Mad musings – the quantum leap

Wed. December 6, 2006
Categories: Papers


Remember the idea of the quantum leap where particles can be in two places at the same time, that is, without seeming to traverse the intervening space, also called shape shifting?  These particles are in two places at the same time because our attention is fixed. Otherwise phenomenon appears as a wave.

Louis de Broglie showed us the reverse of what Einstein demonstrated, that is, particles could have wave properties. Then Neils Bohr said that waves and particles were complementary, which leads me to imagine that archetypes and instincts are complementary.  My hypothesis is that archetypes are wave-like in function and instincts are particle-like, and they relate to each other as quantum particles and waves do.

My fantasy is that instincts and archetypes continually influence each other…that is, when there is a new spin on how we react or respond to our instincts or desires, then there is a subsequent shift in the archetype that relates to those instincts. Goswami offers us this: a manifestation of one quantum object caused by observation simultaneously influences its correlated twin object.

In physics the principle of locality is that distant objects cannot have direct influence on one another: an object is influenced directly only by its immediate surroundings. And yet, Bell’s tests disproved this. Bell’s Theorem provides evidence against “local realism,” the intuitive notion that particle attributes have definite values independent of the act of observation and that physical effects have a finite propagation speed. If distant objects can be influenced directly by nearby quantum objects does that in any way support my hypothesis that archetypes can be influenced by instincts (neither one of which are “real” but are only known by their effects)?

This led to my mad musings on the effects toxins have upon us psychologically. Intoxicants have an archetype in Bacchus.  Then there is Zeus, the pure, all embracing archetype of the eternal which connects to our purgations and detoxifications.  Humans dance between intoxication and detoxification in our quest for eternal life.  The question for me is if being excessive has a corresponding influence upon the archetype?  What might a drunk god do?

“Don’t you know there ain’t no devil, there’s just God when he’s drunk” sings Tom Waits.

The following dream inspired me to detox. This dream horrified me and I did not return to Pacifica Graduate Institute for several months.

News has arrived
(the morning of my death)

Behind closed eyes, flames on the other side, surrender alone resolves the pain of a life turned in upon itself

Going forward and now falling back down the tree, I ascend unto death. Slowly the branches drift by

The leaves and at last a treetop appears, beautiful against the blue sky.

It was my life but now i
t is the morning of my death.

I need to call my doctor because I have no priest. What is this deep ache in my breast?

See my car parked in the branches that I call home?
I get in realizing: I am driving backwards.

Should not have parked there.
My car doesn’t brake in reverse.

It is a peaceful descent as I surrender
to that death which comes lovely to me.

I felt a love of death all day, no remembrance of birth. Pain and life resolved into each other and living felt meaningless. So, I underwent a detox: the removal of toxic substances from my body. Natural detoxification is the normal function of liver and kidneys but when these organs become exhausted there are other methods for eliminating toxic substances. These include modification of diet, the addition of certain herbs, and rituals such as colonic irrigation, juice fasting and sweat lodges.

The idea of ‘detox’ began in the 60’s for drug rehabilitation and also as a way to treat alcoholism. Over the years, the detox morphed into strategies like the ten-day protocol that I undertook. This protocol was an intense period of time on a special diet and it included purging to remove accumulated toxins acquired from pesticides, smog, medications, mold, yeast, and bacteria.  Even though doctors say that there is no scientific basis for the idea of the accumulation of toxins in the body, nevertheless, my experience proves otherwise and it has shown me that being toxic is a major cause of malaise in our culture.

My Holy Grail quest started with a liver flush using grapefruit juice and olive oil, and then various minerals and essential oils for 9 days. Everything about the way I felt changed as a result. I had to go through what felt like Hell where I faced my most horrible demons. My studies in Depth Psychology gave me tools to navigate the depths of my soul just like Dante when he went through his Inferno to meet his Beatrix in heaven. Understanding the transcendent function allowed me to personify anguished feelings as images of archetypal wrath (instead of internalized self-hatred). After a dark night of the soul and the period of rest that followed, I felt like I had been reborn. It was like having fought the forces of destruction in my own soul and surviving. Did the archetype of death begin to spin the other way? Did I heal myself?

The Earth is a toxic environment and perhaps it always has been, regardless of what humans have done, from the marine algae to the ozone layer.  But the archetype Zeus, the cloud gatherer who sends rain, lightning, thunder, hurricanes, and tsunamis, is sending repeated warnings to us these days in particular. Might a socio-cultural detox help, in other words, can we possibly surrender our excesses? Will the archetypes save us or is it too late? We humans need to change the direction we are spinning so that the archetypes can spin in a more positive direction themselves.

Since from a depth perspective there is not any living organism that does not contain soul, why have I been worried about toxins? Surely toxins contain soul, too. We live in a world full of toxins and they are here for some reason. Maybe they are related to wrathful deities which are, in other words, just shadow material that has yet to be worked with and understood.

When our body is bombarded with more chemicals than it can handle, we experience more frequent and much worse Complexes. This “devil in your soul” comes out because toxins are stored in the fat cells of our bodies and they get released under stress. In my detox I came face-to-face with not only imaginative demons but actual yeast and bacteria which I called “beasties” that were robbing my body of energy. The cleansing or detoxification that I underwent transformed me.

Remember my hypothesis that archetypes and instincts relate to each other as quantum particles and waves do? I wonder if my detox cleansed my instincts is such a way as to cause a shift in the archetype that rules them or vice versa. And that, my friend, is mad musing.



Seltman, C. (1960). The twelve olympians. Thomas Y. Crowell.

Spretnak, C. (1999). The resurgence of the real. New York: Routledge

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