Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Tek-Gnostics Heresies Published!

Dateline: April 27th, 2016

The world in which we live keeps getting stranger and stranger. National politics increasingly resemble a plotline from the Simpsons' cartoon show… Seen through the lens of modern media, the material world continues to morph at an alarming rate, into Alice’s Wonderland… curiouser and curiouser. Within the realm of spirit, the great Zeitgeist (literally translated from German as: time ghost) transforms into a cosmic, paranormal runaway train… picking up steam as it careens toward our brave new future.

The engine driving this train is none other than that mysterious mechanism of meaning… synchronicity. It crackles and sparks to life, as more connections are globally realized. 

Amidst this amazing awakening, many of us within the psychedelic and synchro-mystic community have chronicled this planetary transformation. Many of these poets and shamanic tricksters have tried to warn us… hold on, it’s coming. You only need to browse the “resources from beyond” found in the left-hand column of this blog, to sample those of whom I speak.

It is with this cosmic circus as a backdrop that the Tek-Gnostics Heresies – tales of wonder from the collective conscious is at long-last published. It has been a long-strange trip, but the timing of such seems necessarily perfect. With the publication of this project, I endeavor to chronicle the amazing cultural transformation that is occurring before our very eyes, in these first decades of the 21st century.

The Heresies reaches to describe our evolving universe in the language of modern myth. It is at once a psychedelic history of events leading up to this exact moment… as well as a system of tantras and yogas, aggregated from many sources, both ancient and modern. The mythic system, as introduced in this book, utilizes psychological artifacts, drawing primarily from analytical psychology, as developed by Dr Carl Jung. Jung’s ground-breaking work on archetypes, the collective unconscious and especially the concept of synchronicity… infuses and informs the Tek-Gnostics Heresies.

Some of the topics covered in the Heresies include…

  • Intelligence Engineering 
  • Anciently occurring Entheogens 
  • The Psychedelic Apocalypse 
  • The Deep State 
  • The Eight-fold Path 
  • Synchronicity 
  • The Singularity

This has been a wild ride… putting this book together. The path has been long and arduous. It is my highest hope that this little curiosity be entertaining and informative. I try to cover a lot of ground in the 150 or so pages… My intent is that this volume acts as a general introduction to these most intriguing topics. More projects are in the works to expand upon these mysteries. We have only just begun upon the road to our Brave New Paradigm.

Here is a brief Bio that I hastily threw together for this post…

"The Heresies were channeled, compiled and otherwise written by Jack Heart… webmaster and chief cook and bottle-washer at Raised in the Pacific Northwest, educated on the west coast, witness to the decline of extractive industries, advocate of environmentally sound transition to a new paradigm… Jack Heart lives with his family at the crossroads of the Siskiyou & Cascade Mountains."

Much thought and love have gone into the writing of these pages, for each of you… the Collective Conscious. As of this writing, the Heresies are available in paperback, at Amazon books. In the upcoming weeks, other formats and purchasing options will be made available. Please support the Tek-Gnostics project and website by purchasing this book!


- Jack Heart

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Bosnian "Indiana Jones" unearths ancient spheres?

This round rock could be the oldest stone sphere made by human hands, says Bosnian archaeologist Semir Osmanagic. Discovered in a forest near the Bosnian town Zavidovici, the ball has a radius of between four and five feet, and an "extremely high" iron content.

Dr Osmanagic believes the sphere proves the existence of an advanced lost civilization dating back more than 1,500 years ago. According to his fellow researcher Dr. Sam Osmanagich, the region used to have many more of the spheres well into the 20th century. Many were apparently destroyed in the 1970s due to rumors there was gold hidden in the middle of them.

Dr Osmanagic, known as "the Bosnian Indiana Jones," hit headlines in 2005 when he claimed that a cluster of hills in  Bosnia's Visoko Valley was in fact the site of ancient pyramids linked by a network of underground tunnels.

While his claims were mocked by some, the Bosnian government gave financial backing enabling excavations to be carried out in the region. Nedzad Brankovic, Bosnian Prime Minister at the time: "We were told the world was laughing at us ... but there is no government in the world that should stay quiet on things which are positive."

Anthony Harding, the president of the European Association of Archaeologists, described the Visoko excavation as "a total absurdity", saying: "There is some genuine archaeology on the hill and I'm told it's medieval, possibly Bronze Age or Roman. But the speculation that there could be a 12,000-year-old structure beneath is a complete fantasy and anyone with basic knowledge of archaeology or history should recognize that."

In 2016, critics are once again lining up to poke holes in Dr Osmanagic's rather grand claims. Discussing the Zavidovici sphere, Mandy Edwards of the University of Manchester's School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences told MailOnline the rock may not be man-made at all, and have been formed by the "precipitation of natural mineral cement within the spaces between sediment grains" - a process known as concretion.

This post originally appeared in the UK's Telegraph

Saturday, April 2, 2016

...of Myths & Memes

"Consider the idea of God. We do not know how it arose in the meme pool.
Probably it originated many times by independent ‘mutation’. In any case, it is very old indeed. How does it replicate itself? By the spoken and written word, aided by great music and great art. Why does it have such a high survival value? Remember that ‘survival value’ here does not mean value for a gene in a gene pool, but value for a meme in a meme pool. The question really means: What is it about the idea of a god that gives it its stability and penetrance in the cultural environment? The survival value of the god meme in the meme pool results from its great psychological appeal."

- Richard Dawkins

Meme (noun) 
1. an idea, belief or belief system, or pattern of behavior that spreads throughout a culture either vertically by cultural inheritance (as by parents to children) or horizontally by cultural acquisition (as by peers, information media, and entertainment media). 
2. a pervasive thought or thought pattern that replicates itself via cultural means; a parasitic code, a virus of the mind especially contagious to children and the impressionable. 
3. the fundamental unit of information, analogous to the gene in emerging evolutionary theory of culture.

Memetics (noun) 
1. The area of study relating to viral cultural ideas that spread from person to person. From Greek: mimetikos ...good at imitating.

- Urban Dictionary

Life is hard. Let us tell you what to think!
Memetics is a theory of mental content based on an analogy with Darwinian evolution, originating from the popularization of Richard Dawkins' 1976 book: The Selfish Gene. Proponents describe memetics as an approach to evolutionary models of cultural information transfer. Memetics is notoriously notable for sidestepping the traditional concern with the truth of ideas and beliefs. Instead, it is interested in an idea's success.

Within memetics... cultural evolution, including the evolution of knowledge, can be modeled through the same basic principles of variation and selection that underlie biological evolution. This implies a shift from genes as units of biological information to a new type of unit of cultural information: memes. The meme was conceived as a "unit of culture" (an idea, belief, pattern of behavior, etc.) which is "hosted" in the mind of one or more individuals and which can reproduce itself, thereby jumping from mind to mind.

What was once regarded as one individual influencing another to adopt a specific belief... is seen within the discipline of memetics, as an idea-replicator reproducing itself in a new host. As with genetics, particularly under this Dawkinsian interpretation, a meme's success may be due to its contribution to the effectiveness of its host.

A meme is a cognitive or behavioral pattern that can be transmitted from one individual to another one. Since the individual who transmitted the meme will continue to carry it, the transmission can be interpreted as a replication: a copy of the meme is made in the memory of another individual, making him or her into a carrier of the meme. This process of self-reproduction (the memetic life-cycle), leading to spreading over a growing group of individuals, defines the meme as a replicator, similar in that respect to the gene (Dawkins, 1976; Moritz, 1991).

Myth  (noun)
1. A traditional, typically ancient story dealing with supernatural beings, ancestors, or heroes that serves as a fundamental type in the worldview of a people, as by explaining aspects of the natural world or delineating the psychology, customs, or ideals of society: the myth of Eros and Psyche; a creation myth.
2. A popular belief or story that has become associated with a person, institution, or occurrence, especially one considered to illustrate a cultural ideal: a star whose fame turned her into a myth; the pioneer myth of suburbia.
3. A fiction or half-truth, especially one that forms part of an ideology.

Mythology (noun)
1.  An allegorical narrative.
2.  A body of myths: as the myths dealing with the gods, demigods, and legendary heroes of a particular people.
3.  A branch of knowledge that deals with myth.
4.  A popular belief or assumption that has grown up around someone or something.

- Merriam Webster

Mythology is a collection of myths pertaining to a particular sacred, religious, or cultural tradition of a group of people. Myths are a collection of stories told to explain nature, history, and customs (or the study of such myths). As a collection of "civilizing stories" mythology is a vital feature of every culture. Mythologizing is not just an ancient or primitive practice, but a vibrant, dynamic cultural process, as demonstrated by contemporary myths such as urban legends and the expansive fictional mythologies created by fantasy novels and especially comics. A culture's collective mythology helps convey belonging, shared and religious experiences, behavioral models, and moral and practical lessons.

The study of myth dates back to ancient history. Rival classes of the Greek myths by Euhemerus, Plato, and Sallustius were developed by the Neoplatonists and later revived by Renaissance mythographers. Nineteenth-century comparative mythologists interpreted myth as a misinterpretation of magical ritual (James Frazer). Modern scholarship recognizes the complementary value of myth and rational thought, viewing myths as expressions for understanding general psychological, cultural, or societal truths, rather than being merely inaccurate historical accounts.

Historian Mircea Eliade suggests that one of the foremost functions of myth is to establish models for behavior and that myths may also provide a religious experience. By telling or reenacting myths, members of traditional societies detach themselves from the present, returning to the mythical age, thereby bringing themselves closer to the divine. Roland Barthes argues that modern culture utilizes mythology to trigger religious experience. Since it is not the job of science to define human morality... a religious experience is an attempt to connect with a perceived moral past, which is in contrast with the technological present.

"In the long view of the history of mankind, four essential functions of mythology can be discerned. The first and most distinctive... vitalizing all... is that of eliciting and supporting a sense of awe before the mystery of being."
"The second function of mythology is to render a cosmology, an image of the universe that will support and be supported by this sense of awe before the mystery of the presence and the presence of a mystery." 
"A third function of mythology is to support the current social order, to integrate the individual organically with his group;"
"The fourth function of mythology is to initiate the individual into the order of realities of his own psyche, guiding him toward his own spiritual enrichment and realization."

- Joseph Campbell

Editor's note: At the end of the day... the difference between a meme and a myth may involve resonance and longevity. Memes display the immediacy of an evolving culture... while myths "canonize" a particularly resonate cultural meme, over time.

(source: Uban Dictionary, Merriam Webster & Wikipedia)