SOLAR-MADNESS: THE SOLIOONENSIUS
Gurdjieff's concept of cyclical periods of mass human insanity
Reading through "Sorcha Faal's" latest about solar and/or electromagnetic causes for mass madness in humanity naturally brought to mind the idea of the teacher Gurdjieff about something he dubbed the "SOLIOONENSIUS." This was a recurring pattern of planetary and solar tensions which periodically caused human beings to go into a kind of madness in which they began destroying everything around them. These were the periods of the great wars and destruction and regression to more primitive states. At the same time these were also periods when accellerated spiritual development was possible, if one knew just what to do.
In looking up the word "solioonensius" I was surprised to see that the first link that came up was to a post I had done myself almost eight years ago. I decided to rewrite it and reformat it and here it is:
GURDJIEFF'S SOLIOONENSIUS - TIME OF PLANETARY TENSION
[Originally Posted By: billym
Date: Wednesday, 29-Oct-2003 18:46:59]
One of my favorite teachers is the Russian mystic George Gurdfieff. No simple introduction to him is possible, one needs to do some study. One book about him is titles "The Unknowable Mr. Gurdjieff." I would have to say that my spiritual journey really began by stumbling across a book about him by his disciple P.D. Ouspensky called "In Search of the Miraculous" at a time in which I was struggling to understand certain visions I had had in 1966 on LSD. This book was the first confirmation I had that there was indeed a higher consciousness accessible to man, and that it was ultimately both understandable, and attainable, if one could do the necessary inner work.
Although I never formally entered "the work," as the Gurdjieff system is called, it has remained in my mind as a kind of touchstone for assessing whether other teachings are genuine or not. It is interesting to note that UFO writer Whitley Stieber entered the Gurdjieff school, one reason why I tend to give him a certain amount of credibility.
Gurdjieff, apparently, got his information and knowledge from a highly secret esoteric school located somewhere in the Gobi desert north of Afghanistan. The exact source remains a mystery. The knowledge he gained describes both the structure and nature of the cosmos, as well as the inner psychology of man and the secret to man's future evolution to a higher state of being. The teachings are so rich as to sustain a lifetime of study, and as the article quoted below points out, many of their salient points, once thought whimsical, are now being "proven" or adopted by current science and psychology.
Gurdjieff's penultimate work is a nearly incomprehensible book called "All and Everything," in which he describes the history and state of mankind, often coining his own terms, "neologisms," to both challenge the reader and to describe new concepts not covered by any existing word in English. (I believe the original was written in Russian).
So, for example, in describing a key concept of the teaching, the "law of seven," he uses his own word: "Heptaparaparshinokh." And for the higher level law called the "law of three," he uses the word "Triamazikamno." (A Google search on these weird words will turn up some interesting links). Another of Gurdjieff's strange words is "Solioonensius," and today I stumbled across an interesting article about this word. It is described in the article as referring to:
"...the time of planetary tension which energizes the earth so people strive for freedom - then turn that striving for freedom into war or the equivalent of war, into destruction. It is, according to Gurdjieff's own theory, a time when certain new directions can be implanted into general culture."
Considering the strange activities of the sun lately, and the widespread belief that we (humans) are on the verge of entering some kind of new era or new age, one might be correct in assuming that we are now entering a new Solioonensius. The last one seems to have been at the turn of the last century and the wars that followed. Indeed, Gurdjieff maintained that periods of great upheaval and rapid change are the most ideal times to strive for a higher state of consciousness (state of being). In studying Gurdjieff's teachings one finds him with his band of disciples in the early 1900s traversing war-torn areas and teaching under the most difficult of circumstances by choice and with purpose. In the areas where the Russian Red army was fighting the White army, sometimes they would have to put on clothes appropriate to one faction, sometimes the clothes of the other faction.
Gurdjieff knew that people generally take genuine ideas of truth and use their wild imaginations to distort them beyond all recognition, so he was careful in talking about God, which he termed, like Nisargadatta, "the Absolute." As the article here states:
"He speaks of appearances of the Absolute or God coming into the solar system which one can tune into; and, if several people tune into it together they can co-operate and be energized together. But he was always very careful about this. He had to hide it amongst his writings because he always saw the tendency of all of us to fantasize about it, to make something weird and wonderful about it."
Are we entering a time when accellerated spiritual development is possible? In Gurdjieff's teaching we find a union of the cosmological side of things and the inner-world psychological side of things that I am not aware of in any other teachings, at least not to this refined a degree. He would say that, yes, there are cosmological events like the "SOLIOONENSIUS" where inner development may be speeded up, but it is to no ultimate avail without one's speeding up one's inner conscious work. In other words, nothing is to be brought to you on a silver platter. You must make conscious efforts.
The speaker of the lecture below goes to J.G. Bennett, a very eminent disciple of Gurdjieff's, and pleads with him for guidence:
"Oh Mr. Bennett, I cannot work on myself. I am failing." And he [Bennett] said, "That doesn't matter. Just do a bit of work on yourself, it's like keeping up muscle tone." He said that there are supernatural energies which work. Our job is to connect with them. There really is something working. It has produced the whole universe. This life on earth. It's extremely effective, and very positive. You can be positive idiotically or you can be positive consciously."
This is what separates the genuine "new-agers" from the phoney, the ability to do real inner work, not be subject to mere imagination, and to actually connect with higher powers according to the existing laws of the universe.
Of the massive tome "All and Everything," with its strange Gurdjieffian words like "Solioonensius," and "Triamazakamno," he says:
"Gurdjieff's book, All and Everything was not really to show how clever Gurdjieff was at understanding the laws of the universe. Its purpose was to completely freak out your mind. He delved to the limit of what you could think, just right to the edge of what you could possibly conceive of. That was the point of the book. Take your thinking as far as you can. It cleans you out."
It's not quite clear who the author of this lecture is. But here it is:
The FULL text of the lecture can be found in the original version of this post,
and also at the source where I found it:
"You read the newspapers and you see the madness of other people, the politicians and the lawyers and the dreadful people who are in other countries, and the massacres and the suicides and all that. But that is not really you. So what is the problem? What's niggling at us, what's gnawing at our guts, what's disturbing us in this fairly reasonable life we live? Even in New York you can live a reasonable life, approximating that of a human being."
"You know you have fluctuations of state. Sometimes you're up, sometimes you're down; sometimes you're closed in, sometimes you open up. Sometimes you connect with people, sometimes you can't. Sometimes you're more smart than at other times. But, more or less, you keep going. So I ask, "What the hell is the problem? Why entertain the extreme ideas of some strange Caucasian figure of the turn of the century at all?" Then, why did we entertain the ideas of Nietzsche or Freud and all these other extraordinary people who occurred at the turn of the century? There may have been a common energy driving them. We know new things happened in music and painting and war everywhere. It was as if a new perception was trying to get through into the planet.
|" (It seems likely that this new perception was so radical that the World Wars that followed were a violent reaction attempting to block it out. I remember also in 1968 talking with JGB about what was then happening in Czechoslovakia. He called it an 'experiment of the higher intelligence'. Again, what happened was that the tanks rolled in and destroyed the new movement. Europe does indeed represent the 'old world'. Alice Bailey in her interpretation of the 'Rays' says that the First Ray came into the planet in this century, the Ray of Will-Power; and it was from this that communism and fascism sprang. It may well be that as we near the end of this century, the widespread denial of the new perception is dying away.) |
That is one way of describing it. Gurdjieff himself referred to it by one of his neologisms, as solioonensius, the time of planetary tension which energizes the earth so people strive for freedom - then turn that striving for freedom into war or the equivalent of war, into destruction. It is, according to Gurdjieff's own theory, a time when certain new directions can be implanted into general culture. This has been done before..."
"He's creating a challenge to people to do something which in a sense they need not do: something creative and original. I think it was one of the quite extraordinary events of our century. You see, when you present people, like yourselves, with this picture: "You are asleep. You are mechanical. We are mechanical. They are mechanical." you start looking at the world in this novel way. When you first come across these ideas they can be explosive. It happened to Ouspensky, it's happened to me, it's probably happened to you: because of the impact of his ideas you go out on the street and you're right in the middle of a horror movie. They're zombies! You see them like that, they're zombies! "
"As long as you take this as simply of personal concern, the more you are cut off from the energy sources which can enable you to make it happen. You see, all religions have something about 'enabling energies' in them. In Sufism you have baraka, in Hindu shaktipat. They are usually associated with saints who transmit it out of their own bodies directly to energize, to enable something to happen. "
"There are sacred sites which are gatherings of subtle energies which can energize and enable you to do things. There are more inward ways of connection, there is for example Gurdjieff's own exercise of 'conscious stealing' where you can tap into the energies of the sacred sites and bring energy into oneself. You can only do this if you realize that this whole planet is orchestrated in a meaningful way in spite of the human noise and chaos which may dominate our present perception. We have exotic ideas such as that of the 'chink in the world', the 'crack in the cosmic egg', and all kinds of mythical and dramatic portrayals, including the sorcery books of Castenada that point to the need for making a connection with other worlds. This is all about the realization that whatever act you do yourself will require a special extra energy, and in order to get this energy you have to tap into where it originates. If you do this consciously there is no crime in doing so. "
"There is something which can call on all our energy, all our intelligence, our heart, and everything. It demands all of our everything. Gurdjieff's book, All and Everything was not really to show how clever Gurdjieff was at understanding the laws of the universe. Its purpose was to completely freak out your mind. He delved to the limit of what you could think, just right to the edge of what you could possibly conceive of. That was the point of the book. "
"Take your thinking as far as you can. It cleans you out. We are thinking beings, regardless. We've got to come to terms with different things like the creation of the universe, its structure, with the origin of human life, what happened forty thousand years ago - not by reading the Scientific American, but by considering it in ourselves, by finding it in ourselves. We must do this, constantly do this, otherwise we are simply being driven by our culture. We must try to get back to the origins of things, to ask the questions, to find the help we need. Even while immersed in this, one isn't sure. There can't be any guarantee. Who is going to give you the guarantee? If somebody comes forward and tells you "You're doing great!" why should you trust him?"