Welcome to Chuck’s Place, where Chuck Ketchel expresses his thoughts, insights, and experiences!
We open with Abraxas, on vinyl, well-worn scratchiness, like a mature wine, no skips, as Carlos Santana leads us into the fog and the sensuous brew of Black Magic Woman. Sit back as Santana’s guitar suspends time.
Don Juan said that modern sorcerers are indebted to their ancient ancestors for all their knowledge. The distinguishing factor between present day and ancient sorcerers is their intent. The ancients were drawn to the machinations of power and control, over themselves and others. Some of these ancient shamans still walk among us today, in human form; so obsessed are they with elongating their ability to remain present in this world. In contrast, the proclivity of modern sorcerers is total freedom, to explore and live in infinity, devoid of the trappings of power. In shamanic terms, the ancient sorcerers learned how to shift their assemblage points, whereby they were able to manipulate their energy to enter other worlds and perform stupendous feats of power. They became intoxicated and obsessed with this power, which trapped their awareness. They chose to attach their awareness to obtaining and exercising magical powers, rather than evolving beyond the trappings of that power.
That same fixation of awareness on greed and power has been the controlling position of our own stunted world consciousness. We now find ourselves imploding, as the structures of that greed are rapidly tumbling, as the machinations of the captains of industry are laid bare before us. Despite the all-knowing rational economic pundits, who would have us believe we are simply in the midst of a correction, and that the eternal structure of capital and market are safe and sound, the truth is: it’s over.
Our world is in the midst of breakdown and transformation. In shamanic terms, we are stalking a new position of the assemblage point. However, at this point, we are simply entering a phase of free falling. (The following chorus is from the Tom Petty song, Free Falling.)
Free fallin’, now I’m a, free fallin’,
now I’m aFree fallin’,
now I’m a, free fallin’, now I’m a
As we float along now, timelessness appears before us on the world stage. We see carpetbaggers approaching Congress now with their wily deals. The seas are sporting pirates. A dark man of the future was elected to lead the world. Yes, we are all free falling.
The world’s journey of awareness, long interrupted by its fixation on greed, now resumes. The way of greed has been lived to its ultimate completion, thanks to the amazing chutzpah of George Bush. We are now freed to finally move on, as all the truths are being revealed. However, the world of responsible citizens must recapitulate and own these truths, while the ancient captains attempt to reassert the veils of their illusions. Abraxas, the god of good and evil, must be acknowledged in its totality.
It’s time to stalk a new reality, one that aligns with the truth. We are one world, an interdependent unit. Listen to the true intent in this stanza from Bob Marley’s, One Love, freed of the commercialism of the Jamaican tourism board:
One Love! What about the one heart? One Heart!
What about – ? Let’s get together and feel all right
As it was in the beginning (One Love!);
So shall it be in the end (One Heart!),
Give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right;
Let’s get together and feel all right.
We are now in the position of the modern sorcerers, available to journey without attachment to power, since there is nothing left to attach to but the truth, and right action, which aligns with it. The boring veils of illusion are rapidly dropping. We are now on a journey where the only security, the only insurance policy, is to be steered by the truth.
On an individual level, we must ask ourselves: Why am I alive at this time? Why have I chosen to participate in this most amazing time of transformation on earth? Just as the world must become a well-integrated unit, with the intent to survive, so must I discover and integrate all my parts, to become a being capable of continuing my journey in infinity. Let’s continue that journey of awareness together.
Until we meet again,