"Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths"
Vladimir Propp, literary theorist, thought that Russian folktales could be seen as variations of a few underlying plot elements. Generally, a
preliminary situation is followed by "misfortune or lack" and then by a sequence of events that repairs what misfortune or lack disturbed. The
trickster figure mischief-maker and thief is one of the prime movers of the narrative. He gets the story moving and it comes to an end when he and his
mischief have been dealt with.
There are only a few ways to deal with the trickster. A limited number of plots. From the threshold there are only a few ways the trickster can move.
He can come inside, he can leave entirely, or he can stay exactly where he started, resisting all attempts to civilize or exile. From the tricksters
point of view, staying on the threshold is the ideal. It gives us the plot that never resolves, the endlessly strung-together Coyote tales each linked
to each with the phrase "Coyote was going along..."
Awakened consciousness is the potential end of the narrative, without it the tale can go on and on, another night, another season... another
unconscious projection of the trickster archetype that we can't withdraw and can't exile.
"The so-called civilized man has forgotten the trickster. He remembers him only figuratively and metaphorically, when, irritated by his own
ineptitude, he speaks of fate playing tricks on him or of things being bewitched. He never suspects that his own hidden and apparently harmless shadow
has qualities whose dangerousness exceeds his wildest dreams."
The trickster figure is more than a mere story, more than a mere metaphor. It's an archetype of the collective unconscious. It's part of us, and our
minds project it "out there" in symbolic, poetic, cryptic, semi-autonomous thought-forms that change from culture to culture, age to age, person to
person, religion to religion.
In our modern space-age culture, it has taken the form of UFOs for many people. The archetype is projected "out there" in UFO form where it is seen by
many people. A public dream that is solid enough for radar to bounce off of.
But how can that be, you ask? If UFOs are mere projections, then there shouldn't be any physical evidence, right? Radar can't bounce off a dream...
you can't take a photograph of a psychic object, can you?
"Oh yes, this is an important point to make, which the flying saucer people are forever misunderstanding, and that is that saying the flying saucer
is a psychic object does not mean it is not a physical object. Jung in Mysterium Coniunctionis is at great pains to say that the realm of the psychic
and the realm of the physical meet in a strange kind of never-never land that we have yet to create the intellectual tools to explore. This is where
the mystery of synchronicity is going to come to rest, the mystery of all kinds of paranormal activity on the part of human beings, and the mystery of
the flying saucer."
Enter the paranormal powers of the human mind. Enter psychic ability. Enter our unconscious and collective mind-over-matter ability.
We are all psychic, and we are mostly ignorant of that fact. But our ignorance of that fact doesn't mean that our minds don't utilize that ability
unconsciously. People who don't believe in psychic ability are still using it, unconsciously, even to protect their disbelief. It's called the
sheep-goat effect. It was discovered by Gertrude Schmeidler.
"The data convinced me. Repeatedly, average ESP scores of subjects who rejected any possibility of ESP success (whom I called goats) were lower
than average ESP scores of all other subjects (whom I called sheep). This was inexplicable by the physical laws we knew; it implied unexplored
processes in the universe, an exciting new field for research. From then on, naturally, my primary research interest was parapsychology."
"Goats", or test subjects who don't believe in psychic ability, unconsciously use their hidden psychic ability to suppress evidence that contradicts
their conscious belief-system resulting in low scores.
"Sheep" are test subjects who believe in psychic ability and so they have nothing to fear from high scores. So their psychic ability comes forth to
conscious awareness much easier.
"The sheep thought they could do it, they got "good" scores, they were happy. The goats knew there was no ESP, nothing to get, they got poor
scores, they were happy, that "proved" their belief. These were not people who were sophisticated enough about statistics to know that scoring below
chance could be significant…
Many other experimenters replicated this effect over the years.
The only way I've ever been able to understand it is to think that the goats occasionally used ESP, but on an unconscious level, to know what the next
card was and then their unconscious, acting in the service of their conscious belief system, influenced them to call anything but the correct
The same sort of thing is going on all the time, but on a much wider scale. We are sleepwalking through life, our minds are not really awake, and so
we are unconsciously using our hidden (and sometimes not so hidden) psychic ability (including mind-over-matter) to project archetypes of the
collective unconscious such as the trickster "out there" in psycho-physical form, where they can support and perhaps even guide our
...but they will never land on the White House lawn. They can't. The jig would be up.
They are us.
Enter the tulpa.
Tulpa (Tibetan: སྤྲུལ་པ, Wylie: sprul-pa; Sanskrit: निर्मित nirmita and निर्माण nirmāṇa; "to
build" or "to construct") is a concept in mysticism of a being or object which is created through sheer discipline alone. It is a materialized thought
that has taken physical form and is usually regarded as synonymous to a thoughtform.
The paranormal, psychic, mystical powers of our unenlightened, sleepwalking collective minds are creating what the Tibetans call tuplas and projecting
them out there in mythological forms, forms solid enough to bounce radar and leave physical traces because of our collective and unconscious
mind-over-matter ability. Forms such as UFOs and even religious figures. The more we take the forms literally, as something separate from us and "out
there", then the easier it is for the trickster archetype to remain on the threshold and string us along.
"Coyote was going along..."
edit on 8-8-2013 by BlueMule because: (no reason given)