Sunday Matinee: Ancient Mystery of the Archons

Plebeians, Patricians, and Pleiadians,

I thought I’d deliver our Sunday usual before heading off to Jedi training at 221B Baker Street.

Achieving immortality renders you largely immune to programming but doesn’t diminish your empathic capacity, on the contrary, it increases. It’s been 21 days now that Israel has continued its ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people. Three weeks of hellfire and brimstone raining from the heavens on a group of men, women, and children fenced in like cattle. This is both a novelty in modern warfare and a genocide being executed with the full faith and credit of Washington. 24 hr bombing, no water, no food, medical aid denied, U.N. shelter bombed, need I continue? And please compadres, don’t fall for the simple-minded ruse articulated by the corporate propaganda machine that conflates the Hebrew people with the state apparatus that is Israel.

Barbaric Zionism CANNOT be equated with the practitioners of the Jewish faith.  Furthermore, using the horrendous plight of the Jews in the 20th Century to advance an agenda of Middle East destabilization is both reprehensible and a wretched attempt at manipulation.  I know the John of Patmos crowd will definitely like this one – and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan (Rev 2:9).  Looks like my father was right, even the devil can quote scripture.

While criticism of Israel is usually tantamount to professional suicide, such limitations are inapplicable to winged charioteers. The WCLU has carved a nice exception for its members. I guess now you see why the establishment despises organized labor folks. A “people without a land finding a land without a people” is a hegemonic, entrenched mythology articulated and reinforced by the Perfidious Albion and Yankee Doodle. THERE WERE PEOPLE LIVING IN PALESTINE for all 2000 years prior to 1948!

I am no anti Semite and readily support a two state solution, but ever ask yourself why one has never been achieved? And why the fellas who almost brokered a resolution, Anwar Sadat and Yitzhak Rabin were both assassinated?  Hmmm, some 3rd party has always seemed to be operating subversively behind the scenes. Maybe the boys at Baker Street will know more. The good doctor and the detective usually have their fingers on the pulse of Capitalism’s Invisible Army.

Since Rabin, these neocon/ neoliberal statesmen, and I use the term “statesmen” very liberally, have been in charge with free reign.  They’ve continuously defied the U.N. with an illegal blockade of Gaza, executed multiple unprovoked acts of aggression, and slowly suffocated the descendants of the people who initially welcomed their ancestors in the late 1800’s – the first wave of Jewish return to Palestine. For some rather bizarre reason unbeknownst to me however, Israel somehow manages to get the one obstruction vote from a certain permanent member of the U.N. Security Council that prevents any issues related to their illegality of their conduct from reaching the General Assembly.

(**Extra credit assignment – Articulate the difference between neo-con and neoliberal ideology. Just gotta love Newspeak lol)

Ah, but you didn’t stop by my cyber-crib for poli-tricks. Check out the work of Illan Pappe, Norman Finkelstein, and Noam Chomsky if you seek some balance to Faux News and the Crony Broadcasting Service on Israeli-Palestine relations.

Now on to the fun stuff.  I’ve been thinking about what underpins the mindset of men who display what Roger Waters called “the bravery of being out of range.” The orchestration of brutality from the cool comfort of air-conditioned offices sans any change in physiological response is something that I simply have problems wrapping my head around. At least the stooges of yore led the charge on the battlefield. This is a different animal entirely. You know something tribe, it’s gotta be pathological. So the logical question that would naturally follow is – infected by what? That’s where today’s share comes in.  John Lash’s interpretations of the Gnostic teachings are interesting to say the least. As far as belief goes, how about a nice quote by the Swiss mystic instead? (calling Master Jung a therapist is like referring to sex as reproduction) P.L.U.R. amigos.

 – “The word “believe” is a difficult thing for me. I don’t believe; I must have a reason for a certain hypothesis. Either I know a thing; and when I know it, I don’t need to believe it. If I don’t allow myself, for instance, to believe a thing just for sake of believing it. I can’t believe it! But when there are sufficient reasons for a certain hypothesis, I shall accept these reasons naturally.” – Carl Jung

One love,

HJ

Sunday Matinee: Entheogen – Awakening the Divine Within

Guten Tag Olympians!

For once a share that actually comports with the definition of matinee. Lol

I think my fellow seekers of the super-sensory subtlety will certainly find this one stimulating.

An occasional detour from the problem-solver mindset is necessary for sanity preservation as you mediate between the realms of archetype and matter.  Remember that you are glorious beings enjoying a garden planet amigos, and you’re entitled to all the ecstasies associated with such an experience. A legitimate governing apparatus would facilitate your conscious expansion, not suppress and constrain.  It’s also no coincidence that the expansion of consciousness and mind sought through the psychedelic experience during the 60’s, occurred in the same space and time as the evolution of the personal computer – the ultimate tool to expand the faculties of the human mind. Besides, coincidence is but a name for law unrecognized.

Not much soap-boxing today however, I’ll just let you get to the feature. Hope you enjoy.

One love,

HJ

Share the Wealth: The Idyll of the White Lotus by Mabel Collins

 

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What’s shakin’ Soul Rebels?!

Before we get to the fun stuff, I’ve purposely procrastinated putting pen to paper to provide you any pot-luck pontifications as of late partners. The topics usually addressed by yours truly just seem like idle idiocy when you examine the state of affairs confronting people in every corner of the globe – Palestine, Chiapas, Africa, Brazil, and of course, the home of the hot dog eating contest. Billions for bullets while water is no longer viewed as a basic human right? smh  As Israel molds Manifest Destiny in its own image, I must wonder whether Benito Juarez and Sitting Bull were similarly branded as “terrorists” as the historical narrative unfolded. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree as the saying goes. There’s a great essay on the current status of the Palestinian genocide that a fellow blogger recently brought to my attention, click here for more.

For all men, women and children that choose to die on their feet rather than live on their knees in the face of wretched persecution, your stories do not always go unheard amigos. Not everyone is interested in watching a mass debasing of the digestive facility while children go to bed hungry within earshot of the resultant retching from rapidly eating entrails wrapped in a bun and topped with relish and mustard.

Whew! I had to get that off my chest.

If some two millenia ago Juvenal had failed to urge the inquiry “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” or “Who will guard the guardians?”, the timeless corruptibility of power seeking men may quite likely have remained somewhat obscure. Ergo, given the inherent corruption that plagues all systems of governance, one unfamiliar with such literature may likely posit that the reptilian shape-shifters really have seized control over the minds of the powers that be. This plot could be easily facilitated through a system of operant conditioning whereby anti–human values are positively reinforced via a brainwashing apparatus. Or as colloquially referenced, – an institution of higher learning.  But such fanciful postulates aside, ever peruse the curriculum of a random graduate school of management?

Trust me folks, the focus is squarely on reinforcing yield maximization and not facilitating the blossoming of human potential. The people aren’t necessarily bad, they’ve just been taught that humans are a resource to be used much like a AAA battery. Management training schools do not readily extol humanitarian values in the instructive process as these often cannot be readily reconciled with the pursuit of profit. Methinks that this doesn’t bode well for this human experiment as these institutions are the crucibles in which the decision makers of tomorrow are forged.  Hmmm, let’s see, poison the drinking water of an indigenous population or pay the costs of safe and appropriate waste disposal?

Well, it’s no secret how the fluffers of the corporate phallus align themselves on that and similar issues when the well being of people come into conflict with the profit motive. For you special people out there who reject this model and realize that you don’t manage individuated units of production but instead manage fathers, mothers and brothers, and that profound consequences arise from the decisions that you make, I sincerely admire and applaud your position (you know who you are, wink wink!). These are the folk I call the “Leaders of the New School” as the service model of leadership is definitely a monumental step in the right direction.

Before we progress any further I also wanted to express gratitude to my blogospheric kin who indulge my occasional Hyde Park soapbox routine. It’s nice to know that my ideas resonate with folks besides the Artful Dodger and the other Jedi here in Hyperborea. That being said, what I really wanted to share today was a little gem in the public domain I stumbled across while searching for a map to Shambhala. You know the drill peeps, always free and short. I thought about adding “impactful” to the list of criteria for this series, but it’s too subjective an abstraction for my liking. One man’s meat is another’s poison as they say.

This little book is a real treat especially when illumined by the suggested commentary. I’ll link to both at the end.  My position has always been grounded in the individual apprehension of truth thus any understanding I may share will only skew your reading of the text. So there’ll be no marring with my musings compadres. As with other parts of this series, I’ll provide a few brief quotes to ignite your interest.  If not your cup of tea, I wish you the utmost success on your journey of self discovery. Life after all is but a vehicle of interior transformation.

The Idyll of the White Lotus was written by Mabel Collins and published in the late 19th Century.  Esoteric symbolism aside (see Rao’s commentary), it‘s a fun narrative about an Egyptian hierophant and has been described by the publishers as:

“[A} story told in all ages, and among every people. It is the tragedy of the soul. Attracted by desire, it stoops to sin; brought to itself by suffering, it turns for help to the redeeming spirit within and in the final sacrifice achieves its apotheosis and sheds a blessing on mankind. It is a story of initiation written in tender and beautiful language, and bears on its face the stamp of verdicity in simplicity and dignity.”

From the text:

“There are three truths which are absolute, and which cannot be lost, but yet may remain silent for lack of speech.

“The soul of man is immortal, and its future is the future of a thing whose growth and splendor has no limit.

“The principle which gives life dwells in us, and without us, is undying and eternally beneficent, is not heard or seen or smelt, but is perceived by the man who desires perception.

“Each man is his own absolute lawgiver, the dispenser of glory or gloom to himself; the decreer of his life, his reward, his punishment.”

Pretty heavy stuff huh?

Links: The Idyll of the White Lotus by Mabel Collins

T. Subba Rao’s commentary on the text, click here

Till we meet again, guide your lives by compassion and truth amigos, and remember -Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.

One love,

HJ

Sunday Matinee: Culture & Ideology Are Not Your Friends w/ Terence McKenna

Hou arre ye Highlanders?!

It’s been a while and I hope that all’s well as you navigate the yellow brick road. I know that at times this blog must seem like an abrupt and discontinuous juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated subjects, but trust me folks, there’s a method to the madness. While an alpha-numeric appellation doesn’t lend itself well to legitimacy, the rigidity of culturally imposed external directives is rather prone to stereotypes and anonymity is necessary to circumvent this limitation. Culture after all is naught but a closed system of values.

I don’t consider these shares to be a mere gallimaufry as the overarching objective is to shatter the societal and ideological “norms” that imprison our minds. I often wonder whether men can esteem virtue above all else and this inquiry is continuously thwarted by the wall of cultural impositions. One cannot aspire to virtue or truth when judging the outside world based on an imposed value system of abstractions.  Justice, intelligence, success, etc., cannot be defined and are not measurable by a valid objective standard, unless of course we gain definitive insight into the realm of the archetypes. Consequently, any opinions we may hold on these topics are likely the result of some coordinate we use to create a frame of reference. Sure we can achieve convention, but rarely are these coordinates not established by a control mechanism. Consider the following illustration – modern American ideological convention considers the disproportionate incarceration of African American males for non-violent offenses in a for-profit prison industrial complex to be justice in action and in reality this is un-just, ludicrous and offensive. But more on this later.

As the demands of everyday living make it somewhat difficult to conduct meaningful self-analysis, we often fail to realize that the bricks which comprise our reality tunnel have been laid by someone else, often times by institutions with agendas that cannot be reconciled with our own interests. This is an enjoyable talk given by Terence the Wise and I hope you find it a tad beneficial in escaping the prison of external directives. Bodies of knowledge claiming to offer any ultimate truth or finality should be relegated to the compost heap of history as they’re sure to be self-limiting, inadequate, and wrong.

The goal has always been an altruistic one amigos. Any purported freedom one may attain is meaningless if not shared with all. Liberate yourself from all ideological impositions not self-validated and to the critics who seek to oppose this process, “Honi soit qui mal y pense!”

 

Skip ahead to the 3:50 mark if you wish to avoid the introductory remarks.

One love,

HJ

P.S. This is only a recommendation but I would hope that you criticize everything that McKenna says.

 

GGGGGooooooooooooooLLLLLL!

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[W]hen a mother in search of food and shelter for her children must pass by shops filled with the most refined delicacies of refined gluttony; when gorgeous and insolent luxury is displayed side by side with the most execrable misery; when the dog and the horse of a rich man are far better cared for than millions of children whose mothers earn a pitiful salary in the pit or the manufactory; when each “modest” evening dress of a lady represents eight months, or one year, of human labor; when enrichment at somebody else’s expense is the avowed aim of the “upper classes,” and no distinct boundary can be traced between honest and dishonest means of making money- then FORCE is the only means for maintaining such a state of things.

-Peter Kropotkin

This is an expression of solidarity with all Brazilian workers involved in the struggle for social justice.

One love,

HJ

 

 

Sunday Matinee: Consciousness, Quantum Physics and Being Human

Bonjour wonderers!

I thought my fellow seekers of the Transcendental Other would appreciate this share. It’s nice to see the reasoning behind the primacy of matter that has dominated 500 years of reductionist thought being upended in our lifetimes. The idea of a dead, random universe should finally be laid to rest.

You know folks, you really are infinite beings. Those that have had this experience know exactly what I mean and often want nothing more than to share it with others. Seeing another trapped in the illusion is akin to seeing yourself experience turmoil. When you become aware that the aspects of self that you’ve been conditioned to identify as “I” are merely the outermost layers of the onion, you’ll realize that you’re soooo much more that the base criteria of self worth imposed by the patriarchy. Western thought dating back to Plato’s tripartition of the soul has been aware of this, and yet somehow we lost this wisdom during the “enlightenment.”

Self observation and knowledge are fundamental to working towards any higher state of consciousness. With time, you can learn to observe every emotional state of the “indweller” without becoming identified with the emotion. Depression, happiness, anger, lust, these are just fleeting experiential states of being that rise and fall like ripples on a pond. If you can learn to separate your consciousness from the feeling, you can actually observe the arising and impact of these states of mind on yourself.

If you would like to probe this further, start with something simple like laughing. Observe yourself the next time you encounter something humorous and explore the nature of the experience.  Ask yourself, “Who’s actually laughing?” Another method by which you can begin to “know thyself” is to look at a work of art or listen to a piece of music and catalogue the experience as it happens. Conduct a live account of what’s happening to your emotional state as you experience the work or composition.

I wonder what happens to this experiment when we realize the sheer folly of self definition by aspirational consumerism and all strive towards the Good? But enough rambling from me compadres, enjoy the presentation.

One love,

HJ

A bIt ’bout Oneness

Hey Soul Rebels,

Sorry about the absence as of late but I hope it’s okay for me to blame it on the monsters.  If you need evidence just look under the bed.  Trust me, they’re there. It’s not for a lack of effort to conceive the alternative, but my life cannot not include a desire to try to solve the mystery of itself. I’m not saying alternatives are impossible as the world is filled with varied form and favor, but this journey from the birth canal to the awning grave is not without a consuming desire to know not that which the eye can see, but whereby the eye can see.

While able to shun it for much of my life, a man must swim with the current lest he be overcome by the force of the river. And the river is mighty amigos, very mighty indeed. I am glad to have this forum to share what I unearth with you however. After all, there are no discoveries, only revelations. For those who may argue otherwise, the universe was entangled long before we “discovered” entanglement.

I recently stumbled across this 3 stage gnosis of oneness by Thomas Keating and it just clicked. I hope the vibe resonates with you similarly.

Essentially the gnosis of oneness consists of the following stages:-

The gnosis of oneness begins with a truthful realization that there is an “Other”

What follows next is a deep and profound yearning to be like the Other

Finally one comes to the realization that there is no Other, as you were one with the Other all along. There is only the One.

Truthfully folks, life is so fleeting, it’s over before you know it.  The ride is an illusion and when you reawaken your connection to the inner world you’ll once again remember this bit of forgotten wisdom. Besides, there is no river!

One can only hope that this realization is accompanied by an awareness that the same ideological thread underpins both the unfettered slaughter of the Iraqi people and the Trail of Tears. Medals for murder have always been maneuvered to manipulate the muddled minds of minority. Murder is murder and no state stamp of approval makes it justifiable. Ask yourself why does society pedestalize war profiteers like Jeffrey Immelt and imprison John Gotti? Is it because the blood spilled in the desert is brown? There is no difference in the mindset of men who consider profiting by violence to be acceptable. Or did G.E. convince you that it only made toasters?

The parade of prophetical personages by corporate interests chomping at the bits to insert rancid market ideology into the awakening of humanity has sought to define oneness and criticism of the status quo as mutually exclusive spheres. Somehow any discussion of oneness cannot include the criminality of the established order. Please don’t fall for this ruse folks. A true understanding of oneness demands that you speak out about injustice anywhere, as it’s a threat to justice everywhere. So said a man far wiser than I.

One love,

HJ

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