DESPAIR’S “FORM-BODY” IN THE ENSLAVED (3)
Instantly, mindsets of newly Enslaved Africans disconnected from their Real Selfhoods and from everything known to be real in their lives—thereby generating in them a mysterious “Awe” about what they did not and simply could not grasp. Their helplessly dangling Selfhoods were in such extreme disarray as to convert their sound Sensory Consciousness into a Form-Body–a “Totipotency” (a putty-like condition able to be developed or reshaped into any new form by rearranging or recombining what already exists or to have parts substituted). Totipotency’s stem-cell-like ability can reform a new Sensory Consciousness along any line inherent to a human—as a different plant from a leaf cutting. Comparable to a fetus inside the mother’s womb, the process involves one regressing into intense self-absorption–complete with elemental dependency, vagueness, haziness–lacking restraints and specific organizational patterns. This pre-birth-like basic mindset can be molded for good or bad, depending upon which molding “Source” exerts the most influence–and there is no right/wrong or “For me/Against me” judgment attached. Meanwhile, one returns to the imaginative Right Brain emotional activity of ones early life, featuring “Awe” at and “Fascination” with whatever seemingly Supernatural things are occurring at the moment—both overriding associated intense fears, dread, and terror–neither hampered by “For me/Against me” judgments as to the event’s good or evil nature. To paraphrase Huggins’ (Black Odyssey, p. 49) illustrative pertinent comments: The Slaves’ sense of personal tragedy and private misfortune was diluted and washed away as one became mixed with and overwhelmed by the lesser and the prior ones. The Slaves were kept exhausted and underfed in body and spirit–too benumbed to hope for more than the end of the ordeal and of the nightmare. Each new insult was like a load added to a camel’s back on his way to giving up on life and becoming apathetic.
Also, while in a Form-Body condition, presumably the Enslaved experientially absorbed their evil captors Indifference/Hate/Evil/Sadistic (IHES) features, administered in successive situations with machine-gun type rapidity–a completely overwhelming situation. Rather than these IHES features being superficially imprinted on their minds, they were engrams (permanent memories) so indelible as to replace sound African Bible Philosophies. Because natural and familiar explanations of the happening events were lacking, their engrams imaginatively designed Supernatural fantasies which relied on Supernatural agents to create explanations for all aspects of the Unknown being continuously experienced. Products from these engrams included countless “weird” visions of every conceivable thing that could be “Against Me”. No judgment could be placed on what fashioned the “Awe” or “Fascination” since there was no immediate entity formed to which judgments could be attached. Huggings–speaking about the special conditions of the mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of these exhausted Enslaved–put their sense of impending doom (ruin) this way: “the surrender of the spirit and the will to numbness was in its own way a choice of death, a retreat of the consciousness into a tomb of insensibility. Only the automatic, physiological reflexes acted on nervous response to keep the biological apparatus functioning.”
This, I believe, is the state of “rock-bottom” Despair—not the type defined by Europeans in 1300 as “lose hope”. Nor does it conform to Europeans’ classification of: Mild Despair (like Patience tolerated impatiently); Slight Despair (fear); Moderate Despair (a grandiose form of Funk); and Extreme Despair (despondency—a complex emotional attitude constituted of sorrow and sense of failure). Instead, the Enslaved Extreme Despair–a defect of spirit of an utter ruin inside a bottomless perdition (i.e. loss of the Soul) condition—stands alone by being far, far deeper, wider, and more devastating than European types. Whereas Fear, of all the base passions, is the most accused, to be entangled in the Extreme Despair woes of Spiritual Pain—a living “hell”–is to experience the very worst suffering. As all of this was going on, the victims’ Supernatural engram mentality became chronic. This meant a lessening of an awareness as to good things doable in reality—a hopeless hopelessness of betterment—and less and less skeptism about things that cannot be done in the fantasy Supernatural. All of this has been culturally transmitted to many descendants. jabaileymd.com