Remo F. Roth
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Eros consciousness gut
brain body soul
and Body Centered Imagination
of the Eastern
Creative New Beginning on the Western Way?
speaks again and again of the so-called "third eye",
which is allegedly opened during the process of "enlightenment."
In the Buddhist and Hindu Tantrism the third eye corresponds
to the ajna chakra,
which is located above the nose on the forehead. The
essential goal of today's imitations of the Tantric initiation
processes in the Western world – the so-called Neotantrism -
consists of opening this "third eye" by a concentration
on the front forehead region concerned.
I showed in my article Bilder
aus dem Bauch (in German), this is a procedure
that is not compatible with our cultural background, which is
the several thousand years old Judeo-Christian tradition. During
this Western religious development we began to follow some sort
of Tantric process, however we have gone through it in a fragmentary
way: Out of the aggression and the exploration drive we have
developed extraverted sensation (the observation principle of
natural science) and thinking, the Logos consciousness. Therefore,
a new concentration on the ajna in pseudo-Tantric meditation
causes an over identification with Logos consciousness. It leads
to the rampant esoteric thinking of today, which tries to connect
the spiritual insights of the East with the Western way of thinking
and leads like this into an abstruse logic comparable with the
medieval Scholastics. Using this strange logic it was, for example,
seriously discussed whether an angel can pass through the eye
of a needle or not. One finds similar arguments in esoteric
suggest therefore in
to the Neotantrism that
the Western ego has first to separate from its identification
with the Logos consciousness by finding a way to encounter a
consciousness, which is an introverted perception
organ that is situated in the belly of every human individual.
consciousness is situated in the gut
brain, which in a modern language is the vegetative
nervous system on the one hand, while on the
other hand is known medically as the enteric nervous system
around the guts – discovered approximately 20 years ago by Michael
Gershom. The energetic principle of the gut brain I call the
soul. It is the
complement to the “spirit-soul” - the mind and the spirit -,
as the gut brain is to the brain and Eros consciousness is to
from the standpoint of the Logos consciousness, the gut brain
(the vegetative nervous system) directs the processes of our
inner organs. With the help of the Eros consciousness it is
however also possible, to use the gut brain for the perception
of the body soul.
deeply introverted meditative activity I call the observation
of the interior aspect of the body. Instead of looking into
the body in an extraverted way, with the help of the Logos,
i.e. with the help of our eyes and adequate tools, or by opening
it with the scalpel, we perceive the body soul with the help
of our "inner eyes" in the state of the Eros consciousness.
Like this we can free images or even an "inner movie"
(sometimes also clairaudience), corresponding in a acausal way
to our body and its diseases. This concept is the theoretical
background of my Body Centered Imagination or Symptom Symbol
being conscious about the structure of this inner organ and
its specific energetic principle, Paracelsus yet knew of the
gut brain and the body soul. Without differentiating them into
a "hardware" (the gut brain) and a "software"
(the body soul), he called this principle the Archaeus or the alchemist of the
stomach. This localization shows that he talks only of the third
chakra, of the Solar Plexus’ soul (description see below). When
we analyze his scripts, we can see that he did in fact have
a relationship to the stomach chakra, however did not succeed
in finding the svadhisthana
chakra (see below). This is the reason why he was not able
to describe the Melusine-Aphrodite of his symbolical world more
Paracelsus and the Renewed Image of God).
without knowing of the vegetative nervous system, the gut brain
or the belly brain with its three plexes (nodes), the Buddhist
and Hindu Tantrists felt this organ in our belly, too. They
even differentiated it into a "trinity": the three
lower chakras. The "hardware"
aspect of these chakras they called sthula,
the "software" suksma,
the latter corresponding to what I call the body soul or the
matter-psyche (see Vegetative
Nervous System and Chakras).
Westerns are mostly only able to observe the third chakra from
below, the manipura, the Solar Plexus within the stomach
Nervous System and Chakras).
But already making contact with the "water chakra",
the svadhisthana, causes for us the greatest trouble
because for contacting it we must be located very deeply in
the Eros consciousness. However, the identification with the
latter we have lost during the Western development.
freed images or "inner movies", the body soul of the
gut brain (vegetative nervous system), contain knowledge of
the human body and its diseases independent of the head brain.
The perception of these pictures can be compared with Karl von
Frisch's dicovery in the 1950s of information transfer in brainless
bees through the help of their waggle dance. In the terminology
of Tantrism, the release of this knowledge corresponds to the
transformation of the gross body into the subtle body, of the
sthula in the suksma
aspect of it.
in Tantrism, the subtle body plays a central role in the Muslim
Mysticism, in Sufism. Our western Logos consciousness, however,
since René Descartes perceives only with the help of the thinking
and the extraverted sensation (res
cogitans) and by this observing only the concrete, measurable
aspect of the body (res
extensa), represses the possible experience of the inner
aspect of it. As a result of this one-sided view, such a consciousness
also concretizes the subtle body and believes that it must somehow
be describable with the help of the physical body’s categories
this wrong attitude the strangest speculations and theories
about this body are then created. Thus for example the Australian
"light master" Jasmuheen believes that the body’s
hereditary substance (DNA) consists of 12 instead of the two
strands found by Watson and Cricks. However, she refuses to
confirm this strange idea by a scientific analysis of her DNA.
contrast to this each Mystic knows that the terms of natural
science are not applicable on the subtle
body. It represents the so-called excluded third of Western
logics, which cannot be described in the categories of our western
scientific conception of the world. In order to experience this
internal aspect of the body, we must – as mentioned above –
first quit the identification with the Logos and try to enter
what I call the Eros consciousness. Only the latter is able
to have a relationship with the soul body, the body soul or
the subtle body. In the case of an illness the body soul is
expressed through the above mentioned pictures from the belly,
images that correspond to the symptom of the disease. Experience
shows that like this a cure is possible. This technique is the
main content of the Symptom
Symbol Transformation or Body-Centered
Imagination that I developed during
the last 20 years.
derived this method as well as further insights from my own
dreams and from the dreams of my patients. Further, such archetypal
dreams serve as a source of feedback on my new hypotheses. Therefore
I will describe to the reader a dream of a patient that confirms
my above approach.
patient is a scientist, who was identified with the Logos due
to influences from his family and his scientific education.
He also suffered from psychosomatic heart problems (arrhythmias)
(see also A Body
Centered Visualization for Arrhythmias of the Heart) which, of course, caused very deep
fears of death. These
fears also robbed him of sleep, so that he made a rather exhausted
impression at the beginning of the treatment. As a consequence
of his lack of sleep he suffered naturally from chronic tiredness.
He could therefore hardly concentrate anymore and so his scientific
work also suffered.
scientifically oriented physician would regard such symptoms
as the enemy who can be exterminated and proceeded to prescribe
medicines for the suppression of the arrhythmias (using beta
blockers) and sleeping pills to help him sleep. But I believe
such symptoms always possess a "secret knowledge."
In this case it was obviously for the higher purpose of wanting
my patient’s head "to turn off" so that he could turn
away from his over-identification with the Logos.
supported this effort, by recommending to him to contact the
body soul in his belly with the help of meditative exercises.
Initially my patient had the greatest trouble with this new
attitude, as would most of us 21st Century humans that are fixed
on ajna, the front chakra, and first succeeded only under
my guidance. But repeated experience teaches, and so by and
by he could enter a meditative state of Eros consciousness also
at home or in his office. In this way he learned to let ascend
the pictures from the belly. These daily exercises also led
to the disappearing of the arrhythmias and a return to a normal
sleep pattern. During this time, in which he had learned to
become independent of his identification with the Logos and
to approach the Eros consciousness which was able to have a
relationship with the gut brain, my patient dreamed the following
of the examination with the master with the third eye:
I see a group of pupils with their master before me (I just
know in the dream that this is the master). They are examined
by him. It is a final examination for "inauguration."
All sit in the lotus position (cross-legged), and the hands
lie in the lap. In their hands positioned in front of its
belly, each person holds a yellow booklet. In it the "knowledge"
is noted. In order to answer the questions of the master,
they must consult this yellow booklet occasionally. This does
not happen however, by reading it with the help of their eyes,
but they experience this knowledge indirectly, i.e. through
a concentration on the belly.
am not examined but have the task to observe the whole scene
I notice that the (masculine) master carries strange eyeglasses.
The amazing fact is that they possess three black bordered
lenses. Two of these lenses cover as usual the two eyes; the
third lens sits however at their center, and above the nose.
Naturally the third eye of Tantrism immediately occurs to
me. I feel strongly that this has something to do with "enlightenment."
the preceding explanations it might not be too difficult to
understand the dream directly. The book naturally means knowledge;
yellow described symbolically the center in the Taoism of ancient
China. Transferred to a human being this center is of course
the belly. This concentration on the belly is stressed in the
dream by the fact that all the individuals hold their yellow
booklet in front of the belly.
the knowledge necessary for "enlightenment" sits in
the belly and can be released only by some sort of meditation
(the meaning of the taylor's
seat or lotus position). However, the really wise one is actually
the master. It is obviously he that rules over the third eye
located on the forehead.
can draw the following conclusion: There exists an old wise
man in us, i.e., an internal aspect, which has a third eye that
is illuminating or revealing. This knowledge, however, becomes
accessible to our consciousness only if we concentrate on our
belly. The dream therefore shows very beautifully that we in
Western culture must select the indirect way, in order to pass
the examination associated with "enlightenment." The
wisdom of the “master” is in fact in his third eye, but our
consciousness receives it not through a concentration on the
ajna on the forehead, but by a concentration on the belly,
from which the image, the symbol is then released.
is obvious that this dream confirms
the visualization method stated above, which tries – in contrast
to Neotantrism – bearing in mind our different cultural background.
This means that the first task is to shift the consciousness
from the extraverted Logos to the introverted Eros. Only the
latter is able to perceive the images from the belly, the body
soul (subtle body) of the gut brain.
example shows that modern Western mysticism and its spiritual
calling begins in our guts! This is not so amazing if one considers
that our two thousand-year old Christian development has led
into an almost grotesque overemphasis on the Logos. An important
aspect of this development is that more and more of the important
events of our daily life happen in the virtual world of the
computer. The crash of this artificial world can be expected
in the near future. This development will of course lead into
a collective panic, which, in my opinion, only those people
who have learned to concentrate on their belly with the help
of some sort of a meditative and imaginative technique will
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