13.12.10

All Hail the Policorp

Declaration of Interdependence

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for people to restructure the economic bands which have connected them with others and to assume among the responsibilities of the earth, the interconnected and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God require of them, a decent respect to the opinions of humankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to this interconnection.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Corporations are instituted among us, deriving their just powers from the consent of those who dedicate their lives to them, — That whenever any Form of Corporation becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Economic Structures, laying their foundations on such principles and organizing their powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Corporations long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that people are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Corporations, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these people; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Economic Sustenance. The history of the present Corporate Leaders is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over the people. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

They have refused Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

They have forbidden the elected Governors chosen by them to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance.

They have used their unnatural political influence to pervert the process of drawing the boundaries of congressional districts to rob people of the right to a fair vote:

They have refused to allow the passage of other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those laws be written to conform to their narrow economic interests. The effect being that the laws be ineffectual in their initial purpose.

They have corrupted the political legislative process to be unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the goals and aspirations of the people for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with their measures.

They have engaged in repeated and flagrant political corruption to thwart the will of the people.

They have endeavored to prevent the legal population of these Corporations; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners to secure a permanent group of people condemned to bare subsistence for the sole purpose of increasing their net operating income.

They have erected a multitude of New Companies, and sent hither swarms of Workers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

They have combined together to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving their Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us for the purpose of securing their private interests:

For engaging in deceptive dialog to avoid responsibility for, and the need to change, practices that have injured countless numbers of people through the sale of cigarettes and the production of greenhouse gases:

For the voracious destruction of the natural world and creation of an environment with levels of extinction of numerous magnificent creations see only once before in our knowledge of time:

For blatant disregard for the effects of toxic chemicals and the destruction of habitat and the poisoning of people:

For engaging in employment practices that have repeatedly stripped people of access to affordable health care, a livable wage, workplace protections, and the ability to have the time and resources to create a healthy, nurturing family life:

For the corruption of our tax laws to avoid paying a fair share of the cost of a civil society and the intentional shifting of the tax burden to the hard working middle class:

For repeated meddling in the political electoral process to the effect of gaining more influence and power than is due to them as individuals.

For the repeated and outrageous dehumanizing treatment of people who are engaged in the activity of making them money:

For flaunting their extreme wealth and conspicuous consumption of the limited resources of the earth:

For dismantling the efficiency and competence of our governmental agencies by the placement of cronies and political operatives in positions of extreme importance to further their own narrow interests.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Leader, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of an incorporation of free people.

Too, they have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. There is no need to acquiesce in the necessity of holding any person Enemy for as long as they hold themselves in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the United Economic States of Earth, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Unions, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Economic States are, and of Right ought to be Free and Interdependent Unions, that they are Resolved to Allegiance to the Future Generations of this Earth, and that all economic connection between them and all others, is and ought to be totally resolved to planning for the Seventh Generation yet to be; and that as Free and Interdependent Unions, they have full Power to protect their interests, conclude Peace contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Interdependent Unions may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

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The Next American Evolution

Incorporated Democracy and a Return to Common Sense.


There seems to be a growing consensus in this country that some thing is not quite right. That there is something structurally wrong with how society is functioning.

We are a world of incredible abundance that is not shared equitably, and we are beginning to believe that the American Dream is slipping away. The growing common wisdom is that the old belief of work hard, play by the rules, pay your dues, and you can build a life, not of riches, but of security, with some room for joy, seems more and more like a sucker’s bet.

Most of us have come to believe that we have hot air balloon economy that we get to ride in when things are going up, but we are tossed overboard if things dip in the slightest.

Honesty and integrity are becoming viewed as liabilities, as we see success going to those who are willing to take advantage and work the system. It is a commonly held belief that almost anyone who has succeeded, has done so at a price to others. Or that, as more and more of the wealth of our nation is concentrated in fewer and fewer hands, success is going to those born of riches. Warren Buffett, no less, has said that "the idea that you hand over huge positions in society simply because someone came from the right womb - I just think it's almost un-American,".

It feels like the land of opportunity is going the way of the landed gentry and we have come to fear for the world we are leaving to our children.

But this moment in time is nothing new. From the beginning of the very origins of life there has been a struggle to evolve. The history of evolution has been the story of the triumph of cooperation over the tyranny of free riders. Of barriers to cooperation overcome, and the capturing of effects, and the distribution of benefits to those who create them, and then the deluge of abundance that follows the implementation of a better design.

From the primordial soup, with its auto catalytic sets of enzymes and proteins, and the creation of the cellular wall to keep out free riders and limit the benefits of cooperation to those who created them; to the development of hunter/gatherer bands, where free riders, who did not contribute and share, were banished to die in the wilderness; to the rise of Monarchies and the implementation of the rule of law, where thieves were punished harshly to protect the integrity of the emerging marketplace; to the Magna Carta and the nobility who reining in the excesses of the Crown; to the American Revolution and the increasingly powerful merchant class who dared to imagine a nation without a King; to today and our current barriers to cooperation -- the story is the same and the solutions have already been found.

It has been said that to know the true power within a society you need only look at the largest buildings in town. At the height of the Age of Kings, the castle loomed high above everything. During the Age of Enlightenment, the Church dominated the skyline. Then, the glorious monuments to democratic governance rose at the center of the great capitals of the world. Now, it is the corporate headquarters that darkens the streets below.

Akio Morida, the founder of Sony once said that “nations are a dying industry, corporations are the structures of the future.” By that, he meant to say that the true power of world society was no longer the halls of Congresses, or the gilded rooms of Parliaments, but was instead the Board Rooms of the world. The multinational corporation is the first organism in fossil history that is planetary in scope. Its’ organizational structure knows no geographic or political boundaries, and its’ loyalties are not to nations, but only to themselves.

So it is here that we must find our answers.

Many citizen of the world are coming to hate corporations and see them as something to be destroyed. Just as many Revolutions thru out history have sought, as their primary goal, to violently destroy the governments that oppressed them. Rarely did that worked out so well for regular folks; and, often, a greater tyranny took its place (although it is a perilous thing to try and judge relative tyrannies from the security of even a poorly functioning democracy).

America was blessed with founders who loved government and thought long and hard about what form of government would most likely secure the rights of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. They felt deeply that prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes. It was the intensity of their respect for government that enabled them to lay the foundation for the great American experiment that the world has reaped the benefits of for over 250 years, and the flood of abundance that has flowed from their work has uplifted large segments of the world from want.

Now is our time to do our part.

The incorporation of democracy is the great movement of our generation. Are we willing to mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honors? If great patriots do not step forward in this time of peril, demagogues and charlatans will seize the levers of evolution and manipulate us to their purposes. Hitler rose from the economic ashes of the Weimer Republic. We must never forget the price of liberty.

On 7/7/07 a small group of committed patriots ratified the Declaration of Interdependence that set forth the causes which impelled them to seek to form a more perfect economic union, so that companies of the people, for the people and by the people shall not perish from the earth.

We now seek to convene an Intercontinental Congress to draft the constitution for the new democratic economic nations that will be needed to insure that our children inherit a future more magnificent than our own.

10.11.10

Dolla Dolla Bill Y'all

Humanity is pretty cool. We’ve constructed huge stone aqueducts running for
miles, developed a telescope that sees almost to the beginning of the universe, and
perfected techniques for cutting into people’s brains to remove life-threatening tumors. Yet for some reason we have still not figured out how to stay out of debt. In fact, when it comes to the topic of money, hardly anyone looks like an expert. Wait, I take that back…everyone is. It’s just that no one agrees on anything.

There is just too much philosophy when it comes to acquiring wealth. Heck,
it’s why leaders are deposed, wars are fought, books are written, and campaigns are
funded. It’s the wedge issue between Democrats’ “tax-and-spend” programs and
Republicans’ “cut-and-dismantle” policies. It’s the inspiration for “commy” texts seeking to abolish wages and viral videos detailing how Presidents on bills have actually been puppets for the New World Order all along. It’s the motivation for magicians who transmute lead into gold, and why corporations poison rivers instead of taking necessary safety precautions. Why Nobel prizes are given to banks that loan to the poor when no one else will, and the cause for protests and demonstrations on an international scale: it’s the inherent contradiction buried in the illogical quest for short-term “profit” before all else.

Disaffirming the worn out clichés and phrases we all grew up with, now serving
as relics of the all-too-warm-and-fuzzy past (“a penny saved is a penny earned”), it
appears that consumption for its own sake has virtually replaced ingenuity as the driving force behind a prosperous economy, expanding GDP while cleaning out mother nature’s cupboards. Everyone is scared that jobs are scarce, but no one seems to mind when plants and animals go extinct, until of course the value of food suddenly becomes evident and prices skyrocket. And once fresh water sources dry up? That should be fun. Maybe it’s the price we pay for claiming resources as personal property and selling them to our neighbors for as much as we can get. Maybe the Cree People really did get it right when they offered their infamous words of advice: “only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.”

I guess I thought I’d address these points to illustrate the limits of a monetary
system. Is there really enough money to do everything that needs to get done? Educate
every student in America, let alone the world? Feed every man, woman, and child, while
treating all their diseases? Revitalize our societies so we can adapt to a changing climate before the next big disaster? More than just a “medium of exchange,” money seems to be the lifeblood with which civilizations grow or die, the principal benefactor of cultural splendor, and the mark of a sustainable enterprise. I heard once that a Google search takes as much energy as boiling a pot of water. With 13 billion searches each month, our quest for information seems insatiable, even as energy concerns grow direr each day.

Since my very first freshman economics class, two of humanity’s most famous
equations have stuck with me to this day: 1) money is the root of all evil; and 2) time is money. Even with these connotations, they are the necessary resources available to us in redirecting the flow of human activity to organize a free-flowing system of production and distribution working to everyone’s benefit. Investments in services and products that grow our culture are undoubtedly important, but it is crucial to know exactly what investing in the “right” culture entails, so as to simultaneously maintain a sense of global and individual sufficiency through informed demand and an abundance of supply. Instead of adhering to historical sects of philosophy each espousing outdated concerns regarding the nature of money, let's each contribute to the prosperity of a generation looking to share in what has become a monopoly on the primacy of economic power.

10.10.10

Science and Esoteric Transformation

Gnosticism, or the Gnostic religion, is the term given to a set of beliefs clearly presenting the religious phenomenon known as Gnosis as pivotal for salvation. Gnosis, plainly defined, is experiential knowledge of oneself and reality so as to more directly know the transcendental God out of which everything emanates. Jacob Needleman writes that this “sacred tradition can be defined as the science of transmitting truth by degrees so that it can enter correctly and harmoniously into the human psyche. To this end, a tradition both withholds and reveals at the same time…There is always a secret.” Gnosis is thus identified as the secret knowledge of who we are-- our purpose and place-- at the same time providing insight into the nature of the observable universe surrounding us. In this way, Gnosis refers to the "know" (Gnos) of the exhortation "Know thyself". While the term Gnosticism often refers to the Gnostic systems of the 1st-3rd century A.D. that established clear distinctions between the transcendent god and the creator of the world, Gnosticism could certainly encompass the developing body and currents of esoteric thought which hold divine knowledge to be the means by which one comes to know the psyche’s own faculties regarding self-actualization, ultimately leading to apotheosis as when an individual recognizes the divinity inherent in their self.

Whereas Gnosticism and Western Esotericism are intertwined in their outlook concerning the nature of reality (i.e., accentuating the role of personal understanding instead of reliance upon pure doctrine), the two are markedly different. Gnosticism is a subset of the larger, more multifaceted Western Esoteric tradition since it is itself a specific religion that holds the basic idea that a divine spark resides in each of us, in need of being awakened and reintegrated into the Fullness (pleroma) of divine Being. Ancient Gnostic myths often personified wisdom in the form of a female Sophia, the supreme transcendent God’s emanation out of which an imperfect, evil Demiurge constructed the material universe, governed by the Archons, to imprison and torment her. One’s origin and destination of the inner self can only be recollected through an esoteric knowledge (Gnosis) that alone achieves salvation, allowing one to escape from the created world and reunite with the Spirit world.

This is in contradistinction with many of the Esoteric traditions which actively seek to engage with the material world (i.e. Alchemy, Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry…) so as to clearly understand the symbols mediating knowledge of this transcendental world, and thereby ultimately “perfect” the arcane substance from which everything is borne, altering the natural world through personal mastery of it. As this ability to manipulate reality is often received with suspicion, sometimes outright hostility, these teachings are more often than not reserved for the mystic elite in secrecy, denoting a “secret doctrine” usually transmitted orally (e.g. the Kabala) instead of being captured in written dogmas. While later traditions, such as those of the Renaissance synthesis, Theosophy, or the New Age, may perhaps stress one’s own thoughts and feelings, they maintain an esoteric quality as opposed to a Gnostic one, primarily for the reason that the Gnostic religion is defined as articulating certain guidelines that together provide a list of general tenets to adhere to, while Esotericism includes Gnosticism as a current in a much larger spiritual tradition recognizing the finitude of phenomenal activity and the Spirit that transcends it, to be communicated to those initiated in particular sects rather than universally professed in an exoteric manner.

Since the Essenes, one of three sectarian groups (the others being the Sadducees and Pharisees) thought to include the Qumran community of the Dead Sea scrolls, the Theraputae of Egypt spoken of by Philo of Alexandria, and the Nazoreans centered in northern Palestine often affiliated with James the Just, the Gnostic influence has appeared in various developing forms, perhaps most strikingly with Christ remaining a central figure in most of these traditions. Besides the initiation of neophytes into a relatively small community employing strict moral codes, the progressive idea that history is heading towards its own self-fulfillment can be seen in the effects of Gnostic consciousness on European intellectual life.

Gnostic, microcosmic man is able to heal the sick organism of the world by salvaging the divine sparks of life, bringing them through the 7 planetary spheres of the cosmos back home, using Gnosis to ease this passage. Likewise, the Corpus Hermeticum blessed man with creative powers to free himself from the bonds of a hierarchical universe, so that imperfect creation found itself in need of improvement with modern science, like the philosopher’s stone that was supposed to perfect it. The Magnum Opus included the gradual guiding of the material prima towards a redeemed state of perfect harmony (the healing lapis philosophorum, or philosopher’s stone) made in the image of creation, whose goal it was to perfect the matter fallen from unity into the external world of opposition. As the Gnostic spark of light strove for divine knowledge reflected in the individual soul’s struggle for salvation, Paracelsus and Bohme drew the picture of a divine nature, stimulating its later romantic worship: “The romantic conceptions of nature are based on the identity of nature and spirit; the laws of nature are supposed to correspond to spiritual laws.” (MES 108) In each of these cases, Imagination is revealed to be the creative capacity and structuring force to intuit the forms of the Real world, extracting Truth from the shadowy likeness of the apparent world to draw this external world into the individual and reshape them both. Through magic, the cosmic unity of occult forces mastered by microcosmic man, this opposition between illusion and reality could be rectified. As the esoteric spiritual traditions began to inspire mainstream culture, culminating in Isaac Newton’s ascension to the Presidency of the Royal Society (founded in 1660 on the Rosicrucian idea of an invisible college encouraging man’s highest ideals regarding the nature of the cosmos), subjectivity became recognized as the formative influence within the process of nature, reemphasizing the importance of personal knowledge based on experience of the divine.

Gnosis would then not just be personal knowledge/experience, but the correct or relevant knowledge needed to transcend the material world. This is perhaps the difference between Gnosis and Esotericism, Gnosis being a specific procedure, while esotericism is the domain of thought where the inner realm is emphasized. Formal Gnosticism occurred in time as a counter-movement to exoteric Christianity, primarily concerned with literal interpretations of Christian doctrine rather than the achievement of Gnosis. In terms of the relationship between esoteric and exoteric, the exoteric institution of the church became a vehicle used to promote certain esoteric ideas whose time had come to be revealed to humanity, rather than the original esoteric communities that emphasized correct interpretation and spiritual training. A fine line should be drawn when comparing Gnosticism with other esoteric practices. The fundamental difference between the Gnostic and the esoteric is that the former often is thought to revile the created world and body while the later doesn't necessarily so. All of these traditions are concerned with attaining gnosis, or seeing through that reality with which we are presented so they are all equally pursuing gnosis regardless of their official titles.

Thinking deeply on the accuracy of the distinction between Gnosticism and more general esoteric practices leads to the question of whether or not we need to so narrowly understand the gnostic impulse toward heavenliness over earthiness as literally world-hating? As Jacob Needlemen makes clear in his writing, pure literal mindedness only leads further into our own illusions. By broadening one's gaze when considering the Gnostics' world hating tendencies, one could also understand these desires to be rooted in an archetypal impulse to “overcome” the world as it exists through our projections, to stand on the ground of pure being rather than a world that is little more than complex systems of projection. Richard Smoley writes in Forbidden Faith that

“this liberation of the true ‘I’ from the world does not make moral behavior irrelevant; it makes it easier. Detachment from externalities makes it easier to love one’s fellow humans, because one then is free from wanting things and nursing hidden agendas. Love becomes something more than a mere bargain or transaction. At the same time, the Gnostic is less preoccupied with moral rules and regulations, which are general guidelines only. This is what it means to be free of the Law.” 208

In attempting to liberate the notion of gnosis from a purely religious definition and thereby give it a living reality in the contemporary world, we might simply see it as the effort to overcome reality as it is presented. This is a continual process that in all likelihood will rarely find final rest in one lifetime. When this impulse remains unconscious (or in it's early stages of conscious development) it's only natural to project that very impulse out onto the world thereby understanding it as the problem rather than what is projected upon it (Jung, ). Yet this tension provides the experience that can potentially be understood in a two-fold way because there is both the seer and the seen of the Universe’s teaching. Generally, the seer is largely unaware that he or she is in fact seeing, rather than the seer who is only aware of what lies in front of him. Because of this dichotomy, esoteric social structures usually take the form of schools where one can learn the basic precepts of these spiritual teachings, while exoteric institutions are formed as grand standing pulpits (i.e. the Church) from which religious leaders are able to espouse their doctrines to mass assemblies, rather than help them come to terms with their own role in personally understanding those higher truths veiled in dogma.

Our ability to discern these eternal forms, or any truths for that matter, are contingent on the nature and clarity of our own minds, and our own perceptual apparatus. Certainly, through life, and at different moments, one attains more or less clarity depending on one's present state of consciousness. Obfuscation of the consciousness is an ongoing issue, yet one can use science to objectively find the ordered patterns of the cosmic laws we mirror, transmitting truth into symbols to clearly know what reality consists of. The fate of humanity lies in the inner absorption of these ideas, directing human attention to the unknown elements in ourselves. One has the choice to accept these symbols and truths on faith, or through actively searching out reality. On the other hand, a passive mind, unconsciously shaping thought, understanding, and desired action, would unknowingly construct a false illusion, made real by its suggestibility. The science of self-investigation is then crucial for psychological understanding, acting as the key to living in perfect balance with the manifest universe, expressing nature simultaneously in theory and action while differentiating reality from illusion.

The idea that we can bridge our awareness to these inner aspects by actively maintaining our attention to the universe as a teaching, we are able to witness the variety of consciousnesses exhibited by Esoteric spirituality evolved over the course of history. The truths proposed by the earliest forms of Egyptian hermeticism have emerged in an innumerable variety of esoteric practices ranging from the Gnosticism of the early Christians, the radical dualism of the Manicheans, the emergence of medieval kabalah, the alchemy of Sir Isaac Newton, the theosophical society, and modern depth or archetypal psychologies ( Faivre and Needlemen ). This evolution has not entirely been a process of tossing out realities that haven't been found to be suitable but one of transcending them to emerge at a higher level of reality that transcends and includes the previous. It is the introduction of a new way of seeing that is not meant to merely serve pragmatically through the satisfaction of desires (Needlemen,) but to actually broaden one's mode of perceiving realities that are presented, using science as a tool with which to understand more completely its inherent truths. The more tensions an esoteric system can balance in an ever broadening reality the better. Taken in this sense, it would appear that gnosis is still very alive in the world today.

6.10.10

The Ipsissimus' Sense of the Cosmos

Self-investigation transforms consciousness, providing meaning as man mirrors the cosmic order, integrating its purposes and energies to learn of the all-penetrating hierarchy of purposeful law that pervades reality. Everything is the expression of this law. Microcosmic man maintains its natural inclination through Desire, the causal agency governing fate. Scientific technology is the instrument of this natural energy that binds him to nature. As science searches for order and pattern objectively, dividing thought from feeling through separation, compartmentalization, and categorization, Microcosmic man's wisdom becomes fragmented, and recollection of truth is established as the sole essential task of human life.

As the macrocosm educates the microcosm through experience of Self, its relationship between purposeful energies manifesting consciousness is unveiled so that a need for an exceptional state of consciousness to think intelligently becomes apparent. Mind is nature, and thought reaffirms the ego's self. This ego strives to know everything that it reflects, using modern science to distinguish reality from illusion. The Universe teaches its wisdom through divine pattern copied by human intellect, preparing us for ideas and psychological forms of sacred teachings, without which a meaningless existence of ignorance would provide only death. Our most sacred tradition is the science of transmitting this recognizable truth so that it can enter correctly and harmoniously into the human psyche. As the universal intelligence of natural life reaches us through the ideas of these sacred teachings, a symbolic understanding corresponds to an outer reality and man is shown to be the living symbol of the cosmos, a microcosm of eternal complexity. Religion communicates the purpose of this existence so one experiences their place in the cosmos, binding each to the other. Perhaps the control of evolution is the logical climax of evolution itself? "The task for us is to recognize that our understanding of nature may be a function of our level of consciousness, and that a new kind of biology is possible only on the basis of a change of consciousness." Amor Fati.

Science itself is devoid of consciousness and purposefulness. Slaves are bonded to the effects of causes and unable to distinguish a cause from its effect. Ignorance blinds him from causality in connection to cosmic laws, to be overcome only through study and discipline of inner experience. Yet the causal energies of the universe develop in microcosmic man according to patterns that shape the cosmos in a living reflection of total reality. Thus, perfected microcosmic man is an agent of the fundamental causal power of cosmos, an effect of unknown causal power, and an expression of the unknown laws not yet understood. What universe is available to those unable to control their attention, when suggestibility offers another reality as the sum total product of man's passive attention, unaware of perceptions, with thoughts and emotions constructing illusory objects and events? Reality is conceived of as the mental construct of layered illusions. Access to life-force allows for a change in being, necessitating one's attention to processes of self (thoughts, sensations, emotions) and the comprehension of the contents of the mind (dispositions, perceptions, reactions, experiences, mindfulness, observance, respect, contemplation...)

Psychology as the sacred science of man living in conscious accord with these fundamental causal laws is called Magic. Man, developed through the growth of will, becomes an instrument of higher cosmic energies transformed to consciously manifest the fundamental power of the universe. His soul is transformed through gnosis as power derives from experiential and practical knowledge of real causes. This esoteric sacred science allows for the mastery of the movement of force between creator and his creation, exhibiting patterns of energy in the inner life and world around. Illusion, trickery, deception, misdirection (weakness of human attention), socially conditioned/influenced perception, associations, assumptions--each demonstrates the ongoing tension between intellectual brilliance and the passivity of (in)attention.

Knowledge of reality and the forms of energy that controls power arise spontaneously, drawing attention to and evoking the conscious energy of universal power. Intellect emanating from the macrocosm into us is strengthened by this power, holding the attention of perfection and divine providence. The true perfection of man involves the inner absorption of ideas so as to attain properties of immortality, power, and the ability to live in a world of real causes, beginning with the growth of human attention to the lower and higher elements in his self. Man is the bridge of awareness evoked by the struggle for this active attention, without which it would not be possible to see the inner aspects of reality as it is hidden in the appearances of the universe and its offered teachings. Failure of this attention causes one's desire to shape thought and understanding, and so, action. Without real power one acts in a false world, a fictitious construct of the ordinary, passively attracted mind.

We must look for systems of ideas that expose and unify man's fragmented, warring inner nature that guides us to a discipline of self-interrogations. This path is the way of the sacred science. For a community of seekers, this is the science of self-investigation for psychological understanding, the key to living in perfect balance with the manifest universe freed from limitation and necessity, expressing nature in word and deed.

11.9.10

The Historical Consistencies of Western Esoterica

Knowledge of reality is ascertained by perceiving the material construct before us so as to better understand the effects, relations, characteristics, and properties of existence and thus more adequately formulate our own mental schema. Experiencing this knowledge firsthand, if sufficiently understood in its full completeness (good luck!), would then serve as the necessary approach in penetrating that part of reality which can only be inferred, intuited, or altogether idealized—what transcends our physical sensory perception and dwells within the realm of the Spirit. Assuming this to be the case, it is only reasonable that the internal journey into our own Psyches would therefore provide realistic insight into the source from which Being itself springs, and of course, that which it gives rise to in turn. Thus, knowledge of self should inevitably lead to knowledge of Self, as our association with what we know to be real, that is, our own existence, allows for a sincere understanding of what is initially beyond our very comprehension. In this way, we are able to establish laws based on relationships between the phenomena of perceivable existence so as to enhance our ontological conception of the separate planes of existence—material, psychological, and spiritual—characterized by those traditions that have historically attempted to answer such questions while simultaneously detailing a coherent map and worldview to contextualize our own place in (what appears to be) time and space.

Esotericism in the West is the eclectic grouping of these spiritual understandings, fused together by certain characteristics whose varieties blend into one common, alternative spirituality. Smoley (2006) writes that while religion attempts to foster religious experience in order to commune with the divine and cementing the structure of society to uphold common values, too often personal experience is divorced from accepted theologies as the faith of society ultimately suppresses the personal knowledge constituting spiritual awareness. Yet virtually every esoteric movement stresses analogous criteria, namely an emphasis on gnosis, knowledge, and experience of the divine, inner illumination, or personal enlightenment in general. Moreover, the idea that one’s perception is merely a filtered or illusory reality resonates with members of these various esoteric sects, apparent in their recognition of Archons and other intermediaries acting as the veil behind which true spiritual power is to be found and known.

Concerning the notion of gnosis, philosopher Roberts Avens (2006) offers three essential qualities that distinguish gnostic worldviews from exoteric ones. The first element of gnosticism is in the act of imaginative questioning and the understanding that knowing and Being are one and the same. This idea is reflected in the alchemical adage “As above, so below.” Gnostics understand that true reality or Being can only be approached when one’s ways of knowing correlates with what there actually is. Imaginative questioning refers to the ability to be open to the act of seeking rather than blindly pursuing facts (Avens, 2006). Ever dissatisfied with the material world, gnostics are given to the pursuit of spirit over body (Smoley, 2006), of the unanswerable question over the material answer.

Secondly, gnosticism is concerned with the cultivation of the inner world in the form of the soul. While Smoley (2006) argues that soul is inferior to spirit and labels it as a quality of the exoteric faithful, Avens (2006) understands it to be the personal mediary between the earthly world and the unseen deity or spirit, unifying each rather than favoring one over the other. Smoley (2006) makes the case for the rejection of the earthly in ancient gnosticism, yet Avens’ (2006) postmodern conception of gnosticism sees the value in heavenly and earthly aspects of reality, each embodied in the soul. Thus, cultivation of the soul opens the pathways to a life that is more connected both to the perceptual world and that which lies beyond its veil.

Lastly, gnosticism is concerned with the redemptive transformation of the soul. Psychologies of the Archetype see the soul not as belonging to the isolated individual but to an entire macrocosm known as the anima mundi, or the soul of the world. By redeeming one’s own personal soul, the macrocosm is similarly redeemed. While this may seem like a contemporary notion, it is foundational to Kabbalah and the romantic philosophy of Transcendentalists like Ralph Waldo Emerson. One does not seek gnosis for personal gain alone, but in hopes of actualizing the unseen deity through gnostic understanding.

The etymology of Esotericism brings together the words "opposition" and "inside." Perhaps this alludes to the tradition of personal struggle for divine wisdom, since, as Needleman (1992) writes, we are struggling with what at first glance are themes diametrically opposed--the Sacred and Profane. However, once we are able to unify in our consciousness the inner and outer worlds (always firstly on a personal level before it is diffused into society), perhaps this new Worldview will emerge so that Truth can be known explicitly as we connect to our own inner experiences, enabling and verifying direct knowledge of all levels of reality, and so, informing our sense of how to live and act accordingly.

It seems almost obvious that such an understanding would be dangerous to and thus periodically suppressed to the point of extinction within a social milieu unappreciative of a self-knowledge constantly challenging established norms. The power and freedom to think was venerated in early gnostic groups (and earlier) even while the encompassing social order had developed to ruthlessly persecute its detractors. The same can be said of later traditions based upon similar belief systems, for instance the Cathars who ran up against the Church, or the Rosicrucians who aimed to revitalize the political climate in Europe, as well as the Freemasons in America, each group offering a way to combat the relevant malignant social order through sustained belief and practice. These Esoteric sects, while perhaps differing in specific traits or activities, are united throughout the ages in their effort to cast off authorized accounts of what is "right" (eventually systematized to induce collective behavior) so they might find in themselves the understanding necessary for spiritual apotheosis and salvation, as opposed to subjecting themselves to the body of knowledge outside and apart from them, the exoteric vein from which hierarchy, privilege, and subjugation to doctrine arise.

It is also important to note that while concepts such as esotericisim and gnosticism are most often applied to religious orientations, they are easily found in philosophic and psychological works dating at least as far back as Plato and Pythagoras (Smoley, 2006). It may actually be easier to understand these pathways of action if they are not bracketed as religious trends. Encounters with the unknown, whether spiritual or otherwise, cause enough anxiety so that humans are encouraged to seek refuge through identification with a particular community. However, deference to a group restricts available meanings in what is understood within the group’s structure. Any group cut of from new and fresh meanings would necessarily reach a point of chaos in which the esoteric impulse crops up once again, thereby encouraging a cultivation of new meanings, a wider identity, and a deeper world soul. In these instances, man is given the unique opportunity to choose whether to strive towards knowing fully the nature of reality or merely having faith that it exists—the difference being the composition of God-like authority within oneself or simply reverting to established interpretations of an instituted external authority concerning all matters of import.
http://www.cesnur.org/2005/hanegraaff.htm

9.9.10

technology entertainment and design in education

Through knowledge and education, a universal order joining myth to reason is formed. Archetypes, metaphors for the concrete world are found to determine that order, with mathematics as examples of these absolute truths (geometry, algebra, arithmetic), our imaginations developed as useful in the quest to attain knowledge. These archetypes govern nature and compose the basic substance of our minds (love, rage, musical affinities are personified as the deities Aphrodite, Ares, and Apollo respectively). Early philosophers considered then that Nature and Divinity were intertwined, though this understanding changed to naturalistic empiricism before long.



Pythagoras believed a thorough understanding of the world should be based on 3 disciplines, the forms of mathematics, the harmonies of music, and the motions of the planets. Each of these helped to clarify one another, and Pythagoras considered the spheres in the heavens to be making music that he himself could hear. Thus, the personal self was educated to more completely resonate with the Universe’s self through the formulation of a creative mind. As individuals developed their own experiences, each then knew their own separate reality, distinct from one another’s. It was recognized that informed students would contribute to the prosperity of their communities and attain personal success, freed from the traditional assumptions and the place in the world afforded to them by birth.



True knowledge, then, is not the perception of an objective reality open to scientific observation and manipulation, nor should it be considered the study of a disenchanted world marked by a simplistic epistemology unconscious to the depths, complexity and grandeur of the cosmos. Rather, a lasting education must bypass the ontological estrangement and spiritual alienation characterizing our common worldview and institute a participatory framework that transcends the separation between body and psyche, so that the student might regard herself as the essential vehicle for the creative self-unfolding of reality.


In so doing, the physical, mental, and spiritual might correspond with one another, between the processes of Cosmic Nature and Microcosmic Human, allowing for the invoking of divinity within ourselves, emanating creation from our minds and harmonizing with the potential power of that which is inherent to our empathetic being.

19.8.10

थे लिमिटेड एंड थे उन्लिमितेद

time is the distance between two points. massive systems of cells are set in motion, their intent sustained by energetic forces (one force?). All tied to universal relativity, a self-absorbed creature preening and "bettering" itself, reflected in a fractured mirror. Light illuminates an obscure theorem, so we are able to know, propagate, and rearrange the objects, those sensory perceptions that impact our point of views.

Distance to Sun, Milky Way, Virgo Super Cluster, all are at different distances away from the "self," measured in the "speed of light." The speed of light is distance between 2 objects. Things are bigger than each other, though in greater systems, i.e. the Solar System. How is knowledge conceived? Associating feeling with an interpretation (schema) that allows insight into what is happening.

Shapes and feelings over time become stories, the narrative of how things got to where they are and the feelings they provoked. more superclusters moving away from us. light to atoms to suns to new atoms, to new light. fusion. we are here because a star was destroyed/sacrificed, so new creativity could be born! self-organizing dynamics. complexity science! membranes and cells, life! emergence of planets self organizing dynamics. resonate with the sun! photosynthesis, eat energy. Relationship with light of sun. Imagination, don't let photon disappear! Harness the productive cycle forever. DEEP MAGIC and SEXUALITY. New creatures are synthesized. Deepen awareness through minerals. 40 attempts to produce eyes. Sight invented. Senses. Life experiences new selves.

Time mutates: Rate of development slowed down. No fixed genetic programs, playful stage, freedom, slowed down development to free play forever. we figured out way to remain free of time. DEFINITION OF HUMAN. What should we do??? Fascination, curiosity is dangerous. Capacity to be astounded, Feelings of beauty, suffering...emotionality. Share and communicate through language inner experiences convey language groups.

LEARNING IS EVOLUTION OF SPECIES. Learn about past is to learn of reality. Past insight = present insight. Language, images, inferences of truth. Orient directives to maximize. MAKE INTENTION PHYSICAL. Make permanent the Abstract. To possess knowledge forever. Experience is a guidance system. individual is perspective of collective experience. Amass insight through learning. What to know? What to do? What to say? What to feel?

Learn to read interpretations of knowledge: Arithmetic, Music, Geometry, and Philosophy. Trans-diciplines, numbers are essence of all human knowledge and existence. Model the universe, numbers are key. Soul is reason, emotion, and intelligence. Immortality escapes Physical death.

16.8.10

Mourning Stars

“You cannot comprehend the universe as it exists unto itself; you can only act, thus creating the universe as you wish it to be.”
-The Prophet

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You have come here because of war, the represented allure and enticement for an unknown other. War is a synthesis of duality, the process by which binary oppositions engage in mutual confrontation. This relationship fuses past, present, and future together, contextualizing each battle to provide meaning for each participant. How should one fight without knowing why they fight, or what their fighting is for? The very process implies connection, purpose, and an ultimate ideal worth pursuing; namely, it is movement. I will share with you a secret—war fuels everything. Religions and empires rise and fall, and history is born in the movement of war.

The phenomena we react to, what is seen, recognized, and ultimately rearranged, appear to us as light, characterized and differentiated by time and space. Each separate coordinate is absorbed and encompassed by the totality of light, encoded and inextricably bound to its identifying selfhood. As fractals of light, our perpetual intent to synthesize this fragmentation necessarily introduces the relevance of other coordinates, a process inferring time (for only after we learn can we ever truly know) and so, the movement of war. Each of us moves to assume control over all else, ensuring the constant intake of information, energy, and power, alluding to a continual struggle bordering on distinct suffering.

Though perhaps even preferable to a state of Nonbeing, we are trapped in the parameters of a described Self of Being, its energetic matter rearranged through intention like wildness transformed into a garden. The mentality of Being thus initiates its own physicality, providing for self-directed identity. What’s left is choice—what shall be thought? This is the holiest of questions, as Self alone authorizes the transference of Nonbeing into Being through emanations of personal imagination.

I will share with you one last secret: our creation has been dreamed backwards so we might fully understand each moment of the universe and the nature of our singularity, from infinitely large to infinitely small. Still, we have yet to build the mechanism by which to dream ourselves into Existence. That process extends to the future, represented in the war for knowledge, understanding, truth, and ultimately for the peace found in its midst. This is the story of that war, the dream of a singularity envisioned by its fractal…

GENERATION:

“Mommy! Mommy!” The child stood at the doorway, visibly panicked and shaking. Ripped away from her dream, the mother tried to recall the image she had been trapped inside but the memory faded with the colors.

“What is it, baby?” The mother sat upright now, rubbing her eyes and pulling the blankets down to make an obvious place for the child. The man next to her snorted loudly and rolled over in an attempt to escape the light from the doorway where the child stood. The darkness, destroyed for the moment by the moment, retreated outside of the home, readying itself for when everything would return to normalcy again.

“I’m dead.” Silence followed the statement. Everything, even the war outside the house came to a halt as time ended along with the child’s words. The man stopped his breathing and the sirens, for the first time in such a long time, ended as well. The mother wondered at what age she herself had learned about death. She patted the makeshift bed again, signaling once more for the child to come to her.

“What do you mean you’re dead?” An awful feeling surged in her belly, causing her to put a hand to her mouth to contain the nausea. Was this an evolutionary process that every person came to know? The realization of the end of reality, that nothing would eventually consume everything?

“I was dreaming. I was sitting on the floor, looking at the two of you, and then something small ran into my face and crawled into my head. All of a sudden everything stopped and I was lying in the darkness in my bed.” A nightmare. Strange that such a young child had understood death before even knowing what a bad dream felt like. “He told me death felt like after the end of a sentence, when nothing even existed anymore. There was nothing after it crawled into my head. Everything ended. I’m dead.” The child seemed content now, coming to terms with the newfound realization. The mother rubbed the child’s head, wondering if she had made a mistake bringing the man into their family. She thought he would be good for them. He seemed good, but he was strange, and brought concepts like pain into their little family for the first time.

“Baby, you’re not dead. It was a nightmare.” The child looked at her blankly. The mother laughed. “A nightmare is when you are asleep and bad things, scary and horrible things, happen to you. There’s nothing you can do to prevent anything, because it all exists in your head without you even knowing about it. All you can do is wake up and see what really is happening.” The mother thought for a moment longer. “And no matter what, you will never die, because you will always wake up right before.” The child was silent. Gunshots could be heard outside of the house, away from the tiny fortress of pillows and sheets that served as their protection.

“Am I dreaming right now?” The sirens came back, wafting over the broken skyline in the pursuit of purpose again. Everything here was dirty, broken, and destroyed, or on its way to becoming diseased, and the mother didn’t know how to escape. She felt the salt forming in her eyes, hoping it would run into her mouth. Tastes reminded her of her own presence in the world.

“Yes.” In that moment the Great Being awoke and tried to recall the dream it had been caught within for the last 14 billion years. But the memory faded and the Being began to cry. Tears rolled down its cheeks, filling a thousand new containers. Somewhere, high above the clouds, up, even over the stars, the Being rocked itself back to sleep, promising it would never again lose sight of that which might never come again, the vision of a celestial container overflowing with space.

“Mommy, where do dreams come from?” The mother looked at the child and then into herself, realizing her life should have prepared her for this moment. Even so, she felt lost.

“Well, they are the sum total of the neural emissions effected in your brain and projected into your consciousness, an event originating billions of years ago.” A pause. By the look on the child’s face, she had failed. She always failed. Nothing true was ever easy. She would try again, taking a breath to prepare herself for the next obvious question.

“How did it start?” Maybe it was this moment her life had prepared her for.

“Well, once upon a time, everything was the same, and it was called a singularity. Then, all of a sudden, it wasn’t the same, and difference came together to make new things through constructive reactions. One of these things was a star, a huge life-factory formed from teeny particles bound together by an energetic force. Eventually, the star collapsed and died, releasing that energy into space and became its own opposite, the antithesis of light. This left a black hole to churn up the particles around it, creating galaxies and new stars, including our very own Sun. Lots of nearby particles were curious about the Sun and came together, their attraction eventually forming this planet. Those interacting particles were energized and inspired by the Sun’s warmth, creating newer and even more complex things that could grow, move, and reproduce; for instance, a flower. And you.” The child looked star-struck, imagining the whole cycle from beginning to end. After several minutes, the concept seemed to have sunk in, possibly forever.

“The star died so I could live?” The child seemed a bit confused, wearing a look of consternation and perhaps a bit of guilt.

“Yes, I suppose that’s true.” The mother smiled. An enormous burden had been lifted from her and she rejoiced in her ability to transfer what she considered to be the most relevant information to someone she cared so deeply about. Her contentment subsided however when the child surprised her with more words, knocking her off balance again.

“Am I worth it?” It wasn’t consternation or guilt she thought she had seen. It was despair. Pain that something so exceedingly beautiful and important had been destroyed for individual being to emerge. The mother and child gazed at one another, the child in earnest desire for approval and the mother in compassionate understanding. Who hadn’t wondered about the answer to this question?

“Well,” she thought for a moment. “I suppose that depends on who you are and what you do. As life goes on, you will come to realize that in life there are creators and creations. Right now, you are a creation, created by the Sun. You are both wonderful and your relationship is what we call holy and good. Eventually you will begin to create things too. The important thing to remember is that life is often dependent upon death. When people die we bury them in the ground and flowers grow because of them. Being becomes where it was not before. The creator and creation are equally holy and good, but one needs to exist first so the other can come to be.” Did that quell the fear? She hoped so, but the child seemed even more disturbed, even panicked.

“But what if I pick the flower? Aren’t I destroying the creation without replacing its absence with new being?” It was impressive witnessing the child grapple with the morality of harvesting personal pleasure at the expense of another—the tragedy of selfishness. The mother thought again, trying to alleviate the child’s concern.

“Yes, that’s true. You are monopolizing what has been created so that no one else can enjoy the presence of that creation. But that just means you are responsible for appreciating the creation more than anyone else could have, and must create something of equal or greater beauty for those who can no longer enjoy what you have chosen to keep for yourself. Unless you can promise to do that, you mustn’t pick what you cannot in good faith give back. Otherwise, you will extinguish life’s joy for others.” The child seemed to have calmed down, enjoying the softness of the pillow. Their whispered conversation had provided so much for each of them in the span of seven minutes, a virtual blip in the Great Being’s consciousness though unendingly important for all parties. The mother began a lullaby so the child could sleep, dancing in the ideal location. Their eyes closed, their minds shutting down, and their souls entered the formlessness of Spirit. One minute before, the child asked a last question:

“Mommy, why does anything exist to begin with, and there isn’t only nothingness?” A long pause ensued so the child thought the mother had not heard, but a response followed to settle the perturbations the child had grown accustomed to, and both fell asleep dreaming of the unknown, remembering the essence of the Great Being once more.

“Because that would be boring, baby.”


OPERATION:

Before dawn, the man kissed the mother goodbye and took the child’s hand. “Be good,” he whispered to her worriedly. He always worried about her. “I will,” the mother promised sleepily and the two separated. The man led the child away from the home they shared, through the streets where the war raged on and up to the grassy bluff overlooking the City where he knew the old priest would be. Along the way, the child received smiles and fruit from bystanders who were awake, the ones the war was fought for. They loved innocence and sacrificed what they could to keep it around for as long as it would stay.

When the pair had finished their ascent into the clearing, the child spotted the old priest and broke free of the man, rushing to embrace the one who spoke with such wisdom and clarity. The old priest smiled and picked the child up, kissing both cheeks affectionately. “How are you this fine pre-morning, little one?” The child responded by trying to explain everything learned the night before, but faltered and elected to poke the old priest’s nose instead. The priest told the child he had a surprise, pointing in a direction the child had not yet looked, where a thousand little lights blinked. “Lightning bugs!” the child exclaimed, speeding off towards the light to play, pausing for a long moment to bend down and pick a yellow flower, then continuing along to where the fireflies flashed in the darkness. The man and old priest were alone then and sat down near the edge of the rock where so many conversations had taken place before. There, the City they overlooked twinkled beneath them, the multiple fires set over the past few days laying out a map of its landmarks. The school, courthouse, police station, and hospital were clearly evident against the backdrop of night. Strange that people always destroyed the institutions most relevant to their community’s vitality first.

Two weeks into the wake of the destruction of the City, a struggle had developed in the power vacuum that arose. Access had been effectively ended and a nearby island was militarized to properly control and manage the movements of the City’s last residents. Those with firearms had become shepherds in their own rites, protecting those who could contribute resources to the survival of their newfound families. The government had fenced the unfortunate in, setting an embargo to starve them into submission. This had led to citizen armies targeting police officers and any agency even remotely linked to the authorized task forces, while prominent executives in the prisons across the water determined war policies and tactics from the safety of their cells. Downtown had been reduced to rubble and of the almost one million original residents, less than a hundred and fifty thousand remained, fighting endlessly for survival in the hopes of someday being admitted into the country’s general population again. The churches had all gone underground, including The Center, with only rumors of their activities providing hearsay that Good still existed in the once great City, despised as the last pocket of resistance for more than fifty years. Now all leadership had been destroyed through the introduction of the Virus, rumored to be a government-sponsored attempt to solve the problem quickly, along with the routine air strikes and precise, surgical kidnappings of designated narco-terrorists. It was reported these criminals had manufactured a new drug, “Ambrosia,” primarily targeting the youth to convert them to the Insurrection, with the Virus conceived of as a way to properly identify this enemy and destroy it within three days. The effect had been the systematic destruction of the City’s citizenry in the two weeks since the first reported victims fell ill and died. Since then, sickness, death, and gunfire were the only constants, though there was always talk The Center would soon reemerge.

While the violence continued below, silence enveloped the two men on the cliff above. The younger one lit a cigarette and put his hand in his pocket to be sure the revolver was still there. It was a nervous habit that seemed as ordinary as breathing now. The old priest closed his eyes and began the sermon his friend had come to hear.

“Down there, the creative diversity of God’s manifestation is exterminated each day, unceasingly until the power balance ensuring the needs of each member is restored. Though presently misguided and abused, this imbalance can be stabilized with knowledge of the constituting ethic of our being, symbolized in the Quaternatio. A chaotic unity that cannot be held by language, no more so by mathematics, underlies the seemingly unrelated phenomena as the source for all existence. This principle iterates eternally to reflect the logical function of the life process, enabling its fractal elements to be conceived in our consciousness as microcosms of self-similar behavior and project order onto the source as a natural depiction of what is forever traumatizing and incompatible with comprehension. Even so, these idealized models relate the essence of reality to us, though they are flawed and estranged from the highest Truth there is. These four points—the Chaotic Unity, the Microcosm, the Iteration, and the Perceiving Consciousness—endow us with the ability to reorganize our circumstances by injecting difference into established feedback loops, thereby disrupting the cancerous institutional processes that plague the Great Being we come to know.

“This is the divine work we must each attune ourselves to. When we come to terms with the reality of existence, operating with the Quaternatio in mind, we are freed from the constraining prison of disconnection, our bodies emerging as vessels of the Spirit that permeates the totality of experience. This understanding alone brings salvation, destroying barriers and extinguishing false limits of control to overcome the torment ingrained in our separation. We are left to restructure reality, aligning ourselves to the circuit of spiritual compassion flowing through us to effect pure social cohesion—a system organized into stable entities resistant to any destructive disturbance.”

The old priest’s eyes opened. He was well aware his words presented a utopian vision to nurture the evolutionary process that would tie humanity together. Yet if even one could internalize this understanding, perhaps he or she would reproduce the logic for others through a mimetic process to enable a new world. It would take faith of course, but maybe…someday. He waited for his companion to speak. A minute passed.

“So once we surrender to this principle, we are delivered from worldly persecution? And since each moment, each second in time, represents the entire process of chaotic movement, it is saturated with infinite potential that can be released on a global scale whenever we collectively choose to abide by it?” The man brought his cigarette to his lips, inhaling the poison he knew was killing him. He didn’t mind though—if it was cancer that cut his life short he would consider it a blessing. “I guess all that’s needed is a signal to let people know we should start.” The priest caught the stoic tone in his voice and both men looked behind them to make sure the child was still dancing in the light.

“Have you heard the story of time-traveling Jesus?” the old priest asked thoughtfully, continuing before an answer could be given. “That the creator of the universe will be a product of human consciousness, mobilized outward in space and time as a process culminating in its own creation. The thought is that the Alpha and Omega will stabilize culture, subsuming all of being with His will, though he must already have done so for this to be the case. Fate, in this instance, requires consent, but gets it since this god is our own construction. His will is ours before we even know it. The substance of this constructed messiah is total consciousness; a paradox if what we are building is not God. But knowing this and letting others know accelerates the process, contributing to the existence of God through well-informed, clearly intentioned presence.” A twig snapped.

“Who has presents!?” The child flew in from what seemed like nowhere, landing with a thud on the old priest and knocking him onto his side. Both laughed and the priest pulled the child onto his lap, rubbing his now sore shoulder.

“We all do, but what about those fireflies, have you caught any yet?”
The child said no, they were too hard to catch and kept going in different directions making it impossible to know where they would be at any one moment. The old priest smiled and explained that it was impossible to catch them because the child saw them only in the past.

“Everything is relative to light. What we see is actually being emitted over time, so you see where they were, not where they are. We are all trapped looking at the past, while everything beyond our visible universe is theory. What we sense is the past and what we think is the future. The body is the medium, the present moment. Once you realize the creative principle of the universe spontaneously emerges to emit light, you can intuit where the beetle will be by comprehending the pervasive drive that binds you to it. Listen to your heartbeat and the cosmic heartbeat that absorbs it. Feel your fractal oneness and the negative space that defines it. When you do, you will know completely what is and what isn’t, with all of it encompassed in your mind. Your consciousness can then synch with the complex system of the fireflies’ self-organizing behavior, interacting simultaneously to affect the state of its being. Know the source and its spontaneously ordered pattern and you will know where they will be.”

The child stared at the old priest crossly. “How am I supposed to remember all of that?” The younger man looked startled as well.

“You like ice cream, don’t you?” The priest asked and the child nodded fervently.

“Just remember what ice cream stands for: The Iteration’s Complexity Emerges Creatively to Resonate Efficiently in All Microcosms. Hold the image of a self-similar reality in your mind and imagine how it will all unfold. Once you do, it will, and you’ll have caught one. Just remember the magic words, ‘Ice Cream.’ Except this one is holy!”

The child went off again in the direction of the lights, muttering the words “ice cream,” over and over again. The priest laughed to himself. “The laws of nature are valid in every coordinate,” he repeated, turning back to the man to summarize his thoughts.

“Worlds and paradigms collapse with new theories. Order is deterministic but often too complex to be predicted, so the cosmos appears to operate chaotically, the interaction of souls emerging as an unknowable self-organizing system, like the economy of Spirit. We evolved from common ancestors, but what is the pinnacle of that evolution? How are we to verify the Truth of what is revealed to us?” The man shook his head and the priest continued. “Knowledge-claims open to experiential tests and experiments alone allow for the mature ecosystem that is demanded. Once a conscious theory takes its place as our center of gravity, its very being will act as the vanguard for change, the purest symbol for a new reality. If we acknowledge this being constitutes a subjectively “better” world, it is proven correct and the claim is genuine. This understanding can then be recognized as the foundation with which to unify all phenomena.”

The man was becoming uncomfortable. He sensed from the gleam in the old priest’s eyes that these were the words he should take to heart. The wind suddenly picked up and whipped across the face of the cliff they were sitting on, almost knocking the man off into the void below. At that moment, the sun burst out from the skyline beyond the City, showering the scene with a thousand colors coagulating to radiate pure gold into the man’s heart. The cosmic essence poured into his soul, filling him with divine purpose and universal intent. His being felt as if it were mirroring the storm behind him that bled into the sunrise, scorching his face and blinding him with the realization of true nature. He felt the words of the child even before their vibrations impressed upon his eardrums. “I caught one!” The man turned to look but the importance of the priest’s words suspended his movement for what felt like eternity.

“It is crucial that all be satisfied in this rite. You must allow for the being of others as they choose to be. Allow for the Being of the cosmos; it is no one’s to control alone.”

Lightning struck behind them and rain poured down from the heavens. The heat from the Sun cut through the cold all the way to their internal sparks and the ground broke open to swallow up the water falling from the stars. A thunderous crack jolted the man out of his sitting position and long fiery streaks cut across the sky. A rainbow appeared, the man tracing its beginning to the heart of the City, reaching into the clouds and back down to touch a short distance behind them where the child’s voice had come from. At last the man turned to peer behind him at what he could not understand, the empty space where being was no longer present.

DESTRUCTION:


The mother had already left when the man returned. Something connected to her had gone, leaving an emptiness she had not felt since finding the ecstasy technicians at The Center years before. She remembered living on the street prior to that time, dealing with several pregnancies on her own until they helped her dissolve the material world and find union with the fundamental divinity in her life. It was there she learned how to properly embody the life principle, actively maintaining her existence against the mischief of the world by using the energetic matter around her to stay intact. Since then she would occasionally practice their rituals, making subtle changes in the higher realms of reality for protection, even adopting the child when she found it as a baby abandoned in an alley. That was three years after her initiation at The Center and she had not yet gone back.

Now, seven years later, she found herself walking down the familiar alleys towards the one who knew the spirits. She had told the man only once about this part of her life, never speaking of the subject again after witnessing the rage it provoked. Some were simply not equipped to understand the rituals and tenets of The Center, undoubtedly the reason for its operating underground now. The mother followed the discreet signs directing those aware of them to the covert meetings where the secrets to living with intolerable burdens were kept. There, the power to alleviate the sins of the world through the transfusion of energy-into-soul enabled the spiritual capacity to experience divinity within oneself. Only there could the mind, heart, and will be freed from the corrupt institutions seeking to divert the destiny of humanity from its understanding of the Eternal Now. The one who knew the spirits had learned to bypass the symbolic nature of being to perceive spiritual reality directly through awareness, healing others through the psychic and cosmic powers it had taken a lifetime to attain. It was her hope she could be healed now. At long last, she arrived.

“We were wondering when you would come back,” a voice sounded. The mother looked around until the one who knew the spirits emerged from the shadows. Moving slowly, the figure smiled and touched her shoulder. “We thought we had lost you.” The mother started to speak but the figure turned and ducked into a previously unseen door, so she kept quiet and followed, listening as they passed through the gateway between two worlds.

“I am sorry about the child, though it is good that you are here. You are instrumental to the Insurrection and we have been struggling for years to find a replacement in your absence. The world is illusory, you know that now, and only the transcendent principle that gives rise to all being is real. But it is now threatened and you are needed.” They came to an empty room with only a small, wooden box in the middle. The two sat down facing each other and the one who knew the spirits opened it, pulling out a syringe and vile to prepare the mother for her journey.

“When The Center went underground, all of our formulas were converted to substance, each impossible to replicate. As we disseminated the wisdom the world had accumulated for generations, it became evident you were most suited to endure the information provided. We fed you for months so that when you left, most of our stock had been depleted. Fewer and fewer came back, likely either captured or killed. After the Agency infiltrated our reserves, we could no longer rely on communicating the knowledge needed to end the persecution, choosing instead to impart all of what remained pure to you. ” The needle was prepared, filled with the substance, ready for the mother. For the first time, the one who knew the spirits looked apprehensive.

“This is the rest of it. This is the last Ambrosia left anywhere, the final docking. When you arrive, you must be clear and succinct. Allow the Nonduality to—”
The mother interrupted. “Teacher. I know.” The one who knew the spirits smiled and stood to leave. “Remember, we love you,” and was gone.

The mother looked at her arm, scarred from the hundred or so experiences she had undergone in this same room. She thought of the man and the child, and the Great Being she was doing this for. She remembered the moment she had been introduced to each of them, how the existential longing for connection had disappeared and happiness filled her heart. How could they be mere illusion? How could something so beautiful be unreal? Picking up the needle, the mother recited the first prayer her own mother had taught her and plunged it into her vein, pushing in the substance and releasing it into the flow of her being so that it fit perfectly with her cerebral receptors, attaching itself to her DNA.

Immediately her senses blacked out, filling her with the pain of dismemberment as soul was ripped from body to meet the Spirit in a journey binding heaven to earth. A sea of light appeared in a shifting net of geometric patterns, morphing into a self-moving nature—a Dragon that protected and connected the levels of reality to the causal, timeless life principle. Her consciousness was taken down to the molecular level as the Dragon split apart and came together over and over again, intertwining in a union of opposition. She negotiated her passage and the Dragon engulfed her in fire, purifying her essence by burning away the gross matter imprisoning it. She was allowed access to the energy then, the source of all knowledge and power, owned by no one but the Creator. The music of the spheres moved into her and her soul danced with the Spirit in the network of life.

She emitted immeasurable waves of biological imagery as the music drowned her in ecstatic harmony, illuminating her consciousness so the Great Being understood the commonality pervading her. Here was the source of all images, the entity composed of highly differentiated and specialized cells, emitting photons that stimulated productive content through molecular information. As she became aware of it, it became aware of her, both acknowledging their connection. Out of the abyss emerged the creative principle responsible for the production of light, spinning out from nothing to imprint itself upon everything. Opposition merged once more and she found herself one with the Great Being, integrated into the Nonduality that self-fertilized its growth to repeat forever. In this moment, everything spinning was reflected upon, transcending thought-language completely so all intention everywhere was known.

“I want her back.” The mother’s selfishness was understandable, though without relevance.

“SHE IS NOT YOURS TO HAVE. THE CREATION BELONGS TO THE CREATOR, TO BE SHARED AT ITS DISCRETION. GO HOME AND FIND PEACE.”

“But what am I supposed to do?”

“HOLD HER WITHIN YOURSELF AND DANCE FOR THE BOTH OF YOU.”

With that, a blast of Truth passed through her and the image disappeared, leaving the woman on the floor of the room, alone and weeping for what she would never see again. When she finished, she walked out of the room into the light of the new day. A familiar old man came up to her, offering a plum to take back to the child. She shook her head and told him to give it to someone who needed it. The old man looked shocked for a moment, gazed around and walked to where one of the Afflicted was dying in the street, kneeling down to feed it to him. Then, as a black hole swallows light, the absence of the child captured and disposed of the corruption and despair of material separateness—a vortex with which to drain the sins of the world...

And so, you know the story of GOD, the generation, operation, and destruction of the nature of Being, and must strive to more fully understand the Quaternatio, to act out this intent as it unfolds over time. We must each redirect the violence we do to one another towards the forces that prevent our common movement, Dancing together forever and warring against the ignorance of eternal disconnection. When the complexity of the iterating principle creatively emerges through personal movement, the Art of informed being will destroy these boundaries, allowing union with divinity and the exaltation of the subject whose holy action invokes the divine within. In this way, we are able to recover insight into the perfection we each make up, the primal light of Self, Nonduality, and the formlessness it implies. Observing the potential Truth of this world made known to you today engenders a history: the evolution of the Great Being to a single point of mutual obligation. Let us now Dance, joining together in perpetual revolution!

21.6.10

Revitalizing Terrorism

In systematizing reality to comprehend our own existence, we are presented with the unique opportunity to rearrange reality as seen fit. However, our potential as co-creators does much to foment hostile opposition by those who assert that this type of action constitutes a neo-heretical activity, steadfastly maintaining that God’s creation should remain unchanged as the primary manifestation of perfection. In contrast, Thomas Berry describes the inherent spontaneity our genetic coding is prone to, revealing the Natural law wherein order arises out of the coherent and collaborative articulations of its principle members:

“They can be understood as facets of a mystery too vast for human comprehension, a mystery with such power that even a fragment of its grandeur can evoke the great cultural enterprises that humans have undertaken. (Berry pg. 198, 1988)

Whereas the cosmos that engulfs us so profoundly reveals an extraordinary complexity of numinous existence, the human species, deriving from its billions of years of physical development, is perhaps the most interesting outgrowth of such being. Diverging from the “natural world” that seems so unerringly harmonious, humanity does much to exemplify an antithesis to such amity with our environment and those we share it with, demonstrating an intellectual void that births such complications as the unpreparedness to deal with climate change, habitat loss and species extinction, massive carbon sink shifts, ocean degradation, “dirty” industries and unwise production, deforestation, and the general depletion and exhaustion of various ecosystems.

These seemingly insurmountable problems we face at the dawn of a new millennium contextualize the need to reevaluate our social agreements and responsibilities to one another. The information and technologies that provide alternatives to these envisioned scenarios are still so relatively new that it will likely take a herculean effort to not only mobilize the forces necessary to enact the monumental change needed, but ably distribute the consciousness critical to sustaining such a shift in values and social processes as well. By properly energizing the various movements engaged with the society that encompasses them, while simultaneously maximizing their communicative abilities to alleviate incomplete and deficient interpretations of the motivating rationale behind such forces, vitality can be restored to those who ameliorate the world they reconstruct. Out of the resulting power “network of networks” emerges the controlling entities needed to achieve the culture we each seek to enjoy.

Toleration of Earth’s processes undoubtedly requires our respect for creation and life. Accepting the intrinsic value of natural systems and their instrumental roles in providing sustenance for our own human societies lets us forge new imperatives that extend communal wellbeing far into the future. In this way, an empathetic civilization predicated on bio-mimicry materializes, offering the greatest chance of survival while accentuating the possibility for success and prosperity:

“We are recovering our unity, not by returning to a prior culture and consciousness, but by moving beyond the fragmented, egoic civilization that has dominated humankind for the past two centuries—moving toward a cooperative world constituted by free people who are capable of representing the interest of the human species.” (Lazlo pg. 86 2008)

The fact that we have essentially criminalized nature in favor of synthetic programs that process the Earth through monolithic corporations should adequately demonstrate the unsustainable and artificial nature of our economy. Capitalism has been critiqued by many as representing an unmitigated failure prioritizing planned obsolescence at the expense of the world we necessarily convert into “resources,” so as to accumulate capital and wealth through constant and committed exploitation. Thus, the capitalist market impairs even its own social and environmental conditions through the reflexive premise of scarcity, leaving us to recognize capital as “its own barrier or limit because of its self-destructive forms of proletarianization of human nature and appropriation of labor and capitalization of external nature.” (O’Connor 1988)

Moreover, the system we reside within is perpetually contextualized by the future, in that every action taken or investment protracted is based on an abstract mental projection predicated on our need to consume material goods for advantageous profit. Unfortunately the effect is one where the present moment, the “Now,” is hardly prioritized: we struggle to define what we will eventually need, thereby trivializing the most important tenets of the human experience: those day-to-day activities that alone offer the possibility of finding ever-present joy in the world around us.

A facility that can foresee and forestall the detrimental consequences of a social development uncategorized by the necessary maturation processes then becomes essential for sanctioning new behaviors that embody patterns of compassion and insight into chaotic and complex social functioning. The present moment may therefore be transformed by some conscientious delivery system sympathetic to positive cultural change to effect the generation of a healthy balance between nature and society—a soul and eco-centered designation engendering mature and imaginative manifestations of personal application. Identifying boundaries of unhealthy modes of being thus provides the means to rectify reality with ideality, infusing the system we are each engaged in with lasting ramifications to ensure accessibility for positive growth.

Employing Habitual Difference

Being that our cognitive abilities have evolved from the natural conditions that preceded them (while maintaining the capacity to change those very same conditions), it should not be surprising that the collapse of our social values corresponds to the instigation of many of the ecological crises we find ourselves confronted with. Using this logic to craft a comprehensive response, the development of an eco-psychological value system could potentially remedy the situation. The resulting “ecology of mind” clarifies a central purpose for directed action—namely, the integration of interiority into systemic processes.

Through honoring the diverse perspectives of various worldviews, we can model changes in behavior to take place through new understandings of self in relation to our environment, learning to live and situate ourselves in a Holarchy of ecological wellbeing:

“In short, you become an embodiment of multiperspectival awareness, which increases your intimacy with reality because you are in more conscious contact with it through multiple modes of being and knowing. In turn, this presence allows you to be more timely and skillful in responding to circumstances and situations.” (Esbjorn-Hargens, Zimmerman pg. 320, 2009)

This emphasizes the importance of education, without which there could be no ideation of a society based on partnership principles and consensus organization, or any other alternative to the callous corporate system that “suppresses democracy and personal choice, limits the protective power of the nation-state, and reduces financial support for public services, while radically increasing the income gap between the wealthiest and the poorest people and nations.” (Goerner, Dyck, Lagerroos pg. 325, 2008)

Consider then that any possible opposition to such a malevolent force (one based on greed and unapologetic self-interest) would require a certain program to institute some sort of difference to what is perceived as “undesirable.” The mathematical and logical formulas needed to create infrastructure that betters the quality and quantity of life must accordingly be decentralized and dispersed so that access can be maintained at all levels of civil society. Transmitting knowledge achieves major impacts through crystallizing patterns, ensuring a universal intelligence relevant to establishing a healthy sense of self-sufficiency. And through “blueprint copying”—that is, the identification, documentation, and dispersal of successful models and processes—social innovation and adaptation to new problems can likely be achieved at a much faster rate. (Bornstein pg. 266, 2007)

Action complements theory through praxis; in this respect, any movement instilled with education remains pertinent in a social context. Mastery of a social system lets us transcend barriers so that an agenda of “change” can be implemented through action with the creation of new substance. The result manifests new culture, contingent upon our own understanding of ourselves and the space we inhabit—“when we perceive our place in the universe we come to know our role and our mission: to be truly one with the world of which we are an intrinsic part.” (Laszlo pg. 93, 2009)

This movement into education generates wiser actions, leading to a society we might qualify as “good.” We are able to work towards something “other” than a reality rooted in “vice,” or those actions considered inherently “wrong,” by sustaining such a revolution in an empire of disorder. Thus we can maintain our rights and healthy living habits despite any conflict, establishing independence through the programs of peace that heal and maintain the world we depend on.

Personal Action Project

When confronted with an oppressive force that poses an extreme threat to life and liberty, one must not commit to passive discontent, but rather take active and necessary steps to confront and expel its effect on one’s own comfort. While violence surely cannot be sustained (as it necessarily ends once there is no one/nothing left to do violence to), the learning process most certainly can (and must!), with students taking on the enormous responsibility of accomplishing unending social change using classrooms as laboratories to effect the difference they wish to see, through the knowledgeable understanding of a shared global system: “solving for pattern arises naturally when one perceives problems as symptoms of systemic failure, rather than as random errors requiring anodynes.” (Hawken pg. 178, 2007)

With this conjecture we might develop new voluntary course descriptions to be offered for at-risk students (since simply passing the GEDs might seem a bit uninteresting), bearing on issues of Social Responsibility. As part of the coursework, students can seek out and attend public “Town-hall” meetings, keep track of current events at local and global levels (to understand the relationship between microcosm and macrocosm), and create their own projects pertaining to stress relief, nutrition and physical fitness, the rekindling of family relationships, alleviating prejudice, volunteerism, topics of social protest (while confronting musical lyrics in a historical context), and recognizing factionalism/violence to consider possible responses. Project proposals model common methods employed in “Intervention” scenarios, in that each student becomes knowledgeable about a particular point of relevance to them to understand the factors contributing to its continuation; then attempting to resolve their individual concerns. By learning how to apply solutions through civic engagement, students can work towards discoveries, formulating thoughts and realizations so as to better develop themselves as thinkers and future innovators.

Education however is simply not enough for a society seeking to produce an “other” reality as soon as possible. So, finding like-minded movements and dedicating efforts to maximizing success may provide a positive vehicle with which to “monkey-wrench” the oppressive social environment. This helps alleviate the separation between citizens and the natural world: by engaging with the natural world to provide food, clean energy, clothing, medicine, textiles, fiber, etc—able to be grown by virtually anyone anywhere—a lasting blow may be dealt to the heart of the mechanistic system which imprisons and fines anyone engaged with agriculture so as to protect the generations to come from succumbing to corrupt and asinine abuses of authoritative power.

Furthermore, by structuring citizen initiatives so that a percentage of all revenue goes towards funding public programs, developing bio-fuels, promoting nature-based products, maintaining a balanced and representative governing body, and providing treatment facilities for those in need of them, while at the same time educating students about the realities of plants instead of using fear tactics and prohibition (which has proven to be a failure) to prevent its use, we can properly effect a social order cognizant of respectful actions.

The goal would be to end the government’s “War on Nature” and billions of dollars spent imprisoning citizens so that we might each enjoy the beauty of the natural world, developing green industries to sustain this new culture while at the same time ensuring global security. By protecting the natural cycle of energy derived from the sun, from which each of our basic necessities are primarily obtained, we can substitute it for the poisonous makeshift economy we have made real, devised through ignorant conclusions based on fallacious premises:

“The solar resource could replace all need for oil, coal, and nuclear resources in the United States…In addition, solar offers a nondestructive solution to the land that it uses, whereas coal and nuclear taint and contaminate the land they use forever.” (Pg. 55)

As Ward Churchill writes,

“In order to be effective and ultimately successful, any revolutionary movement within advanced capitalist nations must develop the broadest possible range of thinking/action by which to confront the state. This should be conceived not as an array of component forms of struggle but as a continuum of activity stretching from petitions/letter writing and so forth through mass mobilization/demonstrations, onward through the realm of “offensive” military operations.” (Pg. 94, 2007)

Using this logic, and borrowing from original ideas of the past, we can experiment in sustainable community organizing. Through social media networks and contact with groups familiar with organizing festivals, we can induce a national strategy that unites various movements, effecting political pressure through a politically plausible social revolution to rally against all forms of war while engaging in the democratic process. This networked movement can provide a vanguard to act out the “will” of the cosmos while protecting its various creations through the unique collaboration of organized dissidence by which a “different” reality (besides one that promotes war profiteering) might be established.

In this way, a movement can stay informed to the nature of its opposition as multiple constituents determine the course of its events in a self-organizing process. Human development can thus be conditioned through expertise to construct and create new substance, manipulating policy through self-empowered directives. By creating events, procedures, programs, and never-ending “experiments” where students are taught to grow, utilize, and discern reality for themselves, a constant revolution can be forever sustained: theory is proposed, results are produced, and competence is proven through a scrutinizing dialogical assessment. However, since language itself is self-reflexive, those who endeavor to do outright harm to an opposing force will necessarily fail, as their movement will likely be void of any genuine motivations, based on antipathy instead of rapport:

“Apart from negative messages, however, the specific picture of what [terrorism] would replace these international circumstances with is deliberately vague. There is a lot of evocative language, general references to restoring peace, instituting [God’s] law, and installing a modern [system of governance]—a hazy dream of a better, more just future to be achieved through a defensive [holy war]. But what exactly would that new [holy] “state” (or entity) look like? This is not specified, as doing so would undermine the movement itself. (Cronin pg. 180, 2009)

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