Sunday Matinee: The Nature of the Mind Part 1

Whaddup you old rogues?!

I’ve got a real banger for you today. This is the first of a four part discourse between David Bohm, Jiddu Krishnamurti, John Hidley and Rupert Sheldrake.   A rather eclectic dialogue, the topics addressed include abstract considerations like the self, religion, infirmity of the mind and the etiology of problems confronting the world of men. With these heavyweights on the case however, I respectfully request radio silence.  Today is training of will with the Jedi High Council. Enjoy!

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Jedi High Council

One love,

HJ

P.S. For a playlist containing all four segments click here.

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Sunday Matinee: Kundalini – Reflections of the Inner Light

One’s-Self I sing, a simple separate person,

Yet utter the word Democratic, the word En-Masse.

Of physiology from top to toe I sing,

Not physiognomy alone nor brain alone is worthy for the Muse, I say the Form complete is worthier far,

The Female equally with the Male I sing.

Of Life immense in passion, pulse, and power,

Cheerful, for freest action form’d under the laws divine,

The Modern Man I sing.

—Walt Whitman

Various schools of ancient philosophy and insight were centered around unlocking the vast mysteries residing within the heavenly temple of the human body. Through gaining an understanding of himself, man sought to interpenetrate the mysteries underlying the music of the spheres. Over the centuries, Eastern philosophies have probed these mysteries at great depth and seem to share a common recognition of a super sensory energy system that resides within the human body.  The beauty of modernity however, lies in our ability to filter these ancient philosophies through the lens of inquiry to pierce through the mendacity that inevitably accrues with the passage of time.

I think this is a well done presentation introducing the pre-Vedic concept of Kundalini to the Western mind.  Kundalini represents the all-powerful cosmic creative energy that unifies both the physical and spiritual aspects of our existence and can be described as a mystical experience of self-realization.  I’m not in a position to speak with authority on this subject amigos, but instead share this to open further avenues of exploration for the curious among you. Enjoy!

Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:21

One love,

HJ

Sunday Matinee: The Taoist Way with Alan Watts

Butchers, Bakers, Candlestick Makers, and my old rogues,

I have learned much in my life from the teachings of Alan Watts. Here’s a wonderful lecture he did on the Taoist way for your enjoyment today. The philosophy of the Tao is a fundamental aspect of my own reality tunnel and it lends itself well to an even-keeled temperament. This does not mean that the Universe can’t pitch a curve ball every now and again that knocks your freakin’ socks off.  ;)

But I digress. Is Taoism truth you ask? How about some good ole’ Gibran wisdom -The bird of truth does indeed unfurl its wings in Taoist philosophy but it still does not take flight. It has served me as a masterful methodology to approaching life however and also, to processing data received from self-observation.

A life of higher egoic reflectivity eventually reorients the soul to its Divine origins. Walking this path of relentless self observation also leads to a life of teaching by example versus exposition of precept. The little dilemma that arises however is that only by suffering through exposition of precept does one develop the skillset necessary to perform relentless self observation. Lol  Go figure!

Would you expect any less in a universe where the increasing complexity of life dances with the 2nd law of thermodynamics? But enough rambling from me, I’ll let the venerable Mr. Watts do the exposition today. Enjoy amigos!

One love,

HJ

P.S. 2nd Law of Thermodynamics just states that the entropy of any system approaches positive infinity or disorder is always increasing. Seems to be contrary to the move towards more organization that drives evolution.

Sunday Matinee: Reflections on Oneness with Peter Russell

Ropes over the abyss,

I thought I’d give my dawgz a real mad izm sparker today.  I think it’s time for an update of our operational definitions. The overman’s concept of infinite is no longer locked in a dialectic with an antithetical rebel for the soul of mankind. Coincidencia oppositorum – it’s time to reconcile the duality amigos. I shared a lecture of Russell’s some time back. If your itchin to spend one of the nine, click here. You know what they say about curiosity folks.  But hey, rockin the old reality tunnel is never a bad thing. Enjoy!

It is a secret which every intellectual man quickly learns, that, beyond the energy of his possessed and conscious intellect, he is capable of a new energy (as of an intellect doubled on itself), by abandonment to the nature of things; that, beside his privacy of power as an individual man, there is a great public power, on which he can draw, by unlocking, at all risks, his human doors, and suffering the ethereal tides to roll and circulate through him: then is he caught up into the life of the Universe, his speech is thunder, his thought is law, and his words are universally intelligible as the plants and animals.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

One love,

HJ

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,

HJ

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.

An irrational ordering of reality?

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“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,

HJ

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,

HJ

 

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