There are rumors on the wind of apocalypse and a “shift in consciousness.” There have been since the beginning of the peculiar period commonly referred to as history. On Mercury Rising, we use the literal greek definition of apocalypse, which is the lifting of the veil. I have only vague speculations as to what might be under this veil, based on shadows and echoes reflected back over history from its end. I can only assume that whatever that which Terrence Mckenna referred to as the “transcendental object at the end of time,” is astonishingly beautiful and terrifying beyond our ability to imagine. Which is probably part of the reason why apocalypse is generally characterized as the sudden and violent end of the World.
What are the political implications of something like apocalypse and “shift in consciousness.” Contemplating consciousness is a fun game to contemplate. Think of this game as: consciousness getting to know itself in an entirely unique way, unlike any previous method, such as organizing itself into the atom or being the first fish that walked out of the ocean onto land. This sort of thought, carries the assumption of, what is referred to in quantum theory as, a unified field. Is it possible that this sort of first-person scientific exploration can bring about a fundamental restructuring of our being? With such a flexible experimental awareness, let’s approach the concept of Sovereignty.
The legal definition of sovereignty is subtle and complex, but basically means “all power.” In the days of monarchy, royalty were considered to be the only sovereign of the land. And perhaps s/he doled out sovereignty to dukes, feudal lords, and the like, but all sovereign power resided in the King and Queen by divine right. The United States was founded on the idea that all men are sovereign, and that the sovereignty of the State was derived from the sovereignty of the people.
The Constitution was one of the first documents to back-pedal on the Declaration of Independence and other founding articles. The Constitution defined just who is equal and who is not. We must be very honest with ourselves, and finally admit that the “dream of America” has never been seen. It has been lip service and a target which we were not properly aiming for. As William Burroughs stated, we have “vulgarized and falsified until the bare lie shines through.”
One of the fascinating things about law as it has (d)evolved is that our sovereignty has never been taken away, even the sovereignty of the enslaved is not taken away. Legalese is written around the Law, it is not itself Law. It constitutes the body of “law” known as statutes. Legalese can not remove sovereignty. This was known by the slave holders who founded America, whether they knew they knew it or not.
Sovereignty is an inborn quality of consciousness, and human-beings along with other beings are conscious to varying degrees. We give our sovereign power to the de facto sovereignty holders, known as the State, in the form of our time, energy, and labor, which is often transmuted into currency. The central bank owns the money, and circulates it and charges a percent for this service. The labor we give the State is largely used to pay the debt owed to the centralized bank, which is interestingly enough a private international entity. Which means we as a nation are giving our sovereignty to an outside force. Whether administered by an international bank or a government, this is debt slavery. We give our power over in exchange for “privileges and benefits,” public plumbing, roads, trash collection, emergency response, and so on . We take care of the system, it takes care of us.
So, it is not a matter of “taking back our sovereignty,” but rather exercising it, or not (we have that option, too). It is important not to think of sovereignty as a concept that we use to prop up ideologies, but that we actively learn about it with same sense of novelty and ebullient energy as a child catching fire flies for the first time. It may be the only completely selfless action, as well. By taking-care-of-the-system-taking-care-of-us, we are killing the world, we are killing ourselves. We all know it, whether we know it or not. Ultimately this is something we do for ourselves, it is sovereignty recognizing itself, in itself, so that we can each become “one who stands.”
As Burroughs points out,” The final Apocalypse is when every man sees what he sees, feels what he feels, and hears what he hears.” This could also be a working definition of Sovereignty.