Friday, May 31, 2013

A Vision of the Future - Part Two (be here now)

 
 
Most people think… Great God will come from the sky…
take away everything… and make everybody feel high.
 
But if you know what life is worth, you will look for yours on earth:
Now you see the light… you gotta stand up for your rights!
 
- From “Get up, Stand up” by Bob Marley & the Wailers
 
Consideration of the future is a unique and essential operational function of humanity. Our ability to perceive a probable outcome to future events and act accordingly, is the hallmark of humankind. Along with recollection of the past, this single trait is the very foundation of civilization. It has allowed for the creation of vast artifacts of industry and culture. It is directly responsible for the transition of our species into what can only be referred to as… “domesticated primates.” As we have said before… welcome to the planet of the apes.
 
As far as we know, no other species on the planet is as cognizant of… or is as responsive to (in a preparatory sense) a perceived and shared future. Although other species demonstrate instinctual preparedness, such as the noble gray squirrel’s cashing of acorns for the winter… nobody else on the planet is building citadels (or waging wars) in anticipation of prosperity. For humans, predicting the future is a successful survival strategy. It allows us to plan for eventualities that have not yet come to pass.
 
Learning from our past and predicting our future is essentially a form of time travel. In so contemplating, we project our consciousness either into the past, or into a near… and sometimes… distant future. As we have indicated in part one of this series, we stand upon a threshold of phenomenal consequence. It is thus easy to be intellectually swept away into an uncertain future… for purposes of strategic preparedness. However, the very act of projecting into the future also creates and contains an insidious trap, from which it is most difficult to recognize, let alone escape.
 
Dwelling on the future (or should we say “in the future”) …if taken to an extreme, becomes a spiritually perilous distraction. Constantly placing one’s attention on… obsessing over… the future (or the past) pulls us away from the present moment. Fixation on the future, as misused by religious cabals (ie: “pie in the sky, bye & bye”) can become a diversion, a mechanism of control. Keeping a population docile by promising salvation in some future after-life, underscores the tekgnostic premise that Religion = Politics.
 
Being mindful of the moment is more than some Jedi mind trick. Again, using the time travel metaphor, thinking about the regrets of the past or the possibilities of the future, instead of the present, expends precious psychic energies transporting us back… or forward… in time. Our personal reserves of psychic energies, in measure, are better spent focusing on the present moment… the eternal now.
 
 

Be Here Now (if not, get there later) 


“Are the mystics and sages insane? Because they all tell variations on the same story, don't they? The story of awakening one morning and discovering you are one with the All, in a timeless and eternal and infinite fashion. Yes, maybe they are crazy, these divine fools. Maybe they are mumbling idiots in the face of the Abyss. Maybe they need a nice, understanding therapist. Yes, I'm sure that would help.
 
But then, I wonder. Maybe the evolutionary sequence really is from matter to body to mind to soul to spirit, each transcending and including, each with a greater depth and greater consciousness and wider embrace. And in the highest reaches of evolution, maybe… just maybe… an individual's consciousness does indeed touch infinity - a total embrace of the entire Cosmos - a Cosmic Consciousness that is Spirit awakened to its own true nature.

It's at least plausible.

And tell me: is that story, sung by mystics and sages the world over, any crazier than the scientific materialism story, which is that the entire sequence is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying absolutely nothing? Listen very carefully: just which of those two stories actually sounds totally insane?
 
- Ken Wilber
 
 
The world over, creative, courageous and insightful individuals who have experienced deep epiphanies… moments of cosmic consciousness… have all emphasized the importance of mindfulness. Being mindful of the present moment is a universal teaching that those who have experienced what we refer to as “enlightenment” agree upon. To truly place one’s total attention upon the present moment… is to partake of what the wise call “eternity.”
 
To be ecstatically or excruciatingly “in the moment” is an essential human condition, on many levels. Mundane applications include focus and peak performance in sports… being “in the groove” or “dropping into the slot” in music… or meditation and contemplation in spiritual pursuits. To return to the time analogy… being in the present moment effectively stops time. We have all experienced an ecstatic moment and thought… “ah, that’s when time stood still.”  We have all had harrowing experiences where we said… “I thought that moment would never end.” In these moments of complete mindfulness, the wheel of time comes to a stop.
 
These are the moments when universe pauses and listens in. This is true communion, revelation or gnosis. This is the collaborative moment between self and universe. At this moment, inspiration emerges. Inspiration, from Old French inspiracion means to: inhale or to breathe in. Also from Late Latin ispiratio to: blow into or upon; to breathe into. The origins of this word are always framed in the context of divine influence.
 
“To the mind that is still… the whole universe surrenders.”
 
- Lao Tzu

Being in the “Eternal Now” is the condition whereby new information is made available to the domesticated primate. Again… information = knowledge = Gnosis. To be inspired is to “breathe in” this new information, as it is presented… as it is gifted. Don’t wait for the pie in the sky, by and by… Be here now and universe becomes your collaborator.
 
 
 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial

 
When it seems like the night will last forever...
And theres nothing left to do but count the years.
When the strings of my heart begin to sever...
And stones fall from my eyes instead of tears.
I will walk alone,
by the black muddy river,
And dream me a dream of my own,
I will walk alone,
by the black muddy river,
And sing me a song of my own,
 
Sing me a song of my own.
 
 
Words by Robert Hunter; music by Jerry Garcia
Copyright Ice Nine Publishing
 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Occupy the Future

 
 
Not long ago, the Occupy Wall Street movement seemed poised to largely fade from the national conversation with few concrete accomplishments beyond introducing its hallmark phrase, “We are the 99 percent.”
 
Then Hurricane Sandy struck. In its aftermath, Occupy Wall Street protesters rushed to apply their rabble-rousing hustle to cleaning out houses, clearing debris and raising more than $1.5 million for relief efforts. In some minds, Occupy members had become less a collection of disaffected class warriors than a group of efficient community volunteers. Occupy Sandy, as the effort came to be known, became one of the most widely praised groups working on the storm recovery.
 
As Occupy members around the country planned the movement’s annual May Day protests, a central question has emerged: whether Occupy Sandy represents a betrayal of the Occupy movement, or its future.
 
- Sarah Maslin (full article here)
 
 
Once-secret documents reveal the FBI monitored Occupy Wall Street from its earliest days and treated the nonviolent movement as a potential terrorist threat. Internal government records show Occupy was treated as a potential threat when organizing first began in August of 2011. Counterterrorism agents were used to track Occupy activities, despite the internal acknowledgment that the movement opposed violent tactics. The monitoring expanded across the country as Occupy grew into a national movement, with FBI agents sharing information with businesses, local police agencies and universities.
 
- Democracy Now! (full article here)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Empire Never Ended (redux)


"How does one fashion a book of resistance, a book of truth in an empire
of falsehood, or a book of rectitude in an empire of vicious lies?
How does one do this right in front of the enemy?"

- Philip K Dick

Did the essence of… the force or power behind what is commonly known as the “Roman Empire” survive it’s apparent demise in antiquity? Did the dark spirit of all that is empire, simply “go underground” as Nero watched Rome burn? Did it go dormant, biding it’s time, only to reemerge time and time again throughout history? Did this force rise again to rekindle the fires of imperialism in step with the rise and fall of emerging nations? Is it with us today?

The expression or sentiment that “The Empire Never Ended” …along with the term “Black Iron Prison” …is no doubt familiar to connoisseurs of High Weirdness, as well as to fans of science fiction great, Philip K. Dick. However, there are many of us who have just come across these esoteric concepts. The fact that an introduction of these ideas is finding its way to a wider audience is somehow comforting.

One aspect of “The Empire Never Ended” suggests that since the dawn of time, a battle between primal powers has repeatedly, if not continuously, been waged upon our planet. These powers that have been locked in eternal conflict can be typified as the struggle between light and darkness. “The Empire” has come to be associated with aspects of the darker powers. More specifically, the Empire has come to represent the aspects of humanity that utilizes and exploits greed, pride and fear (you can insert any of the 7 deadly sins here) …or worldly powers.

Within this context, the Empire and the equally enigmatic concept of the “Black Iron Prison” was eloquently expressed by the American novelist, Philip K. Dick (December 16, 1928 to March 2, 1982), back in the 1970’s and 80’s, to wit…



On February 20, 1974, while recovering from the effects of sodium pentothal administered for the extraction of an impacted wisdom tooth, Dick received a home delivery of medication. When he opened the door, he was struck by the beauty of the delivery girl and was especially drawn to her golden necklace. He asked her about its curious fish-shaped design. "This is a sign used by the early Christians," she said. Dick recounted that as the sun glinted off the gold pendant, the reflection caused the generation of a "pink beam" that mesmerized him.


Dick came to believe the beam imparted wisdom and clairvoyance; he also believed it to be intelligent. In the ensuing weeks, Dick began experiencing strange hallucinations…

"I experienced an invasion of my mind by a transcendentally rational mind, as if I had been insane all my life and suddenly I had become sane."

Aside from the "pink beam", Dick described the vivid hallucinations as consisting of geometric patterns. Dick referred to the "transcendentally rational mind" as "Zebra", "God" and "VALIS". Dick wrote about the experiences, first in the semi-autobiographical novel Radio Free Albemuth and then in VALIS, The Divine Invasion and the unfinished The Owl in Daylight (known as the VALIS trilogy).
(Wikipedia)

VALIS (Vast Active Living Intelligence System) has been described as one node of an artificial satellite network originating from the star Sirius in the Canis Major constellation. According to Dick, the Earth satellite used the "pink laser beams" to transfer information and project holograms on Earth and to facilitate communication between an extraterrestrial species and humanity. Dick claimed that VALIS used "disinhibiting stimuli" to communicate, using symbols to trigger recollection of intrinsic knowledge through the loss of amnesia, achieving gnosis.

Drawing directly from Platonism and Gnosticism, Dick wrote in his Exegesis: "We appear to be memory coils (DNA carriers capable of experience) in a computer-like thinking system which, although we have correctly recorded and stored thousands of years of experiential information, and each of us possesses somewhat different deposits from all the other life forms, there is a malfunction - a failure - of memory retrieval."
(Wikipedia)


In the excepts of the Exegesis reworked into the "Tractates Crytptica Scriptura" that close the novel VALIS, Dick expresses the MIT computer scientist Edward Fredkin's view that the universe is composed of information. The world we experience is a hologram, "a hypostasis of information" that we, as nodes in the true Mind, process. "We hypostasize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is change in the content of information. This is the language we have lost the ability to read." With this Adamic code scrambled, both ourselves and the world as we know it is "occluded," cut off from the brimming "Matrix" of cosmic information.

Instead, we are under the sway of the "Black Iron Prison," Dick's terms for the demiurgic worldly forces of political tyranny and oppressive social control. Rome is the eternal paragon of this "Empire," whose archetypal lineaments the feverish Dick recognized in the Nixon administration.
(Wade Inganamort)

The Black Iron Prison is a concept of an all-pervasive system of social control postulated in the Tractates Cryptica Scriptura, a summary of an unpublished Gnostic exegesis included in VALIS. The Empire is a psychological as well as a military state. It exists as a mental construct, as a psychopathic state of mind, as a system of control. It exists in all of us. All of us are infected with this thought-form virus. This is the true meaning of "The Empire." It's what Philip K Dick means when he says, The Empire Never Ended.
(CJ Stone)

Further research on this most fascinating topic is highly encouraged. The newly acquainted can simply “google” the phrases “Black Iron Prison” or “The Empire Never Ended” …for hours of entertaining investigations into the realm of high weirdness. All of the works of Philip K. Dick are a highly recommended read. It is no coincidence that Dick’s vision has become increasingly popular within the film industry. Blade Runner (1982), Total Recall (1990 & 2012), Minority Report (2002), Paycheck (2003) The Adjustment Bureau (2011)… all explore facets of the Black Iron Prison phenomenon.

As awareness of the millennia old “Empire Energy” continues to grow, fostered by the success of these films, a larger segment of the general population… wakes up to the horror that they too are prisoners within the Black Iron Prison. Occupy and Anonymous are but two real-world examples of the evolving resistance to our intangible incarceration. Ultimately, a “critical mass” or tipping point may be reached, where this nefarious Empire will no longer be able to hide in the shadow of obscurity. But until that day…

   "THE EMPIRE NEVER ENDED."




Friday, May 3, 2013

Everything is under control

 
What if all of the major television network’s coverage of the debate over gun control, and all of the hullabaloo over the (supposed) attack on the American public’s second amendment rights… by some “liberal cabal” …was in fact, an insidious smoke screen?
 
Our deep-cover operative, Jack Heart, over at BigTime television’s Network 23, asks this and other questions in BTtv23’s second youtube episode entitled… “False Flag.”