October 18th, 2006

Shaman - Horse

Pathworking and the Three Degree Initiatory Systems - Part 3

2nd Degree - Doing

In the 2nd degree the knowledge of the 1st degree is applied in a self-actuated, self-responsible fashion. The teacher stands back and the student gains a measure of both freedom and responsibility. With the granted responsibility, greater mysteries are revealed to the student. In a firearm's analogy, the unloaded gun is given bullets. The separation between student and teacher lessens, and at times they seem to be equals. In some traditions a person is able to teach their own 1st degree students. All but the greatest mysteries are revealed at this level as the teacher shifts from task-master to mentor. The teacher does still keep an eye on the student. Alignment to the intentions of the tradition is constantly tested through both obvious and subtle tests. A student's progression can be slowed or halted if they cannot show that they will handle the responsibility of the 2nd degree. If the 1st degree is analogous to High School, the 2nd degree is analogous to College. The material is more powerful, the teachers can almost be the student's peers, but there is still a hierarchy between the student and those who are the teachers. With this separation, the student could almost go home and forget they were in training for a tradition. They could relax at times, comfortable in the fact that the path was watched over by their elders.

In my Reiki 2nd degree I learned about emotional healing and long-distance healing. I was expected to practice both, and to show reverence to the ethics of both. While I knew almost as much as my teacher, I could not indoctrinate others as Reiki practitioners. While I was a fully functional Reiki practitioner, I was not the gate-keeper for the tradition. My elders, the Master Reiki practitioners, held the keys to accepting and promoting others in the healing art.
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Dogmatic Wolves

This morning I listened to NPR Talk of the Nation. The topic was "Married Couples Are Now a Minority", with the info blurb being "Census figures show that for first time in history, married couples are in the minority. In the second in a series on America at 300 million, guests discuss the culture shift and how it is affecting Americans."

One of the guests was Steve Watters, director of young adults in Marriage for Focus on the Family. Though he kept a low profile overall, his comments alluding that a married nuclear family is the most stable environment. He said (paraphrasing), "children will get the wrong ideas from the non-married couple's household". ACK! Excuse me for getting on a soapbox, but I feel that the dogmatic goal of a married man and woman, with the man in the lead, is more destructive than constructive. Case in point, does this mean that a bad nuclear marriage is better than any single parent or same-sex marriage? I would hope not.

The elephant in the middle of the room is that of Focus on the Family deriving it's policies from dogmatic evangelical interpretations of the Bible. It both fascinates and scares me when the sanitized version of their philosophy is presented to the general public. Same-sex marriage is roundly condemned by Steve's group. Their private core belief is that homosexuality is an abomination. The public argument, "it is bad for the children to be in the same-sex environment". Single-parent rearing of children, especially by women, is privately condemned because the authority of the male is removed from the rearing. With the absence of the male, the female is further removed from the authority of God. This is not the public face put on single-parent child rearing. If put on the spot about it, the most Steve would probably just admit that he believes that single-parent rearing of children is "bad for the children" relative to the male-leading man-woman married couple. The male’s family authority, as the duly appointed representive of God, is not discussed for public consumption.

This dogmatic wolf in sheep's clothing bugs me. IMO, Focus on the Family would lose wide support from non-party line members if the larger part of society had a true(r) picture of the group's thoughts. Everyone has a right to their own beliefs, including Steve Watters. The part that really bugs me is that groups like Focus on the Family have influence on government policies. Their dogmatic views are quietly supported and implemented while a sanitized version of their beliefs is presented to the general public. Scary stuff!
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Let's Fighting Love Song

Let's Fighting Love Song

Sung
Subarashii chinchin mono
Kintama no kame aru
Sore no oto sarubobo
Iie! Ninja ga imasu

Hey hey let's go kenka suru
Taisetsu na mono protect my balls!
Boku ga warui so let's fighting...
Let's fighting love!
Let's fighting love!

Kono uta chotto baka
Wake ga wakaranai
Eigo ga mechakucha
Daijobu! We do it all the time!

Hey hey let's go kenka suru
Taisetsu na mono protect my balls!

English Translation
I have a wonderful penis
And testicle hair. ª
That's the sound of a sarubobo. º
No! It's the ninjas!

Hey hey let's go fight!
The important thing is to protect my balls!
I'm bad, so let's fighting...
Let's fighting love!
Let's fighting love!

This song is a little stupid
It's hard to make sense of
Its English is messed up
That's OK! We do it all the time!

Hey hey let's go fight!
The important thing is to protect my balls!


NOTES:
ª - or hairy testicles. Trey says "kame" instead of the right word, "kami." Kintama means "golden jewels." In slang, it means "testicles." Compare to English: testicles = family jewels.
º - A sarubobo is a charm made in the Hida district, Japan. It is faceless and its limbs taper to points. Sometimes super-deformed anime characters look like sarubobo, but keep their faces. Atashi, in Chobits, looks somewhat like a sarubobo. And then there are Satan's minions :) They dangle from strings like wind
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