Why spirituality and politics are mostly regarded as seperate
The basics of suppressing mankind lie in the old doctrine by Macchiavelli verbalized about 500 years ago “Divide et impera” (divide and conquer) which in reality is way older than that and was used already by the Roman Empire and gets mentioned in Sunzi’s “The Art of War” about 2,500 years ago.
This “divide and conquer” does not only get applied on different ethnic groups, political parties and religious groupings, but also – especially during the past about 200 years since the discovery of Uranus and the French revolution – on our way to look at reality itself. In this way, it gets strictly observed that realms of life like art, science, religion, politics etc. get seperated from one another very strongly and remain like that forever.
What Brian knows about spiritual and political life
I got to know Brian in February 2012 in Uyuni, Bolivia, where he like me wanted to visit the Salar de Uyuni (the by far biggest salt lake on earth!). After having had several encounters before on the airport, on the street, at hotels etc., we finally got to talk, which had already lead to his spontaneous participation in our new moon ceremony “the mirror of the soul” on 21st February 2012.
Brian has been going through a very troubled life during his almost 70 years until now. He has been stateless now for almost 30 years (for reasons of caution that are based on the circumstances of his staelessness, we don’t reveal his last name here). He has been traveling the earth for many decades now and has himself so deeply experienced the profound (and inseparable!) connections between spiritual and political life that we lead an interview about this topic which I’m very happy to be able to present to you here.
Video interview with Brian about spiritual and political life
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Starhawk about the contradiction “force from within vs. power over”
About 15 years ago I read the book “Wild Forces” by Starhawk. During the introduction she directly mentions that there are two very different ways of dealing with energy: As Brian during the interview by himself names these two German words “Macht”(which would most likely get translated as power) and “Kraft” (which goes more to the direction of force), I would like to point out here that from my point of view, it’s very important to let go of giving any kind of energy to “power-over” institutions like state, church, industry, media etc. We need to establish a spiritual kind of politics that derives from each and every single human being coming to ones own power, as I had already described this here.
Which kind of alternative draft to “divide and conquer” did Goethe write in 1814?
Goethe, who is said to have been one of the last universal geniuses, had written an alternative draft to Macchiavelli’s “Divide et impera” that can still give us today – almost 200 years later – an idea about the dirction we should turn, to overcome this separation on the inside as well as on the outside: “Entzwei und gebiete! Tüchtig Wort. – Verein und leite! Besserer Hort.” A possible English translation would be: “Divide and rule! Brave phrase! – Unite and guide! Better place.”
This second part, the “unite and guide” thus can from my perspective only get realized from inside! Only free humans, living from a conscious inside, can unite voluntarily and consciously. These people would then always tend to choose those amongst them they would consider the most capable (and not as in the current “power-over” system those who are the most greedy for power and by that seem to be the least capable of using it properly).
What is your own position towards spirituality and politics?
I would be very happy if you shared your experiences on the topic spirituality and politics here in the comments area below this article! What do you think about “divide and conquer”? What kind of visions do you hold about upcoming times? Are spirituality and politics connected in your inner perception? What do you think about “power over” and “force from within”?
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