|The genus loci:
the central spirit of a group
The following excerpt is from IN, AND OF: memoirs of a mystic journey, by Jack Haas, "The Kerouac of the new millennium." (FW)
| ...The genus loci, as far as I understand it, having never read a single word defining or describing it, occurs when a person, for no particular talent or power of their own, becomes the central spirit through which all others within their domain exist. A genus loci exists, I expect, in every gathering of people, from workplaces, to schools, to buildings, to countries. There are no specific borders, nor limitations. What happens for the person carrying the spirit is that their consciousness contains and effects everyone else's; it is as if all others exist, unknowingly, within a sea of the genus loci's psyche, and generally only that person will know about it, and often not even they will understand what is happening. The genus loci need not be the leader of the group, although in pragmatic terms this would be perhaps the most efficient person, which is why a president's or prime minister's consciousness can shift a whole country, and why the Pharaohs were able to command all of Egypt without moving from their thrones, and also why the pyramid is the perfect symbol of how consciousness begins at a point on the top, and emanates downward- just as a small light in the ceiling illuminates a huge room- encompassing a much greater area below.
The genus loci, though, is the strongest spirit of the area, not necessarily the outward leader. Hence, some of the axioms of Lao Tzu's Taoism describe this, stating: “The leader does nothing, and everything is done”, and “If you need to meddle you are not worthy of the kingdom.”
One could say then, in this spiritually evolving world, that God is the presiding spirit everywhere, and the genus loci is God's ground for being able to affect all others around that person. And this is the reason why different cities, companies, schools, and countries have different feelings to them, because the consciousness of the person who is the genus loci, being a filter of the One consciousness, modifies and pervades all within that person's spiritual domain.
Jack Haas is a wilderness explorer, world traveler, and independent researcher and writer. He is the author of four highly acclaimed books: THE WAY OF WONDER: a return to the mystery of ourselves, ROOTS AND WINGS: adventures of a spirit on earth, THE DREAM OF BEING: aphorisms, ideograms, and aislings, and IN, AND OF: memoirs of a mystic journey.
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