It is "The Pleasure of Being" that is the only thing that saves us from the terminal “unpleasure” of the deprivation mode. That is...the sovereign is someone who has achieved the level of a perpetual pleasure in Being itself, from which the spiritual integrity of the individual is then saved from the degrading forces of substitute gratification, addiction, unhealthy risk, bad relationship, self-sabotaging choices, greed, avoidance, denial etc... The mark of the sovereign you could say is the observable quality of having found "Pleasure in simply Being." Then everything beyond that is lived as a connoisseur...a person who has a great deal of knowledge about the fine arts, or an expert judge in matters of taste.
The impulse control, discernment, refinement and subtle qualities of the sovereign arise from a fully sensate enjoyment in the pleasure of simply being alive. And in becoming more intelligent and aware of the pleasure of aliveness, we naturally become more alive, awake and joyful.
Sovereign practice is a 24x7 process of the evidential development of the apriori state of innate Pleasure in Being and the observation of how we sabotage ourselves through distraction, excess, substitution, dissipation, neglect and outright self-abuse. Once we have stabilized pleasure in simply being we widen our focus/awareness to that of the Fair Witness and are no longer polarized and thrown off by our attractions and aversions, hence no longer irrational, superstitious or paranoid. As a sovereign we remain in Flow, unattached and unfixated. Our identification is not centered around deprivation needs yet to be fulfilled which narrows and polarizes our attention and identity. Inclusion/exclusion dynamics lie at the core of the presovereign condition because we have assumed a vastly myopic and superficial interpretation of who we really are.
Walter Russell is one of the few examples of a true sovereign we have along with Emerson and Thoreau. How he got away with being a sovereign in an irrational world shows how outstandingly advanced he was. During the 39 day and night period of Illumination in 1921, he wrote Message of the Divine Iliad expressing what he learned while he experienced the Light of Cosmic Consciousness. He was one of the few individuals whose prefrontal lobes were illuminated fully in the scientific era…thus giving us a broad basis of sacred science. The prefrontal lobes are the council of the selves, that integrates and embraces our disparate parts, such a collusion of consciousness means we no longer project our shadow out of insecurity, we are tolerate of others whose worldview is different than ours and we radiate moral courage, because we are sufficient unto ourselves.
http://appiah.net/books/the-honor-code/ The Honor Code, Kwame Anthony Appiah
The bottomline with the power pyramid is that power-over is a form of cheating to obtain reward chemistry (dopamine, adrenaline, endorphins, tryptamines) by low conscious or underhanded means...whether by the projection of evil, subversion, active and passive aggression, war/booty and all forms of negative competition. This futile search for misplaced pleasure is largely due to a misunderstanding and ignorance over positive-rewards behavior. Coupled with the lack of education and training in higher human behavior and expansive thought, as the consequence of the scarcity-control and usury based capitalist system.
Even our lack of lucid recognition of antilife behavior and energies is due to the ongoing destruction of the earth environment arising from this very state of low consciousness. Our lack of sentience makes us loose sentience. It is thus a self-perpetuating and accelerating demise bought about by increased acid, positive ions, low oxygen conditions and environmental and metabolic pollution. The Borg creates conditions which then snowball ever deepening Borg consciousness, the pain of which gets harder to mask as the earth herself looses the vital energy and resources necessary to revive us.
When our existential sense of pleasure is no longer apriori or unconditional we scratch an itch of discontent that gets larger and larger, as our reactionary compensation creates behavior that further increases the loss of oxygen, minerals, enzymes, energy and integrity within the body and ecosphere. If we are lucky the itch of discontent will become so bad that it will eventually wake us up so that we can stop the self-destructive slide into spiritual oblivion. Or, if however, we make our own luck, we will gain mastery and adopt a lifestyle that supports the natural evolution of body, mind, heart and soul.
To maintain a sense of self-esteem and security the presovereign seeks rewards from psuedo parents in the form of the government, employer, mate or any authority figure. This bottom up glue of the obsequent drive for gold stars is half of what holds the pyramid together. The other half of the pyramidal mortar is constructed top down through the stick (terror) and the carrot (goodies, salve, strokes). As long as our happiness and pleasure is determined or undermined by outside sources and events the holes in our self-esteem will make us vulnerable to the Machiavellian machinations of the primate power structure. And in being vulnerable we are liable to be stressed, thereby creating inflammation and free radical decay of the brain and body, precipitating inevitable slow genetic denaturing and crippling the epigenetic expression of DNA.
Thus we are unable to achieve sovereignty because of our religiously unsovereign habits. Caught helplessly in a game not of our choosing, unable to do anything about it, but to nervously rearrange the deck chairs on the Titantic.
Neuroticism is 40-60% heritable through a gene for a serotonin transporter. Whether this gene is expressed or not is determined largely by the habitus of the child in the first few years of life. According to Freud, trauma received by a 1-2 year old signifies a loss of love. 1½ years is loss of the love object or separation. At 2-3 years trauma is embodied as the sense of genital mutilation or castration. Then at 5-6 years the superego starts forming with its associated guilt/shame complex. In those genetically predisposed to neuroticism, stress, loss and danger in the initial developmental years determines whether the gene for the serotonin transporter is inhibited. If we have the genes for neuroticism and also gain significant unsoothed trauma through living in a dysfunction/neurotic family, then we are likely to be serotonin deficient and suffer various lifelong forms of anxiety, phobias and health issues.
Now Freud said that normally “unpleasure” arising from a threat or danger automatically sets into operation the pleasure principle whereby the ego could check or inhibit whatever id impulses might be giving rise to the danger. However in a neurotic traumatized culture that perpetuates itself by indulgence and repression, we are unlikely to arrive at a healthy pleasure principle with which to quell the danger and resolve the stressful situation. This is the dilemma we are now faced with in determining the course of civilization. Can we learn to face our demons, curb our destructive habits, come to our senses and reinstate a divine, sane pleasure biochemistry? Or will we be our own worst enemy, lost in the maze of our own compulsive reactions, trying to unskillfully bury formative and species wide trauma? Once we learn to generate our own bliss and reward chemistry in a healthy fashion then we are free to choose a life enhancing path and are liberated from the gravitational weight of unconscious social forces.