Do we have to suffer? A certain amount of suffering is an inevitable part of life but also at the same time suffering can be reduced by connecting with the mythbeings, essences and powers that are behind life troubles, illnesses and social problems. We might need to go deeper into our embodiment and sense into the sensations, emotions, movements, dreams, images that accompany our problems, including even subtle barely perceptible somatic factors such as tones of voice, eye movements muscle tensing or untensing or stretching and unstretching.
We might need to bring tenderness and fierce awareness all the power imbalances, anger, rage, sadness, despair, grief, hope, wildness, ancestors, diverse polycephalus values and points of view, deep body states and myth beings, that live behind our social and economic problems and find a some way to give them a voice.
We may need ritualized spaces where we can dance, embody and dream more deeply into the powers and sentient intelligences behind our problems. The powers behind our difficulties and problems are seen as Gods and spirits in many traditional cultures, and often in such cultures the way to resolve the problems were to ‘feed’ the Gods and spirits. Perhaps in the modern world we might refer to the powers or spirits behind our problems in a phenomenological sense as non-local emergent physically embodied inter-species collective psychological phenomena. But however we refer to them, it seems they need to be fed, and the way to feed them is with collective community based embodiment, beautiful action in the world and with awareness.
The spirits are there causing a problem because we are ignoring them or unconscious of them, there is some aspect of ourselves or of our ecology that we are ignoring or unconscious of; we are starving them of awareness and of intoxicating fierce and beautiful embodiment. The difficulties problems and suffering we experience can be seen from a certain point of view as an attempt by the Gods and spirits to raise the power or medicine behind the problem above the threshold of conscious to attract attention to the power behind the problem and to attract attention to themselves.
We can suffer less if we actually consciously embody these ferocious powers behind the problems. This is why we may need to actually dance, embody, dream more deeply into these primordial powers in ceremony, in conflict resolution and in our fierce intentional and focused communal actions in the world.
Instead of suffering from the nightmares of history and from body problems we can get behind the powers that make history in the first place and live out the impossible, wild and ferocious powers of the dreaming superconscious in our bodies and on the land. We may need to intoxicate the Gods with beauty, to express such going-under, such imperfect, heart rending grief-filled beauty in our dance, ceremony, words and acts in the world that we fully express, satisfy, feed and embody these primordial world creating powers