Monday, March 28, 2011

“The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment” - Excerpts

…from the forward

I am a lazy man. Laziness keeps me from believing that enlightenment demands effort, discipline, strict diet, non-smoking, and other evidences of virtue. That's about the worst heresy I could propose. There is an odd chance that this is what someone needs to read in order to feel better about himself. If you are a kind person and want to know what to expect when enlightenment strikes and why it comes to you, with or without psychedelic help, this is for you.

The universe is so vast and complex that if we needed books like this to become enlightened, we'd never make it. But on the other hand the universe is so simple in design that there's no reason for anyone to be puzzled or unhappy. It's easy to control your existence; no matter how complicated it looks. I'm really not expecting anyone to take these sentences and expand them again into a feeling of realization. But if one of you whom I never hear about gets a little higher and happier, then I would write all this again a thousand times over. I hope you find the vibrations pleasant.

…from the text

We are equal beings and the universe is our relations with each other. The universe is made of one kind of entity: each one is alive; each determines the course of his own existence. That is really all you need to know to understand this book or write your own. Everything I say has its roots in this first paragraph, and it is possible to resolve any question by going back to it and thinking it through for yourself.

The universe is made of one kind of whatever-it-is, which cannot be defined. For our purpose, it isn't necessary to try to define it. All we need to do is assume that there is only one kind of whatever-it-is, and see if it leads to a reasonable explanation for the world as we know it.

The basic function of each being is expanding and contracting. Expanded beings are permeative; contracted beings are dense and impermeative. Therefore each of us, alone or in combination, may appear as space, energy, or mass, depending on the ratio of expansion to contraction chosen, and what kind of vibrations each of us expresses by alternating expansion and contraction. Each being controls his own vibrations.

A completely expanded being is space. Since expansion is permeative, we can be in the "same space" with one or more other expanded beings. In fact, it is possible for all the entities in the universe to be one space. We experience expansion as awareness, comprehension, understanding, or whatever we wish to call it. When we are completely expanded, we have a feeling of total awareness, of being one with all life. At that level we have no resistance to any vibrations or interactions of other beings. It is timeless bliss, with unlimited choice of consciousness, perception, and feeling.

What we need to remember is that there is nobody here but us chickens. The entire universe is made of beings just like ourselves. Every particle in every atom is a live being. Every molecule or cell is a tribe of beings. Energy is a large number of us vibrating together. Space is an infinite number of our brothers and sisters in perfect bliss.

There is no important difference between live and dead matter, since both are made up of live entities. Not only is mass convertible into energy, but energy is convertible into space, and vice versa. It is our own withdrawal from awareness, our own mass condition that makes us see our brothers and sisters as objective matter, energy, and space. We always have the experiences and perceptions appropriate to our vibration level.

Expansion in love is an action that is available to every being in the universe all the time. A willing awareness will take us to heaven, a loving attitude will make us free. Nothing else controls our fate. Whatever you are doing, love yourself for doing it. Whatever you are thinking, love yourself for thinking it. Love is the only dimension that needs to be changed. If you are not sure how it feels to be loving, love yourself for not being sure of how it feels. There is nothing on earth more important than the love which conscious beings feel towards each other, whether or not it is ever expressed.

Physical reality is one of the biggest horror movies of all, and you know how we love horror movies. If the universe as we see it from our vibration level is illusory, only partially true, then that's all the more reason for enjoying it and loving it, instead of getting freaked by it. Everything that happens on earth can be experienced on any of thousands of different vibration levels, from the most euphoric to the gloomiest. We are entirely free to emphasize any level we wish. We need change nothing but our own attention and love, our own expansion and love.

There is consciousness everywhere in the universe, and we can trust all beings to handle their own decisions. No matter how it looks to us, love never loses control: the laws of our relations are as honest and exact as the laws of physics. The harmony is infinite and one and divine.

Where do you figure you fit into it?

Don't be too hard on yourself… a little bit of love goes a long way.

Written by Thaddeus Golas - first published in 1971

Monday, March 21, 2011

To Japan, with Love...

Greater hearts and minds than I have commented upon the natural and man-made disaster that has befallen our brothers and sisters living in the Japanese archipelago. I too offer my prayers, such as they are, for the resiliency of the land and those living upon it… May the aftermath of the earthquake, tsunami and resulting nuclear contamination be survived and the damages overcome. May we all come away from the disaster with the strength to carry on and the wisdom not to repeat our mistakes. With love and respect… In the name of the Mother & the Sun & the Holy Ghost... amen.

One of the things that struck me as odd… in watching the media coverage of the disaster… was how consistently the conversation turned away from the events, to the question: could this happen here? Could the nuclear power-plants in the US withstand a similar disaster? What would such a catastrophe mean to us… if it happened here?

Guess what, dearly beloved? It did happen here… in the Japanese archipelago. It did happen to us… we’re all in this together. Earth is but a small miracle of soil, fire, water and sky… of blood, sweat and tears… orbiting the sun… in a delicate dance of life.

What happens to my brothers and sisters here on Earth… happens to me.

What follows is a message from those much wiser than myself…

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Mithraic Mysteries altar stones uncovered in Scotland

Two rare, carved altar stones found in East Lothian could shed new light about the Roman occupation of Scotland. The Roman stones were found during the redevelopment of a cricket pavilion in Lewisvale Park, Musselburgh. Experts indicated that this discovery may re-write the history books on the Roman occupation of Inveresk.

Archaeologists said the stones were of "exceptional quality". The experts from East Lothian Council, Historic Scotland and AOC Archaeology Group have been examining and carefully removing the stones for the past year. Only the backs and sides were visible until this month, when it was finally safe to make a full inspection.

The first stone has side panels showing a lyre and griffon as well as pictures of a jug and bowl… objects that would have been used for pouring offerings on the altar. The front face bears a carved inscription dedicating the altar to the god Mithras. This is the furthest north that such dedications have been discovered.

Mithraism was a mystery religion, popular with the military in the Roman Empire from the 1st to 4th Centuries. In antiquity, texts refer to "the mysteries of Mithras", and to its adherents, as "the mysteries of the Persians." Some scholars postulate that the Mithraic Mysteries were founded by Zoroaster, that Mithraism was the Roman form of Zoroastrianism (Mazdaism), disseminated from the East. The god Mithra came to Rome accompanied by a large representation of the Mazdean Pantheon. But there is great dispute about whether there is really any link with Persia, and its origins are quite obscure.

The Greek biographer Plutarch (46 - 127) says that the pirates of Cilicia, the coastal province in the southeast of Anatolia (Asia Minor), were the origin of the Mithraic rituals that were being practiced in Rome in his day: "They likewise offered strange sacrifices; those of Olympus I mean; and they celebrated certain secret mysteries, among which those of Mithras continue to this day, being originally instituted by them." The 4th century commentary on Vergil by Servius says that Pompey (Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus) settled some of these pirates in Calabria in southern Italy. But whether any of this relates to the origins of the mysteries is unclear.

Adepts of the Mithraic Mysteries had a complex system of seven grades of initiation, with included ritual feasting. They met in subterraineian temples, which survive to this day in large numbers. The seven grades of initiation into the mysteries of Mithras, which are listed by St. Jerome, were connected to the planets. A mosaic in the Ostia Mithraeum of Felicissimus depicts these grades, with heraldic emblems that are connected either to the grades or are just symbols of the planets. The grades also have an inscription besides them commending each grade into the protection of the different planetary gods... Saturn, Sol, Luna, Jupiter, Mars, Venus & Mercury.

The front face of the second stone shows female heads, which represent the four seasons. All are wearing headdresses, spring flowers, summer foliage, autumn grapes and a shawl for winter. The centre of the stone contains a carving of the face of a God, probably Sol (Sol Invictus), wearing a solar crown. The eyes, mouth and solar rays are all pierced and the hollowed rear shaft would probably have held a lantern or candle letting the light shine through, similar to a Halloween pumpkin or turnip lantern.

An inscription on a panel beneath the four seasons is currently partially obscured, but experts said it was likely to bear the name of the dedicator - who is believed to be a Roman centurion - and the God to whom the altar is dedicated. Traces of red and white paint are still visible beneath the inscription panel, which experts said suggested it was originally brightly painted.

Ruth Currie, East Lothian Council's cabinet member for community wellbeing, said: "This is enormously exciting and its significance could be huge… "These beautiful artifacts could reveal a whole new strand of East Lothian's history and possibly even shed light on the way the Romans lived on an international scale."

Dr Fraser Hunter, Iron Age and Roman curator at National Museums Scotland, said: "The quality of these sculptures is remarkable, and they will tell us an enormous amount. This is the first evidence for the god Mithras in Scotland, and changes our view of Roman religion on the northern frontier." Dr James Bruhn of Historic Scotland said: "The discovery of altar stones to the eastern God Mithras adds a fascinating new chapter to the story of Inveresk's Roman past."

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cosmic Trigger - Excerpts

Nobody told me there’d be days like this… strange days indeed!
- John Lennon

The first decade of the 21st century has been one tumultuous ride, for sure. We have gone from a sleepy supply-side global economy… to a brave new world of religious jihad driven politics. Beginning in 2000 when the US presidential election was stolen... decided… by the Supreme Court, events have been cascading toward unprecedented novelty… what Terrence McKenna labeled Timewave Zero.

A quick list of these events include: The modern day of infamy… 9/11, US imperialistic expansion in Afghanistan & Iraq (war on terror), global warming & a multitude of “Earth Changes” such as hurricane Katrina, and global financial meltdown. A couple of other interesting developments were… the emerging of the internet & social media as a primary journalistic instrument, the mapping of the human genome and the concept of Singularity.

What these events point toward feels like a 2012-esque, game-changing moment in Earth’s space-time continuum. The French philosopher and Jesuit priest, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin labeled this moment… the Omega Point. Sprinkle in the speculation of an impending Disclosure Event (for flavor!) and you get a wild mixture of collective anticipation.

What follows are some excerpts from Robert Anton Wilson’s 1977 book, The Cosmic Trigger. Obviously, none of the above events had transpired at the time of publication…

My book review desk at the San Francisco Phoenix the next day had a volume entitled The Day the Dollar Dies by somebody named Willard Cantelon. Flipping through it, I saw that it was about my old buddies, the Bavarian Illuminati.

I read Mr. Cantelon's version of the Illuminati Conspiracy with some interest. It appears that the Illuminati are currently plotting to wreck the international financial system and cause the disruption or fall of all the strong governments in the world. When chaos is complete, contact with Higher Intelligences in outer space will be announced.

But, says Mr. Cantelon, these Higher Intelligences are actually Satan and his fallen angels, who will appear on Earth as superhuman and benign beings; the masses will accept them as saviors, not recognizing their Evil Nature; and then we are done for. Satan will institute One World Government and One World Religion—those twin bugaboos of the extreme Right—after which money will be abolished and a computerized credit system will come into effect everywhere.

Everybody will be tattooed on the forehead and wrist with a credit number, and every "purchase" will consist only in having the numbers scanned by computers placed in every store or bank. This is the key to a tyranny that can never be resisted, because any rebel will merely have his credit cut off, and will be unable to buy food, clothing or shelter.

Again… this was written prior it’s publication in 1977. It is a classic paranoid conspiracy/eschatological interpretation of future events as seen/prophetized in the late 20th century. Given what has transpired since then, there are some strange parrelels between Cantelon’s vision and how events actually came down… or at least our understanding of how they came down.

Elsewhere in the Cosmic Trigger, there is another intersting passage pertaining to the illumination of individual knowledge, as perceived by earthling humans…

Grady McMurty nodded vigorously. "That's the $64,000 question," he said emphatically. "For years I've been asking Phylis and everybody else I know: why does the gnosis always get busted? Every single time the energy is raised and large-scale group illuminations are occurring, the local branch of the Inquisition kills it dead. Why, why, why?" Nobody had any very conclusive ideas. "I'll tell you what I think," Grady said. "There's war in Heaven. The Higher Intelligences, whoever they are, aren't all playing on the same team. Some of them are trying to encourage our evolution to higher levels, and some of them want to keep us stuck just where we are."

The above are peculiarly interesting musings from the deranged minds at Tek-Gnostics. They are meant to be considered for entertainment purposes only… Do not try this at home. Still… one thing we can be sure of is… the truth is stranger than fiction.

I’m just sayin’…

Monday, March 7, 2011

Babylon System - part one

We refuse to be… What you wanted us to be.
We are what we are… that's the way it's going to be.
You can't educate us… for no equal opportunity:
Talking 'bout my freedom… freedom and liberty!

We've been trodding on the winepress much too long… rebel… rebel!
Yes, we've been trodding on the winepress much too long… rebel… rebel!

Babylon system is the vampire… sucking the children day by day…
Me say the babylon system is the vampire… falling empire…
Suckin' the blood of the sufferers, yeah!
Building church and university… deceiving the people continually.
Graduating' thieves and murderers…
They sucking the blood of the sufferers… sufferers.

Tell the children the truth…

Tell the children the truth…

Tell the children the truth right now!

Come on and tell the children the truth…

'Cause we've been trodding on the winepress much too long… rebel… rebel!
And we've been taken for granted much too long… rebel… rebel now!

Trodding on the winepress… got to rebel, y'all…
We've been trodding on the winepress much too long…. rebel… rebel…

From the very first day we left the shores of our Father's land…
We've been trampled on… we've been oppressed, yeah…

- from the album "Survival" by Robert Marley