The trap of identification
If there is any danger on the path of integration, then it’s the identification. If there is something that really makes us suffer and confused, then it’s the identification. If there is something that halts our growth, then it’s the identification.
Our identification with things we use and the circumstances we experience in life.
We identify with the material surroundings. We identify with our social, family, work and intimate roles. With tasks we perform, tools we wield, stuff we use. With money, opinions, teachings, social status, wealth, past, future, people around, ups and downs, symbols, forms. We identify with pain and suffering we experience. We identify with energy and information flowing through us. We identify with physical, emotional and mental states we experience.
We simply identify with everything. And that’s our issue. Not the experiences, states, roles or material surroundings themselves. They are completely neutral, pure and innocent. There’s nothing wrong with money and wealth, people around, politics, pain or suffering. It’s we who are giving them meaning. Through our behaviour, our false beliefs and way of use. Especially through our identification with them. We, unconsciously, want to own and hold – people, money, love, opinions, pain, truth, things and experiences. But just the ones we like or we are comfortable with. On the other hand, we want to avoid and get rid of any kind of discomfort.
We are so possessive. We don’t know how to let go. And mostly, the clinging mechanism is very subtle. It requires a lot of awareness and patience to see the pattern. It’s a protective mechanism. It gives us a sense of existence. It gives us identity. It gives us safety. Unfortunately a false one. Which, one day, will inevitably fall apart.
Human is an archetypal being. However, by detaching the human being from the world of the archetype, we are being drowned in the world of matter only and we are closing up the way for a deeper understanding of life and ourselves. The world of archetype really is the key to understanding the human being. And the archetype is what the content of collective unconscious really is.
It is our identification with symbolism or with any content of unconscious that flows through us at the moment we step into the unknown and embrace the emptiness, which causes issues. It’s when we agree to “get out of the way”. Of what the unavoidable consequence is an organic, accelerated surfacing of the old, ancestral memories.
It is an invitation. An invitation from our shared source.
Whenever we integrate, what is really happening is that the old ancestral imprints, stored in the DNA, surfaces for integration and starts to flow throughout the body. Besides the fact it is a physically, emotionally and mentally highly uncomfortable period, there is really no harm otherwise. The consequence is a causal adjustment of our perception. Our distorted perception of what reality and life are. It is really distorted due to our life being unconsciously driven by the old, ancestral, energetical imprints, which became a part of us in the womb as I believe.
However, if we identify with anything from these memories, which are nothing but ages of a stack and suppressed energy, we might have a real problem. At that moment we unconsciously halt the integration and the energy flowing throughout our body becomes sedated and repressed again. Simultaneously accompanied by increased inner pressure and discomfort. Mostly, we then unconsciously repress, sedate and control this discomfort by endless doings, distractions, avoidance and escapes. To mention a few, by drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, consuming drugs, pharmaceuticals, but also by excessive sexual behaviour, overstated sporting activity or any other type of sedation & control intended behaviour. We simply numb ourselves to not feel anything.
Depends on what kind of content of unconscious flows through us at a particular moment, we feel somehow, we experience a certain kind of emotions and a certain kind of thoughts are circulating around in the mind. If that is an archetype of the innocent child, for example, we most likely will have real experiences connected to the symbol of Jesus. Because that’s what this symbol really stands for. Jesus is, in the first place, a representative of the archetype of the innocent child. The same like our mother is a representative of The Mother archetype (which stands for our nurturing qualities) or our father is a representative of The Father archetype (which stands for the qualities of the inner guidance). And thus a lot of images connected to this symbol will flood our awareness. We might even get into contact with them physically, in our daily life. Most likely, we will. With sculptures and pictures of Jesus, crosses or any kind of indicators pointing to this archetype.
And if we are not aware enough, not ready yet, not attentive and careful, we might get caught in them. We might identify with them. With the person of Jesus in this particular example. Or an eagle, swan, falcon, serpent, owl, dragon, butterfly, an elephant etc. Or we identify with an image of the archetype of Buddha. And then we go and live as a monk in a monastery somewhere in Tibet. Or with the archetype of a serpent – and maybe we find ourselves practising yoga teachings in an ashram in India.
Or we identify with an archetype of the Mother. We then may believe that we are Grace and we have to save everybody and everything around. And maybe we become “a healer” or a shaman. Perhaps we are even trying to save the Earth. We may also find a much younger lover, which could’ve been our son. Or else we fall into the identification with the “symbiotic unity consciousness” with the Mother, which energetically comes from the womb. And maybe we unconsciously make hostages from our own children as a protection against our aloneness.
Perhaps we take the opposite approach, which especially but not only applies to men, and we identify with the archetype of the Father. And maybe we continually search for a much younger woman to have a relationship with. Maybe we believe we are God and we came into this world to right all the humanity. We might become “a teacher” or a guru. Or somebody who is constantly trying to edify, correct and indoctrinate the others. Unfortunately, at some point of this particular path, we become a blinded and dogmatic tyrant, who is unconsciously manipulating everybody and everything around. To get his desired destination, outcome, metaphorically said his “orgasm”. At the extreme case, we might end up leading the war or a despotic country.
For we are completely identified with the subject, with the role, with the archetype manifesting through us at the moment (and possibly a long time after). In the background, there is our old, ancestral belief, that “I am the Mother” or “the Father”. Which consequently makes us believe, that “if you attack the Mother, you attack me” – and vice versa. Anyway, in the background, it is only a vibration, a resonance we are identified with.
Again, there’s nothing wrong with the resonance. There’s nothing wrong with the role of the Mother, the role of the Father, shamans, our temporary intentions to save the Earth – or having a much younger lover. It is our identification with this resonance or role, which causes us issues. It’s when we believe we are the Mother, we are the Father, we are the healer and we are Jesus or whoever else. And it is entirely inessential what do we do when we are identified – whatever we do is driven by the ancestral memories unconsciously projected into our present life circumstances.
We can become identified with whatever content or symbol is a representative of a particular archetype. Just because the old, ancestral memories connected to that archetype are currently flowing through our awareness and commencing for integration.
When we step into a period of integration, our life may change. Most likely it will change. And we may find it fallen apart. Everything will turn upside-down. We may lose everything and become homeless. Maybe we will change our job, or a partner, our values or a country of living. But we still don’t have to identify with what is happening. For we are not the experience itself. We go through this experience of ours and it is manifesting through us. But we are not the experience itself. Whatever it is.
Unfortunately, most of the time we identify with the experience. Instead of staying where we are and let all the content of unconscious to flow through us naturally.
The whole process could run very smoothly. If…
If we would be aware just a little bit more.
If we would not be as possessive as we are (even if we believe the opposite is true).
If we would not want to cling to everything and everybody around.
If we would stop blaming everything and everybody around for our own misery and consequent suffering.
If we would stop seeing people around and experiences happening to us as enemies.
But if there wasn’t any “If”, it would’ve been too easy. Don’t you think so?
When we identify, we really might have a problem. Sometimes a huge one. Maybe we start to believe we are Jesus. Or that we are a reincarnation of Jesus. We simply run into a state of delusion and are losing a touch with reality. However, such a state is clearly just a manifestation of the mind being overwhelmed with the tremendous amount of surfacing old memories. But we lack the capacity of dealing with them. And the protective mechanism of the mind – in any case of unknown and therefore a following sense of fear – is identification.
Unfortunately, identification inevitably leads to illusion and psychosis. To be very clear, it’s a part of the “game”. It might and most likely will happen to us. All the circumstances happening around makes us believe in this illusion. It makes this illusion seeming true. For the mind is getting crazy from such amount of information. It loves the identification. A sense of existence. It’s its safety. The mind is our sense of existence.
At the extreme states, it might lead to an insane behaviour of undergoing a real crucifixion in the example of Jesus and being riveted on the cross with nails. Like they annually do in India. The danger is real. It’s really tricky this process. And this experience is a part of it. Until we learn a lesson.
And so, the only way of how to get through without major harms is to avoid any identification. Actually with anything on the way. To be more and more attentive. It comes naturally, as we grow. Any identification with the form is tricky, illusionary and dangerous. We are not Jesus, we are not Buddha, we are not God, we are not The Mother, The Father and we are not an eagle, serpent, swan or any other type of symbol. We are not the symbols at all. Nor are we the content of archetypes. If we are something, then a manifestation of these archetypes. A tangible manifestation of the content of consciousness. In this case of the unconscious part of it.
Pay attention and let go…