George Bush is embodying a very dangerous mental illness, what I am calling “malignant egophrenia” (see my book The Madness of George Bush: A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis). As we see and shed light on this malevolent disease animating Bush, we recognize that the pathogen is not localized in Bush, but pervades and partakes of the entire field, which includes all of us. This non-local disease of the psyche that has taken over Bush literally “cultivates” itself through our unreflected-upon unconscious “reactions” to it, whether they are positive or negative. The illness that Bush is embodying requires the participation of our unconscious for its generation. The malevolent psychic illness that has taken over Bush is non-locally propagating itself through our unconscious reactions, as compared to conscious responses to it. Whether we unconsciously react by ignoring Bush, becoming angry, repulsed, or entranced into supporting him, if we are re-acting out of our unconscious in a habitual way, we are unwittingly supporting the very psychic disease that we are reacting to.
An insidious aspect of this psycho-spiritual disease of the soul that has taken over Bush is that it has a “fascinating” effect on others. Because Bush is so possessed by the unconscious, he has an “obsessive” effect on consciousness. He “fascinates” us in a way which “catches” our attention. We become “triggered,” as if something deep inside of us has become activated. If our mind becomes “hooked” on Bush, however, a part of our awareness has become “captured.” The mobility of our consciousness becomes restricted and limited, as if we have become hypnotized or fallen under a spell. Etymologically, the word “fascinate” is related to the words “enchantment” and “bewitchment.” If we become overly fascinated by Bush, we are unknowingly feeding the very sickness he is embodying.
In becoming overly fascinated by Bush, we become “fascined,” or “fastened” to a particular re-action, which limits our fluidity and our ability to self-reflect, dis-connects us from our power, and takes away our internal freedom. When a group of people (or a nation) falls into mass psychology together, this collective fascination is a form of madness whose underlying psychological dynamic breeds fasc-ism.
There is a danger in becoming too fascinated by George Bush, which results in projecting our shadow onto him. We then become entranced by our own reflection, and by focusing our attention on Bush, we become compulsively tied to him. This is a psychological transference, just as when someone projects part of themselves outside into the environment, they become magically tied to the recipient of their projection. This state of unconscious identification, or fusion, is a primitive, un-evolved state of mind, psychologically speaking. Because it is an unconscious reaction against Bush, the result is that we are secretly feeding the very projection he is embodying.
If we are overly triggered by Bush and focus our attention outside of ourselves onto him, we have become bewitched by our own projection. We then have dissociated from our genuine self, which can only be properly experienced within ourselves. If we become overly focused on Bush, we can disassociate from what he is triggering inside of ourselves, thus losing access to the power within ourselves that is only available when we are in phase with our wholeness. We are then unwittingly giving our power over to Bush, and are complicit in the very thing we are reacting against.
It is easy and very seductive to personalize and concretize Bush as being evil, for he is literally embodying this archetypal quality. By being so taken over by this archetypal energy, he becomes the portal through which the archetype fleshes itself out in human form in a negative, and hence, destructive way. He has become an open channel and instrument for the malevolent aspect of the archetype to become incarnate and materialize itself, becoming fully clothed in the human world.
Because Bush so convincingly embodies the destructive aspect of what Jung would call the archetype of the Self (which contains both light and dark), it is very tempting to solidify him as actually being evil. To concretize Bush as being evil, however, is to become bewitched by our own shadow projection, and is to be secretly feeding, supporting and creating the very evil to which we are reacting. If instead of recognizing that Bush is merely being an instrument for evil and is playing a role in a deeper drama, we concretize Bush as being evil, we are projecting the shadow onto him. We are then guilty of the very same thing, projecting the shadow, of which we are accusing him.
If we project the shadow onto Bush and concretize him as being evil, we have become fixated on a particularized part of a much deeper process in which he is only playing a role. It is like an artist focusing only on the foreground and not noticing the background of which it is a part, forgetting that the two only exist in relation to each other and actually go together, co-arise together, are two parts of a greater whole. Bush is part of, contained in, and an expression of a greater unified field of which we belong and are all members. Bush, like all of us, is an expression of the field. We are all being dreamed up by the greater field, while concurrently dreaming up the field in a circular, non-linear, acausal and atemporal feedback loop. This greater unified field, which we are not separate from, is consciousness itself.
If we become too fascinated by Bush, we can potentially become distracted and take our attention away from the deeper process employing him. If we solidify Bush as being the problem, this takes our focus off of the deeper, archetypal process that is simultaneously veiling and revealing itself both through him and the field around him. Focusing on Bush can be like falling for a magician’s deception, for as we focus our attention on Bush, we marginalize, don’t engage with and don’t notice the deeper, underlying corruption which he is both an expression of and a smokescreen for. By not engaging with the real power lines which actively underlie what is manifesting in our world, we give away our power to effect real change. We become “spellbound” by the outer manifest forms of the universe.
We don’t want to marginalize and ignore what Bush is doing, but we don’t want to concretize him in a way that is an expression that we ourselves have become fixated, are caught in a particular viewpoint and have lost our fluidity. There is a balance of seeing the deeper process that is playing out through Bush and not solidifying him as being that. We need to not make it personal to Bush. He is merely the instrument through which impersonal, archetypal forces are playing out. If we personalize Bush as being the problem, we take our attention off of the deeper, underlying problem. In scapegoating Bush to satisfy our own anger and guilt, we are actually protecting the darker forces that are playing out through him in the surrounding field.
By being so unconsciously possessed by the archetype, Bush is literally killing people, as he is embodying and incarnating the malevolent aspect of the archetype. He has become the agent through which the deeper archetypal process is acting itself out in our 3-D world while simultaneously revealing its darker side. What this means is that Bush, being a mere figurehead and cardboard cutout figure, is a symbol reflecting the more powerful, darker archetypal forces that inspire him and exist within all of us. Bush is literally re-presenting a deeper process that is operative throughout the field, which is to say both outside and inside ourselves. Bush is the mouthpiece through which this deeper, archetypal process, which has everything to do with us, is making itself visible. He is the revelation in human form of the malevolent aspect of the archetype in all its nakedness. The (Mad) Emperor truly has no clothes. Bush’s incarnation is actually revealing something to us about ourselves.
When we recognize that the figure of Bush is in the form of a revelation that is speaking symbolically, instead of feeding the darkness when we contemplate Bush, we actually liberate it. Instead of becoming tied to him in unconscious fascination and giving him our power, when we recognize what the figure of Bush is symbolically showing us, we dis-spell the darkness while simultaneously empowering ourselves. When we shed light on the darkness in the field of which Bush is merely a reflection, the darkness becomes de-potentiated, as it can no longer act itself out through us. Illumining the darkness, we take away its power over us.
Once we stop projecting our shadow onto Bush and recognize that the darkness we see in him is reflecting something inside of us, we stop relating to him as being separate from ourselves. Not being separate means that we cannot contemplate Bush in isolation to ourselves, as our roles only exist in relation to each other. The one is a condition of the other and vise-versa. A deeper process is revealing itself through our interplay.
Bush is an embodiment of an archetypal figure existing deep within the collective unconscious of humanity that we have all “dreamed up” into incarnation. This is to relate to Bush not in a literal way, but as a figure in a dream, whose language is symbolic. All characters in a dream symbolically re-present aspects of ourselves. Seen symbolically, Bush is embodying a figure that exists deep within each and every one of us. He is the part of us that abuses power simply because he can, which is morally indefensible. Bush has fallen into and is embodying a form of “moral insanity.” Bush’s sense of morality is truly upside-down and crazy-making, as his morals are perversely inverted so as to feed their own pathology. Bush is the aspect of us that is truly sick.
The underlying archetypal process giving shape to and in-forming the evil playing out in our world is revealing itself, in condensed form, through the figure of Bush for all who have eyes to see. Bush is the cipher through which a higher-dimensional process is bleeding into our third-dimensional reality. The way to see these deeper, darker archetypal forces is through the act of recognizing that Bush is both the portal thru which these darker forces are incarnating on the world stage, as well as the symbol which simultaneously hides, represents and reveals this process.
It should be emphasized that it is a very unique situation when a formless archetype of the collective unconscious, which is transpersonal (beyond the personal) in nature, manifests itself and becomes visible through the form of a human being. Because of Bush’s possession by the archetype, a higher-dimensional and atemporal process is symbolically re-presenting and revealing itself through him. Because of the extent of his unconscious identification with the archetype, Bush has become a vacant vessel, empty of any discriminating wisdom, controlled by the archetype to embody, incarnate, and reveal its negative, destructive form.
Though the supposed leader of the free world, Bush is merely a puppet on a string, controlled by forces beyond his conscious awareness. Paradoxically, though he is supposedly the most powerful human on earth, he has the least internal freedom of all. Becoming possessed by an archetype of the collective unconscious is to fall prey to the overwhelming compulsive power-drive of the archetypal shadow, a process that robs us of our actual freedom. In light of Bush’s depraved situation, it is the height of irony that, in his delusion, he identifies himself as the “bringer of freedom” to the planet.
By being so taken over, Bush is literally being used and manipulated by the very forces he has conjured up and identified with. He himself is victimized by the very forces which possess him and compel him to victimize others. By becoming unconsciously possessed by an energy that is more powerful than he is, he unknowingly plays a role, like an actor in a play, to fulfill the agenda of this more powerful agency. Bush is a true Manchurian candidate, a finger-puppet of the underlying, impersonal archetypal darker forces that animate him.
The people who are manipulating and controlling Bush are themselves being used as instruments in the hands of this archetypal power, just as much possessed by these darker, archetypal forces as Bush is, ad infinitum. Bush and his “handlers” are all nested in and slaves to the underlying formless archetype which moves them. It is as if Toto, in the Wizard of Oz, pulls away the curtain, and instead of finding a frail old man, there is no one behind the curtain but the formless archetype itself. This formless archetype “clothes” itself in numberless variations of people and events, as it is the animating power which gives shape and form to our universe. When not recognized, the archetype becomes constellated in its negative, and hence, destructive manifestation, “drafting” people into its service so as to incarnate itself in physical form. When we don’t become overly fascinated by Bush, however, we can recognize the deeper process that is revealing itself both through him, and all of us as well.
It is not that there are not “bad” guys who are, because of their moral depravity, purposely perpetrating “evil” acts. Of course, on one level, we desperately need to act and deal with the very real criminality that is being acted out by the White House. What I’m pointing at, though, is that these bad guys are just picking up and playing roles in a deeper process that is playing itself out through our species. Unless we deal with the deeper process, even if we get rid of the seeming “bad guys,” central casting will simply send others to eventually play these same dastardly roles. Until we deal with the underlying psychic disease affecting our species, in thinking that Bush is the problem we are becoming distracted and only dealing with the outward symptoms of the real problem. Unless we deal with the deeper, archetypal process that is in-forming and giving shape to what is playing out in the world theater, we are doomed to unconsciously re-create it, as if we are stuck in a recurring dream. Bush is simultaneously a symptom and symbol expressing and (potentially) revealing to us the nature of the deeper sickness pervading the field.
Bush is an open portal through which the deeper archetype incarnates itself, affecting the field around him. The deeper, archetypal process is expressing itself through the interplay of Bush and the field around him, which in this case is the entire planet. The archetype is expressing itself non-locally throughout the entire field, with Bush being the magnet around which the archetype constellates itself. A deeper process is bleeding through him, literally, into our 3-D reality and is becoming visible through him and the actions of his administration. By being so possessed, Bush is the crystallization of this deeper, archetypal process, which is to say that the deeper process is symbolized and fully-embodied in, as and through him. By being so taken over, Bush is like a looking-glass window through which the deeper, archetypal process appears, becomes accessible, and is contained in full. Just like a piece of a hologram contains the whole hologram, or a fragment of a dream contains our entire inner process.
To initiate the re-solution of our current dilemma, what is needed is the slightest shift of focus in our vision. It is like our fingers are one key to the right of where they’re supposed to be on the computer keyboard. When we type, it looks illegible and hopeless, like a terrible mess. We might not even know where to start to fix our seemingly very large problem. As long as our fingers are on the wrong keys, any intervention we make to rectify our situation only makes it worse. In reality, all we have to do is make the slightest little adjustment as to where our fingers are on the keyboard, and our seemingly overwhelming problem is resolved. Or similarly, if our fingers are slightly misplaced on the keys of a piano, we produce a dissonant cacophony, whereas if we move our fingers one key over, we produce beautiful music. Our situation is similar, we just need to make the slightest little change in our perception, and our entire situation can be transformed.
Paradoxically, Bush is a potential distraction from this deeper, darker archetypal process, while being an expression and revelation of this deeper process at the same time. Seen symbolically, he is a true “coincidentia oppositorum,” a conjunction of opposites. He is both a smokescreen while being the very revelation of what he is a distraction from. Seen symbolically, he is the living embodiment of the darkest evil, while simultaneously, like the archetypal figure of Lucifer, he is the bringer of the light. Destroying our planet, he is simultaneously awakening our species.
A true reconciling symbol, the figure of Bush contains and unites both of the opposites. Seeing that Bush is a diabolically “dividing person,” while at the same time being a sacred “uniting symbol,” is to recognize that the figure of Bush is truly a revelation that we have all dreamed up so as to re-mind ourselves that we are not separate from each other. To the extent we are unconsciously reacting to Bush as if he is separate from ourselves, we are complicit in the madness that is getting acted out in our world. Instead of becoming fascinated by Bush and unconsciously re-acting against him, however, we can recognize that the figure of Bush is symbolically reflecting back to us our own darkness. Seeing Bush in this way is the very expansion of consciousness that redeems and liberates our situation. Seeing Bush in this way empowers us to co-operatively deal with the deeper, archetypal powers that animate him.
A pioneer in the field of spiritual emergence, Paul Levy is a healer in private practice, assisting others who are also awakening to the dreamlike nature of reality. Paul is also a visionary artist and a spiritually-informed political activist. He is the author of The Madness of George Bush: A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis,which is available on his website www.awakeninthedream.com. (See the first chapter, The Madness of George W. Bush: A Reflection of our Collective Psychosis). Please feel free to pass this article along to a friend if you feel so inspired. You can contact Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org; he looks forward to your reflections. © Copyright 2010