Friday, December 28, 2012

2012 - Retrospective



from Jan. 13th - "The Yankee and Cowboy Psychedelic War" ...Part 2

from Feb. 12th - "Anonymous vs Anonymous"

from Feb. 19th - "The Idiot"

from Feb. 22nd - "Eight Easy Steps", ...Part 2 ...Part 3 ...Part 4

from March 2nd - "AAT: Are the World's Religions Cargo Cults?" ...Part 2 ...Part 3

from April 11th - "Babylon Bandwidth"

from July 7th - "Timbuktu... Sacred Site, threatened by secular ignorance"

from Sep. 11th - "9/11 Anniversary & Synchronicity" ...Part 2

from Oct. 10th - "2012 Election on the Planet of the Apes" ...Part 2 ...Part 3

from Nov. 28th - "Dwellers of the Two Realms"


                                                                 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Psychedelic Santa


 
"He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf…
and I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head…
soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread."
 
- From “Twas the Night before Christmas 


In 1931, the Coka-Cola company, in an early and very successful example of mass media marketing, reinvented Santa Clause into what has become Santa’s modern caricature. You know… jolly fat guy, swigging coke. But as we all know, Santa wasn’t invented by coke. Santa wasn’t invented by Clement Clark Moore, in his classic poem, “Twas the Night before Christmas.” Santa pre-dates the Catholic Church’s invasive “re-branding” of the pagan deity into the 4th century Saint Nickolas. In fact, Santa has been around for millennia, with a twinkling eye and a profound wisdom, adjudicating and separating the naughty from the nice…
Many wondrous and magical properties have been attributed to our “right jolly old elf” …so what were the magical and mystical origins of ole’ saint nick?
 

“Although most people see Christmas as a Christian holiday, most of the symbols and icons we associate with Christmas celebrations are actually derived from the shamanistic traditions of the tribal peoples of pre-Christian Northern Europe. The sacred mushroom of these people was the red and white amanita muscaria mushroom.


These peoples lived in dwellings made of birch and reindeer hide, called ‘yurts.’ Somewhat similar to a teepee, the yurt's central smoke hole is often also used as an entrance. After gathering the mushrooms from under the sacred trees where they appeared, the shamans would fill their sacks and return home. Climbing down the chimney-entrances, they would share out the mushroom's gifts with those within … Santa also dresses like a mushroom gatherer. When it was time to go out and harvest the magical mushrooms, the ancient shamans would dress much like Santa, wearing red and white fur-trimmed coats and long black boots.”
 
-Dana Larsen, “The Psychedelic Secrets of Santa Claus”
 
“It is fairly common knowledge that the Weihnachtsmann (St. Nick) was an amalgamation of older Germanic/Norse gods such as Thor, Donner, Odin and Wotan. What's missing here is just as Santa flies through the skies in his sleigh, Odin (as well as the rest) rode through the sky in his chariot, which is depicted in the stars by ‘The Big Dipper’. The Big Dipper is the chariot of Odin & Wotan, Thor, King Arthur, and even Osiris (of Egypt). The chariot that circles the North Star in a 24 hour period is thus also known as the sleigh of Santa Claus because it circles his mythological home, the North Pole.”
 
 “It is no surprise that Nordic/Germanic gods have connection to mushrooms in their mythology. As Thor throws his mushroom-shaped hammer to the ground, mighty thunders and lightning cracks cause the real mushroom(s) to appear.”

“The very name, ‘Christmas’ is a holiday name composed of the words, ‘Christ’ (meaning ‘one who is anointed with the Magical Substance’) and ‘Mass’ (a special religious service/ceremony of the sacramental ingestion of the Eucharist, the ‘Body of Christ’). In the Catholic tradition, this substance (Body/Soma) has been replaced by the doctrine of ‘Trans-substantiation’, whereby in a magical ceremony the Priests claim the ability to transform a ‘cracker/round-wafer’ into the literal ‘Body of Christ’; ie, a substitute or placebo.”
 
-James Arthur, “Mushrooms and Mankind”
 
"Santa's famous magical journey, where his sleigh takes him around the whole planet in a single night, is developed from the ‘heavenly chariot’ used by the gods from whom Santa and other shamanic figures are descended. The chariot of Odin, Thor and even the Egyptian god Osiris is now known as the Big Dipper, which circles around the North Star in a 24-hour period. In different versions of the ancient story, the chariot was pulled by reindeer or horses. As the animals grow exhausted, their mingled spit and blood falls to the ground, forming the amanita mushrooms.”
 
-Dana Larsen, “The Psychedelic Secrets of Santa Claus”
 
 


The Amanita Muscaria is not only famous for its appearances in fairy tales; its colours are also linked with Santa Claus, racing through the skies with his reindeer. Is it a coincidence that reindeer eat this mushroom, and that it grows under the trees we seem to largely grow for Christmas tree purposes?
 
Green, red, and white as Christmas colors comes from the evergreen tree and the red and white mushrooms underneath. The word Christmas originally comes from the Egyptian KRST (oiled/anointed one) and Mes, the sacred cakes annually made/ingested by the Egyptians. This Eucharist was originally made from Amanita muscaria or was the mushroom itself. The tradition existed all over the ancient world, but most of the iconography/symbology recognized today comes from pre-Christian Northern Europe.
 
- The Atlantean Consiracy 

“The amanita mushroom needs to be dried before being consumed; the drying process reduces the mushroom's toxicity while increasing its potency. The shaman would guide the group in stringing the mushrooms and hanging them around the hearth-fire to dry. This tradition is echoed in the modern stringing of popcorn and other items.”
 
“Most of the major elements of the modern Christmas celebration, such as Santa Claus, Christmas trees, magical reindeer and the giving of gifts, are originally based upon the traditions surrounding the harvest and consumption of these most sacred mushrooms.”

 -Dana Larsen, “The Psychedelic Secrets of Santa Claus”
 
 
 

These ancient peoples, including the Lapps of modern-day Finland, and the Koyak tribes of the central Russian steppes, believed in the idea of a World Tree. The World Tree was seen as a kind of cosmic axis, onto which the planes of the universe are fixed. The roots of the World Tree stretch down into the underworld, its trunk is the "middle earth" of everyday existence, and its branches reach upwards into the heavenly realm.
 
The North Star was also considered sacred, since all other stars in the sky revolved around its fixed point. They associated this "Pole Star" with the World Tree and the central axis of the universe. The top of the World Tree touched the North Star, and the spirit of the shaman would climb the metaphorical tree, thereby passing into the realm of the gods. This is the true meaning of the star on top of the modern Christmas tree, and also the reason that the super-shaman Santa makes his home at the North Pole.
 
The amanita muscaria mushrooms grow only under certain types of trees, mostly firs and evergreens. The mushroom caps are the fruit of the larger mycelium beneath the soil which exists in a symbiotic relationship with the roots of the tree. To ancient people, these mushrooms were literally "the fruit of the tree."
 
Ancient peoples were amazed at how these magical mushrooms sprang from the earth without any visible seed. They considered this "virgin birth" to have been the result of the morning dew, which was seen as the semen of the deity. The silver tinsel we drape onto our modern Christmas tree represents this divine fluid.
 
-Dana Larsen, “The Psychedelic Secrets of Santa Claus”
 


Since before recorded history, Santa… in all his personas… has been a great Bodhisattva to the world’s children. He has been a manifestation of light at the top of the world… instructing the young and young at heart upon the importance… the great dharma... of kindness. In light of the above information, we can now broaden our understanding of this icon… this deity… to include a psychedelic bringer of light… a shamanic power of illumination and good will.
 
It is amazing how this ancient deity… or at least his outward imagery… has evolved over the centuries. Since before antiquity, the Egyptian god Osiris has morphed into the Norse god Odin… a Christian Saint… a magical elf… even a guy selling soda pop. He has evolved and modernized as he has flown through time… shedding light upon our evolving culture… as he goes.
 
It will be intriguing to see what cultural changes are in store for Santa, as he travels into the future. Our guess is that in the coming decades, a certain contemporary folk hero, also associated with the magic mushroom, will evolve from legendary cultural icon, to mythic legend… eventually supplanting the commercial Santa of today. This folk hero, though DEAD only a few short years, is already considered a legend… a bodhisattva… by the faithful… by those who witnessed his magical spell-casting powers…
 
 
 
 
Tidings of Great Joy to you & to yours throughout this Holiday Season...
Have a very Jerry Merry Chrismas and a Happy New Year! 
 


Friday, December 21, 2012

Don't worry...

 
 
 
See here how everything… lead up to this day?
and it's just like any other day that's… ever been!
Sun goin up and then… the sun it goin down…
Shine!… through my window… and my friends they come around...
 
- from "Black Peter" J Garcia & R Hunter
 
 
 

 A Very Merry Solstice 2012 to one and all!




Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Assimilating the Lone Gunman

 

As a nation, our collective hearts are broken. Our hearts are broken over the unspeakable horror of Newtown, Connecticut. Broken… but deeper down… beyond the atrocity of the specifics… our collective hearts are deeply troubled. We are troubled over the increasing frequency of mass shootings/killings in the United States. We are troubled that young, isolated and alienated “lone gunmen” seek out public gathering places… schools… movie complexes… political rallies… traditional places of sanctuary… from which to rain down death and terror.
 
We are deeply troubled because we know in our hearts that these psychotic acts of violence go beyond the need for gun control… beyond the de-sensitization to violence inflicted upon our youth via movies and video games. We know that this psychosis cuts to the very core of who we are as a people. We know this to be a symptom of a national… perhaps global… behavioral health crisis.
 
Specific to America… the land of the free… we need to perform some collective soul-searching. Why is it, that such atrocity is continually and increasingly visited upon us… to our kids?
 
On Thursday, December 13th… the day before the Newtown shootings… Stefanie Krasnow, the web editor at Adbusters posted an editorial titled “The Cult of Individualism.” We believe that this commentary sheds some light upon the nature of the soul-searching we must undergo as a people. We have reproduced the article in its entirety…
 
 
 
The Cult of Individualism
 
God died. The seas of metaphysics were limitless again. A new horizon of possibility opened for all beliefs and ideals. Values were re-evaluated, re-molded, re-constructed – and each new value was made in the image of its creator: the individual self.
 
We were “freed” to think whatever we want, say whatever we want and believe whatever we want – more or less, that is. What we got: apparent freedom, inalienable “individual” rights and in America, “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
 
Later came the prevalent I-don’t-give-a-fuck attitude – with all its cool and edgy indifference. But I-don’t-give-a-fuck really means I-don’t-give-a-fuck-because-it-doesn’t-affect-me – this is the prevalent attitude of non-judgmentalism meets moral relativism. Sociologist Charles Smith found, after interviewing 230 young Americans, that the common response to standard moral questions (about rape, murder, theft) was one of bafflement. Young people lacked anything substantial to say about even extremely generic ethical questions. The default attitude was that moral choices are a matter of individual taste, where one’s morality is just a small piece of a carefully crafted individual self that one fashions at whim. “It’s personal,” many interviewees responded: “It’s up to the individual. Who am I to say? Who am I to judge?”
 
When beliefs, aesthetic preferences and moral proclivities are all left to personal style, we have the hipster mentality, where nonchalant nihilism is cool. Indeed, the word “moral” itself is a dirty word amongst anyone outside the realm of conservatism. But the cult of individualism transcends politics: we are all in the cult. We’ve all had its invisible lens pulled over our eyes such that we perceive the world through a warped and myopic tunnel vision. Aiming to find and remove this lens is as futile as trying to bite your own teeth – for it is built into us.
 
The great myth of our time is the heroic pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps tale of His Majesty the Autonomous Self (and how convenient is it that this selfsame trope is the foundational myth capitalism needs most for its continued political survival). But this myth needs no creeds to perpetuate its dominance, for it is woven into the very fiber of our being.
 
We were all inculcated into the cult of individualism – by our families, who tell us we are special; by the vision of the American Dream; by schools, who demand that we specify fields; by advertising which compels us to carve out who we are by consuming certain commodities; by capitalism which teaches us that to succeed is to win in a competition of yourself against all others; and by the ever-growing new-age and pop psychology Ĺ“uvre which tells us to create our own realities…
 
But if everyone were to believe themselves as the center of their own universe in which they create their own world, values and all meaning – civilization would quickly deteriorate into solipsism, narcissism, megalomania and/or collective insanity. So it comes as no surprise that “we” are in decline – for what is really wrong with the united “us”? There is no “we,” no “us,” just me, myself and I. This nation is not a unified whole but a cacophony of atoms, each spinning alone to their own idiosyncratic rhythm – and frequently colliding. The Declaration’s axioms are relinquishing their sacred aura, for the glue that holds us together is… well, it isn’t there.
 
The marriage of this egoism to rationality – the hubris that comes with our self-awarded status as the sole “rational animal” – this may be the fatal flaw of Western civilization, we just don’t know it yet… or do we?
 
With discoveries in neuroscience that expose us as primarily social beings, the ecological crisis which demands global cooperation in spite of differences, and amidst the peril of capitalism, which reveals the limits of a “survival of the fittest” social philosophy – the fabric of who-we-thought-we-were is being unravelled. It is like waking up from a long hallucination… disorienting, frightening, yet epiphanic… for what we are facing is nothing other than an identity crisis, one that forces us to create a new account of what it is to be human.
 
It’s uncomfortable to go against the grain of a totalizing and pervasive culture that reinforces a dog-eat-dog conception of human nature. It’s frightening to reconsider who you are in the midst of realizing that what you were taught all along was a lie – a myth exposed as a myth. But this is just what Buddhists have been saying for thousands of years, that the notion of a “separate self” is an illusion, and a dangerous one against which we must constantly exercise vigilance in order to correct this misperception and not forfeit our potential as beings capable of empathy and conscience.
 
Our concept of the individual self was born in the context of the 18th Century, at least, and it is reaching the end of its course. What is the new paradigm of human nature that is emerging in response to the world as it is in 2012 and 2013? Should we continue to carry the curse of unchecked individualism, it will be our undoing.
 
 
 
 
The time has come for us, as a people, to examine our core beliefs. The time has come to understand that the lone gunman is a dark and deeply troubled part of us. Are we to be a nation self-centered and perhaps increasingly isolated and alienated individuals… or are we a cohesive nation of people… caring for our own? The time has come to balance our unalienable rights of the individual, with our responsibility to the whole. This is the question of our time… as a nation… as a people… as a planet. What is our responsibility to the whole?  


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Triple Twelve - Cloudships over Shasta

 
"Shake it up now… Sugaree… I’ll meet you at the jubilee.
If that jubilee don’t come… Maybe I’ll meet you… on the run."
 
- from the song: "Sugaree" by R Hunter & J Garcia


The morning of December the twelfth, 2012 dawned cold and clear, with an inch of new snow on Mount Shasta. The spiritual communities are all a-twitter over the 12:12:12 cosmic coincidence. The Galactic Free Press has been reporting the arrival of the ascended masters, via cloudship (see animated gif below) for a glorious love party and the birth of the long-awaited new paradigm. This could not have come a moment too soon, as the expiration of the Mayan long-count calendar is just around the corner, on Dec. 21st, 2012.

Meanwhile, preparations are underway for the 12:12:12 celebrations. The 7th Ray team is firing up the violet flame for the 12:12:12 Portal of Ascension Retreat, a three day event. There is no word as of yet, if St. Germain arrived on the cloudships, or not. Actually, the event is a little chaotic, as much of the itinerary has been left up to the ascended masters, themselves. Here is a quote from the earthling organizers…

We need to keep a flexible schedule for the Higher Realm may delight us with changes, as they are truly in charge of this event.  
 
 
 

We join our friends on Mount Shasta, in celebration of the 12:12:12 phenomenon. The number 12 has a great significance in many cultures. In the western tradition, it is commonly associated with completeness and seen as a perfect and harmonious unit. As such, it has found its way into religious chicanery… ie: the 12 apostles, ancient mythology, ie: the 12 gods of Olympus), and every day life… ie: 12 hours on a modern clock face, 12 months in a year, etc.

In our view, the significance of recognizing the 12:12 signal as a manifestation of synchronicity (a meaningful coincidence in time of multiple events perceived to be similar if not identical) illustrates the deeply personal nature of these transmissions. This is a world-wide phenomenon, the experience of which began more than thirty years ago and continues to grow in numbers.

Like the 11:11 cosmic trigger, 12:12 is at once a metaphor for “being in the moment” with universe, and a personal verification or communication with universe. It’s the old “be here now” reminder. Any cosmic significance attributed to this trigger is completely justified, because we are here now. We don’t need pixie dust to facilitate the magic… the magic is all around us… if we but have eyes to see.

In this post, we have poked a little good-natured fun at our friends in Mt. Shasta and their celebrations… but I’ll tell you this: I would much rather “throw my hat in ring” with the spiritual communities around Mount Shasta, in their aspirations of the new paradigm, than align with the goofballs over at Doomsday Preppers. In this “New Age” …we are either part of the solution or part of the problem. In my book, positive vibrations toward the possibilities of the future are more constructive than hoarding food and weaponry.

Peace to all on this, the 12:12:12 portal day. Love over fear… ascension over Armageddon.

Sensei & Co.

 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Dwellers of the Two Realms

 

Simultaneous Worlds…

It has been postulated… philosophized… that sentient life was created by universe (we prefer the term “universe” as opposed to “God” when discussing such matters) to act as it’s organ of perception… it’s sensory faculty of contemplation. The notion of life’s cosmic role has been eloquently described as being the “eyes of the world.” Through sentient life’s five senses, universe is able to experience itself… to reflect upon itself. Universe is able to pause and say… “my, my, my… what a beautiful and wondrous existence this is.”
 
It is the grandest adventure imaginable, to be born upon Spaceship Earth, as a sentient living, breathing human. Possessing the ability to travel the world over, witnessing the majesty of nature and the diversity of culture. It is precisely this innate (human) ability to appreciate the wonders of universe that lends credence to the above cosmology. In so doing, humans, on behalf of universe, possess the ability to self reflect. Self-reflection, or thinking about oneself, allows for the experience of the outer, phenomenal or physical world, as well as the inner, conceptual or intuitive world.
 
As a cosmic instrument of perception, possessing self-reflection, humans accordingly witness, and report back to universe, upon the experiences of two worlds… the outer world of action and the inner world of intention… the outer world of the material and the inner world of ethereal. This is in keeping with the underlying understanding of a dualistic experiential universe.
 
Considering these two worlds, we could further suggest that their dualistic properties are as follows… The material or outer world is the domain of the waking, conscious mind. The inner, intuitive world is the domain subconscious mind, which is asleep and dreaming. The two overlap, of course, but the distinction makes sense… after all, humans divide their time alternating between cycles of wakefulness and sleep, as the planet completes its 24 hour rotation around Sol. This dualistic cycle of animation/suspended animation, occurs daily for most humans.
 
By virtue of a sophisticated and highly evolved nervous system, Earthling humans possess the ability to live, simultaneously, in these two distinct, yet very different worlds or realms. Upon first examination, these two worlds are seemingly independent of each other, yet they overlap or overlay each other… occupying the same space, if you will. However, these simultaneous worlds are so different they appear as two separate realities.
 
Each realm has its own unique, yet drastically different laws of physics to govern it. Each realm appears to populate the same Earth, with identical inhabitants and identical locals… although environs can mysteriously morph from one realm to the next. The most significant commonality in experiencing these simultaneous worlds is that each individual’s relations, peers and acquaintances appear to be identical… initially. As we shall see, significant entities have a way of morphing, especially in the dream realm.
 

Physiology

Human anatomy and neurology has evolved a physiological duality to accommodate the two realms. In the waking world, bipedal development, allows for physical locomotion. Left and right appendages allow for grasping and manipulating tools. Binocular development, or two eyes, allows for precise depth perception. By far, the most important evolutionary development has been the evolution of the bi-lobal brain. As far as we know, the bi-lobal brain was designed specifically for navigation and integration of the two realms.
 
The left lobe, commonly referred to as the “left brain,” is widely considered to be the analytical or logical brain. The left-side of the brain is thought to be adept at tasks that involve logic, language and analytical thinking. Left brain function includes reasoning, organizational & mathematical skills. Additionally, the left brain is thought to control the right side of the body.
 
The right lobe, commonly referred to as the “right brain,” is widely considered to be the intuitive or creative brain. The right side of the brain is best at expressive and creative tasks. Right brain function includes art awareness, imagination, music, 3-D shapes and holistic thinking. Additionally, the left brain is thought to control the right side of the body. Accordingly, left-handed individuals are often considered to be creative and artistic. By this logic, we must assume that only left-handed people are in their right minds!
 
It is important to remember that the left brain/right brain model is a generalization. Although a lateral dominance is measurable, these characteristics are in fact existent in both hemispheres of the brain. The brain is an adaptive organ with built-in redundancy. So there is hope for some of you right-handers out there…
 
Humanity’s dualistic anatomy works well in a dualistic universe… both literally and figuratively. The universal dichotomy of lightness/darkness corresponds with the philosophical yin/yang. The physicality of the right hand vs the left hand can also be considered philosophically, ie: “The right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing.” It is interesting to note that the left hand is attributed qualities of darkness, ie: “left-handed complement,” or “left-handed path.”
 
Although the physicality of the outer, material, waking world is obvious to all, it is the other realm… the inner, intuitive world of dreams that is of interest and will be considered here.
 

Dreamtime

Albert Einstein’s theory of special relativity popularized the understanding of space-time, where universe consists of three spatial dimensions: length, width & height and one temporal dimension: time. The space-time ratio is thus three parts space, one part time. Humanity’s occupancy in two realms… the waking and the dreaming… fits into this cosmology as follows: Within a dualistic space-time universe, our waking world body is the master of space. Within the dream realm, our dream body is the master of time. Herein lay the underappreciated importance of the dream realm. While dreaming, we can move about in time as easily as we move about in space, while awake.
 
When we dream… even though we perceive our dreams as spatial… our primary modality is temporal. Our movement occurs in time, not space... we manipulate time rather than space. More precisely, the physics of the dream realm are opposite of those governing the waking realm. The space-time ratio is reversed. While dreaming, our reality is three parts time, one part space. The three dimensions become past, present & future, with space filling in as the ubiquitous fourth dimension.
 
In dreamtime, we hop-scotch through time as easily as a child hop-scotches on the playground, while in the waking world.
 
The so-called Western World has, for the most part, ignores the importance of the dream realm, while focusing on the mastery of the material world. This is not the case with other cultures, or in other times. The indigenous cultures of Australia correlate dreaming and spirit. Their cosmologies equate dreaming with universal creation, wherein dreaming brought about and sustains universe. Dreaming and universe are different facets of the same phenomenon. This cosmology is famously called: Dreamtime.
 
Hindu cosmology has the creator deity, Brahma, who dreams the great cosmic lotus dream, which manifests universe. After a span of over 8 billion earth years, Brahma dissolves himself into a dreamless state… and universe dissolves with him. After a similar time-span, Brahma once again dreams, and the cycle repeats. Interestingly, the Hindi cosmology’s time scale corresponds (roughly) to those of modern scientific cosmology.
 
The ancient Celts recognized the existence of the two realms. On Samhain or Halloween, they celebrated the time when the veil between the worlds grows thin. Their ancient harvest celebrations marked the beginning of winter or the 'dark half' of the year. This was not only a celebration of the Celtic New Year and the autumn equinox… it was a time to honor dearly departed clan members. As such, Samhain is considered a festival of the dead, held by many cultures throughout the world in honor of spirit and the spirit or dream world.
 
It is not surprising that the art of divination was widely practiced during these autumn festivals of the dead. Certain individuals of any given culture, through natural aptitude and/or extensive training, become adept at accessing (if not travelling to) the dream realm. The “right brain” operates both the navigation of the dream realm and intuitive processes of the “waking world,” such as music, poetry & various “psi” phenomena, such as clairvoyance. These individuals with a well developed right brain and a desire to explore the dream realm have been called by many names including: oracle, wizard, prophet, medicine man/woman, shaman, etc.
 
Over time, systems were developed to teach these abilities. Some of these teachings originated within… were brought back from… the dream realm, itself…
 
“Within Tibetan Buddhism there is a class of dreams labeled Milam Ter or “dream treasure.” These treasures are teachings that are considered to be the creations of enlightened beings. The teachings were purposefully hidden or stored in order to benefit future generations. Many millennia before the historical Buddha Shakyamuni lived, the (dream) tantras were taught by the buddhas of past eras… to both human and non-human beings.”
 
The above quote was taken from the book “Dream Yoga & the Practice of Natural Light” by Michael Katz. Techniques described by Norbu Rinpoche from this book, as well as other techniques from other cultures, have been aggregated and modernized into the Tek-Gnostics system of Dream Exploration. The results of our amalgamated system are described in greater detail in our earlier posts…
 
 
One of the most astounding, practical realizations that have come from our years of research is this… this dream realm thing, whatever or wherever it is… this thing is real. As amazing and wondrous as our waking life’s adventures are aboard spaceship earth, our dream journeys are just as important. They complement and complete our waking world experiences. There is no need to wish for different dimensions… different realities. Everything we need or could possibly imagine is available to us… right here… as dwellers of the two realms.
 
Note: We go into greater detail; more fully explain the techniques of the Tek-Gnostics system of Dream Exploration, within our member’s site… found here: Tek-Gnostics Affiliates. 

 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Textbook SynchroMysticism

Find below a classic... textbook, if you will... synchromystic offering from barelyHuman11. Please adjust yer tinfoil hats prior to viewing...

- Sensei & Co.



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

BigTime Television

Some of you are familiar with the op-ed work of our esteemed colleague and field agent, Jack Heart. Jack is not only a contributor to Tek-Gnostics, but an underground operative and “agent provocateur” in the struggle for neurological autonomy within our over-mediated world. In association with Paxar Animation Studios, Jack has launched a YouTube Channel titled… BigTimeTelevision23. BTtv23 is a pirate mind station in the ongoing “world entertainment wars” …an editorial platform from which to launch counter-strikes against contemporary mass media.
The centralized control of mass media has been consolidated over the last few decades, via the de-regulation of media markets, championed by George W Bush, and the resulting acquisitions and mergers within those markets by large media conglomerates such as Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. The resulting power and control wielded by mass media, over public opinion, is so pervasive… so complete… it is essentially invisible or imperceptible to those living within the media markets. As the consolidation of news outlets and other media organizations continues, the markets grow in scope to the national and international or global scale… as does mass media’s influence.
 
“Information wants to be free” is a phrase and a concept that has been attributed to information technology pioneer, Stewart Brand. This is the guiding principle of BTtv23. With the slogan “Resist Babylon Bandwidth” …BTtv23’s mission is to illuminate the all-encompassing and undue influence that the organizations that control media technologies have over the flow of information around the world. Once the knowledge of mass media’s monopoly over information becomes more widely known, the associated threat to civil liberty will also become clear.
 
The following video serves as an announcement of intent, by BTtv23…
 
 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Political Aftermath

 

Aftermath

With the U.S. presidential elections safely behind us, we can all take a well deserved break from the onslaught of intrusive mass media programming and mind control, aka: political advertising. As stated in an earlier post, regardless of whether a democrat or a republican is elected… the politicians always get in. This is the obvious flaw in status quo politics in America… our politicians are in the “business of politics,” where keeping their jobs takes precedence over what is in the best interest of our United States.
 
This typifies the structural deficit of our political and economic systems, as we expand spiritually into the 21st century. Our world has moved beyond these archaic systems. The future belongs to those with vision, compassion and tenacity. We don’t have time to wait for political dinosaurs to wake up & smell the cappuccino.
 
As politically timid and futuristically dim-witted as the democrats are, the republicans are worse. They blundered into this election cycle thinking that the white, anglo-saxon protestant (WASP) demographic is still relevant. They appear to have no clue that the U.S. is a vibrant, evolving blend of ethnicities… a blend of cultures and communities, which is what makes America great in the first place.
 
Thankfully, the people are already leading the way, pioneering new paradigms for a sustainable future. The resilient community movement, as well as the transition town movement, models how to grow a healthy local infrastructure and economy, via self-sufficiency in food, housing and power production at the neighborhood, municipal and regional level. This is akin to the macrobiotic concept, applied socially. These concepts of community are a blueprint for a sustainable global village, as opposed to a new world order.
 
This is all happening just in the nick of time, as global warming (aka: earth changes) continues to remind us of its presence. It is clear now that our planet is rapidly evolving. In fact, an argument can be made that this entire political hullabaloo is merely a distraction… a magician’s misdirection… diverting us from the truly important challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. The true lesson to be taken from the 2012 political contest from hell is this… politics is a medium of dogma. Stick a fork in it, it’s done.
 
 
 

Global Mindfulness

Something wonderful is underway on planet earth today. Spiritually, humanity is shedding our collective old skin of fear & loathing and emerging anew, in raiment of light… with an increasing awareness of our interconnectedness. We use the “light’ metaphor, as this evolution is happening quickly… as in the “speed of light.” This is a very real phenomenon. We are in the process of changing, not only our world view, but how we view universe. Advancements in astrophysics and cosmology are staggering.
 
Bold and relatively new theories, such as plasma cosmology and the electric universe theory, challenge the big bang theory as the (conventionally) accepted model of our cosmos. These theories offer alternative explanations for the creation of universe. Simply stated, they propose that electricity, not nuclear fusion, is what powers the stars and our sun. While the big bang sees the universe in terms of gravity alone, a plasma universe is formed and controlled by electricity and magnetism, not just gravitation.
 
It would be a vast understatement to say that these competing theories are not warmly received by the scientific establishment. God forbid that we consider theories outside the mainstream! How dare anyone question the big bang’s thinly disguised presumption of creationism? Such is the fate of all new ideas. None-the-less, the acceptance of new ideas is central to an evolving universe. And in an evolving universe… he who stands still… moves backward!
 
So as we heal the psychic wounds of the last election cycle, let us be mindful of what is important to all humans. Let us remember that we all share this tiny celestial body of air, earth, fire and water. Let us remember that we are all in this incredible adventure together. What befalls the least of us… befalls us all. Let us meet the future with curiosity and optimism. Together, let us explore the mystery.
 
 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Guy Fawkes 2012

For our viewers in the UK... Happy Guy Fawkes night!

For our viewers in the US... Happy election eve!

Good night & Good luck...


Friday, November 2, 2012

Eight Easy Steps - pt 4 - the Higher Circuits

 
From deep within the Tek-Gnostics Monastery... secretly guarded and handed down for generations... comes the final chapter in Tek-Gnostics Media’s series… “How to Achieve Cosmic Consciousness in Eight Easy Steps.”
 
Warning: The un-initiated should view Part One, Part Two & Part Three of our series, prior to viewing part four.
 
This concluding segment explores the higher four, transcendental circuits of the eight-brain model of consciousness. Where circuits one through four are said to be analytical, circuits five through eight are intuitive and psychedelic in nature. When fully activated, the higher four circuits enable interaction with universal matrix… the very fabric of reality…
 
Finally the path to understanding the eight-fold aspect of the human nervous system has been fully revealed… Now you too can achieve Cosmic Consciousness in eight easy steps!
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Ancient Scotland and Samhain

 
 
In ancient times, the great Celtic fire festival of Oidhche Shamna, Samhuinn or Samhain Eve lit up the autumn night skies of the Isles of Albion… the lands of what is today known as the United Kingdom. At nightfall, bonfires would be kindled upon every sacred mound in the highlands. In those times, the tribes & clans would gather to celebrate the end of the harvest season, the gathering of cattle from the summer highland pastures and the beginning of winter or the 'darker half' of the year. Historians consider Samhain to be a celebration of the Celtic New Year and the autumn equinox, however...
 
To the ancient Celts, Samhain was seen as a time when the veil between our world and the Otherworld was thinnest. A time when the 'door' to the Realm of the Dead opened enough for the souls of the dead, and other beings, to come into our world. Feasts were had, at which the souls of dead clan & kin were beckoned to attend and a place set at the table for them. As such, Samhain has been likened to a festival of the dead, held by many cultures throughout the world in honor or recognition of deceased members of the community.
 
During the night of this great autumn festival, people took steps to protect themselves from harmful spirits, which is thought to have led to the custom of guising. In Scotland and Ireland, "guising" or children going from house to house in disguise… was integral to festivities... a gift in the form of food, usually apples or nuts or sometimes coins was given out to the children dressed up in costume. Those in disguise are only supposed to receive treats if they perform for the households they go to. This normally takes the form of singing a song or reciting a joke or a funny poem which the child has memorized before setting out.
 
Guising and the wearing of masks may have been another way to befuddle, ward-off or represent the harmful spirits and fairies. Although guising or mumming was common at winter festivals in general, it was particularly appropriate on a night in which supernatural beings were said to be abroad. For the reveling highlanders, it was a very short step from guising or representing harmful spirits and fairies… to playing pranks. Playing pranks at Samhain is recorded in Scotland as far back as 1736 and was also common in Ireland, which led to Samhain being nicknamed "Mischief Night" in the highlands.
 
Divination was an essential function of Samhain. Harvested foods such as apples and nuts were incorporated within the divination ritual. Apples were peeled, the peel tossed over the shoulder, and its shape examined to see if it revealed a potential spouse. Nuts were roasted on the hearth and their behavior interpreted. If the nuts stayed together, so would the couple. Egg whites were dropped in water, and the shapes foretold the number of future children. Ravens or crows were sought out and observed. The number of birds or the direction they flew would divine these most important questions of matrimony and/or child bearing.
 
These familial questions were crucial for the survival of the clan. Matrimony brought with it alliances within the clans, while the birth rate directly influenced a clan’s strength through numbers. Questions of divination and prophecy traditionally fall to a culture’s shamans. The ancient Celtic shamanic traditions were overseen by a spiritual tradition known as Druidism. Virtually nothing is known concerning the practices of the ancient Druids, so that… although they certainly existed… they function more or less as legendary figures.
 
Historical reports from the Roman occupation era indicated that the druids followed the Pythagorean doctrine… essentially the immortality and transmigration of the soul. Scottish folklorist Donald A. Mackenzie theorized that druidic philosophy and cosmology was influenced by Buddhist missionaries who had been sent by the Indian king Ashoka. This theory was based in part on archeological artifacts such as the Gundestrup bowl, on which the Celtic god, Cernunnos, is postured like a typical Buddha.
 
The Druids did not believe in eternal damnation, or in the angry demiurgic god who rejoiced in torturing sinful heretics and infidels. The thought-control apparatus of the Roman Empire and Roman Catholic church could not operate in the Celtic lands of Britain, Ireland or Scotland as long as Druidical vestiges remained. It's also apparent that the only religion existing to the present day which resembles Druidism is Buddhism.
 
The metaphysical bases of Buddhism and Druidism are very similar. Buddhist teachings on Dependent Relationship indicate that all phenomena exist in three fundamental ways. First, phenomena exist by dependence upon causes and conditions. Second, phenomena depend upon the relationship of the whole to its parts and attributes. Third, and most profoundly, phenomena depend upon mental imputation, attribution, or designation. According to John Michael Greer, Druid philosophy has a similar division into three 'elements' which are known in old Welsh as Gwyar (change or causality), Calas (structure) and Nwyfre (consciousness).
 

Return of Samhain

Wicca, Neo-Paganism and Neo-Druidism mark a popular return to the old ways. Popularized by Gerald Gardner, Wicca draws upon a diverse set of ancient pagan motifs for its theological structure and ritual practice. Wicca is primarily a duo-theistic religion, centered upon the worship of a Moon Goddess and a Horned God. The Goddess and the God may be regarded as the Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine. They are complementary opposites, similar to the ideas of yin and yang in Taoism.
 
Neo-paganism emerged as part of the counter-culture, New Age and Hippie movements in the 1960s to 1970s. Inspired by the wider occult movement, neo-paganism incorporates Neo-shamanism,  or a revival of an old form of "shamanism", a system that comprises a range of beliefs and practices related to communication with the spirit world.
 
Neo-Paganism emphasises the sanctity of the Earth and Nature. The related Eco-paganism is an off-shoot of direct action environmentalism, with a strong emphasis on fairy imagery and a belief in the possibility of intercession by the Fae… or fairies, pixies, gnomes, elves, and other spirits of nature and the Otherworld.
 
Neo-Druidism forms the second largest pagan practice, after Wicca. Like the name implies, it draws inspirations from the ancient Druids and ancient pagan Celts. Many forms of neo-druidism are seen as philosophies that are not necessarily religious in nature.
 
The most appealing shared aspect of Wicca, Neo-Paganism and Neo-Druidism… is, of course, the festival. Most revelers follow eight festivals a year, which are collectively organized and known as the Wheel of the Year. What self-respecting pagan wouldn’t see it as their sacred duty to observe these ancient and now revived festivals?
 

 

Festivities aside, we are drawn to the synchronistic aspect of the eight fold organization built in to this pagan revival. The Buddhist/Druidic connection only reinforces the universal nature of the eight-fold and eight-circuit model of consciousness. The underlying octave structure apparent in universe continues to surface in the world’s great philosophies… and that is a reassuring thought.
 

Happy Halloween to all!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Planet of the Apes Politics – Pt 2

 

Political Marco-Trends

As discussed in our earlier post, the outlook for the 2012 election is… desperate as usual. Beyond normal political rivalry, a deep philosophic divide separates the Democratic and Republican world views. The outcome of the presidential race will, to a great extent, dictate the course of America’s future. The choice appears to be between Laissez-faire capitalism & renewed militaristic adventurism on one side, and entitlement maintenance & health care reform on the other. The American public, upon making this decision in November, is on a collision course with a brave new world order.
 
Predictably, our politicians only rehash tired 20th century political concepts, such as “trickledown economics” …in the hopes that failed policies of the last century will somehow be applicable to 21st century socio-economic conundrums. For better or worse, humanity’s economic, political, social & spiritual landscape is in the process of rapid transformation… and for the U. S. citizenry; things will never be the same.
 
The United States was once an industrial powerhouse with unmatched manufacturing capabilities. As the astute reader knows, the U.S. manufacturing economy was dismantled over the last 30 years. For America… the time of industrial might has come and gone. A manufacturing economy (and the jobs that went with it) as the U.S. knew it in the 50s/60s/70s is gone forever… it is never coming back. Yet politicians continue to speak of the past as if it is the future.
 
Both presidential candidates spin their version of bringing back manufacturing jobs. Romney & the Republicans speak reverently of big-business as being “job creators” …giving big-business tax breaks and other incentives will magically create more jobs, thereby eliminating our current high un-employment rate. Big business as job creators is a myth. The obvious truth is… the last thing any business owner wants to do is hire more employees. Adding more employees to payroll is the last resort in any business… they will do everything they can not to hire… including outsourcing. Enter the global economy.
 
If a return to U.S. manufacturing is not in the plutocrat’s game-plan… what is? The role that the global elites foresee for the “Land of the Free” is a return to an extractive economy... gas, oil, mining, timber… a good old fashioned, god-fearing extractive economy. Without a manufacturing base… this is the only economy that is left for America. Evidence of this is the renewed interest in the extraction of gas and oil shale, and the associated international delivery of said products. Remember the Keystone Pipeline?
 
Big oil is all a-twitter over natural gas and its extraction technique, popularly known as “fracking.” It is no coincidence that considerable environmental concerns have risen around the practice of fracking. Ground water contamination, risks to air quality, migration of gases and hydraulic fracturing chemicals to the surface, mishandling of waste, health effects associated with all of the above… the list goes on. Any large scale harvesting of natural resources brings with it environmental degradation… sadly, this is an inescapable reality.
 

Resiliency

Again, the return to an extractive economy will bring devastating environmental consequences… especially if done on the massive scale that we have seen in the past. The plutocrats’ global plan is all-inclusive, but not visionary. It still relies upon the imperialistic strategies of exploitation of the past… only on a grander, global scale. These practices of the past have painfully illustrated that bigger isn’t better.
 
So if we don’t want to go along with the globalist’s economic agenda… what are the alternatives?
 
One such alternative that focuses on the micro-level of community development, rather than the macro-level of global development, is the Resilient Community movement. The resilient community is a practical application of the old adage… “Think globally & act locally.”
 
The resilient community movement is a means whereby local communities, be they physical… as in neighborhoods, villages or cities… or virtual… as in on-line communities, build strength and sustainability through self sufficiency. A resilient community has the capability to anticipate risk, limit impact and bounce back rapidly through survival, adaptability, evolution and growth… in the face of turbulent change.
 
The resilient community’s philosophic premise is that the fundamental flaw in global capitalism is its inability to sustain such a massive economic structure. The global transport of goods and raw materials is ultimately doomed to fail by virtue of its increasing impracticality. In this regard, the resilient community is a response to the State (imperialistic) imposed global economy (read: brave new world order) and those architects (plutocrats) behind it. Even on the eve of the Globalists self-perceived final victory, the world economy is imploding upon itself due to its underlying un-sustainability.
 
Although the resilient community draws examples from historically successful communities, they learn from the past… they do not repeat it. Rather, the resilient community is a networked version of community, wherein geographic communities are connected via modern telecommunication. A network of individually autonomous communities, wired to the globally intact internet, becomes a viable alternative to a top-down global economy. Put another way, the resilient community is a competing vision for a global economic system… locally based.
 
More information on the Resilient Community can be found at the following links…
 
 
As for the election on the "planet of the apes" this November... vote early & vote often...  

Friday, October 19, 2012

Enlightenment? ...Forgetaboutit!


"If you meet Buddha while on the road to enlightenment, kill him!"

-Lin Chi

Guest Guru

In the interest of the aggregation of ideas, we like to present the propaganda of other thinkers and their modes or “schools” of thought. The following is a clip from one such thinker, Tony Moo… aka: Mooji.
 
Tony Moo was born on January 29, 1954 in Port Antonio, Jamaica. In 1969, he moved to the UK and lived in Brixton, London. Tony worked in London's 'West End' as a street portrait artist for many years. In 1993, Tony travelled to India, where through a series of synchronistic events, he became a student of the great advaita Master Sri Harilal Poonja, known to his many devotees as Papaji. Check Mooji out... he might be Irie!