Friday, February 20, 2015

The Hijacking of Hierarchy ?

Has anyone noticed how hierarchy keeps getting such bad press these days? It seems like almost all the muckrakers1 are denouncing hierarchy as an evil paradigm designed to perpetuate the oppression of humanity. Their chief focus has become the hierarchy of the Illuminati (hereafter referred to as the d-lluminati).

Some muckrakers2 use the Hermetic phrase “As above, so below”3 to present their own preferred structure—flatland horizontal (aka, unilevel)—such that each person is a sovereign creature who should live only according to the dictates of his own will and conscience—a type of anarchy unto herself (but not in a negative sense, in their view). Each soul (maybe like God? above?4) is free to do anything as long as it does not (unjustly?) harm another. These anarchists don’t believe their autonomy fosters chaos or disorder; rather, to them, it preserves freedom and agency for every self-directed soul. And because the God of scripture is unacceptable to many of them, they make no reference to His perpetual lamentations about this horizontal premise.5

But are these plucky, gifted muckrakers making a huge error in observation? Are they, in rejecting the evils and corruptions of the power-obsessed “elites,” also rejecting the foundational structure of the universe? Is there really no good hierarchy here below? Is there none there above? OR is hierarchical structure everywhere in the universe?

What about the observation that:
“A natural hierarchy is simply an order of increasing wholeness, such as: particles to atoms to cells to organisms, or letters to words to sentences to paragraphs. The whole of one level becomes a part of the whole of the next. ... Virtually all growth processes, from matter to life to mind occur via natural holarchies, or [nested] orders of increasing holism or wholeness—wholes that become parts of new wholes—and that’s natural hierarchy or holarchy.”6-NB
In other words, nature is constantly processing hierarchy—either downward, disintegrating into constituent elements or upward, aggregating toward complexity and higher states of being? And, upon reflection, is this not as observable in the spiritual realm as the physical?—growth, development, progress, increasing consciousness, all being manifestations of hierarchy as souls move up the great “ladder of enlightenment?”7 (Or otherwise, as the case may be.)

BUT—and this is a BIG but that the d-lluminati miss (as well as many muckrakers). They all get the part about hierarchical power, but they seem blind to its purpose. Increasing consciousness brings increasing awareness of purpose—of levels lower and higher—and comes to value the process of lifting upward as much as moving upward. That is the saving grace of true hierarchy. Instead of hording power and position, like the d-lluminati, every mover on God’s “ladder” has one hand gripping the hand of God while the other is extended to those ascending below (metaphorically speaking). Everyone is ONE in purpose8 and heir to all, if they ascend.9 That is the great difference between true and false hierarchy.10

In addition, the muckrakers seem to miss that the ladder is also a duality. It is individual, but it also has universal structure. There are rungs of justice, equity, truth, etc.—universal laws and attributes required for ascension—without exception.

But I suspect I am NOT preaching to the choir as many of these muckrakers have rejected God, scripture, and organized religion. In many ways, one can hardly fault them—on at least two levels. First, there are corruptions and misinterpretations within both scripture and religion; and secondly, it is impossible, without humility and revelation, for we mortals, with our limitations, to discover or comprehend the eternal principles, purposes, and imperatives of the universe and its transrational God,11 or Source, as some prefer.

One further observation: It is interesting to note that those who denounce hierarchy consistently use the language of hierarchy without a shred of cognitive dissonance when speaking about:
▪ frequencies
▪ vibrational levels
▪ growth / progression / advancement / learning / experience
▪ brain function (brain stem to cerebral cortex)
▪ levels of awareness / consciousness
▪ truth, accuracy, trustworthiness
▪ evolution
▪ moral development
▪ ethical practice
▪ the periodic table
▪ chakras
▪ next step
▪ Etc., etc.
One final observation (that will be taken up in more detail in a future post) is that hierarchy may feel irredeemably offensive because we have been misled by a corrupted imitation, which has been a brilliant strategy—used déjà vu upon déjà vu—to obscure the truth of ten-thousand things.

1. “The term muckraker refers to reform-minded journalists who wrote largely for all popular magazines and continued a tradition of investigative journalism reporting; muckrakers often worked to expose social ills and corporate and political corruption. Muckraking magazines–notably McClure's of publisher S. S. McClure–took on corporate monopolies and crooked political machines while raising public awareness of chronic urban poverty, unsafe working conditions, and social issues like child labor.”
2. For example: Cameron Day, George Kavassilas, Peter Joseph, David Icke, etc, etc. They each have their own take on a variety of issues, so this list is not intended to suggest a symmetry of ideas or a “guilt by association.” They may  have some important things to say (or unwittingly reveal about dark matters)—things to consider with skepticism and GREAT discernment. However, in some respects, they manifest a courage and boldness that more of us would do well to emulate in pursuit of Truth revealed in Scripture (which many of them reject).
3. As above, so below: “These words circulate throughout occult and magical circles. / The actual text of that maxim, as translated by Dennis W. Hauck from The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, is: "That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracle of the One Thing." Thus, whatever happens on any level of reality (physical, emotional, or mental) also happens on every other level. This principle, however, is more often used in the sense of the microcosm and the macrocosm. The microcosm is oneself, and the macrocosm is the universe. The macrocosm is as the microcosm and vice versa; within each lies the other, and through understanding one (usually the microcosm) a man may understand the other.
4. But see “Things God Cannot (Will Not) Do?” at
6. From A Brief History of Everything by Ken Wilber, © 1996, Shambhala, p. 28. See also: “Reality is composed of holons”—a holon being “an entity that is itself a whole and simultaneously a part of some other whole” (p. 20). “In other words, normal hierarchies are composed of holons” .... “When a holon in a natural hierarchy usurps its position and attempts to dominate the whole then you get a pathological or dominator hierarchy—a cancerous cell dominates the body, or a fascist dictator dominates the social system or a repressive ego dominates the organism, and so on,  / But the cure for these pathological holarchies is not getting rid of holarchy, per se—which isn’t possible anyway—but rather in arresting the arrogant holon and integrating it back into the natural holarchy, or putting it in its rightful place, so to speak” (p. 28, bold emphasis added). [But] people confuse dominator hierarchies with natural hierarchies” (p. 28). “[T]he point is not to get rid of hierarchies or holarchies altogether—that’s impossible. Trying to get rid of ranking is itself a ranking. Denying hierarchy is itself a hierarchy. ... you can’t escape nested orders” (p. 29).
7. Book of Mormon | 2 Nephi 28:30 ~ For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have.
Book of Mormon | 3 Nephi 26:9-10 - Jesus: ~ … if it shall so be that they shall believe these things then shall the greater things be made manifest unto them. And if it so be that they will not believe these things, then shall the greater things be withheld from them, unto their condemnation.
8. —enlightenment, growth, filling the measure of one’s unique creation, achieving greater wholeness / knowledge—
Pearl of Great Price | Moses 1:39 ~ For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 29:7 ~ And ye are called to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect; for mine elect hear my voice and harden not their hearts;
9. Heir: New Testament | Galatians 4:4-7 ~ But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
New Testament | Revelation 21:6-7 ~ And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 78:22 ~ And he that is a faithful and wise steward shall inherit all things. Amen.
Doctrine and Covenants | Section 84:36-40 ~ For he that receiveth my servants receiveth me; And he that receiveth me receiveth my Father; And he that receiveth my Father receiveth my Father's kingdom; therefore all that my Father hath shall be given unto him. And this is according to the oath and covenant which belongeth to the priesthood. Therefore, all those who receive the priesthood, receive this oath and covenant of my Father, which he cannot break, neither can it be moved.
New Testament | Ephesians 5:5 ~ For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Ascend: Old Testament | Psalms 24:3-4 ~ Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
New Testament | John 6:61-62 ~ When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?
New Testament | John 20:17 ~ Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
Joseph Smith ~ When you climb up a ladder, you must begin at the bottom, and ascend step by step, until you arrive at the top; and so it is with the principles of the Gospel—you must begin with the first, and go on until you learn all the principles of exaltation. But it will be a great while after you have passed through the veil before you will have learned them. It is not all to be comprehended in this world; it will be a great work to learn our salvation and exaltation even beyond the grave. (Joseph Smith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, selected and arranged by Joseph Fielding Smith [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1976], 348.)
10. Perhaps false hierarchy is more like a steep pyramid with polished sides. The pinnacle is accessed only via the gold(-colored) key purchased with the sale of one’s soul. The key opens an insider, secret door to a shaft. A second secret might be that the elevator that takes you up will, in time, take you down—into a bottomless pit(?); and the third secret? Perhaps after your brief sojourn at the top, the controls are preset to autopilot—both as to the down function and the eject one!!