The Sovereign Self

Mental health in our modern societies has been declining for decades. This is indicated by a steady increase in the number of depression and anxiety issues and the number of suicides.

When a situation is turned into a crisis, it is then only a small further step to turn a crisis into a trauma. When the trauma is related to an expanded event – such as on a global level – then the very nature of that trauma is no longer an isolated experience but a continual process.

Furthermore, a continual traumatic process only needs nudges placed at varying intervals to maintain, and sustain, the traumatic experience. The danger in this is that such an experience can be prolonged almost indefinitely if the nudges continue to be applied. In such psychological states, it becomes very hard for a person to maintain, and act from, their sovereign self for they have become increasingly externalized and pulled into (or entangled in) a shared traumatic experience.

Another issue to consider is that of transference of suffering and blame. There is a great deal of ‘deliberate fracturing’ going on in our societies. Part of this is due to a narrowing of peoples’ focus onto a small fragment of the situation at the expense of perceiving the bigger picture.

People are turned against one another, and social alliances break down. Our awareness is being taken away from those things that bring us together and onto those elements that splinter us apart. And this is an affront upon the human sovereign self.

What we need, as individuals as well as collectively, is a degree of perception and awareness to see and understand that relations between things on the surface are not the same as the realities that lie underneath.