Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Zombies invade Amerika!

It was never my intent to get sucked into AMC’s adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s comic book series The Walking Dead… but upon an enthusiastic recommendation by my first-born, I tuned in shortly after last season’s premiere. The TV series roughly follows the plot of the comic book. Southern Sheriff wakes up from a coma to find himself a survivor in a Zombie Apocalypse. That pretty much brings the un-initiated reader up to speed.

What makes the series compelling isn’t the gore and goo of the “walkers” (the term zombie isn’t used) but rather the questions raised of what it means to be “human” in a world gone zombie. What is it that makes us any different from the advancing creatures? How do we retain your moral and spiritual integrity when faced with un-human (inhumane) hoards?

One might ask: From whence did these hoards come?

Zombies come from the Congo (not Benin where Voodoo comes from) where the word, “nbzambi” refers to their primary sprit and/or refers to one’s soul. When the Trans-Atlantic slave trade mixed peoples from all over the African Atlantic Coast, the zombie found a new home in Voodoo. There are actually four types of zombies in Voodoo; the Great Spirit, the Spiritual Soul, the Herbal Zombie and the Bargained Zombie.

The word zombie (in Haitian it is "zombi") means "spirit of the dead." Voodoo folklore contends that a Bokor, or Voodoo priest that is concerned with the study and application of black magic, possesses the ability to resurrect the deceased through the administration of coup padre. Coup padre is a powder that is issued orally, the primary ingredient of which is tetrodoxin, the deadly substance of the notoriously poisonous fou-fou, or "porcupine fish."

According to legend, a person who has annoyed his/her family and community to the point that they can no longer be tolerated is dealt with by hiring a Bokor to turn them into a zombie. Once they have been issued the coup padre, the subjects being prepared for their descent into zombie-dom would appear to die insofar as their heart rate would slow to a near stop, their breathing patterns would visibly subside and their body temperature would significantly decrease.

The unsuspecting would think that the person was dead. Family would bury him/her as if they were a corpse. Later, they would then be exhumed, still alive, by the Bokor and, although their physicality remained intact, their memory would be erased and they would be transformed into mindless drones. "Though still living, they would remain under the Bokor's power.

Contemporary Voodoo believes in the existence of one supreme God (Bondye), a very abstract, omnipotent yet unknowable force. Below this almighty God, Spirits or Loa rule over the world's affairs in matter of family, love, happiness, justice, etc. Contrary to popular belief, Loas (also referred to as Mystères and the Invisibles) are not deities in and of themselves, but rather act as intermediaries between Bondye (Bon Dieu, or good god) the Creator, who is distant from the world, and humanity.

Offerings are made to the appropriate Loa to ensure success in specific areas. Each Loa has its preferred fruits or vegetables, color, number, day of the week, etc. The Loa also manifest through elements of nature such as the wind and rain, lightning and thunder, the river, the ocean, the sky, the sun, and certain animals.

Li Grand Zombi (also known as Damballah Wedo) is a major Loa of worship among New Orleans Voodooists. Li Grand Zombi is the snake spirit in Voodoo, derived from the Congolese name for the same principal entity. The snake used by the renowned New Orleans voodoo practitioner, Marie Laveau was said to have been called “li grand zombi.” The Louisiana mud snake used in rituals is sometimes called “ouncongo.”

The current fascination with all things zombie is a revealing trend in contemporary pop culture. The zombie obviously strikes a nerve within our collective unconscious. But what is it exactly that shuffles about, moaning in the dark, just below the surface of our consciousness? Are the un-dead hoards symbolic of mindless consumerism? Are these creatures lurking just beyond our under-protected borders, ready to pour through a break in the fence… in mass… to prey upon the unsuspecting? Are these the failed product of our under-funded schools… mindless methamphetamine monsters… slowly closing in? Surely these slack-jawed amblers are not representative of a zombified population, blindly accepting politics as usual… following the bidding of Bokor politicians?

Zombies have indeed invaded our collective psyche. It is clear that a zombie can represent the Jungian shadow. That which is repulsive, rejected and repressed within each of us. Jung wrote that everyone carries a shadow… and the less it is embodied in the individual's conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. In this regard, we have met the zombie and they are us. But what of the current popularity of the zombie apocalypse?

Mass media reflects the consciousness of the culture in which it is generated. Is the current zombie invasion indicative of a culture in decay… a society spiritually bankrupt and consumed by violence? Unlike Japan’s nuclear Godzilla archetype… a great strange "other" bringing death and destruction to the innocent… zombies are a manifestation of the personal and collective shadow of a society that is capable of perpetuating such devastation. Zombie hoards mark a civilization ending event.

Early in the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, protesters dressed like zombies with dollar bills spewing from their mouths. This creative (if not melodramatic) image was captured by the press and broadcast around the planet. What a poignant visual meme that was! It encapsulated and demonstrated to the world a very complex realization in America’s social development. Recognizing the zombie within our culture is the first step toward understanding, addressing and ultimately integrating the collective shadow.

These are the first steps toward avoiding the zombie apocalypse. Recognition of the inhumane consequences of the rise of globalization and corporate malfeasance is the first tentative movement toward healing that which infests our culture.

This is also a time of reckoning. We must put right these things in order to survive and grow as a culture. The beauty in all this is… we are up for the task. We may suffer some growing pains, but the effort will be well worth it. We owe it to our kids.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Seven Elephants in the Room

7 Elephants Now Thrashing Your Living Room - by Zen Gardener

According to the mass media fog machine, the following phenomena are really not worth reporting. In fact, by their omission they literally do not fully exist in people's minds but are just slight vague ephemeral illusions dancing on the fringe of their consciousness.

As many people say to this day... "If 9/11 was an inside job the media would have been all over it."

Conditioning complete.

Here They Come...Just 7 Of The Herd for Starters...

Elephant # 7... Marginalization Of Extra "Ordinary" Phenomena

What UFOs? 10's of thousands of sightings doesn't apparently mean squat if "official sources" don't acknowledge their existence. A secret space program and mega militarization of space? "C'mon, they couldn't hide something like that! And underground bases? That would be such a story the media would never ignore and surely someone would have spoken up about them."

Mind control? "Now who would do that to you but a demonic Asian in a POW camp? Get over it. It's not possible any more. I'm a free entity, there's no way they could pull that off. Pass the cool aid, honey, I'm thirsty.."

Funny, they talk about the technological capability to do things like these, and put out scores of movies on these subjects, but in order to apply it to your reality they've positioned themselves as the final authority on every subject. For example, that the wicked PTBs may be targeting the general population with mind control techniques, never mind manipulating thousands of actual Manchurian candidates around the world would seem crazy to most. Yet they know advertising works on this very basis.

But again, that's been cleverly camouflaged, excused and justified as "free enterprise". Clever little bastards, aren't they?

"And now those wackos are talking about secret societies, ritual child abuse and paedophilia amongst the elites? All that stuff's nonsense. Why the news man would laugh at all that, honey. I could tell by the smirk on his face not to believe all that stuff in that interview..."

And consciousness and extra-dimensional realities? That's relegated to "scientists" to package up and serve in some remote non-applicable sanitized fashion. Otherwise, you talk about that stuff and you're a new age paranoid conspiracy nut job.

Again, the false choice technique...neither option they give you is the Truth.

Ed. Note: A special "thank you" to Agent 87 for tipping us to this article...

Friday, November 11, 2011

Triple Eleven

“The significance of recognizing the 11:11 signal as a manifestation of synchronicity (a meaningful coincidence in time of multiple events perceived to be similar if not identical) illustrates the deeply personal nature of these transmissions. This is a world-wide phenomenon, the experience of which began more than thirty years ago and continues to grow in numbers. In fact, our shared Global electronic archive system (aka: the world wide web) returns anywhere from 900 million to three billion results when 11:11 is searched on any of the major search engines.”

In the tumultuous times that we live in… it isn’t easy to accurately or fully appreciate the phenomenal degree of change that is occurring globally. One cannot see the effects of the whirlwind while being immersed within it. Forget for a moment the cosmic aspect. The socio-political change that is happening now, is incredible. Being part of the phenomenon skews our perspective as to just how quickly and completely the world is changing.

In time, we will look back at this era as being one of the most significant periods in our lifetimes, if not the entire millennium. But apparently, that is what the cyclic progression from the old millennium to the new is all about… epic change.

The 11:11 cosmic trigger is at once a metaphor for “being in the moment” with universe, and a personal verification or communication with universe. It’s the old “be here now” reminder. Any cosmic significance attributed to this trigger is completely justified because we are here now. We don’t need pixie dust to facilitate the magic… the magic is all around us… if we but have eyes to see.

Where the cosmic meets the practical is being identified by more and more of us daily. It is being expressed by the occupy movement and the anonymous persona. It is being expressed by the Arab Spring. It is being expressed by the dissatisfaction with the political status quo of folks like you and me around the globe. It is a culminating moment. The old world has been laid bare and the new world has yet to be defined… magic.

As we know, an important element in the current world change is communications technology. Internet… cellphone… facebook… twitter… all point toward personal autonomy as the new defining aspect of humanity. The old paradigm of top-down, institutional control is fast becoming obsolete. The time of the illuminati is over… the time of the illumined is upon us. In recognition of this fact, we present our “Declaration of Neuro-Autonomy”…

"When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for the individual to dissolve the tyrannical bands of coercive persuasion imposed by an antiquated dominator culture and to assume among the powers of universe the authority to which sentience entitles, a decent respect to the collective-conscious of humankind requires that the individual declare their right to neuro-autonomy.

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all terrans are created equal, that they are endowed by universe with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

On behalf of the future, we declare the contents of our mind and the capacity of our heart to be naturally independent of imposed media. We proceed with no greater authority than that with which liberty herself always issues. We recognize no higher allegiance than the natural communion between self and universe."

 - inspired by the writings of Thomas Jefferson, Terence McKenna & John Perry Barlow
So this day, November the Eleventh, 2011… three times eleven… becomes a global cosmic trigger. A planetary reminder to be here now and that we are all in this together. They say that good things come in threes. Let us all lend a hand to make it so…

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Spaceship Earth 2012

Spaceship Earth welcomes aboard her 7 billionth passenger!
The closed economy of the future might similarly be called the 'spaceman' economy, in which the earth has become a single spaceship, without unlimited reservoirs of anything, either for extraction or for pollution, and in which therefore, man must find his place in a cyclical ecological system.

Spaceship Earth’s population reached 7 billion humans this week. While demographers are unsure exactly when the world's population reached the 7 billion mark, the United Nations is using Monday, October 31st to symbolically mark the day. A string of festivities are being held worldwide to welcome our 7 billionth baby!

This global milestone inspired us to present a status report on our home world’s operations…

Ship Status Report

Radius – 3963 miles
Diameter – 7926 miles
Circumference – 24900 miles

Power Source
Currently under solar power

Current Speed
504,000 miles per hour in tandem with our power source “Sol” relative to galactic center.

Current compliment
7 billion (and counting)

Capacity Maximum

*The earth currently produces 2,264 million metric tons of cereals, which is the staple food of the world. If each person consumes 2,000 calories per day, 2,264 million metric tons of cereal will support a little bit over 10 billion people.

We hope you find this status report useful…

Bon Voyage!