, and the only real effect it had was to brand me as a weirdo, to reinforce my sense of alienation by making it physical, tangible, and visible to others (what’s worse, the skin under one of the tattoos is irritable to this day). This stands alone as my only act of self-mutilation (not counting a pierced ear which has since closed up), and the only positive function of these tattoos now, in my view, is as a visceral reminder of my ego-inflated hubris and folly.

It’s my view now that the body is the base reality of human (and organic) existence, and that all existential questions begin and end with the body. I think that unconscious (and often conscious) fear, shame, resentment, and loathing of the body is so common in our “civilized” human society now as to be almost universal. Unconscious hostility towards our bodies is often directed outward at other bodies; but it is also directed inward, and on a daily basis, in the form of alcohol and drug abuse, unhealthy sexual promiscuity and abusive relationships, poor diet, and surgical “solutions.”

I consider that, for myself, love, respect, and enjoyment of my body is the only solid basis for a healthy relationship to others and with life. To start out from the premise that the body is “wrong” and in need of adjustment or improvement (unless it actually lacks functionality in some sense), then, is to establish the supremacy of mind/preference/desire over the reality of the body. I think that all other pathologies (destructive behaviors) stem from this basic misunderstanding, and that it is a misunderstanding that is rooted in unconscious hostility towards our own bodies.

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Pro·crus·te·an: (especially of a framework or system) enforcing uniformity or conformity without regard to natural variation or individuality.”

It is an irony that the transgender movement, which may well have begun as reaction against a Procrustean social view of gender, has become itself Procrustean.

Every individual has within them both sexes, both biologically and psychologically speaking, as mother-father imagos­–which combined relate to the energetic ancestral line. Bringing those polar-forces into balance within the psyche is essential to a full and healthy life; and yet, due to social factors that seem designed to prevent a natural development of sexuality, it is also extremely rare.

To see transgender as an expression of this lack of balance is not to reduce it to a symptom or to a pathology. It is potentially to understand it, like all symptoms, as a process by which balance or wholeness can eventually be restored to the collective.

What troubles me is that it is perfectly natural, even inevitable, to experience confusion over our sexuality, and that reconciling male and female within ourselves is central to the “alchemical” work of individuation. Literalizing this as a biological problem that can be fixed by mechanistic means, whether by dressing up, chemical intervention, invasive surgery, or a combination of all three, is a means not to embrace difference but to banish it. It is a drive towards homogeneity and in-humanity, disguised as the exact reverse, as a humane approach to diversity.

The aim of this series has been simply to ask this question: What might be on the other side of that threshold of sexual identity confusion, if the movement was directed inward rather than outward?

26 thoughts on “The Rise of the Dream-State, part 3 of 3: Trans-Culture, Paraphilias, Non-Duality, & Corporate Cures for Alienation

  1. Well yeah, so far so good. It’s just that it’s all been done before, there are so many of us now, with just minor variations. You can more or less get a read of the parameters of someone’s psyche at 5, or 15 or 25 and then predict their probable life course over the next 20-50 years, are they going to experience sexual ambiguity, are they going to have a mid-life crisis, are they going to eventually ‘find god’ and so forth. Each persons experiences and emotions are their own personal ‘alchemical journey’, but on the whole, there is very little new under the sun.

    You can just figure out that you are to all intense and purposes a copy of this other person, who just happens to be 20 years older than you, and you read their biography if they are famous, or their blog if they aren’t, and maybe try to optimise your own life to follow their path to success and avoid any pitfalls they may have fallen into, like not getting that tattoo, or not getting into drink and drugs, or not getting married to a women under somewhat false pretences if they are later going to come out as gay, and so your path goes just that little bit smoother, and you leave behind yet another trail for someone else just like you to follow.

    I’m not the living avatar of Lucifer, I’m just a biological copy of someone else just like me, with some minor variations and a somewhat different upbringing. If most of the people who are like me have different genitals, many of the paths to natural self-expression that are open to them are closed to me, and vice versa.

    So if the other version of ‘me’ is an actress, singer, and dancer, well I have to be a composer or director or choreographer or something, and sublimate the emotions I would dearly like to experience in real life into producing a drama for another younger version of ‘me’ to star in.

    I put in years of effort to study the works of X, Y and Z predecessors, munge it together and recycle it for a modern audience, and say that it says something new and profound about the ‘human condition’, and if I do a good enough job I get residuals and royalties, and if I don’t do a good enough job, well people can always watch the original versions from the 1970s on iTunes. I’m probably not going to be the next Shakespeare at any rate, whatever I do, there are too many distractions nowadays for anyone to reach that kind of depth or productivity. I’d probably have to spend more time managing my social media profile, just to be noticed, that I would producing any really great works.

    Or I just say, hey, I’m an *sexual, I’m a much misunderstood and persecuted minority, you now have to respect my lifestyle choices, and I go and get fixed up so that I can experience that anticipation, and search and first romantic fling with a man for myself, and live out those oh-so essential emotions in real life instead of through a fiction, and hang posterity. There are millions of us now, all trying to be a creative, or trying to make a living as a critic or a pundit of something or other, that I doubt my input will be missed that much.

  2. brilliant comments …. now i get what this series of blogs is about … although i”ve never heard of ancestral possession … and you’re probably / almost certainly (mostly) right in your conclusions …

    • RE:……”although i”ve never heard of ancestral possession …”
      Ancestral Restoration /healing the Ancestral line and understanding the impact of “ancestral possession” in certain circumstances is a very important yet often unrecognised area of holistic therapy.
      (copied from Humanityhealing.net)
      “We are the Progeny of the Past.  We are the biological collective result of countless generations that lived, learned, taught, created, and dreamed.  They collectively created our physical reality through their successes and failures.  The actions of our past generations inevitably influence and impact our present one.
      The cells of our bodies contain the echoes of our ancestral family memories.  They are significant factors that determine the way we perceive and deal with our current reality.  Reconnection with our lineage helps us to understand who we are and where we came from.  We can then determine what is needed to complete our journey,and liberate us from the Wheel of Samsara so that we may take the next step in our Soul’s evolution.
      Many cultures have active traditions of honoring one’s ancestors, but to truly honor one’s ancestors moves beyond mere respect to recognition of both their positive and negative impact on our current life.
      We need to adopt a curative attitude towards our ancestors.  The message they transmit through time is one of continuation, knowledge and loving support.  To properly honor one’s ancestors, you must be open to forgive them unconditionally, because only through their pardon and Healing can you liberate your negative inheritance.
      Realigning our ancestral process is a necessary reorganization that will allow the release of energetic blockages in one’s life and in the lives of one’s descendants.  It is an intense and deep process of multidimensional forgiveness that encompasses a realm beyond time, space, dimensions and frequencies. It is an act of reverence, honor and acceptance, which will release the old paradigm, Heal ancient wounds, and clear the phantom pains imprinted in our memory cells and in our pain bodies.”

  3. maybe we need more tibetan healing bowls …. and free healthcare by native american shamans …. to heal our fragmented psyches.

  4. Funny you should mention Lucifer right after i was thinking about the Androids ( Androgynes) in West World and the film Prometheus .
    The elites see the masses as being less human than themselves and are keen to automate all their jobs, hey , why not just automate the masses themselves ?
    Obviously they will come after anyone who attempts to milk a cow and sell the milk locally with black helicopters and the full force of the law, but they are happy to subsidize , facilitate and otherwise promote the concept of gender reassignment .
    I agree its a matter of the dispositions internale being projected outward , and seen through this prism , failed alchemy .
    Camille Paglia talks about the appearance of the hermaphrodite being coincident with the declining stages of civilisations seen through a cyclical view of time , appearing again and again throughout history . Of course ,the decline is prominent in the psyches of the elites themselves who are probably imagining we are on the cusp of the next great leap forward rather than collapse ( like Weyland in Prometheus ) . They are keen to recruit those who tend this way to advance their thesis and see what is possible .
    The Devil of the tarot, which is the sign Messr Horsley was born under , features this trans symbolism prominently in occult lore , and is also known as the gate of death .
    Personally , i still do not condemn Claire or the others or deny their right to exist , though that just could be my own neo-liberal indoctrination , but i dont care , she seems like a nice person and a victim just like all of us

  5. Ancestral possession? Right on, Jasun! Hey, as you might imagine, there’s an app for that! Actually it’s been around for 3 decades now, before the Internet, so maybe I should say there’s already a meme for that.

    I refer to what I might term the “ancestral possession” therapy created in the late 1980’s by the German psychotherapist Bert Hellinger, which is known today as “Family Constellations,” a therapy he derived from the original psychodrama of Jacob Moreno and the family sculpture techniques of Virginia Satir.

    But because he was once a Catholic missionary priest in Africa, Bert’s breakthrough was to appropriate the shamanistic ancestor worship practices of the Zulus and impose them upon an unsuspecting client base of white Europeans.

    I myself intensely experienced Family Constellations between 2004 and 2008 here in Los Angeles, acting as a representative of family members and ancestors in well over a hundred different constellations so I can speak to the process.

    For this comment, I decided to Google “Bert Hellinger” and “ancestral possession” and here is the first return, which can give a glimmer of an idea about the therapeutic aproach that treats our “ancestral possession.”

    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/28268971_The_Natural_Ancestors_An_Ethnography_of_Family_Constellation_Therapy

    Tom

  6. Thanks Tom & Pea for the ancestral feedback. Albi, FYI I wasnt born under the devil sign but the emperor, I ain’t no goat but I am a ram. Interesting tarot image though. & thanks for the Paglia link, including this:

    “Sex reassignment surgery, even today with all of its advances, cannot in fact change anyone’s sex, okay. You can define yourself as a trans man, or a trans woman, as one of these new gradations along the scale. But ultimately, every single cell in the human body, the DNA in that cell, remains coded for your biological birth. . . . Paglia went on to talk about her book Sexual Personae and how the emergence of transgenderism signifies the end of Western culture. “Now I am concerned about this… In fact, my study of history in Sexual Personae, I’m always talking about the late phases of culture. . . “Because in fact these phenomena are inflaming the irrational, indeed borderline psychotic opponents of Western culture in the form of ISIS and other jihadists, etcetera,” Paglia said. “Nothing… better defines the deadence [sic] of the West to the jihadists than our toleration of open homosexuality and this transgender mania now.”

    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/sam-dorman/camille-paglia-transgender-mania-symptom-cultural-collapse

    also of relevance: “‘Another Day, Another Demand’: How Parents and Children Negotiate Consumption Matters,” by Sharon Boden, University of Warwick

    according to Rice, the affluent, aspirational and apparently sophisticated tween consumer is maturing much faster than his or her predecessor. Therefore, given the size of the children’s market and its growing economic and cultural significance, it is surprising that there is little sociological attention paid to it. . . .

    The increasing participation of children in the sphere of consumption is a consequence too, we could suppose, of the growing recognition of the status of children as competent social actors, alongside their increasing economic activity[4]. These changing roles of children could be seen as an example of children’s own agency realised through the commercial sphere – an agency, we must bear in mind, that is supported and promoted by the desire and need of capital to seek out new markets. Yet these above points need not lead us to the conclusion that children are completely free agents, exercising free will and choice at every turn. Whilst agency is important, it is not unconstrained by structure (Giddens, 1979; Archer, 2003). To this end, the material basis of children’s consumption must not be overshadowed by a one-sided emphasis on choice and the ability to consume at will. Indeed, this piece will go on to present a whole range of objective and subjective constraints surrounding children’s consumption. Similarly, it is worth stressing here the difference between children’s ‘needs’ and ‘wants’. White (1996), for instance, talks of the impact of global capitalism on perceptions of necessity to the extent that wants become needs (or ‘false needs’, as Marcuse (1964) termed them). This process in turn then links up to issues of social inclusion and exclusion whereby children believe that they need a pair of, say, £100 Nike trainers to be part of a group – making children’s identity, in some ways, a type of structured construction.

    1.5 Two related issues stem from these above points. One involves the significance of clothing consumption as a source of children’s individual identity and personal worth, specifically the symbolic value of children’s clothing as a form of social inclusion and social exclusion, mediated by age and gender, ethnicity, household income, and geographical location, which in turn begs us to explore to what extent identities of children can be largely established through purposive adherence to a chosen consumer lifestyle (inclusive of the purchase of items such as fashion, food, leisure pursuits etc).
    . . .
    It is here we arrive at the central interest of this paper – the role of generational relations in the consumption of children’s clothing. Of course, like that of adults, children’s identity formation (whether heavily consumption reliant or not) is thoroughly relational – that is, structured to varying extents in varying contexts by the opinion and conduct of others (such as the ‘concerns’ of parents). As we shall go on to see, interesting changes are taking place in the parent-child dynamic, as children not only now clearly use their status as savvy consumers to influence the consumer behaviour of their parents, but employ a number of strategies in interactions with parents in an attempt to positively influence decision outcomes.

    […]

    2.12 This broader issue of parental versus corporate influence, with regards to the ownership and control of childrens’ minds and actions, alongside rivalling social influences such as the mass media and the Internet which may be challenging the family as the primary agent of socialization needs also to be borne in mind in present and future research agendas. These types of concerns, tantamount to the corporate seduction of children, are not new however, and can be traced back to Ewen’s (1976) classic critique of the homogenizing powers of mass culture which argues that the ideological control superimposed by the advertising industry is a disturbing example of the extension of bureaucratic, corporate surveillance over individual creative autonomy (see also Marcuse 1964, Packard 1957, Adorno and Horkheimer, 1977).

  7. Jasun,

    I do believe you have found a cool-headed compadre in Camille Paglia, whose interview I just read this morning. The question about transgenderism is the 3rd and last, so scroll down near the bottom to pick it up. I excerpt a few sentences. You both supply some welcome transcendence of the Trans-Agenda. (And who knows? It might even distract me from my Autard’s obsession with the Levenda Agenda, but I digress.)

    Tom

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/camille-paglia-on-trump-democrats-transgenderism-and-islamist-terror/article/2008464

    “Although I describe myself as transgender (I was donning flamboyant male costumes from early childhood on), I am highly skeptical about the current transgender wave, which I think has been produced by far more complicated psychological and sociological factors than current gender discourse allows.

    Furthermore, I condemn the escalating prescription of puberty blockers (whose long-term effects are unknown) for children. I regard this practice as a criminal violation of human rights.

    It is certainly ironic how liberals who posture as defenders of science when it comes to global warming (a sentimental myth unsupported by evidence) flee all reference to biology when it comes to gender.

    Biology has been programmatically excluded from women’s studies and gender studies programs for almost 50 years now. Thus very few current gender studies professors and theorists, here and abroad, are intellectually or scientifically prepared to teach their subjects.

    The cold biological truth is that sex changes are impossible. Every single cell of the human body remains coded with one’s birth gender for life. Intersex ambiguities can occur, but they are developmental anomalies that represent a tiny proportion of all human births.”

    • Right, it’s in the chromosomes, in every cell in the adult’s body, which would show up in DNA test, and definitively prove someone is a male..

      Except there are all sorts of ways that people can have XY chromosomes and still come out of the womb looking and thinking like girls, with fully formed external genitals and even internal reproductive tracts to boot.
      https://www.quora.com/What-causes-a-person-to-be-transgender/answer/Hugh-Easton-1
      Most people do not get their chromosomes tested unless they have an identifiable problem, so if how they feel matches what’s between their legs they are really none the wiser about their genetic sex markers. They don’t even figure out that they have anything different about them until they discover as teenagers that they don’t menstruate because they have no womb, or can’t get pregnant because they have no ovaries.

      You’d try telling a 16-17 year old girl, who has always been seen as a girl by everyone she’s ever known, and always thought of herself as a girl, and maybe even menstruates, that it turns out nature has screwed up, and since we’ve discovered you have XY chromosomes, that means you are really actually a ‘man’ deep down, just with some superficial female parts..

      Would you seriously expect her to go out and have her passport and driving licence amended to match her genes? Would she then possibly be called up and expected to join the army as a man? Or would you just let her carry on living the life she’s already grown up to expect, and maybe give her some help to conceive or adopt a baby if she wants one.

      Nature is much more complicated than the ‘cold hard fact of every cell of your body carrying your birth gender’, it’s all in how those genes are expressed, both in what your body actually looks like, and in how you think and feel.

      Now most transgender people are not also intersex, or at least not obviously so, with one of the already well-known specific genetic or chromosomal abnormalities, but the same kind of process that makes someone with XY chromosomes and CAIS still develop internally and externally as a female, could also make the brain of someone else develop as a female while the externals features still resemble a male.

  8. OMG, Jasun! You had better watch your pronouns!!! Maybe time to flee South over the border to the good old USA where mis-gender pronouns have not (yet) been criminalized. Or will you stay in BC and take some of those anti-gender bias courses that will rehabilitate your vocabulary?

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/16/canada-passes-law-criminalizing-use-of-wrong-gender-pronouns/

    “Canada passed a law Thursday making it illegal to use the wrong gender pronouns. Critics say that Canadians who do not subscribe to progressive gender theory could be accused of hate crimes, jailed, fined, and made to take anti-bias training”

  9. Your reflections on the transgender fad are interesting. I have a two-part take on it, or maybe three- part. First, remember the famous saying from Thomas Aquinas: gratia supponit et perfecit naturam–“Grace supports nature and brings it to perfection.” That is, nature and grace are not opposed. They are mutually supporting. That is to dignify the physical body and make the idea of grace attainable. This idea was thrown out at the so-called Reformation–Martin Luther detested Aquinas and the philosophical tradition behind the idea of mutually supporting grace and nature.

    SO: what does this do? It makes the idea of grace anti-natural and anti-body. In reality we are living through the culmination and logical result of Protestantism, the divorce of spirit and life. Everything we do in the modern age is extolled if it somehow contradicts or overcomes nature. Is this not so?

    Second part: — not so esoteric– sexual experimentation, promiscuity, homosexuality, breakdown of marriage and family, etc. are quite consciously fostered by the “globalists” or the “elites” or the “Zionists” or whatever you want to call them– for the purpose of breaking down the culture, destroying Christianity, and making man cultureless and malleable. It’s political manipulation in the extreme.

    Part three: so what happens when people lack cultural grounding and become malleable playthings, falling prey to sexual fashions? Rene Girard writes about “mimesis.” Young people imitate other young people who want these operations. It’s a case study in violent contagion. It can only happen in societies on the cusp of deterioration — I think you make that point somewhere.

    Best wishes, keep up the good work– Caryl

  10. Great article. It seems that the article used the transgender subject as more of a back drop as opposed to the main subject.

    Which was a very pleasant surprise if I’m correct.

    To me, this was an article about personhood and possible explorations we could all take if we can learn to step away from the din of cultural and personal exploitation through whatever means we’ve been assaulted by it.

    Very well done.

  11. It is now, simply,Back to Basics.
    RE:lyrac –“Grace supports nature and brings it to perfection.” That is, nature and grace are not opposed. They are mutually supporting”
    Dakini Shakti Malan:http://www.shaktimalan.com/about-shakti/
    Lovers Unite Beyond Identities that Divide
    There is a force in this world stronger than any attempt by any superpower to create division, animosity and war between people. It is the force of Love. Whether we live in the Amazon or New York City, whether we are 14 or 94, black or white, straight, gay or transgender, rich or poor – Love is what makes our humanity sing.
    For too long have we been defining ourselves as human beings through categories of inclusion and exclusion, through unconscious hegemonies of power held by those with the most mainstream and dominant identities. It is brutally clear by now that this way of co-existing is only creating war and destruction.
    But what do we have left if we drop the labels that define us? What if we could get in underneath our understandings of gendered, racial and sexual identities – and meet ourselves, and each other, in the naked, innocent purity of Love?  What if love as erotic attraction becomes a universal force that unifies rather than divides us?
    Can we truly start to imagine a world which is ABOUT making love, and not war? And can we stand together – speak together – create together – a world which goes beyond every definition we have ever known – a world built entirely from us following 100% the knowing of our hearts?

  12. I liked the Paglia links also, so thanks. Related to her bit about ISIS hating our decadence — to me its ironic because this laser focus on freeing the mind (spirit) from matter is the ultimate expression of the whole Piscean Age ontos: matter bad/ soul good. Thus Elon Musk or Paul Bowles saying lets just upload our soul essence into an iridium chip &c.
    Related closely is the other part of the whole Islamo Christian thing: there can be only one Truth and even thinking otherwise leads to damnation and soul oblivion.
    As to ancestors, before the Hellenistic- Christian push toward monotheism, people venerated their ancestors in a healthy way. Now thanks to Jesus or Science, the ancestors are all either in hell or simply dirt. (h/t Lou Reed). If the shamans are right and those weird things you meet in DMT trips are souls or spirits, then worrying so much about necrodestination is really a laughable waste of time.
    I think you’re onto something.

  13. Thanks everyone for the comments. A few recent thoughts I’ve been having.

    The concept of rights is a Trojan Horse for coercion. Who or what is bestowing these rights if not the same entities that are controlling our behaviors to begin with?

    I don’t see a clear line between harming other people’s bodies and harming one’s own. The unexplored question is what constitutes harm.

    The current push is to raise up ego-defense feelings over the body’s natural needs for optimal functionality. Fragmentation over wholeness.

    As a general rule, the body knows best, nothing is superfluous just because we think it is. Grace & nature work together. If we are opposed to nature, that’s not grace that;s moving us but something else. Dis-grace?

    As Trans shows, every “right” bestowed by the state entails taking others away; what the state gives with one hand, it takes away with the other. What it never gives is awareness of the possibilities of discovering our own resources. I am not sure how that could be made into a “right.”

    If a person is possessed by an ancestral fragment that identifies with a former gendered life, what are their options? Of course, this isn’t a question scientism is going to be asking anytime soon.

    I don’t have the right to have my body buried in the garden; or to drink raw milk from a cow (in Canada & parts of the US), or work on my own car (if it runs on protected software). But the state has the right to take my children away if I don’t support a corporate drive to encourage him or her to have sex change.

    The context is important here. A person can only have a “right” to surgically alter their body because the corporations are selling the tech. That same person does not have a right to cut themselves with a razor blade, much less castrate themselves. That is considered self-harming and they can be committed for that. But if they pay the system to do it to them, then it is self-improvement and they are championed as public spokespeople.

    The same system that tells us we cannot drink raw cow-milk is telling us we can surgically alter our gender. Think about that. What does that indicate about the drive behind this bestowal of “rights”?

    • There is a big big difference between giving trans people HRT and giving them surgery, although most people don’t seem to see it that way. If a person is neurologically transgender, then giving them HRT actually provides them great relief from a whole variety of psychological, psycho-somatic, and physical symptoms, for which no other treatment has proven nearly as effective. (Plus it also gradually gives them the secondary sexual characteristics that they really really desire, so it’s kind of a win-win from both their perspective and from that of the states).

      It’s the untreated, un-self-aware trans people that have the real mental health problems, the ones that go really crazy as they get older, and start telling people they are the reincarnation of the son of God or whatever, or they just feel really mistreated by the world and set out to take their revenge on the innocent, through outright violence for the low IQ and social manipulation for the high IQ, for a lifetime of mounting frustration and being perpetually misunderstood, for reasons they cannot fully understand or explain. I’m sure if you let the people that really want to, transition as early as possible, with the full acceptance of their parents and community, before they go too far off the rails, you’d find you’d also dramatically reduce the prison population. You kind of need to factor the cost of potential long-term treatment against the knock-on costs of withholding it.

      You let a latent trans woman actually be a women, and you kill two birds with one stone, they feel that much better almost instantaneously, they get a healthier outlet for all their latent otherwise barely suppressed narcissism, and they even club together and actively campaign to collectively be allowed to removed from the gene pool, and so don’t pass on their possible accumulated genetic defects further down the line. It’s kinda eugenics by the backdoor, but it’s framed as a civil rights issue to make them think their lifestyle choices are being fully ‘respected’, and they are not oh-so subtly being culled.

      Just read back through some of this stuff to see how much happier they usually get..
      https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/board,42.0.html

      There are probably no ancestral fragments of past lives that posses people, well no more than subtle forms of epigenetic inheritance direct from parent-to-child at any rate.
      Come on, it’s the 21st century now, we have the human genome project finished, and even consumer-level DNA sequencing already, so there are really just brains, which can be partially or fully ‘corrupted’ if you will, by prenatal hormonal fluctuations, and various other genetic or chromosomal abnormalities that make people more or less susceptible to the various hormones which usually act in concert to define the structure of the brain, the parietal lobe, cerebellum, corpus callosum etc. and thus the parameters of the internally experienced psyche, and subconscious sex-specific identification and behaviors.
      I really don’t know why people seem so inclined to posit the existence of strange ethereal forces to explain the physical biological processes and phenomena which are more or less now understood.

      I think the human body should know best, for a fully-formed male or female it generally knows what it really needs to be healthy. Except that mankind has been messing about with the natural processes of reproduction somewhat, and some people are being born a bit messed up, so some small fraction of people now need a little help to feel optimally functional and less psychically fragmented.

      No one now disagrees that it was ‘us’ not ‘God’ that made a mistake with thalidomide, so why is it so hard to believe that a collective ‘we’ might have made another serious mistake with hormonal pregnancy supplements and contraception and so forth?
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/10819186/Is-this-the-forgotten-thalidomide.html

      Right well, I guess certain people would prefer that no one thought to sue them over that kind of thing, so hey, lets call it ‘civil rights’ if you like.. Better still, if you can even get people to pay for their own treatment..

  14. The thing is that you are drawn to comment here because of your prior-interest in trans issues, which is fine and good, but the context which I and my readers and listeners are looking at this question is not one that you are interested in, since you consider it ethereal rubbish. But when you comment something like “Come on, it’s the 21st century now, we have the human genome project finished, and even consumer-level DNA sequencing already, so there are really just brains,” you are like a Christian fundie at an atheists convention. The focus of this blog-space is depth psychological and soul-oriented, it’s not scientistic- reductionist. If you don’t allow for any difference between a deep-psychological experiential investigation of the Soul and religious dogmatism, then you are probably in the wrong place, so far as getting much satisfaction, at least.

  15. Re: HRT and giving relief to people suffering gender confusion. What needs to be factored in here, IMO, is more than just a person’s emotional and mental relief. If relief was the only measure of suitability, then shrinks would prescribe alcohol to their patients. What are the side effects of HRT? What is the original cause of the confusion and is the HRT addressing that or sidestepping it? Our current culture is one that tends to blindly accept the suitability of medical solutions, based on the premise that “we are just brains, right?” or just biological machines to be adjusted chemically or otherwise to keep the feeling-thinking ego self “happy” (gratified). But the main benefits of this approach, IMO, aren’t the individual, or even the collective, but the State that requires a docile, stupefied slave class to maintain it. A Brave New World.

    The argument that doing whatever it takes to keep ourselves happy (provide relief for our confusion) depends on ignoring the reality that we are going to die eventually anyway, and it wont make any difference whether we were happy or not. It supposes that there is no other reason for us to be here besides being as comfortable and as content as we can be, and then dying.

    But from this point of view, doesn’t it make just as much sense to focus only on the organism and override all feelings of desire and distress that don’t directly serve that organism (i.e., an ascetic lifestyle)?

    As I see it, we want to satisfy our shallow desires for comfort, gratification, and pain relief, and then we come up with the (equally shallow) rationalizations to do so. The Soul – our deepest & truest nature – is the first casualty of this convenience.

  16. RE:”Come on, it’s the 21st century now, we have the human genome project finished, and even consumer-level DNA sequencing already, so there are really just brains,”

    This was written to the scientific community at CERN by the late, highly regarded Western Spiritual Master Barry Long.1991 http://www.barrylong.org/statements/speedoflight.shtml

    “The present scientific mind is searching for balance through activity, mistaking this for equilibrium. But balance is simply the balance of forces – the balance of existence. You will manifest that particle, as I say, but your creation will still be in existence, still as good as a mile away from the original state.

    The fact that your findings increasingly agree with those of the cosmologists is also predictable. You are both looking for the same thing with the same present scientific mind and therefore creating that thing – one in the micro field and the other in the macro field. Thus I can confidently say without any possi- bility of error that each in time will confirm the other’s discov- eries. Like you, the cosmologists will find the macro equivalent of ‘top quark’ – but once again, the ultimate, the universe, will be seen to have receded. The carrot will still be a foot from the donkey’s mouth – and I do not mean that disrespectfully.

    What you are really looking for, of course, is the consciousness of the absolute. But due to the limitations of present scientific thought all you can employ is consciousness of the ultimate. The difference is that consciousness of the absolute is your own pure consciousness which is without limitation; and consciousness of the ultimate is the consciousness of the brain. Consciousness is behind or beyond the brain, which is the ultimate limitation, or the limitation or end of ultimate knowledge. Ultimate refers to ‘last’ or ‘furthest’ so the present scientific brain is always looking into the past – e.g. for the beginning of the universe – when it is logically evident that what precedes the beginning, or the past, is the present, now. The consciousness of this is the con- sciousness or realisation of the absolute – the state beyond the ultimate or the state beyond the brain.”

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