The Neutral Perspective
This is a reflective piece that is a collation of what I am learning with my children in our homeschooling journey, living in a world that is currently at war with itself. Our exploration of Sustainability, War & Peace and Archetypal Patterns has provided a vast channel of information. I have certainly found myself in the shadow of the world events, and trying to navigate that has been heavy. This learning experience has inadvertently allowed me to make sense of the masses of information that has been incredibly disarming for me. I have found myself going through an entire identity shift as I dissect myself and reconstruct into my highest truth. For me, I have found that looking at historical and real time data, and applying an archetypal perspective has been an incredibly profound way for me to do this.
When I look at what is happening in the world I see; the war in Ukraine, the warpath Mother Earth has left with the QLD NSW floods, the war crimes happening in Afghanistan and all of the other crimes against humanity that are coveting our world, the war between my children, the war in my conditioning around parenting, learning, and social structures in general, the political wars, psychological, poverty etc.
The central pattern is war.
So I want to get curious about that and ask;
Why is this showing up in me and what information is relevant for me to serve myself with?
When we think about war as an archetype, we need to take into account the many complexities and nuances that contribute to it. Archetypally, it is never launched on a whim and out of the blue, though it may feel that way. War is a construct of information gathered over time, plus strategy. Historically there are MANY contributing factors that have seen war as an outcome. They are not isolated and have an intricate network of contributing sources. Whether it is empirical expansion, economic gain, familial and tribal conflicts, over time concessions of events that have influenced war serve us for the purpose of information. Strategy is what is then informed by this information.
If we can remove all emotion and judgement for a moment, war is neither positive or negative. In fact war usually precedes a period of growth in some way. After WW1 we saw a boost in technological advancement in order to improve the combat capabilities in warfare. After WWII, an International body of rules and regulations governing war was created, as the entire world now knew that it was absolutely necessary to establish a framework for war with sustainability and humanity in mind.
Each war provides information for the whole world to learn and strategise from.
There is a curiosity in me that wants to dig deeper into this around our collective and individual perspectives on war. From the collective level, we can see that the vast majority of the body wants peace. It is the prominent archetypes in power (tyrant, shadow queen, trickster, puppet) that are inciting change. That is essentially all that war is – change. What is also curious, is the way the body responds. Much like that of the Atom in this 3D representation in the video above, this is how I see us collectively sorting ourselves into groups of beliefs, emotions, and all of the ways that people innately self-categorise. The erratic and scattered movement reflects the vast complexities and nuances that this information of war in the field has. Someone might be pro-choice, vaccinated, Biden supporter, pro-war and loves sushi, another person having a mix of other belief systems including some of the above or not. No two people are the same, and yet when you look at the activity they have at a subatomic level, it all makes up part of the whole. It is all providing us information. And what this says to me is that the whole body is communicating.
And the message is “change”.
We have hit a period of growth that is no longer sustainable and we need to change course to thrive. We can see this in the collective experience of wars where the systems that govern the whole are no longer in coherence with their people. The same can be said environmentally, socially, and in all of the other systems that make up our human experience. When I look at the ‘war between my children’, I can see that archetypally – this is because the period of growth we are in right now is unsustainable. I have to hold myself accountable to ‘me’ being the shadow leader not listening to their needs, or the collective needs. Then I have to accept this valuable information to create and implement a strategy to change.
Shifting our perspective of war is where we need to start to cooperate with its archetypal purpose. This is not an easy thing to do because the real life impact of war is horrific. How is it humanly possible to be able to hold a neutral perspective on an intentional assault on humanity? What kind of person would I be? This is big stuff right? When I feel into the most humanest part of me, the idea of it makes me feel as though I am abandoning myself. Why? What attachment do I have to war only being a limited, physical experience? What is in it for me to feel that way? Is it because I don’t want to look at war/change? I don’t want to take responsibility? I don’t want to contribute to the war/change? When I feel into the God part of me, I see it as the archetype that it is. Much like the yellowing of an overwatered plant’s leaves, it is information available to co-create with change.
Still, this may be confronting – especially because war is true for us all right now. So how can we truly experience this neutral war perspective? For me, the answer has been to live both. My heart is tired and weary from the fullness of what war is. I feel helpless. Angry. Shocked. I also feel determined. Willing. Accountable. The neutral perspective is about recognising just how complex and complicated our archetypal contract with war is. It’s about sitting with the big and the little discomforts and holding our compassionate gaze upon it.
Margaret MacMillan shared that people will behave in two ways when it comes to war, look the other way and pretend it never happened, or have a fascination with looking at it theoretically and impartially. I implore us to not look away. This information is making itself known so that we can respond to it. Our intention should always be to determine the most sustainable response.
And that requires that we not look away.
So how do we respond to it?
When we look at what is happening in the world and see death and destruction, we can feel helpless. When we look at it archetypally, and through the laws that govern our natural universe, we must meet with that internally. This isn’t new information, in fact it’s ancient – but often it isn’t as practically laid out on how to do that in real time. So let me give you an example of how I do this.
Throughout this text, I have used the pattern of my children being at war and I will share with you how I have been working with this.
I have noticed the pattern and recognised that this is an ‘internal’ expression of war showing up for me to meet with. I notice what is happening with the children. How they are communicating. And I can hear
“This is so unfair”
Quite literally and energetically, because hey, that’s what I have been feeling for the last hour hanging up all of the washing by myself. You know where else I see “unfair”? In the collective narratives around the Ukraine and COVID wars, what is happening to women in Afghanistan, and the many other horrific expressions of warfare real to us right now, and there’s lots!
Let’s unpack that.
What is the “unfair” narrative really trying to tell me?
“I am not being heard.”
Ok, thank you for that information.
I sit my children down and we all talk, each having the chance to speak and be heard.
Did that conversation go well? Kind of. One was a bit yelly like me, the other was avoidant and speaking over the top of everyone else, the other in fawn response being overly nice to try and keep the energy of the room at bay – but they were communicating. And I cried.
What I am sharing with you here is a real play of events where I was in full connection with myself and actively looking archetypally at the information available to me, whilst walking on the battlegrounds of war with my children. It wasn’t a retreat from the superficiality of the world (though my weary heart desperately wants to), it’s real time, in the moment responsiveness.
What I am sharing with you is what I feel is the most potent response we can give to war – a voice.
Whether or not “sitting down and talking” is the literal resolution to the literal wars we see in the world is irrelevant. The voice that needs to be heard, is the one that we are avoiding listening to.
What was shared when the children were given their turn to speak really wasn’t the primary gain from this, but the act of being heard itself. And what does this mean collectively? We don’t have to agree, like the same things, or have the same ambitions – even if we are blood related. What we do have to do, is actively contribute to a more sustainable experience. Let’s scale that up collectively.
There are some big antagonist roles that are using their voices to be heard right now. But are we listening? And how are we responding? When we look at the vast bodies of people coming together as one voice in protests – again, are we listening? Bringing it back to personal – We go to pick up the next bar of chocolate, even though we KNOW this doesn’t support our goals to lose weight – but are we listening?
How many times do we do things knowing this isn’t what we consciously want to do?
And not listen?
The baseline of all of this is that war actually isn’t the problem at all. It is the symptom. We know that treating the symptom is redundant. We need to get to the roots. War is a manifestation of unsustainable social, economic and environmental roots that are rotting and toxic. It is our job to untangle them by looking at the exact same patterns that are showing up for us in our own lives. How are we contributing to the war on our climate? How are we contributing to the war on racism and separatism? How are we contributing to suppression and oppression? Where are we not listening to our own body? Ignoring the persistent cough, or chronic neck pain, not listening? These symptoms are the wars calling us to attention and intention, to change.
The only way that we can do this, is by being fearless and unwavering with our willingness to look into the darkest, shadowy parts of human consciousness, to face where we are at war with ourselves and where we are not listening or not being heard. We must shift our perspective on war and respect that it is a vessel that is only here to bring about change.
What is the change you want?