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 œuvre 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.