The Devil’s in the Details

Whaddup amigos?

I watched about five mins of local news this evening and felt I should re-blog this. Just givin you guys a heads up to remember to zero in on the fine print. The cabal is classically educated and quite tricky. What cabal you ask?

Why the one that compelled the Secretary of State of the most powerful empire in 2000 years to apologize for using Israel and apartheid in the same sentence of course. That cabal. Still dunno?

Hmmm, the very one that charges the government interest to borrow its own money. C’mon, you know.

Still nothing?

Okay last hint. The one that claimed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and publicized it on their own news networks. Now you know who I’m talking about?

Figured that last one would be a dead giveaway. I also heard that NBA team ownership might be included in their investment dossier.

 

 

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In local news yesterday, a police officer pursuing a motor cycle in violation of department policy struck and killed a guide dog as he was attempting to lead his owner across the street.

FOX Affiliate lead in:  In what was a bizarre series of events, a guide dog committed suicide by darting out in front of a police cruiser while the officer was in pursuit of a suspect. Sources say the dog’s owner frequented the downtown area at odd times of the day.

NBC Affiliate lead in: Are the guide dogs provided for the blind being properly trained? Following an accident with police, local Eye-on-Town reporter visits the state penitentiary where many dogs are trained as part of the prison rehabilitation process.

CBS Affiliate lead in: Should the city fund overhead crosswalks for the busy intersections downtown?  Join local news reporter Lucinda Eyecandy for the latest following a chaotic traffic delay in the downtown…

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Sunday Matinee: What A Way To Go – Life at the End of Empire

I think the following excerpt from a lecture by Terence McKenna is apropos.

“Our present global crisis is more profound than any previous historical crises; hence our solutions must be equally drastic. I propose that we should adopt the plant as the organizational model for life in the twenty-first century, just as the computer seems to be the dominant mental/social model of the late twentieth century, and the steam engine was the guiding image of the nineteenth century.

This means reaching back in time to models that were successful fifteen thousand to twenty thousand years ago. When this is done it becomes possible to see plants as food, shelter, clothing, and sources of education and religion.

The process begins by declaring legitimate what we have denied for so long. Let us declare nature to be legitimate. All plants should be declared legal, and all animals for that matter. The notion of illegal plants and animals is obnoxious and ridiculous.

Re-establishing channels of direct communication with the planetary Other, the mind behind nature, through the use of hallucinogenic plants is the best hope for dissolving the steep walls of cultural inflexibility that appear to be channeling us toward true ruin. We need a new set of lenses to see our way into the world. When the medieval world shifted its worldview, secularized European society sought salvation in the revivifying of classical Greek and Roman approaches to law, philosophy, aesthetics, city planning, and agriculture. Our dilemma will cast us further back into time in search for models and answers.

The Solution

The solution to much of modern malaise, including chemical dependencies and repressed psychoses and neuroses, is direct exposure to the authentic dimensions of risk represented by the experience of psychedelic plants. The pro-psychedelic plant position is clearly an anti-drug position. Drug dependencies are the result of habitual, un-examined, and obsessive behaviour; these are precisely the tendencies in our psychological makeup that the psychedelics mitigate. The plant hallucinogens dissolve habits and hold motivations up to inspection by a wider, less egocentric, and more grounded point of view within the individual. It is foolish to suggest that there is no risk, but it is equally uninformed to suggest that the risk is not worth taking. What is needed is experiential validation of a new guiding image, an overarching metaphor able to serve as the basis for a new model of society and the individual.

The plant-human relationship has always been the foundation of our individual and group existence in the world. What I call the Archaic Revival is the process of reawakening awareness of traditional attitudes toward nature, including plants and our relationship to them. The Archaic Revival spells the eventual breakup of the pattern of male dominance and hierarchy based on animal organization, something that can not be changed overnight by a sudden shift in collective awareness. Rather, it will follow naturally upon the gradual recognition that the overarching theme that directs the Archaic Revival is the idea/ideal of a vegetation Goddess, the Earth herself as the much ballyhooed Gaia–a fact well documented by nineteenth-century anthropologists, most notably Frazer, but recently given a new respectability by Riane Eisler, Marija Gimbutas, James Mellaart, and others.

The closer a human group is to the gnosis of the vegetable mind–the Gaian collectivity of organic life–the closer their connection to the archetype of the Goddess and hence to the partnership style of social organization. The last time that the mainstream of Western thought was refreshed by the gnosis of the vegetable mind was at the close of the Hellenistic Era, before the Mystery religions were finally suppressed by enthusiastic Christian barbarians.

My conclusion is that taking the next evolutionary step toward the Archaic Revival, the rebirth of the Goddess, and the ending of profane history will require an agenda that includes the notion of our re-involvement with and the emergence of the vegetable mind. That same mind that coaxed us into self-reflecting language now offers us the boundless landscapes of the imagination. Without such a relationship to psychedelic exopheromones regulating our symbiotic relationship with the plant kingdom, we stand outside of an understanding of planetary purpose. And an understanding of planetary purpose may be the major contribution we can make to the evolutionary process. Returning to the bosom of the planetary partnership means trading the point of view of the history-created ego for a more maternal and intuitional style.”

From The Archaic Revival by Terence McKenna

More: Plan, Plant, Planet

To download or order a copy of the film please visit:  http://www.whatawaytogomovie.com/

Here’s the final segment of the movie just in case you enjoy reading the last chapter first :)

One love,

HJ

Share the Wealth: Sadhana – The Realization of Life by Rabindranath Tagore

a-buddha-in-the-rain_lFacts are many, but the truth is one – Rabindranath Tagore

Kin of Kalki,

It’s been a while since our last installment of Share the Wealth so one is definitely due. To compensate for the prolonged delay however, I’ve decided to make today’s share a truly insightful spiritual discourse. I thought some wisdom grounded in the Eastern mystic tradition of the Upanishads would be a nice change of pace from our previous adventure with Christian Rosenkreutz. Same criteria apply as the other nuggets I’ve shared, free and short, well relatively short anyway.

The word “sadhana” is of Sanskrit origin and is literally translated as “a means of accomplishing something.” It can be considered as an ego transcending spiritual practice. In addressing the relationship with the infinitude from which all things proceed, this narrative touches on the virtues and failings of the human condition and makes a case for the merits of transcending the state of ego consciousness.  Topics like the problem of self and evil, the appreciation of beauty, and one’s awareness of soul consciousness are all eloquently addressed by the author. For fans of the written word, I suggest keeping a pen and paper handy as Tagore’s word-craft is the embodiment of flowery elegance.

I think this one will warp your reality tunnels amigos. The author really does conduct a deeply profound inquiry into the nature of our roles as mediators between the abstract and the concrete. Sadhana “found” me when an awareness of the ideas contained therein was necessary, and my genuine hope is that it serves as a beacon illuminating your path to realizing the grand pattern of universal procedure. It’s a brilliant little book that you’ll find yourself reading multiple times for a comprehensive digestion of its contents. Although less than 90 typed pages of legible font, its length is no indication of its profundity. I’ll also link to a Librivox audiobook download for your listening pleasure.

Here’s an excerpt of the summary provided by the Spiritual Bee site that shared the text:

“Sadhana – The Realisation of Life” is a breathtaking collection of spiritual discourses given by Rabindranath Tagore to the boys in his school, in Bolpur, West Bengal. A repository of the timeless wisdom of the East, Sadhana is one of the most profound books on spirituality that you will ever read! We highly recommend it as a starter book to any seeker of spiritual wisdom.

Compiled and translated by Tagore from his Bengali lectures, the book consists of eight essays, in which Tagore answers some of the most profound questions of life.

Sadhana is one of those rare books that need to be read slowly, as each sentence contains an immense amount of wisdom to be digested. In the end Tagore’s captivating and rational explanations will leave you feeling breathless, exhilarated and brimming with peace, happiness and joy, as you become aware of the tremendous unifying force behind this immensely diverse and awe-inspiring Creation!”

As usual, I think the authors’ own words will best help you to decide if embracing this vibe is a worthy investment of your time. So folks, here are a few quotes to gauge whether or not this is your cup of tea.

“True deliverance of man is the deliverance from ignorance. It is not in destroying anything that is positive and real, but that which is negative, which obstructs our vision of truth.”

“Facts are many, but the truth is one. The animal intelligence knows facts, the human mind has power to apprehend truth. The apple falls from the tree, the rain descends upon the earth – you can go on burdening your memory with such facts and never come to an end. But once you get hold of the law of gravitation you can dispense with the necessity of collecting facts ad infinitum.”

“When a man does not realise his kinship with the world, he lives in a prison-house whose walls are alien to him. When he meets the eternal spirit in all objects, then is he emancipated, for then he discovers the fullest significance of the world into which he is born; then he finds himself in perfect truth, and his harmony with the all is established.”

“This is the ultimate end of man, to find the One which is in him; which is his truth, which is his soul; the key with which he opens the gate of the spiritual life, the heavenly kingdom. His desires are many, and madly they run after the varied objects of the world, for therein they have their life and fulfilment. But that which is one in him is ever seeking for unity – unity in knowledge, unity in love, unity in purposes of will; its highest joy is when it reaches the infinite one within its eternal unity.”

This world-song is never for a moment separated from its singer. It is not fashioned from any outward material. It is his joy itself taking never-ending form. It is the great heart sending the tremor of its thrill over the sky. There is a perfection in each individual strain of this music, which is the revelation of completion in the incomplete. No one of its notes is final, yet each reflects the infinite.”

I could go on, but I’ll leave the other gems for you to unearth as you progress through the work.  If you find this book at all useful in your journey, please pass it on to a fellow traveler who may also benefit in his or her own quest for understanding.

Link to the text: Sadhana –The Realization of Life

LibriVox audiobook download: https://librivox.org/sadhana-by-rabindranath-tagore/

One love,

HJ

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Sunday Matinee: A Quest Beyond the Limits of the Ordinary

Greetings compadres,

Robin and the Friar stopped by earlier and brought samples of Sherwood’s finest shrubs. Figured you’d enjoy the post-ceremony entertainment on consciousness and biology. Bruce Lipton and Rupert Sheldrake engage in a discussion challenging some of the existing paradigms in our understanding of who we are and how we relate to the whole shebang. One of the more fascinating topics discussed is the impact of consciousness on healing and the placebo effect.

A theory is merely present consensus and must be discarded when contrary evidence is presented. There’s been an unsettling trend to discard evidence in an attempt to preserve theory as of late. Whether this is a mere attempt to preserve careers or a more sinister plot to preserve a particular world-view, I cannot say. But imho this merely serves to arrest the progression of this human experiment towards the Good. Examine with an open mind and draw your own conclusions.

One love,

HJ

Rods and Koans

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Each cause is the effect of its own effect – Ibn Arabi

Hola Soul Rebels!

I started writing today with something like “implicit in the concept of Western free market democracy is the notion that resources belonging to the 3rd World and indigenous populations be commandeered and appropriated for use” but figured ah what the heck, it’s Friday, we could all use a dross cleanser. Besides, the Tarot Nook advised patient penance this week and I’m sure that many an esteemed scholar has already tackled the issue in a more meaningful fashion. Maybe the following might be more impactful.

When this journey of mine began, the Artful Dodger gave me a koan and the instruction that it be used as a rod to gauge my progress.  If this is a case of first impression, koans are paradoxical statements or questions to be meditated upon to abandon ultimate dependence on reason and to steer the mind towards intuitive knowing. It is said that when you can answer this question satisfactorily to yourself, and you’ll know when this occurs since you cannot deceive yourself, well then you’ll have confirmation that you’re heading in the right direction.

The simple yet perplexing question is a mere “Who are you?”

But there’s a catch. You must try to answer this question without referencing a relationship to another person, place, thing or active pursuit, and without referring to the physical (race, gender, height, etc) in any fashion.

I think this should be a great first hand illustration of the inherent limitations of language. I will give you this much however, if you can’t reference an external coordinate or a pursuit, then responses like I’m a father, sister, Parisian, boxer, farmer etc. are automatically eliminated from consideration.

Amputees don’t decrease in “I-ness” because the body has decreased in mass, thus you can’t be the body. And, there have also been many near death, and out-of-body experiences where consciousness has been preserved outside the body. This therefore eliminates “me” being an epi-phenomenon of matter. Describing yourself as the body or brain would also violate the “no reference to the physical” clause.

So amigos, who is conducting this inquiry?

Think this one thru while you vibe on the Dub Side of the Moon.

One love,

HJ

Sunday Matinee: The Tao of Physics

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“Science does not need mysticism and mysticism does not need science but man needs both.”- Fritjof Capra

Greetings Argonauts,

Lemme first say that I am sorry about the delay but I’m hoping for a “better late than never” absolution today. I also offer my apologies for not keeping up with your blogs regularly, but I’ve been on info detox again. I wish I could really convey the refreshing feeling experienced mentally when you enjoy the silence from time to time. But to make amends however, you’ll get another double feature today.

When you awaken to the infinite and eternal essence from which all things proceed you eventually develop the ability to contextualize rationality. This is not an easy process and poses unique challenges as upending the particular world view by which you’ve defined your very existence causes an existential crises of sorts.  It can no longer be as you’ve thought because your experience now dictates otherwise.  While exploring various avenues of science and spirituality in search of clarity, I happened across Fritjof Capra and the Tao of Physics a little while back. Capras’ ideas were rather helpful in allowing for a new perspective to blossom.

This perspective allows one to wield rationality as the magnificent tool that it is but with an awareness that it’s only a tool. Rational thinking is a great vehicle to facilitate discrimination and comprehension of the material world. But there exists a superior knowing that goes beyond thinking. An essence that eludes empirical validation. And no words or equations can codify the awareness of this essence. I think Gibran said something like- the bird of Truth may unfurl its wings in a cage of words but will never fly. Or as masterfully captured in the Tao, “The Tao that can be named is not the eternal Tao.” For ye of a more skeptical orientation that would argue that rational analysis is the pinnacle of understanding, I offer this:- The rational construct of self places self-preservation as the highest aspiration of man. Pose that question to a lover or mother and see if that assertion remains valid. Love cannot be comprehended rationally brethren. And I assume that none would argue against the reality of the experience of love.

Fritjof Capra is a theoretical physicist who wrote the Tao of Physics in 1975, exploring the connection between quantum physics and Eastern mysticism and philosophy. This video does a great job of expressing Capras’ ideas and I hope it’s beneficial to those who are struggling with a similar stage of internal evolution. When you expand the concept of the self, you can move towards an intuitive understanding of the subject-object flaw in perception. The Big Bang is a process and not an event amigos, and you are part of that process. I hope this whets your appetite for more as you can get a used copy of Capra’s book for under 10 bucks at Amazon. (Unfortunately I couldn’t include it as part of the Share the Wealth series as it’s not in the public domain.)

The Tao of Physics

**Bonus Feature – DeVine**

While some may be fortunate to experience an organic shift in conscious evolution, others may not have had this awareness. Here’s a little something for those who might desire some further information and guidance with “awakening” within their own lives. :)

One love,

HJ

P.S. I would love to hear any thoughts on the connection that underpins these vids folks. So please don’t hesitate to chime in.

 

Sunday Matinee: Alchemy – Sacred Secrets Revealed

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If you enjoyed the previous post of Solve Et Coagula, then you’ll definitely find this interesting. In this film, the creators explore the spiritual aspects of Alchemy and Hermeticism and the relationship to human consciousness. Enough rambling from me however, enjoy!

One love,

HJ

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