Sunday, June 26, 2011

Synchromystic Widget Taps the Collective Unconscious

There is no doubt as to the profound effect that the creation, expansion and wide spread utilization of the World Wide Web has had on human earthlings. The web is much more than a mere computer network, however. This exponentially expanding network of constantly connected humanity is instrumental in hastening a global consciousness, participated in by millions of users daily. It has become the collective consciousness of the planet.

One intriguing and esoteric aspect of the World Wide Web consciousness has been the development of predictive forecasting software, aka: fortune-telling technology…

One such device is the webbot project, which claimes to be able to predict future events by tracking keywords entered on the Internet. Launched in 1997, the webbot project uses a technique called “Asymmetric Language Trend Analysis” (ALTA) developed by Clif High to generate a predictive report, based upon internet chatter… certain words of which are assigned numeric values for emotional quantifiers such as duration, impact, immediacy, and intensity.

Another such example is the 2008 start-up company, Recorded Future, which uses a “Temporal Anilitics Engine”… a software application which analyzes patterns in the past, present and presumed future. Recorded Future’s linguistic and statistical algorithm engine extracts time-related information and through temporal reasoning, they structure the unstructed… they forecast the probable.

In keeping with the above, Tek-Gnostics has developed a Synchromystic Oracle widget that taps into the collective unconsciousness that is the World Wide Web. We postulate that the World Wide Web may be used as an oracle, or divinatory tool, similar to the I-Ching or the Tarot. Put more precisely, the internet may be used as a reflective instrument whereby one’s question may be considered in the context of a specific website, accessed randomly by the seeker. The essence of this exercise lay in the scrutiny of the synchromystic moment in space-time where the contemplation and the action occur.

The mechanics are quite simple… the user contemplates a question and clicks on the widget. The widget itself is a random page generator (with kudos to Yahoo!). Results should be measured by the epiphany of the perceived synchronicity. The element to be alert to… and mindful of… is your immediate reaction to the sites accessed and the patterns that emerge. The instantaneous reaction (both emotional and intellectual) to the search reveals the user’s intuitive understanding of their emerging pattern recognition.

Access the Tek-Gnostic Synchromystic Oracle by following the link below…



Friday, June 17, 2011

The Temporary Autonomous Zone


Temporary Autonomous Zone (most definitely a verb)
1.) Also known as T. A. Z… is an experience where, ideally, participants temporarily free themselves from restraints imposed by social conditioning and regulation.
2.) An experiment in group immediatism; a creative event where new codes of behaviour are established by those present.
3.) Any temporary liberated space (ie, a squat, a street for a party, a phonebooth for a prank/art sabotage, etc.

Despite its synthesizing force for my own thinking, however, I don't intend the TAZ to be taken as more than an essay ("attempt"), a suggestion, almost a poetic fancy. Despite the occasional Ranterish enthusiasm of my language I am not trying to construct political dogma. In fact I have deliberately refrained from defining the TAZ--I circle around the subject, firing off exploratory beams. In the end the TAZ is almost self-explanatory. If the phrase became current it would be understood without difficulty...understood in action.
-Hakim Bey

Excerpts

CHAOS NEVER DIED. Primordial uncarved block, sole worshipful monster, inert & spontaneous, more ultraviolet than any mythology (like the shadows before Babylon), the original undifferentiated oneness-of-being still radiates serene as the black pennants of Assassins, random & perpetually intoxicated.

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EVERYTHING IN NATURE IS PERFECTLY REAL INCLUDING CONSCIOUSNESS. There's absolutely nothing to worry about. Not only have the chains of the Law been broken, they never existed; demons never guarded the stars, the Empire never got started, Eros never grew a beard.

No, listen, what happened was this: they lied to you, sold you ideas of good & evil, gave you distrust of your body & shame for your prophethood of chaos, invented words of disgust for your molecular love, mesmerized you with inattention, bored you with civilization & all its usurious emotions.

There is no becoming, no revolution, no struggle, no path; already you're the monarch of your own skin--your inviolable freedom waits to be completed only by the love of other monarchs: a politics of dream, urgent as the blueness of sky.

To shed all the illusory rights & hesitations of history demands the economy of some legendary Stone Age--shamans not priests, bards not lords, hunters not police, gatherers of paleolithic laziness, gentle as blood, going naked for a sign or painted as birds, poised on the wave of explicit presence, the clockless nowever.

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THE UNIVERSE WANTS TO PLAY. Those who refuse out of dry spiritual greed & choose pure contemplation forfeit their humanity--those who refuse out of dull anguish, those who hesitate, lose their chance at divinity--those who mold themselves blind masks of Ideas & thrash around seeking some proof of their own solidity end by seeing out of dead men's eyes.

Sorcery: the systematic cultivation of enhanced consciousness or non-ordinary awareness & its deployment in the world of deeds & objects to bring about desired results.

The incremental openings of perception gradually banish the false selves, our cacophonous ghosts--the "black magic" of envy & vendetta backfires because Desire cannot be forced. Where our knowledge of beauty harmonizes with the ludus naturae, sorcery begins.

No, not spoon-bending or horoscopy, not the Golden Dawn or make-believe shamanism, astral projection or the Satanic Mass--if it's mumbo jumbo you want go for the real stuff, banking, politics, social science--not that weak blavatskian crap.

Sorcery works at creating around itself a psychic/physical space or openings into a space of untrammeled expression-- the metamorphosis of quotidian place into angelic sphere. This involves the manipulation of symbols (which are also things) & of people (who are also symbolic)--the archetypes supply a vocabulary for this process & therefore are treated as if they were both real & unreal, like words. Imaginal Yoga.




Note: The concept of TAZ was first put into practice on a large scale by the Cacophony Society in what they called Trips to the Zone, or Zone Trips. One of their Zone Trips gave birth to Black Rock City, also called the Burning Man Festival.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Mount Shasta, Sacred Mountain pt 3 – The Great Flood


Photo by Living Shasta Photography
Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest recognized Mount Shasta as a place of such immense grandeur and power that its existence could only be attributed to the Great Spirit, or Creator. The mountain, therefore, was also many tribes’ spiritual center: it was held to be the Great Spirit’s wigwam. The smoke and steam seen as the summit was the smoke-hole of the Spirit’s lodge, as well as the entrance to the Earth. Native American legends connected the material and spiritual worlds and described the powerful natural forces that people witnessed in their environment.

These indigenous mythologies are consistent with other myths of dwellers within Mount Shasta, such as the legend of a mystical brotherhood of lemurian adepts believed to roam through jeweled corridors deep inside the mountain. Taken together, these Shasta myths… both native and non-native… are in turn consistent with other mythologies of spirit folk or fairies living within the Earth, Hollow Earth theory, as well as legends of a “Brotherhood of Ascended Masters.” Mythologies such as these can be found the world over and throughout history, with each culture or civilization having it’s own unique version of the larger, archetypical mythos.

One very special mythos, found the world over, is the legend of the “Deluge” or great flood. This story typically involves divine intervention with it’s/their intention to preserve the myriad of terrestrial species. Additionally, the Shasta flood myth involves Coyote, the ubiquitous trickster character, which in many cultures is associated with the acquisition of technologies, such as the ancient Greek Prometheus stealing fire from the Gods. The following myth not only illustrates the “Deluge” but also the concept of an ancient proto race or “Ultraterrestrials” upon the Earth and living as companions or stewards along side humans…

Mount Shasta & the Great Flood
The Indians of the Pacific Northwest, and those of some other areas also, believed that before the first Indians were created, the world was in habited by a race of animal people. In some tribes, chiefly between the Rocky Mountains and the Cascade range, the shrewdest and most powerful of those people was Coyote. What follows is a flood myth from the Shasta people…


Once Coyote was traveling around, carrying his bow and arrows with him. He came to a body of water where an evil spirit lived. Seeing Coyote, the evil spirit rose out of the water and said “there is no wood.” Then the evil being caused the water to rise and overflow the land until Coyote was covered.

After a time, the water went down and the land dried off. Coyote sprang up, took his bow and arrow and shot the evil spirit. Then Coyote ran away.

But the water followed him. Coyote ran to higher ground. The water followed him to higher ground. He started up Mount Shasta. The water followed him up Mount Shasta. He ran to the top of the mountain. The water followed him and became very deep, but it did not quite reach the top.

On top of Mount Shasta, Coyote made a fire, on the only ground left above the water. Grizzly Bear saw the fire and swam to the top of the mountain. Deer saw the fire and swam to it. So did Elk, Black Bear, Grey Squirrel, Jack Rabbit, and Ground Squirrel.

Badger, Porcupine, and Raccoon saw the fire and swam to it. Fisher, Wolf, and Mountain Lion swam there. All the animal people stayed on top of Mount Shasta until the great flood was over. At last the water went down, leaving dry land in the midst of lakes and marshes.

Then the animal people came down from the top of Mount Shasta and made new homes for themselves. They scattered everywhere and became the ancestors of all the animal people on the earth.


This story not only incorporates all of the elements of the “Noah & the Ark” mythos, including the flood and subsequent refuge upon a grand mountaintop, but the preservation of all the animals of earth. It also incorporates intervention/communication with the higher powers, as does the biblical version. Of interest in the above story is the “Evil Water Spirit” that pursues Coyote. This is reminiscent of the Naiads or the Sirens… or even amphibian aliens of modern mythology.

Psychologically speaking… the symbol of water could correlate with the “collective unconscious” welling up to engulf humanity.

Many scholars believe that the great flood, found in the bible, was taken from a much older version found in “The Epic of Gilgamesh” considered to be Humanity’s oldest written story. The Gilgamesh story is that of the quest for immortality. Scholars link this epic to the Epic of Atrahasis, which Stephanie Dalley, in her book entitled "Myths from Mesopotamia," mentions the similarity of the name Atra-Hasis to that of Prometheus (“Forethinker”), father of the Greek Deluge hero Deucalion.

Interestingly, and as pointed out in an earlier post, the Gilgamesh story not only includes a flood myth… it also features a Wildman character, known in Pacific Northwest legend as… Bigfoot. The enduring myth of Bigfoot is considered credible by many, even to this day.

Is it a coincidence that the Pacific Northwest’s Bigfoot creature lurks around Mount Shasta… home of the Lemurians, just as his Asian cousin, the Yeti lurks around the Himalayas... home of the Ascended Masters?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Deepak is hip to the Superhero

Like a New Delhian Prometheus, the noted speaker and spiritualist, Deepak Chopra has stolen some of Christopher Knowles fire by authoring, along with his son, Gotham Chopra, a new book entitled… “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes.” As the readers of this blog know, Chris Knowles of Secret Sun fame is also the author of  “Our Gods Wear Spandex: The Secret History of Comic Book Heroes.” Published in 2007 (well before Deepak’s work), here is a teaser for Chris’s book…

Was Superman's arch nemesis Lex Luthor based on Aleister Crowley? Can Captain Marvel be linked to the Sun gods of antiquity? In Our Gods Wear Spandex, Christopher Knowles answers these questions and brings to light many other intriguing links between superheroes and the enchanted world of estoerica. Occult students and comic-book fans alike will discover countless fascinating connections, from little known facts such as that DC Comics editor Julius Schwartz started his career as H.P. Lovecraft's agent, to the tantalizingly extensive influence of Madame Blavatsky's Theosophy on the birth of comics, to the mystic roots of Superman. The book also traces the rise of the comic superheroes and how they relate to several cultural trends in the late 19th century, specifically the occult explosion in Western Europe and America. Knowles reveals the four basic superhero archetypes--the Messiah, the Golem, the Amazon, and the Brotherhood--and shows how the occult Bohemian underground of the early 20th century provided the inspiration for the modern comic book hero.

We at Tek-Gnostics find it encouraging that a pop author such as Deepak would “get on the superhero mythos bandwagon” and publish a work dealing with the archetypical importance of the role that superheroes play in the contemporary western psyche. Although Deepak’s work may be a little… shall we say… mainstream for our tastes, it is important that the philosophical poignancy of the superhero mythos is brought to a larger audience. Here is a segment of a review from PRWeb…

For readers who draw inspiration from comic books and movies like Ironman, The Uncanny X-Men, and Superman, Chopra's "Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes," which features original art by Liquid Comics artist Jeevan Kang, illuminates the path to becoming a spiritual superhero, teaching us how to wield the great power of the human heart to work real changes in ourselves and in the world around us.

These seven new transformative laws will help us all uncover greater happiness, courage, balance, creativity, compassion, and purpose. From Buddha’s search for truth to Batman’s struggle with his dark side, from Wolverine’s exposing his greatest fears to Hanuman’s divine gifts of inspiration, New York Times bestselling author Chopra shows us how each law has the potential to awaken us to our own super powers. Together these laws offer the potential to improve our lives and the world around us. They are:


The Law of Balance


The Law of Transformation


The Law of Power


The Law of Compassion


The Law of Intuition


The Law of Creativity


The Law of Transcendence


In THE SEVEN SPIRITUAL LAWS OF SUPERHEROES, Chopra points out that great superhero stories are our own. They are metaphors for the challenges and conflicts we face in our lives and the powers—or inner wisdom—we must mine from within in order to overcome those challenges and continuously evolve.

With a wider audience being made aware of the significance of the superhero mythos within our collective unconscious, perhaps more of us will be willing to entertain the religious, mystical and occult influences that the comic book genre has had on contemporary pop culture. Perhaps we will better understand our collective identification with the superhero as an integral part of who we are.

Here is a link to Deepak's Book