The Madness of George W. Bush:
A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis – by Paul Levy
By Mark Comings
This book that you hold in your hands by Paul Levy is a landmark contribution to an emerging integral psychology. It illuminates the deeper nature of our world crisis through a novel perspective that synthesizes psychology with recent discoveries in physics, doing so in a deeply spiritual context. Paul uses the current Bush administration as a compelling case study which reveals the character and structure of a collective psycho-spiritual malady.
The reason that a scientist like myself is writing a foreword to a book called The Madness of George W. Bush: A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis is that in this unique work, Paul is drawing upon recent discoveries in physics, as well as many other disciplines, to shed light on the underlying psychological roots of our collective dilemma. The severity of the planetary crisis currently engulfing us is so great that we need to call forth and integrate the best maps of reality available to us in all fields and use this evolving synthesis to wisely address the problems facing us. Paul’s book is a significant contribution in this direction, and is an example of the kind of integrated approach that is urgently needed at this time.
The two general domains of knowledge from which we can gain useful guidance in navigating our way through the turbulence of our times are the spiritual and the scientific. We are witnessing a profound convergence and synthesis of these two realms that have been divided and kept separate in western culture for many centuries. This spiritual-scientific synthesis is of great interest and concern to me, as it represents the healing of a deep epistemological rift that has shattered our integral wholeness in ways enormously crippling to us as a species. The processor creating bridges between new science and spiritual/psychological perspectives represents the process of repairing this split in our collective consciousness, thereby moving us toward the healing of our species.
Paul is drawing anew and powerful picture for us. There is much talk in physics about the participatory universe. But very rarely is this connected to the deterioration and failure of civil society and our opportunity to translate the understanding of reality coming out of the new physics into social responsibility and political activism.
This book represents a breakthrough in the understanding of how the collective human psyche operates as a non-local field of energy, information and sentience (the quality of having awareness). This perspective is distinctly different from that of present-day mainstream psychology, which views the psyche impurely local terms, i.e., each person’s psyche is located and confined, more roles, within the locus of their physical body. The non-local quantum field of information revealed by modern physics is, as Paul illustrates, related to Carl Jung’s concept of the temporal, field-like aspect of the psyche that he called the “collective unconscious.” This non-local dimension of the psyche is specifically left out of all standard, mainstream psychological maps or models. By exploring and unpacking the implications of the idea that neither the human psyche, nor consciousness itself, are bound by space anytime, Paul accesses a rich set of empowering insights, tools that help us comet grips with what is actually occurring in our world today.
Paul’s work not only articulates an innovative field-based perspective on the human mind but also calls for a radical provisioning of the very nature of psychology itself. His diagnosis of our non-local collective mental illness is an important achievement in the evolving psychology of planetary consciousness. What Paul is bringing to light requires us to rethink the very nature and definition of psychiatric disorders in terms of the non-local field of consciousness which unites all minds in a singular and inherently inseparable unified quantum field. This recontextualization of the way we think about illness has the power to bring forth new possibilities for the healing and transformation of our collective malady.
Don’t let its title fool you into thinking that this is a book about George W. Bush. This would beta miss the entire point of what Paul is saying. Bush is simply an acute and prominent example serving to illuminate the deep and insidious nature of the collective mental disorder afflicting our species. This is not your typical Bush-bashing book. Though it seems to be about Bush, it is really about ourselves.
Paul identifies and elucidates the structure and dynamics of the collective trance from which humanity needs to wake up from so that we may stop dreaming up nightmares for ourselves. We, as a species, have been suffering from a pervasive form omits-knowledge about the nature of the universe, and ourselves as well. We keep trying solutions that are premised on a view of reality that is false, which ensure that our attempts at resolution will never succeed.
One of the implicit and generally unrecognized problems underlying our world crisis is that we tend to be entranced by fixating our attention on a superficial level of explicate (outer manifest forms) and seemingly separate patterns that make pour world. By having our awareness constricted and focused in such a limited way, we are not seeing, attending to or feeling the deeper, undivided, invisible, and indivisible field and its non-local dynamics which are responsible for shaping world events in a fundamental way.
Paul is taking stand and saying that the way we have been perceiving and understanding” reality” (or the world) is fundamentally flawed and ignorant of a deeper level of radical interconnectedness that is primarily responsible for organizing, regulating, and patterning events in the so-called “objective” physical world. These non-local forces are the formative agents of the patterns of outer events and are only to be discovered in one place within our own subjective experience, that is, within our minds.
There has been critically important breakthrough in physics in the last few decades that has radically changed our understanding of the nature of Nature. What has-been discovered is that an underlying assumption—known as “the principle of locality”—implicit in our scientific understanding of the physical world for centuries, is categorically wrong at the deepest level of nature. In a brilliant series of experiments conducted in the 1970s and‘80s, and which have been continually refined and made more rigorous throughout the ‘90s and on into the 21st century, “locality” (being bound and limited by space and time) has been shown to not apply at the most fundamental and essential levels of matter, energy, and information.
Locality refers to a tacit or unconscious assumption about the nature of physical reality. Its the view, arising from our day to day experiencing of the macroscopic physical world, that the world is comprised of apparently separate things or mechanistically interacting parts. In a local universe, light is the fastest carrier of information. Thus, no information or influences of any kind can get around the material universe faster than the speed of light. Another way of saying this is that all information and influences in the universe are thought to necessarily propagate through space, i.e., over distance, at the speed flight or less. This assumption has been soundly proven to be wrong. In essence, what physics has discovered is that everything is radically interconnected inlays that are subtler and much deeper than can be explained or understood on purely mechanical or macroscopic physical basis.
In a non-local universe, at the most primary level, there is a way in which information is getting around faster than the speed of light. So much faster, in fact, that it actually takes no time at all. The inherent non-locality of nature provides for instantaneous information distribution throughout all of space. Light is thievery substance and foundation of being, but as we know, according to Einstein’s theory of relativity, time stops at the speed of light. For light, there is notice. Thus, light itself is essentially timeless by its very nature. Light is therefore a non-temporal standing wave pattern of energy/information. Benignant-temporal or synchronic, the information encoded in light is available everywhere at the same time, and is thus non-local.
Due to this intrinsic temporality of the fabric of reality, information and informing influences can get around the universe in ways that are instantaneous, unmitigated and immediate. The universe is thus able to choreograph its movements by being informed and thus orchestrated and co-ordinate by information from the whole in-forming every part. In other words, all apparently separate things, e.g., people, etc., are actually indissolubly united as one singular invisible and indivisible being or field. There is only one already-unified Singularity of Existence that will not ultimately admit separations. This is Being itself and all that it contains. Physics has thus proven that separation is an illusion at the most fundamental and essential level of the unified field. We may appear to be separate beings and on the conventional order of reality it makes sense and is useful to treat each others discrete, encapsulated and separate entities, but when it comes down to dealing with the fundamental nature of reality, none of us are truly separable from each other.
The psychological implications of embracing the reality of a non-local universe are enormous and vastly transformative of the entire field of Psychology, and by extension, every other form of collective human activity. Certain functions of the human psyche must now be understood to operate as a non-local quantum field in which we all participate in an interconnected and interdependent mind-field. Thus, any problem arising in the sphere of the human family can ultimately be seen shaving something to do with each and every one of us. We are co-participants in all that occurs in the entire human world. This knowledge brings with it great responsibility—universal responsibility, in fact. In taking this total responsibility for our lives and our inescapable impact upon the entire human world and beyond, literally upon all that lives for generations to come, we become aware that we have greater power than we have previously understood and become self-empowered to act as conscious agents of change, healing, and transformation.
Paul’s book inaugurates and calls for a whole new non-local or field psychology in which the prime object of focus is not the mind or psyche of one individual taken in isolation, but rather the entire continuum or field that is the energetic medium underlying and interconnecting all of physical and non-physical reality. Through this medium or field, all minds are thereby united as constituents ozone universal mind. Physical reality, which on the surface appears to be made-up of a rich and complex array of discrete and separate “things” that we call the universe, is actually an utterly seamless, perfectly contiguous unified field of sentient boringness. This field which is called the “quantum vacuum” in physics, is in fact a “plenum” (an absolute fullness) and is known to be saturated with nearly infinite energy and immeasurable luminosity.
The standard psychological approach is to treat psychological disorders on a case by case individual basis. This definitely has its merits, similar to how classical mechanistic physics has great value and utility for dealing with the everyday world of macroscopic objects and their mechanical interactions. But when it comes to understanding the deepest roots of the nature of mind and psyche, it is too crude of a generalization to treat our minds as separate and encapsulated from each other. This standard psychological and psychiatric perspective lacks the ability to perceive and discern the mysterious interconnectedness of our collective psychology that gives rise to mass events. Mainstream psychological understanding does not have enough resolution to grasp the subtle and profound ways that all minds are linked together and co-operate as integrated parts in collective, non-local field of consciousness. Herein lies the value of what Paul is articulating, for it extends the scope of modern psychology into new domains that have been heretofore either ignored or poorly understood. The ability to map, model, discuss and thus more deeply understand the non-local and non-temporal dimensions of the psyche and the role that these dimensions play in informing and shaping the psychology of individuals, groups and our entire species is a great contribution that cannot be underestimated.
Paul’s view of the universe as a mass shared dream is congruent with the moment to moment” collapse of the wave function” model of quantum physics. This rigorous, mathematical description of how events unfold indicates that in each moment there are an array of possibilities and that in each moment, only one of those myriad possibilities occurs. The possibility that becomes an actuality is selected in the moment of observation by the act of observation. Quantum physics thus shows us that the unfolding of a physical event is profoundly connected to and impacted by how consciousness, through the act of observation itself, brings that potential event into manifestation. The collapse of the wave function of quantum physics is mediated or determined byte observing consciousness in a similar way that the witnessing consciousness within a dream affects the unfolding of the dream. This reveals the profound parallels between the process by which material events are understood to unfolding physics and the process by which consciousness is involved in creating and shaping how a dream manifests. The dynamics of material process appears to have deep similarity to the dynamics of dreaming. Thus quantum physics provides strong supportive evidence for the dream-like nature of the universe.
By the word” dreaming,” Paul is evoking a radical shift or recontextualization of the nature of our experience. By “dreaming” Paul does not intend to evoke the common notion that if something is a “dream” it is somehow less real or “imaginary” in the pejorative sense. Paul means exactly the opposite when he refers to the dream-like nature of our human experience. When Paul refers to our experience being “a dream,” or being” dream-like,” he is making a very profound phenomenological assertion, one that is common to many of the world’s most time-honored spiritual wisdom traditions and philosophical systems of thought. This assertion essentially points to the fact that our so-called outer or” objective” experience of the world is actually not separate from, but is in fact an instantaneous reflex of the structures of consciousness that we are operating out of in any given moment. This point is both subtle and immensely profound—it is the essence of the great spiritual wisdom traditions. Just like in dreaming, we are the source of meaning for every moment of our experience. We are each creatively responsible for evoking, or in Paul’s words, “dreaming up,” our world.
Physics gives use rigorous basis for understanding and gaining insight into the way that we areal co-participating in the evocation or “dreaming up” of our world moment to moment. An essential truth that has emerged out of quantum physics is that when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. This is an exact articulation of the dynamics of dreaming. This book is beginning to describe the basic outlines of what could be called “the physics of the universal dream.”
Paul is saying that in order to effectively deal with the present planetary crisis we must awaken to a new level of consciousness, which is available to us in this very moment. Just as we can learn to become lucid in our night dreams, it is imperative that we, as a species, learn to become lucid in our so-called waking state. The crises of our time requires a new form of collective lucid waking consciousness for their resolution.
Paul is saying that our ordinary mundane so-called waking-state consciousness is in a very real sense asleep to the way that it is involved in shaping and evoking the patterns of “outer” events. This key insight can change our lives profoundly. When fully understood, it can enable us to discover entirely new ranges of options and possibilities to which we were previously asleep or blind, having fallen under the spell of a limiting belief system. This essential insight, when properly engaged, can be the tipping point within our consciousness that snaps us out of the spell that perpetuates our sense of helplessness and impotence. This insight can awaken us to the fact that we have a vast array of previously unrecognized creative options at our disposal that we can use right now to make positive change in the world, no matter who we are or what our situation may be.
While we hold Bush and Co. accountable as a political, legal matter, it is imperative for purposes of human spiritual evolution to see that the roots of that same madness that we see them so clearly embodying are in us. This is one of the most salient points in Paul’s book. The outer madness we see acting itself outing the world is inescapably connected to and, in fact, a reflection of process going on deep within ourselves, both individually and collectively. Specific example of this is how our environmental crisis is actually an outer reflection of a crisis in the inner mental and spiritual landscape of humanity.
If our leaders are behaving in mad ways, it reflects a deeper spiritual and cultural madness pervading the field and affecting us non-locally. How could we as a collective accept and even actively support mad leaders if we weren’t mad ourselves? Incur madness, we believe our leaders to be sane, which means like us. Our mad leaders are thus an inseparable reflection and product of a mad populace. Whence see how we are connected and are unconsciously helping to support and feed the madness pervading the field, we gain power to change the overall madness by changing ourselves.
Paul’s unique synthesis of diverse areas of knowledge is a creative and daring attempt to point out and articulate “something” that has remained hidden in the field of humanity’s experience for millennia. This “something” has caused indescribable and nightmarish damage and destruction to human life throughout the entire cycle of recorded history. This “something” has been eluding and tormenting humankind for ages. It is hard to see because it hides in the shadows of human consciousness. It secretly influences perception in ways that prevent it from being discovered. This “something” has traditionally been called “evil.”
Paul’s work is an earnest and creative effort to shed new light on the nature of evil. As he points out, the very process of shining light on evil dynamically transforms the nature of evil itself. He articulates how evil can function as a catalytic agent in the awakening of consciousness within humanity. Despite the horrors of evil, it has an important transformative function to play in the evolution four species. This very perspective on evil helps us to relate to it in new and empowered ways. It provides us with powerful and creative tools for tracking, studying, and dealing with evil. Armed with these insights, Paul is able to draw a more accurate map of the roots of the psychic malaise afflicting all onus which is the cause of untold amounts of human suffering.
Paul synthesizes the wisdom of the pioneering psychologist Carl Jung with the transcendental insight of Buddhism and the revealed wisdom stemming from a deeply felt understanding of the implications of the latest discoveries in quantum physics. Paul’s perspective is the product of a unique initiation that was the hard-won result of his own ordeal of freeing himself from the limitations of mainstream psychological understanding. Paul’s personal experience, combined with his additional education in psychology, spirituality, and consciousness enables him to bridge the worlds of inner experience and outer appearance. Paul’s innovative way of utilizing the recent discoveries from physics to elucidate and map new psychological territory is trailblazing, and I applaud him for his bold synthesis.
To see the integration of physics and psychology that Paul is forging is deeply satisfying to me as a scientist who has always striven to integrate the scientific and the spiritual. It is my hope that Paul’s work will stimulate and awaken the realization of the dream-like nature of reality. Joining our lucidity together, we can help each other to understand and stabilize the recognition that we are collaboratively dreaming up our universe into materialization in this very moment. This spreading realization in our species can create a shared context in human consciousness that will allow previously undreamed of approaches and solutions to emerge. This may well be the secret to the reconciliation and healing of our world crisis.