The following article is elaborating on The Prophet by Gabriel Raam. If you haven’t read that, please read that one first.
Although humanity may seem stuck, resistant to change and truth, there is a great hunger for fresh, new views of looking at things and going about one‘s life: just as people love surprises while being afraid of change, people love their lives to be refreshed while totally afraid to leave the shore.
The most in-demand person to flip them in this world is the priest – not in the religious sense, but as a symbolic figure. Famous priests are extremely popular and successful. Examples are Tony Robbins, Eckhart Tolle, Sadhguru, Osho.
The priest has the difficult task of providing the sense and feeling of a real reversal, that means of change and discovery, from a pole of identification to another (associated with a sense of freedom), all the while making sure that the established social conditioning that is providing a very narrow frame, is never threatened.
This is why they are so successful: never does the priest go against a holy cow, a deep social pattern. As a result, they have no place in the mission to free humanity from its conditioning. This role is reserved only for the prophet: the prophet alone turns water into wine. The priest is flipping burgers.
The priest is highly successful and admired because he gives people the feeling of change and growth by moving them from one pole to the other, that is, where they are stuck personally, whereas the prophet changes people by allowing them to transcend polarity, that is, to overcome where they are stuck consciously (with their collective unconscious limited by social conditioning).
A good priest is confronting the fearful with courage, the courageous with fear; the aggressive with beauty, and the beautiful with power. He never touches the realms of transcendence, yet he moves the person from one pole to another – to great effects. How is that possible?
Well, people live in what could be seen as a 2-dimensional hologram of the real 3-dimensional world. The dimension of depth is completely taken out of their awareness, and their lives are flat: things are either good or bad, either beautiful or ugly. Problems are a burden or vanish.
As such, they have a very powerful desire to reach the other side, which for them is the other pole of their already known existence, within the cosy narrow frame that their social conditioning allows them.
The priest fulfils just that. Priests are masters of swapping polarities. A person identified with great ambition and success can become a monk in the hands of a priest. A person stuck in one way of thinking very open to another, and so on.
The priest is exactly what people want, as they bring the feeling of change that people desperately crave in their lives, which is why they are extremely commercially successful, revered, loved, and even worshipped.
So it seems like a perfect scenario: the priest is there to save the day, right?
Well, there is a great problem with the priest, which is also why priests can be called charlatans: they are not bringing freedom and real change, they are bringing the illusion of it. As such, they are not only not what humanity is in need of – they are a great obstacle. They are stealing the show from the prophets, who are the real guides to the promised lands.
The prophet is not interested in the individual sense of change of the person. Prophets are concerned with truth and truth alone. Truth is not subjective, it is objective. It is not a unipolar event, but requires two polarities to be held, as a continued struggle, within the person, which keeps the individual in great intellectual unknowing.
Our minds, our intellect, is a unipolar machine. Ouspensky called it a formatory apparatus. It works through very straightforward comparative calculations, just like a silicon-based computer works with 0s and 1s. So for each perception, each bit of reality, the mind can assign a 0 or a 1. This is an oversimplification, as a large combination of these digits can be assigned, but the very fabric of what is stored and processed in the intellect consists entirely of one-or-the-other type of calculations, pieces of information and so-called facts.
Truth, on the other hand, is never a one or a zero. Truth is the direct perception of reality, which is always in a superposition. Superposition is a term from quantum mechanics referring to a state in which particles are entangled in a way that their relationship causes them to exhibit features of 0 and 1 simultaneously.
The famous thought experiment demonstrating this is Schrödinger’s cat: a cat in a box with a poison that has a 50% chance of killing the cat. According to quantum mechanics, the cat is both dead and alive as long as no one’s opening the door to look at it.
Yet for the mind, this scenario is impossible: what the mind does is go over one possibility, that of opening the door and finding a dead cat, and then over the other (the opposite), and then adding those possibilities together, it thinks it has a grasp of reality. So it’s trying to understand both poles, each for itself, and thinks it has approximated – or even grasped – reality.
But dealing with the truth always means to keep alive the superposition, as that is the only connection to reality. The wish to calculate individual branches of possibilities, of going into individual poles, is nothing more than our wish to grasp the world with our heads. The prophet, on the other hand, is not striving for the satisfaction of understanding the world, but of living with the great unknowing of the world, surrounded by truth.
Truth for the prophet is not a piece of thought or a sense of change – it is cold, dark water to dive into and drown, only to come out on another shore.
The prophet does not deal with moving a person from one branch of thinking to another, he is showing the person that all thinking is limited to branches, which could never capture the essence of the tree.
Prophets do not confine themselves to social conditioning. Actually, the social conditioning is their enemy: they attack it relentlessly and cause a reversal in those fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to listen to them, a reversal that is perpendicular to the reversal of the priest: not inside the person himself, turning him from black to white, but from a machine dealing in zeros and ones to a living being unengaged in assigning digits.
The only faculty in the human being that can do quantum calculations, meaning actual processing with the superposition without defining a state as either zero or one, is, what in the East has been called higher consciousness, and what in the West (in psychology) has been described as the Unconscious (only the higher part).
This higher consciousness is completely incompatible with social conditioning. So, social conditioning, along with the Ego and the mechanical forces of nature, are powers limiting it.
The priests are providing new perspectives within the frame of mind of the person – this is why they are loved.
The prophets are attacking the frame of mind of the person – this is why they are hated.
The frame of mind of people is the most dangerous thing in the world. It can be set to anything, by anyone – the only requirement is continually repeated and applied social pressure (just as the Nazis did). As long as a frame of mind is maintained, people at large can be made to do anything, to anyone, without the slightest bit of contact with reality.