“To be separate is to be dead. Therefore choose Love and live.” The final two lines of The Cosmic Doctrine by Dion Fortune. According to JMG, the most important occult text from the 20th century and who am I to argue!
The text is difficult and filled with seemingly contradictory metaphors which are designed to make you explore the ideas. JMG has been working through the text on his blog one chapter per month, this short book takes some reading and having read it three times so far I suspect that I shall need to read it some more soon.
But the final lines, indeed the final chapter, are particularly interesting. “To be separate is to be dead” struck me as the western world pitches it next battle in the land of gender vs sex with two increasingly entrenched sides moving further apart in true dialectic style. Two groups that have been oppressed by men fighting each other does not feel good. I hope there is a coming together of thought soon. I wonder what role men have in that coming together given that we caused the problem.
The book talks of the need to experience life as part of spiritual evolution. JMG talks of the need to avoid separating ourselves from aspects that make us uncomfortable, to avoid blaming sexual desire or the ego, i.e. to not shut out shadows out but to understand them and to work with them. It is almost as if Jung had been reading Fortune…
To be separate is to be dead works on many levels. As individuals we cannot survive in most of the world for very long. We need others around us to share the tasks that sustain us. As individuals we need to understand our whole to move forward; without that we remain immature.
And back to men, with the immaturity of much of the western men and the need for initiation, role models and mentors for men, I really think the next piece of work has to be to resolve this. Men are responsible for most crime and violence in society, they (we) are aimless and lacking in understanding while we heap oppression on others through our own privileges. We need a new way of growing up, or maybe an older way of growing up?