Tuesday, November 30, 2010

“Old School” Synchronicity & the 23 enigma

Allow me to begin by acknowledging that the proper recognition for the term synchronicity rests with the eminent psychologist, Dr. Carl G Jung, with his groundbreaking work on the subject. Let me also acknowledge the phenomena of synchronicity, being perceived and utilized by many different worldviews, reaches back to antiquity and beyond.

Let me further acknowledge the use of the axiom “old school” within the context of this report, does not reach far, as in today’s world, our mundane collective memory fades quickly. But I digress…

I have been re-reading/researching Robert Anton Wilson’s “Cosmic Trigger” (with some choice posts to follow) of late. Uncle Bob is classic “old school” within the popular application of synchronicity and it’s offspring synchromysticism. As with many of you, uncle Bob was instrumental in illuminating my consciousness to the contemporary application of synchronicity. Many of his metaphors, such as the illuminati, the eye in the triangle, contact with higher intelligence and most importantly, as we shall see, the 23 enigma (I could go on, but you get the gist of the Sirius nature of his prose) are still widely utilized in synchro-mystic circles.

As I made my way through uncle Bob’s “Chapel Perilous”, I was amazed at how well much of what he was communicating in 1976 stood the test of time. I also was aware that other elements did not fare as well. One aspect that struck me as… well… quaint… was the concept of life extension. When I first read this material, back in the day, it seemed to be more of a hope than a promise. Upon re-reading, the concept seemed to fall short of Bob’s most conservative expectations. I was smug in my judgment.

So I’m up at 6:30am… performing my usual scan of the media machine’s mind control programming (translation: watching the morning news), which consists of channel surfing between CNN, MSNBC and FOX. I’ll watch CNN to dip my toe into the pool of
today’s version of corporate media’s daily propaganda, then switch back and forth between MSNBC and FOX to determine width of what is being programmed… reported.

So there I am… cup of coffee and clicker in hand. The spidey senses begin tingling when a news segment reports a break-through in longevity research. Apparently, scientists have demonstrated a reversal in the aging process in laboratory mice. Additionally, they re-invigorated the test animal’s sex drive for good measure, using some DNA manipulation. Just last night I was confident that longevity research was short lived, so to speak.

So then they immediately cut to the weatherman… as in “you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows”… as in “weather underground”… as described in Uncle Bob’s book… as in the weather guy. So the weather guy goes off on a rap about the day after JFK was shot. I mean out of nowhere. He quickly regains his composer and moves on to airport delays. Now the caffeine kicks in and I’m paying attention.

So then, after a word from our sponsors, they go into a breaking news piece about a high-school kid who has gone into his Wisconsin school with a gun and taken his teacher and 23 students captive, holding them hostage. This third synchronicity, the use of uncle Bob’s number 23, was the capstone on the experience. In keeping with the law of threes… the third synch event… the number 23 itself a cosmic trigger in Bob’s reality tunnel… winked at the skeptic holding the coffee and the clicker. Three strikes and you’re out!

Coincidence you say? That’s what they want us to believe!

So enough said. I received a triple whammy of synchronicity to remind me to stay awake (Constant Vigilance!!!). I was once again reminded to be open and receptive to the experience of meaningful coincidence in my interaction with universe. I was once again humbled by the deeply complex and personal nature of how our interface with universe can speak to each of us, if we develop and utilize the capacity to recognize the communication.

So the moral of this tale?

Look out kid, they keep it all hid...
Don’t follow leaders… watch parkin' meters.

Note: thank you to the two uncle Bobs referenced in the above.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Singularity, Synchronicity & Illuminated Manuscripts

In European and near-eastern medieval times, the apex of technology, as it was applied to information storage was the illuminated manuscript. An illuminated manuscript is a manuscript in which the text is supplemented by the addition of decoration, such as decorated initials, borders and miniature illustrations. This technology was manufactured initially by the monastic scribes of late antiquity and continued through the middle ages into the early renaissance.

The content was largely of a religious nature and was created by christian scribes, who preserved the “western tradition” as well as islamic scribes in the east. The significance of these works lies in the maintenance of an unbroken thread of literacy. Had it not been for these scribes, the entire literature of Greece and Rome would have perished in Europe. The very existence of illuminated manuscripts as an information storage system of ancient documents may have been largely responsible for their preservation in an era when barbarian hordes had overrun continental Europe and ruling classes were no longer literate.

Fast forward to 1957. In response to Sputnik, the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) was born. ARPA was the U.S. government's research agency for all space and strategic missile research. After the inception of NASA in 1958, ARPA moved away from aeronautics and focused mainly on computer science and information processing. One of ARPA's goals was to connect mainframe computers at different universities around the country so that they would be able to communicate using a common language and a common protocol. Thus the ARPAnet… the world's first multiple-site computer network… was created in 1969.

This prototype network was to exponentially grow and evolve into our contemporary world wide web. With the recent development of cloud computing, the internet has become a globally accessed information storage and retrieval system.

Much like the illuminated manuscript of the dark ages, the raw data or text of the internet is supplemented by the addition of decoration, such as animated illustrations, flash, video and of course the work-horse of the internet… hypertext. All of the afore mentioned is displayed on a luminous screen, which draws our attention like moths before a flame. Luminous light of a computer screen (or its bastard relative, TV) is more intrusive to the domesticated primate’s nervous system than the reflected light of printed media (books and newspapers). This luminosity serves and intensifies the same aesthetic purpose of the illuminations of medieval texts.

The outward structure, that is to say the three-dimensional material existence that was the network of monasteries of the dark ages, although vastly different, served the same basic function as our current info-net. Namely… technological manufacture, infrastructure and delivery. Medieval scribes and modern IT techs. Hand written and illustrated volumes and computer databases. The intent of these (indeed any) information storage systems is the preservation and transmission of pertinent information and knowledge.

Now… back to the work-horse of the internet… hypertext. Hypertext, the text displayed on a computer or other electronic device with references (hyperlinks) to other text that the reader can immediately access, is the underlying concept defining the structure of the World Wide Web. Having been utilized by most of earth’s citizenry for the last twenty three years, it is now a well understood and intuitive means to instantly share references, additional information and associated topics and/or sources found (located) elsewhere within the network. This simple yet powerful function allows users to explore remote locations on the net that are identified as pertinent to the current data-stream being examined.

The artful use of hyperlinks is a very sophisticated and synchronistic enhancement to any information stream. Linkage to a specific word carries subtle connotations that not only accentuate the topic, but also transports the user to another local. In this manner, hyperlinks have become the equivalent of the medieval “flying carpet” of Islamic myth. The user, upon selecting the magic link is instantly transported to the intended new location, where the adventure continues… or a new adventure begins.

Thus a user may begin a query on a specific topic and by virtue of a series of hyperlink transports, find him or her self delivered to a strange and wonderful place, worlds away from the original topic. This transport is indeed magical, as it can take on deeper, more esoteric meaning and assume characteristics of synchronicity. The concept of synchronicity or meaningful coincidence transforms our network into a global instrument of insight and intuition... an intelligence increase engine.

The internet is arguably one of humanity's most ingenious and ambitious creations to date. It is nothing less than a vast working model of global consciousness. Each human with the means to connect to the web becomes, in a sense, a single, autonomous neuron in the mind of Gaia. Given the incredible potential each individual earthling brings to this system, the creative possibilities for our global consciousness are seemingly infinite. As this global nerve-net becomes more complex and sophisticated, imagine the possibilities.

It is, of course, quite possible that as humanity utilizes this technology more deeply and more meaningfully… as a “critical mass” of intelligence increase lights up our planet with understanding… it is quite possible that we are co-creating a planetary intelligence… a planetary sentience. This might be the purpose for the four extra-terrestrial circuits identified in Timothy Leary’s eight-brain model. This might also be a benign manifestation of singularity, by means of intelligence amplification (IA), as prophesized by Vernor Vinge. This might be the natural evolution of Gaia-Mind in concert with Gaia’s domesticated primates and their AI (artificial intelligence, aka: the world wide web).

Every time our ability to access information and to communicate it to other humans is improved, we have achieved an increase over natural intelligence. As humans are tool builders by nature, our technology or artifacts become a mechanism of evolution. This Earth/Human alliance can be the logical, the practical, necessarily perfect “next step” in Earth Evolution. Vernor Vinge’s post-human era becomes the age of global sentience… the era of Gaia.

At this momentous point, Earth assumes the roll of a great Illuminated manuscript… with all of humanity writing the content. Our planetary future, this “greatest story ever told” is ours to write. Gaia transforms into an illuminated planet. The Earth/Human alliance assumes an expanded role as a global sentient being. At this point… the meaning of life becomes a far different philosophical question. Life on Earth and beyond will become very interesting indeed.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Roots of Tekgnostics Series – Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu, tekgnostic master

Tekgnosticism is a methodology of autonomy by means of knowledge. It is a thought-mode or way of perception based on “Gnosis” or the knowledge of transcendence arrived at by way of inner, intuitive means. Tekgnosticism relies on personal intellectual and spiritual experience. The balance between the intellectual and spiritual, the head and the heart… is a binary system expressed by the ancients in the concept of yin-yang.

Operatively, tek-gnostics is utilized as an aggregate of systems and artifacts designed to make available the requisite tools (tek) needed to facilitate the direct experience (gnosis) of the unbroken thread of earth’s knowledge and wisdom. It pertains to a specific illuminative experience that expresses itself best, or more precisely, is communicated best  through the medium of myth. The truths embodied in these archetypical myths are of a more personal nature than the dogmas of theology or the statements of philosophy.

The genesis of these aggregated artifacts is both ancient and modern. The ancient roots come from a myriad of sources, one of which is the Asian librarian… located in our local time-line in the sixth century BCE… known as Lao Tzu.

It is with the philosopher Lao Tzu (or 'Old Sage' -- born Li Erh) that the philosophy of Taoism popularly began. Some scholars believe that Lao Tzu was a slightly older contemporary of Confucius (Kung-Fu Tzu, born Chiu Chung-Ni). Other scholars feel that Lao Tzu’s masterpiece the Tao Te Ching, is really a compilation of paradoxical poems written by several Taoists using the pen-name, Lao Tzu. There is also a close association between Lao Tzu and the legendary Yellow Emperor, Huang-ti.

Another tekgnostic master, Dr. Timothy Leary has contemporized the unbroken thread of Lao Tzu’s understanding quite succinctly….

Consider Lao-Tzu. In the 6th Century B.C., he realizes Einsteinian relativity, senses that all is flow and evolutionary change; anticipates (in the I Ching) what computer designers will understand 2,500 years later… that energy comes in the binary code of yin-yang (off-on); forecasts (in the I Ching trigrams) what micro-geneticists will discover 2,500 years later—the triplicate function of amino-acid binding. Now reflect on the poignant destiny of Lao-Tzu. He knows that he will not be around in biological form when Watson and Crick decipher the DNA code. The time-lag problem is solved by trans-time neuro-genetic signalry. Symbolism. The (tekgnostic) Intelligence Agent called Lao-Tzu teaches the / Ching codes to domesticated primates, injects some fortune-telling hocus-pocus and thus sends down the 2,500-year CNS-RNA-DNA teletype channel this basic code.

He knows that the Confucians will distort the signal with Boy Scout moralisms (dutifully preserved in the inane Baynes-Wilhelm commentaries), knows that countless charlatans will peddle vulgar / Ching fortunes for a nickel a pop in Oriental bazaars. But he knows, also, that when external technology catches up, 21st Century Intelligence Agents will receive the dot-dash trigram message and realize that binary codes and triplicate trigrams are genetic guide posts explaining the direction and molecular structure of evolution, from the terrestrial, EE, earth, to the extra-terrestrial, E, heaven.

This, surely, is the royal road to wisdom, the highway of evolution—the two-way traffic between the Central Nervous System (CNS) and the DNA archives, via RNA messenger molecules.

Lao Tzu believed that human life, like everything else in universe, is constantly influenced by synchronistic forces. He believed “simplicity” to be the key to truth and freedom. Lao Tzu encouraged his followers to observe, and seek to understand the laws of nature; to develop intuition and build up personal power; and to use that power to lead life with love, and without (violent) force.

Earth’s mythology says that in the end Lao Tzu, saddened by the evil of men, set off into the desert on a water buffalo leaving civilization behind. When he arrived at the final gate at the great wall protecting the kingdom, the (archetypical) gatekeeper persuaded him to record the principles of his philosophy for posterity. The result was the eighty-one sayings of the “Tao-Te Ching.” This ancient Chinese text is the world’s most translated classic next to the Bible. This masterpiece is a treasure-trove of dense (in the sense that poetry is dense or concise) information.

Thus did Lao Tzu disappear into the mist of legend… leaving behind one of earth’s great philosophical master-codex of tekgnosticism.

Note: The curious should pursue the study of the Tao-Te Ching in its many translations…

Friday, November 12, 2010

Illuminati Launches Mystery Rocket (Updated)

California missile launch mystery followed by New York rocket mystery, people puzzled. Pentagon stumped by California mystery missile

A mysterious contrail was captured on camera by a news helicopter, which was taping footages of sunset. The video clip of the unexplained trail spread on the Web like fire, lifting up speculations that some unidentified organization was behind the missile launce. The media reporters, who recorded the contrail, had quickly approached some aerospace experts to seek suggestions on it. It seems that some experts told them it was originated from a missile-like object without much research on the trail’s nature.

Tuesday morning, the Pentagon and the North American Aerospace Defense Command were investigating video shot by a news helicopter operated by CNN affiliate KCBS/KCAL showing an ascending orange-colored contrail high into the atmosphere, officials said. A contrail is the visible vapor trail behind airplanes or rockets traveling at high altitudes.

The Federal Aviation Administration, the Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, and California Reps. Dana Rohrabacher and Jane Harman -- whose coastal districts are closest to the offshore contrails -- were at a loss to explain the images.

A U.S. Northern Command official who didn't want to be identified said the Pentagon is unable to explain images of what witnesses took to be a high-altitude rocket launched off the coast of southern California at sunset on Monday.

Meanwhile, a report said another newsman recorded a similar phenomenon over Manhattan on Thursday evening. The clip showed that a baffling bizarre object streaking across the skyline. It was clearly visible in the video itself that it was not come from a missile or rockets.

Our own investigative reporter, Jack Heart has been on this story and filed the following comments…

A possible answer to this mystery could be that those rascally Illuminati are at it again, flexing their alien muscle. It has long been thought that they have been developing extra-terrestrial technology and are pursuing their own nefarious space program.

On the other hand, it may be the anti-illuminati group known as the “legion of dynamic discord” combating whatever sinister scheme the illuminati have up their sleeves. Given the fact that the mystery rocket appeared to have been fired from open water, it may have been launched from Hagbard Celine’s infamous golden submarine, the Leif Ericson.
What ever the real answer is… be it some black-ops operation, the illuminati, the LDD, or simply a contrail from a passing airliner… one thing is certain. The truth is stranger than fiction. Keep your eye on the sky…

Rumors began circulating on the Internet during the weekend of November 13th alleging that the mysterious contrail was from a missile launched from a Chinese Jin class nuclear submarine that had snuck into our coastal waters and that the news media along with the Pentagon were covering up the story.  These forwarded emails contained text from an article by Washington D.C. based investigative journalist Wayne Madsen along with photos that appeared on a page from the Infowars.com web site of nationally syndicated radio host Alex Jones based out of Austin, TX.   The article said the "Chinese decided to demonstrate to the United States its capabilities on the eve of the G-20 Summit in Seoul and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Tokyo, where President Obama is scheduled to attend during his ten-day trip to Asia."  TruthOrFiction.com has not found any evidence to support their claims.

Curiouser and curiouser...

Friday, November 5, 2010

Mid-Term Elections on the Planet of the Apes Pt 2… Aftermath

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play… just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray… We don't get fooled again

Don't get fooled again!

Meet the new Boss… same as the old Boss…

– from “Won’t get fooled again” by The Who

Having a few days to reflect upon the fallout from the 2010 mid-term elections, a few stark socio-political realities came into focus. Most apparent was the adverse effect that new rules concerning political contributions has had on our electoral process. Our very own Supreme Court has removed any hope for fairness and honesty in future political campaigns. In January of this year, the Supreme Court ruled that the government may not ban political spending by corporations, labor unions or other organizations in elections. The court’s majority in “Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission” swept aside a century-old doctrine in election law, ruling that the campaign finance restriction violated the First Amendment’s free speech principles… essentially granting corporate entities sentient citizenry status.

In that ruling, the dissenting justices predicted that this would open the floodgates to corporate money and would corrupt the democratic process. Enter Karl Rove and his PAC (political action committee), “American Crossroads” and the newly formed American Crossroads GPS. Unlike Roves’ earlier PAC, American Crossroads GPS promises to protect donor anonymity. This organization has raised millions of dollars and poured them into not only national and state campaigns but local elections as well. Thanks to the Supreme Court, we have no way of knowing where the money is coming from, or from whom.

This makes the American political system “the best that money can buy”.

Another revelation concerns the Tea Party and it’s funding. Although the origins of the Tea Party were of humble and sincere intent, they have been high-jacked by a few wealthy individuals (and corporations) now protected by the Supreme Court ruling. I don’t want to name any names… but their initials are… David and Charles Koch. The Koch brothers are big oil. In an article written by Jane Mayer of “The New Yorker,” David Koch’s PAC “Americans or Prosperity Foundation” has allegedly been bankrolling the Tea Party from it’s inception. With the money comes influence on the direction of the Tea Party. So much for grass roots movements.

The final reflection on the mid-terms is the starling absence of any mention of the two bloody wars our nation is waging in Iraq and Afghanistan. Not one word. What sickens my heart is this… what kind of a society are we? Are we a people that stand for liberty and justice for all? Or are we a imperialistic nation of invading crusaders… occupying the cradle of civilization in the interests of the oil barons? The sad reality is apparently the latter. This is not good for our souls… this is a horrific karmic debt that will soon come due… if it hasn’t already.