The Egyptian Sun God Ra, who Now Weaves New Age Cliches on Facebook

My Fight with an Egyptian Sun God


copyright Jonathan Zap, 2012

I just had a fight (which I think I won) with an Egyptian Sun God. It was probably a total waste of time, but the opportunity to fight Ra http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ra , a god that someone impersonates in my fantasy work, Parallel Journeys, is not an opportunity that comes by every day. It does come by every month or so, because there is a New Age tendency that has been irking me recently for people to name themselves, and believe themselves to be, gods. On a forum where people were having a very necessary conflict about a festival that turned into a fiasco, people airing real greviances and working toward resolutions, Ra butted in with some paternalistic New Age bullshit. I have a confrontational personality, and this may reveal something bullying about my personality, perhaps an artifact of growing up in the Bronx, but I figure an Egyptian Sun God aught to able to take it. Here’s how the fight unfolded on facebook (which of course is where gods tend to deliver their messages these days).

Thoth Ra Beloved Ones!! These things should be discussed between yourselves and not in public. Blame, judgment, and anger. Until you put yourself in another persons shoes, and perceive that your brother/sister is YOU in another pair of shoes – you simply are approaching the whole matter while asleep in the dream of forgetfulness. FIRST LOVE IN ALL THINGS – ONENESS!!!! Then everyone will see clearly how to bring about a resolve for all involved. Was not the whole event about HEALING HEARTS!! Shame and Blame just sends ripples of illusion into Collective Human Consciousness. Embrace and Forgive each other, then work out your issues in private, rather than displaying your ego minds for all the world to see. IS THERE NO ONE AMONG YOU WHO WISHES TO DWELL IN THE NEW CREATION WITH YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS?
14 hours ago · Like · 1Thoth Ra Look into the Mirror of your own consciousness!!! How does this situation reflect back to you YOUR OWN illusions about reality. If each one of you were doing this, the whole thing would be resolved with Divine Intelligence!!! In whatever way each of you perceives this situation, know that you are looking at your own SELF in the mirror of consciousness. DO YOUR WORK THERE AND ALL WILL BE RESOLVED. You treat each other like enemies – who needs reptilian oppressors, when your have one another tearing each other to pieces!! Five more month left in this epoch of our evolution, BE MINDFUL what you are about!!
14 hours ago · Like · 1Jonathan Zap “Thoth” I have to say that is one of the more hilarious pastiches of New Age cliches and stereotypes I’ve read in a while. You need to read up a little bit about the green meme level of consciousness.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiral_Dynamics5 hours ago · Like ·Jonathan Zap Some people in the New Age, particularly those who have dabbled in Eastern practice, have swung with the pendulum of enatiadromia to a new extreme or one-sideness. They will monotonously insist on the oneness of everything no matter what is being discussed, and use this obvious reality as a way of leveling all difference, distinction and discernment. This point of view can be even more limiting than the tunnel vision of the reductive thinker, since at least the reductive thinker is still thinking about and investigating something, no matter how much they miss the infinite, interelated context of the something. This type of New Ager, however, takes oneness as a truism that relieves them of the need for thinking, discrimination and discernment and pulls oneness out of a hat, like the most tired of magician’s rabbits, whenever any issue requiring discernment appears. Recognizing that individuals or groups that are in conflict are part of the same oneness is crucial, but it is also crucial to recognize their individual differences and what sets them apart. The great American pioneer psychologist William James wrote more than a century ago that besides the oneness of things, anyone who glances at the phenomenal world should also be struck by the eachness of things. We see a world of unique individual trees and people, for example, and not an homogenous mass of treeness or undifferentiated pool of humanity. The androgynous mind recognizes that there is both oneness and eachness, these are the two poles of the paradox that must be held in mind to understand both interrelation and individuality. (See Dynamic Pardoxicalism and Lessons for an Entity Incarnating as a Mammal for more on the dynamic paradox of eachness and oneness)

Quite often the same person who is a proponent of the oneness of things will unconsciously switch to reductive dualism and the next minute be preaching to the choir of like minded friends about the badness (and implied otherness) of corporations, environmental destruction, etc What is really maddening is talking to the New Age person who, if they are not preaching about the oneness of things, are telling you about the badness and wrongness of everything they don’t like (That was from Casting Precious Into the Cracks of Doom-Androgyny, Alchemy, Evolution and the One Ring)

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Jonathan Zap Besides oneness abuse, another annoying cliche of expression and typography that irritates me as an English teacher is the abuse of all capitals as in: “FIRST LOVE IN ALL THINGS – ONENESS!!!!” . You can always tell when someone is getting absolutist on you when they start TO USE ALL CAPS TO SHOW THAT THEY HAVE THE ULTIMATE TRUTH!!!!!.
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Thoth Ra bla bla bla bla.
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Jonathan Zap Ah, you’ve characterized your way of thinking and speaking very well as well as the hypocrisy and shallowness of your original stance. Aren’t you the unity guy? Shouldn’t you be standing in my shoes and seeing me as you in disguise? Hilarious.
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Thoth Ra LOL – Love and Light to you dear Brother!!! May you find Happiness, Peace, Joy, Bliss, and Extreme Abundance on your Path. Brightest Blessing to you! from the Shallow Hypocrite Thoth RA LOL
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Jonathan Zap What is also hilarious is how, when challenged, and unable to thoughtfully respond to the challenge, the whole Egyptian Sun God who loves every one from Mount Olympus stance gets dropped for an inarticulate adolescent response. This is the grounding I’m talking about. New Agers usually need to integrate who they actually are—typically neurotics with a lot of immature aspects that need work—and an inflated idea of themselves as demigods or whatever
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Thoth Ra LOL – Love and Light to you dear Brother!!! May you find Happiness, Peace, Joy, Bliss, and Extreme Abundance on your Path. Brightest Blessing to you! from the Shallow Hypocrite Thoth RA LOL
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Jonathan Zap Right, so now, you try to put your Ra guise back on to hide from yourself. Your first comment was far more authentic. You were pissed, and you gave a bitchy response, and that came much more from you, now you go back to the persona.
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Alexis From my perspective (which is all any of our sharings are) The beauty of the oneness and the eachness is that neither of you is wrong in your stance. Just speaking the truth of your experience. If Thoth preached oneness and then couldn’t hold that vibration in his persepctive he would truly be hypocrite (and we all are at times anyway). What he shared is in line with his practice. And why not name ourselves in the vibrations of what we want to resonate with? We need not kill our ego, just keep learning to make choices to bring in line with the highest good for all. Holding any name is a sign of ego…. if Thoth Ra wants to put his vibration out in that particular wave~ripple than I, personally, appreciate that every time I hear it.
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Thoth Ra NO GUISE, NO ANGER, NOR “BITCHY REPSONSE”! NO HIDING BEHIND NEW AGE PLATITUDES. I KNOW WHO I AM, FROM WHENCE I COME, AND THE TRUTH OF MY BEING. I AM ARYRA/AMUN RA, THE CONTINUUM OF LIGHT AND TRUTH IN COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS AND ALL CREATION, FULLY INTEGRATED INTO HUMAN NATURE. HOWEVER YOU CHOOSE TO PERCEIVE IS YOUR FREEDOM, BUT IN NO WAY ALTERS OR THREATENS THE TRUTH OF MY BEING! JUST AS FEAR, MANIFESTING AS ANGER, JUDGEMENT, AND PROJECTION, IN NO WAY THREATENS OR ALTERS THE TRUTH OF YOUR BEING. YOU REMAIN AS YOU WERE CREATED TO BE – MORE ANCIENT THAN THE COSMOS, A BEING OF MAGNIFICENT LIGHT AND GREATNESS! I ONLY WISH FOR YOU REMEMBRANCE! AND SO, I AM EITHER COMPLETELY DELUDED, ADOLESCENT AND IMMATURE, AND HIDING BEHIND A PERSONA – OR I AM WHAT I SAY THAT I AM! WHICHEVER YOU CHOOSE TO BELIEVE IS YOUR FREEDOM, AND HAS ITS CORRESPONDING EFFECT IN YOUR LIVED EXPERIENCE!!! BRIGHTEST AND ETERNAL BLESSINGS TO YOU DEAREST FRIEND! I WISH FOR YOU ONLY YOUR HIGHEST, BEST, MOST, AND GREATEST GOOD!!! ARYRA (AKA THOTH RA)
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Jonathan Zap I have to say as distracting as this forum or whatever is has been I’m grateful for such classic specimens of what’s gone off the rails with New Age thought. One part of the green meme is that not everything is relative, and not everyone’s opinion is a valid as another’s. A neurologist’s opinion about a brain tumor is likely to better informed than that of a hockey player, for example. Also “Ra” is a classic poster child for inflation and deranged absolutism. Notice he gives an absolute choice—either he’s a petulant adolescent or he’s an Egyptian Sun God or something. No, we are all both, we all have a small side and a cosmic side. The inflated person is one who has been exposed to some archetypal contents from the collective unconscious, naively identifies with them, takes ownership of them, and becomes hugely inflated until, in an extreme case like this, they come to think they are a God. Jung called them “those terrifying invalids who think they have a mission to save the world.” They have underestimated the trickster side of the unconscious and become possessed and “permafried” by the collective unconscious making themselves into annoying wing nuts who have to constantly proselytize in a vain effort to show the world that they are who they fantasize themselves to be. Between the two choices given, clearly the petulant adolescent wins and this is shown in the classic teenage rebellious act of writing in all CAPS because I said not to!

Thoth Ra I choose the so called “deranged and inflated”! There is only GOD, manifest in a myriad of forms! And WE are THAT! A Microcosm of the Macrocosm. You are a Master at dishing out vileness and judgment. Try Mastering the art of Blessing and Allowing each in their path. You will be much happier! And with that, I choose silence on this matter!
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Jonathan Zap Given what you’ve already revealed about yourself, I think silence is a good choice.
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My advice to all Egyptian Sun Gods who want to fight me: If you can’t take the heat, get back in your pyramidal tomb.

About Jonathan Zap

Jonathan Zap is a contributing editor for Reality Sandwich, and writer/explorer of themes emerging from the collective unconscious as we hurtle toward an evolutionary event horizon. He's an author, philosopher, journalist, and teacher who has written extensively on psychology and contemporary mythology. He graduated from Ursinus College with honors in Philosophy and English and received his Masters degree in English from NYU. Jonathan has worked as a staff gemologist and instructor for the Gemological Institute of America. He has taught English in high school and college and worked with troubled youth as the dean of a South Bronx High School. As a wilderness guide, Jonathan has led inner city kids and other young people on expeditions to remote desert canyons and to the summit of Mount Rainer.