Culture as An O.S.

Terence the Wise speaks…

One love,
HJ

Deus sive Natura

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To see a world in a grain of sand

And a heaven in a wild flower,

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,

And eternity in an hour. William Blake

I follow a rather interesting blog by a gentleman who humanizes the stories of the often forgotten pariahs of our world. Those whom the “awakened” among us pass-by on the way to a Deepak Chopra meditation, or the “entrepreneurial” bunch view as too stupid or lazy to solve the problems of their own existence, or even the “fitness” crowd view as too weak to defeat their personal demons. Judgmental aspersions aside however, the thought arose while reading about the voiceless that humanity has largely forgotten that there’s wondrous magic involved in the experience we disparage as mundane and I hope you’ll indulge my rambling on the subject. And as always amigos, feel free to jump in about anything at all.

Awareness of the conscious capacity for self reflection is a marvel indeed; the appreciation of which is often lost in the frenetic pace of daily routine. Homo sapiens sapiens – man is aware that he is aware.  There is an awareness of whatever thought or action with which we engage our consciousness. This awareness or ability to reflect on the fact that we are reflecting is the source of our inner voice that endorses or criticizes the acts and thoughts that occupy our being. A conditioned disregard of this inner Divine guide and a replacement with an assortment of external thought paradigms that largely exert a negative influence on the mind, I think it somewhat necessary to expand further. I consider two of the great deceptions perpetrated against humanity to be 1) the externalization and codification of “God” as something separate and distinctly apart from man and 2) the idea that mankind was inserted into a hostile world as punishment for disobedience. These propositions essentially conceal that there’s an inherent majesty in every human being and one doesn’t need to “be” or “do” anything to be special, has led to the unrestrained plunder of our Earth to facilitate a mechanistic, dominator culture that commodifies life itself and makes the default proviso for your existence, the status of wrong-doer.

Consider the position that you are not required to define yourself by some imposed external coordinate as the very nature of your existence is divine and contingent upon nothing additional. God, evolution, reptilians needing a slave race, or whatever you may choose to attribute your existence to, you are special. Whether the small “i am” or a fractal of the Grand Fourier Transform, your purpose here is to express yourself and the wondrous magic of your birth as a free entity upon the Earth. Just an observation, but I’ve noticed a concerted effort by sacerdotals and scholarship alike to suppress this supposition. Realization of your magnificence ought not be dependent on literacy, birthright, achievement, or adherence to some language specific doctrine outlined for an exclusive group. By externalizing ‘god” and making the abstraction of salvation dependent on adherence to a particular set of constructs, you effectively negate the ability of anyone to realize the inherent worth of their being without conforming to an external ideological matrix. Plus, I’m fairly certain there was something written along the lines of “Neither shall they say lo here nor lo there for behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”

A vengeful patriarch waiting to etch a ledger with your merits and demerits while adopting the “this hurts me more than it hurts you” attitude and maintaining a serious misogynistic streak is certainly not what I would consider as Divinity. The “awakened” group seems to have come to this realization, but how awakened can one possibly be when the very device that’s used to watch Inner Worlds Outer Worlds contains minerals mined in areas where arms and legs are severed to force relocation of tribal peoples? While the phone manufacturers vehemently oppose any attempts at imposition of measures to source and label “conflict minerals” as being too onerous on their summer home fund executive compensation packages, the awakened continue to buy without compunction. (Even the much cherished Apple Corp opposes these sourcing and labeling measures.)

As far as being inserted into the garden, the prevailing mindset is to dominate and conquer the environment to facilitate human advancement. We’ve been conditioned to view ourselves as outsiders traversing the natural world on an incessant quest for one experiential satisfaction after another. This has been quite detrimental to the human enterprise. (Some more on the subject here.)  Imagine the shift in environmental policy if we became cognizant of the feedback mechanism involved in being as much a part of the garden as the garden is a part of us. Evolutionary processes are not random events but guided towards increasing complexity. Why do we consider it the province of man to dominate these processes to the detriment of all else? Could it be that the idea of man’s exile into a hostile garden has fostered a lack of appreciation for the majestic nature of all other forms of life? Commercial and industrial interests have decimated the many natural ecosystems of this planet and the dominating capitalist ideology is etched over a Judeo-Christian scaffold.

Consider the following however. Organization carries an implication of intelligence and both evolution and the rhythm of the heavenly spheres are organized processes. The idea of an organized being arising from an intelligent system does not require a leap of faith but is instead a natural logical progression. If we begin with this premise, then one life system being dependent on another is also an acceptable corollary. Thus, you destroy the rain-forests, it just might have a bit of an impact on the air that we breathe

Nosce te Ipsum

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Many traditions espouse the idea of the self being one with the All.  In Hinduism it’s Atman is Brahman, in the Christian tradition the Nazarene supposedly remarked, “I and the Father are one.” This is not easy to reconcile with our Aristotelian world of “A” and “not A” logic. There’s a nice Kierkegaard quote that can steer our inquiry however -“If you name me you negate me.”  By applying a linguistic bootstrap to something considered external to yourself, you prevent the possibility of said thing being one with the self or being anything else for that matter. The New Age has raised awareness that our conditioned individual experience of reality confounds our recognition of this perceptive foible. But, the term “new age” is a misnomer. Esoteric wisdom is as old as humanity itself and despite the claims to the contrary, there’s no such thing as 4 weeks to enlightenment.

Ever wondered how the term enlightenment is actually defined?  The state of having knowledge or understanding is usually tossed about, but understanding of what? The knowledge from antiquity suggests that it is knowledge of the Self. And, by knowing the Self, one knows God. Personally I would really prefer to use another term because in addition to externalizing and creating a separation, there are many conditioned responses usually associated with the term “god.” It’s a pretty loaded word and creates an entity subject to the constraints of both time and space.

So by knowing the Self does one gain a definitive insight into the grand synthesis of Spirit and matter or an insight into the schematics underlying omniscience? Terence McKenna defined omniscience as “the simultaneous regarding of all points within the space time continuum with equal clarity” and this is a good working definition. With this guideline, we can safely say that by knowing the Self, omniscience doesn’t result. There are limits to the magnitude of human perception. Then what? What does the phrase “know thyself” really mean? The wise ones say that it means is to develop an awareness of the sacred nature of your very existence.  Seek naught save a connection to the Voice of the Silence by practicing incessant self observation. Learn to see“god” in everything and everything in God. As above, so below as the ancient Hermetic axiom states. Whether eating, breathing, working or resting, develop a certain reverence for the day and its activities. As one begins to peel the layers of the onion, he or she starts perceiving the world from somewhat less of an egoistic perspective. An overall respect for life and empathy for humans and animals alike is another perk of this inner iridescence.

“For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.” – Khalil Gibran

Historically many have attempted to provide a linguistic characterization of The Transcendental Function, or the All, a phonetic string of letters that we can emit a small mouth noise to represent, and thereby produce a specific concept in the mind of another when used. The idea that we think in words has gained much popularity but is rather easily disproved however. Take the phrase “Luck runs out.” Chances are that you didn’t think of the quarterback Andrew Luck leaving a football stadium in a hurry. You applied some concept to it based on either the line of reasoning leading up to that point, or the mnemonic that you personally associate with the string of words “luck,” “runs,” and “out.” Multiple interpretations mean that the words serve merely as symbols to communicate the thoughts that underpin them. So we do not think in words but in some manner that lies outside the domain of language. Whether super string theory or the dance of Shiva and Shakti as electrons fritter in and out of being, these are merely words to express the same “mindspeak” concept. Our linguistic constructs merely elucidate abstractions.

If we ignore the anthropomorphic notions of God and discard the grey-bearded, judgmental monarch and his pitch-fork wielding rebel, the harmonizing of Spirit and science is a logical progression.  Science is merely a circuitous route to the former as it is a product of man’s quest to source his origins. Religions start from an intelligence and proceed outward to the experience of reality while science starts from the experience of reality and tries to see how far it can get without needing an intelligence.  The religion of science thus attempts to use experimental evidence to prove that there is no higher intelligence underlying the phenomena we experience as reality. A propensity for a certain conclusion has, and will continue to limit any inquiry into this area however. True science  would draw no pre-determined conclusions and seek only veritas.

Religions on the other hand, start with an abstraction and graft outlandish propositions to explain phenomena. The overwhelming influence of rationality as a reaction to the absurdity of exoteric, literal constructions of religion has led to a discounting of the non spatio-temporal aspects of our existence and an attachment of scientific practitioners to atheistic principles. But science places an inherent limitation upon itself by failing to acknowledge the panentheistic possibility of the universe itself being intelligent. You see here’s where the problem lies today. We need to observe things to define a process, but it seems the very process of observation creates the thing itself.

Before we look, on a quantum level the Dancer revels in indeterminacy, both “A” and “not A” simultaneously. However, the human being’s system of understanding is based on relativistic observation. Baby learns that a stove burns, warm embrace comforts, what color is red, etc., and compares every subsequent experience. Chomsky’s language experiments have shown that all humans are hard wired with a template for understanding and this thinking has supplanted the Tabula Rasa proposed by Locke. This learning by interpreting compiled sensory information acquired from the environment is facilitated by the brain. The brain processes information received through the senses and we gain an understanding of the organization around us. But what happens when this methodology becomes un-serviceable? The cosmic dance cannot be observed unless one peeks, so do we really have an objective universe? Or are we playing a cosmic game of hide and seek with ourselves?

I’ve really strayed with this post and hope that I haven’t alienated you too much. I started with an intention of relaying the sanctity of life itself and wanting to share this with those experiencing personal turmoil and rambled on. Gotta love all the seed bearing plants and herbs ;)  I’ll depart with this folks, “awakened,” “enlightened,” “saved,” “sheep,” or any label that you apply is a divisive limitation upon your experience since it separates you from what is. There are too many well fed mystics oversimplifying “oneness”, sitting in air conditioned luxury, and filling up with fuel fractionally distilled at gunpoint. Be mindful of your thoughts and emotions amigos.  The show is all yours to behold and there’s no moon if no one is looking. And remember, the same light that glistens through your eyes can be seen radiating through the cosmos.

One realizes there is an Other,

One yearns to be like the Other,

One learns that there is no Other, there is only the One.

-Thomas Keating

One love,

HJ

…in a bottle

He saw the lightning in the east and longed for the east,

But had it flashed in the west he would have longed for the west.

My desire is for the Lightning and its gleam, not for the places of the earth.

-Ibn -al Arabi

Masters of the universe? I scoff at the sheer folly of your limited perception. Keep the shiny stones for your captured and caged cockatiels and reserve the silk neckties as ropes for the rafters of your residences. Save the marble for your caskets and watch your obelisks wither with the sands of time. As iron sharpens iron so shall I sharpen my brethren. We will not go gently into that good night, but shall rage against the light of your warped version of enlightenment. The collateral shall now inflict damage upon your ideology of oppression. The most powerful attribute of humanity is our humanity.

One love,

HJ

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The Way?

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“In comparison with heaven and earth, man is like a mayfly.

But compared to the great Way, heaven and earth, too, are like a bubble and a shadow.

Only the primal spirit and the true nature overcome time and space”.

A student went to the banks of the river where he happened upon a peaceful man contemplating the Coincidence of Opposites.

After an acknowledgement that I am only I because you are you, the student said, “My studies are horrible! I am distracted, falling asleep, and I just cannot concentrate. It’s just horrible!”

“This will pass,” the man replied matter-of-factly.

A month later, the student once again returned to the river banks where the man sat.

“My studies are wonderful! I feel so aware, so peaceful, so alive! It’s simply marvellous!”

“This will pass,” the man replied matter-of-factly.

One love,

HJ

P.S. This bit of music lends itself well to the Dance of the Nine Deltas :)

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To be or not to be, that is the question…

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With the intense imagery and moribund narratives to which you are subjected on a daily basis, I figured that a reprieve was long overdue. After all, a brief distraction won’t hurt anyone and a little chaos in our neatly packed understanding of the nature of things is sometimes beneficial.  All in good fun my friends.  You know the “all work… dull boy” bit.  Several years ago, I stumbled across the writings of distinguished Freemason Manly Palmer Hall. Needless to say, Mr. Hall’s scholarship was quite thought provoking and compelling. Taken from his seminal work The Secret Teachings of All Ages, I submit the following case for your consideration and or amusement. Remember my credo, believe nothing, simply entertain ideas.

Whether Hermeticism or Heisenberg, Hinduism or Hume, every construct upon which we base our version of reality is ultimately borrowed or derived from some larger body of knowledge. I think it’s pretty safe to assume that this principle universally underpins the evolution of mind. If we then extend this reasoning, the same should apply to noteworthy personages throughout the annals of history. Even the two cited earlier, Heisenberg and Hume, would both probably agree that their respective contributions are but extensions, based upon either acceptance or rejection of the plethora of ideas introduced during the process of education. Why do we then permit the good ole bard from Avon an exclusion from this truism?

The philosophic ideals expressed in Shakespeares’ works would necessarily have been teachings requiring a certain degree of exposure and familiarity. Mr. Manly P. Hall makes an excellent case that William Shakespeare could not possibly have crafted the corpus of literature to which he is credited. Imagine if you will, a medieval English setting where the skills or reading and writing had not yet become the widespread province of the commoner.

“It is quite evident that William Shakespeare could not, unaided, have produced the immortal writings bearing his name. He did not possess the necessary literary culture, for the town of Stratford where he was reared contained no school capable of imparting the higher forms of learning reflected in the writings ascribed to him. His parents were illiterate, and in his early life he evinced a total disregard for study. There are in existence but six known examples of Shakespeare’s handwriting. All are signatures, and three of them are in his will. The scrawling, uncertain method of their execution stamps Shakespeare as unfamiliar with the use of a pen, and it is obvious either that he copied a signature prepared for him or that his hand was guided while he wrote.”

Hall continues, “A well-stocked library would be an essential part of the equipment of an author whose literary productions demonstrate him to be familiar with the literature of all ages, yet there is no record that Shakespeare ever possessed a library, nor does he make any mention of books in his will. Commenting on the known illiteracy of Shakespeare’s daughter Judith, who at twenty-seven could only make her mark, Ignatius Donnelly declares it to be unbelievable that William Shakespeare if he wrote the plays bearing his name would have permitted his own daughter to reach womanhood and marry without being able to read one line of the writings that made her father wealthy and locally famous.”

The query has also been raised as to where did our esteemed bard secure his knowledge of modern French, Italian, Spanish, and Danish, to say nothing of classical Latin and Greek? Ben Jonson, who knew Shakespeare intimately, declared that the Stratford actor understood “small Latin and less Greek”! Hall also cites W.F.C. Wigston who called the Bard of Avon “phantom Captain Shakespeare, the Rosicrucian mask.”

He proposes that the Shakespearean writings are instead the works of the preeminent English scholar of the era, Sir Francis Bacon. He states:

“The philosophic ideals promulgated throughout the Shakespearian plays distinctly demonstrate their author to have been thoroughly familiar with certain doctrines and tenets peculiar to Rosicrucianism… [W]ho but a Platonist, a Qabbalist, or a Pythagorean could have written The Tempest, Macbeth, Hamlet, or The Tragedy of Cymbeline? Who but one deeply versed in Paracelsian lore could have conceived, A Midsummer Night’s Dream?”

Bacon has been referred to as a father of modern science, legal scholar, patron of modern democracy, one of the founders of modern Freemasonry, and a high initiate of the Rosicrucian order. Moreover, “It was in recognition of Bacon’s intellectual accomplishments that King James turned over to him the translators’ manuscripts of what is now known as the King James Bible for the presumable purpose of checking, editing, and revising them. The documents remained in his hands for nearly a year…”

Sir Francis Bacon unquestionably possessed the range of general and philosophical knowledge necessary to write the Shakespearian plays and sonnets, for it is usually conceded that he was a composer, lawyer, and linguist. His chaplain, Doctor William Rawley, and Ben Jonson both attest his philosophic and poetic accomplishments. The former pays Bacon this remarkable tribute: “I have been induced to think that if there were a beam of knowledge derived from God upon any man in these modern times, it was upon him.”

As a qualified barrister and courtier, Bacon enjoyed intimate knowledge of parliamentary law.   The humble environs of Stratford could not possibly have facilitated the intimate knowledge of law and royal court etiquette displayed in the Shakespearean works, much less for a local actor who signed his name rather awkwardly.  Bacon, the Earl of Verulam had also visited many of the foreign countries which enriched his understanding of setting and was in a position to create the authentic local atmosphere contained therein. There is no record of William Shakespeare’s ever having traveled outside of England which would weigh heavily against his favor in a world still awaiting the Promethean boon of photography.

The magnificent library amassed by Sir Francis Bacon contained the very volumes necessary to supply the quotations and anecdotes incorporated into the Shakespearian plays. Many of the plays, in fact, were taken from plots in earlier writings of which there was no English translation at that time. Because of his scholastic acquirements, Lord Verulam could have read the original books; it is most unlikely that William Shakespeare could have done so.

To cement his argument Hall cites to examples such as the following:

Abundant cryptographic proof exists that Bacon was concerned in the production of the Shakespearian plays. Sir Francis Bacon’s cipher number was 33. In the First Part of King Henry the Fourth, the word “Francis” appears 33 times upon one page. To attain this end, obviously awkward sentences were required, as: “Anon Francis? No Francis, but tomorrow Francis: or Francis, on Thursday: or indeed Francis when thou wilt. But Francis.”

Throughout the Shakespearian Folios and Quartos occur scores of acrostic signatures. The simplest form of the acrostic is that whereby a name–in these instances Bacon’s–was hidden in the first few letters of lines. In The Tempest, Act I, Scene 2, appears a striking example of the Baconian acrostic:

“Begun to tell me what I am, but stopt

And left me to a bootelesse Inquisition,

Concluding, stay: not yet.

The first letters of the first and second lines together with the first three letters of the third line form the word BACon. Similar acrostics appear frequently in Bacon’s acknowledged writings.

In conclusion, “The tenor of the Shakespearean dramas politically is in harmony with the recognized viewpoints of Sir Francis Bacon, whose enemies are frequently caricatured in the plays. Likewise their religious, philosophic, and educational undercurrents all reflect his personal opinions. Not only do these marked similarities of style and terminology exist in Bacon’s writings and the Shakespearean plays, but there are also certain historical and philosophical inaccuracies common to both, such as identical misquotations from Aristotle.”

History alone holds the answer regarding who actually wielded the goose feather all those centuries ago, but I hope that I have incited a spark of curiosity that may cause you to conduct further inquiry. Keep well friends.

One love,

HJ

Knowledge is Power – The Fluoride Deception

Hey all, I would like to apologize, but I’ve sat on this little nugget for some time now though I’ve been meaning to bring it to your attention.

Lately I’ve been plagued with the notion of whether I can offer anything meaningful or novel to those who read what I share. When you sit and contemplate the nature of your thoughts, what you realize is that outside direct human experience, you can know nothing, and the body of collected knowledge upon which the edifice of ego is erected, is at best a house of cards. Trying to write from the standpoint of having something worthwhile to add to the collective human experience thus seems like an insurmountable hurdle at times.

I understand the importance of re-writing the hyper-masculine, dominator narrative, but is knowledge about the control of governments exercised by the Bank for International Settlements really helpful to your individual experience of reality? Or is it mere multiplication of the helplessness and negativity that inundates consumer capitalism v2.0? Though I can’t answer such questions with any degree of certainty, I shall try to share with you any beneficial information that has entered my field of conscious awareness.

In this video, award-winning journalist Christopher Bryson examines one of the great secret narratives of the industrial era; how a grim workplace poison and the most damaging environmental pollutant of the cold war was added to our drinking water and toothpaste. If you find any merit to this presentation, you can find the additional parts to the documentary here (The Fluoride Deception). I’ve always questioned the science that underpins the purported “link” between oral health and an industrial waste product and it seems that my concerns have been shared by others.  After all, the benefits guaranteed to the neo-serf have been made by the same folks who vouched for asbestos, Diethylstilbestrol, and DDTThe decision to eliminate the ingestion of fluoride ultimately rests with you, but I hope this aids in your decision making.

One love,

HJ

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily…

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily...

Once upon a time, I, Zhuangzi, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, for all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was Zhuangzi. Soon I awoke, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man.

One love,

HJ

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