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61. Discussion [Aeon Journal $]
... not a transmigration of the soul; it is, however, an inherited unconscious memory. And through a racial memory we can consider ourselves as having been present at some horrible cataclysmic scenes amid unchained elements, devastation by which no creature in the world, on land or in the sea, could conceivably have been unaffected. Thus the accumulation of the genetic mnemes comes down to every representative of the species in our days through every one of the genealogical lines: all ascendancy reaches back to the same generation that was exposed to the trauma. (p 30) In the frame of collective amnesia, which is the syndrome I first discussed in Worlds in Collision, the amnesia that occurs in a single victim closely following the trauma is not an exact parallel: the collective mind does not immediately forget what it went through. What occupies us are the two processes in which the heritage was transmitted: the conscious oral and later written relay, and the unconscious, racial mneme, inherited and occasionally activated after some related experiences. (p. 33) What Velikovsky ...
62. A Catastrophist Reading of Religious Systems [SIS C&C Review $]
... by enormous upheavals of a global magnitude initiated by extra-terrestrial bodies such as comets, meteors, sun rings or even proto-planets. Velikovsky was the first major proponent of this idea in this century, and he has therefore been the inspiration for all of us, no matter how much we may diverge among ourselves from the specifics of his description. Velikovsky, however, did more than simply try to reconstruct the events of the past, he also tried to anticipate their effects in the present, and his model for the consequences of collective trauma will form the foundation of my search. Velikovsky described two related effects, the first of which he called 'collective amnesia'. This is an unconscious collective tactic whereby we avoid facing the catastrophic past by not recognising its existence in ancient narrative. He believed that the first generations after the catastrophes did record those events, not literally but figuratively and imaginatively in religion, myth and folklore, but that later generations, having repressed any direct memories of the catastrophes, would be prevented by collective amnesia from perceiving the symbolic memories hidden ...
63. The Great Comet Venus [Aeon Journal $]
... in the sky, forms that are no longer present. In all mythical systems the gods rule for a time, then depart amid celestial upheaval. Mythically, there was once a founding king, a celestial model of the good king. But neither this charismatic figure, nor his celestial progeny will answer to familiar references in a now-settled sky. Nor will the mythical powers of darkness, in their monstrous dress, find any explanation in our experienced world. Inherent in the myths of the gods is the collective human experience of extraordinary trauma. An idyllic world, a paradisal condition, a Golden Age ruled by the former great king (mythically, the creator-king), came crashing down in a world-ending disaster: wars of the gods, earthquake, famine, wind and flood, the arrival of universal night. Of this universal catastrophe the Great Comet Venus, the departing heart-soul of the creator-king-- was remembered as both symbol and agent. QUETZALCOATL AND THE FEARS OF KINGS The apprehension of Moctezuma cannot be separated from a sweeping mythical tradition, personified in Mexico ...
64. Letters [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... not fear the sun or worship it, the same was not true for the Aztecs and Toltecs. The traumatic fear of losing their god and facing eternal night seems to have frozen their whole civilisation in a time warp. The Mexicans built a whole gory culture around the neurotic need to feed their god with human blood, and they remained fixed in Bronze Age barbarism. 29 centuries later, when Cortes arrived to make the last and bloodiest oblation, they were still sacrificing and still afraid, eloquent witness to Velikovsky's theory of cosmic trauma. Keith A. LeFlem, Norwich. Rees' Mesopotamian chronologies In Workshop 1992:2 (pp. 10-15), Tony Rees amassed evidence that he says 'appears to strongly deny' my conclusions and also those of Heinsohn and others. Rees predicates his analysis on (i) the conventional Assyrian chronology, which he says cannot be amended and (ii) a variant of the standard Egyptian chronology. Hence the validity of Rees' various studies depends on the validity of the two chronologies that he postulated but did not defend ...
65. Velikovsky and Racial Memory [Aeon Journal $]
... . Rejecting the model of a person being confronted with evidence of something which "he ought to recognize as true, but which contradicts some of his wishes and shocks a few convictions that are precious to him," Freud assayed a second analogy: the case of a man who has suffered some traumatic accident but is apparently unharmed by it physically; over the next few weeks, however, the man develops shock-related psychical and motor symptoms. Out of this comparison, Freud developed a mechanism of latency as the determining characteristic: Early trauma-- defense-- latency-- outbreak of neurotic illness-- partial return of the repressed...The reader is now invited to take the step of supposing that something occurred in the life of the human species similar to what occurs in the life of individuals: of supposing, that is, that here too events occurred...which left behind them permanent consequences but were for the most part fended off and forgotten, and which after a long latency came into effect and created phenomena similar to symptoms in their structure and ...
66. Book Shelf [Aeon Journal $]
... in passing, she mentions her older sister Shulamit: "For a long time she put her effort into parent education, having suffered from my parents' handling of her when I was born. She is devoted to my father's work. Shulamit went back to Israel after World War II" (p. 65). The non sequiturs are especially baffling to any non-analaytic reader. One other example may suffice: "My husband and three young children were effected [sic by neglect caused by my contraction and total absorption by the trauma of the incredible household at Hartley [the Velikovsky home in Princeton. When my father was not depressed things were exciting and positive and much activity rushed around him and his work. The rest of the time, it was chaos" (p. 167). The subject of Velikovsky's bouts with depression is perhaps the most revealing part of the book. The earliest recounted episode occurred during the family's return to Israel shortly before Worlds in Collision was released. My own research indicated that every visit back to the "Home Ancestral ...
67. The Rise of Blood Sacrifice [Aeon Journal $]
... breakdown of social laws. Even after the cataclysm has abated, communities cannot recover unless they find freedom from fear, an end to mass frenzy and release from traumatic and persistent tension. No way can be found, by negotiation or direct action, to compensate for the destruction or to ward off its feared recurrence. Obviously some remedy is desperately needed to soothe the soul-destroying panic, one which will bring calm to the strife-ridden-- i.e. clarity to the "beclouded people." Like children who try to master an overwhelming trauma by re-enacting it in their play, the terror-stricken communities of the Bronze Age-- this author claims-- produced heroes who introduced sacrificial dramas to their "beclouded" kinsmen in a very similar manner. In 1920, Sigmund Freud described a young boy's activity and, thereby, the first convincing theory of child's play as follows: "[ The child was greatly attached to his mother, who had not only fed him herself but had also looked after him without any outside help. This good little boy, however, ...
68. Cosmology And PsychologyY [Kronos $]
... that the major myths of mankind tell of the supersession of father by son on a cosmic level where one planetary god supplanted another, often through violent means. In purely physical terms, the divine succession most likely reflected a catastrophically changing cosmos. Is it not logical, therefore, to assume that Early man's psychological attitude and his physical behavior also reflected, in a mimicking way, the actions of an awe-inspiring cosmos? Boulanger has also "argued that these catastrophes shaped the human mind, causing among other things a deep seated psychological trauma: 'We still tremble today as a consequence of the deluge and our institutions ,till pass on to us the fears and the apocalyptic ideas of our first fathers. Terror survives from race to race The child will dread in perpetuity what frightens his ancestors'." (42) How, then, is man to break his patterns of guilt, aggression, and fear? "Liberation is to come when the purely mechanistic nature of the catastrophic agents is recognized. Man will then see that there was no question of punishment ...
69. Schizophrenia and the Fear of World Destruction [Kronos $]
... . Although the pattern of motor activity has some similarity to that observed in manic-depression, the specific motor symptoms of the catatonic have some unique features... The pupils of the eyes may show irregular contraction and dilation, or the eyelids may be tightly closed [emphasis added... In the excited state, he becomes extremely agitated and destructive. He is likely to destroy furniture, tear his clothes, assault others, or injure and mutilate himself.(3) It appears, then, that the shattering and prolonged trauma of cosmic catastrophe could produce psychological states which were strikingly similar to those which we classify today as catatonic schizophrenia. But the Aztecs were not the only people to remember what had happened to their ancestors during periods of cataclysm: Isaiah 9. 19 (RSV): Through the wrath of the Lord of hosts the land is burned, and the people are like fuel for the fire; no man spares his brother. Isaiah 13. 13-15: Therefore I will make the heavens tremble, and the earth will be shaken out ...
70. Thoth Vol. III, No. 2 Jan 31, 1999 [Thoth Website]
... fashion than the pioneer himself ever realized. Thus, eye- witness reports of Martian meteorites falling to Earth-far from being confined to the last 150 years-actually go back several thousand years.---- SACRIFICE AND AMNESIA By Dave Talbott A couple of comments recently concerning sacrifice and the phenomenon of amnesia have, I think, inverted the truth of the matter. Velikovsky spoke of amnesia in the wake of cosmic catastrophe. The memory of terrifying events, he suggested, was repressed because humankind could not deal with the depth of the trauma. Therefore, we could not recognize the true source of our own urge to act out cosmic violence. Here is an alternative way of viewing cosmic catastrophe and the role of amnesia. We did not forget the world falling out of control, but remembered these events to the point of obsession. The entire sweep of ritual activity at the dawn of civilization shows a preoccupation with the dramas of creation, destruction and renewal. Ritual practices were, in fact, a deliberate exercise in remembering. But this preoccupation, expressing a ...
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