“We have only 35 Chambers. There is no 36.”
“I know that, but I want to create a new Chamber.”
“Oh, and what would that be?”
- The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
Greetings my fellow apertures of the Cosmic Giggle!
I’m always thrilled when my listening to something inspires the sharing of a lexiconic flow streamed directly from the implicate order. You may not share my enthusiasm when reading amigos, lol, but who knows, maybe you might agree with the general thrust. Consensus is tough to achieve these days, so I’ll settle for a tacit nod in agreement. I’m certainly not oblivious of the fact that you don’t follow hgd for a purely rational ordering of reality. Hey c’mon now, an occasional break from learning Kaio-ken with King Kai, Bubbles, and Gregory isn’t necessarily a bad thing. All work – no play – dull boy and all.
With Rome in a chaotic frenzy as the excesses of empire have returned home to roost and Romulus Augustulus articulating moral “outrage” over a dead journalist as justification to slaughter more brown people, my hypocrisy meter has been set to berserk. How soon we forget who annihilated the sovereign state of Iraq, slaughtered a million people in two countries in aggressive acts of war and bombed the Al Jazeera press building after being notified of its coordinates. I get really tired of the hypocritical calculus of capitalist morality and the West forcefully articulating its version of self-determination to other groups around the world. Especially when wrapped in neoliberal market ideology and served with a side-order of gmo seeds. I think it necessary to preempt any accusation of endorsing compelled collectivism at this juncture by adding that I don’t respond well to hortatory propaganda or centralized planning either. Today however, what I am compelled to do is change the vibe as the innermost witness of all cognition has beckoned a different subject to share with you guys and dolls.
In systems theory there are no immutable laws as things must be comprehended within a temporal framework. So for example the “laws” at this present time would not have been as we understand them one pico-second after the big bang. Ever wonder what exactly went bang btw? I heard somewhere that science always seems to need one miracle and then it can take care of the rest. But it’s as Goethe elegantly inquired, “How from no-thing the primal thing arose?” That’s really the million dollar question – how did something intelligent arise from nothing. By what quantum alchemy does 0 yield 1? When I read Goethe’s eloquence, it becomes so evident as to why I cannot consider what I do as writing folks. Info dispenser– yes, writer- not really. If you would enjoy reading the rest of the verse, please click here.
But where I was going with the laws is that we tend to take concepts as static, unchanging principles that eternally bind us. Once you add a temporal dimension however, these static principles become dynamic. Dynamic principles both influence and are influenced by the evolution of the system. Now in any dynamic system, symmetry breaks are the fundamental requirement for change and progress. Methinks some psychic symmetry breaks would be right on time to aid those trapped in a somnambulatory state of being. Symmetry breaks are fundamental to the evolution of any system. And you my fellow voyagers, are a system. A rather grand system if I do say so, but a system nonetheless. Symmetry breaks of the psyche, especially when voluntarily undertaken can have remarkably profound results. Symmetries typically serve normative roles and are constraints on any position. In order to facilitate evolution, the symmetries must be broken so new symmetries will ultimately form.. So why not tweak your reality tunnel some, and try to exist with an alternate version of events? Break the mold so to speak.
Take Jehovah for a spin or try atheism if the fella in the sky has got you under pressure. If you’re a libertarian, try Marxist philosophy. If you’re a Marxist, holla at Herbert Spencer and Ron Paul. See how fundamentally upending the beliefs most closely linked with self-definition affect your moment by moment existence. I learned this from King Kai yesterday and it seems apropos so I’ll pass it on. Try to validate the antithesis of every thesis upon which your world view is based. But be honest with yourself like a chess-player learning the game by playing both sides and making the best possible move with the opposite colored pieces. Confirmation bias is only going to thwart the purpose of the exercise and ultimately any possible growth.
I’ve been trying to consciously conceptualize myself as a process until it becomes the default position. Typically we conceive of ourselves as a static “I” to which some external reality is happening. What if we were to break the symmetry and conceptualize the self as a process? A continuous cosmic flow of becoming. The goal is to eviscerate the “I” and “not I” distinction and consciously perceive a dynamic entity with no repeatability of experience whatsoever. I believe the word coined by Joe Marshalla was “repeatlessness.” A corollary that would also logically follow is that you therefore define yourself by how you relate to other processes.
It’s been shown that you impact another person’s physiology my merely being present in the same vicinity. When you begin to exchange small mouth noises to communicate archetypal constructs it becomes apparent, but it does not require escalation to the verbal level of exchange for the effect to occur. Processes are continuously exchanging information although most fail to rise to the level of conscious awareness. The power of words or intended effects therefore become all the more evident. I guess it’s as the wise ones say, if you can’t say something in such a way that the other person feels good upon receiving it, then it is better to practice noble silence and not say anything at all. Try to see yourself in the other person’s position so to speak.
When you realize that you and every other expression of matter is in a continuous process of becoming, then reality assumes an entirely new character. A view of reality based on a dynamic relation between components versus static individual properties bound by laws can actually be traced back to Heisenberg, so I think my bases are pretty well covered. If you focus on how you relate to others and the feedback loop involved in your evolution versus a static ordering of things, it’s impossible not to develop a more benevolent personal ethic. You become like water. It’s as Bruce said, “Put water in a cup, it becomes the cup, put water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle.”
I’ll leave you with this compadres – Attention drives transformation. For example, if you pay attention to your breath, breathing improves. If you pay attention to the self through self observation, then the self improves. Here’s a fun practical exercise to improve cognition of the indweller. This is taken from a book I shared some time back, Gurdjieff Unveiled by Seymour Ginsburg. In case you missed it, click here for more. If you practice regular mindfulness and can add to this exercise, by all means, please jump in. I think that self observation should be practiced by everyone as the benefits to the voice of the silence are rather profound. Man know thyself and you will know all.
In the old days many people said grace before meals but this is tantamount to the same thing. If you eat 3 times a day, there are 21 opportunities for this exercise during the course of a week. How ever many times you eat is fine though. Before each meal call attention to yourself and state your intention. Take a few seconds and realize that you are about to undertake the sacred process of nourishing your self. For instance, right now you are reading and can direct your awareness to the fact that you are reading. Try to do the same thing before you eat. Call attention to your self and what you’re about to do. I use the word “try” because I thought this quite difficult. While I’ve worked my way up to roughly 15 or so times per week, I think 2, maybe 3 out of 21 in the 1st week. At the end of each week, review just how many times you actually remembered the practice. If you voluntarily adopt this exercise, forgetting will tell you quite a bit about your state of presence and attentiveness.
Feel free to keep me posted on your progress Argonauts. And keep in mind that failure tells us more about our level of consciousness than success ever will. Success only leads to preservation of the status quo.
Here’s a little symmetry tweaking adventure into the eargasmic for your enjoyment. Bubbles always has the best Kaio-ken training music. Hey, where’s the fun in a rational ordering of reality? All reality is virtual after all