Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Perils of Time Travel

Throughout the Tek-Gnostics writings, the ramification of being born as a sentient earthling human into a dualistic, material universe is a core physiological and philosophic thread. It is most often considered from a somewhat Buddhist perspective of navigating the trials and tribulations of being human and the mitigation of suffering. The following is taken from the Applied Tek-Gnostics Tantra, within our member’s sector…

“To occupy a sentient body in 3-dimentional space-time necessitates that Universe be dual in nature: Light/Dark, Yin/Yang, Observer/Observed, etc. It would not be possible to bask in the warmth of light without the contrast of the shadow of darkness. For earthlings, the interface between us and universe is our senses.” 

This perceived duality is our human heritage as conscious beings in the material world. From the physiological perspective, typified by circuits one through four within the Eight Brain Model of Consciousness, we navigate the world of flesh and bone… or to use William Gibson’s terminology from his cyberpunk classic: Neuromancer“Meatspace” …by relying on our five senses for navigational coordinates and early warning systems. This steerage, of course, includes societal interaction: the reading of social cues, appropriate response, and integration within the human collective.

The material world has often-times been referred to as: the real world. Again, from the Applied Tek-Gnostics Tantra, within our member’s sector…

“To collectively understand what we perceive, we co-create a shared framework or consciousness "matrix" to suspend universe in. We choose to share this matrix so we can talk about it to one another and cooperate in what we have invented.” 

From the intuitive perspective, typified by circuits five through eight within the Eight Brain Model of Consciousness, we learn to navigate the subtler, non-ordinary realities or realms of consciousness such as the psychedelic, the psychic and the synchronistic. In so doing, we begin to develop and normalize what has been labeled the sixth sense… we traverse the paranormal and beyond. This process can be typified in the Jungian sense as integration… a return to the source or a journey back to oneness.

Meanwhile, back in meatspace… as the curious, the adventurous, the initiate… begin to explore the higher circuit realms, we look for esoteric systems or “Tantras” to assist us in these explorations. Within these systems, we look for specific techniques, practices or “Yogas” to help achieve or activate our higher circuits, thereby accessing higher realms. The highest (or eighth circuit) realm, is widely and multi-culturally described as a return to the source or the attainment of oneness.

This is the “Bodhi” that the great Intelligence Engineer, the Buddha… sought beneath the sacred fig (Ficus religiosa) or Bodhi Tree.

One such ancient and time-honored tool or technique utilized in activating Bodhi, in the return voyage to oneness, is described as… meditation. The history of meditation can be traced back at least 5,000 years (likely much further back), to when the calming effects of staring into flickering flames of the primordial campfire was first discovered by ancient humans. This discovery became a form of practice as early man sought to repeat the experience.

Emerging from this "first practice" ...several meditation techniques were developed and began to spread throughout Earth's early (known) civilizations. It can be argued that these early practices were the foundation of spirituality, as well as its "evil twin" ...religion. It should be noted here, that the Tek-Gnostics system views religion as a political institution, thereby making it suspect. We prefer the unmediated Gnostic analogy of the commune between Self and Universe, but I digress…

These meditation technologies were designed to promote mindfulness, develop clarity and invigorate internal energy or life force (chi or prana). These various techniques entrain the mind and body to be familiar with specific, beneficial brain-state modalities such as concentration, compassion, correct understanding, patience, humility, perseverance, etc. Meditation’s most ambitious form seeks to effortlessly sustain single-pointed and enthused concentration. Rather than to seek oblivion, or to "turn off" the world, meditation allows its practitioner (Intelligence Engineer, in Tek-Gnostics’ parlance) to enjoy a sustainable sense of well-being while being fully engaged in day-to-day activities.

The experience of a state of single-pointed and enthused concentration… is none-other than the proverbial “oneness” sought by the curious, the adventurous… the initiate.  

Per the trials and tribulations, the analogy that Tek-Gnostics employs to describe mental barriers to the meditative achievement of oneness is: Time Travel. In our preoccupation with meatspace… the material world… most of us spend most of our day thinking about the past or the future. We dwell upon regrets (illuminations come too late) of our past… what we could have done differently. Conversely, when we are not thinking about the past, we dwell upon our anticipation of the future, or what we plan to do in the next hour, the next day, the next week.

Thoughts of the past or future are, in essence, time travel. The time each of us spend each day in thinking about the past or future, demonstrates the extent of our ability to travel through time… no time machine necessary! Spending too much of our consciousness on such time travel can be perilous to our higher well being. The art of meditation allows us the benefit of “letting go” of thoughts pertaining to the past or future, and dwelling within the eternal now.

Strategically, from a circuit one through four perspective, a certain amount of time travel can have beneficial results. Reflection on past endeavors allows for the creation of more accurate forecasting strategies.  This human reflective and predictive capability has served us well from a survival standpoint.

From the intuitively strategic, circuit five through eight perspective, the ability to time travel triggers the law of diminishing returns. Time travel becomes less beneficial once survival needs are met. Moreover, time travel can be detrimental to the pursuit of higher human activity, especially for those seeking a return to the source… seeking access to the eternal now.

The dichotomy between past and future is an essential expression of duality. Like the proverbial yin/yang… the future does not exist without the past. And smack-dab in the middle… in the calm center of this duality… resides the human. A conceptual map or analogy might look like this: 

The imagined plane of space/time proceeds forward like a vast realm of potentialities, into the future. Likewise, the space/time grid of previous experience recedes into the past, diminishing as human memory fails. Collectively, the very contemplation of this realm creates the 3 dimensionality of space/time… the illusion of space to move around in, and the time it takes to do the moving. This illusion (maya) is the fabric or “Matrix” of the material universe. Sitting at the nexus point, the pivot between past and future is the contemplative human. 

By turning off time, by relinquishing time travel and dwelling in the eternal now… the contemplative human… the tekgnostic… the Intelligence Engineer… can fold the realms of space/time back upon him/herself, until nothing but the nexus remains. Letting go of thoughts of past or future, returns the experience of 3-dimensionality to the source. This is the resolution of duality and the return to oneness.   

The realm of the eternal now is coincidentally the realm of synchronicity. As the discerning reader of this blog knows, synchronicity is a-causal. It is not governed by space/time, but by meaning. Sitting cross-legged, at the crossroads of reality, the practiced intelligence engineer can take a break from time travel and experience the synchronous nature of a universe unencumbered by space/time.

And that, my friends… is when things begin to get interesting… for the abatement of time travel summons synchronicity.

In the previous post, entitled: The Buddha is in the Park… I suggested that this expression, coined by Philip K Dick, represents the power of the individual and the meditative development of a personal metaphysics. This personal metaphysics’ highest ambition seeks to effortlessly sustain single-pointed and enthused concentration, while being fully engaged within the natural world. In this sense, our beautiful Mother Earth IS the Park.

Again, the Intelligence Engineer’s intent is not to seek oblivion, or to "turn off" the world, but to harmoniously co-create with Mother Earth… with Universe. The etymology of the words Mother, Matrix and Matter stem from the same source Latin: mater. Therefore the concepts of the great feminine (Mother Earth) and the material world (Matrix) share a common etymological origin. The meditative mind is a return to the natural mind. The natural mind is not separate from nature, but rather a component of, or an element of nature.

The natural mind, dispensing with past or future, conspiring with Mother Nature, transcends duality while retaining physicality. Taking a break from time travel returns us to the nexus of the synchronous. It allows us to avoid the pitfalls… the perils of time travel.

Strangely enough, turning off time, enhances our ability to navigate time and space. The calm mental state, devoid of the dualistic preoccupation with the past or future, taps the creative, synchronous nature of oneness. This meditative practice rejuvenates, recharges and provides access to the wellspring of inspiration. Being recharged, the Intelligence Engineer returns to meatspace, to once again dance the cosmic dance with the ramification of being born as a sentient earthling human into a dualistic, material universe.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Buddha is in the Park

The prolific science fiction writer Philip K. Dick has become a legend since his death in 1982 as one of the most important and insightful authors of the genre. Throughout his career, PKD pursued psychologically intriguing metaphysical narratives, which drew heavily from his interest in Gnosticism, mysticism, and theology. Arguably the granddaddy of the Cyberpunk genre, his plots were populated by monopolistic corporations, authoritarian governments, alternate universes, and last but certainly not least, altered states of consciousness.

In 1974, PKD had multiple encounters and/or visionary experiences with an entity he called VALIS. This is an acronym for Vast Active Living Intelligence System. Dick had described VALIS as one node of an artificial satellite network originating from the star Sirius in the Canis Major constellation. According to Dick, the Earth satellite used "pink laser beams" to transfer information and project holograms on Earth and to facilitate communication between an extraterrestrial species and humanity. 

Additionally, and more profoundly, Dick's fevered vision of VALIS was that of one (manifest) aspect of God. From the revelatory events of 1974, until his death, PKD chronicled and explored his religious and visionary experiences in a journal he titled his Exegesis. PKD's wealth of knowledge on the subjects of philosophy, religion, and science enlightened the work throughout.

Since his untimely death, PKD's body of work has been a pop cultural wellspring. His 1962 novel: The Man in the High Castle …was arguably foundational in establishing the ALT History genre. PKDs works have especially influenced the motion picture industry. Beginning with Ridley Scott’s classic Bladerunner, which was released in 1982 (the very year of his death), many of PKD's works have been adapted for the silver screen. Although a couple of PKD inspired films were produced in the twentieth century, use of PKD material dramatically proliferated with the dawning of the new millennium. 

Perhaps the epoch-changing 911 event in NYC in the fall of 2001 transformed the planet’s pop cultural paradigm. Perhaps the dystopian themes of PKD became more pertinent, after the horrific attack on the World Trade Center and the ensuing War on Terror. Perhaps these are the tales that must be told, in our globally surveilled, Brave Noö Future.

Even with the box office success of PKD's film adaptations, a more profound and lasting influence on the zeitgeist has been his memetic idiom contributions. Most, if not all of these phrases were a product of his visionary experiences with the VALIS entity, which were subsequently chronicled in Exegesis. A classic example of this is the widely adopted use of the phrase: THE EMPIRE NEVER ENDED.

This phrase’s significance crosses many cultural boundaries, beyond mere science fiction. The overt meaning of the phrase refers to the Roman Empire. It implies that although the polyform or structures of Empire may change over time, its dark essence remains. The phrase’s use informs modern politics and political resistance (both right and left) such as the various Alt Right ideologies, as well as the Anonymous Collective.  It influences esotericism, the occult, and modern spiritualism… especially the New Age movement.

In a recent article concerning this phrase, author CJ Stone wrote… “The Empire is a psychological as well as a military state. It exists as a mental construct, as a psychopathic state of mind, as a system of control. It exists in all of us. All of us are infected with this thought-form virus.” Within this context, THE EMPIRE NEVER ENDED alluded to a system of control that PKD labeled: The BLACK IRON PRISON.

These two now-famous catchphrases embody darker aspects of PKD's prophetic vision. There were also within the Exegesis, positive memetic phrases that embodied the light. These often took on a redemptive aspect, such as the HEAD APOLLO, or the phrase: KING FELIX which refers to the happy or rightful King. 

One such phrase… one that acts as a counterbalance to the Black Iron Prison is the enigmatic idiom: “The Buddha is in the Park.” If the Black Iron Prison embodies the dark powers of repression… The Buddha is in the Park embodies the means of Escape from the Black Iron Prison
The word Buddha means “awakened one” or “enlightened one.” According to the Chinese Buddhist tradition, the title is literally translated as: “The Knowing One.” Interestingly, Buddha is also used as a title for the first awakened being in any of the four Yugas or Hindi epochs or eras.

(Note: Within Tek-Gnostics mythology, the Buddha represents the epitome of the: Intelligence Engineer… the apex or pinnacle of Intelligence Engineering.)

A means by which one attains Buddha-nature is through meditation. Meditation often involves the quieting of the mind’s preoccupation with the past or future (ie: time travel), and focusing on the great, present and eternal now. Meditation is broadly considered to be a practice of liberation. In our modern world, the vision of Buddha equates to the practice of meditation. That is, meditative practices are often symbolized with the use of a Buddha icon.

Now there are two elements or subjects within PKD's “the Buddha is in the Park” line. It includes the Buddha... embodying liberation through meditation, and a second subject: the Park... representing a safe, natural environment. So PKD's term: The Buddha is in the Park, also suggests a natural environment wherein it is safe to pursue meditative practice. In this regard, the Buddha is in the Park could also be rephrased as: The Buddha is in the natural world… Liberation of the human in balance with Mother Nature. 

In this day and age, it is too easy to ignore the natural world… after all, our twitter feed is calling! However, in these times it has never been more important to pay attention… to get in tune with… our natural environment. The ability to tune out the electronic… the digital... the virtual… is essential in reconnecting with Gaia. For the coming of the new paradigm equates to the re-emergence of the feminine energies… the great mother.

It has also never been so important to develop a personal meditative practice… to develop the ability to turn off the time travel of thinking about the future or past, and just be… to practice the art of: intelligence engineering.

The means by which we escape PKD's Black Iron Prison, is the liberation of the mind, in tune with Gaia... or, to use the Gnostic allegory, in tune with Sophia... the great feminine aspect of Divine knowledge. The Black Iron Prison represents the last vestiges of the old, patriarchal paradigm. The prophecy foretold in PKDs Exegesis as: "St Sophia is going to be born again" represents the rise of the new paradigm, the rise of the feminine... the great mother.

In contrasting PKD's two famous quotes... the Buddha is in the Park represents the power of the individual and meditative development of a personal metaphysics… in tune with nature. Conversly, and simply put, the Black Iron Prison is of course “the machine” to use Pink Floyd’s terminology.

In concluding… the time has come for us all to play an active, creative role in developing our own personal metaphysics… our own understanding of the nature of reality. This understanding is a conspiracy between each of us and Universe. If we don't develop our own metaphysics, our own mythology... we will be forced... by default... to rely on someone else's inferior mythology. No one knows your power better than you. Become an Intelligence Engineer. Develop the natural mind in nature. Become the Buddha in the Park, and witness the chains of the Black Iron Prison melt away.

- J ♥

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Anonymous Origins - Ontological Anarchism

CHAOS NEVER DIED. Primordial uncarved block, sole worshipful monster, inert & spontaneous, more ultraviolet than any mythology (like the shadows before Babylon), the original undifferentiated oneness-of-being still radiates serene as the black pennants of Assassins, random & perpetually intoxicated. Chaos comes before all principles of order & entropy, it's neither a god nor a maggot, its idiotic desires encompass & define every possible choreography, all meaningless aethers & phlogistons: its masks are crystallizations of its own facelessness, like clouds.

Everything in nature is perfectly real including consciousness, there's absolutely nothing to worry about. Not only have the chains of the Law been broken, they never existed; demons never guarded the stars, the Empire never got started, Eros never grew a beard.

No, listen, what happened was this: they lied to you, sold you ideas of good & evil, gave you distrust of your body & shame for your prophethood of chaos, invented words of disgust for your molecular love, mesmerized you with inattention, bored you with civilization & all its usurious emotions.

There is no becoming, no revolution, no struggle, no path; already you're the monarch of your own skin–your inviolable freedom waits to be completed only by the love of other monarchs: a politics of dream, urgent as the blueness of sky.

To shed all the illusory rights & hesitations of history demands the economy of some legendary Stone Age–shamans not priests, bards not lords, hunters not police, gatherers of paleolithic laziness, gentle as blood, going naked for a sign or painted as birds, poised on the wave of explicit presence, the clockless nowever.

Agents of chaos cast burning glances at anything or anyone capable of bearing witness to their condition, their fever of lux et voluptas. I am awake only in what I love & desire to the point of terror–everything else is just shrouded furniture, quotidian anaesthesia, shit-for-brains, sub-reptilian ennui of totalitarian regimes, banal censorship & useless pain.

Avatars of chaos act as spies, saboteurs, criminals of amour fou, neither selfless nor selfish, accessible as children, mannered as barbarians, chafed with obsessions, unemployed, sensually deranged, wolfangels, mirrors for contemplation, eyes like flowers, pirates of all signs & meanings.

Here we are crawling the cracks between walls of church state school & factory, all the paranoid monoliths. Cut off from the tribe by feral nostalgia we tunnel after lost words, imaginary bombs.

The last possible deed is that which defines perception itself, an invisible golden cord that connects us: illegal dancing in the courthouse corridors. If I were to kiss you here they'd call it an act of terrorism–so let's take our pistols to bed & wake up the city at midnight like drunken bandits celebrating with a fusillade, the message of the taste of chaos.


WEIRD DANCING IN ALL-NIGHT computer-banking lobbies. Unauthorized pyrotechnic displays. Land-art, earth-works as bizarre alien artifacts strewn in State Parks. Burglarize houses but instead of stealing, leave Poetic-Terrorist objects. Kidnap someone & make them happy. Pick someone at random & convince them they're the heir to an enormous, useless & amazing fortune–say 5000 square miles of Antarctica, or an aging circus elephant, or an orphanage in Bombay, or a collection of alchemical mss. Later they will come to realize that for a few moments they believed in something extraordinary, & will perhaps be driven as a result to seek out some more intense mode of existence.

Bolt up brass commemorative plaques in places (public or private) where you have experienced a revelation or had a particularly fulfilling sexual experience, etc.

Go naked for a sign.

Organize a strike in your school or workplace on the grounds that it does not satisfy your need for indolence & spiritual beauty.

Grafitti-art loaned some grace to ugly subways & rigid public monuments–PT-art can also be created for public places: poems scrawled in courthouse lavatories, small fetishes abandoned in parks & restaurants, xerox-art under windshield-wipers of parked cars, Big Character Slogans pasted on playground walls, anonymous letters mailed to random or chosen recipients (mail fraud), pirate radio transmissions, wet cement…

The audience reaction or aesthetic-shock produced by PT ought to be at least as strong as the emotion of terror– powerful disgust, sexual arousal, superstitious awe, sudden intuitive breakthrough, dada-esque angst–no matter whether the PT is aimed at one person or many, no matter whether it is “signed” or anonymous, if it does not change someone's life (aside from the artist) it fails.

PT is an act in a Theater of Cruelty which has no stage, no rows of seats, no tickets & no walls. In order to work at all, PT must categorically be divorced from all conventional structures for art consumption (galleries, publications, media). Even the guerilla Situationist tactics of street theater are perhaps too well known & expected now.

An exquisite seduction carried out not only in the cause of mutual satisfaction but also as a conscious act in a deliberately beautiful life–may be the ultimate PT. The PTerrorist behaves like a confidence-trickster whose aim is not money but CHANGE.

Don't do PT for other artists, do it for people who will not realize (at least for a few moments) that what you have done is art. Avoid recognizable art-categories, avoid politics, don't stick around to argue, don't be sentimental; be ruthless, take risks, vandalize only what must be defaced, do something children will remember all their lives–but don't be spontaneous unless the PT Muse has possessed you.

Dress up. Leave a false name. Be legendary. The best PT is against the law, but don't get caught. Art as crime; crime as art.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


Many of you may have seen the news over the Memorial Day weekend, where two men were brutally slain when they tried to intervene as another man yelled hateful racial slurs at two young Muslim women…

On Friday, May 26, 2017, in Portland, Oregon, two people were killed and one was injured after a stabbing on a local metro train. The victims of the deadly stabbing attack are being hailed as heroes for intervening on behalf of two young women who were the apparent targets of the suspect’s anti-Muslim epithets.

Friday marked the start of Ramadan, a month-long fast observed by most of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims.

On Saturday, police identified the two men killed as Ricky John Best, age 53, who died at the scene; and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, who died at the hospital.  “They were attacked because they did the right thing,” Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said Saturday. “Their actions were brave and selfless and should serve as an example and inspiration to us all. They are heroes.”

This one cuts to the bone for me, as the young man who died on the way to the hospital was a close friend of my first-born son. Taliesin… or as we knew him… Tilly… was in my son’s circle of friends growing up in Ashland, Oregon. Tilly was a member of an amazing Southern Oregon family that I would lovingly typify as a Great American Hippy Clan. 

Tilly was one of eleven or twelve (I lost count a couple of decades ago) kids, who are all brilliant. Hell, the whole family is brilliant. I say Great American Hippie Clan, as all of the members of Tilly’s sprawling family are talented, intelligent and loving… all of them. The whole clan is blessed with entrepreneurial, Yankee ingenuity… brilliance and creativity… warm, loving hearts and a deep environmental love of nature and mother earth.   

Tilly was no exception. He lived his life with integrity and grace. I remember one episode when the boys were in high school. One Saturday night, they were out in the woods, outside of town, attending an un-chaperoned celebratory activity, not uncommon for high-schoolers. One of the boys had clearly and seriously over-celebrated. It soon became clear that Tilly’s friend was in an over-dose emergency. Many of the kids panicked and fled the scene. Taliesin calmly called 911 and stayed with his unconscious friend, nursing him until the paramedics arrived.

You see, Tilly really was that hero being portrayed in the news. His whole short life was lived with integrity and compassion that was instilled in him, by a wonderfully loving family.

Now Tilly’s siblings and friends, mostly millennials, are discovering the harsh reality of lack of privacy in a 24/7 social media world. Their sorrow and grieving is being somewhat co-opted by those who wish to attach a political message to Tilly’s passing. What should be a time of remembrance is being played out on facebook, for the whole world to see. The cruel world intervenes in a time of mourning.

With that said… Taliesin’s bravery is a beacon of light, to be emulated in these dark times. He is the epitome of all that is right and good in this world.

I have always had a deep respect and high regard for Tilly and his clan. Each of them has demonstrated compassion for all creeds… all walks of life… the two legged, the four legged, the winged and those who crawl or swim. They have always defended all flora and fauna of our mother. It was Tilly’s sense of compassion and justice that compelled him to come to the two young girl’s assistance on Friday. He gave his last full measure defending decency, civility and justice in a world gone crazy.

Tilly will live in our hearts as a hero and great American Bodhisattva. 

When my time comes ‘round and I give up the ghost, I expect to see Tilly’s smiling face, holding open the gates... patiently waiting for the rest of us. Go in peace young Taliesin… may your passing inspire us all to greater compassion...

There is a road, no simple highway
Between the dawn and the dark of night
And if you go, no one may follow 
That path is for your steps alone

Ripple in still water
When there is no pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow 

You who choose to lead must follow
But if you fall, you fall alone
If you should stand, then who's to guide you?
If I knew the way, I would take you home.

- the Grateful Dead

Friday, May 26, 2017

Contact Aftermath

After Five days and nights of desert camping on the outskirts of Joshua Tree National Forest, at the fifth annual Contact in the Desert, the charismatic Agent 87 & I returned to Oregon Territory. Zappa’s “Inca Roads” reverberated from the car stereo.

“Was it round? and did it have a motor?… or was it something different?”

After five days, the terrain and temperature had taken its toll. We needed to see mountains again… mountains and conifers.

The event was a resounding, synchronistic success. Many meaningful coincidences… occult encounters… esoteric conversations. We were able to meet some of our favorite luminaries and make new friends, amidst the desert sands and cosmic debris.

There is much to sort out from this phenomenal event… new information to process and integrate… new tales of wonder to formulate. More contemplation is needed, in order to fully develop a detailed cultural ethnography. As we process and collate the mysterious events of CITD, we will publish a series of reports on this weblog… so stay tuned dear friends and acquaintances! Stay tuned…  

In the meantime… here is something different for your viewing pleasure. Check out the following video from Dark Journalist. Yet another, shall we say, interesting perspective on UFO, SSP and CITD, from the world of high weirdness. Strange days indeed!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

On the Road to Contact in the Desert

For the upcoming weekend, Tek-Gnostics will be on the road to Contact in the Desert, being held at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center in Sunny Southern California. In the fine tradition of PT Barnum, we will be hawking The Tek-Gnostics Heresies - "Tales of Wonder from the Collective Conscious" ...as well as other associated memorabilia. My cohort, Agent 87 and I, anticipate an amazing time in the Sonoran desert.

In the fall of 2016, we had participated in the inaugural AlienCon. As with that event... and in proper anthropological fashion... we plan to immerse ourselves in the CITD population to further develop a cultural Ethnography. As part of a larger community that we previously identified as Conspiracy Culture International (CCI) we expect this field trip to be very enlightening.

UFO enthusiasts hold a special place within our vision of CCI in that they share a cosmology that assumes sentience and intelligence exist beyond Spaceship Earth. They dare to ask the big, existential questions of life, the universe and everything (god bless you, Doug Adams). Additionally, and conspiratorily... UFOlogists maintain that, not only do extra-terrestrials exist, but there has been an elaborate cover-up… perpetrated by our government… since at least the 1940s. This belief ties into a much more pervasive mistrust of government, which has recently dominated socio-political sentiment, globally. 

Variations on the extra-terrestrial conspiracy include technologies reverse-engineered from the Rosewell saucer crash, clandestine ET meetings with President Dwight D Eisenhower (note: looking forward to seeing Ike's Granddaughter, Laura Eisenhower @ contact!), abduction scenarios, men in black, NASA black-ops and the Babylon Working …just to name a few.

Luminaries of interest include Graham Hancock, Jacques Vallee, JJ Hurtak and of course... Erich Von Daniken.

87 and I expect CITD to be a deeper, more "Sirius" event than last year's AlienCon. We hope to chronicle the state of the UFO community, post-Trump election. In this day and age, there seems to be a cultural acceleration of epochal change, especially after the Podesta/UFO wikileaks data-dump. We'll see what happens.

We will be at Contact in the Desert, booth #23 (of course) for the duration... we hope to see you there!


Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Cult of Kek & the Law of Eights

As many of you know, the Cult of Kek is an online meme magic cult, prominent on imageboard websites such as 8chan (aka: Infinitechan, as 8 is infinity spelled sideways!). The 8 chan imageboard is composed of user-created boards, each one moderated by its respective creator, with minimal interaction from any site administration. Meme magic is a term used to describe the growing power that internet memes have on the fabric of reality. Interpretations of Meme Magic have ranged from pragmatic use to esoteric dogma to a mutating form of Chaos Magick.

The term meme magic was coined on the imageboard 8chan and soon thereafter gained popularity on 4chan /pol/ board as well. On 8 chan, the character Pepe the Frog is depicted as a modern avatar of an obscure, archaic deity who uses ancient Egyptian meme magic to influence the world, often by fulfilling the wishes of posts that end in repeating numbers.

Oddly, Kekian meme magic was embraced by supporters of 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Tech entrepreneur and Trump supporter Palmer Luckey said that meme magic is real and "We’ve proven that shitposting is powerful.”

The constant memeing of Trump and Pepe is believed (by the adherents of the Cult of Kek) to have awakened the ancient Egyptian deity Kek, that represents Chaos and Darkness. They believe that Kek began communicating with them through GETs, which are numerical stamps, ending in repeating numbers on chan posts. GETs are seen as a good omen within the 8chan community.

Per the Know your Meme website, the Cult of Kek… also known as the Church of Kek… is an alleged satirical religion based around the worship of the ancient Egyptian deity Kek (also spelled Kuk or Keku), an androgynous God of darkness and chaos who is often depicted as a frog or frog-headed man in male form or a snake-headed woman in female form. Practitioners are known to frequently write “praise Kek,” and jokingly refer to the church as a “religion of peace.”

During this time, the memetic phenomenon took a distinctly dark turn with the appropriation of Pepe/Kek by factions of neo-Nazi fascists who began depicting Pepe reading Mein Kampf, Pepe sipping from a swastika teacup, etc. Who knows what bizarre sequence of events attracted these white nationalist trolls to Pepe… perhaps the malevolent Kek deity, awaking from its primordial slumber, called to those who were susceptible to its manipulation… to its darkness?

In these strange days of high weirdness, the unlikely probability of an ancient Egyptian deity, hoping in… toad-like… from mists of time, from the fringes of reason, to influence the very fabric of reality… is sadly not as outrageously astounding as it would have been even a decade ago… is it?

Before proceeding, Tek-Gnostics dismisses, out of hand, all racist, neo-Nazi stupidity as hateful to humanity and counter-productive to our purposes. We have no time or patience for such tomfoolery.

With that said, when the Cult of Kek first appeared on our radar, we immediately began to notice the synchronistic entanglement between this meme magic cult and the anciently occurring, yet pervasive “Law of Eights” that informs Tek-Gnostics. The first sync to catch our eye was its inception on 8chan. This “8” inference triggered an in-depth investigation by our vigilant R&D team. Digging deeper, the Eights kept coming…

Kek, it turns out, is the deification of the concept of primordial darkness (kkw smꜣw, keku-semau) in the Ancient Egyptian Ogdoad cosmogony. In the oldest representations, the androgynous Kek is given the head of a serpent, or of a frog, dependent on the masculine or feminine form. In the Greco-Roman period, Kek's form was further defined with the male form depicted as a frog-headed man, and the female form as a serpent-headed woman… as were all four dualistic concepts in the Ogdoad.

In Egyptian mythology, the Ogdoad (Greek ογδοάς "the eightfold", Egyptian Khemenu, Ḫmnw) were eight primordial deities worshiped in Hermopolis during the Old Kingdom period in the third millennium, B.C.E. The Ogdoad existed before the emergence of any subsequent beings. They took the stylized form of husband-wife pairs: HUH and HAUHET, the rulers of infinity, KUK and KAUKET, the rulers of darkness, NUN and NAUNET, the rulers of primordial waters, and the secretive AMUN and AMAUNET, who rule hidden things.

One of several associated, anciently occurring creation myths state that a lotus flower emerged from the waters of "the Sea of the Two Knives" (a lake near to the temple in Hermopolis). The petals opened to reveal Re who then created the world. A variation on this myth held that a scarab beetle (Khepri - the symbol of the rising sun) was revealed when the petals opened. The scarab transformed into a young boy whose tears formed the first human beings. The boy is generally considered to be Nefertum (young Atum) but once Re and Horus had been merged as Re-Horakhty the boy was subsequently considered to be the infant Horus.

The evolution of the Ogdoad from prehistoric Egypt, to its association with Horus, illustrates the unbroken chain of ancient cosmologies as their pre-existence moved through Egypt and Babylon, into the Mystery Cults, to more recent religious mythologies, secret societies’ all seeing eye, etc. 

In book one of the Tek-Gnostics series:The Tek-Gnostics Heresies – Tales of Wonder from the Collective Conscious” we dedicate a couple of chapters to the “Law of Eights.” Here are a couple of excerpts…

“During the development of our intelligence engineering systems, certain synergies, certain commonalities in structure began to emerge. Seemingly divergent disciplines such as philosophy, mathematics, and music demonstrated similarity in descriptive organization. The overarching synchronistic principle that arose, as if of its own accord, is what we term the: “Law of Eights.”

A most profound example of the Law of Eights can be found in the ancient oriental divination system known as the “I-Ching” or “Book of Changes.” At first glance, the I-Ching is simply a book of divination. However, upon scrutiny, deeper, timeless connotations emerge. The text of the I-Ching consists of 64 glyphs or “hexagrams” composed of six stacked lines (configured in two trigrams), either solid or broken, which serve as a binary code system. Each hexagram is accompanied by a concise oracular statement or commentary. This commentary essentially interprets the exact moment in time, wherein the hexagram was generated.

There are many oracular tools that can achieve synchronistic results. However, the nature of the 8x8 or 64 grid that is the I-Ching, functions in synergy with (Leary’s) eight circuit model, incorporated within the Tek-Gnostics system. Like the myriad other eight-based systems, such as the octave musical scale, the Taoist eight Bagua, the classic 64 square chess board and even the DNA genetic code, the I Ching aligns in the eight-fold format. Thus does the “Law of Eights” permeate human philosophic history, as well as inform modern science.

So it is that the new “Law of Eights” mutate and expand, perhaps exponentially, into our shared future. Just as the Buddha rediscovered the noble eight-fold path, so do we rediscover, add to, and pass along these profound tools of consciousness to the next generation. Who knows what form the ancient law of eights will take… the next time around.”

- The Tek-Gnostics Heresies

It didn’t take long for a new mutation of the Law of Eights to emerge… to impose itself upon modernity. The emergence of this strange, viral web-based Cult also demonstrates the potential chaotic energies of humanity’s archaic, unconscious… boiling just beneath the surface of modern normality. It apparently doesn’t take much to tempt these dark energies to rise. The ancient powers, it seems, are not dead and gone… but lurk in wait for the opportunity to re-establish the old, pre-pagan ways... darkness, darkness.  

In a bizarre turn of events, it has been reported that Pepe the Frog, the fictional amphibian that had been possessed by the ancient (and sinister) Kek, has died. Drawn into creation in 2005, he passed away tragically at the hands of his creator, artist Matt Furie, on Saturday, May 6th. An exorcism gone terribly wrong, perhaps? Now that Pepe has met his demise, it will be exceedingly interesting to see what avatar emerges from the digitally primordial ooze of 8chan and other such imageboards.

One final thought on this and other unsettling emergences… manifest universe appears to be a balance of opposites. The whole yin-yang thing. Having been born into this universe, we are obliged to contend with duality. One self-evident aspect of Universe, is... along with light, comes the darkness. To occupy a sentient body in 3-dimentional space-time necessitates that universe be dual in nature: Light/Dark, Yin/Yang, Observer/Observed, etc. It would not be possible to bask in the warmth of light without the contrast of the shadow of darkness.

In these strange days remember… darkness is but a shadow cast by the light.

Life is strange… take it as it comes. There is enduring wisdom within the Law of Eights. This ancient system seems to have withstood the test of time. Embedded within this archaic system, there are clues that help illuminate the dualistic nature of Universe. Thus does the primordial binary system further articulate to an eight-fold template. Whether it’s the 8x8 I-Ching oracular system or the lucky 8-ball… the Law of Eights continues to manifest.
Remember... 8 is infinity spelled sideways!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Göbekli Tepe - Sacred Mountain

More of a mound, really... Göbekli Tepe is situated a few kilometers to the northeast of the modern town of  Şanlıurfa in southeastern Turkey. The tell is situated on the highest point of the Germus mountain range towering 750 m above the Harran plain. With a height of 15 m, the mound, which is completely artificial, is spreading on an area of about 9 ha, measuring 300 m in diameter. This immense ruin hill was formed of the debris of monumental constructions dating back to the 10th and 9th millennium B.C.E.

Göbekli Tepe was first recognized as an archaeological site during a large-scale survey project conducted by the Universities of Istanbul and Chicago in 1963. In his account of work in the Urfa province, Peter Benedict describes the site as a cluster of mounds of reddish soil separated by depressions. The slopes were clustered with flint, and he described what he thought to be two small Islamic cemeteries. The impressions of the survey team are mirrored in early aerial photographs of the site, taken before excavations started. The reddish-brown tell with its height of up to 15m and a diameter of 300 m is the only colorful spot on the otherwise barren Germuş mountain range.

Situated on the highest point of this geological feature, Göbekli Tepe is a prominent landmark at the edge of the Harran plain. The surveyors identified the materials at Göbekli Tepe as Neolithic but missed the importance of the site. Further research may also not have seemed possible because of the assumed Islamic graveyards.

Between 1983 and 1991 large scale excavations, in fact, rescue excavations in advance of the construction of the Atatürk barrage, were under way at another important Neolithic site in the Urfa region, Nevalı Çori. Under the direction of Harald Hauptmann, a Neolithic settlement was excavated that had large rectangular domestic buildings often similar to Cayönü´s channeled buildings. However, excavations revealed also one building (with three construction phases) that was completely different from anything known before in the Neolithic of the Near East. Not only was a large number of monumental stone sculptures discovered, but the rectangular building itself had T-or Gamma-shaped pillars running along the walls, interconnected by a bench, and a pair of T-shaped pillars in the center. Due to the representation of arms and hands, these pillars could be understood as highly abstracted depictions of the human body.

Nevalı Çori was finally flooded by the Atatürk Barrage in 1991. But one of the members of the excavation team, Klaus Schmidt (1953-2014), wanted to find out whether there were more settlements like Nevalı Çori hidden in the Urfa region, with special buildings and elaborated stone sculpture. In 1994 he visited all Neolithic sites mentioned in the literature. Drawing on the experience gained at Nevalı Çori, Schmidt was able to identify the ‘tombstones’ at Göbekli Tepe as Neolithic work-pieces and T-shaped pillars.

“October 1994, the land colored by the evening sun. We walked through slopy, rather difficult and confusing terrain, littered with large basalt blocks. No traces of prehistoric people visible, no walls, pottery sherds, stone tools. Doubts regarding the sense of this trip, like many before with the aim to survey prehistoric, in particular, Stone Age sites, were growing slowly but inexorably.

Back in the village, an old man had answered our questions whether there was a hill with çakmaktaşı, flint, in vicinity, with a surprisingly clear: Yes!. And he had sent a boy to guide us to that place. We could drive only a small part of the way, at the edge of the basalt field we had to start walking. Our small group was made up of a taxi driver from the town, our young guide, Michael Morsch, a colleague from Heidelberg, and me. Finally, we reached a small hill at the border of the basalt field, offering a panoramic view of a wide horizon. Still no archaeological traces, just those of sheep and goat flocks brought here to graze. But we had finally reached the end of the basalt field; now the barren limestone plateau lay in front of us.

On the opposed hill a large mound towered above the flat plateau, divided by depressions into several hilltops. Was that the mound we were looking for? The ‘knocks’ of red soil Peter Benedict had described in his survey report, Göbekli Tepe, or to be more precise, Göbekli Tepe ziyaret? When we approached the flanks of the mound, the so far gray and bare limestone plateau suddenly began to glitter. A carpet of flint covered the bedrock, and sparkled in the afternoon sun, not unlike a snow cover in the winter sun. But this spectacular sight was not only caused by nature, humans had assisted in staging it. We assured ourselves several times: These were not flint nodules fragmented by the forces of nature, but flakes, blades and fragments of cores, in short artifacts.

Other finds, in particular pottery, were absent. On the flanks of the mound the density of flint became lower. We reached the first long-stretched stone heaps, obviously accumulated here over decades by farmers clearing their fields […]. One of those heaps held a particularly large boulder. It was clearly worked and had a form that was easily recognizable: it was the T-shaped head of a pillar of the Nevalı Çori type.”

- Dr Klaus Schmidt

- the above was taken from: The Tepe Telegrams (News & Notes from the Göbekli Tepe Research Staff)

“The discovery of Göbekli Tepe in southeastern Turkey in 1994 has forced us to rethink the origins of civilization. While the site is far from fully excavated, we’ve learned enough to know that it was built well over 10,000 years ago – the earliest Egyptian pyramids are closer to us in time than to Göbekli Tepe. We know that it was huge by all but modern standards. We know it was a ritual site, not a place where people lived. And we know that it was built before the development of agriculture and settled living.

We’ve always assumed that after people begin farming, building cities, and generally settling down, religion evolved from tribal religion to what would become the organized religions of Sumer, Babylon, and Egypt, and eventually into their classical and modern offshoots. Göbekli Tepe tells us that’s wrong. Instead, organized religion came first. Then, because people gathered together, they began looking for ways to feed everyone. Necessity was the mother of the invention of agriculture… and of brewing. Göbekli Tepe has our first evidence of large-scale beer production.”

- John Beckett - from a review of Gordon White's: Star.Ships: A Prehistory of the Spirits

“The ancient einkorn wheat, found in the hills surrounding Göbekli Tepe, just happens to be the single genetic ancestor of every strain of wheat grown and eaten across the earth. People gathering at a temple on a hill to worship ‘heavenly beings’ were like passengers in an airport during a pandemic. Wheat, and what to do with it, spread to every corner of the land.”

“The discoverer of Göbekli Tepe and its chief excavator, Dr Klaus Schmidt, famously warned against what he called ‘Holy Land Syndrome,’ which is the propensity for archaeologists to head out into the field with a spade in one hand and a Bible in the other. Holy Land Syndrome precludes the finding of something you didn’t already expect to find.”

 “The twenty first century offers us a new Holy Land Syndrome. There is still the spade in one hand, but the Bible has been replaced with a very selective reading of ‘On the Origin of Species.’ Science does not consider itself an ideology, as it claims to only deal with what is real. This is, of course, what every ideology thinks of itself.”

- Gordon White @ Rune Soup

At Göbekli Tepe we can find depictions of creatures like armadillos, wild boars and geese animals not indigenous to the region. What is interesting is that located less than 350 Miles from Göbekli Tepe is the site many biblical scholars believe to be the resting place of Noah’s ark, so the animal carvings of Gobekli Tepe suggest a time in the region’s history when the indigenous animal population may have been of a totally different anthropological origin. Could Göbekli Tepe and Noah’s ark be connected in (some) way?

Some researchers theorize that the events of a cataclysmic flood and a story similar to that told of Noah’s ark was recorded on the stone pillars of Gobekli Tepe. If true, that would push the date of the great flood back to the end of the last ice age, far earlier than the biblical period. There are some incredible things about this mystical place but we still do not know the answers to some of the most important questions like, who built Göbekli Tepe? to what purpose? and how was Göbekli Tepe preserved until today?

Researchers point that Göbekli Tepe was “carefully” placed underneath the sand, the whole site was actually buried. Why would the builders bury such an incredible site? To protect it? to preserve it? Göbekli Tepe is regarded as an archaeological discovery of the greatest importance since it could profoundly change our understanding of a crucial stage in the development of human societies. “Göbekli Tepe changes everything,” says Ian Hodder of Stanford University. David Lewis-Williams, professor of archaeology at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, says that: “Göbekli Tepe is the most important archaeological site in the world.”

- from an article appearing in Ancient Code

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Conspiracy Culture International

"Picture a bright blue ball just spinnin', spinnin' free... dizzy with eternity" - John Perry Barlow
Now that the “shock and awe” of recent frenzied political machinations appears to have desensitized public perception to a point of numb acceptance, it is clear that the proverbial paradigm has indeed shifted. What we once typified as a spy vs. spy world, has not only been verified, it has rapidly surpassed the post-9/11 Top Secret America surveillance standard and morphed into a bizarro alt-reality. The consequent supplanting of political “business as usual” continues to spin out of control. Just as one crisis comes into focus, two more are taking shape on the periphery, while four more are incubating in the wings.

In an earlier post, we explored a recent global shift toward an extreme right-wing or Alt-Right social and political posture. We postulated that this socio/political phenomenon was but one example (albeit an extremely unsettling one) of a more profound shift in consciousness of first, second and third world populations. The deeper transmutation appears to be a waning of the mainstream and a waxing of the Fringe. Middle or mainstream moral and ethical sensibilities are rapidly being replaced by fringe thinking… or what we at Tek-Gnostics call: “High Weirdness.”

Note: our esteemed colleague Recluse, over at the "Visup" Weblog, has done a wonderfully comprehensive series on this topic, titled: Fringe: The Strange and Terrible History of the Far Right and High Weirdness. The discerning reader can find part one of this series by following the above link. This is highly recommended reading.

In these unsettling times, the giving way of the middle to the fringe, the “Widening of the Gyre” to employ Yeats’ overused metaphor, instills a palpable angst within the shifting paradigm. 

So how did Mainstream transform into High Weirdness?

Specific to the US of A, the mainstream has been closely associated with the middle-class. In our parent’s lifetime, the middle-class steadily grew, expanding economic and educational opportunity to larger segments of the population. This opportunity was labeled: the American Dream. In our lifetime, the expansion of the middle-class slowed, stopped, and is now in decline. The turnaround did not happen overnight. It took decades, beginning with the Reagan regime’s “trickle-down economics,” for the American Archons to systematically dismantle such a robust society.

A hallmark of the American middle-class was a hearty moral and ethical sensibility that honored liberty, equality, decency, fairness, hard work, and most importantly, a “live and let live” attitude. An attitude exemplified by: “I may not agree with your opinion, but I will defend your right to express it.” In return, the middle-class work ethic was reciprocated with an expanding economy. These were the principles that made (capitalist) America great.

With the demise of an expanding middle-class, a pervasive sense of scarcity… a fear of “not enough to go around,” began to erode the American “live and let live” generosity. With perceived scarcity, Capitalism got meaner… we quit caring for each other. Out of fear, generosity was replaced by greed. Working toward a common good was replaced with a self-centered “winning” mentality. Now, it just so happens that a “win at all cost” attitude aligns nicely with a “divide and conquer” attitude of the American Archons.

The erosion of the middle… of a “common good” identity left a void in American’s self-identification that was filled by a corporate identity, similar to the Japanese Saleryman culture… hence the demise of Middle America and the rise of Corporate America.

So it was that the decisive component, driven by corporate profit (read: greed) was a Capitalist form of globalization that exploited the uneven value and compensation of labor. Why pay laborers x when we can pay them 10% of x overseas? Americans aren’t dummies. We saw all this going down and began to, first recognize, then comment, then shout the alarm… wake up! All these societal changes seemed planned… coordinated… and hence the conspiracy theorist was born. It became clear that capitalist globalization was designed to obscenely benefit the American Archons… or as they have been identified in pop culture… the 1%. 

The above is an over-simplification, but you can see the pivot.  

The void created by the attrition of the middle has been filled by that which once occupied the periphery… the Fringe. Additionally, those whose sensibilities once occupied the middle, have re-aligned their thinking to fringe-thinking… an understandable attitude of suspicion, given the above. The danger in the current societal environment resides in over-reacting, devolving into a nationalist (read: fascist) ideology. This would play to the hand of the American Archons, a classic divide and conquer manipulation.

The fear-driven angst over the attrition of the middle leads us to our current quandary… the periphery has supplanted the middle. This cultural metamorphosis is fast becoming the predominant paradigm. Per part one of this series, we identified this perceptive transformation as: Conspiracy Culture International. Our use of the moniker: “Conspiracy Culture International” not only encompasses a much broader cross-section of world populations than does the Alt-Right, it focuses on the shared, intrinsic consciousness shift within these emerging cultures of the fringe.

Conspiracy Culture International is a massive, diverse, globally intact phenomenon. Rather than being identified by genetic heritage or nationality, its ethnicity is composed of those who subscribe to the multifaceted principles of high weirdness. Conspiracy Culture International (CCI) embraces the seemingly divergent communities that monitor or adhere to not only conspiracy & Deep State theory, but alt history, ancient alien & alien abduction narratives, PSI phenomena & the paranormal, psychedelia, occult & new age philosophies, neo-religious beliefs, astrology & magick... even cyberpunk, transhumanism & singularity.

Modern media has covered the recent socio/political changes we label Conspiracy Culture International in such a way as to focus merely on emerging Alt-Right faction. This is a disservice to the extent of change that we are currently experiencing. CCI is a big tent. It houses right, left, and centrist thinking. It accommodates both the Alt Right and the Noö Left. The Alt-Right may have generated recent headlines, but a much more profound change is taking place. Again, there is an inherent danger in over-emphasizing the Alt-Right faction of this phenomenon. 

To quote (strangely enough) from a recent podcast from the Kali Tribune: "Fringe culture has gone mainstream… The emerging political archetype of a center (vs) fringe relationship is symbolized for many people by the figure of Donald Trump, the "anti-establishment" establishment man. Does a call for being anti-establishment necessarily mean the nudge to be pro-freedom? Or could it really be a veiled invitation toward an anti-social society? The emerging zeitgeist seems to point into an ominous direction of the second option."

Make no mistake, Trump is part of the establishment, not the fringe… the American Archons did not lose w/ Trump’s election.

Again, from the Kali Tribune: "The movement toward the fringe represents a shift in the perception of power… a shift in consciousness from center to extreme (right or left). Alt-right Fringe is anti-social but is sold as anti-establishment. Fringe=freedom, Center=establishment... Fringe good, Center bad" (in the words of George Gershwin: "It ain't necessarily so" - Ed).

The Fringe’s Alt right underground (aka Alex Jones, et al) is a scary element of the Fringe & it exploits the rise of CCI. Neo-Nazism embraces the Fringe’s alt-right, as it gives permission to knee-jerk fascism. Anti-ethnic vitriol is a poisonous mind-virus that is triggered by fear… fear of “the other.” It is fear… not Presidents… that build walls. It is fear that allows walls to be built.

So we need to keep an eye on such tom-foolery, but not give it any more energy than it has already siphoned. The rise of Conspiracy Culture International, despite its unsavory elements, holds great potential for creative, cooperative, expansive evolution, moving into our Brave Noö Future. CCI’s strength resides within its diversity of populations. CCI’s vision of globalization is inspired by the “Blue Marble” image of the Earth, taken by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft. Yeah, we’re all in this together.

So… as card-carrying members of Conspiracy Culture International, let’s celebrate our diversity. Let’s draw strength and sustenance from our differences. Since CCI is such a big tent, let us all find our particular corner of high weirdness and nurture it. As we have said before… it’s fun being weird… you should try it sometime! To quote that great Tekgnostic Saint, Gary Snyder: "Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there."

I strongly suspect that the muses are not finished with me on this subject. The ever-discerning reader of this blog may expect future installments on Conspiracy Culture International. In the next installment of CCI, we'll take an in-depth look at the often ignored community of neo-progressive, post-activist, millennial mind-fuck, rascally tricksters that we call the Noö Left. Stay tuned.

- J♥

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