Enemies of Consciousness

Note: There are a number of historically dishonest statements in this piece.


Darkworkers are people who are amoral. Their highest aim is to serve themselves and they will fulfill that aim by any means necessary. To them, the highest good consists solely of their own desires. This means that they will not hesitate to walk over other people in order to get to where they want to be.

Darkworkers, however, are quite powerful: think of certain world and business leaders, as well as celebrities (athletes, singers, actors), who might fit the title of “darkworker.” For humans, being powerful means about the same as being conscious. You must exercise self-control to get anything done. It’s tough to be powerful if you’re ruled by lifelong automatic patterns and cravings for cheesy fries.

The opposite of a darkworker is a lightworker. Lightworkers embrace the idea that love and service to others truly fulfills the highest good. Choosing to become either a darkworker or a lightworker is to polarize—that is, to choose to go to the extreme-end of one side of human intention. The two sides of human intention are fear and love.

While most people would agree that darkworkers are powerful, it can be difficult to accept that they are highly conscious. How can a person without conscience be called conscious?

For one thing, it’s possible that a darkworker is also a former-lightworker who very-consciously decided it was time to switch sides for one reason or another. These reasons can include feeling inauthentic or for the sake of good ol’ experience. However, such a person I suspect is very, very rare. So I’ll leave out that possibility for now.

It’ll be helpful to take a closer look, first, at what a darkworker is. Then we’ll be able to see the effects they have on human consciousness—and why they are worthy of being called conscious beings.

 

The Profile of the Darkworker

Darkworkers have a way of sucking the life out of people-- even ending lives, potentially. How can degrading the consciousness of others make you more conscious? Well, it depends where you currently are at.

If you live in a general state of fear, for instance, then acts of violence may give you the sense of having more control over your reality. This is especially so if such an act entails disarming someone who infringes on your well-being, such as a person who is threatening you.

Some form of action requires more consciousness than the paralysis of fear. This is why the fight-or-flight reaction occurs-- so that we can exert some control over ourselves. Of course, the fear-reaction much more often is one of inaction. This is why the adrenaline reaction is sometimes called fight, flight, or freeze. This is a more accurate model of how we work.

A darkworker, however, is master of the fear response. For him, fear is fuel. Perhaps he has conditioned himself to dive head first into his fear.

What’s the reason for undergoing such conditioning? Perhaps for the sake of experiment. Or maybe it occurred over a long period of time-- perhaps a lifetime filled with fears in need of defiance.

Now this doesn’t sound so bad, right? I love being able to take on my fears! Beats the heck out of sitting around scared doing nothing.

But that “lifetime filled with fear,” which is handled by outright fear-defiance-- that could be called “fear-based living.”

Now that doesn’t sound quite as hot. In fact, it sounds like it could potentially cause a lot of health issues. I imagine someone who is straight up riddled with fear and takes all sorts of action in an attempt to combat it, but regardless they are still ready to blow any minute.

Of course, action generally entails power, and power entails consciousness. If a guy wants to lose weight due to a fear of poor health or date a woman out of a fear of being alone, and he is fueled well by fear, then I’d expect to see him much smaller and with a woman by his side in a few months’ time.

Fabulous to get the results you want, ain’t it?  Darkworkers live much higher quality lives than nonpolarized people, because they can secure more luxury and more achievement. I can’t say this path is invalid.

But a lot of people don’t work this way. For most people- myself included- fear is paralyzing most of the time. We’re more likely to freeze or flee rather than fight. Even if we do fight we may not fight well, nor for very long before we burn out.

You have to understand that this is a very small percent of the population I’m talking about right now. Darkworkers are not commonplace. The top 1% is only 1%.

It’s possible that most people don’t work this way simply because they choose not to, or are not even aware that they can polarize. That, or they choose not to decide at all.

However, I just can’t quite fathom that too many more people would be able to become darkworkers than there are currently. I don’t think many of us can or are meant to work this way. I foresee that humanity, reality, and consciousness are simply not headed in the direction of darkness. Not just darkness, anyway.

But is it so bad if a handful of people inject consciousness with darkness? That leads us to the vital question…

 

Debunking Darkwork

Are darkworkers enemies of consciousness?

Sure, like I said, they have a way of sucking the life out of people. Just go work for a company like Coca-Cola (or consume one of their products) and you’ll see what I mean. But can we really say that darkworkers are downright, dirty enemies?

No, I don’t think that’s true at all. Allow me to ‘splain.

Lightworkers don’t need darkworkers in order to purposefully exist. That is totally untrue. There is still plenty of evil, as well consciousness-raising to do, without darkworkers (so if all the darkworkers spontaneously disappear one day, don’t get your knickers in a knot about the world being saved). Remember that the mass of people are unpolarized, which means they are relatively lacking in power and awareness. Wiping out .5-1% of the population probably won’t change that too drastically.

To make things a little dirtier, let’s talk about the benefits of darkworkers. For one thing, you can argue that darkworkers give direction to people who would otherwise be lost. Many darkworkers are indeed leaders on some level.

I will reiterate here that darkworkers are far more powerful than most people, and this is because they have clear goals and a firmly decided-upon direction for their lives. Think about Hitler. Without him, what might have become of Germany? He rallied together thousands of people who were downtrodden and frustrated in the name of a superordinate goal.

You cannot tell me that Hitler was not effective. For darkworkers, power over themselves opens the door to power over others. The two intertwine for them: having power over themselves- that is, defying their fears through action- can often require that they overpower others, such as in the girlfriend example (all men don’t do this, I promise! And I don’t either. ;) ).

To make this easier to understand, lightworkers blend service to self and service to others, rather than control over them. For them, these are one and the same.

Yes, in those instances when you are not serving, you are arguably doing harm-- even if it isn’t outright or intentional. In each moment, you are either part of the problem of part of the solution. You are always either giving or taking.

So, one way darkworking affects the consciousness of other humans is by leadership. Other effects include calls to actionlearningself-reflection, and strengthened intentions in lightworkers and the non-polarized.

Let’s have a deeper look at these effects.

 

The Call to Action (and Intention)

A potent example of darkwork calling people to action lies in the American Civil Rights Movement. A potential problem with this case is that there is no solitary figure who we can point at and say, “There’s our darkworker!” Quite the contrary-- there is instead a concrete lightworker who we can point to, named Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (and perhaps Malcolm X and others, but Dr. King will be the focus here).

The primary darkworker in this period was more of a social force- that of White supremacy. Yes, lightwork and darkwork are arguably always social forces, but here I mean that, again, there was no one person who supremely embodied the darkness, such as Hitler in World War II.

On to the example. This example will also address the effect of strengthening the intentions of lightworkers and non-polarized people. Intention-strengthening is not quite the same as spurring people to action, however, and that will become clear in this story.

When Rosa Parks was arrested, the blacks of Montgomery, Alabama were rallied together by various leaders and social groups (many of which Parks was affiliated with). The arrest, made by forces of self-interest (again, White Supremacy), was the call to action.

On the day of her trial a highly successful bus boycott, which amazed the pants even off Dr. King, was held. Though Parks was found guilty, the forces of Love looked valiant, if not triumphant.

As the weeks tore on, however, vigor for the boycott began to wear out. The protestors were becoming frustrated, presumably with the effort of having to provide rides to others and even take mules to work. Dr. King’s phone was off the hook, and his doorbell essentially at a constant hum. He feared the boycott would soon bottom-out.

Then, on a day I know not the date of, evil made its way to the scene when a bomb went off in Dr. King’s house. By the time he had rushed home he was greeted by hundreds of fellow blacks, in addition to white police officers. A few small acts suggesting a desire for violence occurred, and one of the officers pleaded that King do something to prevent a riot from breaking out. Then King made a speech which could come only out of the mouth of a lightworker, in which he emphasized that his people need not take to their weapons to improve their situation. At the end of the speech, the protestors all went home quietly.

After this little incident, the protestors’ efforts exploded. They spread throughout the rest of Alabama, and in time, the Southern United States. And boy, were they some peaceful protestors.

King’s aggression-disarming speech was the first of many which preached nonviolent protest, or civil disobedience, to his followers, who soon could be heard telling hostile whites that they were ready to forgive them when their hatred had ceased. The whites “were not aware that they were dealing with Negroes who had been freed from fear,” writes Charles Duhigg in The Power of Habit. Now the protestors’ intentions had been strengthened. They were driven to succeed.

And what saved the Civil Rights Movement, which, at least in King’s terrain, almost died quietly? What made the call to action clear? What strengthened the intentions of those who desired to be forces for good?

It was a bomb.

It was darkness that intensified the light. It was the lowliest of intentions that elevated consciousness. King said it himself: “Instead of stopping the movement, the opposition’s tactics had only served to give it greater momentum, and draw us closer together.”

 

Learning and Self-Reflection

Next, I address learning and self-reflection together, with a personal example. Like in the Dr. King story there is no concrete darkworker, but there is a hopeful yet flailing lightworker-- me!

So there I was in the grip of the dark, sweaty, deafening Lava nightclub-- a place no truly sane and sober person would consider entering (except me, apparently). It was somewhere between 12:30 and 1 AM, and I was probably attempting to dance while ever-paranoid of being touched by the opposite sex, which had happened to me plenty of times by this point.

One particular time when I jumped away from a man, however, I found myself being slapped right on my innocent-little buttcheek and I immediately exploded into rage. My fists clenched with no forethought, and I shook. Had this happened much earlier in my life I probably would have taken to some degree of violence. Thankfully, though, I now have a stimulus-response window wide enough that I was able to walk away, and let my anger dissipate relatively quickly.

For your clarification, the stimulus-response window is the amount of perceived time between an event and your reaction. You don’t even know you have such a window it until you start developing it. As you do so you can respond more consciously more often, rather than lashing out mindlessly at everything you experience. As you kick unnecessary beliefs from your life your stimulus-response window will widen, and boy is that a lovely thing to have. :)

Anyway, around 4:10 AM, sometime after I arrived home, I sat down with my notebook and wondered why I get so darn angry when I go to that place. I knew very well that there was more going on than me being plain ol’ angry at some guy for being an idiot. That’s never the case. Instead, I was angry at me-- the only person I can ever feel anything toward. But what about?

 Here is what I wrote (with small changes for clarity):

Do I value myself based on sex appeal? Do I value other women based on sex appeal? Do I see myself and them as sex objects? Do I feel entitled to them? Do I feel that others (men) are entitled to me? Do I feel degraded when I don’t let this entitlement come to pass? When I am disrespectful to men, what is that? Acting out? Disrespect for my own desires and sexual drive? Could be both.

Basically, what I came to realize is that I was angry because I felt both inferior to men and that they were entitled to me (meaning they could have their way with me). As I reflected on other instances in my life, I could see that this had been long and semi-consciously present. But it was only now, after a trip into the darkness (literally I am not even kidding), that I was fully aware of and thus able to address the situation.

 

Profile of the Masses: the Non-polarized

Indeed, I found myself up against fear-motivation. Certainly I did not feel loved while I was in that dark hell-hole. But that doesn’t mean I was face to face with a darkworker.

Everyone has love and fear within them. For all people, each intention comes from one place: either love, or fear. Darkworkers and lightworkers see relative uniformity of either fear or love among their intentions. The non-polarized use love and fear too, though they are sloppier and less effective than their polarized counterparts.

For instance, the man at the club was definitely drunk, meaning his inhibitions to his selfish desires may have been down and thus his power to realize them temporarily increased.

A real darkworker, of course, probably would have found a way to turn me straight for at least a few minutes (now that’s power!). Plus, he probably wouldn’t have needed alcohol to defy any fears of chasing women, though he still might have drank just for fun.

The non-polarized and the polarized can look quite similar. There are easily-distinguishable members of each polarity, and each of these lies at the extremes- they are truly polarized. Dr. King and Hitler are among them.

But then there are people like me who have stepped up to the polarity plate yet aren’t incredibly extraordinary, and who still get mixed up in the opposite pole a good deal of the time. For this reason I prefer to think of polarization as a process of moving toward either pure love or pure fear, and it is for the reason of my progress toward love and my intention to continue this progress that I consider myself polarized.

So, I may be an example of a polarized person who looks non-polarized. On the flipside there is what I like to call the angry do-gooder, who militantly rallies to the cause of what he knows not. It’s a “rebel without a cause.” He insists on peace yet is himself far from it. He bears hatred for all who oppose his saintly values. He has a misguided, fear-based ranting for love.

An extreme example is the Westboro Baptist Church, whose members think they preach in the name of the highest good when really they are so deep in their fear they can’t even see straight. Not only that, but they are ineffective at exerting their will, just like most non-polarized people are. No one moves a finger to make the changes they call for. These angry do-gooders are nothing but non-polarized. Many people have probably taken this role at some point for some amount of time, myself included.

Now I will return to the central question of this piece: Are there enemies of consciousness at all? Might the non-polarized masses be, in fact, the great and large enemy?

While darkworkers can and do shrink the consciousness of others, people can ultimately bounce back and expand as a result of this contact with the darkness. This is especially true for people with a high capacity and drive for learning. Such people are likely to be lightworkers or those who decide to align with Love as a result of a dark experience, such as Dr. King’s followers. His followers may be non-polarized, though they sway toward love.

Because of their ability- their tendency, even- to spur consciousness in the non-polarized as well as lightworkers, darkworkers are not enemies of consciousness. Rather, they help to create champions of conscious growth.

What, then, of the non-polarized? Well, quite often they are the henchmen of both the polarized darkworker individuals and the dark social forces, even if they have sworn allegiance unknowingly. The biggest problem with the non-polarized is their decision, conscious or not, to live relatively unconsciously, being ruled by whatever external force comes their way to overwhelm them.

I realize that not all the non-polarized are of the same power level or consciousness-capacity, but a truly conscious person should not take long to polarize once they have “awakened”- even if they do not use these terms to make the commitment. Whether a darkworker is truly awake is another story that is not quite for this moment (see the conclusion).

The role of the non-polarized as henchmen indicates that they are the result of a darkworker using his power. Such henchmen are the containers of evil, and their darkworking-master fills the containers. If darkworkers are not enemies of consciousness, then the non-polarized, by extension, cannot be either.

That in itself could suffice to conclude that the non-polarized are not indeed enemies of consciousness-- and if darkworkers aren’t either, then no one is.

In every moment you are aligned with either fear or love-- even if the answer to this does indeed alternate with each passing of 60 seconds.

If you are aligned with love then you are expanding consciousness. If you are aligned with fear-- well, I have made the case for this being ultimately consciousness-elevating, even if it is immediately consciousness-damaging.

As time goes on it becomes more and more apparent to me that everything in my reality is conspiring for my success-- even if it does not at first appear so. This is a belief which Jack Canfield calls reverse paranoia, and I have found it to be life-transforming—a beautiful phenomenon to live with.

Of course, not everyone lives by this idea, so couldn’t they still have enemies? I simply do not think so. For starters, darkworkers are fueled by fear, so nothing objectively considered “bad” can really get in their way. They’ll just figure out how to control it.

We are left, then, with two possibilities: (1) the non-polarized having enemies in their darkworker-overlords, and (2) the non-polarized being enemies of themselves.

For possibility #1, the non-polarized submit themselves to external forces, even if they do not choose to do so consciously. From there, it is typically the work of either the fear-polarized or the love-polarized that changes their lives one way or the other.

Though I was not damaged at the hand of another person, for me transformation by fear was soon followed by transformation by love, and Love is where I remain today. I truly believe that without the predecessing fear I would have been unable to align very strongly with Love. I would not have a solid context in which to do so.

Yes, there have been many forces which I have perceived to be my enemies- even in the very recent past- but I realize now that I need not see them that way. No darkworker-overlord can be my enemy. We can only make enemies within ourselves.

That rules out possibility (1). How about (2)—the idea that I can be my own enemy?

Since I can become more conscious and take power over myself, I can be my own hero, too. I can rescue myself from my own fear. I can consciously contend with the darkness that lies within.

I can see this fending off of darkness as a battle with an enemy, or I can view it as a benign process of conscious growth. Thus, I attest that there are no enemies of consciousness. The key to seeing the world this way is a drive to learn and to grow. When we are committed to growth, we’ve no need for enemies. This commitment will set us free.

 

Fleeting Fear: The Downside to Darkworking

There is one thing we must keep in mind about darkworkers, however-- particularly those who are explicitly “evil”, such as Hitler. That is this: Fear-based results are fleeting.

Does the destruction of World War II and the Holocaust remain with us today? Do even the patterns of intense discrimination remain with us? Arguably they do, but tell me- how much do these things influence your life on a day-to-day basis? How about the horror? How many people walk around in adherence to the attitudes of extreme prejudice, hatred, and fear of being subject to these attitudes? Yeah, I’m aware that the world is still overwhelmingly prejudiced and discriminating, but do most of us hate to that extent? Do you?

Think about the media you’ve been exposed to. Which aspects of the Holocaust are most emphasized today? That’s right-- the stories that shed light. I’m talkin’ Anne Frank with “I believe that everyone is truly good at heart,” and Victor Frankl with Man’s Search For Meaning. We think of the stories of survival, the words of hope, the lessons learned.

Think of what Hitler deliberately built. How much of that remains today? Almost none. Germany shrank back to original size almost as quickly as it grew, and then it was scrutinized and micromanaged for years to come. In that sense his work backfired for a little while. His downfall laid in the fact that his structures were external and impermanent.

Yes, yes, I understand that hatred is something that exists within us. But, at least as Hitler used it, hatred entailed pointing to something out there that was evil and wrong. Likewise, Hitler’s anger resulted in his conquest of land and people—also things out there. While hatred typically, if not always, does indeed entail hatred for oneself also, its focus is on the external. It points to objective qualities such as, in this case, race, religion, and sexual orientation.

Pure love, in contrast, is just the opposite. It is not influenced by the objective. It does not discriminate. No one is wrong or inferior in the eyes of love. In this way, love is based in subjectivity, just as fear is based in objectivity. Where there is surface-level materialism, there is not love. There can be love behind what only looks like materialism, but not in materialism driven by mind-numbing and greed.

 

The Conclusion: Created by You

I know that some these ideas may boggle the mind a bit. Ultimately, if you truly want to understand these concepts, you must experience them for yourself. Experience is the stuff of learning and the stuff of life. Mere words can only reflect on and add to it.

For me, lightworking has been the frame for the path of realness. The abundance of learning, the rapid pace of growth, and the richness of experience I have enjoyed since deciding to polarize is far, far beyond anything I could have imagined when non-polarized. That polarization-decision was only a few months ago. I have merely scratched the surface of what is possible.

I understand that someday I may decide that the optimal way to further my progress is to switch poles and become a darkworker. From there I may then decide that darkworking is indeed the way to Real. Then I’ll probably have to write another book (heh heh).

While that premise intensifies my curiosity, I know it’s not where I need nor want to be right now. There’s no way I’ve gotten the maximum leverage out of Love yet. And of course, as my consciousness develops and my reality expands, so too does Love.

In a few years’ time Love will not be what we know it to be now. While it may not change fundamentally, it could very well look and feel totally different. As consciousness changes, so too do the concepts within it-- and one of the primary concepts (Love), no less.

I really can’t be sure because, again, it hasn’t been that long since I started out on this path. Yet already my experience, immediate understanding, and concept of Love have changed dramatically over time, and I am certain they will continue to do so.

 

Take your enemies and make them into your brethren-- your elevators of and within consciousness. No one can harm you except those who you allow to-- and that, ultimately, is always yourself.


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