Sunday Matinee: The Cosmic Game with Stanislav Grof

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.

Dr. Grof gives a wonderful lecture on the exploration of expanded states of awareness and the impact to the self. I thoroughly enjoyed this chat and hope you folks find it equally stimulating.

One love,


P.S.  I often wonder about the legitimacy of a state apparatus that infantilizes “free” adults and aims to prevent the exploration of alternative states of consciousness. The Schedule 1 classification is readily applied to all psychoactive compounds that allow for a departure from the problem solver mindset, both naturally occurring and synthetic. This is not open scientific discourse in a free society.  This is systemic control.  Sometimes I feel the goal may be to prevent the worker bee from achieving intimate cognition of the wretched character underpinning aspirational consumerism while their fellow men sleep on the street.  Hey, someone has to buy $3000 shoes made from slaughtered alligators.  Subject for another day however amigos.


Share the Wealth: Meditations by Marcus Aurelius


Avete Alchemists!

Usually I subject you folks to whatever word cage I’m exploring at the moment, so if ever you see a big “DUH!” posted on hgd, you know I’ve decided to read Decision Points by Bush the Lesser (insert laughing emoticon here).  Nah man, can neither stomach the masterful gloss on imperial aggression nor could I subject you folks to propaganda.  Truth be told amigos, I avoid advocacy of any position that doesn’t resonate with the indweller, which ultimately has to be reconciled with the Coincidence Control Office on a daily basis. While it does take some work, eventually one learns to refute the allure of the Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, soon to be King of Scotland spiel.  Trading my soul for the illusory rewards of maya will leave me bankrupt.  And you can take that to the bank.

I wanted to share a real reward with you today however.  Same drill as the other shares in this series – free and short.

While popularized by Dr, King, Transcendentalist Theodore Parker originally wrote about the moral arc of the universe bending towards justice.   I like to think that this book can aid in bending the spiritual arc of a man towards virtue.  And at the end of the day partners, this is the objective undertaken by all Jedi.   I didn’t open this book until manhood and certainly would have benefited much from the ideas herein at the ages where impetuosity and rashness reign.  The chaotic waves of infinite time lie on either side of the present, and nowhere is a man more aware of this than when he cannot retire into his own soul.  The wisdom contained in this little gem can certainly help to still those turbulent waters of the past and future that perturb the present.

Meditations has the ability to transform one’s outlook on the world.  Twelve segments, twelve days.  Are you up for it? I think a reintroduction and popularizing of philosophical concepts in the instruction of the young would be profoundly beneficial to society at large.  And I don’t mean solely for children of privilege.  Can you imagine the potential of a society where a group of 12 year old kids openly discuss their place in the universal order?  Maybe a pipe dream, but maybe not. If you do decide to read this book, consider using the themes as the subjects of discussion with your kids versus subjecting yourself to the normalizing of neuroticism otherwise known as television.  It’s the duty of all people to inquire into the fundamental fabric of their lives.  I’m aiming for the stars here compadres and hoping for some societal level conditioning.

I’ll leave you with a few nuggets to ignite your interest:

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”

“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”

“The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.”

“Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.”

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”

“Remember that man lives only in the present, in this fleeting instant; all the rest of his life is either past and gone, or not yet revealed.  Short, therefore, is man’s life, and narrow is the corner of the earth wherein he dwells.”

“Men seek retreats for themselves, houses in the country, sea-shores, and mountains; and thou too art wont to desire such things very much. But this is altogether a mark of the most common sort of men, for it is in thy power whenever thou shalt choose to retire into thyself. For nowhere either with more quiet or more freedom from trouble does a man retire than into his own soul.”

Take heed not to be transformed into a Caesar, not to be dipped in the purple dye, for it does happen. Keep yourself therefore, simple, good, pure, grave, unaffected, the friend of justice, religious, kind, affectionate, strong for your proper work. Wrestle to be the man philosophy wished to make you. Reverence the gods, save men. Life is brief; there is but one harvest of earthly existence, a holy disposition and neighborly acts.

Link to the text : Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Time for Natty Bumppo to hit the hills.

One love,



Sunday Matinee: Symbols of an Alien Sky

Lights of the Logos,

I think you vagabonds will dig this if Robin and the Friar visit bearing shrubs from Sherwood today. Somewhere I heard that mythology is the penultimate truth as mythological language is but a metaphor.  However, there is a line of reasoning suggesting that pervasive mythological themes that transcend geography were inspired by events within the physical universe.  There exists a unity among the archetypes that underpins our mythology and this is a wonderful attempt at addressing that unity.  No pontificating today however amigos,  I’ll let you jump right in. As usual, please don’t be bashful about chiming in on anything discussed, or even not discussed.  Knowledge is hoarded while gnosis is shared. Enjoy!

One love,


An irrational ordering of reality?


“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

Apertures of the Cosmic Giggle! Wuz up witchya?

I’m always thrilled when I listen to something and it inspires 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.

What I was getting at 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 self-awareness 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

One love,


Sunday Matinee: Esoteric Alchemy – Transformation of Attitudes

Aspirants of Avalon,

You know I couldn’t leave you hangin’ today amigos.  Thought I’d flip the script a bit though and share an audio lecture that crossed my path.  When Cicero wrote that the death of men does not imply the death of their doctrines but the loss of authoritative exponent, he surely didn’t contemplate the capacity to record sound and the triple W.  For us lucky bastards, these Promethian boons have put the entire compendium of human knowledge a mere mouse-click away and often exponentially increased the exponent of great contributors to the human endeavor.  I thought my fellow wanderers of the Bifrost would enjoy this share today.

Several years ago, my old friend Lemuel introduced me to the teachings of Manly P. Hall.  That’s the cool thing about people who travel widely, their travels usually introduce them to peculiar notions often bereft of any limitations of the cultural milieu.  I hate to beat a dead horse folks, but I’m compelled to continuously reinforce the notion that culture is only a series of artificial constructs superimposed upon the essence of the self to drive consumerism.  Diamonds are no more symbolic of love than the police symbolize justice. It’s as Baudrillard wrote, simulacra is not the real. We’ll leave those who actually do the superimposing for another day however.

Being introduced to Manly P. Hall was a cool drink of iced tea on a sweltering summer afternoon.  His contributions to the human experiment certainly blasted open my doors of perception. For you folks who’ve ridden the Ghost Train for a while, I’ve often referenced his writing in my shares.  Although mostly restatements of doctrines that have existed for millennia, for a gen X-er like myself, it was rather stimulating to unearth information related to the Eye of Thundera.

This is a great lecture on the subject of Alchemy that I feel some of you will appreciate. Hall is well conversant on this and a great many other subjects related to the esoteric.  Travel the path of self-knowledge well voyagers and practice crescent moon Mind. Full moons tend to wane.

One love,



Sunday Matinee: The Men of the Fifth World

Hujambo Midgardians!

Resistance is Futile – Borg maxim

I think it was Kant who wrote about the futility of one trying to perceive that which exists without use of his or her perceptive apparatus. If it comes from a doyen of philosophy like Mr. Kant, then I definitely feel okay about my little spiel. Although he wasn’t specifically referring to cultural biases, it follows that we cannot evaluate any information presented outside the perceptual framework with which we understand the world.  Our impressions, both sensory and mental, are often colored by a lot more than we may initially concede – conditioning, fears, cultural norms, dietary prejudices, etc. Thus, when viewing these programs about indigenous cultures, it’s important not to apply our value judgments to create hierarchical comparisons when evaluating any custom.

I’ll leave you with this compadres.  Although the Borg are right and it’s impossible to remain untainted from the march of empire, there are certain precepts that only naiveté would prevent us from incorporating within the fabric of our own cultural narrative. Concepts like societal organization around mutual-aid and harmony with the ecosystems that sustain us are quite meritorious. Who knows, maybe the way to subvert the machine is to introduce the reality tunnels of these tribal cultures as sub-routines within the system? I’ll leave the spiritual considerations for an individual assessment. Enjoy!

One love,


Surrendered humanity?

Explorers of the Intermundi,

Check out this vid homeys –

I’ll not opine on this from a geopolitical perspective as such is naught but the will of colonial powers. If my assertion appears facially dubious, our friend Mr. Ban Ki Moon and his predecessor were relatively less that paper tigers when attempting to reconcile the geopolitical position on torture with the continuing policies at Guantanamo. And, I’m also quite sure that history is replete with examples of this big stick bravado where ever “the sun didn’t set” during the previous two centuries. Today however, I wanted to conduct an inquiry from an alternative perspective.

The wise ones say that the eyes are the window to the soul. Truthfully folks, I’ve seen more of a soul present in archival footage of Ted Bundys’ eyes than in those of Ms. Albright. My question is, how does this happen? When do compassion and humanity depart from a person’s heart? Is this a predisposed propensity as the Ponerologists proffer, or is it a gradual unfolding? Or, does a person suddenly awaken to consider the sacrifice of innocents acceptable? How does one innately imbued with the divinity of maternal compassion arrive at this point?

Ask yourself if you could rest peacefully knowing that you were endorsing the large scale murder of children? I surely couldn’t. Heck, I conduct an inner monologue before killing a spider. Lol. Okay, maybe I’m atypical in this regard, but could you? (Btw, watch a spider build a web and then ask yourself whether you could kill it without acknowledging its life and intelligence.)

At what point does a person surrender his or her humanity for the pragmatic considerations of the machine? In the case at bar, I imagine that it must be a gradual discarding as the hard-wired maternal instinct must surface at some prior point in the maturation process.  Assuming reptilian shape shifters share similar developmental cues with humans, I’d like to think that a pre-pubescent Madeline simulating family dynamics with Barbie and Ken could no more sanction the mistreatment of the neighborhood mongrel, far less children on the other side of the globe. I’d prefer to avoid acknowledging that Gordon Gecko was right and the progeny of W.A.S.P. society value animals more than people. Besides, such over-broad generalizations offend my sensibilities.

Or, is my inquiry misguided as the consideration of non-Caucasoid peoples as subhuman, when fused with the relative morality of modernity, allows Madeline to sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to her own children before kissing their foreheads at night, with no pangs of conscience whatsoever?

I’ll leave you to ponder the above on a positive note as a bowl is useful because it is empty.  We should therefore thank the former Secretary for instruction by adverse inference.  In other words, thank you for showing us the character traits that we should not, nor should we teach our children to aspire to.

As usual, I’d love any cogitations you may wish to share as Amaurot is no fun for a party of one.  Enjoy these contemplation vibrations amigos.

One love,


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