THE PSYCHOANALYTIC FOUNDATION OF POLITICS
Masters and Slaves -
by Bernard W. Bail, M.D.
to Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize winner in Economics, and a few others economists,
the bailout was the biggest transfer of wealth from the people to the banks and
were no outcries in the street about Socialism for the rich. There were no
town halls to debate the issue. There were no guns and no threats.
is a simple answer to the healthcare debate. It would finish the debate. The
people have to cry with one voice to Congress, “We want exactly what you have.”
is Christ in action for "all the people."
current political climate concerning universal health care is interesting from
a psychological point of view. The fundamental question is why has this issue
aroused so much anger and aggression. Logic dismisses all of the outlandish
claims put forward by spurious grass root groups. It is clear and proven, by
some courageous and curious newscasters who are following the process, that the
insurance industry, the health industry and the pharmacology industries have
hired a large number of hooligans and mercenaries to go to town hall meetings
and disrupt them, stop them. They have been quite effective.
Democrats have once again been caught flat-footed. It is another question why
this party does not learn. Of course not all of the Democratic Party is for
universal health care.
is clear that all conceivable and inconceivable lies are being thrown into the
public arena. People are confused. The insurance industry and the others
mentioned above and their lobbyists are spending millions of dollars to stop
the enactment of this long awaited (50 years) legislation.
is also known that the above interested parties want the status quo to
prevail. They are making a "bundle", as indeed Wall Street did a
short while ago, especially Goldman Sachs.
is also known these industries all have and are giving Congressmen money so
that in essence there is a conflict of interest as to the loyalty of these
politics money takes everything off the table. The question is will it do so
at this current period of unrest in America. Big money is throwing any lie it
can manufacture on the radio and the TV screen. What is not astonishing is
that the level of emotional rage on the part of these mercenaries is akin to
the rage of the Nazis and Fascists and unsurprisingly that propaganda is also
sweeping across the land. It is as if the conditions (not quite) that swept
the Nazis into control are being replicated in front of our eyes. People are
cowed and so far Congress has not done anything to stop these lies (first
amendment rights); that is to lie up to the heavens if one has the money and
the agenda to carry them out.
issue I am addressing is the "lie" and the willingness of people to
accept the lie. Of course it is interesting that only one question need be
asked. Since the cry is we don't want socialized medicine, with forty million
people uninsured, why not? Indeed why is this outcry not seen or heard at the
billions of dollars spent for unnecessary wars and for the defense of our
country. No one complains as to the deficit these billions will bring to
is apparent looking at the protestors that they would be likely to benefit by
universal health care. The question then is why do the lawmakers accept the
best medical care in the world -- from the government. It seems
incomprehensible that the protestors do not know this. It seems that logically
the protestors might put forward the cry we want the same health care as you in
Congress and you in the White House and you in the federal courts enjoy.
is not exactly front row here. Big business, which can sideswipe people's
minds with blaring slogans and thugs, yes even female thugs, can scream out the
slogans to disrupt and stop town hall meetings.
course the Republican Party is using this display of barbarism as a commentary
on how people feel about health care and how people are expressing their right
to speak. They do not mention this right is expressed with such intimidating
voices as to leave the Democratic majority silent, frustrated, even confused.
interest here is in how this begins and I want to put forward the patient whom
I wrote about in various essays on my website; for example: The Mysterious
Leap From The Mind to the Body, Apple Sauce, And Now Love, and The
patient is a fifty-year-old woman, divorced, with a twenty-five-year-old son
who is independent. She is dark haired and dark eyed, a middling attractive
woman. She comes from New York, the youngest of three children: an elder
brother followed by a sister and then herself. The brother was an accountant
with a leading, worldwide firm, and helped the patient get a job with this same
firm. Her major had been in business, and she had also earned an MBA from a
good Eastern university. She came to Los Angeles to get away from family and
in-laws after her divorce became final some ten years ago; she wanted to make a
fresh start. This she has done so well that she is a mid-level manager with
ambitions to go higher.
am getting a massage. My older brother comes into the room – or maybe it’s my
youngest brother. He says he knows how to work on my kidney issues which is
the issue he thinks I have. He starts pushing on my body under the rib cage on
the left. I really hurt. The pain is incredible. In fact, it is so intense
that the wind is knocked out of me. I can barely croak out, “Stop! You’re
hurting me!” Eventually, he does stop and goes out of the room. I am
breathless on the table. It takes me a good ten minutes to even recover enough
to be able to get up off the table and go out and yell at him. I am furious.
I tell him that he will be getting the bill for my chiropractor visits from the
injury he has created, and I’ll expect him to pay with no complaints. He is
shocked and doesn’t say anything but is really surprised by my anger and tirade.
My sister or someone else female is also there. I’m yelling at her, too, until
I just can’t yell anymore. I turn and walk away still so angry.
I was so angry in this dream that I felt like I was shaking. Why did he injure
me that way?
B: Is your brother a masseur in real life?
No, and I can’t imagine why I would let him touch me as if he were one. It is
very intimate to get a massage.
B: Why did he think you had a kidney problem?
I think that kidney is the organ that represents “chi” or life force in
acupuncture. Maybe I think I need help with my life force right now.
B: Do you?
Yes. I’m exhausted from working hard and am emotionally tired, too.
B: But he presses on your front left side under your ribs. Your kidneys are
in the back.
I know. It makes no sense. What is the organ in that location?
B: The spleen is there.
I know liver represents anger but I don’t know what spleen is.
B: The spleen gives the body blood when there is an injury. It helps to clean
Why was my brother pressing on that area and why did it hurt so much? I don’t
think he was pressing that hard.
B: Why is your sister in the dream?
I don’t know but I am very angry at her too. It might be my sister or just a
female of some sort.
B: Who is the chiropractor?
I think that might be you. I come here for fixing emotional problems. The
chiropractor fixes physical problems. But somehow, you are both fixers.
B: What really needs fixing?
My tendency to let the intellect rule my world when the unconscious should be
the primary guide for me.
B: I think this dream is about what happens when wrong interpretations are
given in therapy. I think your brother is injuring you by pressing on your
spleen, the provider of your blood, which you need to live. When a therapist
gives wrong advice to a patient, the therapist does damage by removing blood or
life force from the patient. This is the same thing that a Mother does when
she injects, unconsciously, her own rejected unconscious material into the
fetus. She harms the fetus but the fetus doesn’t know. Patients don’t know
that wrong advice from their therapists actually cause them harm.
is another point to be made as to why your brother presses your spleen in
addition to what has been said and that would be the pain you felt and I
believe the pain he felt of carrying and suffering the imprint. Consequent to
the pain would be the rage that the one he trusted, as we all trust our
mothers, hurt him so badly. Therefore, rage like in “venting your spleen.”
Why is there harm from both my brother and my sister or the female energy?
B: This represents the passing of unconscious material by both the biological
mother and the biological father; both imprint material into the fetus which is
harmful. Because this imprinting is accepted unconsciously by the fetus and
the child, the person who grows up to become an adult will easily and without
resistance accept the same type of harmful material from a therapist who
interprets or advises incorrectly. The person feels comfortable with the
injection of bad advice because harmful unconscious material being pushed into
the patient is the norm for the patient. You are angry in the dream, furious
in fact, because you don’t want to permit or tolerate any more intrusion of the
unconscious material of others. That is why you will come to me as the chiropractor
to fix the problem.
was interesting for me to re-read an article written over 50 years ago by Dr.
Edward Glover of the British Psychoanalytic Society. It is called The
Therapeutic Effect of Inexact Interpretation. I want to quote from Dr.
Glover's conclusion and remember he is talking about this problem in the
treatment of patients. He likens an inexact interpretation to “hysterical
suggestions of a phobiac order”. He goes on to illustrate the point by using
the family physician who
"…is the most original and in a
sense daring technician,
who seldom gets credit for being an expert
"Intuitively he attempts to deal at
once with the
patient's superficial anxiety layers and his
guilt layers. He is unwittingly a pure
suggestionist' in the sense that he plumps
repression and tacitly offers his own
(ignorance) as a model; but by his use of
he shows intuitive appreciation of the deeper
of guilt which, under other circumstances,
to paranoia. And he plays the role of a
persecutor". He is in this respect the
descendant of the first magical
paper displays a great knowledge of the unconscious and of unconscious fantasy,
very popular in the 40's and 50's due to the paper by Susan Isaacs[i],The
Nature and Function of Unconscious Phantasy.
great and beautiful knowledge of the unconscious careening from anxiety to
depression to guilt to paranoia in the minds of all people and the minds of
patients coming for analysis is explicated here.
Glover's erudite explanation of and excuse for inexact interpretation is quite
understandable. He is honest when he asks where do we as analysts stand at
this time? What of our interpretations made last year or five years ago? Were
they inexact and did we mislead our patients? He is not pointing a finger at
anyone. He is calling attention to the state of psychoanalytic knowledge
saying this is where we are now.
some sixty years later, we can appreciate his erudition, his exquisite
presentation of the facts and the theories present at the time. Today we are
in possession of a lot more information and I can say unequivocally that
inexact interpretation is not merely displacements. That is true but it is
also true that they damage the mind, a mind that is perpetually asking for the
truth. All minds on earth are hungry for that. All minds have been imprinted
by the mother's unconscious unwittingly and suffer the consequences thereafter,
one were to be more explicit, one could say inexact interpretations are lies
and lies hurt the fragile minds of the fetus, a hurt from which it recoils and
attempts to protect itself and continues to protect itself throughout life.
But lies leave a perceptual apparatus that is confused; what is truth and what
is a lie.
is this confusion that unscrupulous people, whether corporations, governments
or people in power, use to their great advantage especially those who feel it
is better to have a confused electorate on the grounds that they are
controllable and pliable. This is a condition that parents really want as
well. They want their children manageable, quiet and contained.
is this state of confusion that can be rolled into anxiety, depression or
upheaval since the 60's has overturned this possibility and the times are
disquieting here in America and in the world for it is clear few people believe
their parents or believe their government. This is substantiated by our
government which still does not believe in the great cleansing process of
transparency and telling the truth.
people can take any truth anytime.
the people in power in government or in power in industries or financial
markets, can they take the truth.
we survey our glimpses into the sorties we have hastily made at random - that
is government, oil companies, defense companies especially those with global
impact, etc. - all are felt to be representative of "less than good
mother" who has consciously sent a powerful blow to the mind of the fetus
causing it to turn to defense mechanisms it will use in all the rest of its
life, a life more or less full of emotional disturbances and more or less full
of physical illness.
people, all the people, are the fetus.
many it will cause great difficulties in perception. As I said above, what is
good and what is true for me? After all who can argue against a health system
that will look after your family and you and give you that peace of mind that
all the people of Europe already enjoy.
early masochism can cause an electorate to vote against its best interest much
as a masochistic individual can sabotage his or her best interest.
when quiet and civil discourse is absolutely necessary, voices on the other
side are shouting out slogans of deception and lies and they may catch on to a
fair sized number of the community of Americans. Here in fetalhood is where it
all starts and here is where the attention of all who would treat the mind and
emotions of people have to acquaint themselves with the terrain.
When someone in treatment comes to this point, the forces of the patient's
unconscious, that is his or her imprint, will fight against his or her liberation.
It will fight cunningly and desperately for the status quo. It is only the
vigilance of the analyst and the great desire of the patient who is weary of
suffering, to pass this Rubicon.
real life as we see there is no one to point out to a mob that they are wanting
something against their deepest interest, aside from those flacks that are
there paid to do civil disobedience for mercenary reasons. In reality there is
only one request all the people should make of their representatives in Congress:
us the same health plan that all of you have.
would truly be democratic.
TWO – PATIENT HISTORY
have met this patient before in my essays Evolution-The Polarity
Question-and Chiefdom and Risk The Ocean. This is Melanie
who is in her 30’s, a Harvard graduate and currently teaching at an Ivy League
underground in a man-made cave directly under the ‘Iolani Palace, the seat of
the overthrown Hawaiian monarchy. This is where the last reigning monarch of
Hawai’i, Queen Lili’uokalani, was put under house arrest after the coup d’état
in 1893. I am wandering through the vast cave, built by the American- and
European-born businessman and descendants of American missionaries who
orchestrated the overthrow. The heirs of the Hawaiian monarchy are all there
in the cave. An older woman shows me a pile of rusty heirlooms. I look
closely at them, and realize that they are priceless jewels – the crown jewels
of Hawai’i. Then, I realize that the woman showing me the jewels is Bernice
Pauahi Bishop, who was the last descendant of the royal line of King Kamehameha
I. Kamehameha I conquered the Hawaiian islands and established the
kingdom of Hawai’i in 1810. Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the woman showing me the
jewels, was his great-granddaughter. She is well-known for her philanthropic
legacy, the Bishop Estate, which she instructed to fund “the support and
education of orphans, and others in indigent circumstances, giving the
preference to Hawaiians of pure or part aboriginal blood.” As I touch the
jewels, I realize who she is and who all the people gathered in the cave are –
the lost rulers and chiefs of Hawai’i.
dream shifts, and I am now at the White House, where President Obama is giving
a speech on the front lawn. Far to the side, there is a garage, and above the
garage sit the Hawaiian royals, the same people who were in the cave. They are
far away from the podium and the house. It occurs to me that the garage would
have been the stables in the olden days, which is where slaves and servants
were sometimes housed. The fact that the Hawaiian nobility are seated in the
slaves’ quarters saddens me greatly. When the speech is over, Obama goes over
and hugs them.
dream harkens to an earlier dream I had about Obama, in which he is asking me
to cut the fat off of his obese body. In the dream, it was a Hawaiian friend
of mine, Keli’i (this name contains the word ali’i, which means “chief”
in Hawaiian), who is asking me to do this, but through analysis with Dr. Bail,
I realized that my dream was drawing an important parallel between President
Obama and the Hawaiian chiefs, namely that his power as the Commander-in-Chief
of the U.S. was being hampered just as the Hawaiian chiefs’ were. The
overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy was led by Lorrin A. Thurston, a grandson of
American missionaries, who drew support from the American and European business
class residing in Hawaii. When Queen Lili’uokalani was deposed on January 17,
1893, she ordered her forces to surrender to avoid bloodshed, stating the
“Now to avoid any collision of armed forces,
perhaps the loss of life, I do this under
impelled by said force yield my authority
time as the Government of the United States
upon facts being presented to it, undo the
action of its
representatives and reinstate me in the authority which I
as the Constitutional Sovereign of the Hawaiian Islands.”
President Grover Cleveland wanted to reinstate the monarchy, a congressional
committee determined that the U.S. found “no historical, legal, or moral
obligation for the U.S. government to provide reparations, assistance, or group
rights to Native Hawaiians.” Cleveland’s successor, President William
McKinley, signed the Newlands Resolution annexing Hawaii on July 7, 1898.
Queen Lili’uokalani’s trust in the moral fiber of the U.S. government was thus
this new dream, the parallel between Obama and the Hawaiian chiefs is drawn
more deeply. The Hawaiians were conquered by the Americans and are portrayed
as servants or slaves in the dream. Obama joins them above the garage, and
hugs them like family. He is thus coded as a slave himself, even though he is
the President in name.
makes me feel that Obama doesn’t really possess the authority of the office of
the President, and that, no matter how good his intentions, he will go the way
of the businessmen and the American elite. He is a chief inside, under those
layers of “fat,” and so he belongs with the deposed monarchs. But if he is a
slave, then he has no real power, and so it seems he is a puppet at the podium.
did a little research on the school that Obama graduated from in Hawaii, which
is also my alma mater – Punahou School. The land on which Punahou sits is
called Ka Punahou, and it originally belonged to King Kamehameha I. It was
passed down to various chiefs and was eventually gifted to Hiram Bingham, the
first Christian missionary in Hawai’i. Bingham founded Oahu College (later, Punahou
School) in 1842 as a school for the children of Congregational missionaries
serving throughout the Pacific. It’s interesting to me that the founder of
Kamehameha Schools, Bernice Pauahi Bishop, appears in my dream, showing me the
jewels of the monarchy. During analysis, Dr. Bail described these jewels as
symbols of moral righteousness, or the mana (spiritual power) that the
Hawaiian people valued so highly in their leaders. In fact, the state motto is
derived from a proclamation written by King Kamehameha III: “The life of the
land is perpetuated in righteousness.” It saddens me to see the $9B endowment
for the Kamehameha Schools misused by the Trustees of the Bishop Estate (there
have been various scandals about how the money is dispersed over the years) and
also to observe the conservativism and elitism of Punahou School. The fact
that Obama was educated at a school that was founded for and by missionaries,
and then attended Columbia and Harvard, further inscribes him in an elitist
context that complicates my dream-picture of him as the President who sits with
the slaves. Oahu College eventually accepted students outside of the
missionary circle, but prevented them from speaking Pidgin English (the patois
of Hawaii). They were expected to conform to Standard English, which was just
one of many ways that Hawaiians and Asians (brought over from China, Japan,
Korea and the Phillipines) to work on the plantations) were slowly colonized.
been thinking about “colonization.” Hawaii and all of its inhabitants have
been colonized by American culture for many generations. Obama’s own
background, as diverse and rich as it is, is also an example of a colonized
cultural identity. I feel I can speak to this as an Asian-Caucasian from
Hawaii with family ties to the mainland. I think my dreams tell me that Obama
went to the wrong “school”. He went through a system that required him to
conform to an elitist, empire-building ideology, and he came out on top. No
matter how good his intentions are, he is a colonized soul who sits with the
other disenfranchised chiefs in the slaves’ quarters, while the American elite
carries on the governing of the land. The Hawaiian motto is ignored, and the
life of the land perishes because it is not ruled with righteousness. Where is
THREE – PATIENT HISTORY
patient is Frank, a 53 year-old man who is a writer and a director of
commercials. I have written about him in a number of essays such as Roundabout and Reflections on the Global Financial Crisis.
As usual there is much more that happened in this dream than I can remember.
There are at first only fragments.
am in my childhood hometown, a religious community. There was (in reality) a
dormitory where the boys came from around the country for high school to learn
about the religion. In the dream I see this building. I feel a huge ache for
it, but it is vague and confusing. Then the dream comes into focus. I am in a
large swimming pool with many children, maybe a few adults. I suddenly start
flipping over and over this thin, blue, plastic rowboat, playing with it. It’s
about seven feet long. All the kids love this and want to play with me. My son
(now grown, but about five years old in the dream) wants to play too, which we do.
He’s on my shoulders and head. I keep flipping the boat, but then for some
reason he gets upset and stomps off. Somehow the pool seamlessly becomes land,
a tangled garden. I find him, but he’s now very tiny, about two inches tall.
He’s very moody, hiding under the leaves in this garden. Suddenly I see two
spiders coming at him. (Are they black or light brown? I can’t quite remember,
but my concern is that they are deadly poisonous.) Because he is so small
they are almost his size. I snatch him up just before he is bitten, telling him
he has to be careful. I hesitate telling him the spiders might have killed him.
(Would that have happened?) I know they would have at the very least filled him
with toxins. As best as I remember I tell him about the toxic part, but not
about the possibility of dying, because I’m concerned that it might make him
afraid of the world of nature (of which in fact in real life he now somewhat
Bail pointed out that the blue plastic boat was like an earlier dream I’d had
in which a baby in utero was covered with a thin blue blanket. In the dream I
had been worried about this baby staying warm. The thin, blue blanket was a way
of talking about depression and the lack of love, of warmth. He said that in this
latest dream the boat signified the same issues and that because the boat was
made of thin plastic it showed how flimsy things were for my son. It showed how
I had not been able to help him when he had been young, because I had come from
a world of depression myself, even as (in real life) I had tried to make light
of it (flipping the boat). But it didn’t work, which is why in the dream he
leaves the pool upset. I have been no help. Then he moves into the garden,
growing smaller, the size of a fetus. This is my dream letting me know that
while in his mother’s (my wife’s) womb, the two spiders which were his mother’s
unconscious projections where out to kill him, perhaps even did kill who
he might have been, but that in the dream it indicates I am now trying to save
Bail then pointed out that the first part of the dream, about the school
dormitory, was picking up on my dream from the night before in which I had
somehow really faced for the first time that the religion I had grown up in was
pretty much insane. The religion had been very specific about heaven and hell,
etc – very vivid – but it was quite false from everything I have come to
understand and was followed to such a degree by its adherents that it was
really a form of insanity. This was a powerful and difficult discovery for me.
My pain for the boys in this dormitory was that they were sent away from their
families to learn about something that was insane. Of course, what does that
say about their families?
the next two nights it seems that my dreams continued with this theme.
am with a very conservative, extended Republican family that is some mix of my
hometown and the far west. I am picking up folded cowboy dude clothes worn by
the family, hoping and not hoping to be invited for dinner, wondering if I need
to go back out by myself on the lonely hillside surrounding their home.
answer to this question is that this family, dressing up in fake cowboy dude
gear is, for instance, like George Bush’s family with his “ranch” in Texas or
like the religious people I grew up with, etc. They will never appreciate
anything about what I believe. Therefore I am wasting my time being with them.
I should only be with people who can be helped by what I have been learning
from my dreams. I will need to go back out on that hillside and hopefully at
some point I will be able to help my son and people like him who have been
dealt so much damage but are open to being picked up.
this dream I come to understand that the housekeeper under my employ when my
son was young used to take him to movies all afternoon - at least two movies a
day, maybe more. I didn’t know this. I didn’t really care where he was at the
time. Such a waste - I was a terrible father. I felt just awful in the dream.
Then there was talk of a pink Volkswagen bus in which whole families traveled
and also slept.
association with the VW bus was of a “pink torpedo,” which is a rock ‘n roll
reference to the penis. A weapon, Bail noted. Also Volkswagen was a Hitler
invention, Fascist. This underlined what I had been coming to understand, that
families primarily live in Fascist constructs. Mine did. I basically killed my
son’s soul, even before he was born, possibly at conception with my pink
torpedo. Then I finished the job by paying very little attention to him growing
up, so that in fact he could easily have been in the movies all day long and I
would never have known. This realization, this feeling (as opposed to some
intellectual understanding) was almost unbearable.
only consolation is that in the first dream (7/21), I was now trying to save my
son although, as Dr. Bail has made clear, it will take great care, maturity and
patience for this to succeed.
is a film that I’m making. Is it about a pilot? Has he gone from New York to
Pennsylvania? It’s pretty unclear. Is it a TV show or a movie? I’m not sure.
Are we rewriting it as we go along? There is some talk that the pilot loses
part of his memory in a number of scenes, but I say that feels very clichéd,
very much like a soap opera. I am beginning to wake up, but then I hear that
this pilot has jettisoned all his black passengers, saying they were all
temporary. Although I find this to be horrible I have this feeling that
there had been some back section of the plane, that he’d had no choice if he
were to save the plane, but I am then told, no, that they were pushed out of an
open door in the body of the plane by the stewardesses. I wake up even more
horrified by this. In fact this, coupled with the previous dream, leaves me
feeling dreadful on waking.
said that I have often felt that pilots in dreams were referring to Dr. Bail,
since he was a flyer in WW2. But it didn’t make sense, the murderousness,
although I was open to it being about the brutality of the work with Dr. Bail,
how painful the truth can be, i.e.: the first dream of the night. Dr Bail asked
what the pilot looked like. I said he wore a dark, blue uniform and an elegant
cap with a lot of gold ornamentation. Impressive. The pilot was calm. One
of the things that most troubled me about this dream was that these black
passengers allowed themselves to be pushed out the door. How did they get there
so docily? Why did they stand so near the door and not fight back? Also
the dream had been clear, these were stewardesses, not the more politically
correct flight attendants, which might have included some men. I even felt like
these stewardesses were wearing high heels like in the early days of flying,
which only accentuated further the lack of fight in the victims.
Dr. Bail said that he felt my dream was saying that the pilot was President
Obama, that the president is the pilot of our country, my heart sank. I have
now had numerous troubling dreams about Barack Obama, even as I joyfully
supported him, worked for him and, of course, voted for him. But it has become
clear to me that his intellectuality and the intellectuality, even rapacity of
those around him, has made it impossible for him to draw from the deeper parts
of himself, from his unconscious, from his feminine unconscious. A number of my
dreams have had him doomed, even as Dr. Bail, in for instance his last essay,
has still held out hope. None of my dreams have raised the possibility of hope
and this dream seemed to be the worst yet. Dr. Bail went on to say that
Obama had gotten elected promising to free “the slaves,” but that this dream
seemed to indicate that he had been jettisoning them instead. Further the dream
indicated that Obama had no memory any more, perhaps because of his Ivy League
education, his embrace of all things that constitute this
culture. Whatever the core reasons it was now being indicated that Obama has
turned into a merciless pilot, willing to sacrifice those who can’t protect
what of the passengers, so willing to be pushed out the door? Dr. Bail
suggested I reread his essay “Master, Slaves and Imprints,” which describes how
people, so bombarded with the imprint will with ease be led to the open door of
any jet, to be pushed out without the slightest struggle. We ended by
discussing the current Health Care controversy - how the citizens of this
country are so willing to throw away reasonable healthcare for themselves and
their children so that Wall Street, the bankers and the CEOs can be awarded
trillions for their mistakes, so that the generals can keep waging hopeless,
DR. BAIL’S COMMENTARY
account of the sessions above is essentially an accurate reporting of our
work. I think the patient, Frank, is a bit too severe with himself and his
feelings of failing his son but then do we not all fail our children to a
greater or lesser extent and, it should be noted, the real danger was from the
spiders, ever a symbol for the mother. If we were holding everyone
accountable, as Shakespeare says, to this severity who would escape a whipping.
boy’s mother was herself emotionally abandoned by her mother and so on back
through the generations. Let us not forget that women, in the history of
mankind, have not exactly been treated well, in fact badly for the most part,
and it is ironic that we say “mankind” – why not “womankind”? Because it is
essentially the history of men and their folly and what a shabby history it is.
the new age - the one that is beginning to simmer, little bubbles puffing out
here and there around the globe - looks toward a brighter more appreciative
role for women in this story of evolution. Whereas the primary focus of this
series of dreams has to do with parental failure, it once again shows us that
dreams are our friends and they do contain answers that all of us need to know.
have spent one hundred years of falsely believing that dreams and their container,
the unconscious, is a fearful place, a dangerous place to be and to be avoided
at all costs. That simply is dead wrong. One can forgive Freud that dictum.
He was, after all, the first explorer of the terrifying domain of the unknown.
We can forgive explorers.
have to let that idea go as indeed there are hundreds and maybe thousands of
ideas we will have to drop as we move toward a more enlightened world society.
In that journey the unconscious will have to come forward and show men in their
blind devotion to the intellect how wrong that devotion can be and reveal what
path we should take. Every person who has taken the step in that direction is
sending the message that the unconscious is a place of the most profound
knowledge – better and more complete than all the encyclopedias – even more
up-to-date than Wikopedia.
as Shakespeare wrote, “Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast”, it is
contiguous to the unconscious which has the magic, the simplicity, the truth to
soothe our fevered anxieties, our disquieting guilt, our fearful paranoia. The
unconscious is symbolized by the feminine. In a sense the future will belong
to the feminine. But more true it will belong to the fruit of the marriage
between the feminine and the masculine, that is between the unconscious and the
specifically I wish to point out that the child in the dream runs away and
shrinks to the size of two inches. Is this an embryo? How old is an embryo
that is two inches? The answer is four to six weeks. This is very important
because using Yeatsian symbolism the beast (the two spiders) is slouching
toward Bethlehem (the embryo). Bethlehem, the story of the Christ child, is
the story of every child. Every child is the blessing. Every child is the
purity. And every child so conceived already faces the threat of projections
from which he/she cannot protect themselves. I point this out because recent
findings by scientists at the University of Maastricht Hospital have proved
that fetuses do respond to stimuli and they do have memory.[ii]
What this dream leads me to infer is that stimuli from the mother’s unconscious
enters much earlier than the thirty weeks postulated by the scientific work at
Maastricht. If so I would expect the scientists will develop the method and
means to ascertain this speculation that the projections from the mother’s
unconscious access the embryo as early as four to six weeks and already
determine it’s destiny.
the patient, Frank, has faithfully transcribed the dreams and our discussion
concerning the meaning of these dreams. In view of the meaning, I think it
important to state that the external stimulus to this series of dreams is the
national debate over health care in this country.
have so many lies been put forward by the opposition, that is the Republicans,
who are quite willing to say they want health care reform but say no to every
the outset they were so strident in their opposition that President Obama took
the single payer, government sponsored option off the table. They openly made
it clear to their constituents, and whoever else might listen, that the
government was evil and government control would be a disaster. All this while
they have not mentioned that Social Security, Medicare and the Veterans
Administration is that kind of system. They do not mention that they get the
best health care in the country paid for by the government and that they are
the recipients of socialized medicine. They have no scruples about this
deception and the people are so confused they cannot think to ask. The people
are misled into different possibilities that the government will enslave them
or create death panels to kill them. These congressional Republicans and
senatorial Republicans seem quite willing to suggest these lies so as to
terrorize their constituents into clamoring for the status quo. Meanwhile
these "masters" deprecate and vilify the national health care system
in European countries all of which rank much higher in every way than the one
currently in America. These lawmakers are certainly the descendents of
Goebbels who preached the big lie and repeated it endlessly until the downfall
of the Nazi regime, at which point he killed his family and then himself.
kind of lying seems to these people to be free of consequences, but there is no
such thing in the world as stimuli without ensuing reactions; no such thing as
cause without effect.
quite not nice is being stored up and someone, maybe a lot of people, will be
the unwilling victim of the lies sown at these times.
is strange that there is apathy in the Democratic Party and there is even a
staunchly conservative group that opposes health care reform. Even more
ominous is an ambivalence on the part of President Obama.
one asks how many members of Congress are recipients of money from the
insurance companies, the health care industry or the pharmaceutical industry.
No one has said or written that all of these people who are the recipients are
deeply in conflict and in no way able to discuss or legislate an honest health
care bill without bias. Each one should, for their consciences sake, recuse
himself. If they do not, there will be consequences in their own individual
unconscious and in their lives. This is universal law. Again there is no cause
without an effect. Dishonesty is a powerful cause and it will effect and
course it is interesting to an analyst watching this and hearing the lies and
knowing how ill lies make people. The analyst is seeing lies instatu nascendi
and knows people will be ill and money will have to be spent on physical and
emotional illness which will redound paid for by the government to that
facts the patient knows and it torments him to see and hear all that is going
on as it repeats the lies and deception in his own family causing anxiety,
fear, paranoia and depression in him and in all of his siblings. The results
of this upbringing he sees in his brothers and sisters today. Each in his/her
own way is barely coping yet pretending, the way so many people pretend,
artificially with forced gaiety, with unease, with frightened looks. And then
there are the dreams of his sibling's children and the one dream about his
niece, albeit young, even before she has endured life's travail, already
this time he has this dream about the pilot, who I said was President Obama, on
a flight to jettison the blacks so willingly, like lemmings go to their death.
I know about jumping out of an airplane. It is a frightening experience even
with a parachute on your back. I cannot find the words to describe how it
would feel to step from a plane without a parachute. There is no word yet in
any language to describe that horrific feeling. Yet they go like lemmings, and
here I would say these are the "slaves" I have talked about in my
essay, Masters, Slaves and the Imprint. Most startling is the fact that
it is President Obama who is piloting this plane.
is not genetic. It is imprinted and a man-made thing.
what is further of interest is that the patient, Frank, has, over the last
seven months, had dreams of President Obama. His unconscious has penetrated to
the core of the President's being. No one can hide from someone's unconscious
probing. The truth of that probing will come out. What is so fearsome is that
the L.A. Times on August 17th printed an article with the headlines:
House Takes the Public Option Off The Table
poor, the sick, the uninsured will be jettisoned as in the dream. I have not
ever known when the unconscious is wrong. Yet in fairness to everyone, since
the matter of health care is not closed, we have to defer our final discussion
as to whether President Obama, who is the leader, the pilot of the country,
will take care of the slaves as he promised.
do not have to worry about the masters. They always know how to take care of
FOUR - PATIENT HISTORY
patient is a 60 year old woman who is now primarily a housewife but spends a
lot of time taking care of her husband and her mother who lives in another
city. She was formerly in the commercial TV business.
I had a small dream.
met Ben, a neighbor, who was carrying an animal, a cross between a pig and a
possum. He cuddled it saying it was so cute. I was carrying a head of
broccoli. I see that the middle is spoiled.
is an older man who sells dog things. He likes to engage people and talk
always of himself. I saw him the other day and said hello. I thought in the
dream the animal was strange and I remember that pigs remind me of Arianna
Huffington's book, "Pigs at the Trough", exposing Wall Street
and their shenanigans which brought our financial system down. After all
possums are large rodents. Who wants to cradle and cuddle that? Oh, yes, Ben
is a Republican and talks against Obama. My husband talks to Ben sometimes.
Ben exasperates him so he is reduced to saying to Ben, "You are just full
of shit". In other words there is just no talking to Ben at all.
B: What about the broccoli?
First let me talk about the health care debate. I simply do not understand the
Democrats. They seem to have blown the whole issue. There is so much
confusion and I don't understand Obama and what he is saying, what he is taking
off the table and then putting it back. Everyone is confused. All together I
am very distressed about all that is going on and why are the Democrats paying
any attention to the Republicans who agree to cooperate but do not do so. So
B: The broccoli?
Well, it was rotten in the center and I should have and would have thrown it
away. You know broccoli is very good for you and very green and very healthy.
But green also means new and inexperienced.
B: In view of what you have been saying, the broccoli stands for President
Obama and what your dream is saying is that he is
inside, that he has no guts and, being weak, is consequently indecisive and can
be led about by his nose.
Well, that makes sense. It is the only thing that makes sense and why this has
gone so completely array.
B: I think this is close to what you told me about your friend, the one who told
you her dream:
friend was in bed and chained by her arms to the
and by her feet to the lower bedpost. A man
who began to unchain her. She cried out, "
don't touch me. It is so painful. Leave me alone"
the man did.'
the point of that dream, you remember, was that this was a person who wanted to
be enslaved, who could not tolerate what it would take to be free. It seems
that President Obama, and I hate to say this, would appear to be wearing the
aplomb and credential of a great university but inside is the slave that did
not get unshackled despite his education. Of course, it would not since
Harvard can only give an external education and make him a lawyer. This would
only pump up his ego. It would not have to do with his unconscious and also
with what is, inside him, still enslaved.
think this explains why he has befriended and made deals with the Wall Street
crowd and has given away all of his health care cards about health care change
before he had to do so. So, well, I agree with you it is sad.
I guess Ben represents the Republican Party. They are rats and pigs wallowing
in what they have. It is all so wrong. All of Congress has socialized
medicine, like the VA, single payer. How terrible. They talk against what
they have to their people and confuse these people. They simply do not want to
give the people what they have and actually get these people to vote for their
continued slavery. It is shameless and immoral. So why won't the Democratic
Party say something.
B: Indeed, why? Has anyone said let all who have received money from these
industries recuse themselves? Is shameless now a badge of honor? Is
conscience no longer believed in? Is decency no longer cared about?
I guess not, but both parties are just bad, bad. Just corrupt. We need a
really independent, honest party that really works for the people.
have already commented about many of the issues raised here. Stunning is the
fact that three people have come to the startling truth about President Obama.
It says something about the unconscious mind that it is able to reveal a truth
one could never get to in reality, whatever and however many questions would be
asked and answered.
all these sessions the unconscious comes to it quickly, sharply and
seems to me that a discipline like psychoanalysis that can penetrate the nest
of lies so easily and can predict the truth is something that all of mankind
would rejoice in having. But then on second thought there may be many powerful
people and powerful interests that do not want us to have the truth unveiled at
any cost and might do violence to the person unveiling that truth.
when all is done it seems our own society, in such turmoil as are so many
throughout the world, can ill afford to look away from this bright light that
can lead the way to better solutions and to better times in the future. No
more lies. No more people's minds being dashed to smithereens with lies
causing confusion, anxiety, and worse.
proposition is no longer up to be contested. It is a fact, like a scientific
fact. It sits there implacable and confident in its factness like E-MC
that is a fact.
commentary runs throughout this quartet of essays. The patient in Part Two has
written beautifully the content of our session and has rounded out the hour
with a disheartening piece of history and a disheartening revelation about
is in the last essay of this quartet that the essential slave core of President
Obama is revealed and makes clear what has puzzled everyone for a number of
history of Hawaii resembles that of the American Indian and the American empire
grows to be more like Rome.
Babylonia the writing was on the wall of the palace. Now with these essays the
writing is on the wall in the Oval office.
Copyright © Bernard W. Bail, M.D.
[i] R.D.Hinshelwood, A Dictionary of Kleinian Thought, 1952, Pgs
[ii] Dr. Jan Nijhuis, Maastricht University Medical Center, Fetuses Have
Memory Study, Child Development Journal, July/August 2009