Ask Dr. Druid . day 27 . Horizontal

Ask Dr. Druid . Day 27



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The Horizontal Model & the art of collaboration

An introduction: equality of qualities


    G.Ro TesQ had been rescued from the thin air of the Grueling Heavenly Realms. Back home on Earth in new-washed if not new-minted simple humble happiness, G.Ro had returned to laud the Horizontal.

    “I am G.Ro TesQ,” she said quietly as she gave the keynote speech at the ConCon in the millennial Earth Year 3000. ConCon was the global Consciousness Convention that convened annually in these times. “Most of Earth's old troubles came from the Vertical Model which had

kept its heel on the throat of the human spirit for centuries.

    “Simply turning the axis of understanding to horizontal solves 99% of both human horror and human awkwardness.

    “First consider the range of densities our consciousness crisscrosses in a day’s, a life's experience. We have spaceless/timeless thought. We have dreams, daydreams, fantasy, imagination, memory. We have the precious moving K1 kinesthetic present, seemingly sequential and solid. Now, in the dominant Vertical Model, as invisible as space, our Religions have posited a non-solid, spiritual realm which is above us — is putatively better, purer, less gross than our terrestrial experience, all muck and rut.

    “Of course, conveniently, the priests, monks, gurus, and shamans had the key to our escape.

    “What I'm about to tell you is radical because I have searched the literature of the globe and that literature is invariably full of the higher self or the soul or spirit, all more valuable and more wise than we sluggish, lesser, benighted earthdwellers who will 'ascend' in death or enlightenment to our truer selves.

    “If we see consciousness vertically, a ladder to be climbed, we are falsely forced to see ourselves on the lower rungs staring up at the compassionate rump of the priest, guru, monk, shaman who precedes us to the heights.

     “If, on the other hand, we rotate the axis of consciousness to be sideways, we can more correctly and coherently see the spectrum of our consciousness as including all the densities with no greater value implied. Just as in light, ultraviolet is not better than infrared, our less-dense experience is not better that our solid K1 experience, only different.

    “The old Vertical Model organized millions, then billions of people for millennia. In a rough sketch, the Vertical Model puts God up in Heaven & the Devil down in Hell. Some God & His Angels in idealized pure Heaven and us down on gross, coarse Earth. The lower chakras are coarse energy, the upper increasingly more sublime. We are basically a colony of Heaven.

   “And when and if we refine our grotty earthly selves ourselves enough, we'll get a white robe, join the junior ranks of the choirs of angels and be allowed to kiss the big toe of God. And then when we've really refined our unruly consciousness, we get to dwell in the vast seamless rippleless nirvanic stillness for our Good Behavior.

    “Thus, depending on the phase or fullness of my rage, the virulent or pesky Vertical Model came about because the daggone Head got an inflated or puffed-up view of its importance to the whole system though it can not even digest a single groat — not a single grain of barley or grow a single toenail.

    “The higher self doesn't have digestion and mucus and dirt under the fingernails. One could wax as rhapsodic about digestion as about Christ Consciousness if we were less prissy and overfastidious about what qualities we invited through the spiritual front door.

    “A simple shift of 90° puts us in the new Horizontal Model where all the considerable ills of the vertical hierarchical model fall away. The Horizontal Model shifts the axis of metaphysical, ethical, epistemological, psychological, economic, and sociological understanding from hierarchical to equal-and-various.

    “The Horizontal Model is a model of collaboration. In the Horizontal Model we discover the preciousness of the immanent vs the transcendent. The immanent is an indelible relationship with the brilliant manifested world, recognizing mobius how it's lit from within. The transcendent energy is too thin, not sufficient, not sufficiently engaged, leading to spiritual anorexia. True compassion must be horizontal. No judgment, only evaluation.

   “The body is not neurotic or restless or even greedy. It is the ethereal which, for its vicarious delectation, keeps pushing the adrenalin button or drives the body to eat when it is not hungry. All sins are sicknesses of the soul. The excesses of the soul. The most natural state for the body is joy. What body would choose suffering?

    “It is the confused or thwarted soul which incurs morbidity. The ethereal drives the body to visceral or lower chakra disturbances or distress when it pushes the sweetness buttons past grace and elegance and delight. The ethereal drives the body to anorexic or upper chakra disorders when it idealizes deprivation and detachment.”

    G.Ro TesQ chuckled, “Certainly constructing the Horizontal Model requires a lot of naps. Perhaps it is because, catlike, I take so many naps that I don't have this head/intellect/spirit prejudice that infests the holy and alternative literature. Napping, my head's not at the  top, it's not higher, it's just to the left and my feet to the right. These distinctions are not trivial. The hidden prejudices in the language deeply affect our profound mostly unconscious feelings of value. I sometimes think I should wear a shoe upside down on my head as a hat to remind us to keep our heads on the ground.

    “Your horizontal waking brings democracy not just to politics, but to thought and feelings, an equality of qualities. We need to bring all our qualities and talents — woven — to bear on the moving present. The emerald earthflame in each molten molecule. The honey in each enchanted molecular dance.

    “We need to internalize and eternalize this new model, the horizontal spectrum. Co-llaborate. Co-amaze. Co-applaud. Co-kindle. Co-ignite. Co-weave emerald strands of enchantment from whatever qualities apply to the precious moving present.

    “Co-cheetah. Co-wall. Co-play.

    “Immanent not transcendent. Co-radiant.”



      If you begin to listen for the vertical prejudices, you’ll be shocked at how frequent and embedded they are in our assumptions. How anti-Earth they are. Higher self, piffle. Less-dense self – not necessarily notably wiser, tho often puffed-up by all the terrestrial forelock-tugging. Note them in your log as you notice them.

    A leitmotif of the druids is their respect for the earth experience as astonishing. Druids are definitely not detached. They are deep in irony, however, which prevents them from enervating envies. Nothing can change your life more suddenly than grokking the wide freedoms of the horizontal model. (Of course, the yet truer model is spherical, but that’s a bit more psychically vertiginous than we want to assay until we consolidate the horizontal shift first.)



.. astonish .. the root is to strike with thunder;

.. ethereal .. the disembodied or less dense aspect of our being;

.. enervate .. weaken, sap the strength of;

.. leitmotif .. a key theme, leet-moh-teef;


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6 thoughts on “Ask Dr. Druid . day 27 . Horizontal

  1. Of all your remarkable chapters, this may even be my favorite, pogblog. I've read it three times in the last two days so I can insist that my mind grok all the differences it will make in all my perceptions, personal, social, historical.
    All the excluding judgments I unconsciously made, I realize can be including recognitions. And funny? This is so deeply funny. The “compassionate rumps”!!

  2. I've always loved Horizontal too because I remember when it arrived as a present from The Blue. I was so shocked at the obvious distortion of the Vertical once I grokked the Horizontal.
    (The original story was more vertiginous because it spoke of the Spherical Truth, but that's a leap too far — 66 dimensional chess. I prefer the steps we're taking. Being a devotee of the eclectic, the Horizontal made me feel giddily free and inclusive. As the horizontal spread out like spokes from my fulcrum-hub, I felt so mirthmost merry.)

  3. What a radical piece, pogblog. If there were still open burning of the heretical, I'd fear for your safety. You so deftly skewer the powerful and indeed the very premise of there being a powerful as we've known it. With esfera, I wish more radicals were as funny as you are. Digestion and Christ consciousness. Naps and your shoe-hat. Great stuff.

  4. Being sequentially embedded in the suitable density is the challenge of a completer consciousness. You can't do no [lasting]harm if you can't keep track of where you are on the density spectrum. Abstraction is a damnable and dangerous drug.
    Being cheerfully or urgently aware of your feet and keeping your shoe-hat on can prevent a lot of abstraction-mayhem.

  5. iotas, I'm definitely and defiantly a nappist. When I get a chance to run a world (eternity is very long, and we all do), not only will broccoli be fattening and [bitterweet] chocolate slimming, but those things they put on your ankle to make sure you're obeying parole will have an implanted counterpart to assure you're taking several daily naps — or you'll be given gentle but urgent counseling to encourage [blissfully restorative and creative] sloth.

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