These are Nietzsche’s three metamorphoses of the spirit; camel, lion, and child.
The Camel: Takes the heavy weight of all burdens; the load-bearing spirit. For all things heavy does the camel kneel down and take upon its back. The camel asks, “What is the heaviest thing, that I may bear it, and rejoice in my strength”. There are countless burdens that the camel may bear; the burden of suffering, the pursuit of knowledge and truth, the pursuit of all good things for themselves with no reward or recognition, the willful playing of the “fool” in order to gain wisdom, holding yourself to a higher standard for its own sake, taking on the death of all things you thought you knew, relinquishing all pride and ignorance for the sake of being better off for it,
So, first of all, what is a hippy? Most people have a shallow understanding of the hippie. All can agree that they are certainly a strange creature; an oddity perhaps. I will be focusing on their philosophy and values, as I believe this is most important aspect of them; it is the root of their identities. The hippy “is a member of the counterculture of the 1960s, originally a youth movement that began in the United States during the mid-1960s and spread to other countries around the world.” (“Hippy,” n.d.)
Counterculture is wholly anti-establishment. There was a strong rejection of society, cultural norms, organized religion, and middle-class values. The hippies sought to create their own culture in droves; it was nothing short of a cultural revolution.
What does it mean to be spiritually awake? First of all, it is a choice; I would say it is an equal choice of both your soul and your conscious decision making. Red pill or Blue pill? To wake up is a double-edged sword. Would you choose to wake up, to see reality as it is, even if it meant seeing the stark truth of life, or even subject yourself to great suffering? When you wake up you let go. You let go of everything you think you were, for it is just a story, not your real identity. Dark night of the soul perhaps. You start looking at the world through spiritual eyes; you begin to feel things more deeply; everything touches your soul. You may experience hypersensitivity and deep emotions.
Ubermensch; the pinnacle, the ultimate human being; “Beyond-Man”, “Superman”, “Overman”. Nietzsche was the one to introduce this concept. The Ubermensch is the one who is strong enough to master the whole spectrum of human potential. It is a full human being. It is the goal of humanity; it is what we are working toward. Self-mastery is eternal; it applied then, in the whole of the past, and it applies now. The ability of man to “go beyond”, is a hidden power. We have evolved from animal to man, and now to beyond-human. Look at art, and see that we have always had the ability to go beyond. We are “grasping” (often collectively) that which cannot really be grasped. Although we cannot speak of the truth or convey it, as it is beyond reason,
Let go of control. Control is an illusion. Completely give it up. Things will happen to you in this life, loved ones may die, you may fall on hard times, all things that you cannot control. Letting go is an art form, it is the way of the Buddha. Letting things carry themselves out in their own time and place is key. You must master the art of letting go. Change what you can, and let go of everything else. Your power comes not from controlling, but from letting go. Being a “control freak” is a pathological disorder. Yes, you are the master of your own life, but in order to truly master it, you must let the chips fall where they may. Thinking that you can serve outcomes to your own needs is an illusion.
What is the nature of the incarnation? Let’s investigate following the concept of duality of the opposites, and paradox. The incarnation is most likely a god-child; a couple examples being Horus and Krishna. He would have equally male and female characteristics. All-knowing, yet a naive child. Blissfully unaware, yet knowing all things; very child-like. He would have no preferences. He would not be homosexual but He would see the beauty in both male and female persons; and of course the divine nature in all beings. His incarnation would be a “coming out to play”, and the universe itself would be His playing also; divine play, divine sport, gods at play. Naive, yet infinite wisdom. He would have no beliefs, as all enlightened persons have absolutely none. “The child”, Nietzsche says,