Saturday, February 9th, 2013


Things are looking promising for the Power/Religion conference, to be held in Helskinki and St. Petersburg on 10-15 September. How do we know? An early paper proposal has come our way and we are debating furiously among ourselves as to what to do with it:

Title of Presentation: The New God is On The Way

[name and contact details withheld]

Affiliation – Cross Country University

Men and women scour the globe to find God. Everywhere, people hunger for a personal experience of God. Sadly few are lucky enough to learn that the living God is right inside of them.

Demonstrating the power of the dreaming mind

The development of the God-Image is an unfolding process and should not be confused with the term God. To describe how humans perceive God asserts nothing about the nature of God’s existence. The image of God, or our definition of him is dead for us, although the word is a name for something which was for past generations alive in the highest degree. This highest value has got lost. Historically, there are several major stages in the evolution of how people perceive God: Animism, Matriarchy, Polytheism, Tribal Monotheism, Universal Monotheism and the final stage I call the “God Within Us.” Human perception of God has changed throughout the centuries.

Demonstrating the power of the dreaming mind to present the future God-Image, C.G. Jung, the great Swiss Psychiatrist came to me in a dream and told me who God was. It was nothing I had ever read (on the advice of a Jungian analyst, I contacted the librarian at the San Francisco Jung Library who had an extensive knowledge of Jung’s writings. She told me he never wrote that but it was probably something he believed!). Several dream seminar participants have also shared dreams, which indicate how humans may perceive God in the future.

Dreams not only look back they look forward also and anticipate what the dreamer’s future growth may be. Jung did not mean that dreams predict the future but suggested what possibilities the future may hold, something like a plan roughed out in advance. Basically what Jung emphasized about dreams was their attempt to unite consciousness and the unconscious in a healthy harmonious way.

Jung also stated that dreams could have a collective meaning, which can be true for the dreamer but also relate to others as well. Certainly a search for God is.

Many novel ideas about the new God-Image and why consciousness is evolving in this direction will be presented as well as many dreams from dream seminars along with their paintings that will contribute to a better understanding of the New God-Image. This presentation will demonstrate the power of the dreaming mind to recognize how humans will perceive God in the future. I will project paintings of dreams on a screen(I have a digital projector) and proceed to relate how dreams can only tell the truth because they are pure nature and nature doesn’t lie. A discussion of the dreams will occur during the presentation. At the end, I will ask those who have had dreams about the nature of God share and discuss them.

What I will share will could revolutionize the way your members think.

PROCESS

Project paintings of dreams about the nature of God on a screen and relate how dreams can only tell the truth because they are pure nature and nature doesn’t lie.  Development of the God Image is an unfolding process and should not be confused with the term God. To describe how humans perceive God asserts nothing about the nature of God’s existence. This workshop could revolutionize  how your audience thinks about the nature of God.

OBJECTIVES

1.Identify the evolutionary levels of how humans perceive God.

2.Explain the new God-Image.

3. Attributes of spiritual dreams.

4. How the New God-Image can fit into your current belief system.

In the long struggle towards 1949, the Red Army in China had learnt a few tricks, both from the communists in Russia during the ‘civil’ war and from their own experiences. With fewer fighters, inferior equipment and fewer resources against Chang Kai-Shek’s superior forces (supplied and trained by the Germans, Italians, Americans and English), they had developed a number of rules of engagement.

1. Do not fight any losing battles. Unless there are strong indications of success, refuse engagement.

2. Surprise is the main offensive tactic of the well-led partisan group. Static war must be avoided. The partisan brigade has no auxiliary force, no rear, no line of supplies and communications except that of the enemy.

3. A careful and detailed plan of attack, and especially of retreat, must be worked out before any engagement is offered or accepted. Superior manoeuvring ability is a great advantage of the partisans, and errors in its manipulation mean extinction.

4. The greatest attention must be paid to the mintuan (the landlord militia), the first, last, and most determined line of resistance of the landlords. The mintuan must be destroyed militarily, but must, if at all possible, be won over politically to the side of the masses.

5. In a regular engagement with enemy troops the partisans must exceed the enemy in numbers. But if the enemy’s regular troops are moving, resting, or poorly guarded, a swift, determined, surprise flank attack on an organically vital spot of the enemy’s line can be made by a much smaller group. Many a Red ‘short attack’ was carried with only a few hundred against an enemy of thousands. Surprise, speed, courage, unwavering decision, flawlessly planned manoeuvre, and selection of the most vulnerable and vital spot in the enemy’s ‘anatomy’ are absolutely essential.

6. In actual combat the partisan line must have the greatest elasticity. Once it becomes obvious that their calculation of enemy strength or preparedness or fighting power is in error, the partisans should be able to disengage with the same speed as they began the attack.

7. The tactics of distraction, decoy, diversion, ambush, feint and irritation must be mastered. In Chinese these tactics are called ‘the principle of pretending to attack the east while attacking the west’.

8. Avoid engagements with the main force of the enemy, concentrating on the weakest link, or the most vital part.

9. Every precaution must be taken to prevent the enemy from locating the partisans’ main forces. For this reason, partisans should avoid concentrating in one place when the enemy is advancing, and should change their position frequently – two or three times in one day or night just before attack.

10. Besides superior mobility, the partisans, being inseparable from the local masses, have the advantage of superior intelligence; the greatest use must be made of this. Ideally, every peasant should be on the partisans’ intelligence staff.

From Edgar Snow, Red Star Over China, pp. 275-76.