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Evil …

The logic of “evil” is odd. Evil requires, for meaning at the conceptual level, Good. Each is married to the “other”. The next level of odd, has to do with the truth, which is that not only are Good&Evil married, that marriage is an embodied reflection of aspects of the Divine Mystery Itself.

In my book “The Art of God: an actual theory of Everything”, I write there, as part of the modern conception of God, the idea that observable reality reveals God is distributed, with the same virtues we notice in distributed computing. Keep in mind that distributed computing is useful both to solve certain mathematical/scientific questions requiring a lot of processing power, and it is also a fertile field for “bots” running/dancing to the selfish songs born in black-hat hacking.

If we are a sensible person, we also see how in life individuals make decisions, which decisions effect other folks as well. These “choices” (whether between good&evil, or some other duality) effect the world. We author the choice, and as an aspect of that it is the distributed god&devilwithin us, that chooses.

A sane understanding of Goethean science would cause folk to realize that spirit is everywhere right next to matter. Another married duality. Angels&demons. Men&women.

If we look within, at our feelings, that the properly chastised L. Ron Hubbard misnamed “the reactive mind”, we find another married duality, generally labeled: sympathy&antipathy. Here – in these feelings – is a tendency to move toward what we like, and away from what we do not like. This reactive feeling life, with its dual nature, has deep roots. In a certain Way, these feelings are “intelligence”, even if later we cannot articulate “reasons” for why we did what we did.

Rudolf Steiner described his view of the macrocosmic reality as containing another duality, which he named: Lucifer&Ahriman. The logos (logical) nature of such married dualities is that they are also united, and always a whole. There is no meaning if they are conceived as separate. Steiner taught that Christ was in between these two, and that Life was about our learning how to personally maintain the right relationship among polar conditions – we are the In Between that balances.

The use of the word Christ involves us with a more pressing problem, as regards the religious history of the world. To resolve this means first off to see the rise of the three patriarchal monotheisms as a reflection in the “earth” sphere of macrocosmic qualities – the Divine Mystery is not just Christ, but Allah and Jehovah simultaneously. All duality is in reality a trinity.

There is a social/spiritual set of observations called “Theory U”. It finds that if there is a descent, then there is also an ascent, again a duality. In the case of the Hebrews – who guided the spiritual descent into matter – they became people of the law. Very strict rules, which according to Steiner made possible the creation of a quite definite strain of genetic inheritance. Some work&order was necessary for there to be an avatar body, in which a God might be able to live for a time.

Rules and obedience. The Hebraic Divinity appears in multiple ways, including phenomena like burning bushes, pillars of cloud, and seas that obey the prayers of wizards. The old Testament is filled with dreamers dreaming, and poet-kings singing. Remnants of the goddess religions being slowly subsumed, as the three anti-feminine patriarchal monotheism began the work of imprinting themselves on the world.

Descent needed to followed by ascent. The earth-impression of the Divine Mystery is complex, and while on the one hand both the Hebrew – and already being born Christian religions – there also needed to be a balancing upward movement. Earth and Heaven being woven together, with the last “people of the book” – Islam, being deeply connected to the Mother, to the social heart – the family, and to the Idea of Surrender. We forget history’s song, when we judge Islam and do not recognize that during Europe’s dark age, Islam flowered with genius everywhere.

All three are being destroyed from within, through the advocates of my way or the highway, a common human foible that insures that social forms evolve. Another repetition of the primary marriage of polar states of consciousness.

Part of the current world situation is made especially acute, due to the fact that we feel we are a separate self, over here, while there is an outside/experienced world that is not us. Another duality, that is fundamentally a trinity, which totality itself is a unity, a marriage not in name only. No wonder Christ urges us to cleave to each other, and become again as little children.

Every human being is their own Path. Be yourself; and, I hope the above meditation on “Evil …” has been useful.

for a much longer contemplation: “The Mystery of Evil in the Light of the Sermon on the Mount”

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List of Blog posts, from the beginning …. over 250 and counting. If you are looking for a specific post, and remember some key words of the title, use the find function on you browser. You also could just seek out a noun or verb or two, and get lucky.

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[1] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2018/05/24/viral-madness-nfl-trump-and-company/

[2] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2018/06/06/vengeance-is-mine-saith-the-lord/

[3] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2018/06/06/the-a-i-scam/

[4] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2018/06/06/america-the-real/

[5] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2018/06/12/paying-attention-is-useful/

[6] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2018/06/17/in-a-world-of-too-many-lies-living-our-personal-truth-matters/

[7] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2018/06/29/a-gospel-good-news-of-the-now/

[8] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2018/07/02/physics-as-poetry-probably-wasted-or-not-posted-here-and-on-facebook/

[9] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2018/07/05/the-road-is-hard-which-is-precisely-as-it-should-be/

[10] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2018/07/05/tilt-a-whirls-and-other-strange-eddies-in-the-carnival-of-the-seas-of-time/

[11] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2018/07/11/the-tragic-limits-of-rudolf-steiner/

[12] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2018/07/12/how-to-win-the-war-against-the-oligarchy/

[13] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2018/08/31/recent-items-i-posted-to-facebook-friends/

[14] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2018/09/15/attitude-adjustment/

[15] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2018/09/21/the-hidden-whole-of-the-hole/

[16] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2018/09/23/a-brother-passes/

[17] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2018/10/26/the-alien-invasion-is-now/

[18] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2018/11/01/a-letter-to-the-folks-at-the-upcoming-natural-science-section-meeting-in-eastern-new-york/

[19] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2018/11/19/scenes-from-the-other-side/

[20] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2018/11/22/this-thanksgiving-i-am-grateful-for-the-trump-event/

[21] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2018/11/28/i-die-more-everyday/

[22] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2018/11/28/i-need-a-job-better-yet-work/

[23] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2018/11/29/real-news/

[24] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2018/12/04/what-if-god-wrote-a-book-that-everyone-could-read/

[25] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2018/12/06/a-poem-to-forty-one/

[26] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2018/12/11/victory-at-the-edges-of-faerie/

[27] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2018/12/21/ustoo/ #ustoo

[28] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/03/19/sign/ this is the first offering of a new news network, aka SIGN: Spiritually Intuitively Grounded News.

[29] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/03/20/721/ SIGN: the Hopi Prophecy of the True White Brother.

[30] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/03/21/724/ SIGN “porn”

[31] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/03/23/729/ SIGN “porn”

[32] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/05/20/letters-about-magic/

[33] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/06/12/a-song-on-the-web-of-lies/

[34] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/06/13/the-second-american-revolution/

[35] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/06/15/abortion/

[36] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/06/15/tree-folk-and-other-invisible-friends/

[37] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/06/15/872/ it was a song of woe, an old song

[38] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/06/15/nuts-and-dolts/

[39] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/06/15/written-on-moms-day/

[40] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/06/29/it-is-an-ill-wind-that-blows-no-good/

[41] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/06/29/885/ disease vectors, and other confusions

[42] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/07/01/eros-in-a-minor-key/

[43] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/07/03/how-do-i-know-who-i-am/

[44] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/07/10/a-love-letter-to-the-friends-of-rudolf-steiners-anthroposophy/

[45] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/07/12/example-post/ “Evil”

[46] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/07/13/the-mother-of-all-fears/

[47] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/07/15/end-times-dreaming/

[48] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/07/19/rovism/

[49] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/07/22/overcoming-rovism/

[50] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/07/27/memories-in-the-dreaming/

[51] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/08/05/white-trash/

[52] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/08/05/lost-chances/

[53] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/08/09/the-lyre-of-experience/

[54] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/08/13/eros-provocation-and-intoxication/

[55] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/08/20/bits-and-pieces/

[56] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/08/21/more-of-an-old-mans-dreams/

[57] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/08/22/who-can-actually-own-the-earth-but-she-herself/

[58] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/08/27/more-silly-facebook-word-messes/

[59] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/08/31/the-return-of-the-wild/

[60] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/09/11/some-steiner-on-ceremonial-magic-and-the-elemental-kingdoms/

[61] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/09/12/more-weird-shit-i-posted-on-facebook/

[62] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/09/15/monsters-from-the-id/

[63] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/09/18/everyone-needs-to-come-out-of-their-closet/

]64] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/09/23/in-the-dark-of-the-night/

[65] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/10/04/more-facebook-rants-in-my-pants/

[66] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/10/13/tiger-saucy-has-words-with-native-americans/

[67] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/10/15/tiger-saucy-contemplates-the-quantum-nature-of-the-orgasm/

[68] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/10/15/new-art-not-purposed-yet/

[69] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/10/23/theres-a-fire-in-the-valley-where-it-all-began/

[70] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/10/29/rudolf-steiner-on-elemental-beings-karma-ceremonial-magic/

[71] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/10/29/tiger-saucy-writes-an-open-letter-to-greta-thunberg/

[72] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/11/08/tiger-saucy-tells-of-some-overlooked-features-of-the-true-story-of-religions/

[73] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/11/14/the-magic-of-individual-political-spirituality/

[74] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/11/24/the-polarities-of-intimacy/

[75] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/12/01/tiger-saucys-first-video/

[76] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/12/05/film-laments/

[77] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/12/08/introducing-neal-stephenson-the-smartest-writer-i-know/

[78] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/12/09/unasked-for-advice/

[79] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/12/10/morning-ennui/

[80] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/12/10/morning-ennui/

[81] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/12/18/yule-tide-yearnings/

[82] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/12/18/enders-game/

[83] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/12/26/silent-day-holy-day/

[84] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/12/29/a-world-in-denial/

[85] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/01/05/the-madness-of-king-trump/

[86] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/01/05/cosmic-humor/

[87] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/01/09/the-role-of-sentiment-in-film-arts-a-review-of-star-wars-ix-the-rise-of-skywalker/

[88] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/01/11/after-nap-musings/

[89] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/01/14/wandering-in-the-conceptual-jungles-of-psyche-speak/

[90] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/01/21/the-undertow-of-great-events/

[91] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/01/23/the-judith-von-halle-mystique-mistake/

[92] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/01/26/the-tree-as-symbol-in-the-song-of-the-world/

[93] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/01/29/realitys-open-secret/

[94] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/02/01/pain-pleasure-consciousness/

[95] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/02/07/helping-boys-become-men-as-civilization-evolves/

[96] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/02/07/i-would-like-some-help-for-which-i-have-no-money-to-offer-in-exchange/

[97] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/02/09/fate-fortune-and-politricks/

[98] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/02/11/are-we-having-fun-yet/

[99] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/02/12/the-barbarians-are-inside-the-gate/

100] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/02/14/a-song-of-the-ancestors-a-tale-of-loss-and-wonder/

[101] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/02/15/rhubarbs-dilemma/

[102] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/02/17/1946/ The Michael School and the End of Western Civilization

[103] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/02/21/luciferic-and-ahrimanic-forces/

[104] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/02/27/anthroposophy-and-christianity-an-update/

[105] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/02/29/the-causal-element-in-viral-and-bacterial-diseases/

[106] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/03/01/sunday-musings-after-watching-marvels-captain-america-the-first-defender/

[107] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/03/02/thoughts-on-distinguishing-the-essential-from-the-non-essential/

[108] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/03/08/the-gravity-of-the-situation/

[109] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/03/09/the-dance-of-the-furies/

[110] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/03/10/luci-and-ari-throw-a-ceremonial-gathering-as-mom-sings-the-death-knell-of-western-civilization/

[111] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/03/10/experimental-what-knots/

[112] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/03/11/dear-rsf-folks/

[113] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/03/12/the-psychology-of-pandemics/

[114] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/03/13/the-pandemic-is-also-a-riddle-for-the-religious/

[115] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/03/14/the-day-of-fearless-reckoning/

[116] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/03/22/the-abyss-of-aloneness/

[117] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/03/22/the-descent-into-shadow/

[118] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/03/22/the-age-of-the-covid-19-madness/

[119] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/03/23/the-magic-of-breathing-as-a-possible-aide-for-an-individual-with-the-flu/

[120] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/03/24/a-world-on-the-verge-of-total-chaos-yet-why/

[121] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/03/28/death-dying/

[122] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/03/30/fighting-back-the-war-of-love-in-the-age-of-callous-indifference-to-the-suffering-of-others/

[123] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/04/01/there-are-those-who-assert-that-america-is-a-christian-nation/

[124] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/04/02/the-role-of-skepticism-in-the-practice-of-science/

[125] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/04/03/so-while-anthros-were-not-paying-attention/

[126] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/04/07/underworld-temple/

[127] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/04/10/the-mystery-of-technology/

[128] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/04/10/dreams-i-wish-i-never-had/

[129] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/04/19/she-has-the-whole-world-in-his-hands/

[130] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/04/22/who-said-the-gods-have-no-sense-of-humor/

[131] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/04/23/conceptual-pollution/

[132] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/04/24/america-strong/

[133] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/04/24/the-last-time-i-nearly-died/

[134] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/04/26/the-pandemic-pandemonium/

[135] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/04/27/if-you-are-a-steiner-student/

[136] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/04/27/there-are-two-books-written-by-the-divine-mystery-and-neither-of-them-appears-in-printed-form/

[137] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/04/28/all-the-necessary-answers-to-pandemic-pandemonium/

[138] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/04/28/pagan-anthroposophy-the-rising-of-the-sun-in-the-mind-in-german-and-english/

[139] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/05/02/a-view-from-an-other-side-of-the-mountain/

[140] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/05/04/i-am-taking-up-a-project-which-i-may-not-live-to-complete/

[141] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/05/14/so-here-humanity-is-collectively-experiencing-a-rite-of-transformation-believing-it-is-a-horror-show-when-in-fact-it-is-a-great-gift/

[142] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/05/14/electricity-a-devotional-and-artistic-representation/

[143] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/05/16/the-nature-of-the-war-against-humanity-and-the-role-of-the-multinational-corporation/

[144] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/05/17/meeting-the-beings-connected-to-our-electrical-technology/

[145] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/05/28/the-consciousness-of-crows/

[146] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/05/29/here-he-comes-to-save-the-day-mighty-mouse-is-on-the-way/

[147] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/05/30/for-people-of-faith-of-whatever-rite/

[148] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/05/31/the-big-lie/

[149] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/06/01/i-had-an-idea-once/

[150] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/06/04/riots-and-such/

[151] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/06/06/language-fakeouts/

[152] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/06/07/epistimelogical-arts-and-crafts/

[153] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/06/12/the-theology-of-the-germ-theory-of-dis-ease/

[154] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/06/13/anthroposophical-madness/

[155] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/06/18/dear-lord-please-save-us-all-from-experts/

[156] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/06/19/saturday-afternoon-at-the-end-of-the-world/

[157] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/06/19/just-enough-rope/

[158] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/06/23/the-myth-of-artificial-intelligence/

[159] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/06/25/the-mystery-of-technology-in-the-light-of-the-emerald-tablet/

[160] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/06/26/lies-damn-lies-statistics-aka-western-civilization-and-its-discontents/

[161] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/06/29/logical-problems-with-the-present-narrative-of-the-covid-19-pandemic-pandemonium/

[162] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/06/30/most-people-with-coronavirus-wont-spread-it-why-do-a-few-infect-many/

[163] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/07/01/the-joker-is-wild/

[164] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/07/02/the-tsunami-of-future-history/

[165] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/07/04/the-joke-yolk-yoke-is-on-us/

[166] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/07/04/faerie-tales/

[167] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/07/08/once-upon-a-cross-the-pond-a-faerie-tale/

[168] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/07/11/rage-impotence-and-depression/

[169] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/07/13/the-doors-in-the-sky-the-keys-to-the-cave-under-the-mountain/

[170] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/07/19/please-be-advised-due-to-the-ongoing-calamity-the-future-is-being-rebooted/

[171] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/07/19/love-letters-to-the-new-york-times/

[172] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/07/30/fight-or-flight-the-post-pandemic-pandemonium-culture/

[173] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/08/03/the-lost-landscape-of-mystery/

[174] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/08/06/a-stand-a-lever-and-a-fulcrum/

[175] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/08/07/in-my-book-american-phoenix-i-write-about-the-collapse-of-civilization/

[176] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/08/25/the-cutting-edge-of-anthroposophical-research/

[177] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/09/01/tragedy-in-anthroposophia-land/

[178] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/09/07/color/

[179] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/09/27/earth-motherholy-mother-and-the-mystery-rite-of-the-plandemic-pandemonium-reboot/

[180] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/10/01/comedy-of-fools/

[181] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/10/11/why-are-so-many-dying/

[182] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/10/12/game-set-match/

[183] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/10/13/future-technology-and-magic/

[184] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/10/18/hocus-pocus/

[185] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/10/22/covid-confusion/

[186] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/10/27/the-redemption-of-belief/

[187] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/10/30/when-we-were-are-twelve/

[188] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/10/30/the-attempted-theft-of-dreams/

[189] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/10/31/the-climate-change-delusion/

[190] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/11/05/to-go-where-no-one-has-gone-before/

[191] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/11/15/the-beast-from-the-abyss/

[192] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/11/16/healing-broken-dreams/

[193] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/11/16/let-me-sum-up-what-i-know-and-i-dont-expect-you-to-buy-into-any-of-it/

[194] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/11/16/blessed-are-those-who-have-not-seen-and-yet-believe/

[195] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/11/16/welcome-to-the-real-zombie-apocalypse/

[196] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/11/17/music-thought-the-end-of-the-world/

[197] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/11/19/covid-19-and-the-law/

[198] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/11/20/situational-anarchy/

[199] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/11/21/happy-covid-thanksgiving/

[200] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/11/29/tea-with-mom/

[201] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/11/30/rudolf-steiners-agony/

[202] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/12/09/the-word-work-of-dr-tom-cowan/

[203] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/12/17/amicus-curiae/

[204] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/12/20/fires-in-california/

[205] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/01/03/a-circuit-board-is-an-unusual-object/

[206] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/01/08/sciences-demons-from-descartes-to-darwin-and-beyond/

[207] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/01/11/a-land-of-rascals/

[208] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/01/12/the-story/

[209] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/01/23/the-role-of-expert-witnesses-in-environmental-law-cases/

[210] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/01/29/madness-and-the-metamorphose-of-a-civilization/

[211] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/02/02/the-mystery-of-the-covid-plague-in-the-light-of-the-primal-paradox/

[212] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/02/04/qanon-points-of-view/

[213] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/02/10/the-real-long-con/

[214] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/02/17/social-forms-are-alive-yet-dying-and-becoming-at-this-threshold-moment/

[215] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/02/17/3008/ aka: “Familiar Spirits and the Education of a Shaman”

[216] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/02/17/a-confession-of-anthroposophical-arrogance-and-post-covid23x-structural-riddles/

[217] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/02/21/dancing-with-aristotelians/

[218] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/03/04/rebel-anthroposophy/

[219] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/03/13/an-offering-to-stuart-weeks-and-the-center-for-american-studies-at-concord-on-thanksgiving/

[220] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/03/13/sunday-ruminations/

[221] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/03/18/early-meetings-with-the-mother/

[222] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/03/26/pagan-anthroposophy/

[223] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/03/28/the-myth-of-the-mutating-virus/

[224] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/03/28/pagan-anthroposophy-redux/

[225] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/03/29/practical-pagan-and-zen-anthroposophy/

[226] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/03/30/post-plague-distress-syndrome/

[228] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/04/03/good-friday/

[229] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/04/05/more-covid-confusion/

[230] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/04/06/asherah-the-erasure-of-the-goddess-in-judaism-and-christianity-by-stephen-clarke/

[231] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/04/06/bob-dylan-and-an-initiatory-tradition-in-popular-culture-by-stephen-clarke/

[232] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/04/06/the-sacred-geometry-of-our-ancestral-pathways-by-stephen-clarke/

[233] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/04/09/the-truth-matters/

[234] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/04/11/eulogy-and-or-celebration/

[235] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/04/12/the-mystery-of-stuff-and-other-things/

[236] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/04/14/necromancy-at-cern/

[237] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/04/18/what-is-military/

[238] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/04/21/writes-of-spring/

[239] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/04/23/the-magic-and-mysticism-of-the-word-mathematically-speaking/

[240] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/04/26/seeing-by-moonlight/

[241] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/04/30/anthroposophy-and-politricks/

[242] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/05/05/psychedelics-and-anthroposophy/

[243] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/05/07/from-the-book-the-contagion-myth/

[244] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/05/08/with-fear-comes-hopelessness-with-hopelessness-comes-apathy-and-following-apathy-despair-of-the-spirit/

[245] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/05/09/contents-page-of-the-way-of-the-fool/

[246] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/05/20/liviu-plesoianu-wrote-a-book-the-real-great-reset/

[247] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/05/24/business-proposal/

[248] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/05/27/surviving-the-great-plague-with-the-kindness-of-strangers/

[249] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/05/29/anthroposophy-and-three-science-fiction-television-master-works/

[250] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/06/01/the-genius-of-frank-herbert-author-of-the-dune-series-of-science-fiction-novels/

[251] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/06/01/dear-the-nature-institute-folk/

[252] https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/06/01/where-have-all-the-flowers-gone/

https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/08/23/secondary-searchable-list-alas-no-numbers-although-the-order-is-true/

musings and tales

Musings, … from the realm of pure ideas.

If you put a cross in a circle, you get four quadrants. The picture with this song is a Hopi version of this symbol.

Correspondences can be made with the four elements, the four directions, and so forth. I have written, for example, that the people of the circle (indigenous folks), are noted in the Hopi Prophecy also as the Younger Brother. These are the Earth Religions. The Cross is representative of the Elder Brother, in the same Prophecy.

With the circle, the wisdom of community can be represented; and, from the cross we have the wisdom of the individual.

The Cross has lines, and gives us one vertical, and the other horizontal. The vertical gesture can be seen as representative of the higher and lower tasks of the I, in pursuit of individual development. The horizontal gesture is in the social realm, and involves our relationships to the Other.

Switching gears …

Ursula K. LeGuin’s book, “The Dispossessed”, has as its central character a physicist, seeking to create a physics involving linear time, that would include a physics of the simultaneous, aka: the Now.

Using our wonderful symbol, imagine the horizontal line as involving before and after, or together with the vertical: before – now – after. It is easier to imagine the linear gesture, our biographies make that necessary. The vertical gesture is a kind of tower of Nows:

now

before – now – after

now

Before and After takes place in the physical ethereal (space and time). Now takes place in the astral spiritual (a time-less realm, which is also the gate of generation, out of the unformed and uncreated).

Lately in these Facebook venues, we have been receiving tales of karmic reincarnation, particularly of spirits that history remembers from the time of The Incarnation, and seem to be present now, in the time of the Second Becoming [Nicolaas Vergunst]. Great stories from that time are also remembered and some aspects appear in all religions, after a fashion. [Brad Knight]

Rudolf Steiner calls the original Christ Event: the Turning Point of Time. Today might be called an Echo of that Event, and musical adjectives can enrich the picture. All the nows and befores and afters are mirror images of that primeval singularity.

The before captured in Genesis is not the temporal locus of the Act of Creation. 2000 years ago was the Central Now. Imagine waves of meaning, going both into the before and after of linear time.

Each line in the symbol meets the circle at their endpoints. Each line opens in two directions, the center leaving a two petaled flower in four directions.

In projective geometry we find the idea that a line going to infinity on the left, will return from the infinity at the right. The other – vertical gesture – is the same ….the stack of Nows also being infinite, every line upon reaching the plane at infinity essentially eats its own tale.

Let us now complexify the symbol, by noticing that a two dimension circle can also represent a three-dimensional sphere. All manner of spheres are recognized in occultism. Planets are spheres. The tiny particles of today’s physics were first imagined as spheres, although the idea of string theory can seem “linear”, in a way.

The orbits of the planets are almost pure spheres, having an elliptic form, with two point centers. The movement of the whole planetary system is kin to a vortex, for there is circular and elliptical movement around a forward axis of motion.

A single drop of water, once separated from the stream, shapes itself into a purely spherical form. Falling lets us be free, in a way in the field of gravity – the drop moves within the fall, in the form of a sphere. Weightlessness in machines in orbit around the planet is due to objects “falling around the earth”.

Projective geometry is built out of three elements: point, line, and plane, and escapes the need for measure. A point is an idea, without a there there. A line is pure extension partially seen, while the infinite plane disappears into boundlessness. The Mother is the mystery of gravity, with its manifestation being point centered, while the Son is the mystery of levity, with its manifestation being “centered” in the periphery.

Between the pure point, and the boundless plane lives the spherical. This latter spherical aspect disappears into the point and the plane. A sphere with a zero radius is a point, and a sphere with an infinite radius is a plane.

Rudolf Steiner: “Think on it: how the point becomes a sphere and yet remains itself. Hast thou understood how the infinite sphere may be only a point, and then come again, for then the Infinite will shine forth for thee in the finite”

Is there a primal “now”, a first One? If I drop a rock into still water, circle like waves spread out in all directions.

Steiner points to spheres of planetary evolution: Saturn, Sun, Moon and Earth. According to Tomberg, there is no movement in this Saturn warmth. It just is. Then there is division, from wholeness. An effect of the mystery of the One, is the Two (Father and Mother = one and many). They then birth the Son, who according to Tomberg sacrifices movement into stillness, giving an axis “point” enabling the warmth to move and thus complexify.

These ideas have to be presented in linear time form. Or, being becoming. In the Sun/earth, the Son creates space from time. In the Moon/earth, the Mother creates form and order from space. In the Earth/earth, the many individualize – form and order born in a sea of chaos.

The archetypal individual – the Son – appears in linear time and space. Given that the linkage One-Father-Mother-Son is itself a unity, the temple of Nows is timeless and spaceless, …

Consider the Sphere of the Earth today. Eight billion personalized spheres of life and thought.

From the point of view of the Temple of Nows, each individual is a sacred blossoming flower. The many of the earth, including that which is not “human”, if imagined from space, is a fertile garden of becoming. The next Now is always not yet; and, in spite of our knowledge, we don’t really ever know that What’s Next.

Each biography is, obviously and dangerously, a tabla rasa open to our personal influence, for which we are responsible.

Within our personal matter-based consciousness, to experience, we are the invisible point center, and the sense world the boundless periphery. Pure spiritual experience, on the other hand, sees the All from the totality of the Periphery. This state of being is the fabled Akashic Record.

According to Barfield, the I only appears after the Incarnation. In terms of this poem, the radiation of meaning into the before shows a humanity yet to be individualized. We were members of communities in the before. In the after we are becoming a community unto ourselves.

The sum of our Nows is the Holy Grail.

Dornach Tales

Around 1917, a gypsy camped near the original Goetheanum. He found work as a day laborer, and with his wife and two daughters he would sit around the campfire, in their last hour or so before bed. He would play some pipes, he’d made himself from bamboo, and the ladies would sing and practice their harmonies.

There was one moonlit night, when a tall figure stopped by. They talked together about Moon wisdom, and its dangers, for the Rites of the Mother tended to increasing wildness, not just of mind and soul, but of body as well. The man spoke of a friend, a herbalist, who also knew some Moon wisdom, mostly for healing, and not so much for magic and dance.

They talked of the future, and the gypsy brought out his hand-drawn deck of tarot cards, and reading them he said to the man that they would meet again on the cusp of the Third Millennium.

While they spoke a Wolf came near, and when invited came into the circle of warmth and light, where She was offered a share of the evening meal.

She declined, although the offering was well given, and the symbolism important.

The gypsy and the man found themselves drawn into Her eyes, and together dreamed the Song of Her Heart. The two wept then at what they were shown. Such Sorrow at their weaknesses, and Such Joy at Her Forgiveness.

The three women had not looked, but felt drawn to song, wordless tones that seemed to call forth a breeze, that played with the weavings of the fire.

The Wolf then rose, and turned Her back on the fire, leaving an image in the weavings, of a time when this place was cursed, so lost in words written at pages, that would themselves be lost in libraries, while meanwhile all Her Truths were in the living trees, and forests and clouds and storms and sky-wonders, … not in books.

Anthroposophy, the Double, and Depression

Anthroposophy, the Double, and Depression

Please keep in mind that I don’t use the word “Anthroposophy” to mean familiarity with the works of Rudolf Steiner. To me, Anthroposophy is personal awake cognition of our own experiences of soul and spirit. “Anthroposophy is a path of cognition from the spiritual in the human being to the Spiritual in the Universe”. First sentence, first leading thought. The key words here are “path”, “from”, and “to”.

No book I have read, from whatever authority, will help me work with my own Double. That work is mine, and if I watch myself (even talk inwardly to myself), I can become more intimate with my own soul, and its darker characteristics.

The threefold double complex is not the I. Early on in the Class Lessons, Steiner writes of three creatures. Tomberg, in his anthroposophical work (Inner Development), writes of there being a luciferic double, an ahrimanic double, and a human double. Later, in Meditations on the Tarot, Tomberg writes of the tempter, the prosecutor, and egregores.

From one point of view, these entities are with us all the time. They serve purposes … i.e have functions in the psychology of the human soul and spirit. If we study this in ourselves, we will notice how they help us unfold our karma. For example, we are repeatedly tempted to indulge in a certain pleasure, but through over use we get ill.

Illness is a vital “initiation“ process, and some anthroposophists recognize illness as a blessing.

In our present now/moment in the spiritual history of mankind, these creatures are essentially hyper-active. The plandemic made us not just face illness, but fear of illness, fear of death, and to a certain extent fear of the “other”, the contagious ones.

All three aspects of the threefold double complex are working in concert. Readers of Steiner will be aware of how often he wrote of Ahriman’s intentions, or Lucifer’s as well. Generally he characterized them as evil intentions.

I am fairly sure that Steiner did not expect the ‘60’s, where the Mother (Divine Providence – fortune) and the Son (Artist of Karma – fate), engineered a Dionysian (luciferic) Rite in order to balance out the excessive aspects of the age of Ahriman’s incarnation.

We do have to be careful in how we think about the macro aspects of modern earth existence, aka: the Big Picture. That is: She has the whole world in His Hands.

In fact, many people today see the world – in the macro sense – as all screwed up, never should have happened, and as an I, I am powerless to fix it. This is actually a crisis of Faith. That’s why Steiner in one place can point to all the awful potentials facing us in the coming millennia, and then in another context tell us to “trust the future”.

A lot of people today are depressed, perhaps even hopeless. Maybe they have an addiction, aided by the tempter, and can’t seem to overcome it. We’ve lost jobs, and relatives. Homelessness is growing. Between the egotism in most of the world’s leaders, and the greed of the social-egregore we call a corporation, there is much to worry about.

At the same time, the whole world’s fortune and fate was given a “time-out” for reflection, and we can see everywhere people changing the course of their lives. In a spiritual social science, we can learn that states of social chaos are necessary before new structure and order can be found. On a higher level we might choose to see what is happening as the dying And becoming of “Western” civilization.

While the luciferic elements can tempt us to extravagant reactions, the ahrimanic elements paralyses the will. This activity of the persecutor, aka: the nag, puts us in a loop of self doubt. This mood of soul can also get us lost in shame, and despair. All depression (in a psychological sense) is preparation for the meeting with the Lessor Guardian of the Threshold.

I speak here from many years of experience.

It helped me to encounter the idea of the “double”, perhaps a version of Jung’s “shadow”. We know the story of the two wolves, and the riddle of which do you feed. In the Koran, we read of: “the sneaking whisperer, from among the Djinn and Mankind”. Given a name we can look for the phenomena. Once we notice the phenomena, then we can work with it consciously. The original idea, I worked with pragmatically, was attributed to Dennis Klocek

Because depression is so vivid, as an experience, we are already becoming aware of the right “being’s” presence. Klocek was alleged to have suggested that we speak to this inner darkness, and ask it “what is your name”. Several times, inwardly. The “being” can’t give you its name, without also losing aspects of its own freedom.

This silencing of the voice of the own nag has placed our will in the right direction. To manage depression means we not only “see”/sense these folk, but also that we are now (inwardly) in a soul environment where we can do more.

One of my favorites, a couple of decades or so, was to next – after asking the question – imagine three creatures (somewhat looking like Tolkien’s character “Golem”) dancing together in a circle, weaving their magic. Then I imagined them being covered over by honey, and falling down drunk and silly. It is the willed-picture that helps the release, and which then begins the task of reasserting our own I over the effects of these apparitions.

Most of the time, we discover our depression/state, has us sitting still, or lying down. The soul phenomena is the paralysis of the will.

Once we seize the inner territory, the next challenge is to stand up, and will the body into movement. Dance. Clean the house. Screaming these days has become popular.

Lately, when such moods ensnare me, I scream inside my mind. Easier on the throat. One of the activities of the nag is to use our unrealized higher ambitions as a goad to showing us our failures. I find that what works best is to inwardly scream at everyone, to feel and admit to our rage … which includes every other human being on the planet, all the higher beings of the Mystery, and anyone else. Being angry at God is normal. People who care about each other can get angry – you don’t think your guardian angel is happy when you follow the tempter, rather than the insights of the conscience.

The Spirit can handle angry. Indifference – i.e. not caring – that doesn’t work too well. What matters is the inner connection. Which in all its details is personal and private. Pray in secret He said.

There is also higher power available to manage the tasks. The luciferic tempter is balanced out by the inspirations of the Holy Spirit. The ahrimanic prosecutor is balanced out by the intuitions of the Guardian Angel. The human double, with its egregorial community (bad habits, which I also call: wounds of soul), is balanced out by the higher ego, aka: the conscience.

Ask, seek, and knock, He said. Connection. Inner dialogue via the own personal gate to the mystery,

One final word on the “creatures”, all six of them (tempter, prosecutor, self generated parasites, Holy Spirit, Guardian Angel, and own conscience (higher ego).

Loving the latter three is easy. Loving the former three not so much. Resist the former, sure. Forgiving them helps.

A prayer of gratitude for the whole … essential for our own sanity.

The Collective Imagination, and the Language of the Creation

The Collective Imagination

and

the Language of the Creation

[the image is of the Moon over Mt. Shasta,

a photograph by Craig West]

Valentin Tomberg, in his remarkable book on Law: “The Art of the Good”, makes this statement, which is true about Law, and also about a great deal more: “The path runs from phenomena to concepts, and from concepts to ideas, and from ideas to the ideal in which essence can be contemplated.”

For example, I see a tree (the phenomena) and name it (the concept), in addition to which I understand its being (the idea), and from there can meet (contemplate) its Being in its ideal (essential) nature.

Rudolf Steiner’s last sentence, original preface to: “The Philosophy of Freedom”: “One must be able to confront an idea and experience it, otherwise one will fall into its bondage”

If we consider then the meaning of the trees in the Garden, aka: the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and the tree of life, we have raised the concrete to the ephemeral, via metaphor. Many ancient religions see the “tree” as an important “symbol” in the Language of the Creation. One aspect – leaves in the light of the Sun, the other aspect – roots in the light of the Moon.

Matter comes into being at the growing points of both leaf and root; just as new waters of life comes into being, in the Metabolic processes of cloud and sky.

Tomberg also writes: “The essence of freedom is the participation of the individual in the divine nature. Man is made in the image and likeness of God, that is he is gifted with the creativity of the creator, the capacity to imprint what is most inward in him on the world outside”.

S. T. Coleridge writes: “The Imagination then I consider either as primary, or secondary. The primary Imagination I hold to be the living Power and prime Agent of all human Perception, and as a repetition in the finite mind of the eternal act of creation in the infinite I Am. The secondary I consider as an echo of the former, co-existing with the conscious will, yet still as identical with the primary in the kind of its agency, and differing only in degree, and in the mode of its operation. It dissolves, diffuses, dissipates, in order to re-create; or where this process is rendered impossible, yet still at all events it struggles to idealize and to unify. It is essentially vital, even as all objects (as objects) are essentially fixed and dead.”

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Periodically I run into some written material, concerning what might be called Biblical truths. The three patriarchal monotheisms (Hebrew, Christian, and Muslim) all have a text at their center. This written word then becomes explained and interpreted by scholars, priests, and mullahs.

I can understand the whats and wherefores, yet wonder why this approach is now essentially a prison for the ideas of the divine – the main prison being the written text, and the guards the authoritative teachers.

Cannot the Mystery tell us other stories? Is the Mystery powerless to evolve? Perhaps we were not ready, yet. Are you ready today to listen, with your heart’s mind, to the world speaking?

In the traditions of the East is the idea of Maya, which is that the sense world is an illusion, not the spiritual reality. Yet, in a modern mind such as Goethe, we have the idea of learning to read the Book of Nature.

The sense world is not an illusion, it is Speech.

“Only one form has the hands”, I wrote – over four decades ago – in a long prophetic poem: “”Lazy Bear’s Spirit Song” http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/lbsss.html

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I have been a lover of film since I could go to the movies around age seven or eight (1948), … first with my older brother, and then when twelve or so would go with friends, on Saturdays. For a quarter we got: two features, one newsreel, one serial, several cartoons, a three stooges, with a break in the middle to sell more soda, candy and popcorn as well. While that was going on, a bubblegum blowing contest took place on the stage, with prizes for the winners.

When I created my blog: https://thecollectiveimagination.com I often wrote of what is living in this art form, which includes movies and TV.

I understood/came to know that each creator of such works, had one or another kind of relationship to their “imagination”. I also knew, via Steiner and my own confirming experience, that the “thought world”, and the ethereal realm, were the same locus in spirit.

Within the world of thoughts, there were also “imaginations”, or pictures, not just abstract concepts. Along with Einstein, I knew as well that “knowledge” has limits, while the “imagination” has none.

Coleridge pointed out, that in the soul the imagination was not the same as the “fancy”. The latter is focused on the fixed (RS’s dead thoughts), the former on the living.

My experience is that in film there are many common elements, sometimes dramatic, other times comedic. People and animals and monsters – dancing everywhere. The film artists assemble various elements into a story.

Some times the artists sees more then they know, since they often give way to inspiration from the outside. Movies are made from books, for example. All the supporting folk, from actors to artistic and technical helpers, also add “imaginative” content, sometimes drawing from the dark sides of life.

Inspiration is real. There is not only a path of phenomena, concept, idea, and ideal, there is the reverse – the ideal participates with the forming of the idea on many levels. Actors often work from instinct, with the result that there arises a cooperative art – essences made available to the heart’s mind of the artists.

For example, dramas often present moral trials, and from my studies modern dramatists see the phenomena of what Steiner “named”: The Epoch of the Consciousness Soul, where the individual unites with the spirit to the extent we create in ourselves the good and the true. As we do this, the soul is connected to the eternal.

Film is full of stories of moral crisis, as is the nature of the world of today, … which overflows with moral crisis – each individualized. Film reflects both outer and inner reality.

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In my own studies, that could be called essentially: “shamanistic”, I found that the idea of the Earth as a Living Being was appearing everywhere in film. Sometimes the tale was of the past, and perhaps inspired by the artist creators as connected to their geographical region’s oldest religious tales. For example, a wonderful film was made for TV, in which the lead character – a woman, who was also having visions – was a police detective sent to a very primeval forest, where there lived practitioners of the local earth religion.

As the detective met these folks, in order to solve a murder, she learned that the name we give to forest, was for these indigenous folk: the Mother. There are a lot of films remembering the oldest stories, where the Mystery is real, yet the scientific attitude becomes unable to “see”, what those with visions encounter.

I have also seen evidence of very high level artistic visions, which speak deeply, because there is a need for us to know. More than a few artists sense that higher world influences allows us to know, via art, what Nature feels. Always this has been a main role of art. Goethe, speaks of the “Deeds and Sufferings of Light”.

The film: “Arrival”, is a good example. Its plot is straight forward. Twelve alien space ships appear simultaneously all over the earth. The first thing I wrote about this “close encounter”, was to describe it as: H. P. Lovecraft, meets Benjamin Whorf.

The creatures, in the film are, by the humans, called Heptapods, having seven lower limbs, below a huge torso. If one has some familiarity with H. P. Lovecraft, and his ideas (descriptions) of the “old ones” – ancient powers of darkness – these were clearly prescient.

Benjamin Whorf was an American linguist. He worked mostly as a designer of paint factories, at which he was so good that he could take two or three months off a year, to go into Central America and study those languages. He made many breakthroughs, and Owen Barfield wrote of him, and his works, favorably.

In the film Arrival, the linguist is a woman. There are several scenes as the film develops, where she has to help the military, and a physicist, understand that developing a language of meaning between species is near to impossible.

Imagine now, that high level spiritual beings, wanted to inspire through humans, the whole question/riddle of how to we have intercourse (speak to/with) them, since our “languages” are yet incapable. Even the physicist comes to realize that science is not going to be the bridge language between such different species.

The film is worth several viewings. The dialogue educates the movie-goer as well.

There is a scene, when the humans enter these “ships” hanging in the air (they never touch the ground, and when they do disappear, they do not fly away into space, but fade away into the atmosphere), … in this scene the humans find out that the interior of the Heptapods’ “ships” requires going through a threshold, where up and down change at right angles. (gravity becomes levity?)

The linguist is most open to the new, and finds that not only is space different, but time (in the sense of the moment) does not have to be linear.

These “spirits” teach us new language, mostly circles of varied form*, which they need us to understand. They are helping us now, but three thousand years in the future, they will need our help.


*The film artists based their written “representations’ of meaning on an art rooted in Zen.

I appear to have a “connection” to Clouds, who I have thought of as manifestations of entities from the realm of the Thrones. I have seen – in the Clouds – picture speech that was personal, while intoxicated with sativa. Ceremonial magic uses what is called: “censoring”. Aromatic smoke in the temple, which being elementals dancing, can be guided by folk from the other-side of the threshold.

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The Mother (as the Many) wishes to commune-with us. Trees are helpers if we learn to listen in silence. Clouds … a form of Speech?

Thinking Meaning into Being is both a human and a divine attribute. In the film Annihilation, the inspiration of the artists tells the story of another “threshold”, which they call the “shimmering”. We can experience this threshold if we go away to places where the light of the stars is most present, and lay on our backs, in Awe. The stars do shimmer, although scientific materialism explains this experience as a refraction of light “particles”, by air “particles”.

In this movie, various explorers go through this shimmering (military elites mostly), but don’t come back (mostly). In a certain sense this is an intuition of Faerie, and we (the audience) get to see all manner of untamed growth, making shaping matter in ways we do not understand. Like the legends of Faerie, it is possible to go there, lose track of “time”, and never return. On one level the film is a meditation of the riddle of what is death, and what is life.

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Film is international, and its dramatic and comedic aspects become metaphors of such a nature as to become a kind of speech, shared by the world. In the television show “Billions”, the characters often reference film dialogue, and activity, as a way of describing – metaphorically – what is happening to and through them, in their present.

Like music, film is a transnational kind of speech. The whole world experiences many of the same artistic creations. Bob Marley, internationally, was more famous that Michael Jackson. Star Wars gives us “the Force”, a metaphor often used today to describe our ethereal experiences. Most of us know the music themes that go with the Star Wars’ character: “Darth Vader”. We also recognize the music goes with the images of the alignment of the earth, the moon, and the sun, in the film “2001”.

Marvel’s two part “Endgame”, has battles between gods such as Thor and Loki, mixed in with a little bit of Greek, where a serious God/Titan (Thanos) decides to fix the galaxy of its social disorders*, by eliminating half of all sentient species with the snap of his fingers. “Thanatos” is a Greek god, known as the personification of death.

*Today we have billionaires telling us that the distribution of the worlds resources would be resolved, if the “population” explosion could be reversed.

The “smart phone” has made everyone, who has access to one, a potential filmmaker. If we watch “Tik Toc”, we find the such fruits of individuality being everywhere shared. A kind of flood of spirit, too huge to grasp, and sometimes not to our taste. Still, I like to watch bits and pieces, just to get reminded about how incredible is the individual human being.


Flying High

Flying High

– A Stoner’s Guide to Enlightenment, Living –

Thinking, and Shamanistic

Self-Initiation –

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dedication:

To my youngest daughter Brie, and all her contemporaries, … I wish to apologize on behalf of all the baby boomers, and the rest of the new elderly, for leaving such a mess behind, with which you have to contend. That said, knowing you, and getting a bit of a sense of what your generation is up to, I believe you are the right people to call out the Big Corporations, and let them know that their inhumanity to the Planet, and Her human children, will no longer be tolerated.

While you are waiting for those who love Big Corporations to recognize their own failure to be good stewards of the Earth and Her people, … take a break, light one up, kick back, and don’t play their games. Hopefully the work below will be of some use.

As to holding the Big Corporations responsible, in the Resource section there is a link to the Shaman’s Law Firm, regarding the introduction of this idea, and what can be done with/via it: “If a Corporation can be a Person before the Law, then Certainly a Planet can be a Person before the Law”.

The real war today is between the religion of scientific materialism, and the other, deeper and older, Mother religions still living. If every Earth Day, people were to file environmental lawsuits, where the named Plaintiff is the Planet, this Rite will shift the situation from courts of law, to the court of public opinion. Details at the page on the Shaman’s Law Firm.

Anyone can participate at some level in this activity, just using your new Aladdin’s lamp: the “smart” phone. No reason to burn down the banks, yet.

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Preface

This little book has been written in the Season of Easter, 2022. The general date for the beginning of Covid 19, is in December of 2019, with the origin point allegedly Wuhan China. The World Health Organization declared it a pandemic on March 11th, 2020.

An overlooked set of facts regarding Wuhan: It has some of the worst air pollution in the world. Its population is quite elderly, and there are many many smokers. In addition, the normal electronic pollution of the air had just vastly increased there, with the operation of 5G on a massive scale. To top it off, the Chinese watch everything one does, using facial recognition software, that can read whether or not you are “happy”. The undesirable psychological effects of this should not be overlooked.

Almost right from the beginning, following that act, there came to be an Official Narrative, … and a counter-Narrative. As a frequent user of Facebook, the first event I noticed as odd, involved a twenty minute video out of the counter-Narrative, that used the word “plandemic”. What drew me, to know more about this video, was the huge amount of posts attacking the character of the woman who made it.

I do mean huge. In the first week there were hundreds of posts, many vicious. I wondered, what did she say to cause such a reaction? Originally there had been links to this work, but in less than a couple days these links disappeared from Facebook, so I asked, among my “friends” there, where was it?

There were several responses, revealing that the video could be found on rather obscure – to me – links to search engines besides Google. I tracked it down and watched it. Among the many details in her “tale”, was this one: “Its all about the patents”.

My first post on the pandemic to my blog wondered why people were believing Big Pharma, politicians, and the tales on the major Media, given that those institutions have never had much use for the truth. I say this from my life experience, now 81 years, and I’ve witnessed and written a lot about the human folly into which these organizations generally lead us.

I grew up in Montana, where the question was taught: How do you know a politician is lying? His mouth is open. The history I write about in the main body below was lived through. I also remembered Big Tobacco lying to Congress that they had no knowledge nicotine was addictive. Oxycontin was also supposed to not be additive.

In the late 1980’s, Big Pharma got the Congress to pass a law exempting them from any liability, for illnesses or deaths, that resulted from their vaccines. In the criminal law business this is called: evidence of a guilty mind.

In that blog entry, I also suggested that if such as Dr. Fauci had to testify in a court of law, under oath and open to cross-examination, they would not be able to support their assertions.* If he was asked about his stock portfolio and his patents, his self interest would be clear. I can say this because I am a scientist, and have a degree in Law, where I got the high A in the course on evidence.

*[ I’ve read in the News recently that the Spanish Supreme Court demanded of a litigant, that they prove their Covid 19 claims. Not one word of proof was forthcoming. If there was another main victim to this travesty, that was already wounded before the pandemic, it has been the truth ]

As a scientist, I am a generalist, not a specialist. See Resources at the end of this little book. My main field in that regard might be called: the philosophy of science, or how do we know what we believe we know.

I was also not surprised that the world was now on a path to be forever changed.

As I tried to dialogue with family and friends – even my Lady Linda, who I have lived with for 14 years – I ran into an interesting, and valid question: “Of what cause were so many dying, if not Covid?”.

I was also accused of being an “anti-vaccer”, and a “conspiracy nut job”. Among those producing counter-Narrative materials, they starting name calling back, that those believing in Official Narrative are easily led: “Sheep”. References to such books as “1984”, and other writings of a dystopian nature, were quoted.

Another of my scientific fields is what might be called a “spiritual social science”. It was clear to me that existentially both sides were right, which in philosophy is sometimes called: “a paradox”.

Another idea that was frequently exclaimed – by both “sides” over the last year and a half is: “Its the Science!”. Still, whatever our politics, or scientific acumen, each “side” must act on what they believe to be true.

As a scientist of politics, I observed a problem coming. One of the flaws of major Media is that they like to ask embarrassing questions of politicians, their main nature in this situation was: “What are you doing about the pandemic?”

It is a bit silly for the News to ask that question in the first place. Politicians actually don’t know much, except how to get power, and what social groups or economic institutions they have to favor.

Politicians need voters and money. They are constantly checking out – through polls – which way their constituency wants them to lean, before giving the appearance of actually leading. This leaves the politician to needing the advice of “experts”. As a scientist of science, I soon wrote a blog: “Dear God, please save us from “Experts”. Actual science is full of arguments. There is no general agreement about a great deal. No settled “science”.

If the reader is familiar with legal oriented TV shows, such as “Law and Order”, both sides, if there is a “science” question, can produce “experts” asserting completely different views.

In our case, there was only one “official” expert: Dr. Fauci.

This collision of differing interests (alleged experts, politicians, and media), would to my thinking produce – as it did (pardon my French) a “cluster fuck”, aka: chaos.

Was the contagion air-born or was direct contact necessary. If air-born, what is the right mask? Why is social distancing six feet? If masking and social distancing would work, why is a lock down necessary?

Meanwhile, “ordinary” people, busy working hard, raising children, and wanting health for themselves and their friends and relatives … these salt of the earth folks are doing the best they can. They look to their leaders, and the leaders look to the experts (as long as no money interests oppose), and the Experts, where do does he look?

Fauci is not a practicing physician. He’s an “epidemiologist”, who works with numbers – statistics, trying to predict and manage “contagious” diseases. Along with if a politician is lying, his mouth is open, the lore in Montana, was that: “there are lies, damn lies, and statistics”.

The most serious problem is this basic philosophy of science principle: “association does not prove causality. Just because two facts happen at the same time, does not mean one caused the other.

I bought a little book on the principles of epidemiology, and between pages thirty and forty, there were over half a dozen “arguments” that allowed the statisticians to find a work around for the above philosophical rule.

Looking back at this situation, what I see is not just two competing points of view, but people, who, in the sense of what they feel is the right thing to do, … these people are almost universally heroic – on both “sides”.

There is plenty of work in favor of the counter-Narrative, but if it tries to show up on Facebook, or YouTube, you won’t see it. If you are a physician who doesn’t follow the Official Narrative, your license to practice is taken away.

As a consequence of the every-changing rules of lock downs, masking and social distancing, … these have broken our education systems, and our are medical care institutions. Parents, teachers, nurses, aides in old folks homes, … all the police and firemen, including those who were declared “necessary”, and made to not live by the safety rules/opportunities demanded of others, … they too are heroes.

Even patients are heroes, everyone of them. Sadly, suicides went up. Many have some version of PTSD … the ensuing stress clearly was itself not “healthy”.

People not working, not being able to pay bills, and required to be in long lines waiting to be tested, or receive vaccines … such people are under a great deal of Stress, which is not good for their health, thus making them more susceptible to whatever the real “disease” ends up being.

I am not vaccinated, nor have I ever been tested. To some, that makes me a carrier of death, and already various institutions are arranging for everyone to have “papers”, revealing their “state” of compliance. Sad to report, from that history that constantly repeats itself, only fascist states require papers just to move around ones country.

Another good question is: Where was God?

Definition of terms:

Stoner: laid back fan of marijuana intoxication, and magic mushrooms.

Guide: been there, done that.

Enlightened: desire-less presence in the Now.

Living-Thinking: learning how to unfold latent gifts of spirit, through

empirical self=observation of the own mind

Shamanistic: potential guardian of the Earth-Mother.

Self-initiation: only We get to set goals for ourselves, out of our own personal understanding of the good and the true.

Stoner Motto: Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

Stoner Riddle: Are We God?

– best read while properly* toasted – no hurry, you don’t have to read this whole book – Emerson puts it this way, I paraphrase: books are only for inspiration … we can lose our true self if we place our own spirit-mind in orbit around another … “In self trust, all virtues are comprehended.”

*[WARNING!!! It is possible to do too much of a good thing. I know from personal experiences, including two hospitalizations in my mid to late 70’s. However, our own follies can often be mined (after the fact) for important lessons. At the end of the Resources section, I’ll discuss what I learned about hospitals, which lessons have some value for understanding certain aspects of the Covid Mystery, and the healing profession. I’ll also discuss there, that we all have a dark-side nature/understanding, which challenges go with the shamanistic adventure.

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There a couple of aspects of this that are obvious and universally true. We can’t get out of the Now, or escape our Real Spirit/Spark. Self-Change just happens in life, … we don’t have to go looking for it. We also should take credit for where we are. Most of us are survivors, and we should give ourselves strokes for having made it this far.

Human biographical life, and the law of unintended consequences … aka: Murphy’s law …

… there is a cave in my mind, a place I hide myself from myself .,.. in the Hour of the Wolf – 3 a.m., I bring the light of my heart’s mind to the world of the dark fears of the manner of dying, … not the Gate of Death itself … but a descent into worry over the unknown means … peacefully asleep in bed, … or in a hospital over-full, and unable to save me from slow suffocation, because the doctor knows me only as matter, not understanding that my spirit is following the Path of Christ (the Maker) to Death on the Cross of greed and arrogant ignorance.

In the following, where I examine the Covid Riddle, there is no denial of the many deaths, and the great suffering. No claim of a deep state conspiracy. The fact, in plain terms, is that modern medical science is far from perfect, such that mistakes are made at the level of diagnosis, and at the level of treatment. For a deeper appreciation of those facts, in the Resources section at the end, the works of the healer Tom Cowan are pointed to as being far more advanced than the present general state of medical knowledge. Read them, and make your own decisions. Don’t read them, … perhaps remain quiet.

The time of Covid is also a significant Mystery Rite in the whole history of humanity. A kind of end of childhood. In fact, Arthur C. Clarke’s “Childhood’s End” – where the helping non-human leaves his ship, and looks startlingly like Lucifer/Satan, – is prescient. Human beings have complex soul and spiritual lives. The seer Rudolf Steiner’s statue “Representative of Humanity”, has a threefold nature.

In the center, Christ (the Maker), below … in the dark … the God of Number, sometimes called Ahriman. Above – in the light – the Seraphim Lucifer. Our world is ensnared in numbers, and needs to reach for the light, to balance out the rigid order below – overcoming the earth bound aspects, with joyous near egotistical dancing flight – on occasion – (Tik Tok). All three of those characteristics are part of who we are. When we act in a calculating manner, and let ourselves be ruled by quantities – to the exclusion of qualities – our own ahrimanic nature shows itself. When we act with reckless abandon – even on a battlefield, it is the unbound flame of our luciferic nature.

When we follow the own heart’s mind, that naturally will maintain the needed balance.


Our dominate culture – of numbers, and computers, and a science that does not recognize spirit – has too much knowledge about death forces. The needed counter-pole is more knowledge of life, which defies excessive order (see the film Annihilation). Modern culture has moved deeply into a real New Age, where arts flourish, and people refuse to bow to others anymore. The tension between order and freedom is necessary, and in the same way that there is no good without evil.

Do we sleep well these nights? “So much trouble in the world.” Bob Marley.

What if sleep apnea is not exactly an illness?Apnea is defined by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) as the cessation of airflow for at least 10 seconds. [4] Apnea may last for 30 seconds or even longer.

Modern unnatural Medicine, rooted in the swamp of scientific materialism (all is matter, there is no spirit or soul), at one time treated “pregnancy” as an illness. Then in the 1960’s something called “natural childbirth” fought back, and highlighted this domination of women’s needs and issues – a trial not fully over, given the struggle over abortion rights.

In the mid-fifties my mother had some bouts of “hysteria”, and was put on hormones. For much of the rest of her life her doctors continued this “medicine”, and eventually she developed a form of dementia, her mind gone walk-about, her body scrawny.

Then, in her early ‘90’s, she came under the care of a young doctor, who took her off hormones, after which she gained weight (normal for an older woman), and could at least simile and interact with others. However, her original mind never came back. When she was dying at age 95, my younger brother sat with her, and played his guitar and sang to her. If he stopped, she began to writhe in agony. After a while she passed, quietly, while he sang.

In music the human spirit flowers, and with such as Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, and the Moody Blues, wisdom flows. Rock, Hip Hop, Reggae, Salsa, etc. … each of us finds our own musical inspiration.

There may be a lot of “illnesses” that are not really illnesses. We have been trained to believe that the “flu” is an illness, when – in point of fact – flu is a sign of the Wisdom of the Body detoxing (fever, sweating, coughing, barfing, crapping) from an accumulation of unnatural substances (poisons in the air, the water, the land, the food and the medicines).

A reasonable question concerns the micro-organisms that appear when we have the flu. Are they not the cause of our being sick? A spiritual understanding of health would recognize that the whole influences the parts as much as the parts influence the whole. When the whole organism is out of balance, certain parts become zones of weakness, and there these organisms proliferate. They are not the cause, but another symptom. Remember, association does no Prove causality.

During Covid – so far, few diagnosis were of the flu, such that many deaths that five years ago would have been called due to the flu, were attributed lately as caused by this “virus”. In ordinary (pre-Covid) circumstances … say 2017-18, there were estimated some 710,000 hospitalizations, and 52,000 deaths attributed to flu in America.

Flu comes in waves, at least two seasons each year. Some “types” are stronger – the effects are more powerful, the deaths more numerous.

Knowing these “wave” phenomenon, certain authorities have been predicting increased Covid risks, some fully aware that the real underlying uptick is due to annual flu season effects. The whole situation, as regards the use of “numbers” during “Covid” has been confusing at best. For example, when the News got hold of the “figure” that Covid deaths had exceeded 700,000 in America, this was presented as worse than the 1918 Spanish flu. The real facts are that if the US had deaths that were occurring at the same rate as in 1918, we would have had 2.5 million of them.

Presently – worldwide – there are about 425 million alleged* cases, with about 6 million deaths. This means one in fourteen have been identified as a “case”, and one in eleven hundred died. 50 million, out of a population of 1.8 billion, died 1918. That is one in thirty-six. That pandemic was thirty times more deadly.

Folks in the counter-Narrative argue that the PCR (cases) test does not actually measure what it is said to measure. Many false positives, which if true means that 1918 was even more deadly.

Yet, on the major Media we have been told that our time was worse. The message should have been about how much better off we are now, not how much worse. Think about it. Our health care is far better than one hundred years ago.

In most instances of deaths, today, almost no autopsies are performed as to “cause”. Elderly people with chronic illness are, according the counter-Narrative, dying of the effects of the latest seasonal flu, and the related stress of social distancing, lockdowns, lack of touch, and not of the “virus”.

“What does touch do for the body?

“These neurochemical changes make you feel happier and less stressed. Research suggests that being touched also lower your heart rate and blood pressure, lessen depression and anxiety, boost your immune system, and even relieve pain. Simply put, being touched boosts your mental and physical wellness”

It is also true, that the media driven rush to “quick-fix” the situation allowed all manner of safety protocols – learned during previous attempts to create vaccines – to be set aside. Generally it takes anywhere from ten to thirty years to fully test the dangers inherent in the new drug.

Something is clearly not right, and the human being is very much a “test” subject, as regards the validation of unproven vaccines.

Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep.

If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul will take.

– a children’s prayer –

Our life in the Dreamtime has physical consequences. Each “apnea” moment is a spark of the gate between the material and non-material worlds. In cultures that do not teach the tales of shamans, as regards the night work (1), physical illnesses can result from not appreciating the spiritual psychology of sleep: aka: “the little death”.

The seer Rudolf Steiner spoke of there being a kind of conflict between the consciousness forces (our psyche, or soul and spirit) and the life forces, which make the physical body thrive. When we make the body do actions that are inimical to our physical health, that is: psyche forces over-powering the instincts of the life forces, … this enables illness.

The Goddess Natura has gifted us with many kinds of medicine. Even in the late 19th Century, pharmacists and doctors themselves made medicines from natural ingredients. It is only later that such organic remedies were set aside for synthetic and otherwise abstracted “parts” of Her substances. For example, aspirin is based upon taking/separating/concentrating/synthesizing what is seen as the single effective value in willow bark, and leaves aside the significant context in which the Goddess Natura placed this pain relieving agent.

I have a book: “Essentials of Materia Medica and Theraputics”, by Henry Morris M.D., (1910) which goes into details of how medicines were made before “industrial” – manufactured – substances dominated our ideas of healing. As we know, the idea of “side-effects” is used to ignore the fact that that modern “pills”, are unnaturally concentrated, and/or synthetic versions of the essential virtues that exist in the Goddess’s gifts.

In that book, “Cannabis Indica… the flowering tops of the female plant, or C. Sativa” is in the section on “hypnotics”, which includes medicinal uses of opium.

If the reader is concerned about the Idea of Nature as a sentient being, ask yourself why it is that materialistic science assumes that the human being is the only self-aware sentient interior consciousness on the Planet. The ancients knew otherwise, and indigenous and aboriginal peoples have always known, and respected, the Living Consciousness of the Mother.

Thinking, that science is smarter and wiser than Her, has led to a whole other order of medicines – such as vaccines and blood pressure pills – which essentially force the body to engage in an unnatural way of healing itself. We moderns take pills that do as much harm as good, because we think of the body as a physical machine, with no features such as spirit and soul.

For example, many high blood pressure pills can lead to what is dubiously called: erectile dysfunction. This does not mean these “medicines” do not serve us. Most of those who make them, and proscribe them, have good intentions (of the sort the road to hell is sometimes paved with, however … in the counter-Narrative is the idea that the business model – living in our health industry – requires illness to continue, and has yet to solve heart disease or cancer, in spite of the many billions invested).

The Covid Mystery deeply involves such dangerous riddles … recent research has led to needing to know why some folks, in full contact with the “ill”, do not get the supposed highly contagious “illness”. One researcher is looking at the DNA differences for explanation. It is the unwarranted habit of scientific materialism to think the world is built up out of Parts, and the surrounding Whole is of little significance.

When we go to a doctor, they take blood and other “tests”. From these ideas they create “numbers” as indicators of health or illness. If it cannot be counted and measured, it has only the vaguest meaning.

There are four major spiritual elements that defy measure, yet are recognized as real, just not quantifiable. Stress, Sensitivity, Will to Live, and how the Wisdom of the Body (which we lamely call the immune system) heals us through trials of “illness”, such as the flu.

Large portions of the elderly (I am 81) have various chronic “diseases”, for which we take “medicines”. A lot of the “symptoms” are Stress related, for Stress is the reaction of fight or flight, due to outer dangers, or inner fear beliefs. This reaction dumps adrenaline into our blood stream, along with other response “mechanisms”.

If you have a stressful job, and a stressful home-life, and live in a stressful neighborhood, this adrenaline dump happens multiple times day. Living in an environment filled with poisons, also causes “illness” reactions. Many of us are more sensitive to some of these poisons, which is why if you eat a food with wheat in it, that was harvested just after being sprayed with Roundup (kills bugs and weeds), this poison causes illness to people who are more “sensitive” (gluten allergy is the euphemism).

More euphemism-memes: Acid Rain, Pollution, and Climate change. Industrial civilization is harmful to life.

As we regain a spiritual view of all of Reality, we might observe that many elderly live in dire day to day circumstances. Out of fear of touching and social distancing, these old folks homes – under Covid rules – lost the virtues of physical contact, which itself is necessary for life. Recall the pictures from intensive care units in hospitals … both doctors and patients cocooned in “protective” outfits, making caring touch impossible.

Some of these folks in elder-care factories may have already gone walk-about from their bodies (various kinds of dementia), which bodies are forcefully kept alive via powerful “medicines”. If the “flu” comes by, they are then symptomatic. If the symptoms are dramatic enough, they go into the hospital. One sage advises, as to “long Covid”, … five hugs a day will be very therapeutic.

From personal experience (one dark night in a hospital), I found the Gate of Death, and a choice, to stay or not. In my case, after I asked Her if She would take me if I wanted that … and She had replied lovingly immediately: “Yes” … still, it was my choice … I had a life to go to, a lover to love back, so I declined. That is a kind of Near Death Experience.

If I had lived in the dire straights of our many of our elderly, this spiritual encounter would have felt like a doorway to home. Will to Live also can mean will to die – in the sense of surrender.

A recent article in the New York Times reported that those “scholars” studying the course of the pandemic, assert that from the beginning “authorities” can be now seen as having made many mistakes. Just think of how many “rules” changed over time – rules being mostly statistical guesses

So the politicians order lock downs, masking, and people are soon alone in their apartment going to work by Zoom, and their kids the same way. Eventually we sit in cars for hours, waiting to get tested, and maybe vaccinated. A lot more stress was added by these careless social crimes. Suicides went up, as did deaths from “Covid”. Children’s education is failing, … many are not only behind, they seem to lack the required drive.

This reminded me of my own experiences as a youth, where the cold-war – might become atomic, so we had air raid shelters, and duck and cover under our desk. In such circumstances, the dreams of children, as regards their “future”, become fearful, not hopeful.

The whole story of what were the realities of the Covid Mystery remains to be yet known. Monday morning quarter-backing is expect-able, yet we can’t deny “mistakes were made”.

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Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out … Hippie (Stoner) Wisdom

Turn On: In the 1960’s, the whole world entered a festival … a Dionysian Rite, fueled by amazing works of art, in music and film. Even books. LSD, magic mushrooms, marijuana, … intoxicants for the heart and mind, both weighed down by a “cold war”, and the pending/lurking Vietnam Tragedy.

In the mid-1950’s, there were three precursor events … harbingers of what was coming. At the leading edges of these events were three American personalities, who were not so much a cause of coming matters, but forerunners-extraordinary of larger social changes: Dr. Martin Luther King, Elvis Presley, and Hugh Hefner.

Hollywood had woken up to LSD, which Otto Preminger celebrated in his strange film: “Skidoo”. The CIA, not to be out done, flooded the San Francisco Bay Area with this drug, doing experiments on whether something like this could be weaponized, or used in enhanced interrogations.

Marijuana had already been (falsely) labeled a class-one narcotic, to support the draconian actions of the Hearst Newspaper chain to keep hemp from being used for newsprint, given that Hearst “owned” most of the West Coast Redwood Forests, and thus had a kind of monopoly on newsprint for Newspapers.

What was unfolding – during this Dionysian Rite – were forces of the human will hidden in the limbs, that had previously been mostly asleep. With King we have the higher element, the protest Marches to challenge the failures of social justice. These were actions born in the Heart. With Elvis, the middle element … the Dancing, centered in the Solar Plexus – the movements of the pelvis, borrowed from Africa American’s bar-room blues and erotic passions. Hefner launched the lowest element – centered in the Reproductive Chakra – via the Sexual Revolution and Playboy Magazine.

Getting Turned On was illegal, but people did it anyway. What does being Turned On mean?

It is an often pleasurable alteration of human consciousness, which becomes visionary, thus:

Tune In:

… to the Natural, not the artificial. To feel the beautiful in everything, including self and each other. Also, to notice the wrongness of much of our social life, which was already then dominated by soulless Corporations.

Eisenhower’s Farewell Address, in 1960, gave us the idea of the infamous military industrial complex. He also warned of the influence of money on our higher educational systems. Universities were becoming market places, and the truth started to take second place to the needs of money for ideas that justified their excesses.

Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings”, joined Heinlein’s “Stranger in a Strange Land”, along with “Dune”, by Frank Herbert. Elves and fairies and humans fighting against a Dark Lord; a human being raised on Mars by the Old Ones, returning to Earth as a wisdom-teacher, using a Rite that made: water brothers; and, a story of a beyond magical drug called “Spice” which was a means to higher knowledge of a most extraordinary kind, on a desert Planet, where even a drop of water is a sacrament.

To the ancients the element of water was related to feeling. Climate change is all of us needing to become water brothers.

Many people were/are still reading these books. In 2005, Dune was the most sold novel in the world, and a recent film version has been well received (it just won several Oscars).

Around 1949 China annexed Tibet, and this eventually pushed into the wider world a most ancient magical religion (“Bon”), which had been repurposed by the influence of Buddhism in the Eighth Century. Alan Watts got into Zen, and with the Beatniks of the ‘50’s opened large gates for Eastern Wisdoms on the American West Coast.

California became a forest of guru’s, liberal drug-influenced psychologists, lamas, yogis, … all of which changed and channeled our ways of seeing the world into something “other”. People went for “conscious raising” to the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, … a place that still exists today.

Americans were also finding out that the American Indian Nations, whose “pagan” (earth- centered) cultures were very wise – yet via “Christian” evangelism had nearly been destroyed, … this amazing spiritual-culture was alive, and well.

Turned On, and Tuned In, then birthed …

Drop Out,

… i.e. return to Nature. Leave the big unworkable cities behind, and rediscover the virtues of the Green World.

Communes they were called. Tribal. Free love. Grow your own weed. Ultimately failures on the scale for which many had hopes. In fact, in a social-political sense, Hope was murdered on November 22nd, 1963.

Vietnam led to a reinstatement of the Draft. If your number came up, and you didn’t flee to Canada, you either died, or ended up with raging PTSD, and perhaps fewer healthy limbs. If you were white, and connected, deferments could be “bought”. Young and old marched in protest, and there were riots and death, and students killed by their own countrymen – National Guard – on the campus at Kent State.

Even liberal deep thinkers didn’t get it, that if you challenged the establishment, you lent it forces justifying – in their minds – reprisals. So then we get the Nixon years, and the Pentagon Papers, which revealed that the government had been lying to the public, even during the Eisenhower and JFK presidencies.

Under Reagan, we get Iran-Contra, which exposed that the CIA had become a drug empire, mostly paying Cambodian leaders, such as Pol Pot, with weapons in exchange for heroin, and for his cooperation with the illegal bombing of Cambodia. This last was a violation of international rules of war, and Nixon and Kissinger essentially committed war crimes.

Selling this heroin to finance their “black ops”, the CIA ran off the book interventions all over the world, such as using assassination to change the government of Chile. For purposes of social control over minority people in America, the CIA invented crack cocaine, which was instantly addictive, and made easily available in our inner cities.

Midst this dark chaos, the environmental movement birthed itself. The word “ecology” appeared, and the idea of Wholeness in Nature broke through the chains of scientific materialism.

On a cultural level, in the 1970’s, independent film makers broke the hold of the big Studios on movie making. Meanwhile television – the great wasteland – struggled with issues the movies could now avoid. Married people on TV – actors – in that time, found two beds in the bedroom, while fear driven sponsors made sure those arts pretended nobody ever made physical love with anyone else.

Over in the NSA, the seeds were planted to become the unlimited electronic surveillance cesspool, eventually exposed by Wikileaks, Snowden, and other courageous people. The military industrial complex became the military and intelligence industrial complex.

Poorly regulated, the banking system and the stock markets, served profit over truth, and in 2008 nearly collapsed the whole world’s economy.

All of this “control” for the moral phantom called: the greater good, … that is for the wealthy.

Meanwhile, … Turn On evolved. Efforts to make weed legal are winning. Psychiatrists and psychologists are discovering that magic mushrooms help with PTSD and end of life suffering. Even in the 1990’s, sheriffs all over the nation agreed that having to enter the homes of stoners was far less dangerous that entering the homes of alcoholics.

Tune In flourished, under the richness of the Internet. Along came the Covid Mystery, and the lemming-like rush of civilization – over an obviously lurking precipice – was stopped in it tracks. The Holy Mother, aka: Goddess Natura in Her role as Divine Providence, gave the whole world a Time Out. Recently the New York Times reported that only 33% of office workers are returning to the cubical. Drop Out is back.

“There is no future but what we make” Sarah Conner, in the Terminator movies. Trying to Make the Future is a far wiser task then trying to Predict the Future.

This present day world of endless suffering, with all its dangerous weapons and environmental abuses, suggests that we could be facing the next legendary Atlantean Catastrophe. At the very least, if we are observant, the world seems to be falling apart, and I have been using the terms “the dying and becoming of Western Civilization” for a couple of decades now.

The seer Rudolf Steiner had also suggested that we might be heading for what spiritual tradition calls: “the War of All against All’. The Hopi call this Age: “the Day of Purification”. John the Baptist is said to have remarked, that the One – the Maker* – coming after him, would Baptize us all in Fire and Holy Breath.

*[Obviously, all over the world, different religions gave names other then Christ, to the Maker: Yahweh, Allah, Brahma, and so forth – each unique culture needing different Ways.]

If we are honest, most of us see the decay, yet feel powerless. The Covid Mystery revealed that our major social institutions, such as corporations, Media, and politicians, are in failure mode, in the sense of serving wealth over the needs of the citizens. For a few, this all has the stench of something criminal, such that we need to use the detective’s dictum: follow the money.

Meanwhile our governments, in order to appear to be doing “something”, give us mostly free masks and tests and vaccines, which only can happen by deficit spending – i.e. borrowed money. The wealth accumulating – to those profiting – ends up becoming massive debt for our children’s children.

A core aspect, for properly understanding such dire pictures of the future, is to keep in mind that we will live these raging seas of social chaos one day at a time. And, not just one day, but one moment at a time. The collapse of the Roman empire took centuries to unfold.

Normal is not returning. The alleged new Normal is healthy rudderless wandering. The chaos frees us to take many day to day opportunities to initiate those course corrections we individually deem necessary and valuable.

Climate Change and Rogue Weather are clues. So are all the mothers and fathers, and their children, that are migrating away from endless wars, corporate malfeasance, and drug cartels.

We are living in the end of Nation States. Big Corporations have forced various political process to go in directions that favor them. An environmental law in Maine, can be attacked in the “laws” (as treaties), which protect international wealth streams from having to bow down to local rules and regulations.

Our artists, in film, television, and books, create imaginations of post-apocalyptic social disorder. The what’s next seems headed in the directions of new tribal associations (see Station Eleven), faced with confronting feudal-like corporate governance. The CEO a kind of king, their board members vassals of the fiefdoms, all controlling legions of poor, aka: wage slaves – the true creators of wealth. The drafting of our young may return, to fight their endless corporate wars over the control of limited resources.

It is possible to look at this totality of bad/evil deeds, such as revealed in some of the “history” noted above, and feel hopeless. Yet, we actually live in a world-wide social organism – something living. Much that is alive obeys a complex of laws, where the highest is the process of metamorphosis. Between the caterpillar and the butterfly is the chrysalis. In order for that state to be reached, the caterpillar has to die, which means at a cellular level the cells all lose any order or differentiation. This state of formless chaos is necessary for new order to appear.

The sources of this new order are polaric. The cells again begin to be able to function, such as making nerve cells different from digestion cells. This gesture is from a Center out. At the same time a kind of shadow of form appears at the outer edges of the cell mass. Cell individuation processes are met with Wholeness design forces from the Periphery.

When a living civilization undergoes metamorphosis, this begins with the chaos and disorder we see now. The individual human being – in this metaphor – is the cell, and change comes out of us as a Center of Creativity. At the same time, higher spiritual powers participate in the shaping of new Social Form. Keep in mind that these “higher forces” involve both positive and negative natures.

Rogue Weather, and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, as well as the Gate of Death, are ruled by the Mother. High level invisible Beings, ride these storms and other apparently destructive events (see the film Arrival, for the riddle of understanding non-human kinds of consciousness). For a deeper social understanding, look to the Aftermath of the Event, not just the event itself.

For example, floods displace people and destroy livelihoods and homes. In response, folk are led to school gymnasiums, where they find shelter, food, and especially company. Some need help, and others need to be helpers. All the “aftermaths” are spiritual rites of person to person communion.

Life in the Covid Rite is becoming more day to day real, for the industrial – first world – folk. Where poverty abides, as the norm, those folk already know about dealing with scarcity.

A not minor point is to realize that the Divine Mystery is distributed (like a distributed computer system). All has connection, and divine origin. In a real sense, the Mystery trusts us with that which is within the reach of our own will. We might gain some sanity, from taking the view that the Mystery is making Art with the Big Picture, and that we need to trust Them as well.

The Future is co-participated.

In this context then, there arise modern social/cultural “outlaws” (neo-hippies), whose main escape is toward the “wild”, and away from centers of “civilization”. Learning to farm again is a useful and worthy pastime, and is being done in inner cities as we speak. Grow hemp (the not just THC version) and bamboo, both of which thrive in the wild, and have many uses.

Think of the “farm” (or “garden”) as a training ground, for a totally new relationship with the Goddess Natura.

Understanding how to survive in the deep wild is seriously needed. Indigenous and aboriginal peoples know a great deal about this. Modern materials sciences creates remarkable “camping gear” already. A quite special aspect is to realize that the most unexplored aspect of the wild is the Oceans (see the movie: “My Octopus Teacher”).

Climate Change has two effects, only one of which is to help our present civilization face our excesses as regards how we treat Nature. The other effect is to Help/Warn us to meet the rising seas, the heat, or perhaps new glaciation, by becoming able to live far from land.

“Land”, aka: what can be owned through conquest, reaches limits out at sea. The territorial appetites of the rich and powerful will fight back, if we dare engaging in Economic and Social Rebellion (see Resources below).

The Corporate Kings will not be able to control Rogue Weather, anymore than they can make the Sun rise in the West. We can forsake then the not-new-normal for a living Mystery. What it all “means” next is up to us – individually.

The tale of the prodigal sons and daughters is true. We are them to the extent we once again figure out how to live within the feasts of Nature, whose deepest heart is yet hidden in the untamed Wild. Returning to living in communion-with an invisible world can begin now. [Check out the Bioneers – pioneers in the age of biology – “Revolution from the Heart of Nature”] https://bioneers.org

We are not here to be something we are not already, which is a self-defined human being. It also doesn’t make any particular difference to our individual nature for us to study organized spiritual ways, as we are already individual sparks of the Mystery, following individual paths … the Mystery has even given us individual “books”, if we study our personal life, and our own soul. Yet community beckons, so we join on common ground, sometimes as students of “spiritual” teachers.

… still, beware of clever names … like “woke”, for they are often dangerous prisons of thought (2).

Black and White races is a cultural difference, not an existential one … still … good will/can come from getting people – with such differences – to celebrate together, instead of protest separately … parties are better without alcohol, a poison and a downer. Breaking bread, and dancing help. Sharing common stories also. Yet, in dangerous times, the guns and knives might have to be surrendered at the door, to the grandmothers (3).

Zoning out and Zoning in – the proper practice of/as couch-potato lazy bear and his/her heart’s mind, … yet, a stoner does not have to be a slacker, for work has a value beyond the regrettable fact that we must have Food to Live, and have Money to buy Food, as well as need a Job to have Money. The more we repurpose the dying cities, the less that will be a problem.

A slacker makes him/her-self dependent upon others. A human being finds meaning in work, especially if done as part of a community / commune / tribe … shared labor that benefits all.

For those who will to seek again the wild places, aboriginal teachers show the way … yet, a mystery … how much “tech” should we bring? … there really is only one question: will the human master the tech, or will the tech master the human? What is often referred to as trans-humanism, via the application of technological innovation, can be a false and dangerous path. No need to unnaturally prolong life, since we are already immortal.

A riddle … What is: The sin that cannot be forgiven?

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There are aspects of the ancient religions that remain factually correct. For example, in what is called Hermetic Science, born out of the wisdom of the Emerald Tablet, and elaborated in the Tarot, leads us to magical and mystical realms – the power of communion-with the invisibles, being the one most needed for the future.

As Above, so Below, and as Below, so Above … for the Miracle of the One.

The human being is the microcosm, an exact analogue of the Macrocosm. Our natures are complex, given that we are seeds of the Divine Mystery, down to the smallest details. We have something that might be called: the Christ (the Maker) Impulse (elsewhere, such ideas as the Buddha Nature are related). In our heart’s mind is a deep yearning to birth the true and the good, as We see them.

What has been called “the Holy Spirit”? … In Matthew: “I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.”

In spite of endless religious hectoring … this holy spirit is our true own nature, given the law of as above so below.

Lore concerning the Day of Judgment suggests that in that Rite of Passage, we will have to judge and forgive ourselves. The idea in the first two letters of John, about the anti-Christ, says that this anti-Christ spirit denies the Father and the Son. Today, to the extent we believe in the religion of unnatural science, we deny the Father and the Son, with the idea that the human being is only matter, … no spirit allowed. If we believe the tales of big bang, and random evolution we deny the Father and the Son, … and the Holy Spirit, which is our true nature. How can one forgive themselves for clinging to that materialistic “Idea”?

In my study is a large window facing the nearby forest, that begins twenty feet away. It is Lent (a time for reconsidering), and the Lion of March sends the winds dancing and redistributing seeds and dead leaves – homes for tiny insect folk – to where they are needed. Silent unadorned tree limbs and branches, secrete buds of life forces out of the ethereal, as the world remembers the Green.

One day I realized that the wooden skeleton of my house was trees repurposed. Same with the concrete – and fire places – repurposed stone. Hidden along side the wood framing is lines of water and electrical distribution, which are earth minerals also repurposed. As is the laptop at which I write.

If I get “stoned”, I have elevated feelings, which are themselves perceptions – not just confined to my head. I can “feel” the woods and lands, and hidden water courses and burrows, as not discontinuous, but united in spirit, … the world transformed includes my perceptions — all is One.

Yet, with a profound difference …

We are not just Nature looking at, and feeling, and re-purposing Her Self. We are becoming Original Makers – the knife-point of the Creation.

Every human being is the right person, in the right place, at the right time. Karma and Divine Providence, or as the ancient Egyptians called them: Fate and Fortune, generate an opportunity for self-discovery in the savage* paths of the living schools of hard knocks and shared pain.

*[In Christian tradition there is the Path of the Seven Stages of Passion of Christ: Washing the Feet; the Scourging; the Crowning with Thorns; the Carrying of the Cross; the Death; the Entombment; and, the Resurrection.

Our biographies follow such trials.

We are washing the feet when we selflessly care for others. We are scourged when the community around us chooses – for a variety of reasons – to dislike us openly. When our thoughts are rejected by others, that is the crowing with thorns. To the extent our thoughts lead us to self-generated moral actions, that is us carrying the cross. The death is psychological, when our whole nature is denied by others any intrinsic value – and we are made to feel “alone”. From this state we experience the entombment, which is an inability to effect the world with our will. To resolve the entombment, we must learn to surrender to these hard truths of existence, and having given up, then within the own i-AM – via direct aide from Mother and Son – we are helped to raise then the forces of self-resurrection.

These events do not take place in the order described. Rather, each of us follows our own way through the labyrinth of existence in matter. We might feel entombed at one point, and then later scourged. These ideas are metaphors for the path of becoming fully human, on Our Way to natural divinity.]

We all know life is not easy. These trials can forge something in us. We are becoming the Sword of the Mystery of that which does not bring Peace. We choose to be true to ourselves, and that is all that is asked … which as we all know is not that easy, by any means.

Keep in mind that we are not alone. Inwardly or outwardly. The world, in various Ways, suggests we need to evolve, … that we are not what we can potentially become. Believing the yogis, masters, priests, mullahs, initiates, and wizards, can make us undervalue ourselves, because the comparative mind sez: this is better than that.

When you actually see past these spiritual hungers, and begin to have real personal meetings with the Mystery, it becomes clear to experience that They have no expectations whatsoever. We, as we are at any given moment, are to Them fine. They set us free in many Ways, yet are more interested in who/what we choose to be, than any fancy of there being a more perfect human being, by which to modern spiritual “teachers” mistakenly suggest our insufficiency.

The Mystery have no goal for us, but the ones we choose for ourselves. What we do, from day to day and moment to moment, is to Them a surprise. There Is no fate but what “we” make. The sharp-end, of the sword we are becoming, only points where we chose, and then follows our own star. Our own dreams.

If fact, for most of us, surviving another day being an individual spark is a miracle. In reality we judge ourselves the most. We get in our own Way a lot. Still, where we are, in whatever state of being, there exists divinity becoming.

As the chaos of modern life continues to grow, She compensates us by bestowing gifts, of the kind that enable communion-with the intelligences of Nature. Learning to talk (mostly listen) to trees is of great value. Our inward nature is a living connection to spirit, once we turn our mind’s eye away from the outer material surfaces of Nature, and seek to know the invisible beings, which penetrate and enfold the world of matter everywhere.

Those familiar with the ideas of the Fermi Paradox and the Drake Equation are led by scientific materialism to fancy that way out there, in the far far away, must live powerful intelligences. Factually, the Stars are a kind of left after expression of the Creation. Scientific materialism fancies that the starry world is three dimensional, and full of more matter. http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/space.html

When the Father rested, He left a map, for those who look at the night sky in wonder. Those “geniuses” we image “out there” are in fact right next to us, for when we go through the false-veil of soulless Things, and learn to commune-with the Rocks, the Green World, the Four-Legged and the Winged, and the Powers of Water and Sky, such as Thunder and Lightning, … we also learn about ourselves.

To listen to trees requires inner stillness. The ancients used the tree as a symbol for reality, by not forgetting that while the leaves live and die in the light, the roots engage with each other, a community of oneness, found in the dark.

The main trial for a shamanistic experience requires knowing that dark inside us individually, a phase of being connected to everything else, yet not seen or known as “other”. The mycelium network is more than matter.

Want to travel to the Moon and the Planets and the Stars … now? Get stoned, and let your feelings reach out, and allow self to feel a part of the great All. Keep in mind that not all such powers and principalities are kind. Loki, and Raven, and Coyote are real, and it is important to review our experiences for truth and goodness, when no longer intoxicated, and back in ordinary mind.

A valuable Way I discovered, was to experience a thought, and ask myself whether this was a belief, an understanding, or actual knowledge. One is not better than another, yet it is useful to our nature to face squarely our relationship to the Idea World.

Belief has great value, in the face of what we don’t know or understand. Emerson was of the view that beliefs were seeds, that if rightly cultivated would grow and produce wonders. He also said: “Nature is a thought incarnate, and turns to thought again, as ice becomes water, and then vapor. The World is Mind precipitated, and the volatile essence is forever escaping into the state of free thought.”

Life gifts us with hard teachings, and we need to keep in mind that of all the various influences experienced, … how We Choose to relate to them is the key element.

In my first self-published book: “the Way of the Fool”, the below is in the appendix … (4) [while this essay was written almost two decades ago, it has a very important point … yes, I could rewrite and update it, but why?]

“5) In praise of the virtues of ordinary mind

Years ago I read a book called Zen mind, Beginner’s Mind, by Shunyrn Suzuki.  I don’t remember much about it, but the title stuck with me, and during my own years (over 35 now) of introspection, prayer, and meditation, I kept finding myself facing a rather odd question.  Is there anything wrong or insufficient about ordinary mind or consciousness?

This question would really come strongly to me, when I would be reading about, or being in discussions concerning, the ideas of enlightenment or initiation.  The existential dilemma was basically that here I was in ordinary mind, more or less always, yet I had this idea of satori, or initiation, being some kind of permanent condition into which I would eventually arrive.  In fact, the more I desired and struggled to reach a different state than the one I was in, the more I felt a kind of wrongness.  Eventually I began to rebel against this idea in my mind that took any form of achievement over whatever was my true current inner condition.  My state of being was what it was, and I saw no point anymore in viewing it as if it was defective, less than, or in any other comparative way of thinking, not quite right.

After a time, I began to realize that what was changing was not my ordinary state of mind, but my skill in exercising its natural capacities.  My will became more and more capable of doing certain things, when I needed (not necessarily wanted) it to do so, while at the same time the ordinary rest state of mind, with all its wanderings and confusions, was just fine.  In fact, what I was slowly growing into was this will.  Recall above that I wrote of the i-AM as a verb not a noun.  It is in doing that we are most ourselves, for in doing we are expressing (being) our essential and true self.

Clearly we are each meant to go our own way, so there is little to be gained by looking at some other person and thinking to ourselves that we should have some kind of inner state we imagine them to have.  Far better it became, in my experience, to accept and love our ordinary mind, and just conceive that we are learning what we choose to learn and that those choices lie entirely in our arena of choice – such that the goals of others, or the state of being of others, is of little moment.  We become and change in the manner in which we choose to become and change, and that is all that counts.

In the West, especially America, this becoming more takes the form of character development, than it does the reaching for enlightenment or initiation.   Further on in the Evolution of Consciousness, I expect we will become more and more universally human, and as that process unfolds, character development, enlightenment and initiation will become themselves a unity.  But that is for the future.

Just as clearly, for example and to experience, the Divine Mystery loves us as we are – unconditionally, and completely.  In fact, the more we see through the vanity in the desire to be something else, the more we are able to stop judging others as needing themselves to be something different, or to meet our expectations of what they should be, or become.

One of the paradoxes of this view, is that it is also part of ordinary mind to make these exact kinds of comparisons.  When we simply rest in the state of ordinary mind, it is full of its endless chatter, what Choygam Trungpa called discursive thinking (or sometimes the oscillations of the citta).  We might call it the dialog between the spirit (the i-AM) which speaks, and the soul which hears – as in how the mother yells from the kitchen to the rowdy children in the living room: “Stop making so much noise, I can’t hear myself think!”.

The advantage of ordinary mind is that this state is where we all naturally are.  To be in ordinary mind is to be right where we are meant to be, while at the same time being in exactly that place where we are most companionable with others, most able to live in that face of love we call comradeship.  At the same time, our efforts over the years have led to certain skills, which are always latent in the soul.  Moreover, these are just those skills we have chosen to develop.  This means that when we choose to act within ordinary mind in order to do something in the realm of our inner life that we have taught ourselves to do, this skill (capacity, gift, art) lies there always in potential awaiting our willing it forth.

It is in fact the qualities of character that has given birth to these skills that become an aspect of our eternal nature and thus survive the passage at the end of life we know as the death or end of the physical body, although Rudolf Steiner has advised that we have to birth the actual skills anew once more in each life.

So, if we notice we are excessively judging someone from our ordinary mind, we also might have learned, in traveling the path through the Narrow Gate, to master this in the soul, should we so choose.  Yet, we may well not want to master it.  This feeling of judgment arising in the soul might actually belong to the situation and need to be expressed.

Steiner spoke of what he called righteous anger, and gave as an example Christ’s yelling and overturning the tables in the Temple.   Much arises in ordinary mind, precisely because ordinary mind has a very appropriate and necessary part to play.  In point of fact, entering the Narrow Gate only means to begin to wake up within – nothing more.

What we do through introspection, prayer, and meditation is develop capacities that would otherwise lie latent in the soul.  Moral grace, freedom and love are three of these presently essential capacities.  It is the will that learns to do – it is the will which is the truest expression of our verb-ness, our i-AM.  At the same time, ordinary mind is the truest and most important inner context for this will.

As a consequence, as we wake up and learn, our will will naturally more and more express and impress itself on this context we call ordinary mind. We are already active there anyway, and some of you who read this will be already waking up as to this wondrous landscape that lies waiting for us in ordinary mind.

There is no need to overthrow or get rid of ordinary mind.  Rather we simply learn to appreciate and master its already existing virtues.  However, the word master can give us some trouble here, so let me next elaborate on that.

The application of the forces of our will in ordinary mind is not meant to be like a sledge hammer.  Rather it is more like what we played with as children – a kind of butterfly-kiss.  In ordinary mind, soul and spirit intermingle, and to the extent we want to differentiate them, one from the other, we need to tease them apart.  This is our own soul that our spirit is learning to master, and this mastery has to be as much an act of love, as are the acts of love from a parent toward a child.   We are gentle with ourselves, we nurture ourselves, we forgive ourselves, and most important – most important – we laugh at ourselves.

Have you even wondered why some of the enlightened ones, and some of the true initiates, are always laughing and smiling?  It is because being a human being is funny!  There they are, with all these folks coming around and wanting advice and teaching, and the enlightened ones – the initiates – know that everything they know, you know.  We just don’t let ourselves know we know.  So there we are, asking them questions we need to ask ourselves, and it is funny.  Not because we are being funny, but because the real teacher is laughing at himself, for there he is indulging our need and giving us that which lies in his/her ordinary mind, that also lies, at the same time, within our ordinary mind.

Why? Because through the Narrow Gate lies the same realm, available to anyone who learns the practical meaning of: lest ye become again as little children, ye cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.

The truths we need to know at any given moment are right there available to ordinary mind.  The only skill we may lack is how to frame questions, and how to keep these questions rooted in the real need of the moment.  After that, its all about: ask and you shall be answered, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened up to you.

At the same time that I say the above, it will perhaps help to consider some differences between Buddhism, Christianity, and some of the wisdoms of aboriginal peoples in America, or between the path of the bodhisattvas, the path of initiates and the path of seeking to be fully human on the Earth.

The path of the bodhisattvas is now a path that sacrifices the final goal (achieving Nirvana) in order to remain on the wheel of incarnations until all sentient beings can be enlightened.  The path of the initiates is a path that sacrifices personal desire in order to serve the Beings of the higher world, so that Their contributions can manifest in the lives of humanity.  The bodhisattvas develop and evolve the human (what the Buddha did), and the initiates bring in the voice of the Gods (what Moses did).

Distinct from these, the aboriginal peoples seek character, for whatever gifts one has, whether one is to become a teacher of mysteries or a good carpenter or hunter, … it is out of our developed character that those around us, visible and invisible, will receive what they need.

Now the i-AM has both a Buddha Nature and a Christ Impulse latent within it, as well as a basic need to be merely human.  Where the Buddha developed fully the human capacity for Compassion, the Christ brought to us the Father’s teaching concerning Love.  So the i-AM, as well, has capacities to develop the highest in the human, and to be open to and receive from above (and below – let us not forget the realm of the Mother) the highest which yet lies outside ourselves.  At the same time we are always involved in becoming just ourselves – our individuality.  This individual personality (in its highest and most human sense) is the real earthly core of our being.

Within ordinary mind these three capacities are latent (and always, at the same time, manifesting), and will express themselves even more as we enter the Narrow Gate, and begin to wash out the inside of our own cup, our own inwardness.  Yet, it is also this third aspect, which we have begun to notice when we look at the biography (for in the biography – as Native Americans understand – character develops) that has its own special nature.  This is the changes that arise in the will, especially in regards to how the individual i-AM treats and respects other i-AMs.  As we know, this development of character unfolds in the biography through what Steiner called: “trials of fire“.   Out of trials of fire grows the will-on-fire (character) of the developing i-AM, and since the biography is overseen most closely by Christ, now we can see once more what John the Baptist meant, when he said, in Matthew 3: 11: “I indeed baptize you with water, for repentance.  But he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to bear.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” {Now I bathe you in water to change hearts, but the one coming after me is stronger than me: I’m not big enough to carry his shoes.  He will bathe you in holy breath and fire.}.  For Holy Spirit and holy breath we have learned to also use the term gnosis, and for fire we learned to also use the terms the trials of life in the biography.  Christ approaches us from two directions – inwardly with the breath of spirit in gnosis, and outwardly with the challenges of life in the biography.  And we?   We think about what we are receiving, from both within and without.  We, in this thinking, unite the inner and the outer into their natural unity (for a time forgotten under the aegis of science – the necessary descent into materialism, or the Ahrimanic Deception).  Inner and outer are not separate, but rather are one, whole and complete.

What a grace given gift is ordinary mind!”

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As the microcosm, we have the same nature as the Father and the Mother, especially if we conceive of those Beings as verbs, not nouns. To “Father” is to generate into being; and, to “Mother” is to nurture that which has been so created.

Resources

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(1) Catherine MacCoun’s book: “On Becoming a Real Alchemist – a guide for the modern magician”, has a special section on the “night work”.

(2) a dissertation on the power of names and naming: “The Father at Rest – magical and mystical dark-matter physics in the Age of Technological Chaos” (which was written while frequently “stoned”, and therefore might best be enjoyed while stoned – and reading just for fun.)

(3) “Economic and Social Rebellion – in an age of social political chaos” – a money debt owed bankers is merely a number … while what lives in the hearts of a People is a spiritual currency of infinite value. http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/Rebellion.html

(4) “The Way of the Fool” the conscious development of our human character, and the future* of Christianity – both to be born out of the natural union of Faith and Gnosis” http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/twotf.html

The latest written-while-stoned: “the meditating scholar and the Second Becoming of Christ, in the Realm of Living Thought”.

“The best six doctors anywhere, and no one can deny it, are sunshine, water, rest and air, exercise and diet. These will gladly you attend if you are only willing … your mind they’ll ease, your will they’ll mend, and charge you not a shilling”

Introduction to the Mother: https://thecollectiveimagination.com/details-on-the-mysteries-of-the-mother/

some of Joel Wendt’s writings on the science of the future

https://wordpress.com/page/thecollectiveimagination.com/78 such as: “I am not my brain – the map is not the territory” http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/brain.html

Shaman’s Law Firm “If a Corporation can be a Person before the Law, then Certainly a Planet can be a Person before the Law”

https://thecollectiveimagination.com/shamans-law-firm/

finding the path to the future, through the gateways of the past

A friend, Stephen Clarke, made this list of the characteristic differences of the Father and Mother principles. As the microcosm, we can ourselves balance these wonderful aspects of our “ordinary mind”:

From Stephen Clarke’s “Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind”

Table of Compliments

God the Mother God the Father

multifarious unitary

luminous darkness blinding light

questions answers

spontaneous playfulness fixity of purpose

fractal centripetal

below above

grief bliss

relaxation striving

immovable irresistible

forms life

mercy justice

chaos logos

See also Clarke’s “Rudolf Steiner’s Mexican Mysteries Re Imagined”

http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/Clarke5.html

Next below is from my “American Anthroposophy” http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/AmericanAnthroposophy.html

“Awake thinking has a variety of modes, or ways of operation.  These include, but are not limited to: organic thinking, pure thinking, reflection, theorizing, figuration, comparative thinking, associative thinking, picture thinking, imaginative thinking, concrete thinking, abstract thinking, warm thinking, cold thinking, thinking-about, thinking-with, thinking-within and thinking-as.  The mind is an instrument which we can learn to play, and many acts of thinking can be accomplished as a kind of harmonic cord of more than one mode simultaneously.“Aspects of this play of the instrument of the mind also have to take account of feelings, or moods that can go with or otherwise drive the modes of thinking.  These include: sympathy, antipathy, pain, pleasure, anger, fear, love, joy, sadness etc.  Moods can also be cultivated, not just reactive (spontaneous and undisciplined).  Cultivated moods include such as awe and reverence.  Moods and modes can be observed working in concert, sometimes like the resonant harmonies that arise in other objects, when some particular instrument produces the primary tone.”

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From my book: “The Art of God – an actual theory of Everything”, I point out the primal paradox: To the Mystery existence is perfect, including the need of the ordinary human being to see everywhere imperfection. That we are not satisfied is the fire that creates the future. http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/artofgod.html

The healing arts have an Einstein, a mind so rich, that listening to its thought will change everything. As with Einstein, there will be opponents, some alarmingly vicious with lies. His name is Thomas Cowan, and here are his books [he had helpers, as the books will show, so don’t imagine he worked alone]

Read the books in order, otherwise the latest one will seem like one of those QAnon conspiracy theories. Each one reveals the foundation for the next.

1) The Four-fold Path to Healing [nutrition, therapeutics, movement, and meditation].
2) Human Heart, Cosmic Heart – a doctor’s quest to understand, treat, and prevent cardiovascular disease.

3) Vaccines, Autoimmunity, and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness.

4) Cancer and the New Biology of Water – why the war on cancer failed, and what that means for prevention and treatment.
5) The Truth about Contagion – exploring theories about how disease spreads

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=tom+cowen+books&crid=JGIOONSKQJA3&sprefix=Tom+Cowen%2Caps%2C98&ref=nb_sb_ss_ts-doa-p_3_9

Culture often finds ways to encapsulate the spirit of the time in just a few words. In the 1950’s, we have – from Mad Magazine – “What me worry?” Alfred E. Neuman. In the 1970’s, from Walt Kelly, via Pogo: “We have meet the enemy, and he is us.” In the 1990’s, from Bill Griffith, via Zippy the pinhead: “Are we having fun yet?”

Going to YouTube, and watching film of George Carlin, or Robin Williams, is a good way to break the spell of a long hard day. Tik Tok lets us see the magical power of individuals to overcome the madness of the end of the English/American Empire.

May the Force be with You.” “Go with the Flow.”

Art has many kinds of metaphors …

In the film: “the Cabin in the Woods”, where great Doom Beckons, it is the stoner/fool, and quiet virgin, that decide the fate of the world, by refusing to follow the leadership of those whose “science” says submit.

If you know this film, consider the Basement …

Let us not pretend there are no – essentially “evil” – people in the world. Actually none of us are perfect … all are flawed. Most politicians, all over the world, rise to power via many immoral acts. Often the same with business and religious leaders.

Personally, I prefer not to use the word “evil”, although I can appreciate why it has meaning to many folk. I wrote a long essay: “The Mystery of Evil in the Light of the Sermon on the Mount”.

http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/mysteryofevil.html

My teacher of Hermetic Science (aka: Magic), Franz Bardon, wrote there is nothing unclean in the whole of the creation. And, that good and evil are a human conception. Meaning … that the higher spiritual beings, whether positive or negative in their nature, have in their own evolution already passed through this “human” trial/phase of development.

In our human psycho-spiritual Basement, each of us has to contend with such choices.

Enlightenment and Initiation are mostly directed at the Chakras above the Heart: Throat, Eyebrow, and Crown. The shaman has to know how to work with the lower three – Solar Plexus, Reproductive, and Base (itself a curious name, if we think of “base” behaviors as – despicable and contemptible -, and as lurking somewhere in the psychological dark of human beings.

The Tree of Life has an upper part in the air and sunlight&starlight, as well as a lower part in the dark and unknown, which to the shaman also means in the deeps of the earth, which is ruled by moonlight.

All the Mother religions know this. The Upper is ruled by the Son, the Maker, and the Lower by the Mother. A Catholic builds a heavenly reaching Cathedral as a temple to the Lord, and the Hopi a Kiva, a temple below ground, where Spider-Woman is acknowledged.

Personal spiritual (self-observable) research reveals that the human has six invisible helper companions, living intimately close to our Spirit/Spark. Tradition knows of the Guardian Angel, the Holy Spirit, and we should include the higher ego or conscience. These are in the light of the soul.

In the dark, the double or doppelganger. It too has a threeness. Tomberg’s Meditations on the Tarot, points to there being a Tempter, a Prosecutor, and what in the middle ages were called Egregores, – which are self-generated wounds of soul, that haunt the spirit, and are not easily controlled by our ego forces.

These last are parasites, and like a cancer remain often outside our volition, such as addictions. Bardon writes of “phantoms” and “larvae”. The Native Americans of the darker side of the two wolves, that rule according to which we choose to “feed”. The Koran speaks of the sneaking whisperer, from among the Djinn and mankind.

Rudolf Steiner was of the view that these “creatures” also produced otherwise good effects. Fate and Fortune are found with their help.

Mentioned far above were Lucifer and Ahriman, and in Tomberg’s earlier works we find the tempter being called: the luciferic double, and the prosecutor the ahrimanic double. Another way to view them, is that the ahrimanic numbering of facts stands between us and the material world, while the luciferic dancing of absolute truths stands between us and the spiritual world.

When culture is ruled by the ahrimanic, we get our present state of too many quantities, with too few qualities. Ancient Greece was mostly qualities, with few quantities, and those were parts of the Mystery.

For those readers who worry over “addictions”, the best I read about them (and can confirm), is that if we find our-self in need of changing an inner state, and we take in something from the outside to bring about the change, … or, instead … finding a Way to change the inner state out of our own forces of will.

There are many kinds of addictions. Those of the Will lead to the grasping for power and wealth; those of the Feeling life – the hypnotics (opium etc.); and, those of the Thinking life that want to surrender thought to out of control habits of the sensual and erotic kind.

While the luciferic double tempts us, the ahrimanic double leads us to depression. The former has us more active, while the latter has us more passive – sometimes to the point of immobility, … we can’t even get out of bed.

The tempter is more obvious. The prosecutor more stealthy. We are more aware when we give into hungers and wants, while the depression sneaks up on us.

Most of us know the riddles of managing the wishes, and for which trouble we were given Alcoholics Anonymous, as the means for facing temptations as part of a community, who have been where we are.

The “depression”, for many is more personal, and if recognized, leads to the heavy hand of materialist medicine. It used to be known by many, that when we want to know why teenage boys shoot up their schools, we find more then a few are on anti-depressants.

I am quite familiar with depression. There are spiritual means to work that through. Tomberg cites a folk remedy: take a pinch of salt in your hand, throw it over you left shoulder, then cross yourself three times.

Another way is to speak into the silence of our own inwardness: “What is your name?”, several times. Meaning the Being encouraging the depression. The laws of magic would mean that if you knew the name, you would have power over “It”, and thus It retreats. This I have used successfully for many years.

Lately I forcibly Will to be Angry – inwardly – at everything … the gods, and all the spirits, including humans as well, and think something on the order of: get the fuck out of my head, over and over again … screaming inwardly. Might not hurt to walk around a bit, feeling the fire (will) of anger all over my total consciousness … from the Crown Chakra to the Base.

You will be surprised how good it feels, to stand alone and uninfluenced by all six invisible companions, often too busy minding our business. Generally, at bed time, I say a prayer of gratitude to them as well. You know, a “complicated” relationship.

I could write more, but this introduction to the dark, the shadow of the hidden self, … is best understood through empirical observation and practice.

THERE IS NO FATE, BUT WHAT WE MAKE

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Some history of my drug use, and the teachings

from the trips born in visits to hospitals.

On September 19, 2007, I died twice. Fortunately I was in the ER when that happened. I had woken up about 5 a.m. feeling quite poorly. Called a friend and she drove me to the ER. When I was sitting in the intake chair my heart stopped, and I fell on my face “dead”. Of course I have no memory of that.

Apparently they shocked me once and my heart started up again. An hour later my heart stopped once more, and it took two shocks to restart it. When I woke to myself, it was two and a half days later, and three of my children we looking at me with grave concern.

My right thigh, going up to the right side of my abdomen, was very black and blue. They had put in a catheter of some sort into my femoral artery, and via that had placed stents in my heart in two different coronary arteries.

As I began to assess this news, I noted that it was quite remarkable, and efficient, of Divine Providence to get me into the ER, for these two heart attacks. A miracle really.

I did not see any “white-light”, but it was clear to me that my will was quite different. No more putting anything off.

It was true that I was overweight and out of shape. An odd aspect was that three weeks before this “event”, my cardiologist had given me a “stress” test, which when done requires him to be right there with me, as it might happen that during that “test” I would have an “event”.

A shamaness friend later agreed with me that the stress test had probably dislodged plaque, and these bits then led to the artery stoppages.

I stayed in the hospital for a few days, and when I asked the nurse what this was going to cost me, she asked what insurance I had, and I said I had Medical and Medicare, as provided by the State, and by the U.S. government, to poor people.

She said that I was very lucky because being poor probably meant I’d never see a bill. I had retired on social security in 2003.

I was seeing the cardiologist because it had been discovered by a former girlfriend that I had atrial fibrillation, aka: A-Fib. This is where they give you warfarin, also know as rat poison, to dilute the blood just so as to avoid blood clots from doing what had just happened.

Besides the stress test, my cardiologist, noting my poverty and likely inability to pay for the frequent testing, had talked me into participating in the test of a new drug, that didn’t require frequent testing. Although I didn’t work this out till later, a side effect of this test drug was to make my emotions more labile … prone to larger and ups and downs.

The test included numerous questionnaires as to my experiences, and the only aspects being observed where about my quantitative physical situation, and the qualitative psychological aspects were ignored.

My emotional labile issues led to fights with my girl friend, and we had separated. Again, it is only from later reflection that I put these matters together. She was an “anthroposophical” doctor, and against the rules, was also acting as my primary care physician. She had discovered the A-Fib.

As of this time, she has been stripped of her license to practice, for not following the protocols of the Official Narrative.

2007 was a difficult year for me on multiple levels. As a consequence, a couple of days into 2008, I traveled from Sacramento, California, to Milton, New Hampshire, to live in an apartment built out of half of a two car garage, where the Mohawk shamaness had her home. We had met each other in the late 1990’s, had had an internet romance, such that I moved in with her … an event that fell apart in less than a week.

I stayed with her this time, paying rent, for about eight months, and that didn’t much work either, as I was on about $900 social security, and had no car. She wanted a better tenant.

My friend Stuart Weeks was having a conference in Concord, Massachusetts, so I went there, and within a couple of months met my Linda Lady, and we have been together now for fourteen years. A lot of the best in life requires letting go, and taking new risks.

About six years ago, Linda moved me and her mother to a ranch-style home in Paxton, Massachusetts, a single floor, needed by myself and her mother, because we both had bad knees and the related walking up and down stairs issues.

My new primary care physician, treating me for very painful arthritic knees, put me on oxycodone, before its addictive nature became a national problem. Given that I had had addictive drug problems in the 1970s while living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I realized the addictive nature of the oxy, and when my primary care physician asked if I wanted more, I declined.

The arthritis continued to worsen, so I was urged by my children to try medical marijuana. I went through the process enabling me to use these substances. The staff of the proscribing doctor advise that everyone’s needs would be different, and that I was going to have to experiment to get what worked best for me.

This was in 2017, and as I had stopped using in California in 1987, I had been thirty years clean and sober, as it were. It was during those three decades that my inner development succeeded at the goals set by Steiner, in his epistemological works: GA-1 to GA-4. While in Concord, living with Linda, I had the threshold experience of meeting the Lesser and Greater Guardians, over the winter of 2009 to 2010. http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/threshold.html

When I was traveling from California to New Hampshire, I had an initiation into the Mother Mysteries on Epiphany, January 6th, 2008.

My first psychoactive drug experience had been in the spring of 1967. I had ten days between the end of three years in law school, and graduation, so I decided to take the LSD my older brother had given me previously at Christmas time. It was in powder form in a capsule, and came with two handwritten pages of instruction, including making it clear that I was not to be alone when I took it.

In a certain humorous sense, LSD then was my “gateway” drug. This “trip” had one major surprise. I had expected the hallucinations to be out of my control, and instead found that my will could be a co-participant.

By 1969, I was living near Berkeley, California, working in an insurance company as an underwriter, and well on my way to becoming a “weekend hippie”.

I took LSD several times. Smoked marijuana a lot. Had some cocaine (once) and some psilocybin (once) and some peyote (once). In the ‘70’s I had a number of spiritual experiences, of various sorts. Given that these involved either LSD, or marijuana, I was uncertain as to their validity.

From ‘71 to ‘78 I was engaged with my studies of Hermetic Science, and for two years around 1980, I used Northern California seedless daily. I was also responsible for three children, and was checked out for much of that time. I kept a roof over our heads, food on the table (sometimes out of a dumpster), but often left the kids to their own devices. When I got involved in AA in the ‘90’s, I had a lot of amends to make.

From about 1989, to 1996, I worked in a for-profit psychiatric hospital on the graveyard shift (two dollars more an hour). Some years later, at the request of Stuart Weeks, I wrote this: “Healing the Insanity of Psychiatric Medicines and Practices”. http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/mental.html

Once on medical marijuana, in 2017, I began to “experiment”. The THC type gave me a psychological lift, that helped me tolerate the continuing knee decay. My judgment diminished, and my uses (until I solved the problem of getting the right dosages) led to two different hospitalizations, about a year and a half between them.


The first one followed a feeling of unwellness, and given the natural fears from my prior experience in 2007 led me to calling an ambulance (this time), and ending up in the ER. An ER doesn’t really treat you, unless there is a critical need, such that an ER is a kind of triage gate, where finding the best next step is involved.

As I had complained of being “dizzy”, and given my history, I was sent to a pre-cardiac care unit to undergo further evaluation. They took lots of tests, didn’t find a “heart” problem, and sent me home.

A few days later I was not better, and another ambulance trip happened. Again I was sent to the evaluation unit, and again they found no issues. I was sent home, which also involved home care by nurses, and physical therapists.

A physical therapist talked with me, and she concluded my use of the word dizzy did not apply, but exhaustion was more accurate. Still unwell, I took another ride to the ER, and when an intake nurse and the attending doctor came to evaluate me, I said: “If you don’t listen to me, you will kill me”.

That got their attention, and the exhaustion matter led to this diagnosis: “severe protein caloric malnutrition” – my body was trying to eat itself, because under the influence, I was kept going by the THC, and not eating well at all.

I stayed a couple of days, they got me eating regular meals with a lot of protein, and I got a needed lesson. The day I left, while I was waiting in a wheel chair for an aide to take me downstairs where Linda waited, one of the junior team members that had treated me stopped by to say goodbye.

I asked him, that given all the blood and other tests they had done the first two times, how come they didn’t catch the real problem. He looked away, and down, made up a reason, but it was clear on his face that he knew they had made mistakes.

The helpful physical therapist had said that they put you in boxes in the ER, and then can’t see outside the initial diagnosis.

The second event, a year and a half later, began with me feeling like my guts were falling out of my stomach. This had happened more than once over a couple of days, so another trip to the hospital was in order.

The ambulance guys knew this was ventricular tachycardia (V-Tac) – a very very fast heart beat, so they attached me to various detectors, and the guy with me in the back got quite excited, had the driver pull over so he could concentrate and “capture” on his instruments another such event.

V-Tac is treated by installing a pacemaker defibrillator in the left side of your chest. However, from my point of view, I was having a full blown gluten attack, with severe abdominal bloating, and diarrhea.

When I told the care team my point of view, the junior members joked that if this was true, they would get to write a paper or two. There was, for me, a couple of other experiences going on at the time, one of which I was on my second reading of Tom Cowan’s “Human Heart, Cosmic Heart”, where in the first chapter he goes into a modern proof of Steiner’s indication that the heart is not actually a pump.

Read the book.

This alternative understanding helped me a little bit, and that was not the only help I got. While I was in the ER, waiting to go upstairs, a young man in a white coat appeared in the door of the room in which I was parked. He asked me if I knew my new doctor’s name, and I guessed … wrong by the look on his face, and he went on to say that my doctor was an “interventionist”.

As I wondered over that event during the next days, I concluded that this was an angelic (perhaps Christ) presentment. I had had one of these before, in my youth, a tale for another time. For me, as well, I was struggling with all the woes of the world, and thinking I should stand on a street corner, on a soap box and explain to everyone that scientific materialism was mistaken, with many undesirable consequences.

But that would have been me being a social “interventionist”, whose main flaw is that I don’t really see the big picture, and ought to leave to the Higher Powers, the course of civilization.

I was two nights in the hospital while they worked me up for the surgery. The first night, I had another – less acute – V-Tac event, which was the last one I have ever had.

The first day, the surgeon put me under and probed around my heart, looking for enzyme effects that would prove the diagnosis. Finding none, and I suspect to give a reason to go forward in his planned intervention, he found a narrowed coronary artery into which he could insert a third stent.

Meanwhile, my bloating and diarrhea continued. The night before the insertion of the device I did not sleep, and in the deeps of that is when She showed up, and I asked would She take me if I wanted.

My body rejected the device, as the wound would not close, despite home nursing care. When the nurses reported they could see the wires of the device, back to the hospital I went to have it removed.

The interventionist wanted to put one in my other upper chest, at the same time he took out the first. When I asked him how he expected me to wipe my ass, with both arms dysfunctional, he looked at me as if I was making no sense,

I asked for a second opinion, and my regular cardiologist came by for an hour’s conversation. When I asked him what were the outcomes, if they didn’t put in the device, he said nobody knew, because there were no follow up studies on that choice.

When Covid came around, I could see that hospitals would have a lot of problems, given the habits of quick ER triage, and then came the box in which they put your “illness”.

Diagnosis of the flu stopped, and the triage went forward on its assumptions. Hospitals became overwhelmed, the main cause being not so many ill, but because medical corporations keep staff and rooms at a minimum, to cut costs for profits, such that the appearance is that we are overwhelmed because so many are so ill, instead of the truth – noted above – which is that our death rates are nowhere near what happened in 1918.

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Certain of the materials in this book, suggest knowledge of Hermetic Science (aka: magic) will be useful. Some folks interested in magical powers, believe that wizardry only requires a wave of a wand, and a silly spell in an odd language. These folk might do well to recognize that knowledge is the highest power, such that in our culture, with the arrogant ignorance of scientific materialism, a use of the knowledge, remembered in Hermetic Science, can bring forward a new interest in soul and spirit.

There is no Fate, but what We Make.

There a couple of aspects of this that are obvious and universally true. We can’t get out of the Now, or escape our Real Spirit/Spark. Self-Change just happens in life, … we don’t have to go looking for it. We also should take credit for where we are. Most of us are survivors – of one sort or another, and we should give ourselves strokes for having made it this far.”

Geopolitics and the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse

Geopolitics and the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse

– some phenomenological observations –

An Apocalypse is the revealing of something hidden. In our case, on the threshold of the Third Millennium, the “hidden” includes the Second Becoming of Christ (the Maker) in the Realm of Living Thought, and: the remembering of the Holy Mother – Earth Mother.

Ages ago religions were polytheistic … Gods and Goddesses. When the Hebrews left Egypt, they abandoned their prior connection to the Feminine Mysteries (1), to found the first of the three patriarchal monotheisms: Christianity and Islam were to follow.

Subsequent spiritual research (my own, note 2)) reveals that these three are essential one “religion”, whose complexity required the appearance of separation. The Hebrews taught of God’s Laws (the descent into matter). The Christians taught of God’s Love (the Fall stopped, and a turn out and up), and the Muslims taught of the Surrender to God (the movement out of matter completely). [for those familiar with Theory U, this is that gesture on the scale of humanity’s earthly civilizations]

The Mother was never gone or inactive, nor the Son. Together They generate a combination of effects on human biographical life. She is more seen in what we call Divine Providence, and He is the Artist of Karma.

The nature of the Mother, as regards the Father, is that He is One – the principle of unity, and She is Many – the principle of multiplicity, aka: She has the whole world in His Hands. In the Hermetic Science of the ancient Egyptians, She is Fortune, and He is Fate.

The Four Horseman according to Google: “The Book of Revelations in the New Testament lists the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse as conquest, war, famine, and death, while in the Old Testament’s Book of Ezekiel they are sword, famine, wild beasts, and pestilence or plague.”

It was a riddle for me, wondering why knowledge of the Mother disappeared from Western Civilization, yet not among indigenous and aboriginal peoples. I received some aid as regards this question, while listening to a Hebrew scholar on the CNN book channel, around the year 2006.

The scholar spoke of how it was that Hebrew, as a language, was written without vowels, (aka: the “mothers”), such that scholars need to fill in the missing vowels in text, according to to their own understanding. He gave as an example the idea of “dominion-over”, which could also be translated as “communion-with”. He suggested that the reason, for the former being used instead of the latter, was due to the in-process loss of the Feminine Mysteries, that accompanied the rise of the Patriarchs.

In my research on the Creation Story, it makes the woman at fault, for listening to the snake of temptation, and getting the man to violate the one law. This led to the problem of the tree of good and evil, being dominate over the tree of life. All of men’s troubles are due to women. NOT!

Back in those days, there had been a multitude of Gods and Goddesses, and other spiritual beings, and under the gift of communion-with, much wisdom came through women. To leave this behind, the Hebrew teachers saw this ability as evil, and burned (strange fire, in Leviticus) practitioners of alternative means of knowing the Divine. Thou shall not suffer a witch to live.

What was at stake, in the sense of the evolution of consciousness, was the need for us to forget that Nature also had an interior sentient self-consciousness. If we had kept the idea of the tree of life alive, we would not have fallen as deeply into materialism as needed. We had to go through an Age where there was no spirit in Nature, and matter was to be a soulless “thing”.

We see here the problems in the unnatural science behind the Covid Madness. As a consequence of the idea that all is matter, and there is no spirit, our medical science had no real understanding of illness.

A recent article in the New York Times was about a Brazilian physician who noticed the riddle of people being highly exposed to what was allegedly a contagious disease, and not getting ill. No showing of symptoms, or even the presence of the virus. She was looking to genetics to answer this question, which is of course a large set of conceptions where the whole is built up out of parts, and this whole has no value in itself.

Unnatural medicine can count, measure, and number (quantify) what bits of matter are up to, and admits such factors of qualitative phenomena: Stress, Sensitivity, Will to Live, and the Wisdom of the Whole Body (the immune system), … yet forgets the clear evidence that the qualitative factors are more formidable than than the merely material. Many mistakes come from not understanding the more ephemeral qualities, and their obvious effects on illness. We are not machines.

I do not doubt that Big Pharma, and its Friends in High Places, were right to expect a plague (pestilence). That makes good business sense after all.

As the plague unfolded, many folk, already justified through experience, saw in these phenomena an evil will, that sought to take away human freedom. The first blog entry I wrote on this phenomena wondered why people even trusted Big Pharma, politicians, or the major Media, … all three having very little interest in the truth.

Now in my work, I have found that it is dangerous to jump to conclusions, and while there is some wisdom that suggests that to assume bad stuff often is planned, as in a conspiracy, it is more likely that what has come about arises through stupidity, and arrogant ignorance.

In addition, I have learned through experience that if something “exists” it has been approved from top to bottom, as regards the efforts of the spiritual world. The trick is to work the own mind to see past the noise, seeking the deeper realities.

If the Mystery tolerates something we abhor or dislike, we need to ask ourselves: what virtues do They see that we do not. Here lies the secret effect of “Judge Not”.

If we believe that karma and reincarnation are real, then everyone is a volunteer. She then does have the whole world in His Hands. So, what are They up to?

What appeared to my thinking was that They made use of our ambitions, in order to accomplish something very crucial. We were living in a situation, where the world was heading for a cliff, a lemming like disaster. What She did was take the weaknesses of Corporations, and their servant politicians, and give it all a big shove …. which is why I write of the plandemic “pandemonium” (3).

When we were children, we learned the rule: run too fast, fall down, go boom. If a civilization runs too fast, it too falls down, but with a much faster doom.

Yes, there were evil intentions, but those trying to benefit watched the whole thing (from the point of view of their appetites) getting out of their control. As a consequence, civilization came to halt. The world was gifted with a “time out”, so that folks now had the time to consider the course of their own lives, and begin to make course corrections.

The lock downs have hidden virtues.

Most of the world’s political leaders are talented at getting power, but not so good at actually seeing social/political reality, in order to apply that power wisely.

Another good example of Their ability to generate pandemonium can be seen in the current Russian adventure in the Ukraine. Putin clearly did not anticipate the economic pandemonium that would arise. Even the world did not realize the extent to which powerful leaders actually don’t know what they are doing.

When our news analysts fancy that Putin (or other leaders of nation states, or their successors – multinational corporations) has an intention that can be seen and understood, these analysts forget that wisdom from the Godfather movie: keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. Each “world” leader is surrounded by ambitious folks, who will leap at any opportunity to take over the “reins”.

Putin, Xi, and Biden, put on the appearance being in control, yet in reality are in way over their heads.

In this Age of the Day of Purification (Hopi Prophecy), and the time of the sword not peace Dude, who gives us Baptism by Fire (chaos) and Holy Breath (inner inspirational support to our choices), … in this Age “Western” Civilization is dying into a new becoming, and most of our views of the “mechanisms” of history are wrong.

The tree of the knowledge of good and evil is being burned away, and the understanding of the tree of life is being remembered.

One of the qualities of life is that we are always given just enough rope by which to hang ourselves. All these “leaders”, to which the Media pays too much attention, are only guessing. The more they give evidence of acting out (threatening war etc.), the more we need recognize their fear and uncertainty. China and Russia, and the dying American-English Empire, are reacting, not acting.

The sign of the times, aka: the handwriting on the wall, is pandemonium. Nobody is in control, and most “leaders” have to pretend otherwise. This chaos then serves the needs of the individual biography.

To truly understand our Age, we need to recognize that the meaning is found in the micro-events of our personal lives, and that what we call modern history, and so forth, are epiphenomena, that is secondary effects of the primary purpose which is to enable each individual to face personal moral trials, where neither outside religious or social ideals are applicable. Rather the individual is driven by Fate and Fortune to be able to invent the moral, the true and the good, exactly as Steiner describes the processes of the Age of the Consciousness Soul in his book: Theosophy.

The clearest, and most dynamic aspects, are seen by our artists (4). Each individual has their personal “music of soul and spirit”, which the artists unveil in books, film, television, and songs.

When confronted with these dramatic life events, the individual faces choices unique. Sometimes folks sit too long on the fence, which can lead to depression and other unwanted spiritual/soul conditions. To the Mystery, there is no right choice, … just our choice. When we choose, opportunities knock. As Goethe puts it: divine providence cannot act in support until we choose our own course.

(1) https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/04/06/asherah-the-erasure-of-the-goddess-in-judaism-and-christianity-by-stephen-clarke/

(2) https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/11/08/tiger-saucy-tells-of-some-overlooked-features-of-the-true-story-of-religions/

(3) https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/09/27/earth-motherholy-mother-and-the-mystery-rite-of-the-plandemic-pandemonium-reboot/

(4) https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/04/06/bob-dylan-and-an-initiatory-tradition-in-popular-culture-by-stephen-clarke/

Does God Have a Double?

Does God Have a Double?

I like cheeky questions. A week or so ago I was getting depressed … again. My usual interventions didn’t seem to be working. Then I remembered that depression is – in part – anger turned inward. So I released my current level of rage on one and all, including the Divine … especially the Divine.

Out loud quietly, in private. In my head, screaming as needed. I tried variations of “swear” words. Made up a few of my own. I blamed the Mystery for the whole mess the world is in. Them and us: the victims of plans gone horribly wrong. What kind of love lets children be raped.

I started feeling a lot better.

Then I went around to my favorite gurus. No reason not to imagine that human beings do contribute, … but let God free of blame? Steiner, Tomberg, Franz Bardon, myself … all were a focus anger … nobody is perfect, Prokofieff said to me in 2005.

Still … some “ideas”, like good and evil, seem inadequate. Too simple.

One day it occurred to me that the Greeks were on to something, when they attributed to the Olympians various excesses common to all of humanity’s worst characteristics.

Having spent many years caring for the “mentally” ill, it had became clear to me that our crazy is just a mirror of Theirs.

Is human evolution some kind of means God has for working on Their stuff?

I think that is true. They just parceled it out, among a star-field full of fractal-nows birthing virgin makers, all facing bits and pieces of the terrors of change, while outcomes are hidden. The reason they are hidden is because Nobody Knows whats Next, not even Them.

We see mostly, yet intuitively instinctively, that linear “time” is only half of the problem. There is another style of “time”, which is vertical in nature, and consists of just Now. Reading the News is like watching and waiting for the waters of life to boil over.

All prophecy is guesses. The Mysterious axis of the twin nature of “time” {“+”} is best understood with the upper gesture of the vertical line, as it crosses the horizontal needing, to take this form {“?”}, or …

???

_+_

Even They don’t know tomorrow, because it is being constantly re-examined and rebuilt from one day&now to the next day&now. Still … there is momentum and inertia in linear time. Poets do pattern recognition, so when someone writes of such as the coming of the Beast from the Abyss, this is part of a pattern in the weaving in linear time.

The Beast is the human being’s freedom to choose, to make up the next next from the Abyss of the Uncreated and Unimagined.

To paraphrase Forrest Gump: crazy is as crazy does.

True Faith is Trust in the Mystery. Hope is what we add for flavor. Love is the Dance.

In the Absence of Faith

In the Absence of Faith

It is possible for more than one idea to be true at the same time. Given the Ukraine crisis, much valid thought has been produced in Anthroposophical Venues (such as Adriana Koulias’ recent piece on the Anthroposophical Facebook page).

This work is not so much wrong, as it is incomplete. The missing element comes in part from the failure (to this point) to appreciate that the Platonists add something, that Steiner, as an Aristotelian, could not.

In the relevant Steiner lecture, we have him pointing out that at the meeting at Chartres, two steams were present that normally do not incarnate at the same time. He advised that at what he called: the Culmination, both groups would again be incarnate at the same time. We live in that moment.

https://wn.rsarchive.com/Lectures/19240718p01.html

Koulias’ essay includes a lot of references to the “bad guys”: occult brotherhoods, Sorat, Ahriman and so forth.

Years ago, in my own spiritual research, I formed this question: If the “bad guys” have as much power as many believe they do, how come the whole course of evolution is not over and done?

In a logical (Logos) sense, some Being must restrain and otherwise limit them.

This Being is that which in the lecture above is called: the Goddess Natura, described in the Emerald Tablet as the Mother, or the Moon. Go here for a full translation of the Emerald Tablet, by Issac Newton. https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/07/27/memories-in-the-dreaming/

“The Sun is its father, 
the moon its mother, 
the wind hath carried it in its belly, 
the earth is its nurse. 
The father of all perfection in the whole world is here. 
Its force or power is entire if it be converted into earth.”

Steiner advised that the Moon would return to the Earth in the future. Most people, who write about this, tend to conceive this as a physical event. Like the Return of Christ in the Ethereal, the Return of the Moon/Mother is a spiritual event. For details: “Medicine Woman is Here” http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/moon~%21~earth.html

We do a disservice to Steiner (and the Logos logic), by treating him as knowing everything, and never getting any of his vast corpus of work wrong.

He had problems himself with the Mother, as evidenced by Stephen Clarke’s re-examination of the Mexican Mysteries: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/Clarke5.html

Stephen had gone looking for what happened to Christ on Saturday – in between the Death and the Resurrection. In the link above Stephen writes of how shamans / priests / initiates in southern Mexico were able meet Christ in the spiritual world (the land of the dead), and helpfully accompanying Him to the Mother, where the forces of Resurrection were provided by Her.

From Stephen Clarke’s “Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind”

Table of Compliments

God the Mother God the Father

multifarious unitary

luminous darkness blinding light

questions answers

spontaneous playfulness fixity of purpose

fractal centripetal

below above

grief bliss

relaxation striving

immovable irresistible

forms life

mercy justice

chaos logos

In appreciating Her qualities, which differ from Christ’s (I and the Father are One), we find our answer to which Being it is that sets limits on the “bad guys”.

I describe Her effects as: Rogue Weather, The Four Horseman, and the Gate of Death, for starters. What we call Climate Change is a warning from Her, that if don’t get our stuff together, we will likely go the way of Atlantis, although not via Water, but via Fire. Or as John the Baptist puts it: the One coming after me will baptize us all in Fire and Holy Breath.

As with Koulias’ above, many of us focus on the ongoing political, social, and historical events. As I said above, nothing wrong there, yet something major is missing.

The main spiritual event, for those folks who are incarnated and incarnating in the years of the transition to the Third Millennium, is that as individuals they are Loved by the Divine Mystery. The historical dramas we see are a secondary effect of the actions of the Mother (as Divine Providence), and Her Son (as Artist of Karma) … actions totally focused on the spiritual needs of each individual biography.

This is the Baptism by Fire – chaos in individual life, forcing the i-AM to have an opportunity to birth the consciousness soul out of their own seeking to manifest the good and the true, as a free spiritual act.

As to the Baptism by Holy Breath, we have in each soul the support and guidance of the individual i-AM, via the Guardian Angel (when young), and the Holy Spirit – the Wind (as we mature.). Steiner described this process (accurately from his point of view), as involving the ordinary imagination of the moral riddle, the inspiration out of our own heart’s mind, and moral technique, or how to incarnate the self-determined Idea/ideal into the surrounding social situation.

In order for the individual i-AM to pass through the trials of the time, each needs a life of troubles, which are personal to their particular nature. Individualized aspects of Divine Providence and Karma surround us all … aka: She has the Whole World in His Hands.

Steiner was seeing his own perceptions of this situation when he urged us: to Trust and Embrace the Future. Or, as the Hopi beautifully capture our Age: The Day of Purification”.

Understanding Our Time

Understanding Our Time

Immediately below is the first paragraph of a long article [ “Introduction to a Spiritual Social Science” http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/introductionsss.html ], written almost ten years ago on my efforts to develop a “social science”, on the basis of Goethean scientific principles:

“Three decades ago, around 1984, I wrote my first attempt to express the basics of the work I was trying then to do.  I called that little essay: Listening to the World Song, and it was published in the last (12th) issue of “America in the Threefold World”.  That’s what I have done for a long time now.  The World is what it is, and through that It speaks.  And I … I listen.  The world even includes the books I read …”

I was already aware of Steiner’s conceptions about the Threefold Social Organism, yet I was not satisfied with that approach, especially given that those ideas were used to give direction to our (anthroposophical) thinking about the Social … for

anthroposophists, that is,

People, who I met (mostly on the Internet), seemed inclined to imagine that to help humanity face Our Time, in a social sense, required we try to adapt Steiner’s ideas as a map/recipe for the future. This evolved for me as a need to distinguish ideas of what social life should become, from what social life was actually doing.

I did understand that Steiner’s social ideas were, after a fashion, phenomenologically accurate. I wrote about that here, in the first part of: “Waking the Sleeping Giant – the mission of Anthroposophy in America” http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/wkslg.html

At the same time, in the various “anthroposophical” venues on the Internet, “America” was disliked, and associated with all manner of ahrimanic and luciferic qualities, causing ruination to the social order of the world.

The fact, most overlooked in this assessment, was that Americans were the leading edge of social changes, best described as their becoming, the People of Peoples. We were not French, or German, or any other kind of people and culture.

“…America is the place at which races or civilizations die.”  R.S. The Mission of the Folk Souls, lecture  6.

In Goetheanism we don’t bring any ready made idea to the table of observable fact. Such preconceptions get in the way of actually reading the social and political phenomena.

Between 1984 and the present – 2022, I further developed the necessary thinking disciplines outlined it GA-2 to GA-4. In fact, in 2010 I was inducted into the mysteries of the Mother and the Son. http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/threshold.html

I was 70 years old.

Following that set of events, I wrote my phenomenological work on a spiritual social science: “The Art of God – an actual theory of Everything.”: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/artofgod.html

Here is a review of that work: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/artofgodreview.html

One important observation is that “God” is distributed … in everywhere/when, including the human being. In a crucial sense, we have to realize that the “center” of social life is not doctrines, or history, or points of view, but rather the individual biography. Whenever we see an “ism”, or any such generalized categories as Americans, democrats, racists … whatever, … if we trouble ourselves to look past the abstract “class”, we discover an “individual” whose very nature is to be beyond classification. Each is unique.

The best Way, to see the meaning of the individual biography, is to appreciate the concept of: “the evolution of consciousness”. For this labor, a study of the works of Owen Barfield is very helpful.

With the idea of reincarnation and karma, we come to realize that all of the more than seven billion human beings are in Our Time by choice. This is the Age of the Consciousness Soul, where each is to experience, in their personal biography, moral crises that are not easily solved by their religious ideas, or by the social demands for certain behaviors. The “isms”, and other generalized categories we apply to any class of people, are not accurate existentially, because each is to be confronted in their biography by unique trials and challenges.

To label any individual, with any category, is to place a kind of conceptual ghost between our thinking and their reality. All of us are enduring the Baptism of Christ by Fire and Holy Breath, or as the Hopi name it: The Day of Purification.

Evidence for these social facts are not found in the intellectual writings of European philosophical savants, or even among Steiner-says true believers. It is from the artists of Our Time that we gain the supportive insights for the concept that each life trial is unique.

This is particularly true in the dramas of film and television. Today, especially, via streaming television, we have access to works from film artists from all over the world. Amazon and Netflix (and others) capitalize these works of art, leaving the artist to decide where to go, and how to reveal their observations of human nature. Not just the directors and the producers, but the actors as well, who have to make living the various emotional and logical difficulties of Our Time.

Lately I have become interested in Korean television and film. A young “American” friend encouraged this. One television series was inspired by an American television show: “The Designated Survivor”. The shared crisis, of both, was that the whole political leadership was destroyed, when their Capital buildings, holding an event where all the leaders were present, were destroyed by bombs implanted in these buildings. A man, not really part of the establishment, becomes by default the new “president”, as it were.

Political and social chaos ensues, and the dramas focus on many individuals, each faced with deep personal moral trials.

Another Korean film is called: “We are all going to die”, which was one of their versions of a zombie apocalypse. Basically the series looks at several teenagers, who must face life and death issues, while trapped in the environment of their high school, and trying to live by not getting bitten by a carrier. Like a lot of modern films, the story can also stand for what is happening now in the Covid Mystery, which enables the producer to avoid becoming the attack point for media suppression.

In America, we have “Don’t Look Up”, which examines various kinds of typical reactions to a world-wide crisis involving a large asteroid hitting the Earth and destroying civilization everywhere. This is a not too subtle reference to how people are reacting to the Covid crisis. The observations, of many of our leaders depicted in the film – whether political, social, scientific, or media – is that they are useless in the face of any outrageous crisis.

In “A Separation” [ A Separation won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012, becoming the first Iranian film to win the award. It received the Golden Bear for Best Film … ], we get a wonderful look at the social processes, in a Muslim culture, regarding marriage. We see the role of the family, the Mullahs, and the lawyers. In the movie “Divorce Iranian Style” (1998) we have a documentary about three marriages, and how those work in that kind of social world.

In music, as the world began its awakening which we called the ‘60’s and ‘70’s New Age, rock and roll appeared as a fusion of white love songs (tin pan alley) and Black blues. This soon erupted to become a force in the whole world, which answered rock and with what became called “world beat”. Among this fusion process, there also appeared Reggae out of Jamaica. Few people are aware that Bob Marley concerts, in the wider world, drew a larger audience than did Michael Jackson.

When Rhodesia became Zimbabwe, the celebration included a concert by Bob Marley and company, attended by 1.5 million souls.

These influences entered into the inner cities of America, where among those in urban poverty emerged Hip Hop, with its reliance on just a strong rhythm, and poetic rhyming. Of course, commercial record companies tried to rule, inventing Gangsta Rap for sales purposes.

Today there are Hip Hop groups all over the world, for example, one German group looks like outlaw bikers, yet with a very different moral aesthetic. In the middle East, one Hip Hop group is made up of Israelis and Palestinians.

One effect of these transformations in music is this example, where in Japan, with its powerful group soul social rules, all this music made it possible for the young to be in revolt against these social rules. In another venue, if we read the stories of the leaders that brought down the Berlin Wall, and enabled Eastern European governments to resist Russian control … these leaders speak of the inspiring influence of this rock music as regards their need for human freedom.

The Old World culture of Opera and Symphonies, which are expensive to maintain and require a lot of wealth, has been replace by a New World culture, where even the poorest folk can gather, with an upturned five gallon plastic container and a couple of sticks for drumming, to enable their hearts to unveil their common woes.

With such Internet inventions as “TicTok”, everyone becomes their own movie producer, dancer, comedian, singer, whatever. All they need – to participate in Our Time – is a “smart” phone.

the Meditating Scholar, and the Second Becoming of Christ in the Realm of Living Thought

the meditating scholar

and

the Second Becoming of Christ,

in the Realm of Living Thought

~>-{[by Joel Allan Wendt]}-<~

Based upon my own spiritual research, as inspired by:

Christ Jesus, the Holy Mother–Earth Mother, the Burning Bush, …

… And … as inspired by these writers of a few of the New Gospels of the Second Becoming: Franz Bardon, Rudolf Steiner, Valentin Tomberg, Owen Barfield, George Adams, Ernst Lehrs. Rudolf Hauschka, Wolfgang Schad, Carl Stegmann, the Moody Blues, Bob Marley, Stephen Clarke, Catherine MacCoun, and especially Elizabeth Ancrum MacKenzie, aka: Barbara Gardiner, author of “a” gospel on: “Aesthetics of Economics and The Scottish Masonic Tradition: In the Light of The Folk Spirits”
http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/bgae1.html  

[if you put this next link in your browser, you will find a file where all the links in this little book are active.]

https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2022/01/20/the-meditating-scholar-and-the-second-becoming-of-christ-in-the-realm-of-living-thought/

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Introduction:

These seven short essays were originally offered on Facebook, to friends who were familiar with Anthroposophy, the Cognitive Method through which Rudolf Steiner produced the Content he called: Spiritual Science.

I anticipate that many readers of this will lack that personal connection, so where possible I have added certain explanatory comments, that will be <[ bracketed]> in this form.

In the 20th Century three magi confronted the age of science. These were European initiates: Rudolf Steiner – February 27, 1861 to March 30, 1925; Franz Bardon – December 1, 1906 to July 10, 1958; and, Valentin Tomberg – February 27, 1900 to February 24, 1973.

From Steiner we get the idea that the Second Becoming would take place, not in the physical, but in the Ethereal World, the nearest to the physical spiritual realm. He also thought that this event would begin to manifest (in the sense of various personal encounters) beginning around 1933.

My own studies have concluded that this is not a question of Christ being elsewhere, but a question of the development of the evolution of consciousness, that meant that the human beings were becoming able to “see”. Many people have stories of such encounters, including myself.

In one of the later “parts”, I write that I don’t use the term Christ in the Way most folks think. To me “Christ” is simply one of the many “names” of the Maker, or Creator, who “Fathered” the Creation. Each religion seeks contact with the same Immortal Being, the local name being a function of the reality that different cultures need a perspective appropriate to them.

From a certain point of view, given that the Ethereal World is also the Thought World, the “thoughts” of scientific materialism (all matter, no spirit) amounts to a contemporary Crucifixion of Christ. Some readers will also have a sense of something called the anti-Christ spirit, a term which appears in the first two letters of John in the New Testament, and never in Revelations.

According to the writer of those letters, the anti-Christ spirit denies the existence of the Father and the Son, which is clearly what the “religion” of Unnatural Science asserts. We get the theories of a Big Bang, and random evolution, from the priests of science, but no Divine Mystery.

This Return can also be seen as a kind of “birth”, which is why I used the words “magi” above, and “disciples” below.

In the 21st Century, there were three Americans: three disciples as it were – all currently living – myself, Stephen Clarke, and Catherine MacCoun. We had the task of recognizing that a Remembering of the Holy Mother–Earth Mother (Goddess Natura) has accompanied this Second Becoming of Christ, and the words wizards, shamans, and magicians are useful in describing our style of working with and for the Mystery.

There are various names of the realm where shamans and such travel, such as Faerie and the Fae, the Underworld, and the Lost Cities. For the magi, Christ was a feature of the realms of the light and the Sun. For the disciples, the Mother was a feature of the realms of the dark and the Moon.

The latter three were, in a certain sense, aware of the works of the first three. Myself, Catherine, and Stephen, met each other in an on-line discussion group called: The Ark. It was active from around 1997, to 2003.

Steiner had predicted that at the end of the 20th Century, there would be a meeting of two Ways to the spirit, one he called the Aristotelians, and the other the Platonists. This was not a matter of philosophical views, but was due to the spiritual fact that the Aristotelians were mostly Christ oriented, and while the Platonists were also devotes of the Goddess Natura.

Steiner believed that if these two groups did not met in the right way, the fusion of these Ways would not appear, and this will be disastrous for the future of Civilization in the Third Millennium. He called this event: The Culmination, and details can be found here: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/Culmination.html

This little book is an attempt at such a much needed fusion of Ways.

An overriding quality to our present time is the arising of “technology”. Most everyone is aware of the power of these developments, and that with such power there always come great dangers. Among fans of Steiner there is a group that calls its work MysTech, meaning the “mystery” of technology. Here is a link to one of the MysTech working groups: https://cfae.us/

I disagree with some of their points of view, which is why the first “part” begins with that riddle.

The Meditating Scholar” … part one

Introduction, as it were: A important question is what is my relationship with the MysTech folk? A superficial reader of my comments on Facebook, might fancy I am against that work. This prejudice is not true. I even wrote an article that called the MysTech work the cutting edge of spiritual scientific investigation.

At the same time, having done my own research for over three decades, on such manifestations as electricity, it should not be surprising that I find the general views on that phenomena, in the present MysTech community, to be in error.

A philosophical issue, that is quite tricky to examine, is connected to the use of the ideas of good and evil. When the terms Lucifer and Ahriman are used in the same sense – as a matter of good and evil – my view is that this is a bias that prevents Goethean observation.

<[Steiner taught that there were three primal spiritual powers, who had a deep relationship with each other. The Christ Being (the Creator) kept the two polaric powers in balance. Ahriman stood between us and the material physical world, and Lucifer stood between us and the non-material spiritual world. As we evolve over many incarnations, there arises what St. Paul called the “Not I, but Christ in me”. From a Hermetic Science point of view, the human being is the microcosm, which is a perfect analogue of the Macrocosm. This means that we, as individuals, have an analogue of the Christ, and Lucifer and Ahriman, in our own essential nature.]>

When a ready-made concept – a pre-thought thought, for example – is applied, thinking has put a kind of ghost in between our I, and the phenomenal reality.

The roots of this incomplete thinking can be found in the fact that so many students of Rudolf Steiner have never appreciated the epistemological foundation Steiner provided in GA-1 to GA-4. That foundation, as regards the real nature of human cognition, is what makes spiritual science scientific. GA-1 to GA-4 produce a science of knowing, and this then enables Steiner to speak of his spiritual research as “scientific”, for he has resolved the trend toward dualism (body and mind are separate) into a practical monism (thought and experience, or concept and percept are a unity. It is the I that appears to separate, what remains a unity, in spite of the thought habits of our technological age.

Understanding this mystery of the human being is best done through careful self-observation. When we acquire a concept through “reading”, … that is a very different result for our inner life of mind, from when we produce the concept out of direct personal experience. The read-concept enables “understanding”, while the experienced thought is actual knowledge.

Students of the idea of the evolution of consciousness might be aware of the idea of “the onlooker separation”. Owen Barfield – a student of Steiner’s – places this separation in between two unity states of being, which he calls: original participation and final participation. It is as “onlookers” that we began to investigate the phenomenal world.

I am over here, the world is over there. That is a kind of illusion, which might be called the Ahrimanic Enchantment.

Given that a lot of “technology” is classified as “ahrimanic”, I also see the MysTech conception, of when is his incarnation, to be mistaken. These issues should not be take lightly, although folk who do science frequently disagree.

A consequence of the Ahrimanic Enchantment is that we see that “over there” as lacking the same degree of spirit we find in ourselves. Our modern languages takes the view that Nature is a “thing”, not a Being. Final participation, or experienced unity, does not happen unless we choose for it to happen.

An aspect of the situation is our tendency to “think” there is no life, or consciousness, in manufactured materials. Some people feel a connection to those Fae, we call gnomes and such, who are clearly observable in a “forest”, but not so much today around a “forge”.

The Hermetic Science of the ancient Egyptians knows that elemental beings are just as much present where there is life, and also where there is no life (sort of), there yet remains consciousness and will. It is via Franz Bardon’s works on Magic, aka Hermetic Science, that knowing this communion-with the beings of the “forge” becomes possible.

Nor does one have to be interested in the MysTech work, to have a final participation – communion-with – with “things”. Certain Tesla and Keely had such instinctive relations with such beings. A car mechanic will speak to his vehicle, as if there was a there there. We yell at “tech” all the time, when we are faced with “bugs” and “cliches”.

Ultimately we need to set aside the Ahrimanic Enchantment, and have a whole new relationship with the world of “matter”: “It matters to me, for Matter to be, and that I too Matter do matter.”

Keep in mind that this is not just about Franz Bardon, yet we begin with borrowing of a bit of his language: “the Meditating Scholar”. In Bardon’s texts, that phrase is used infrequently. It refers to those readers that might notice such an idea, and have read all the texts more than once. From this overview, aspects of other material takes on a different meaning. The insights of the scholar’s works, synthesize and blend several sources into something that is beyond what studying one way, or system alone, captures.

Many people today are fascinated with the idea of magic powers, and read and practice Bardon with such a goal in mind. He gives them a lot to do, as we will see later, but the Meditating Scholar will discover that knowledge is the greatest power of all.

Reading Steiner and Tomberg and Bardon, together as a scholarly pursuit, has many virtues, including that the Mystery is more vivid when seen as a whole. In the spiritual world we have experiences that often cannot be described. Steiner, in his dissertation, written around 1892, speaks of the human act of forming “cognitions” – word-thoughts that end up on a page or in speech – in this act we link the indescribable experience of the Mystery to the world of human thought, which he also called the ethereal world.

Only the human makes this thinking-link, and as such is Itself a crucial and necessary actor in the Creation. As Steiner says, in “A Theory of Knowledge Implicit in Goethe’s World Conception”, the human being is Nature looking at Herself.

We should also recognize that these three seers were Europeans, and were fated to incarnate their thoughts into the dying cultural life of Western Civilization.

Tomberg disagreed with Steiner’s efforts to develop a spiritual teaching as a science, observing that Steiner left out the magical and mystical aspects of reality. I don’t think this is exactly true, but rather something not easy for Tomberg to see. Steiner didn’t talk much about the magical and mystical as a subject, although there is this: “Christianity as Mystical Fact (and the Mysteries of Antiquity)” … he most often just practiced magic right in front of us (e.g. the outdoor ceremony for laying the Foundation Stone) and modeled an example of a way of life of a spiritual artist of the Word.

Steiner did have an audience-destiny that was different than Tomberg’s. A common way to teach – any subject – back then, was to write and lecture. This Steiner did, which Tomberg naturally copied by reading Steiner and sharing his own spiritual experience in somewhat the same form, often using cognition-names that Steiner first authored.

Fate had other tasks for Tomberg. At a certain point he was no longer lecturing, but instead mostly writing. He had joined the Catholic Church, and Tomberg lore says he was asked to do this by Steiner, from across the threshold and in the afterlife.

Not just writing, but reading. In his 60’s he was able go to the British Library, daily if he wished. In his “Meditations on the Tarot – a journey into Christian Hermeticism”, each, of these Meditations/Letters on the 22 Major Symbolic Pictures of the Tarot, is filled with unimaginable scholarship. In a sense we get a scholarly education, taught by a seer, who also wrote and spoke and read the languages of many nations and ancient cultures.

The first time I read that book, I was working and living near the base of the Holy Mount Shasta, whose aboriginal name is: Waka-nunee-Tuki-wuki; Karuk: Úytaahkoo. I still wonder what manner of spirits abide even now in the depths of sleeping volcanoes.

During this first reading I had a vision one morning, in the Faerie-Gate we call the psychic world in between waking and sleeping. Christ took me with Him to show me that whenever the Mass is enacted He unites the Perfect Heavenly Church with the Fallen Earthly Church, regardless of the state of the soul of the officiating priest.

Whenever two or more are gathered … Three years later I joined the Catholic Church.

About ten years later I started a more concentrated rereading of Meditations, and each Letter took around thirty minutes to read … I also took 30 pages of notes. I believe some of his “friends” have found a means to overcome the absence of an index. My notes have been useful in that regard.

I started reading the Magician Letter on Christmas eve, and did the rest – one each night, until I had reread them all. On Epiphany, I ended that evening’s reading, by writing the follow poem: It took about half an hour.

The Gift of the Word: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/giftoftheword.html

Tomberg is in love with Ideas. It is a felt experience, and each Letter is its own symphony. A Christian mystic takes his readers along with him, on the quest, or as he puts it: “Your friend greets you, dear Unknown Friend, from beyond the grave.”

Originally done Anonymously, it wasn’t published until after he had died.

He also wrote several long essays on the law, during the WWII years. Another scholarly masterpiece, published by his students under the title: “The Art of the Good”.

Steiner endured WWI. Tomberg was a seventeen years old living in Russia as that war ended. Steiner circled around Europe for lectures, going as far West as England, and very little to the East. Tomberg was born near Moscow, and traveled West as well, ending up in England.

None of the three – Steiner, Tomberg, or Bardon – went to the Americas.

Meanwhile, during WWII, it is the lore that Bardon was in prison in Germany, could have used magical powers to escape, and did not, while a student, who was also in prison, died trying.

If we remember our rules for mystery books, the best place to hide something is in plain sight. Bardon earned a living performing as a stage magician.

Steiner had no offspring. Tomberg had one child (now deceased), although both were married. Bardon, who died in his 50’s, appears to have a living son. Steiner died at age 65, and Tomberg at age 71, … the lore is that Tomberg’s wife died almost the same day. We need to keep in mind their humanity.

Magic is the oldest science, and Bardon’s three books follow these “scientific” basic rules. First Theory, then Practice – to prove the Theory. He calls his first book: “Initiation Into Hermetics”, a version of the First Tarot Card, the Magician. The Second Card is The High Priestess, and the book: “The Practice of Ceremonial Evocation”. And, the Third Card, The Empress, was called “The Key to the True Quabbalah”.

I have a familiar spirit that hovers behind my left shoulder (I write left handed, but kick with the right foot – its call mixed dominance). I had gone to a book store to pickup a used book on astrology, and this Fae being was jumping up and down happy, urging that I buy this little one, a used cloth bound: “Practical Astrology”, attributed to St. Germain.

I still own it. It is the only book I have found that combines into a single system Tarot, Astrology, and Numerology. I still use it, poorly if you want to get a chart, but if you want to talk ancient Egyptian Tarot …

In Bardon, the idea of the Meditating Scholar is given as an alternative to undertaking a more elaborate “practice”. One sits in their meditation position/posture – the asana, which is self-chosen, and meditates/thinks about the subjects in the books the scholar wishes to consider more carefully.

All three books are available in PDF form on the Internet. On Amazon, all three in paperback form would come to $130, or about $45 if you use Kindle.

There are numerous books by others, seeking to “explain” Bardon. I see no reason to acquire such. When I visit various Internet groups sharing an interest in his works, what I am about to offer next seems to be unknown.

In magic lore there are various views about how a student magician might discover that these kinds of books hide some of their wonders, again in plain sight. The attentive reader will gain from seeing Bardon’s books as actual effects of magical operations.

For example: IIH has ten Steps, and each Step has a mental or thought aspect, a psychic or soul aspect, and a material or physical aspect. The first Step in IIH is the rules of the basic practice.

Mental training: Step I: 1. Thought control, discipline of thoughts, subordination of thoughts. Psychic training: Step I 1. Introspection or self-knowledge. 2. Making of the (black and white) mirrors of the soul. Physical training: Step I: 1. the material or physical body. 2. Mystery of Breathing. 3. Conscious reception of food. 4. the magic of water.

Organizing ones life, so as to be able to do these three first Steps each day, in a kind of personally designed Rite, does not require big changes. Most of us have routines, and these tasks can easily fit into these already existing patterns. One just adds the magical point of view, into our understanding of the Rite aspect.

Bardon states that in the beginning of the practice, finding even five minutes each day can be fruitful. Their rhythmic repetition will bear powerful fruits.

In POME (the practice of ceremonial evocation), there is an elaborate discussion of the magic circle. For some, this temple building aspect can have a lot of details, yet near the end of several pages of what-might-be-dones, he says that the magician will find that the highest circle is in his hands. That is, you sit in your asana (meditation posture) and simply make a circles of thumbs and first fingers, and all the virtues of a magic circle are present.

Having a PDF of POME, allows one the opportunity to search for terms of interest. So, if one is interested in learning to commune-with those hierarchical beings knowledgeable as to “electricity”, a search will find their names, their sigils, and their areas of expertise. Keep in mind that POME contains the names and sigils of hundreds of such invisible folk, far more than any other book claiming to teach a method of evocation … far far more.

In the asana then we can, as a meditating scholar, seek contact with various entities whose genius concerns our interests. In fact, to have this meditative contact does not require that our work on psychic and physical training keep pace with the magical mental training.

How and why will be discussed in “part two”.

The Meditating Scholar” part two

Some years ago I wrote an article on Steiner’s “A Theory of Knowledge Implicit in Goethe’s World Conception”, where a main aspect of this essay was a look at the contents pages of Steiner’s GA-2, GA-3, and GA-4, which three books are in effect a gospel of the science of knowing. http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/lrsew.html Owen Barfield had called that book, “the least read most important book Steiner ever wrote”.

A contents page is an opportunity for the author to give organization to the basic riddles and mysteries they hope to illuminate. For the Meditating Scholar, such thought-forms – which an author uses – supply any number of basic conceptions, that are suitable for esoteric contemplation.

In Initiation Into Hermetics, the index serves as contents page, providing page numbers for the locations of various major Ideas, such that in Step I, for example, we get not just the leading ideas of magical mental training, but the same for the psychic and physical training, all mixed together.

During a complete rereading of IIH, done over Easter two years ago, I created separate pages for the whole of the leading ideas of each type of training. Keep in mind that the Franz Bardon practices develop the Will, thus the use of the word “training”. Steiner’s basic practices in GA-1 to GA-4 unveil a new experience of Thinking. Tomberg’s Meditations leads us to a deeper experience of Feeling.

The next is the Ten Steps of the leading ideas of magical mental training, thus providing the wonderful overview that true scholarship requires:

Vertical integration Magical Mental Training

Step I: 1. Thought control, discipline of thoughts, subordination of thoughts

Step II: 1. Autosuggestion or the secret of the unconscious 2. Concentration exercises: a) visual/optical. b) auditory. c) sensory. d) olfactory. e) taste.

Step III: 1. Concentration of thoughts with two or three senses. 2. Concentration on objects, landscapes, places. 3. Concentration on animals and human beings.

Step IV: Transplantation of consciousness: a) into objects, b) into animals, c) into human beings.

Step V: Space-Magic

Step VI: 1. Meditation on the own spirit. 2. Becoming conscious of the senses of the spirit.

Step VII: Analysis of the spirit with respect to the practice.

Step VIII: 1. Preparation to mental wandering. 2. Practice of the mental wandering. a) in the room, b) short distances, c) visits to friends, relatives etc.

Step IX: Practice of clairvoyance with the help of magic mirrors: a) seeing through space and time, b) distant effect through the magic mirrors, 3) different tasks of projection through magic mirror.

Step X: Elevation of spirit to higher levels.

Let me says a few words about Step V: “Space Magic”, which I hope will allow the attentive reader an opportunity to “play” with that idea.

Any place where your body is at rest can be an asana locus. We are in that moment, in terms of the visible sense world, enclosed by our surroundings, even if in one “direction”- the mysterious horizon – seems far away.

There is also above and below. One of the divisions of the enclosed sphere, if seen as horizontal, divides the upper and lower into two realms. Below the dark Earth, into which we can travel moon-wise, and sunless. Above, the great light of the Day, and at Night, with the moon, the star-homes for all the children of the creation, of whatever nature and kind.

This is a practical application of the principle in the Emerald Tablet: As above, so below, and as below, so above, for the miracle of the one.

Everywhichway&when, we also have the inner sunlight of thought. We name the world, and in various degrees, are today taught names that are not the true-name. Thunder, for example, names Itself with its Song. Sometimes we love the low rumble, and other times we are touched to our core, via a Majesty that almost knocks us off our feet.

I wrote a short book on “naming”: “The Father at Rest – magical and mystical dark-matter physics in the Age of Technological Chaos.”

In magical psychic training, this is Step: V …

Step V: Projection of the elements outwards: a) through the own body, accumulated through the solar plexus, b) accumulated through the hands, specially dynamically through the fingers.

Sounds complicated … yet there is a design, from the Mother. We are all the right people, in the right place, at the right time.

Most of us carry some form of the idea that we should be something more or other/different in some fashion. It is true that we ourselves, or intimate others, or worse… want us to be or do something, which we are not yet. The Mystery finds all that “work” sterile. They don’t know what we are going to do next. To Them we are the Mystery, and every unexpected aspect of our self-creation is to Them a surprise.

It is the “work” part that is a distraction. This is why the elaboration of the Emerald Tablet, in the first book: The Tarot, begins with Play (the Magician) and ends in Dance (the World).

The song of change is built into our lives. Don’t have to go looking for it. Yet, the children, being children, liked to explore and we were given a universe in which to Play, … though, … run to fast, fall down go boom.

Tomberg, in Meditations, has this wonderful way of “naming” “play”: “concentration without effort”. /// lest ye become again as little children /// Hard for a child to be bored, if left to their own devices.

Bardon teaches in Step I, physical training, that substances can be impregnated with thought. Some substances hold this influence more strongly, such as semen and blood. In getting ready for the asana thinking/perceiving, we through self-care, awaken the skin. We gently brush the body to open the pores, then wash it with cold water, after which we dry it with a rough towel, by strongly rubbing all our skin.

Obviously, for most of us, this would happen in the morning, but doesn’t have to be done, except that: When wanting to play in your mind, waking up is helpful. Although, just throwing some water on your face, and breathing in some fresh air also does wonders.

In the asana, when the skin (the largest sense organ) is freshened, we imagine light being breathed in and out of our whole organism. The key is to leave the rhythm of the breath to its own instincts. While he doesn’t say this, elsewhere I learned that some ancient Eastern Ways described us as not so much breathing, but as being breathed.

As I wrote in The Father at Rest, try to stop breathing. There may be someplace on a mountain top in Tibet, where wise men or women can, but for most of us leaving the breathing to itself is easier, so it is still play.

It is possible to think of the skin topology as capable of being laid out in the shape of a sphere. Kind of gross, until we name what you are going to feel, as did Steiner: the ethereal or life body. Our inner picture of the pore breathing play can be thought of in any geometrical form our imagination wishes, although I suspect the easiest is a ball shape, or maybe an egg.

As with breathing in&out this “light”, we can add thought to its nature. We impregnate the light with a self-chosen idea. It seems best to pick something limited in nature, in a sense. No complexity. I started out with breathing in health, and exhaling disease. It is helpful to imagine the in-breathing as coming through the skin, and the out-breathing as going through the elimination tracts.

Experience will reveal that this in-breathing and out-breathing can cause physical substance to move, since it sets up a current in the ethereal body. So if we want to out-breathe disease, we need to guide the current to where metabolic processes of elimination are already active. The bowels, obviously, and there is in the skin a metabolic process, so it is a question of what “idea” we have of where the out-breathing is to go.

As I got older and more aware of my mortality, I changed from the idea of health to the idea of life. “In It (the Word) was Life and the Life was the Light of the World”, is not just religious poetry, … it is good physics.

The Moody Blues wrote a song: “On Step Into the Light”, which has this phrase: “The river of Living Breath is flowing through the Sun. He was there before the earth began”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hprKBU9btN8&ab_channel=illuminatedEntity

From magical physical training: Step III: 1. Retaining of Step I which has to become habit. 2. Accumulation of vital power: a) by breathing through the lungs and pores in the whole body. b) in the different parts of the body. 3. Impregnation of space for reasons of health, success etc. 4. Bio-magnetism

Note item 2. “Accumulation of the vital power”. Breath is this vital power, seen from a certain direction.

When the Covid Mystery appeared, I wrote this: https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2020/03/23/the-magic-of-breathing-as-a-possible-aide-for-an-individual-with-the-flu/

Keep in mind that the Meditating Scholar is playing with ideas. Ideas that are as real, in themselves, as is our own spirit. Once we admit the “otherness”, we can find out how to “dance” with the Ideas as a partner.

Here is a list of the names of the ideas of the 22 Symbolic Pictures of the Tarot book, as appears in St. Germain’s “Practical Astrology”. It helps to recognize that we are microcosm, an exact analogue of the Macrocosm. These names then describe us, and Them as well:

I. The Magus. II. Gate of the Sanctuary. III. Iris-Urania. IV. The Cubic Stone. V. Master of Arcanes. VI. The Two Ways. VII. Chariot of Osiris. VIII. Balance and Sword. IX. The Veiled Lamp. X. The Sphinx. XI. The Tamed Lion. XII. The Sacrifice. XIII. The Reaping Skeleton. XIV. The Two Urns. XV. Typhon. XVI. The Thunder Struck Tower. XVII. The Star of the Magi. XVIII. The Twilight. XIX. The Dazzling Light. XX. The Rising of the Dead. XXI. The Crown of the Magi. XXII. The Crocodile.

In St. Germain’s book, each Arcane has a picture, and some more detailed “ideas” as to meaning. Many readers of this will perhaps have their own “deck”, that can be fun to compare. Next is Tomberg’s “names”:

I. The Magician. II. The High Priestess. III. The Empress. IV. The Emperor. V. The Pope. VI. The Lover. VII. The Chariot. VIII. Justice. IX. The Hermit. X. The Wheel of Fortune. XI. Force. XII. The Hanged Man. XIII. Death. XIV. Temperance. XV. The Devil. XVI. The Tower of Destruction. XVII. The Star. XVIII. The Moon. XIX. The Sun. XX. The Judgment. XXI. The Fool. The World. XXII.

Notice the shift of XXI and XXII. Tomberg gives a long dissertation as to why he places the Fool where he does, also giving it this name: Amor, or Love.

Steiner’s “The Philosophy of Freedom” (GA-4) concerns inner or spiritual freedom in the face of the ideas we absorb from our given cultural life. Who doesn’t want freedom? In the last sentence to the original preface, Steiner writes: “One must be able to confront an idea and experience it, otherwise one will fall into its bondage.”

Is the world in bondage to the Idea of the Pandemic?

In magical physical training: Step V: Preparation to the passive communication with the invisible ones: a) release of the own hand, b) preparation of the fingers with the help of the pendulum, the pencil, and planchette, etc. Passive communication: a) with the own guardian genius, b) with deceased people and other beings.

In magical mental training: Step VIII: 1. Preparation to mental wandering. 2. Practice of the mental wandering. a) in the room, b) short distances, c) visits to friends, relatives etc.

In magical psychic training: Step VIII: 1. The great Now. 2. No clinging to the past. 3. Concentration disturbances as a compass of magic equilibrium. 4. The astral body and the light. 5. Mastering of the electrical and magnetic fluids.

Consider that each Step, in whatever realm, displays fundamental ideas. We don’t have to master the practice, as a Meditating Scholar, but it helps to form pictures, and look for relationships … i.e. to “think”, “cognize”, and “reflect”.

A principle Idea in Bardon is the four-poled magnet, which is what consciousness (Earth) is, when Will (Fire), Intellect (Air), and Feeling (Water) are married to each other, which for all of us is the normal state. The electrical fluid is the fire-will, and the magnetic fluid is the water-feeling.

Sitting in the asana is an opportunity to self observe, and discover how to apply the magical name aspects of the totality which we constantly experience.

Next we will examine the ideas of good and evil, which in Hermetic Science are named: positive and negative. Our mental landscape is polluted by the idea of sin, for example. Or, that there are all manner of horrible and dangerous beings in our environment. Bardon makes it simple: “There is nothing unclean in the whole of the Creation”. Every Being has its rightful place, including us.

Given that we are looking at the situation, in the context of various ideas, in IIH the theoretical aspect, with which the book begins, should be read often, for while the practices prove, the Theory guides, and gives all the crucial “names”.

The Meditating Scholar” – part three.

I wrote a book: “The Mystery of Evil in the Light of the Sermon on the Mount”.

http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/mysteryofevil.html

In the sense of “ideas”, there is a type of idea I call the necessary pair. The idea of Good has no meaning without its partner: Evil. Up needs down. Positive requires negative. As regards the elements, the lore is that fire-will and water-feeling are primary, while air-intellect and earth-consciousness are secondary.

Virtues can be the opposite of uncontrolled appetites. In Hermetics there are four (according to the elements) fundamental qualities: Knowledge (air-intellect), Daring (water-feeling), Volition (fire-will), and Silence (earth-consciousness).

The idea of good and evil is, according to Bardon, a “human” conception. “In the Universe there is neither good nor evil … “

In Step I. Magical psychic training, we are encouraged to make black and white mirrors of the soul, as the essential aid to self-knowledge and introspection. Lists of personal virtues and liabilities.

Rudolf Steiner points to the idea of the “Double”, aka: the “Doppelganger”. Native Americans speak of the two wolves, one good, one bad, and the question is which do you feed. The Koran refers to the “sneaking whisperer, from among the Djinn and Mankind”.

Steiner also remarks (in “Knowledge of Higher Worlds and How to Attain It”) that one must make three steps in character development, for each step in spiritual development.

Spiritual development involves one or another kind of training, but character development only arises from our actions in our biography. In point of fact, the human biography (where fate and fortune commune) is an individualized story. No two biographies are alike. In my view, there are two books, not written except in our lives, … the story of our life, and the story of our soul.

In a certain sense the questions of good and evil, or sin and whatnot, are only dealt with in the actions we take in the personal biography. We rise or fall according to those choices.

In a future part, I will write of the Americans, who are similar actors in the 21st Century, to what Steiner, Tomberg, and Bardon were to the 20th Century. They live today. One of them, Catherine MacCoun, in her book: “On Becoming an Alchemist – a guide for the modern magician”, writes that no one sets out to do evil, and most of us believe what we are doing is for the good, in the situation.

Problems come, according to her, when we seek for absolute facts or absolute truth. In this moment of the evolution of consciousness, each individual biography is a trial-personal … not every murder or abortion is the same, for in each case the context is different, as is the individuality. We are challenged to make choices, and in this Age, the alleged moral rules in the social-surround, or in our personal religion, don’t speak to the complexities that vary from person to person.

We are meant, by the Mystery, to be free to make the choices we need to make, using our own insight. From Their point of view, the crux of the matter is having to make the choice, and how that effects us and the world … there being no right answer that applies to all.

Then there is Tomberg, and Letter XV: The Devil, or to the ancient Egyptians: Typhon. The basic symbol/picture for both, is of a large ugly figure, to which two much smaller human beings are chained.

When Tomberg was writing as a “anthroposophist”, in his little book on Inner Development, he refers to there being a Luciferic Double, and an Ahrimanic Double, and a Human Double. In Meditations, he expands this vista, writing of the Tempter, the Prosecutor, and Egregores.

The Tempter is that little voice that says, oh don’t worry, one more (whatever vice) won’t hurt. The Prosecutor is met generally in depression, when we succumb to self-loathing, which can go so far as to paralyze our will. I call the human double: self-generated wounds of soul, as a better term than the middle-ages idea of Egregores.

Addictions are of this nature. When we repeat over time a certain type of ritualized behavior – such as shooting up heroin, or munching up some oxycodone pills, we create a parasite in the soul. Steiner called them cancers of the soul, given that they have the power to keep out the ego forces, and become a kind of independent entity, which is not us, not our true spirit.

Again, for the Meditating Scholar, the matter at hand, as it were, is to meditate and reflect on the “ideas”. As we are the right person in the right place at the right time, we are in that moment exactly where fate and fortune (karma) has placed us.

We cannot escape the Now (the great moment) or our Self (the spirit). Most depression, for example, arises because we face a choice, and don’t/can’t choose. The soul becomes gridlocked – paralyzed. What the Mystery taught me was that neither choice is wrong … only the not-choosing.

In Steiner’s “The Philosophy of Freedom”, we come at the “moral” through three conscious actions: moral imagination, moral intuition, and moral technique.

In moral imagination we create a picture of the dilemma – as precise and honest as possible. We formulate this as a question, which we ask ourselves (our spirit) to resolve. The heart’s mind, in response, will generate the intuition of what to do, that satisfies our personal moral sensibilities.

We are to be the author of what is moral in the exact circumstances we face. “In self trust all virtues are comprehended”, said Emerson. An important clue, that we are on the right track for our own spirit’s actions, is the difficulty, and sometimes the danger, either physical or social or both. Waking our own capacity for moral creativity – in the beginning – will take time, and experimentation. Self trust, when all around have other views, grows with practice.

Moral technique involves the how we actually incarnate the self-created moral idea, into the situation. The classic dilemma is do we tell someone we care about that their lover is cheating on them. Again, there is no “right” answer, just a riddle to be solved by our own “I”/spirit.

Steiner published this work around 1894 or so, and around that same time (1896) a young Christian pastor in Kansas – Charles Sheldon – wrote a book of fiction: “In His Steps”. In that book he tells the tale of a pastor who asks his flock – when faced with a moral dilemma – to ask themselves: What Would Jesus Do? And, to do this practice for a year.

This question is not much different from Steiner’s idea of creating a moral imagination, and allowing our spirit to answer, via its own intuitive capacity. The book sold over 50,000,000 copies. In the l970’s, it became popular again, albeit a bit revised, giving birth to the WWJD movement.

Where Steiner was something of an idealist, Sheldon was a typical pragmatic American. It is what works that counts. My view is that both works were inspired by the same Source, each adapted to a particular cultural milieu.

Then in America, in 1933, we find the birth of Alcoholics Anonymous. Individual moral responsibility is fostered in this work. There are details here: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/TwelveSteps.html

This shift away, from externally imposed moral riddles, has been noticed by those who practice various dramatic arts. For example, Clint Eastwood’s films: “Million Dollar Baby” and “Gran Torino” both explore this mystery.

In these films Eastwood plays an older man, who was raised Catholic, yet is confronted by moral dilemmas in life with which his priests’ advice are unable to help. In Million Dollar Baby the priest is an older man, and has known the character for some time. In Gran Torino the priest is young, and immature, and equally useless. The Eastwood characters have no choice but to seek their own guidance.

In Gran Torino Eastwood is in his kitchen, leaning against a counter. At the nearby table sits a youth, who wonders why Eastwood has not acted, and is just standing there quietly. Eastwood says: “I’m thinking”, giving an artistic presentation of the inner work of “inventing” what will be his own moral response.

Modern dramatic arts, and music, are full of this sense of the right/rite of personal responsibility. This is because that need dominates all biographies, and our artists know and celebrate this in their own lives.

In Steiner’s book: “Theosophy”, he names this present stage of the evolution of consciousness for all of humanity: “the consciousness soul”, and defines it this way:

“By causing the self-existent true and good to come to life in his inner being, the human being raises himself above the mere sentient-soul. A light is kindled in her which is imperishable. In so far as the soul lives in this light, she is a participant in the eternal. With the eternal she unites her own existence. What the soul carries within herself of the true and the good is immortal in her. Let us call that which shines forth in the soul as eternal, the consciousness-soul.”

This Age has figured in prophecy. The Hopi speak of a coming “Day of Purification”. According to the Gospels, John the Baptist says that the One coming after him will Baptize us in Fire and Holy Breath.

Fire is the dire circumstances of life that force choice. Holy Breath is what happens when we choose, where whatever we choose is inwardly supported by a warm wind in the soul. Love does not judge us. Love just loves us, however we turn out to be, or choose to be.

When we look at, and accept it, the Pandemic is in part a generator of personal moral riddles. It is not an accident. Our struggles with addictions … Our problems at work and in marriages … political issues … name an aspect of life, and there exist moral dilemmas.

Again, as MacCoun points out: seeking absolute truth or absolute facts is itself a kind of imbalance. Let us look a little more closely at the Pandemic.

To trust the Official Narrative is a choice. To mistrust it, another moral choice. Neither is wrong, but rather it is the dilemma of having to choose that is the true

mystery. To jab, or not to jab. To decide the unvaccinated are a danger is another choice. To lock down or not is a choice. To go out and party anyway is a choice.

To accept the Official Narrative as the absolute truth, based on absolute facts, is a choice. To fire people who refuse to get vaccinated is a choice. To make kids in classrooms wear masks is a choice. To resist and accept the consequences is a choice.

The Moody Blues, in “One Step into the Light”, have this phrase at the end: “The Truth will set us Free, we cannot lose. We cannot lose, we just have to Choose.

In “The Meditating Scholar” part four, we will consider the social future, and the role of “Climate Change” in that “becoming”.

The Meditating Scholar” part four.

The Mystery of “Climate Change”, and the Earth Mother’s Role.

When I was an adolescent I had a strong relationship with the Christ, as explained to me first by the Lutheran Church, and then later by Congregationalists. In my early twenties I explored Seminary. Their academic way of looking at the Mystery of the Gospels, such as that the disciples didn’t write them, broke my heart. I then tried Law School, got a degree, and spent half a year as a clerk on the Montana Supreme Court. When I saw how power and wealth and politics effected the Court’s decisions, that broke my belief in the law, as a place to be a “good” person.

I was also a scientific materialist, believing that at least in that arena doing something “right” was valued. Aspects of the “Pandemic” suggest I was mistaken to hope for truth in science. Anything can be corrupted.

I began having direct spiritual experience in my early thirties, so I knew the world was not just matter. By my early forties, I found my way to Steiner’s works, and the works of what was being called Goethean Science … a science that observed “spirit” in matter. Those works, and some other material, I today label as “gospels, because the authors clearly had met Christ in the Ethereal – the thought world, … I will discuss them in a later “part”.

What I didn’t know directly – but believed because others I was meeting thought this way – that Nature was Divine. You could say that my idea of the Earth Mother was a kind of trusted theory, yet weak given that the Christian Church certainly did not see Her that way. The Catholics had a little room off the side, where people lit candles, and prayed to Mary. The Protestants just ignored that riddle, probably because they were too busy dividing themselves into an ever increasing large variety of “faiths”, as theological disputes were settled by just making a new church/belief system.

I had faith there was a female aspect of the Divine. I started having experiences, of a sort, that were Her. These were powerful, yet I still lacked the best “idea”. Most of my studies in my 50’s and 60’s’ were phenomenological (following Goethe) observations of human social and political life.

A friend of mine, from the Ark internet conversation group, Stephen Clarke, talked of his regular experiences of Her, likening it to having tea and conversation. My Christ experiences had tended to bit more drama, or so I thought.

Stephen led me to appreciating that Steiner’s ideas about an “Evil Inner Earth” were wrong. A few years ago, he published (shared with friends etc.) an essay: “Rudolf Steiner’s “Mexican Mysteries” Re-Imagined” http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/Clarke5.html

Stephen’s riddle was: Where did Christ go on Saturday? Not our theological conceptions, but to a participant – a “seer”. Sometimes Christian understanding speaks of His Death, and that He then went to the realm of the Dead, in between the Death and Resurrection.

In the above article, well worth printing out, Stephen writes:

“In Mesoamerica, however, the other half of the story is told – and is still told. Half a world away, our unnamed shaman in the hamlet of proto-Teotihuacan, with the help of all his allies shepherded our avatar through the gates of death through all the UnderWorlds into the resurrecting arms of the World-Mother. The Weaver Goddess, Spider Woman . . . where God the Father creator has one name: “God”, God the Mother-sustainer is fractal in aspect and has many. The Intimate and Vast Loving Unity of All is respectfully hidden behind the designation of “The Great Mystery.” God is, in the end, One.”

Bardon had a peculiar relationship to the “negative beings”. None of his names and sigils are about “them”, Bardon does not even give us the names of positive beings of the Mars Sphere, as they are too dangerous.

The Emerald Tablet has much to say about the Mother, and at the same time: the Moon. Goddess religions tend to be Moon religions, and most of them existed before the arrival of the three patriarchal monotheisms.

When the Hebrews fled Egypt, for the desert and a promised home, they shed the idea of a divine feminine. Not all at once, but to give a sense of that process just keep in mind that the Hebrew creation story has a feminine being as the agent of a snake/devil. Somewhere unimportant, given its falsity, we later get the idea of “original sin”.

One day, about three or four years ago, when I read this in Stephen’s article:

“ … an alternate vocabulary for the traditional kabbalistic worlds of Emanation, Creation, Formation & Existence as depicted in shorthand in Genesis) can be seen as having their parallel “tree-rings” in the building up of successive inner-earth layers corresponding to Saturn, Sun, Moon, and, finally, the surface world of Nature, all inhabited at their core and in every particle by divinity in its immanent maternal aspect.”

“… all inhabited at their core and in every particle by divinity in its immanent maternal aspect.” blew my mind. While I had been studying the spiritual in my own way, as I said above – She had been more theory than experienced reality.”

It was as if something always seen right in front of me was now truly known as Its Idea. She is so everywhere/when, that I started to write: She has the Whole World in His Hands, He being the Son, in the sense: “I and the Father are one.” “No one gets to the Father except by me.”

Was the Divine Feminine the last part of: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? Stephen provides a remarkable table of complimentary ideas:

From Stephen Clarke’s “Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind”: Table of Compliments:

God the Mother God the Father

multifarious unitary

luminous darkness blinding light

questions answers

spontaneous playfulness fixity of purpose

fractal centripetal

below above

grief bliss

relaxation striving

immovable irresistible

forms life

mercy justice

chaos logos

“Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind” is Stephen’s story about how he first had “alien” experiences, which as most know are very full of fear, woe, and lost time.

Rather than flee from these apparitions, he tried to love them. From this act of love and acceptance, They revealed much deeper natures, and became more accessible. These are the “negative” beings for which Bardon refused to provide sigils or names. They are of the Underworld, the Lost Cities, and Faerie – pick your name, but to the extent we experience Their activity, these are the kinds of beings lurking as aspects of floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, and such. Beings of great power in the material world.

Their ruler is the Earth Mother, aka: the Holy Mother. Via this rulership, She can be said to be: Rogue Weather, The Four Horseman, and the Gate of Death. While She is Gravity, Her Son is Levity. She is point centered, while His “center” is in the periphery. These two Fields of Love are One, i.e. They are a necessary pair.

“ … all inhabited at their core and in every particle by divinity in its immanent maternal aspect.”

We do better, in grasping the necessary ideas, if we see Mother and Father as verbs, rather than nouns. To Father means to generate. To Mother means to nurture.

We also have the words/ideas: Divine Providence and Karma. Steiner sees the Son as the Lord of Karma, while I prefer: Artist of Karma. Sometimes I go for: fate and fortune, which is what “Practical Astrology” by St. Germain hopes to illuminate for individuals.

Right now the world of the religion of scientific materialism (all is matter, there is no spirit) gives us the vague gods of random chance and accident.

If the ancients all had goddess aspects to their religions, how and why did the Mother fade away into the Mists of Avalon?

By choice. She knew that the children needed to forget their true origins, in order to become free to choose the nature of “final participation” for themselves. While aboriginal religions remembered the Mother, “Western” civilization had to forget Her.

One result of Her apparent Withdrawal, was the arriving of the three patriarchal monotheisms. We tend to think of them as separate, although Islam recognized the Hebrew and Christian religions as also: “people of the book” (i.e. all have a “bible”).

Some years ago, when I was working on my “electricity” studies, I recognized a need to consciously think in wholes, even though materialistic science sought the truth in the “parts”. http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/electricityandthespiritinnature.html

For example, we can find this definition: “The general equation for photosynthesis is therefore: 2n CO2 + 2n DH2 + photons → 2(CH2O)n + 2n DO [or] Carbon dioxide + electron donor + light energy → carbohydrate + oxidized electron donor. In oxygenic photosynthesis water is the electron donor and, since its hydrolysis releases oxygen, the equation for this process is: 2n CO2+ 4n H2O + photons → 2(CH2O)n + 2n O2+ 2n H2O [or] carbon dioxide + water + light energy → carbohydrate + oxygen + water.”

This is an abstraction, rooted in the idea of Parts, yet when seen as Wholes, lets us write that the leaves of the Plant Kingdom, swim in seas of light from the Sun.

This habit of seeking wholes led me recently to experience Judaism, Christianity, and Islam as one religion, not three. As I sought their Ideas, Judaism gives us God’s Law, Christianity God’s Love, and Islam God’s Surrender.

Yet, in the over all process the Mother fades away. Maleness dominates. So we get the idea of dominion-over the Kingdoms of Nature, and lose the idea of communion-with. Nature becomes a thing, and the human being is the only being in the Earth sphere, with a sentient interior self-consciousness.

Because of these abstractions we now have about Nature, we get the idea of “Climate Change”, as a mechanical system, which obeys fixed laws, and is built up from parts rather than wholes.

If we are going to think in wholes, we need to find a way to include the Covid-Mystery.

We live today on the cusp of the Third Millennium of the Christian era. There are over seven billion souls in attendance. A world-wide plague (remember She rules the Four Horseman) is a kind of shared Rite, for everyone.

If we are honest, the world is already in decay. Politicians, drug cartels, dictators, and corporate lackeys, are addicted to wealth and power. They promise much, and deliver nothing.

From science fiction writer Frank Herbert’s novel Dune: “When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way.  Their movement becomes headlong – faster and faster and faster. They put aside all thought of obstacles and forget that a precipice does not show itself to the man in a blind rush until its too late.”

This is where we were headed, until She used the “plague” to give the whole world a time-out, with time to reflect on whether or not we want to jump over that precipice, or not.

One of my earliest “conversations” with the luminous darkness, involved me asking what do They do, with all the horrible and inhuman things we do to each other. I felt a lot of anguish, knowing my own role in such acts of callous indifference. Her reply: “We turn it into Love”.

It took me 14 years before I could start to see how They did that.

Recently tornadoes roared through several States, destroying buildings, and killing hundreds. She knows we are immortal, so receives all who were to die at the Gate of Death. For the living, lives are ruled for a time by chaos, yet in the middle of all that are human deeds of love. People have needs, and other people are called to care. New relationships are formed. Old life patterns are now forced to change.

One – of the stories of a helper – is about man, who hitched his big barbecue stove to his truck, loaded up a bunch of food, and came and cooked and helped.

Keep in mind that the human being is an aspect of the Mystery, not just a needy part. When She said “We” turn it into love, She included us.

Once upon a long ago, true shaman/priests communed-with the Beings of Weather. Those talents live today, and folks will do good if they start to trust the Ideas that come to them in the face of all the chaos, that goes with the Dying and Becoming of “Western” civilization.

The Mother fancies that the Law could also be put to good use. The details of those ideas here: https://thecollectiveimagination.com/shamans-law-firm/

The principle one being: If a Corporation can be a Person before the Law, then certainly a Planet can be a Person before the Law.

The Meditating Scholar” – part five

Law and Spirits (aka: politricks) in the Light of the Moon

Rudolf Steiner offered an idea as regards human social life, in the sense of its potential ideal nature. It was called: “The Threefold Social Order” (or Organism).

The three spheres are: Cultural Life, Political-Legal Life, and Economic Life. The underling idea of the Cultural Life is Freedom … of the Political-Legal Life is Equality … and of the Economic Life is Brotherhood.

Many anthroposophists recognize these Ideas are not yet fully realized, and take the view that we can help Society to better inner balance, if these principles are understood and applied on a wider scale.

When I began my phenomenological studies of social-political life, my question was not so much in what direction should we develop our shared social existance, but rather what was this living social organism actually doing, even though yet incomplete in the sense of Steiner’s views.

In my 70th year I wrote: “The Art of God – an actual theory of Everything”.

http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/artofgod.html

I am now 81. Over the course of the last three decades of my life, I have written many observational examinations of Society, and in particular the middle arena, the Political-Legal Life. https://thecollectiveimagination.com/citizenship-and-modern-politricks/

In one of Steiner’s works on Medicine (“Spiritual Science and Medicine”), he suggested to doctors that when they wanted health for the whole system, the middle realm needed to be strengthened.

The middle of living organisms is where balance is achieved between upper and lower fields of activity. Our human societies are living organisms, given the obvious fact that all the parts of any society are living human beings.

Steiner also pointed out that the living human being has three fundamental systems: the nerve-sense system, the heart-lung rhythmic system, and the metabolic-limb system. While each system has its different center, all three are also intimately inter-connected.

Our skin, for example, has three layers: 1. At the outer surface, the sense of touch. 2. At the inner layer metabolic or digestive activities arise, including elimination through the sweat glands. 3. Both systems are served by the rhythmic aspect, in the flow of blood, and if we recall Bardon, the pore-breathing of the light, which we do, even though not so consciously, in the present.

Tomberg wrote a master-work on the Law, which can be found in the book: “The Art of the Good”.

There is in most Nation States a kind of law-creation process. Each geographic area has its history in this regard. Most of us see quite clearly that politricks abuses this law-creation process for the benefit of the wealthy and the powerful.

In America, for example, there seem to be three types of laws, recognized by the Courts, who apply these laws. These are legislative, administrative (regulation), and stare decisis: or case – precedent – law made by judges.

The legislature can grant to smaller entities the power to work out details – which we call: regulations. In America, the Legislative Branch comes first in the Constitution, and has the most powers. The powers of the Executive Branch is laid out secondarily, and the powers of the Judicial Branch comes last.

Most people realize that our public life is controlled by wealth and power, and that

in today’s Way of Doing Business, the whole system is in gridlock. The political parties don’t work together, and perpetual chaos is the result. Unless, … you have enough money.

We really are midst the Dying and Becoming of “Western” Civilization. Because of this fact, expecting our public life to improve is a vain exercise in childish dreams. Rather, we face a time of coming anarchy, as things fall apart, and the center cannot hold. http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/lawspiritanarchy.html

The Rites of the Mother, via the plague and rogue weather, are transforming social life. Each human being is a ship at sea, drifting on currents we can hardly appreciate, yet many seek tea and company. The older ties of family and blood are giving way to what are essentially new kinds of tribes.

Students of social change notice that before major advancements arise, there is a period of chaos. The chaos is itself essential, the same way the organic chaos of the caterpillar – in its cocoon – has to happen before a butterfly can emerge.

Rudolf Steiner said that a near-god Ahriman would incarnate in this age. Keep in mind that we are the microcosm, as regards the Macrocosm, such that we too have such characteristic ahrimanic traits. To the extent that certain higher powers enter and form our shared existence, those thoughts and deeds come through us.

For details of his incarnation (he lives among us at the time I write this): https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/07/19/rovism/ and this:
https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/07/22/overcoming-rovism/

While much of reality is beyond our ability to change (gravity, for example), our social life is ours to heal. We are able to participate how we choose, if we even choose to do nothing. The best places to make changes are right in front of us, in the immediate day to day trials and tribulations.

Each person is in their allotted place, and the Mystery waits upon our choices. This does not exclude collective action.

An essential aspect to appreciate is that there is a Big Picture. We can have ideas and feelings about some individuals or groups, and wish they did not even exist. In this fact lies the hardest task of the meditating scholar. What exists has been approved by the Mystery. Not approved of, for karma and the afterlife are there for all, believers and non-believers alike.

The key was given to us in the Sermon on the Mount. “Judge not”.

Through us then, we get a materialistic science, rooted in numbers. Steiner spoke of the Ahrimanic deception, but I prefer to call this effect the Ahrimanic Enchantment. Under this influence we are meant not to see the world of Nature as having consciousness, but only as a soul-less thing.

The net effect, after about six centuries, is that we know more about death forces, than we do about life forces. We can take apart the world, but can’t make the world. As with atomic energy, we think of DNA, for example, as a mechanical processes, with mathematically established “laws”. We alter “genes” in our foods, and our selves, believing no other forces – such as life forces – need apply.

This is one of the reasons we are having so much trouble and confusion during this plague. Seeing the physical body as a thing, we remove the spiritual component, and fail to cure. Our “leaders”, in this trial, are epidemiologists, whose statistical arts are entirely numerical in nature, and as well are fundamentally guesses based on false and mechanical assumptions regarding the true nature of health and illness.

On a deeper spiritual level, we seem to be repeating the history of the legendary Atlantis. Our mechanistic Ways only give death, and She, who has the whole world in His Hands, is warning us via “Climate Change” that They can and might sweep the board clean, in order to reboot the new becoming civilization from the ground up.

We make atom bombs, and biological weapons, all of which are too dangerous to be allowed to continue their pointless and savage assault on the life sphere of the planet.

The Hopi Prophecy and oral history remembers Atlantis, when evil two-hearted people wrecked their way of life. “The inventive ones, clever but lacking wisdom, made many destructive things by which their lives were disrupted, and which threatened to destroy all the people.”

Details of my research are here: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/eldbr.html and here: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/twbhp.html

The leaders of the Hopi, as they fled the impending doom of Atlantis, involved two migrations. One into the Americas, where they were to travel as far West, North, East, and South, leaving behind rock writings and ruins so that they might not forget they once were a single people.

The priests of the Hopi advised that in the future a white race would appear and claim the land as their own, and as we know this has come to pass. They were also told that among these folks there would be the “true” white brother.

At one point I thought that Anthroposophy-folk might be this true white brother. Others expect this to be a single person. In the Prophecy this group is called: “Sun Clan, they are the children of the Sun”. My understanding of this as that at the time of the end of Atlantis, the Divine still lived in the Sun, a matter Steiner’s research points to as true.

In Christianity this Maker Being (or Beings) is worshiped today, having left the Spiritual Sphere of the Sun, to live as god becoming human, so as to die. In my research on this act of Christ was no so much about saving us, but rather Him having an experience of life and death, in matter, something He could not ask of us, if He didn’t do it Himself.

There are many Mysteries here, but the main one for this “part” is understanding that the Hopi expected the True White Brother, who was to be known by the Red Symbol, which was to take command of the Meha, the four forces of nature, for the benefit of the Sun.

At this moment the whole world would be in turmoil, having first lived through two world-wide wars, and then the third event (which may not happen) where the True White Brother intervenes and the last conflict is resolved in a good fashion.

We are in that Last Conflict, which the Hopi call: “The Day of Purification”. The keys riddle for me was, in what way would the True White Brother be “true”?

The answer that satisfies me the most, is that like the Hopi we would recognize – scientifically – the spirit in nature.

The Four Forces of Nature are the Ethereal Forces described by Steiner. The Red Symbol is the Rose Cross and the Sacred Heart, … that is, an amalgam of esoteric and exoteric Christianity. Given that the Anthroposophical Society has failed on so many levels, mostly due to karma, the Spirits of Inspiration influenced the ‘60’s awakening, a new age of Goddess worship, and as well the environmental movement, where Steiner and his students have provided important sources of understanding.

Goethean science, not much favored by A. Society leaders, is however the means for seeing the spirit in the processes of nature. The Bioneers annual meeting in mid-October is the much needed Michael Festival, which draws people from all over the world to share their work and understanding of the Being of Nature.

While the Hopi were also called the Younger Brother, those who went East instead of West were called the Elder Brother. In working with this idea, I came to see that the aboriginal and indigenous peoples of the Americas were at one with Nature, and their spiritual ideas also reveal them to be one with themselves.

As a consequence the Younger Brother worked at community building, rooted in ceremony. Meanwhile, according to Steiner, those who travel to the East, went to an area near the Gobi Desert, founding spiritual schools from which all the civilizations, which eventually gave birth to “Western” civilization, arose.

These developments were meant to develop the ego forces, the individuality of the human being, which is now at its apex. If we were to give a name to these different ways, to the West – from Atlantis – went the folk whose spiritual life fostered community, which can be symbolized by a circle. The ego forces, on the other hand, were cultivated by those who went East from Atlantis, leading toward the Not I, But Christ in me, symbolized by the cross.

Among the Hopi lore is the idea that for the right future, the circle and the cross must unite. They sometimes talk about the “broken stone tablets”, of which there are two pieces that can be made whole. There is a Hopi Symbol using a cross and five circles, which means: “Together with all nations we protect both land and life and hold the world in balance.”

We live in that yet to be created era. Also, among Hopi lore, is the idea we are the people for which we have been waiting.

Included in Hopi lore is the idea of the Red and Blue Kachinas. The Red spirit is Lucifer, and the Blue spirit is Ahriman. We live in a time of great ahrimanic excess, which means a luciferic counter-pull is required. For example, the Dionysian rite of the ‘60’s.

http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/moon~%21~earth.html is a link to an essay: “Medicine Woman is Here”, which is about a remarkable film, and the coming future relationship with the Return of the Moon. In essence, it is about the offering of the Emerald Tablet to the Third Eye of Anthroposophia, matters which Tomberg and Bardon initiated at a very high, and deep, level.

In my research on the migrations following the Atlantean Catastrophe, there was a third group, which did not live in Atlantis. They were travelers, in both the realms of the waters, and of the air. Recent archaeological studies have established the existence of fifteen to thirty symbols that are the same in the most ancient cultures all over world.

The travelers wove the world together. They engaged in intermarriages, which explains some of the DNA riddles we discover, suggesting aboriginals came from strange places. Not knowing of Atlantis, or the migrations and traveler influences, research into DNA works from materialistic assumptions about how peoples’ DNA got from one distant place to another.

Far above, I wrote of people forming new tribes, as a means to survive the coming chaos. Some will migrate and settle, and with good fortune, they will practice ceremonies seeing the Earth as a living being. Others of the new tribes will keep traveling, again making possible the weaving together of our understanding of the spirit in the New Age. [see the movie: “Station Eleven”]

We are still in the chaos producing time, yet already we can observe travelers and re-settlers in vast movements all over the Earth. As “Climate Change” evolves, it is very likely that as many as 90% of the population will die, many grateful for the opportunity to sojourn in the After Life, not needing to return so quickly as been the case recently.

The population explosion exists because the possibilities for transformative experiences is quite special in our array of Nows.

Tomberg on the Law writes this way, which can be an important sequence of thought for meditation on any ideas:

1) there is the concept of law, a phenomenological approach …

2) the idea of law, an historical picture …

and

3) the essence of law, when the gaze of moral thought is directed at seeking the true nature of law [“The Art of the Good”].

As new communities arise, following a period of social chaos, we will still need “law” for organizing these shared trials into social order – out of Freedom (a renewed Cultural Life) we develop Equality (a renewed Political-Legal Life), which then gives birth to Brotherhood (a renewed Economic Life).


The Meditating Scholar” part six … Merry Christmas

Wild Magic

A lot of the previous “parts” were to provide context. At this juncture it is necessary to consider the idea of personal Rites. It would be useful to the reader to make a list of the natural ritual of their day. Much of what we do day to day repeats itself. That ritual can be given various new self-chosen meanings.

The future includes an increase in what I call Wild Magic. People have different talents, and the Mother seems to intend to seed the coming transformations with such gifts. Today’s TV shows involve folk who “channel”, others who chase ghosts, some are called “mediums”, and of late there are the children who are remembering past lives. One of my Lady’s favorites involves people discovering “portals”, or “vortexes”.

Then there are the ideas of Ancient Alien Theorists, and the folk who have been abducted by beings from outer space. Included in Wild Talents are the folks like horse whisperers, and tht fellow in communion-with an octopus.

The Goddess Natura waits for us to come calling, and courting. Recently I ran into the word “manifesting”. As I understand that term, we can have/wish a causal effect on some future event. In looking back over my own life, I realized that what I “manifested” was more frequently realized if the thoughts were selfless, and other-directed.

I have for decades had an interest in films and books, especially if “magic” is an aspect of the tales. There seems to be two major types of activity, such as for example: the stories in the TV shows: Charmed, and/or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, where the good “witches” fight off demons.

The other major type is horror movies, such as Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street. In these stories innocent people, especially children, get caught up in running from, and maybe turning and fighting, the most horrible troubles the film makers can imagine. We even have a name for some of this obscene bloodletting: “Slasher” movies.

In both these types, the vehicle is the fantastic imagination. The “fantastic imagination” is not rooted in actual phenomena, although many such works of “art” will say they are based on a true story. The real imagination plays a powerful role in knowledge, when we on purpose recreate in picture-thinking an experience as it unfolds over time.

We should not forget Madness.

I worked for several years on the “graveyard” shift at a for-profit behavioral (mental) hospital. There was a regular patient there, who had horrible hallucinations, which featured experiences/visions of blood and the voice of Charles Manson. One late night we were sitting in the quiet room, waiting for her meds to kick in, and talking about these apparitions, when the thought crossed my mind to suggest to her, … what if it was not Charles Manson you were meeting, but Robin Williams?

She said: “then people would think I really was crazy”, which had us both laughing for several moments.

I did have a patient for which demonic possession seemed the only explanation for his behavior. He came to us from a different hospital, who assured us he was just someone needing new meds, and given that his parents had some wealth (so they could pay the full cost), we admitted this young man. In reality it was a dump job, where the sending hospital lied us into accepting him.

The staff was gathering around him, because he would not take direction, and it looked like we might have to take him down, wrap him in a canvass and wooden restraint apparatus, and put him in the quiet room. As we approached, he grabbed at one woman staff member’s breast, and then as we got closer, he turned suddenly and struck another woman in the face. She was wearing glasses and the cuts required a trip to the ER – 12 stitches.

I sat with him in the quiet room for the rest of the night, and for several hours he struggled against the restraint, never still and mostly yelling at me what awful things he would do to me. We had the sheriffs come and take him away in shackles that morning.

I wrote a long essay on my experiences in mental health: “Healing the Insanity of Psychiatric Medicines and Practices” http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/mental.html One of the points I made in that essay was that we consider that some of the experiences of the Mad are real. How? Their fate was to have an abnormal relationship to the threshold between the material and spiritual worlds. In more ancient times, such folk were seen to be touched by the divine, and often became prophets.

A few years ago I began to think of our daily ritual/rites as a kind of Labyrinth. There is much sameness in our activities, yet each morning’s water rites, and rituals for eating, are never exactly the same in that day’s specifics.

I also thought about the thoughts that went with these rituals, and it seems workable to think of these repeating activities as united with a kind of Maze in the mind. Traps await those not paying attention.

We also make and unmake personal myths. We can be scientists of the spirit in how we look at these common experiences. Even though similar on the surface, the Labyrinth and the Maze vary each day, as well as being highly individualized.

One of the reasons the Maya counted days was that the primary cycle of life was the Day. Then there are the monthly and annual rituals. If you are a traditional anthroposophist, you recognize four seasonal periods of ritual activity: The Twelve Holy Nights at Christmas; the Seven Holy Days of Easter; St. John’s Tide (Summer Solstice); and, Michaelmas (the Autumn Equinox).

If you study a bit of Wicca, there are then eight ritual aspects to the year: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheel_of_the_Year As well, we have the twelve moons of the year: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Full_moon

Rudolf Steiner produced what he called: “A Calendar of the Soul”, basically a weekly rhythm, with each week given poetic verses as to what is happening to the life of the Soul over the course of a year.

Most of the ideas connected to these weekly rhythms can be approached in two ways. One is to study them before, as if that can be a guide for our experience. I prefer to live the time periods I pick first, and then read the indications afterward. The point for me has been to feel what I actually feel, and develop that capacity without preconceptions.

Next is a sample complex Labyrinth, which I see as a kind of experimental structure, for being “scientific” is crucial, as long as we include art and religion. I don’t have to follow it, in large part because my experience is that setting goals makes more trouble than that should. A goal is something we can fail at. That fact is part of the reason we need to learn to live in the Now. What we need to do is to realize that to survive the day, the week, the month, and the year is itself a wonder:

do: (matins/2a.m.) 7 opi*

do-re: “I am the true Vine” … rhetoric … washing the feet>self-care

re: (lauds/sunrise) 7-8
re-mi: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” … grammar … the scourging >meditation/research

mi: (prime/6a.m.) 8-11
mi-fa: “I am the Door” … logic … the crowning with thorns>writing

fa: (terce/9a.m.) 12-3

fa-sol: “I am the Bread of Life” … astronomy … the carrying the cross>THC*

sol: (sext/miday) 3-5
sol-la: “I am the Good Shepherd” … geometry … the crucifixion>hand art

la: (none/3p.m.) 5-8 opi*

la-ti: “I am the Light of the World” … arithmetic … the death>theoretic arithmetic

ti: (vespers/sunset) 8-9

ti-do: “I am the Resurrection and the Life” … music … the resurrection>singing and dancing

do: (compline/before retiring) 10

*On the seas of mortality, Intoxication is Medicine, … “opi” refers to the synthetic non-addictive opiate I take for my chronic knee pain, “THC” refers to the values of Marijuana as an antidote to the heavy foot of the threefold double complex – details here: “The Mystery of Evil in the Light of the Sermon on the Mount” http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/mysteryofevil.html

The numbers above approximate the actual time of my day, although the names come from the ritual practices of nuns and monks, usually called: The Rule, for each Order.

There are seven “I am” statements in the Gospel of John, and seven liberal arts, as well as seven stages of the Passion of Christ. The notes after the “>” are potential activities.

In an earlier “part”, I pointed out that the highest “Power” to seek is knowledge. We get fantastic uses of “powers” in film and television, whether it is Harry Potter, and the Marvel Avenger films. None of that is really possible.

In the Bardon places on Facebook, it is clear that some seek just that self important goal of powers. Should they really study his works, they would see a whole set of instructions for healing others, all of which can be done without being noticed. It is “Silence” that grants the highest “powers”. As to knowledge, that we can and ought to share.

I made a series of videos for YouTube: “On Becoming a Real Wizard”. In a sense, the word wizard is a stand-in for wise head and wise heart. A wizard seeks wisdom: aka knowledge, which is why I emphasize that the Meditating Scholar needs to learn to experience “Ideas”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBCW9MyliMM&list=PL4CAB86F6A9E5F238&ab_channel=JoelWendt

“In basic terms, Plato’s Theory of Forms asserts that the physical world is not really the ‘real’ world; instead, ultimate reality exists beyond our physical world. … The Forms are abstract, perfect, unchanging concepts or ideals that transcend time and space; they exist in the Realm of Forms.”

I have found that a good way to connect with the Goddess Natura is through communion-with so called “dead” trees. http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/GrandmotherTree.html

Nature is a whole, not parts, as even materialistic science is discovering. The root networks are thought to be a vehicle for the trees to exchange matter, and even some kind of knowing with each other. The mycelium network is huge, and gives us Mushrooms and their medicinal and spiritual effects.

“Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus or fungus-like bacterial colony, consisting of a mass of branching, thread-like hyphae. The mass of hyphae is sometimes called shiro, especially within the fairy ring fungi. Fungal colonies composed of mycelium are found in and on soil and many other substrates.” Wikipedia

A leader in this field is Paul Stamets. In the television show Star Trek Discovery, a new form of instantaneous stellar transportation is discovered, based on the whole universe being interconnected via Mycelium. The name of the lead scientist character on the show: Paul Stamets.

The hallucinogenic called “psilocybin” is a type of mycelium, and has been discovered to be very helpful to people needing to recover from severe trauma, and/or facing certain death through an incurable disease.

“Hemp, or industrial hemp, is a botanical class of Cannabis sativa cultivars grown specifically for industrial or medicinal use. It can be used to make a wide range of products. Along with bamboo, hemp is among the fastest growing plants on Earth.” Wikipedia

Folks who study old growth forests (never cut down, or otherwise altered), discover that in this free from human harm place, unusual organisms can be found, that do stuff like take apart the oil from oil spills, and can also transform such horrors as nerve gas.

The Goddess Natura is the original alchemist. Many of our “pollution” problems can be resolved if we open our heart’s mind to Her Magics. The curse of “dominion over”, from the Old Testament, that came to be when the wisdom of the Goddess was being abandoned, can now be healed through “communion-with”.

I had a vision one day, that the mycelium network was a physical manifestation of

the fully spiritual thought world … just as “water” is a physical manifestation of the spiritual nature of the life sphere.

In looking at the coming collapse of “civilization”, it seems highly likely that cities (huge concentrations of people) will fail, and that there will be migrations towards cultivatable open lands. For some, becoming a farmer (hemp and bamboo) will be just a way station. These latter folks will seek to return to the wild places, and become United with Them the Way aboriginal and indigenous peoples once lived.

If we were to appreciate the Mystery nature of the Covid Plague, we will see that scientific materialism (all is matter, there is no spirit) was not up to the task of dealing with this crisis. At the same time, for those who wish to work to manifest the defeat of scientific materialism, such a task should not be assumed to be impossible.

Around what Idea could ordinary humanity unite? In “part” seven, we will explore: If a Corporation can be a Person before the Law, then certainly a Planet can be a Person before the Law, a matter to be effected by a world-wide annual magical Rite: aka: Earth Day.

The Meditating Scholar” part seven

We … are the Earth, …

… whether Scorpion or Rose, Wall-flower or High-Flier. I wrote a book about the power of “naming”: “The Father at Rest – magical and mystical dark-matter physics in the Age of Technological Chaos.”

We are not just the Earth, in a general sense, we are also an Organ of Meaning-Creation. Much that Is, cannot speak “human”, and we are to be Their Voice to each other. Tomberg writes that, while we can argue “today” that the Earth is not the material center of the Universe, it should be obvious, at a spiritual level, that the Earth is the Center of the Meaning of the Cosmos, for the Mystery Itself became “human”, followed us into matter, and then through the Gate of Death.

Where are those pesky advanced star-traveling civilizations scientific materialism insists must exist? The truth is that there is nothing for this fancied superior race to say, since we are its leading edge. When we lost the Goddess, that vast Intelligence went silent, and we erroneously felt ourselves to be the only entity – on the Earth – with an interior self-aware sentient conscientiousness.

So … if … we want Contact, like in all the wise mysteries, that answer has always been right in front of us.

It has also been obvious that the human being is wrecking the world. We can’t get along with each other, so it is no wonder that we don’t get along with the “being sentient” quality of the material world either.

Scientific materialism is the fouled soil of the current Plague. We are ignorant of Reality, and have made a religion that claims to be better than religion. When we deconstruct the ideas that came with the Covid Mystery, we will find that whole – allegedly scientific literature – is filled with theories: aka: systems of beliefs.

As a consequence, it is possible to wake up each morning filled instinctively with Rage, for all the chaos and death connected to the mistaken “idea” of this plague. As this madness continues, with no end in sight, we sense a wrongness which yet has no name. https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/12/27/occams-razor/

If we are parents or teachers, we know the dream life of our children is being raped by the makers of gloom and doom. At the same time we don’t have much choice – or time – but to trust authority, being too busy raising the children, and creating the wealth, to make the journey to the Emerald City, look behind the Media Curtain, and learn that the Wizard of Oz is a Fraud.

Who built the Emerald City? Who wrote the Emerald Tablet?

Dorothy is not alone. A friend, apparently without a heart, walks with her. As well, another friend, who seems to have no brain. All accompanied by a friendly appearing coward, as well as a dog, man’s best friend, who pulls the curtain aside.

The Lords of Finance ** think they rule, yet are powerless against Rogue Weather, Death, Music, and their own vanities and appetites.

** http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/Rebellion.html

Can a single Idea heal all?

If a Corporation can be a Person before the Law, then certainly a Planet can be a Person before the Law. There is Wild Magic around to aid in our quest for truth, and “The Art of the Good”. Ceremony keeps the world in balance, taught the Hopi.

America’s Shakespeare, David E. Kelley, is a great dramatist, who also does comedy. In his series “Picket Fences”, he would – in the first part of each episode – raise a deep social question; and, then frame it in such a way that its resolution involved a court of law, where opinions would be subject to cross examination, and well developed rules of evidence.

When the Covid Mystery first appeared, my original response was: Why do people trust the News, the Politicians, and Big Pharma? It is hard to imagine any other institutions with such a poor relationship with the truth.

I also knew that as this tragedy ran its course, the folks making up the faux meaning/picture of “plague”- if there is any justice – would end up in courts of law, where they were under oath to tell the truth, and had no wriggle room to assert their opinions amounted to knowledge of facts.

In “The Meditating Scholar”, part one, I told of how Divine Providence had led me to the works of Franz Bardon, and then to Rudolf Steiner, following which I made the acquaintance of Valentin Tomberg. Before that, in my early twenties, She led me to law school, where I got a Juris Doctor degree, became able to practice law in both Montana and Colorado, and spent half a year as a clerk on the Montana Supreme Court.

As I became aware of the historical dynamics, which led us to a “science” without spirit – a chief problem with the “plague” truths – there came a moment of inspiration, which was that it would be possible to take that fundamental dysfunction in “Western” Civilization, and – as in Picket Fences – into the Court of Public Opinion, via environmental lawsuits, where the “plaintiff” was the Earth Being, who needs us to advocate for Her, and ourselves, on the basis that if a Corporation can be a Person before a Court of Law, then surely a Planet can be a person before a Court of Law.

I began working out certain details here: “Shaman’s Law Firm”: https://thecollectiveimagination.com/shamans-law-firm/

The main issue is the validity of scientific materialism, which had its moment in history, and now needs to be overcome.

An essential point is that it is not necessary to seek to “win” such a suit, where the plaintiff is the Planet. It is important that people get to decide such a game-changing riddle for themselves. The lawsuits are for the purpose of waking up the general public to the Mystery – i.e. we seek to inform the Court of Public Opinion, and then trust their individual judgments.

Understanding Ritual, I also could see that Earth Day already existed, and that law suits could be filed on that day, annually. The defendants in the law suits are those institutions that place wealth before the public good. There are environmental activists all over the world, and were these to collectively begin to file such suits – first just a few, and then many – we help the world wake up to the limits of scientific materialism.

We change the conversation to the core problem of knowledge – asserting that spirit is real, and has its place in how we live together and manage (be stewards of) the life sphere of the Planet, on which all who live depend.

Some readers of this will be aware that when a suit is filed, the defendant can make a “motion to dismiss”. At this point we find ourselves with the question: What evidence does there exist that “spirit” is real?

We have to offer some, and in that offering the public will become aware of what I call: “New Gospels of the Second Becoming of Christ”. Most of these materials are rooted in Goethean Science, which while hardly known on a wide scale today, that was also the situation when Natural Philosophy first appeared five to six hundred years ago. That appearance was called the Copernican Revolution, and at the time of Galileo and others, these thinkers were at war with the dominate religion at that time – Roman Catholicism, and few knew those ideas existed.

As Natural Philosophy became unnatural science, it traveled a path of seeking the smallest bits of stuff, on the assumption that from such the world is formed. In addition, to be an acceptable “scientific” fact required something that can be counted and measured.

In philosophy of psychology corners of our shared investigations, it is recognized that most of our actual experience is “qualia”, such as the taste of a pickle, or the sigh we make as the sun sets. None of this can be counted or measured, so we get unnatural science which only trusts the quantitative, and not the qualitative. In the Pandemic this blindness led medical unnatural science to ignore these spiritual qualities: Stress, Sensitivity, Will to live, and the immune system, whose better “name” is the Wisdom of the Body.

Some thinkers resisted those tendencies, so we could say there has come to exist a Counter-Copernican Revolution, including the qualitative, beginning with the Romantic Movement in Europe, followed by the Transcendentalists in America, and then the works of Bardon, Steiner, and Tomberg, which are fully “scientific” in their nature, although currently little known.

These New Gospels can be offered into evidence, in response to a motion to dismiss. They can even be mentioned in the original pleadings, and the question of the truth in these regards is now firmly before the Court of Public Opinion, whether or not the motion is granted.

Another worthwhile tactic is to subpoena witnesses. Usually one puts on one’s own witnesses and leave to the defense to offer its knights in scientific armor. That does not preclude us from calling these witnesses ourselves, when we present our case in chief. Such as Fauci, and other dominate figures, can be subpoenaed, to appear before the defense calls them. When they are reluctant, we can ask the judge to declare them hostile witnesses, which allows us to ask leading questions.

That is, … it becomes News, and is a narrative we control, which is the goal. https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/10/13/new-gospels-of-the-second-becoming-of-christ/

With justice, some folks will wonder about the use of the word Christ, and the inference that somehow that “religion” is superior to the others. Keeping in mind that we decide the meaning, that comes from “naming”; and, when I use the word Christ I do not use it in the Way many religious folks mean today.

To me “Christ” is just another name for the Maker, the Creator, that which “Fathers” existence on all levels. Each ancient religion has their idea of the Maker, and when I refer to the Gospels of the Second Becoming of the Creator, I mean to include all the related historical “names”.

The prior “name” of the Maker, as it appears historically, always arises in a particular context – in a specific region of the Earth, and among certain different types of Peoples. We confuse ourselves when we think that each “religion” is an artifact, which scientific materialism considers to be various Ways of Belief.

We really only begin to grasp the Reality, when we accept that each “name” refers to the same Immortal Being. While today’s science, and its acolytes, try to dominate thinking in this regard, for the most part that science makes this grave assumption: that it – today’s “science” – is the first rational investigator of the nature of “consciousness”.

To this unnatural science, The Way of the Tao, Yoga, Sufism, ancient Egyptian Hermetic Science, Alchemy, Rosicrucianism, and so forth, are false explanations of Reality, done by people who mistook the world for a Divine Mystery, rather than a knowable and predictable mechanical system.

The main religious ideas of unnatural science, such as the Big Bang, and Neo-Darwinism, in a rather clever fashion, take the underlying perceptual issues, and ignore them by inventing (naming them) inviolate; and, what is worse, the serious questions are actually shoved off of the board of matters/riddles needing careful investigation.

Rupert Sheldrake** remarks that this incomplete science asks that if we just give them one “miracle” (the Big Bang), they can then explain all the rest. Scientists are “priests” of a religion, which is not so much wrong, as it is unfinished. Reality is Matter And Spirit. ** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKHUaNAxsTg&ab_channel=JamesDeardenBush

In the hands of humans, each “religion” tries to assert primacy of understanding. My God is more bad-ass than your god. For the scientist/priest, their gods are random chance and accident.

The long term reality is that we are ourselves meant to create our own “religion”. Bardon, in his section on Theory, writes of the God Idea as if that was personal as well.

Meditating playfully **, on our personal “idea” of God – the Divine Mystery, is an important quality for self-understanding. ** “concentration without effort”.

Besides Bardon, Tomberg, and Steiner, who were basically 20th Century sages, there exist, in the place they did not go – the Americas – three other 21st Century – personalities, who might as well be called Shamans, given their alliance with, and devotion to, the Mother.

Europe tends to be a place where the soul leans in the direction of a kind of idealism: “the best Way is the purist Way”, In the Americas, “the best Way is the Way that works.”

In the article on the New Gospels, I describe Catherine MacCoun’s work: “On Becoming an Alchemist – a guide for the modern magician”, a gospel of soul. I describe Stephen Clarke’s works as a gospel of the Mother.

Stephen, for what ever reasons, doesn’t make books, although in the New Gospels article are several links to amazing writings, for example: https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/04/06/bob-dylan-and-an-initiatory-tradition-in-popular-culture-by-stephen-clarke/

My book, which is a gospel of the Second Becoming – “the Way of the Fool”, goes with: “The Art of God – an actual theory of Everything” as a gospel of human social and political life.

What makes something “a” (not “the”) gospel is that those who write/share such works are having awake meetings with Christ (the Maker), in the ethereal realm, aka: the world of thought. And, She who has the whole world in His Hands, is available as well to what deserves to be called: “the heart’s mind”.

During playful meditation on Ideas, we are in this realm already. Given that this occurs in our own “soul”, every aspect is right in front of us. Only we get to give meaning to “our” life. And, when wrestling with a moral dilemma, we create the true and the good, as that works for us.

This is not easy, given that the “right thing to do” is often the hardest thing to do. All the same, the choice is ours, a private act, which is why the Maker’s advice is to pray/meditate in private.

Here is a little “trick” … when you speak to the Mystery in private, speak out loud. Even a whisper works. While you speak aloud, in the own heart’s mind the reply will be heard, such as it were. The existential nature of the “reply” occurs almost simultaneously with our whisper, which helps us recognize that a real spiritual dialogue is happening. If we need ideas, or such, there will be words. If we need nurturing, the response may be a feeling.

In Tomberg’s way of looking at this, he observes that the “office of our personal angel” serves as an intermediary with the deeper Mystery. The “wings” are a symbol of a kind of respiration between our spirit and the greater Spirit … a movement where the guardian angel takes our prayers to Him and Her, as needed by the situation, and then returns with the “answer”.

There is one last, and not least, point … regarding the question of the nature of time. We are acclimated by our cultures to see time as a linear experience. Yet, in the spiritual world time is simultaneous, not linear, for the Mystery lives outside time and space. All is Now.

Sages, such as Steiner, can meditate on the patterns of the present, and with thinking imagine that they can speak of the past and future in a scientific fashion, aka: the so-called “Akashic Chronicles”, because the pattern of the present “speaks” qualitatively of its originating roots, and its pending flowers.

William Gibson, whose artistic genius coined the term: Cyberspace, also writes of what is called “pattern recognition”, which we all posses via having the “imagination”. We use this faculty semi-consciously, and with playful self-training the practice can become a quite useful skill, keeping in mind the idea of concentration without effort.

Another brilliant writer (miss-described as a writer of science fiction) is Frank Herbert, the author of a series of novels that began with “Dune”. Many of his characters do “pattern recognition”, and these six books are a sound imaginary dissertation on a skill we all can grow into a Way of Perception.

Decisions are in the Now, and reacted to in the Now, by Beings not bound to space and time. This axis of time-qualities solves the problem of apparent conflict between destiny/fate, and free will.

They are everywhere/when, a kind of womb for our free will … we choose, the Mystery nurtures.

At the midnight hour – in between lives – we make a work of art, a kind of mandala of linear time, which as we descend into life its memory fades (like the destiny of Tibetan sand paintings), and our higher self surrenders to the mystery of the marriage of higher and lower natures = puzzle …. the light of the ideal – the Sun – and the fire of the appetites – the Moon and the Earth.

“The terms “red pill” and “blue pill” refer to a choice between the willingness to learn a potentially unsettling or life-changing truth by taking the red pill or remaining in contented ignorance with the blue pill. The terms refer to a scene in the 1999 film The Matrix.” Wikipedia.

Some readers may recall, that in an earlier “part” I referred to the Hopi image of the Red and Blue Kachinas. I wrote of the Blue Kachina as Ahriman, in whose grip – “scientific materialism” – we now live. To counter that “weight” we need Lucifer, who tempts us to intoxication, and the unearthly life in the Dreaming.

When the Mother’s mycelium network of medicinal substances are applied, this frees the soul and spirit from the dread of materialism. We find, through these magic mushrooms, that there is a light filled world, where the excessive gravitas (weight) of earthly life passes away, and we know that we too are mystery and immortal, with brothers and sisters such as animal and plant spirits, and guiding friends like Planets and Stars.

With our freedom we become then a kind of individual and unique rogue genius in action. The Meditating Scholar plays with ideas, and the Ideas play with us.

Appendixes

Group-play:

If a single person was to purchase all the books that could be bought, that are mentioned above, we are talking of costs on the range of several hundreds of dollars. If we form a “study group”, we can share the cost.

Steiner students pioneered such a way of study, although by confining themselves to Steiner all the time Steiner, they produce a one-sided religion, which could be called “Steinerism”. Steiner himself showed the Way around this, by describing what he called the “reverse cultus”.

The ordinary “cultus”, such as the ceremonial Rites of one or another religion, have the effect of drawing down/near Beings of the Ideas, with which we seek intercourse. This “contact” is largely semi-conscious. We go to church, and end up with a good “feeling”, and a renewed sense of fellowship.

In the “reverse cultus”, the circle of playful conversation rises up, together, where we become more conscious of That which also seeks contact. The idea, of this kind of shared play-with-ideas, has subtle aspects, and details can be found here: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/reversecultus.html

A principle aspect is that no one is to be seen as “knowing better” than others. As the conversation proceeds, the “spirit” moves from one to another, each encouraged to share what is on their heart’s mind. The totality of the conversation then enables the whole group to rise into “contact”, yet each in their own personal Way.

The Covid Mystery:

Most of us are aware of what might be called the Official Narrative. What is next are three statements, by different authors, regarding various questions and points of view.

It is not the point to engage in “argument”. Rather these are offered as a kind of practical work for the developing capacity to play with ideas, and do our own version of “pattern recognition”.

These papers are just ideas. At the same time, ideas can be wrong, and if the reader wants personal freedom, it will not hurt to playfully engage the thinking of others, because the next years may involve an unraveling of the Official Narrative, a difficult task for both the individuals and the communities with which we ourselves participate.

I should add, for those readers familiar with the Effects of Divine Providence on our lives, that while I was writing this book, these three papers spontaneously appeared on my Facebook feed within the last 30 days. I instinctively saved their files, but only thought to include them in this Way after I finished my last review of this book.

Professor Udi Qimron, Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University,

wrote this letter.

Ministry of Health, it’s time to admit failure

In the end, the truth will always be revealed, and the truth about the coronavirus policy is beginning to be revealed. When the destructive concepts collapse one by one, there is nothing left but to tell the experts who led the management of the pandemic – we told you so.

Two years late, you finally realize that a respiratory virus cannot be defeated and that any such attempt is doomed to fail. You do not admit it, because you have admitted almost no mistake in the last two years, but in retrospect it is clear that you have failed miserably in almost all of your actions, and even the media is already having a hard time covering your shame.

You refused to admit that the infection comes in waves that fade by themselves, despite years of observations and scientific knowledge. You insisted on attributing every decline of a wave solely to your actions, and so through false propaganda “you overcame the plague.” And again you defeated it, and again and again and again.

You refused to admit that mass testing is ineffective, despite your own contingency plans explicitly stating so (“Pandemic Influenza Health System Preparedness Plan, 2007”, p. 26).

You refused to admit that recovery is more protective than a vaccine, despite previous knowledge and observations showing that non-recovered vaccinated people are more likely to be infected than recovered people. You refused to admit that the vaccinated are contagious despite the observations. Based on this, you hoped to achieve herd immunity by vaccination — and you failed in that as well.

You insisted on ignoring the fact that the disease is dozens of times more dangerous for risk groups and older adults, than for young people who are not in risk groups, despite the knowledge that came from China as early as 2020.

You refused to adopt the “Barrington Declaration”, signed by more than 60,000 scientists and medical professionals, or other common sense programs. You chose to ridicule, slander, distort and discredit them. Instead of the right programs and people, you have chosen professionals who lack relevant training for pandemic management (physicists as chief government advisers, veterinarians, security officers, media personnel, and so on).

You have not set up an effective system for reporting side effects from the vaccines, and reports on side effects have even been deleted from your Facebook page. Doctors avoid linking side effects to the vaccine, lest you persecute them as you did with some of their colleagues. You have ignored many reports of changes in menstrual intensity and menstrual cycle times. You hid data that allows for objective and proper research (for example, you removed the data on passengers at Ben Gurion Airport). Instead, you chose to publish non-objective articles together with senior Pfizer executives on the effectiveness and safety of vaccines.

Irreversible damage to trust:

However, from the heights of your hubris, you have also ignored the fact that in the end the truth will be revealed. And it begins to be revealed. The truth is that you have brought the public’s trust in you to an unprecedented low, and you have eroded your status as a source of authority. The truth is that you have burned hundreds of billions of shekels to no avail – for publishing intimidation, for ineffective tests, for destructive lockdowns and for disrupting the routine of life in the last two years.

You have destroyed the education of our children and their future. You made children feel guilty, scared, smoke, drink, get addicted, drop out, and quarrel, as school principals around the country attest. You have harmed livelihoods, the economy, human rights, mental health and physical health.

You slandered colleagues who did not surrender to you, you turned the people against each other, divided society and polarized the discourse. You branded, without any scientific basis, people who chose not to get vaccinated as enemies of the public and as spreaders of disease. You promote, in an unprecedented way, a draconian policy of discrimination, denial of rights and selection of people, including children, for their medical choice. A selection that lacks any epidemiological justification.

When you compare the destructive policies you are pursuing with the sane policies of some other countries — you can clearly see that the destruction you have caused has only added victims beyond the vulnerable to the virus. The economy you ruined, the unemployed you caused, and the children whose education you destroyed — they are the surplus victims as a result of your own actions only.

There is currently no medical emergency, but you have been cultivating such a condition for two years now because of lust for power, budgets and control. The only emergency now is that you still set policies and hold huge budgets for propaganda and psychological engineering instead of directing them to strengthen the health care system.

This emergency must stop

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Coronavirus

The Coronavirus is the joker in the game, it’s a game changer. Virus are not alive, neither is it dead material. It’s in a state in the middle between the physical and the plant, the etheric. Outside a cell it’s potential life, inside a cell it becomes living as result of the life in the cell. When people become deadly sick by this virus the physical body and etheric body is loosened from each other, we are not bound to the physical world as much, we become less materialistic, we hear the inspirations from the spiritual world much better. The virus can be very aggressive, and for those who survive it’s aggressive form, the etheric body and physical body have been loosened as if by a scalpel. Sickness, accidents or strong shock may separate the physical and etheric body, and this makes us less materialistic, we are also less prone creating new karma, and we are more open to inspirations from the spiritual. Rudolf Steiner has described how Goethe was sick and how it changed his connection to the spiritual world.

From “The Karma of Vocation” – On Goethe 

”With Goethe, this force of soul became even stronger, and yet he lived to an advanced age. What enabled him to live so long? You will recall that I reminded you yesterday of a fact that intervened significantly in Goethe’s life.. After he had spent some years in Leipzig as a student, he became seriously ill and stood face to face with death. He virtually looked death in the face. This illness is, to be sure, a natural phenomenon in the organism. However, we never learn to understand a man who creates out of the elemental forces of the world — indeed, we never learn really to understand any man — unless we take into consideration such events in the course of his karma. What really happened to Goethe when he became ill in Leipzig? We may describe it as a complete loosening of the etheric body in which the life forces of the soul had been active until then.  It was loosened to such an extent that, after this illness, he no longer had that closely knit connection between the etheric and the physical bodies that he had formerly possessed. The etheric body, however, is the supersensible member in us that really makes it possible to form concepts, to think. Abstract concepts such as we have in ordinary life, the only concepts that are approved by most persons who are materialistically disposed, come about through the fact that the etheric body is, as it were, closely united with the physical by a strong magnetic union. It is also through this fact that we possess a strong impulse to project our will into the physical world, that is, provided the astral body is strongly developed. In the case of Robespierre, Mirabeau and Danton, we have an etheric body strongly united with the physical but also a powerfully developed astral body. This works, in turn, upon the etheric body, which establishes these human individualities strongly in the physical world. Goethe was also organized like this, but another force now worked in him and brought about a complication. The result was that the etheric body was loosened and remained so through the illness that had brought him to the point of death. When the etheric body is no longer so intimately united with the physical body, however, it no longer thrusts its forces into the physical but retains them. This explains the transformation Goethe passed through when he returned to Frankfurt. There, during his acquaintance with Fräulein von Klettenberg, the mystic, and with various medical friends who were devoted to studies in alchemy, and through the writings of Swedenborg, he really developed a systematic spiritual world conception. It was still somewhat chaotic, but nevertheless a systematic spiritual world conception, and he was profoundly inclined to occupy himself with supersensible things.

Here we see how a natural event seems to enter with immense significance into the life of a human being. Undoubtedly, it points to a deeper interrelationship than the one the biographers generally wish to reveal. The significance of an illness to a man cannot be explained on the basis of hereditary tendencies but rather points to the connection between a man and the world in such a way that this relationship must be conceived spiritually. You will note also how Goethe’s life was thus complicated; such experiences determine how we take things in and what we are ourselves.”  Jordan Peterson, who have a strong presence in the physical world, have been near death, and it seems his heart have opened up, I expect much from his side. I have two friends who have gone or are going through the sickness, and there is for the one a stronger personal presence and for the other a deeper clairvoyance than before the sickness. A journalist who after the sickness wasn’t satisfied with his previous job, may also be an indication of an awakening, that their connection to the material world has lessened.

Steiner describes the epidemics of bacillus as the result of a won battle by the higher powers over the Ahrimanic beings who were thrown down on earth (Battle between Michael and Ahriman.) Is the Coronavirus the result of the returned Christ winning over the Asuras?

Source: http://work.tree-of-life.dk/astrological_living_cycle_of_earth.html

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China’s Fusion Super-Reactor

Green Energy Or Lethal Weapon? Or the Sun Demon forces?

Hailed as an “artificial sun” by the Chinese news media, a record-setting plasma energy experiment was a triumphant statement from the EAST (Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak) energy laboratory in Hefei, Anhui Province, in east-central China, east of Nanjing. On December 30, the national fusion-energy program accelerated particles of tritium and deuterium (heavy water sourced from the coolant water of conventional nuclear reactors) inside a toroid or ring-shaped vacuum raceway, called from its Russian origin a “tokamak”.

To prevent the gigantic apparatus from melting down, high-charged electromagnets herd the particle flow through the hollow center of the tokamak, while permitting some of the deuterium to slam into the lithium lining (called a blanket) to create added tritium for the fusion process. By quickening the pulsations along the magnetic ring, the repulsive electric energy that keeps each single-nuclear particle intact is gradually overcome by rising heat and the thrust of acceleration.

At super high speeds, electron bonds that surround the nuclei start to weaken. Think of how that snug-fitting cap is blown off your head when the bicycle gets up to full speed and your hair is tousled in the human-powered “wind”. At that critical moment, the attraction between the two nuclei enables their fusion, creating a particle of helium (a cluster of two nuclei with two electrons). The surplus material is ejected as high-energy neutron, plus various fragments of subatomic detritus. This transformation releases surplus energy, which manifests as intense heat.

As reported by the EAST team, practically unthinkable temperatures were attained, up to five times hotter than the interior of the Sun, or 158 million degrees Fahrenheit (70 million Celsius) for a record-setting 17 minutes. That’s enough raw power to light up Beijing, Shanghai, New York City and Hollywood on a cold dark evening. It’s even hotter than the heat wave of a nuclear bomb explosion.

Forget solar panels, wind turbines, geothermal, salt ponds, these being yesteryear’s green energy sources; goodbye coal, oil, gas and fireplace logs, because nearly limitless energy will soon be available once EAST in China and ITER in France tweak the bugs out of their super-duper fusion machines. That’s if slight errors in calculation don’t cause a meltdown leaving gigantic smoking holes in the ground in Hefei and Marseille. The fusion scientists assure us that accidents can never happen, in the same vein as the famous last words uttered inside Fukushima No.1.

Being a retro techno philosopher of the liberal arts and journalistic freelancer after leaving behind organic chemistry ambitions at the welcome mat of Eli Lilly, I prefer to have real sunshine tanning my back on a remote island faraway from Fukushima, Hefei and Marseille and other radioactive hot spots. (Despite “scientific” claims that fusion energy doesn’t emit radioactivity, any grade-school kid should should know by now, after the meltdowns at Chernobyl and Fukushima, that the half-life of tritium is 7 years and deuterium should not be swallowed with the fresh water from mountain streams at the risk of internal damage.)

Men or Machines

Excuse me for being a skeptic, but I smell a fried rat in the tokamak. This tendency of mine to be a techno-naysayer arose from a boyhood visit to the aircraft carrier USS Ranger in the early 1960s, the flagship at that time of the 7th Fleet parked outside Yokosuka Bay. The fleet commander, a vice admiral dressed in natty naval white, discussed the China Straits crisis and that new little conflict to the south in a remote place called Vietnam. My stepfather was a Defense Department official, who espoused carpet-bombing by B-52s, aerial dispersion of defoliants to remove forest cover over troop formations, electronic sensors for robotic guns along jungle trails, and dropping dozens of H-bombs over Hanoi, Shanghai, Beijing and Pyongyang as “the best solution to the problem”. Leave to machines to get the job done, while our troops sit back and enjoy a beer.

The admiral smiled at those ready-made pipe-dreams, replying with the question: “Are wars won by weapons or men?” His point was that all the super-technology in the world cannot defeat the resilience and creativity of human intelligence and the sheer stubborn determination, guts, of local citizens anywhere to rid one’s native soil of foreign occupation. He asked, “Remember how in the American Revolution, John Paul Jones took on the Royal Navy?”

After twenty years of grinding combat, disease and self-inflicted horrors, the admiral proved correct, as the last helicopter hastily fluttered off the roof of the American Embassy in Vietnam. Too must trust is placed on science and technology because we are too lazy to do the necessary work and too scared to make the ultimate sacrifice. Patriotism is about summoning up the personal will power whatever the risks.

The Three Kingdoms

Technology and science cannot answer the fundamental issues that determine the human condition. So how does this maxim apply to the new Chinese “artificial sun” circling mindlessly inside a magnetic racetrack?

First, let’s look back on the military-techological past of China, specifically during the Three Kingdoms era (220-280 AD), as exemplified in the genius of Zhuge Liang (Chuko Liang), whose wizardry at pyrotechnics, robotics, psychological warfare aka deception, and convoluted tactics are legendary, as depicted in the John Woo movie “Red Cliff”. The wizard of Shu devised a vast maze with fake trails and by landscape modification to the rugged terrain on the approach to the Kingdom of Shu (located in The Third Line region of southwest China, today with its research center for fusion energy in Chengdu).

As the innumerable soldiers of northern warlord Cao Cao advanced ever-closer toward Shu, after stunning defeats masterminded by Zhuge Liang, these northern invaders encountered an army of robotic puppets and then zombies who were impervious to arrows and slashing swords. (It is still debated whether these zoned-out warriors were opiate-drugged prisoners or near-dead wounded soldiers resuscitated with herbal medication. Despite those astounding innovations, the better trained and highly motivated manpower of the North won the final battle to win the contest.

Which gets to the point, that fusion power, along with most types of “green energy”, is essentially a means to fuel novel super-weapons rather than serving as a mere substitute for oil, coal or wood to warm your bathtub on cold nights. Why, after all, would the PRC, a country with low average personal income of about $12,000 and a network of energy pipelines from Central Asia and the Andaman Sea, be spending $1 trillion on fusion, a yet to be proven reliable energy source?

Myth for Military Cover

There are other examples of how myth cloaks military technology, for instance that shadowy rabbit up in the sky, visible in the glow of moonlight. Partly due to the fantastical folktale of the hare on the Moon who befriends a Chinese princess exiled on that desolate space-rock, Chinese officialdom has an obsessive fixation with setting up lunar bases connected by lunar rovers. The charming tale can be expected to sway public opinion among a rather naive Chinese populace, when the logic of realpolitik lis more calculating, specifically in terms of Earth observation and gravitational tug. The Moon serves an excellent platform for tracking the U.S. Space Command’s satellites and airships hovering over China proper, and targeting these irritating intruders for destruction with high-energy beam weapons stationed on Luna.

The “artificial Sun” meme likewise has proven effective on swaying mass psychology, given the crowd of tourists who gathered on a ridge overlooking the EAST tokamak in the chill of dawn to capture the sunrise on their phone cameras. Never mind frostbit toes or neutron bombardment of their brain cells. The weather report for that clear morning was ideal for a propaganda blitz about an “artificial sun”. It all goes to show there is no literary genre more deceptive and sinister than science fiction, for example Jedi mind-control techniques in Star Wars or Orson Wells and Ron Hubbard’s cynical exploitation of mass hysteria and paranoia over a soon-arriving alien invasion. These menacing tropes are a call to action for pilots to steer into suicide runs and taxation for improved aircraft. As stated by Wells in “The War of the Worlds”: “By the toll of a billion deaths man has bought his birthright of the Earth, and it is his against all comers.” Wall Street would not disagree. Space fantasies, like the tales of ancient gods, are aimed at Earth-bound populations to wage brutal wars and massacres over control of earthly resources.

Back to the Good Earth, besides the fusion reactor at EAST lab (Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak) in Anhui. Two other fusion units are operated by the Southwestern Institute of Physics (SWIP) at Chengdu, Sichuan Province, and J-TEXT located at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan. Despite the official claim that China’s independent plasma research findings will be of great benefit to the European-led ITER project (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor), now under construction in southern France, the massive budget allocated by the Beijing leadership for fusion energy indicates an unmentionable military-strategic objective of global geopolitical consequence.

Enter the Dragon

The astounding success of the EAST “artificial sun” test may imply that, with next-step development of an even more powerful electromagnetic accelerator, China could become the first great power to deploy a plasma-weapons platform with global range after engineering a linear accelerator for the front end of a plasma cannon. Given its potential to annihilate bomber fleets, naval armadas, vaporize missiles in flight, destroy spaceships, slip through tunnels to toast underground bunkers, and annihilate metropolises and even smaller nations, the “fire-breathing dragon” of plasma weaponry is the much-anticipated “super-weapon” that will ensure its operator permanent global domination over cowed rivals and fearful subject nations. That is until someone creates a super-duper fire extinguisher.

The Beast slouches toward Bethlehem in our brief allotted time. Fusion promises all the destructive power of the raging Dragon in the Book of Revelations, but unfortunately we contemporaries have long forgotten the secret code aka prayer to summon that sword-wielding alien, Michael the Angel, to come to our rescue. When faced with dragon-fire, you are absolutely on your lonesome own, which is the great realization that’s already arrived as COVID verges into Year 3.

As for the dragon’s nest in Chengdu-Sichuan, located inside The Third Line, that region has been the center of China’s defense technology research, weapons production, aircraft design and space-exploration technology since the days of Chairman Mao.

The Third Line

The propaganda value from China’s latest usurpation of world scientific leadership emerges in a global military-political context, which should not be lost on its fast-diminishing rival and clown, Joe Biden. Hefei, along with the more noteworthy Chengdu municipality in Sichuan Province, have been directly connected with research and production of military technology over the past seven decades, most of it under tight state secrecy since the early years of the Sino-Soviet split from the early 1960s through to the collapse of the Soviet Union and since.

Back in the early 1950s, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was hard pressed between the U.S. 7th Fleet prowling the Taiwan Strait and secret dispatch of military advisers to Vietnam, while a newly hostile Soviet Red Army massed along Chinia’s western and northern borders. To avert enemy capture of China’s second-rate and puny armaments industry, Chairman Mao ordered the PLA to begin construction of a military-industrial complex along “The Third Line” in the rugged mountainous terrain of Southwest China, bordered by Burma and the Tibetan autonomous region.

Laying rail for transport in and out of that remote region meant drilling and digging by hand hundreds of tunnels, a monumental achievement. Tunneling became a routine task for the Chinese military for protection against bombing runs and also concealment from U-2 spy planes and earth-observation satellites. Vast sectors of the armaments industry, along with nuclear power plants, were concealed from aerial surveillance inside underground tunnels and caverns, under the Chairman’s maxim to “dig tunnels deep.” The spy novel “Decoded” about code-breaking by author Ma Jia offers a rare look into the military-industrial complex of that era.

This inland industrial complex has more recently enjoyed a revival as a center for production and testing of military aircraft, assault vehicles, satellite communication systems, short-range rockets, ballistic missiles and manned spaceships. The region also became the center for nuclear reactors for producing H-bombs, despite a serious catastrophe in . In additional, rocket launch sites are installed further west in Gansu and Qinghai Provinces. The majority of atomic-bomb complexes were concealed under the mountains alongside the Beichuan Valley in Sichuan, but were destroyed by the powerful Richter 8.0-plus Sichuan Earthquake of 2008.

Natural Disaster as a Spoiler

In an aside, let me mention that at the time I was involved in mountain environment projects with Amdo Tibetan yak-herding families in far eastern edge Sichuan Province. On a much-delayed flight out of Chengdu, the Russian-made watch on my left wrist, which contained a tiny Geiger counter, bleeped wildly, picking up four huge radioactivity releases over the Beichuan Valley, indicating nuclear leakages free-flowing out of quake-destroyed reactors. Upon landing in the yak-herding region, the Geiger watch indicated that the small rural runway had also become contaminated from plutonium particles scooped up in the small jet engines. In the chaotic emergency response to the remote earthquake, the rescue organized had overlooked the possibility of extensive damage to the nuclear facilities.

Earlier, during the 2001 UN Year of the Mountain, I had attended an eco-conference in the Altai mountains at the juncture of the borders of China, Russia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia, and there met Kazakh Professor A. Sarsenbaev, who had been planting trees along rivers to “phyto-remediate”, that is, to remove the radioactive mine tailings left by Stalin’s secret atomic energy project, which prompted the Kremlin to occupy the Chinese Altai region to extract uranium for the first Soviet A-bomb. (This gripping tale is retold in Thomas Laird’s book about U.S. consul-general to Sichuan Douglas MacKiernan “Into Tibet: The first CIA spy killed in action”.)

The Kazakh professor and I happened to visit a local mine in Burjin, downhill from the conference, where various types of boron-rich minerals were being excavated for use as a shield against radioactive emissions at long-contaminated mining and very messy processing sites. As an unintended result, during the Sichuan nuclear horrors, I managed to inform the Science Ministry about this tried-and-proven source of boron for helicopter-drops onto the ruined reactors in Sichuan, just in time to prevent wider mass exposure during the run-up to the Beijing Olympics. While some foreign foes of Olympic events in China may curse me for trying to save human lives, as far as I’m concerned there are no political or cultural boundaries when it comes to the radioactivity threat to our frail bodies, regardless of nationality, since we are all vulnerable and naked before its lethality.

The point of this diversion is that high-risk new techologies are difficult to design and build, but can be even harder to suppress or remediate when things go badly wrong, bioengineered coronavirus being another case in point. As proven time and again, no so-called experts are going to step forward to inform you about remedial action or even the need to evacuate. The scientists and doctors simply write off their victims as dead meat. Before fantasizing over the potential applications of fusion power and its byproducts, national planners and scientist should consider the unintended consequences of technology failure, for instance, a potential meltdown of fusion reactors, despite all the calm assurances from the high priests of nuclear science. Remember Chernobyl, Fukushima and more recently that leaking Taishan reactor near Hong Kong and Guangdong. The human genome is in all probability is going extinct faster than slower, so your chances of survival are shrinking rapidly.

The Third Ozone Hole

An immediate problem related to that “green energy” fusion project along the Third Line is the inevitable escape of a host of radioactive particles, not only neutrons (remember the neutron bomb) but also irradiated metals including cobalt and molybdenum fragmenting off the tomakak walls and being released into the atmosphere. The ITER scientists in Marseille admit that more than 10 percent of the radioactive compounds are “lost” somewhere outside the tokamak. Once these super-heated metal particles reach the clouds and cycle back to the ground in rainfall, the entire Sichuan Plateau and Tibet could be at serious health risk. The same goes for the Mediterranean region, which is already contaminated with detritus from nuclear-power disasters in the Lower Rhone wine-grape region.

Nuclear Salvation

One of the temptations that arise in the perverse minds of nuclear scientists is the delusion that new untested technologies can solve vexing environmental problems. An electromagnetic particle cannon is easy enough to rig up as a means to “better utilize” surplus plasma, as is now being done routinely from an old nuclear complex on the French border with eastern Belgium and Germany, which are bombarded secretly without public disclosure, much less local municipal approval. Presumably, the purpose of plasma-cleansing is to eliminate fossil-fuel pollution from carbon-emitting vehicles, home heating and factories. This is like using a ray-gun to cauterize a pimple.

These sorts of absurd panaceas are likely to be deployed for “remedy” of the causes of ozone loss over the Tibetan Plateau (Sichuan is on the eastern rim of that “Third Ozone Hole” ). The heavily industrialized Sichuan Basin is positioned between 3,000 and 4,800 meters above sea level. The cold temperatures in the snowy mountains, therefore, cause a massive inversion layer, trapping vehicular smog and industrial emissions. Major sources of ozone can be identified, including industrial emissions of CFC-11 from a type of polyurethane used for insulation of wall panels; commercial satellite and military rocket launches from the Sichuan space port and nearby launch pads in Gansu Province; high-altitude test flights from the massive military and civilian aircraft complex based in the provincial capital Chengdu; and heat emissions from nuclear power plants. The temptation is to scrub the air with neutrons to open blue skies, however at the risk of further degradation of the ozone layer.

Green and Mean

Incredibly or perhaps ridiculously, fusion power along with nuclear reactors have been promoted by the IAEA and UN COP as the leading edge of environmentally correct “Green Energy”, as opposed to more efficient combustion of plain old “fossil fuels” such as the gasoline that powers your car or motorcycle or the gas that enables proper baking in an old kitchen stove. While conventional emissions without smokestacks lack the intensity to rise above cloud cover, super-heated nuclear thermal uplifts easily reach up to the jetstream and even higher.

There are ground-level environmental risks as well from nuclear plants and the next-generation fission reactors. Unmentioned in press articles about the EAST lab’s release is that tritium emits harmful beta rays during its half-life of 7 years, while deuterium when ingested can contribute to cancer and heart failure. Heavy water is easily absorbed into clouds, fall to the ground in raindrops, and are difficult, indeed practically impossible to remove from urban and rural storage systems or to separate from drinking water by home filtration. Many and likely most of the spectators outside the EAST release ingested potentially dangerous amounts of both types of nucleated water.

Sunny Skies over China

The false promise of beneficial effects from super-technology has huge public-relations value in China’s censored media, as expressed in the all-too clever ideological somersaults of thought-police chief Wang Deming, whose aim is to undermine the democratic traditions of China in order to elevate his party boss to parity with the founding father of the People’s Republic of China, the highest praise accorded to only the rarest of mortals.

So please sing along, Young Pioneers. “Out of the EAST rises the Sun, Long live our Leader Mao Zedong!” (The East is Red). For Americans, fortunately, this type of idol worship sounds like an absurdist parody along the lines of Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma” (nobody should sleep tonight) in homage to the homicidal princess Turandot. However for an easily impressed captive audience in China, the Imperial fusion-energy trickery has chased away the once-feared American gweilo (white ghosts) without firing an arrow or losing a single brave soldier.

What a wonderful prelude to the coming Lunar Year of the Black Tiger! (Since this mythic feline is a swimmer, watch for an amazing stunt at sea in the months ahead.) Public demonstrations of sensational but crude power are typical of weak-minded regimes, which cannot trust their public to respect democratic norms of lawful governance.. The political neoimperialism of the Kremlin a la Putinesco, now mimicked by imperial court jester Wang Deming’s conflated praise of his new emperor, are a passing phase of infantile adoration of brute power on the thrones formerly held by those benevolent demigods Genghis Khan and Ivan the Terrible.

As in a marriage on the rocks, a democracy-upholding Uncle Sam now has little choice other than to smile courteously and bow out during this rocky period of American separation from Moscow and Beijing. Instead remember that in certain seasons democracy blooms like tiny flowers over a meadow rather than towering trees along the peaks. In this era of smaller but more beautiful, a Cinderella hidden in the shadows demands our attention far more than her preening arrogant and ugly stepsisters. So let us remain cool-headed, wait out this hiatus in great power relations, and by all means avoid the merciless false sun that blazes over their swollen heads. When the fusion stunts blows up in their faces, I suppose that a predictably charitable and kind-hearted American public will once again open their hearts and purse strings to help lift the spirits of a downtrodden Chinese people in their moment of disappointment, sorrow and regret. History will soon repeat itself; that is the only certainty anyone can count on.

By Yoichi Shimatsu

“The Meditating Scholar” part seven

We … are the Earth,

… whether Scorpion or Rose, Wall flower or High Flier. I wrote a book about the power of “naming”: “The Father at Rest – magical and mystical dark-matter physics in the Age of Technological Chaos.”

We are not just the Earth, in a general sense, we are also an Organ of Meaning-Creation. Much that Is, cannot speak “human”, and we are to be Their Voice to each other. Tomberg writes that, while we can argue “today” that the Earth is not the material center of the Universe, it should be obvious, at a spiritual level, that the Earth is the Center of the Meaning of the Cosmos, for the Mystery Itself became “human”, followed us into matter, and then through the Gate of Death.

Where are those pesky advanced star-traveling civilizations scientific materialism insists must exist? The truth is that there is nothing for this fancied superior race to say, since we are its leading edge. When we lost the Goddess, that vast Intelligence went silent, and we erroneously felt ourselves to be the only entity – on the Earth – with an interior self-aware sentient conscientiousness.

So … if … we want Contact, like in all the wise mysteries, that answer has always been right in front of us.

It has also been obvious that the human being is wrecking the world. We can’t get along with each other, so it is no wonder that we don’t get along with the “being sentient” quality of the material world either.

Scientific materialism is the fouled soil of the current Plague. We are ignorant of Reality, and have made a religion that claims to be better than religion. When we deconstruct the ideas that came with the Covid Mystery, we will find that whole – allegedly scientific literature – filled with theories: aka: systems of beliefs.

As a consequence, it is possible to wake up each morning filled instinctively with Rage, for all the chaos and death connected to the mistaken “idea” of this plague. As this madness continues, with no end in sight, we sense a wrongness which yet has no name. https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/12/27/occams-razor/

If we are parents or teachers, we know the dream life of our children is being raped by the makers of gloom and doom. At the same time we don’t have much choice – or time – but to trust authority, being too busy raising the children, and creating the wealth, to make the journey to the Emerald City, look behind the Media Curtain, and learn that the Wizard of Oz is a Fraud.

Who built the Emerald City? Who wrote the Emerald Tablet?

Dorothy is not alone. A friend, apparently without a heart, walks with her. As well, another friend, who seems to have no brain. All accompanied by a friendly appearing coward, as well as a pet dog, man’s best friend, who pulls the curtain aside.

The Lords of Finance ** think they rule, yet are powerless against Rogue Weather, Death, Music, and their own vanities and appetites.

** http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/Rebellion.html

Can a single Idea heal all?

If a Corporation can be a Person before the Law, then certainly a Planet can be a Person before the Law. There is Wild Magic around to aid in our quest for truth, and “The Art of the Good”. Ceremony keeps the world in balance, taught the Hopi.

America’s Shakespeare, David E. Kelley, is a great dramatist, who also does comedy. In his series “Picket Fences”, he would – in the first part of each episode – raise a deep social question; and, then frame it in such a way that its resolution involved a court of law, where opinions would be subject to cross examination, and well developed rules of evidence.

When the Covid Mystery first appeared, my original response was: Why do people trust the News, the Politicians, and Big Pharma? It is hard to imagine any other institutions with such a poor relationship with the truth.

I also knew that as this tragedy ran its course, the folks making up the faux meaning/picture of “plague”- if there is any justice – would end up in courts of law, where they were under oath to tell the truth, and had no wriggle room to assert their opinions amounted to knowledge of facts.

In “The Meditating Scholar”, part one, I told of how Divine Providence had led me to the works of Franz Bardon, and then to Rudolf Steiner, following which I made the acquaintance of Valentin Tomberg. Before that, in my early twenties, She led me to law school, where I got a Juris Doctor degree, became able to practice law in both Montana and Colorado, and spent half a year as a clerk on the Montana Supreme Court.

As I became aware of the historical dynamics, which led us to a “science” without spirit – a chief problem with the “plague” truths – there came a moment of inspiration, which was that it would be possible to take that fundamental dysfunction in “Western” Civilization, and – as in Picket Fences – into the Court of Public Opinion, via environmental lawsuits, where the “plaintiff” was the Earth Being, who needs us to advocate for Her, and ourselves, on the basis that if a Corporation can be a Person before a Court of Law, then surely a Planet can be a person before a Court of Law.

I began working out certain details here: “Shaman’s Law Firm”: https://thecollectiveimagination.com/shamans-law-firm/

The main issue is the validity of scientific materialism, which had its moment in history, and now needs to be overcome.

An essential point is that it is not necessary to seek to “win” such a suit, where the plaintiff is the Planet. It is important that people get to decide such a game-changing riddle for themselves. The lawsuits are for the purpose of waking up the general public to the Mystery – i.e. we seek to inform the Court of Public Opinion, and then trust their individual judgments.

Understanding Ritual, I also could see that Earth Day already existed, and that law suits could be filed on that day, annually. The defendants in the law suits are those institutions that place wealth before the public good. There are environmental activists all over the world, and were these to collectively begin to file such suits – first just a few, and then many – we help the world wake up to the limits of scientific materialism.

We change the conversation to the core problem of knowledge – asserting that spirit is real, and has its place in how we live together and manage (be stewards of) the life sphere of the Planet, on which all who live depend.

Some readers of this will be aware that when a suit is filed, the defendant can make a “motion to dismiss”. At this point we find ourselves with the question: What evidence does there exist that “spirit” is real?

We have to offer some, and in that offering the public will become aware of what I call: “New Gospels of the Second Becoming of Christ”. Most of these materials are rooted in Goethean Science, which while hardly known on a wide scale today, that was also the situation when Natural Philosophy first appeared five to six hundred years ago. That appearance was called the Copernican Revolution, and at the time of Galileo and others, these thinkers were at war with the dominate religion at that time – Roman Catholicism, and few knew those ideas existed.

As Natural Philosophy became unnatural science, it traveled a path of seeking the smallest bits of stuff, on the assumption that from such the world is formed. In addition, to be an acceptable “scientific” fact required something that can be counted and measured.

In philosophy of psychology corners of our shared investigations, it is recognized that most of our actual experience is “qualia”, such as the taste of a pickle, or the sigh we make as the sun sets. None of this can be counted or measured, so we get unnatural science which only trusts the quantitative, and not the qualitative. In the Pandemic this blindness led medical unnatural science to ignore these spiritual qualities: Stress, Sensitivity, Will to live, and the immune system, whose better “name” is the Wisdom of the Body.

Some thinkers resisted those tendencies, so we could say there has come to exist a Counter-Copernican Revolution, including the qualitative, beginning with the Romantic Movement in Europe, followed by the Transcendentalists in America, and then the works of Bardon, Steiner, and Tomberg, which are fully “scientific” in their nature, although currently little known.

These New Gospels can be offered into evidence, in response to a motion to dismiss. They can even be mentioned in the original pleadings, and the question of the truth in these regards is now firmly before the Court of Public Opinion, whether or not the motion is granted.

That is, … it becomes News, which is the goal. https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/10/13/new-gospels-of-the-second-becoming-of-christ/

With justice, some folks will wonder about the use of the word Christ, and the inference that somehow that “religion” is superior to the others. Keeping in mind that we decide the meaning, that comes from “naming”; and, when I use the word Christ I do not use it in the Way many religious folks mean today.

To me “Christ” is just another name for the Maker, the Creator, that which “Fathers” existence on all levels. Each ancient religion has their idea of the Maker, and when I refer to the Gospels of the Second Becoming of the Creator, I mean to include all the related historical “names”.

The prior “name” of the Maker, as it appears historically, always arises in a particular context – in a specific region of the Earth, and among certain different types of Peoples. We confuse ourselves when we think that each “religion” is an artifact, which scientific materialism considers to be various Ways of Belief.

We really only begin to grasp the Reality, when we accept that each “name” refers to the same Immortal Being. While today’s science, and its acolytes, try to dominate thinking in this regard, for the most part that science makes this grave assumption: that it – science – is the first rational investigator of the nature of “consciousness”.

To this unnatural science, The Way of the Tao, Yoga, Sufism, ancient Egyptian Hermetic Science, Alchemy, Rosicrucianism, and so forth, are false explanations of Reality, done by people who mistook the world for a Divine Mystery, rather than a knowable and predictable mechanical system.

The main religious ideas of unnatural science, such as the Big Bang, and Neo-Darwinism, in a rather clever fashion, take the underlying perceptual issues, and ignore them by inventing (naming them) inviolate, and what is worse, the serious questions are actually shoved off of the board of matters/riddles needing careful investigation.

Rupert Sheldrake** remarks that this incomplete science asks that if we just give them one “miracle” (the Big Bang), they can then explain all the rest. Scientists are “priests” of a religion, which is not so much wrong, as it is unfinished. Reality is Matter And Spirit. ** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKHUaNAxsTg&ab_channel=JamesDeardenBush

In the hands of humans, each “religion” tries to assert primacy of understanding. My God is more bad-ass than your god. For the scientist/priest, their gods are random chance and accident.

The long term reality is that we are ourselves meant to create our own “religion”. Bardon, in his section on Theory, writes of the God Idea as if that was personal as well.

Meditating playfully **, on our personal “idea” of God – the Divine Mystery, is an important quality for self-understanding. ** “concentration without effort”.

Besides Bardon, Tomberg, and Steiner, who were basically 20th Century sages, there exist, in the place they did not go – the Americas, three other – 21st Century – personalities who might as well be called Shamans, given their alliance with, and devotion to, the Mother.

Europe tends to be a place where the soul leans in the direction of a kind of idealism: “the best Way is the purist Way”, In the Americas, “the best Way is the Way that works.”

In the article on the New Gospels, I describe Catherine MacCoun’s work: “On Becoming an Alchemist – guide for the modern magician”, a gospel of soul. I describe Stephen Clarke’s works as a gospel of the Mother.

Stephen, for what ever reasons, doesn’t make books, although in the New Gospels article are several links to amazing writings, for example: https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/04/06/bob-dylan-and-an-initiatory-tradition-in-popular-culture-by-stephen-clarke/

My book, which is a gospel of the Second Becoming – “the Way of the Fool”, goes with: “The Art of God – an actual theory of Everything” as a gospel of human social and political life.

What makes something “a” (not “the”) gospel is that those who write/share such works are having awake meetings with Christ (the Maker), in the ethereal realm, aka: the world of thought. And, She who has the whole world in His Hands, is available as well to what deserves to be called: “the heart’s mind”.

During playful meditation on Ideas, we are in this realm already. Given that this occurs in our own “soul”, every aspect is right in front of us. Only we get to give meaning to “our” life. And, when wrestling with a moral dilemma, we create the true and the good, as that works for us.

This is not easy, given that the “right thing to do” is often the hardest thing to do. All the same, the choice is ours, a private act, which is why the Maker’s advice is to pray/meditate in private.

Here is a little “trick” … when you speak to the Mystery in private, speak out loud. Even a whisper works. While you speak aloud, in the own heart’s mind the reply will be heard, such as it were. The existential nature of the “reply” occurs almost simultaneously with our whisper, which helps us recognize that a real spiritual dialogue is happening. If we need ideas, or such, there will be words. If we need nurturing, the response may be a feeling.

In Tomberg’s way of looking at this, he observes that the “office of our personal angel” serves as an intermediary with the deeper Mystery. The “wings” are a symbol of a kind of respiration between our spirit and the greater Spirit … a movement where the guardian angel takes our prayers to Him and Her, as needed by the situation.

There is one last, and not least, point … regarding the question of the nature of time. We are acclimated by our cultures to see time as a linear experience. Yet, in the spiritual world time is simultaneous, not linear, for the Mystery lives outside time and space. All is Now.

Sages, such as Steiner, can meditate on the patterns of the present, and with thinking imagine that they can speak of the past and future in a scientific fashion, aka: the so-called “Akashic Chronicles”, because the pattern of the present “speaks” qualitatively of its originating roots, and its pending flowers.

William Gibson, whose artistic genius coined the term: Cyberspace, also writes of what is called “pattern recognition”, which we all posses via having the “imagination”. We use this faculty semi-consciously, and with playful self-training the practice can become a quite useful skill, keeping in mind the idea of concentration without effort.

Another brilliant writer (miss-described as a writer of science fiction) is Frank Herbert, the author of a series of novels that began with “Dune”. Many of his characters do “pattern recognition”, and these six books are a sound imaginary dissertation on a skill we all can grow into a Way of Perception.

Decisions are in the Now, and reacted to in the Now, by Beings not bound to space and time. This axis of time-qualities solves the problem of apparent conflict between destiny/fate, and free will.

They are everywhere/when, a kind of womb for our free will … we choose, the Mystery nurtures.

At the midnight hour – in between lives – we make a work of art, a kind of mandala of linear time, which as we descend into life its memory fades (like the destiny of Tibetan sand paintings), and our higher self surrenders to th mystery of the marriage of higher and lower natures = puzzle …. the light of the ideal – the Sun – and the fire of the appetites – the Moon and the Earth.

“The terms “red pill” and “blue pill” refer to a choice between the willingness to learn a potentially unsettling or life-changing truth by taking the red pill or remaining in contented ignorance with the blue pill. The terms refer to a scene in the 1999 film The Matrix.” Wikipedia.

Some readers may recall, that in an earlier “part” I referred to the Hopi image of the Red and Blue Kachinas. I wrote of the Blue Kachina as Ahriman, in whose grip – “scientific materialism” – we now live. To counter that “weight” we need Lucifer, who tempts us to intoxication, and the unearthly life in the Dreaming.

When the Mother’s mycelium network of medicinal substances are applied, this frees the soul and spirit from the dread of materialism. We find, through these magic mushrooms, that there is a light filled world, where the excessive gravitas (weight) of earthly life passes away, and we know that we too are mystery and immortal, whose brothers and sisters are animal and plant spirits, and Planets and Stars.

With our freedom we become then a kind of individual and unique rogue genius in action. The Meditating Scholar plays with ideas, and the Ideas play with us.

“The Meditating Scholar” part seven

We … are the Earth, …

… whether Scorpion or Rose, Wall flower or High Flier. I wrote a book about the power of “naming”: “The Father at Rest – magical and mystical dark-matter physics in the Age of Technological Chaos.”

We are not just the Earth, in a general sense, we are also an Organ of Meaning-Creation. Much that Is, cannot speak “human”, and we are to be Their Voice to each other. Tomberg writes that, while we can argue “today” that the Earth is not the material center of the Universe, it should be obvious, at a spiritual level, that the Earth is the Center of the Meaning of the Cosmos, for the Mystery Itself became “human”, followed us into matter, and then through the Gate of Death.

Where are those pesky advanced star-traveling civilizations scientific materialism insists must exist? The truth is that there is nothing for this fancied superior race to say, since we are its leading edge. When we lost the Goddess, that vast Intelligence went silent, and we erroneously felt ourselves to be the only entity – on the Earth – with an interior self-aware sentient conscientiousness.

So … if … we want Contact, like in all the wise mysteries, that answer has always been right in front of us.

It has also been obvious that the human being is wrecking the world. We can’t get along with each other, so it is no wonder that we don’t get along with the “being sentient” quality of the material world either.

Scientific materialism is the fouled soil of the current Plague. We are ignorant of Reality, and have made a religion that claims to be better than religion. When we deconstruct the ideas that came with the Covid Mystery, we will find that whole – allegedly scientific literature – filled with theories: aka: systems of beliefs.

As a consequence, it is possible to wake up each morning filled instinctively with Rage, for all the chaos and death connected to the mistaken “idea” of this plague. As this madness continues, with no end in sight, we sense a wrongness which yet has no name. https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/12/27/occams-razor/

If we are parents or teachers, we know the dream life of our children is being raped by the makers of gloom and doom. At the same time we don’t have much choice – or time – but to trust authority, being too busy raising the children, and creating the wealth, to make the journey to the Emerald City, look behind the Media Curtain, and learn that the Wizard of Oz is a Fraud.

Who built the Emerald City? Who wrote the Emerald Tablet?

Dorothy is not alone. A friend, apparently without a heart, walks with her. As well, another friend, who seems to have no brain. All accompanied by a friendly appearing coward, as well as a pet dog, man’s best friend, who pulls the curtain aside.

The Lords of Finance ** think they rule, yet are powerless against Rogue Weather, Death, Music, and their own vanities and appetites.

** http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/Rebellion.html

Can a single Idea heal all?

If a Corporation can be a Person before the Law, then certainly a Planet can be a Person before the Law. There is Wild Magic around to aid in our quest for truth, and “The Art of the Good”. Ceremony keeps the world in balance, taught the Hopi.

America’s Shakespeare, David E. Kelley, is a great dramatist, who also does comedy. In his series “Picket Fences”, he would – in the first part of each episode – raise a deep social question; and, then frame it in such a way that its resolution involved a court of law, where opinions would be subject to cross examination, and well developed rules of evidence.

When the Covid Mystery first appeared, my original response was: Why do people trust the News, the Politicians, and Big Pharma? It is hard to imagine any other institutions with such a poor relationship with the truth.

I also knew that as this tragedy ran its course, the folks making up the faux meaning/picture of “plague”- if there is any justice – would end up in courts of law, where they were under oath to tell the truth, and had no wriggle room to assert their opinions amounted to knowledge of facts.

In “The Meditating Scholar”, part one, I told of how Divine Providence had led me to the works of Franz Bardon, and then to Rudolf Steiner, following which I made the acquaintance of Valentin Tomberg. Before that, in my early twenties, She led me to law school, where I got a Juris Doctor degree, became able to practice law in both Montana and Colorado, and spent half a year as a clerk on the Montana Supreme Court.

As I became aware of the historical dynamics, which led us to a “science” without spirit – a chief problem with the “plague” truths – there came a moment of inspiration, which was that it would be possible to take that fundamental dysfunction in “Western” Civilization, and – as in Picket Fences – into the Court of Public Opinion, via environmental lawsuits, where the “plaintiff” was the Earth Being, who needs us to advocate for Her, and ourselves, on the basis that if a Corporation can be a Person before a Court of Law, then surely a Planet can be a person before a Court of Law.

I began working out certain details here: “Shaman’s Law Firm”: https://thecollectiveimagination.com/shamans-law-firm/

The main issue is the validity of scientific materialism, which had its moment in history, and now needs to be overcome.

An essential point is that it is not necessary to seek to “win” such a suit, where the plaintiff is the Planet. It is important that people get to decide such a game-changing riddle for themselves. The lawsuits are for the purpose of waking up the general public to the Mystery – i.e. we seek to inform the Court of Public Opinion, and then trust their individual judgments.

Understanding Ritual, I also could see that Earth Day already existed, and that law suits could be filed on that day, annually. The defendants in the law suits are those institutions that place wealth before the public good. There are environmental activists all over the world, and were these to collectively begin to file such suits – first just a few, and then many – we help the world wake up to the limits of scientific materialism.

We change the conversation to the core problem of knowledge – asserting that spirit is real, and has its place in how we live together and manage (be stewards of) the life sphere of the Planet, on which all who live depend.

Some readers of this will be aware that when a suit is filed, the defendant can make a “motion to dismiss”. At this point we find ourselves with the question: What evidence does there exist that “spirit” is real?

We have to offer some, and in that offering the public will become aware of what I call: “New Gospels of the Second Becoming of Christ”. Most of these materials are rooted in Goethean Science, which while hardly known on a wide scale today, that was also the situation when Natural Philosophy first appeared five to six hundred years ago. That appearance was called the Copernican Revolution, and at the time of Galileo and others, these thinkers were at war with the dominate religion at that time – Roman Catholicism, and few knew those ideas existed.

As Natural Philosophy became unnatural science, it traveled a path of seeking the smallest bits of stuff, on the assumption that from such the world is formed. In addition, to be an acceptable “scientific” fact required something that can be counted and measured.

In philosophy of psychology corners of our shared investigations, it is recognized that most of our actual experience is “qualia”, such as the taste of a pickle, or the sigh we make as the sun sets. None of this can be counted or measured, so we get unnatural science which only trusts the quantitative, and not the qualitative. In the Pandemic this blindness led medical unnatural science to ignore these spiritual qualities: Stress, Sensitivity, Will to live, and the immune system, whose better “name” is the Wisdom of the Body.

Some thinkers resisted those tendencies, so we could say there has come to exist a Counter-Copernican Revolution, including the qualitative, beginning with the Romantic Movement in Europe, followed by the Transcendentalists in America, and then the works of Bardon, Steiner, and Tomberg, which are fully “scientific” in their nature, although currently little known.

These New Gospels can be offered into evidence, in response to a motion to dismiss. They can even be mentioned in the original pleadings, and the question of the truth in these regards is now firmly before the Court of Public Opinion, whether or not the motion is granted.

That is, … it becomes News, which is the goal. https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/10/13/new-gospels-of-the-second-becoming-of-christ/

With justice, some folks will wonder about the use of the word Christ, and the inference that somehow that “religion” is superior to the others. Keeping in mind that we decide the meaning, that comes from “naming”; and, when I use the word Christ I do not use it in the Way many religious folks mean today.

To me “Christ” is just another name for the Maker, the Creator, that which “Fathers” existence on all levels. Each ancient religion has their idea of the Maker, and when I refer to the Gospels of the Second Becoming of the Creator, I mean to include all the related historical “names”.

The prior “name” of the Maker, as it appears historically, always arises in a particular context – in a specific region of the Earth, and among certain different types of Peoples. We confuse ourselves when we think that each “religion” is an artifact, which scientific materialism considers to be various Ways of Belief.

We really only begin to grasp the Reality, when we accept that each “name” refers to the same Immortal Being. While today’s science, and its acolytes, try to dominate thinking in this regard, for the most part that science makes this grave assumption: that it – science – is the first rational investigator of the nature of “consciousness”.

To this unnatural science, The Way of the Tao, Yoga, Sufism, ancient Egyptian Hermetic Science, Alchemy, Rosicrucianism, and so forth, are false explanations of Reality, done by people who mistook the world for a Divine Mystery, rather than a knowable and predictable mechanical system.

The main religious ideas of unnatural science, such as the Big Bang, and Neo-Darwinism, in a rather clever fashion, take the underlying perceptual issues, and ignore them by inventing (naming them) inviolate, and what is worse, the serious questions are actually shoved off of the board of matters/riddles needing careful investigation.

Rupert Sheldrake** remarks that this incomplete science asks that if we just give them one “miracle” (the Big Bang), they can then explain all the rest. Scientists are “priests” of a religion, which is not so much wrong, as it is unfinished. Reality is Matter And Spirit. ** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKHUaNAxsTg&ab_channel=JamesDeardenBush

In the hands of humans, each “religion” tries to assert primacy of understanding. My God is more bad-ass than your god. For the scientist/priest, their gods are random chance and accident.

The long term reality is that we are ourselves meant to create our own “religion”. Bardon, in his section on Theory, writes of the God Idea as if that was personal as well.

Meditating playfully **, on our personal “idea” of God – the Divine Mystery, is an important quality for self-understanding. ** “concentration without effort”.

Besides Bardon, Tomberg, and Steiner, who were basically 20th Century sages, there exist, in the place they did not go – the Americas, three other – 21st Century – personalities who might as well be called Shamans, given their alliance with, and devotion to, the Mother.

Europe tends to be a place where the soul leans in the direction of a kind of idealism: “the best Way is the purist Way”, In the Americas, “the best Way is the Way that works.”

In the article on the New Gospels, I describe Catherine MacCoun’s work: “On Becoming an Alchemist – guide for the modern magician”, a gospel of soul. I describe Stephen Clarke’s works as a gospel of the Mother.

Stephen, for what ever reasons, doesn’t make books, although in the New Gospels article are several links to amazing writings, for example: https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/04/06/bob-dylan-and-an-initiatory-tradition-in-popular-culture-by-stephen-clarke/

My book, which is a gospel of the Second Becoming – “the Way of the Fool”, goes with: “The Art of God – an actual theory of Everything” as a gospel of human social and political life.

What makes something “a” (not “the”) gospel is that those who write/share such works are having awake meetings with Christ (the Maker), in the ethereal realm, aka: the world of thought. And, She who has the whole world in His Hands, is available as well to what deserves to be called: “the heart’s mind”.

During playful meditation on Ideas, we are in this realm already. Given that this occurs in our own “soul”, every aspect is right in front of us. Only we get to give meaning to “our” life. And, when wrestling with a moral dilemma, we create the true and the good, as that works for us.

This is not easy, given that the “right thing to do” is often the hardest thing to do. All the same, the choice is ours, a private act, which is why the Maker’s advice is to pray/meditate in private.

Here is a little “trick” … when you speak to the Mystery in private, speak out loud. Even a whisper works. While you speak aloud, in the own heart’s mind the reply will be heard, such as it were. The existential nature of the “reply” occurs almost simultaneously with our whisper, which helps us recognize that a real spiritual dialogue is happening. If we need ideas, or such, there will be words. If we need nurturing, the response may be a feeling.

In Tomberg’s way of looking at this, he observes that the “office of our personal angel” serves as an intermediary with the deeper Mystery. The “wings” are a symbol of a kind of respiration between our spirit and the greater Spirit … a movement where the guardian angel takes our prayers to Him and Her, as needed by the situation.

There is one last, and not least, point … regarding the question of the nature of time. We are acclimated by our cultures to see time as a linear experience. Yet, in the spiritual world time is simultaneous, not linear, for the Mystery lives outside time and space. All is Now.

Sages, such as Steiner, can meditate on the patterns of the present, and with thinking imagine that they can speak of the past and future in a scientific fashion, aka: the so-called “Akashic Chronicles”, because the pattern of the present “speaks” qualitatively of its originating roots, and its pending flowers.

William Gibson, whose artistic genius coined the term: Cyberspace, also writes of what is called “pattern recognition”, which we all posses via having the “imagination”. We use this faculty semi-consciously, and with playful self-training the practice can become a quite useful skill, keeping in mind the idea of concentration without effort.

Another brilliant writer (miss-described as a writer of science fiction) is Frank Herbert, the author of a series of novels that began with “Dune”. Many of his characters do “pattern recognition”, and these six books are a sound imaginary dissertation on a skill we all can grow into a Way of Perception.

Decisions are in the Now, and reacted to in the Now, by Beings not bound to space and time. This axis of time-qualities solves the problem of apparent conflict between destiny/fate, and free will.

They are everywhere/when, a kind of womb for our free will … we choose, the Mystery nurtures.

At the midnight hour – in between lives – we make a work of art, a kind of mandala of linear time, which as we descend into life its memory fades (like the destiny of Tibetan sand paintings), and our higher self surrenders to th mystery of the marriage of higher and lower natures = puzzle …. the light of the ideal – the Sun – and the fire of the appetites – the Moon and the Earth.

“The terms “red pill” and “blue pill” refer to a choice between the willingness to learn a potentially unsettling or life-changing truth by taking the red pill or remaining in contented ignorance with the blue pill. The terms refer to a scene in the 1999 film The Matrix.” Wikipedia.

Some readers may recall, that in an earlier “part” I referred to the Hopi image of the Red and Blue Kachinas. I wrote of the Blue Kachina as Ahriman, in whose grip – “scientific materialism” – we now live. To counter that “weight” we need Lucifer, who tempts us to intoxication, and the unearthly life in the Dreaming.

When the Mother’s mycelium network of medicinal substances are applied, this frees the soul and spirit from the dread of materialism. We find, through these magic mushrooms, that there is a light filled world, where the excessive gravitas (weight) of earthly life passes away, and we know that we too are mystery and immortal, whose brothers and sisters are animal and plant spirits, and Planets and Stars.

With our freedom we become then a kind of individual and unique rogue genius in action. The Meditating Scholar plays with ideas, and the Ideas play with us.