Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Psychedelia Update – LSD shown to raise level of consciousness...

Scientists claim to have found the first evidence that psychedelic drugs create a “higher level of consciousness.” LSD-25, the drug ketamine and psilocybin (the active ingredient of magic mushrooms) were all found to increase the tiny magnetic fields produced by the brain.

Professor Anil Seth, co-director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science at Sussex University, said: “This finding shows that the brain-on-psychedelics behaves very differently from normal. During the psychedelic state, the electrical activity of the brain is less predictable and less ‘integrated’ than during normal conscious wakefulness – as measured by global signal diversity.” 

In this regard, less predictability may equate to increased creativity... ie: higher functioning.

“Since this measure has already shown its value as a measure of ‘conscious level’, we can say that the psychedelic state appears as a higher ‘level’ of consciousness than normal... but only with respect to this specific mathematical measure.” This is used to create a mathematical measure of the complexity of brain activity... as with people who are asleep having a lower level than people who are awake.

Dr Robin Cahart-Harris, of Imperial College London, said: “Rigorous research into psychedelics is gaining increasing attention, not least because of the therapeutic potential that these drugs may have when used sensibly and under medical supervision. The present study's findings help us understand what happens in people’s brains when they experience an expansion of their consciousness under psychedelics.”

The findings of the study were reported in the journal Scientific Reports.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

17 Techniques for Truth Suppression

“Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.”
- Edmund Burke

Contemporary global politics are so intrusive, that they/it cannot be ignored, especially by weblogs dealing with such esoteric concepts as synchro-mysticism. Our esteemed colleagues over at the Secret Sun and Visup have recently posted important contributions on this topic. Clearly, there is more to the picture than meets the eye.

We have previously commented that: you can't make this stuff up. If you were to read a spy/thriller novel that featured a boy/supreme leader, a crass capitalist/president with no emotional intelligence, a Leninist/Ba'ath president/dictator, and a cunning ex-KGB president/oligarch... you wouldn't believe it. However, such a scenario is exactly what appears to be going down... as we speak... here in crazy town.

In these turbulent times, it is important to have a political memory. As crazy and dangerous as the situation is, there are observations from the past that can be useful in disentangling the cloak and dagger schemes and maneuverings of current affairs.

With that said, the prime directive of Tek-Gnostics, is to provide the requisite tools (Tek) needed to facilitate the direct experience (Gnosis) of the shadowy netherworld of High Weirdness that has become our Brave Noö World. In the spirit of political memory and providing such tools and resources to help navigate the strange days we live in, we have dusted off the following article. This little gem was written in 1999 by David Martin. Even though it was originally written over 18 years ago, it serves as a valuable field guide for understanding the insane political quagmire we find ourselves living through...

 Constant vigilance!!!      - J ♥

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Seventeen Techniques for Truth Suppression

Strong, credible allegations of high-level criminal activity can bring down a government. When the government lacks an effective, fact-based defense, other techniques must be employed. The success of these techniques depends heavily upon a cooperative, compliant press and a mere token opposition party.

1) Dummy up. If it's not reported, if it's not news, it didn't happen.

2) Wax indignant. This is also known as the "How dare you?" gambit.

3) Characterize the charges as "rumors" or, better yet, "wild rumors." If, in spite of the news blackout, the public is still able to learn about the suspicious facts, it can only be through "rumors." (If they tend to believe the "rumors" it must be because they are simply "paranoid" or "hysterical.")

4) Knock down straw men. Deal only with the weakest aspects of the weakest charges. Even better, create your own straw men. Make up wild rumors (or plant false stories) and give them lead play when you appear to debunk all the charges, real and fanciful alike.

5) Call the skeptics names like "conspiracy theorist," "nutcase," "ranter," "kook," "crackpot," and, of course, "rumor monger." Be sure, too, to use heavily loaded verbs and adjectives when characterizing their charges and defending the "more reasonable" government and its defenders. You must then carefully avoid fair and open debate with any of the people you have thus maligned. For insurance, set up your own "skeptics" to shoot down.

6) Impugn motives. Attempt to marginalize the critics by suggesting strongly that they are not really interested in the truth but are simply pursuing a partisan political agenda or are out to make money (compared to over-compensated adherents to the government line who, presumably, are not).

7) Invoke authority. Here the controlled press and the sham opposition can be very useful.

8) Dismiss the charges as "old news."

9) Come half-clean. This is also known as "confession and avoidance" or "taking the limited hangout route." This way, you create the impression of candor and honesty while you admit only to relatively harmless, less-than-criminal "mistakes." This stratagem often requires the embrace of a fall-back position quite different from the one originally taken. With effective damage control, the fall-back position need only be peddled by stooge skeptics to carefully limited markets.

10) Characterize the crimes as impossibly complex and the truth as ultimately unknowable.

11) Reason backward, using the deductive method with a vengeance. With thoroughly rigorous deduction, troublesome evidence is irrelevant. E.g. We have a completely free press. If evidence exists that the Vince Foster "suicide" note was forged, they would have reported it. They haven't reported it so there is no such evidence. Another variation on this theme involves the likelihood of a conspiracy leaker and a press who would report the leak.

12) Require the skeptics to solve the crime completely. E.g. If Foster was murdered, who did it and why?

13) Change the subject. This technique includes creating and/or publicizing distractions.

14) Lightly report incriminating facts, and then make nothing of them. This is sometimes referred to as "bump and run" reporting.

15) Baldly and brazenly lie. A favorite way of doing this is to attribute the "facts" furnished the public to a plausible-sounding, but anonymous, source.

16) Expanding further on numbers 4 and 5, have your own stooges "expose" scandals and champion popular causes. Their job is to pre-empt real opponents and to play 99-yard football. A variation is to pay rich people for the job who will pretend to spend their own money.

17) Flood the Internet with agents. This is the answer to the question, "What could possibly motivate a person to spend hour upon hour on Internet news groups defending the government and/or the press and harassing genuine critics?" Don t the authorities have defenders enough in all the newspapers, magazines, radio, and television? One would think refusing to print critical letters and screening out serious callers or dumping them from radio talk shows would be control enough, but, obviously, it is not.

- written by David Martin December 28, 1999

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Tek-Gnostics @ Contact in the Desert 2017

DATELINE: 5-19-2017 Joshua Tree, CA
It looks like the intrepid Tek-Gnostics Team will be making the pilgrimage to California's Mojave desert, for the 2017 "Contact in the Desert" conference, being held in Joshua Tree, California on May 19th through the 22nd, 2017. The conference is being held at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. The JTRC is the oldest and largest retreat center in the Western United States; a unique architectural landmark on a sacred site. Their mission is to support the education and nourishment of the infinite human potential.

Situated near Palm Springs, CA ...the retreat center is just north of Joshua Tree National Park. Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park. A fascinating variety of plants and animals make their homes in a land sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrents of rain. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness in southern California. 

Billed as an EPIC weekend of exploration into extraterrestrial life, ancient aliens, human origins, secret space programs, crop circles, UFO sightings, contact experiences, interstellar living, and the “need to know” ...some are calling this event the Woodstock of UFOs. This year's lineup includes Erich von Däniken, Graham Hancock, George Noory and the ever-popular Giorgio Tsoukalos.

Team Tek-Gnostics is gearing up to attend Contact in the Desert 2017. Drop by our booth or visit our campsite, as we intend to bivouac for the entire event! Jack Heart and the enigmatic Agent 87 will be on hand to present Jack’s first book in the Tek-Gnostics Trilogy to conference attendees. We hope to see you at Contact!

More information to follow... stay tuned!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Trump Meets With Illegal Aliens.

In a stunning reversal on the Executive Branch’s foreign policy, US President Donald J Trump met today with Illegal Aliens to discuss legal immigration and refugee status. All we can say is… God Bless Donald Trump!


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Alien Con Travelogue – Synchronicity & the “Papa Legba” Incident


In our first entry of the Alien-Con Travelogue entitled: “A Spy in the House of Ancient Aliens” I outlined the “setting” of Team Tek-Gnostics’ participation in the History Channel’s inaugural fan convention celebrating their hit Cable TV show: Ancient Aliens. The event took place in the savage heart of Silicon Valley… Santa Clara, California. In the second installment in this series, I fleshed out Team Tek-Gnostics’ “set” wherein my attorney… Agent 87 & I undertook the development of a cultural Ethnography of Alien Con, via a psychedelic emersion experiment known as micro-dosing.

This was the set and setting, of what would prove to be a very synchro-mystically charged week-end.

Previously we had decided to keep a Synchronicity Log to keep track of the significant, synchronous events during the fan convention. This proved to be a “triple whammy” within our synchro-sphere. I’ll explain... The methodology of micro-dosing is that by repeated daily psycholytic doses of a psychedelic compound (in our case, that rascally chemical trickster… Lucy), one is subjected to a cumulative, albeit sub-perceptual effect of the hallucinogen. The intention of micro-dosing is to spark creativity, performance enhancement, etc. Our experience was that, as the weekend rolled on, the effect of the micro-dose seemed to snowball. This cumulative effect worked synergistically with the act of keeping a sync-log.

As many readers of this blog well know… the act of paying attention to synchronicity increases and intensifies the experience of synchronicity. The very action of recognizing synchronistic events brings about… or more accurately… draws, or attracts more instances of synchronicity to one’s sphere of consciousness… Like moths to a flame. As is the intent of micro-dosing, the experience of synchronicity is cumulative. Or, in the words of my attorney, the enigmatic 87: “The more you see, the more you will see.” 

So during the course of the weekend, the snowball of the micro-dose, picking up speed and size as it careened downhill (from atop the figurative “Mount Alien Con”), merged with the intention of our sync-log… also picking up speed. As the effect of the micro-dose accumulated... so did our experience of synchronicity. Now, these two cumulative events were co-occurring… complementing one another. 

The third principle of the “triple whammy” mentioned above, was the synergistic and cumulative effect… of the two cumulative effects! …If you follow my pretzel logic. As the weekend wore on, the sustained effect of the micro-dose, appeared to amplify the continued attention that we placed upon the expanding synchronicities (or vice versa!). These two compatible experiences amplified each other, to form a psychedelic synchronicity that was somehow more profound than the sum total of its parts.

It was before this backdrop that the third element... the third principle... began to kick in.

Papa Legba...

During the course of Alien Con, 87 and I dutifully recorded synchronistic events. One such culminating event began when we made the acquaintance of two mysterious Sisters. I am not saying that these two women were witches, but had they been around during the Spanish Inquisition (Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!) they would have been burned at the stake! It was clear from our conversations that the Sisters were well versed in many esoteric and arcane arts. Their knowledge was clearly deep... these were powerful women.

So it was that on Saturday night, the two Bene Gisserit had found their way back to our booth. We discoursed on a variety of occult topics… often following multiple threads of conversation simultaneously. This was all intellectually stimulating, intuitively inspiring and a little confusing. So I am not at all certain how the topic of African Vodun, New Orleans Voodoo, and Caribbean Santería came up (the curious reader will find more information on this topic, from an earlier post, here).

Thinking back now, it’s all a little fuzzy, but I remember talking about the African Diaspora of not only spiritual & magical iconography and practice, but also the cultural and musical exodus from Africa, the Caribbean, and the American Bayou. These are all, of course, interrelated phenomena and are what inform and infuse American Soul. Invocation and chant became jazz, became R & B, became Rock n Roll! All Hail!

A cultural evolutionary element of the above Diaspora (and in keeping with the etymological power of synchronicity), is the concept of Syncretism. This is when different beliefs and practices of various schools of thought merge or blend over time… especially in the theology and mythology of religious practice. Consequently, the spirits or "Loa" of Haitian Vodou and Louisiana Voodoo, morphed into the Saints of the Christian dominator culture. This was a brilliant cultural protectionist strategy. However, unlike saints or angels, Loa are not simply prayed to, they are served. Also, contrary to pop belief, the Loa are not deities in and of themselves… they are… intermediaries. 

During that conversation, I had brought up my favorite Loa… the gatekeeper… opener of doors… the keeper of the keys… lord of the crossroads… Papa Legba. Legba, or “Eleggua” as the Sisters knew him… is the Loa who serves as the intermediary between the pantheon of Loa and humanity. He stands at a spiritual crossroads and gives… or denies… permission to speak with the host of spirits. Accordingly, he speaks all human languages. Per the syncretic cultural overlay, Legba was hidden within or associated with the image of St. Peter, the Christian Guardian of the Gate and Keeper of the Keys.

Over the weekend, the “Loas of Synchronicity” were winking with increased intensity and regularity. So while we were lost in a very animated conversation about Legba… no one noticed the man with his back to us… standing across the aisle from our booth. He was a large man, examining the wares of the vendors opposite us. I was the first to notice him… I remember the back of his black t-shirt was festooned with Mardi Gras iconography. And in the middle of the design, framed by beads and bones… was the top-hated and grinning face of none other than… Papa Legba.

First I nudged 87… “check out that guy’s shirt” I half-whispered… “It’s Legba!” Not sure if he heard me, I said a second time, a little louder… “Look... on the back of that guy’s t-shirt… It’s Papa Legba!” Agent 87 looked… he looked again… and immediately grasping the synchronistic situation, he leaned back toward me… “Man… I got goosebumps” he said, showing me his arm.

As the immediacy of the sync was so glaringly obvious, we nudged the Sisters, laughing… “Check out Legba, grinning at us from across the aisle!” Upon seeing the guy’s shirt, one of the Sisters, smiling a knowing smile, simply said… “Ah… that’s Eleggua!”  The moment that all four of us had gotten a good look at the mysterious man in black’s “Legba” shirt, he began to meander away, down the aisle of vendors. But as he receded, blending into the crowd, just before he left my field of vision… I swore I saw the image of Legba wink…

The ways of synchronicity are mysterious indeed. The manner in which it/they reveal themselves can be subtle… or they can hit you over the HEAD. Regardless… and by definition… syncs must be infused with meaning, for the observer. Meaningful coincidence is what separates syncs from mere coincidence. For me, and under the circumstances, Legba was the epitome of synchronicity as I have written on Voodoo in general and Legba in particular, many times on this blog. It was as if Legba himself was peering through the veil that divides the mundane and spirit realms, to verify the sync in such a way that was simultaneously subtle and meaningfully conspicuous. Such is the way of synchronicity.

And what, might the curious reader ask, does Papa Legba have to do with Alien Con? Well for one thing… who or what are the Loa anyway? Also known as "mystères" and "the invisibles" they act, within their mythology, as intermediaries between the Supreme Creator, who is distant from the world… and humanity. In this regard, they seem to function similarly to the infamous Archons of Biblical era Gnosticism and subsequent Ancient Astronaut Theory fame. Like the fairie folk, the Loa suspiciously resemble, serve a similar function as the Little Green Men of Alien Con mythology… from a different cultural perspective.

And when dealing with UFO phenomena, just as in synchronicity, perspective is everything...

By the time 87 and I reached the end of Alien Con… we agreed that our sync log/micro-dose experiment was a resounding success. We agreed that having Papa Legba make his dramatic appearance, the portal of which turned out to be the back of some guy’s t-shirt, was a satisfying finale. For us, it fulfilled all the criteria that make up a profound synchronistic experience: brilliantly obvious, yet plausibly deniable.

Further reading from earlier posts, on this most intriguing topic, can be found below...    

More from Alien Con Travelogue:  Part One  ~  Part Two

More on Voodoo:  Voodoo in the Digital Realm   ~  Mardi Gras & Voodoo

Who knows where the next Tek-Gnostics Field Expedition will be? Stay tuned...