Thursday, May 27, 2010

Tek-Gnostics Guild

The Tek-Gnostics Electronic Mystery School is pleased to announce updates to our on-line community, the Tek-Gnostics Guild. We are calling upon all adventurers, explorers, philosophers, poets, magicians & madmen to join our guild/cabal! We have modeled our guild after the ancient Craft Guilds of medieval times. Affiliation with our Guild may not be for everyone... however... If you...

• are a consciously autonomous earthling interested in creative reality selection…

• believe that the best way to understand universe and our place in it, is through direct experience...

• believe that a well developed sense of humor is a sign of higher intelligence...

• would like to network with like-minded guild members of the Tek-Gnostics Mystery School...

...then you are cordially invited to become a guild member today! You will find the interface to our guild’s general membership at the bottom of this blog. We look forward to building a strong community of dynamic individuals as we travel the path, sharing our understanding of what it means to be "tekgnostic".

Additional Information about the Tek-Gnostics Guild, including intel on “advanced guild membership – the inner teachings” may be found at the following link…

Thursday, May 20, 2010

10 Reasons Why Douglas Adams Might as Well Be a Guru...

When Serene Balance was in college, she read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy novels by Doulgas Adams, or as they are often referred to, “a trilogy in five parts”. She didn’t realize it at the time, but everything she needed to know about life, the universe, and everything was somewhere in those books. Granted, she had to sift through a considerable amount of nonsense to get to the good stuff, but then, isn’t that exactly how life works?
Here are ten passages from the “trilogy” that she thinks make particularly useful life lessons.

We hope you’ll find a lot of good stuff here as well...

1. “There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”

2. “Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws.”

3. “Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.”

4. “Ah, this is obviously some strange usage of the word ’safe’ that I wasn’t previously aware of.”

5. “The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.”

6. “Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.”

7. “Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.”
8. “He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which.”

9. “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”

10. “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”

The above article was written by Serene Balance, an unrelenting idealist, best known for her extreme empathy, and unbridled passion. The complete article, with commentary can be found at…

Friday, May 14, 2010

Robin Hood and the Western Mystery Tradition

Ridley Scott’s latest offering, “Robin Hood” is opening this week-end in a cinema near you. Given the state of Earth’s current economic and political turmoil, with greed and arrogance being the norm for most minor, let alone national political figures, Scott’s choice of subeject matter seems apropos. Here is Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle’s take on the movie…

"Instead of the usual romantic adventure, Scott and screenwriter Brian Helgeland offer a gritty drama, using the Robin Hood story to depict the birth pangs of liberty. They ground the film in the details of medieval life. We see how wars were fought — the various strategies and weaponry — and how news traveled. We see the attempts at pomp and splendor, the church bells and trumpets greeting the arrival of the king. Mainly we see harshness and ugliness."

Harshness and ugliness of our political system... but what does this have to do with Tek-Gnostics, synchromysticism and the western mystery traditions?

In medieval times, technological knowledge and hence economic power was in the hands of the craft guilds. The secrets of the various crafts were jealously guarded by the Guild Masters, who also recorded every member's name and individual mark. In many surviving medieval (and other) buildings in parts of Europe today, the original Mason's marks can still be seen. In addition to marks or symbols, the guilds had other ways of communicating their more specialized concepts and religious traditions - especially after the decline of the guilds, much of the hidden knowledge was carried on by travelling musicians, troubadours, meistersingers, and so on.

Many of the medieval guilds became famous for their Guild 'miracle plays' which they performed in public, often around Old and New Testament biblical themes. For instance, the Goldsmiths favoured "the Adoration of the Magi", and the Shipwrights "Noah's Ark". Often, both God and the Devil would appear on stage together. One particular character, the Abbot of Unreason, became a figure of satire and, in later times, a distinct irritant to the church authorities.

Even into later times, at Rosslyn Chapel near Edinburgh, Scotland for example, it is known that the Sinclair family allowed the play "Robin Hood and Little John" to be performed in the glen in May and June, which is particularily interesting given that this very play had previously been banned. The Scottish Parliament, on 20 June 1555, had decreed that "no one should act as Robin Hood, Little John, Abbot of Unreason or Queen of May." Although these plays were very popular with the public at the time, the church felt that theatre was immoral or, at least, very dangerous.

In England, Cromwell's Puritans would also ban "all theatre as immoral" a century later - Scotland did so earlier, due to the severe Calvinist Protestantism, led by John Knox, prevalent at the time. Sir William Sinclair was Scotland's Chief Justice, but "strolling players" regularly performed this play in the glen by his home at Rosslyn Castle after the play had been banned by law.

In medieval times, such plays and their biblical themes were appreciated, along with elements that were then tolerated in a spirit of fun, such as the Abbot of Unreason, Maid Marion, and Friar Tuck. In medieval York, the miracle plays performed by the guilds became well known, as did those of Chester, Wakefield, and other centres of these early pageants, and many have survived or revived in some form today. In medieval times, the whole community came to see these plays; many performances would be done at various points around a town, on large wagons or platforms, and the crowds would move from one point to another, similar to going from one station of the cross to another in a church.

The symbolism inherent in many of these pageants allowed the ancient mystery tradition to be carried out of the dark ages, to medieval times and into the modern world… in the form of entertainment. Is this not the medium of the “collective conscious” and synchromystics among us? Is not popular media the conduit for the collective psyche of the modern world?

The time seems to be right to bring back the mythic outlaw tradition personified in Robin Hood... to demand that our petty tyrants... “Stand and Deliver”

The above medieval scholarship by Dr Karen Ralls

Friday, May 7, 2010

The Bene Gesserit & the Azhar Book

"Religion often partakes of the myth of progress that shields us from the terrors of an uncertain future." - The Azhar Book

The Bene Gesserit

The Bene Gesserit has existed for millennia, appearing as a semi-mystical school that trained women for service to the Galactic Empire as Truthsayers. In reality, they were subtly controlling the Galactic Empire behind the scenes in order to help humanity become more mature. The Bene Gesserit practiced "religious engineering" through a faction called the Missionaria Protectiva, which spread contrived myths, prophecies and superstition on primitive worlds so that the Sisterhood may later exploit those regions.

Some have described the Bene Gesserit as a secretive sisterhood whose members train their bodies and minds through years of physical and mental conditioning to obtain powers and abilities that can easily seem magical to outsiders. Due to their secretive nature and misunderstood abilities, outsiders often call them witches. Trained at the Mother School on the planet Wallach IX, and later headquartered at a hidden world known as Chapterhouse, the Bene Gesserit developed their physical abilities as well as their mental abilities.

The Azhar Book

In pursuit of their agenda, the Bene Gesserit compiled a comprehensive bibliographic text, known as “The Azhar Book,” that preserves the great secrets of the most ancient faiths from old Earth. The annotated renegade edition is available for viewing at the following link…