Ark ii … me and Trungpa …

Ark ii … me and Trungpa …

Catherine wasn’t the only one on the Ark who knew of this Lama. I had seen him teaching during my years (1969-1982) attending the magic school that was the San Francisco – Berkeley – Marin County – Bay Area.

Two of the people that taught me some eclectic psychology (we called it “reparenting”, and this name was used by others in different ways) were students of Trungpa. I saw him in action twice, and read three or four of his books, such as “Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism”.

My favorite is “Meditation in Action”, which later served as a kind of model and inspiration for my booklet of two essays: “Living Thinking in Action” (1).

Personally I was very oriented toward the “practice” of the teachings in the Gospels (2), and would feel confused when these two teachers/friends would talk about “sitting meditation practice”, which Trungpa encouraged them to do for eight hours each Saturday.

To my romantic sense of being “spiritual”, you didn’t “practice”, except in moral deeds as regards how we treat each other. Later I was to appreciate that their “practice” was about the mind in a Way not really suited for me (3).

My Franz Bardon studies were … more attractive … in which I read in one of Bardon’s books that Tibetan teachers knew how to hypnotize an audience. Then I saw Trungpa do it. I don’t think this is bad, or good, although it does represent rather interesting ways of thinking about the doing of teaching.

There was a large modern Episcopal Cathedral in San Francisco, the main worship area easily held over a thousand people. I attended, and at least had a seat. The place was filled with standing room only folk.

He was carried out onto the “stage” were there was a large high back chair, and helped to sit in it. Students of his moved about the stage, doing this and that, such as moving in a small table, and finding a potted flower for it, and then that was “settled”, and some water was also brought out.

As to “settled”, table and flower had to be moved around a bit, before Trungpa was satisfied. This took five or ten minutes.

Periodically that movement on the dais would stop, “helpers” would leave the stage, and there would be this breathless moment when the audience would anticipate him beginning to speak. And then he’d make a gesture and out would come some folk to do more this or that.

With action on the stage, the audience would whisper a bit, yet when he appeared to begin to speak, the noise disappeared. As this mystery went on, it became clear, to my ears and eyes, that we were being helped to breathe as one.

When he had our undivided attention, he spoke, or better yet, let the teaching through. I worked out later that his experience would include the light reflection off of the curvature of our collective eyeballs, a sight which if looked at meditatively, as a whole, would appear as a brightening.

When we were breathing in unison, and all attentively looking, that is when “transmission” happened.

He reminded me, in his gestures and demeanor, as a child almost, 9 to 11. Alert, amazed, happy.

On another occasion, in a much smaller venue at UC Berkeley, with maybe a hundred folks overflowing a classroom, he again was placed on a chair, on a raised platform, and around the platform several of his students, sat or knelled, ready to act if and when needed.

As he spoke, he occasionally would move his feet, pushing the chair back toward the edge of the platform. If he pushed it too far, he would tip over, and so each time he moved an inch, the whole group immediately around him tensed expectantly. He never pushed it “too” far, they … ? learned something?

At this “transmission”, he took questions, and one fellow was worried about how he was changing, due to his studies of Trungpa, because he could see his life companions reacting, often negatively.

Trungpa said: “Be like a rock in the waterfall”.

Another student, and this will be the last Trungpa story, from before the Ark, was worried about stuff that was appearing in the press, and did he (Trungpa) mind the personal commentary.

He said, after a small pause, “The Moon does not call itself Moon”.

This week’s Harvey/Rufolf quote: (read aloud for best effect)

“#42

(7/12/2002) love/freedom concept

XXXXXX:

Goethe:

Wer sich an der Einsamkeit ergebt, bald is er allein

(Who surrendering gives himself over himself to Loneliness, soon finds himself alone)

– This ties to XXXX’s idea of how one discovers Love, which Abdul’baha (Baha’i teacher) calls “The force which binds the planets together”, arises to mentor, to stitch together those who have fallen prey, who have  become de-threaded from the fabric of the Macrocosm, those who, by as tales of Eden and all its sturdy woe that surrounds the wake of Paradise Lost, potently remind, teaching us the meaning of the word ‘Alas’, and weeping, whisper: The Race of Man, fallen exile, descended into the sold-separately of material existence, fallen out of connectivity and lost rapport with the Divine Hierarchies, for You infants in a manger have I Christ, have brought one invisible gift from the East, love.

So lonliness, desolation, abandonment, which interiorizes us, corrals us in mortal exile, so also all this orphanage, is topsoil which fructifies the emergence of Love, Who (if Christ authors it anew within hearts, love is a process, not an ownable “What!”) navigates the Human Midnight, and finds us, and kindles our hearth, just as October wind in upstate New York slaps the green apples, and makes them outrageously sweet. Perhaps Red Delicious is also a term for Humans who learn to embrace the streams of love which washes up on the dry shore of apartness.

(Another octave of echo: As Isaac Bashevis Singer says “One should not expect to get through life unscathed”  Not a bad approximation, a 20th century Jewish storyteller’s “foreshadowing” (pause for irony!) of the Crown of Thorns, eh!)

Finally,  Some ‘cross-talk’ from another, a Russian Sixth Root-Race mystery school, Agni Yoga, from “Leaves of Morya’s Garden”, the one that Prokofieff imagines false, manipulative and dangerous:

“Lonely stands the mountain top

Never does the feeling of solitude forsake it.

Blessed art thou if this feeling is known to thee.

Thou art on the road to Us………….”

“And it is easy to walk beside the precipice when thou knowest of the Flying Carpet”

And for dessert:

Leonard Cohen, the Song Suzanne:

“And Jesus was a sailor when he walked upon the water

He spent a long time watching from His lonely wooden tower

‘Till he knew for certain, Only drowning men could see Him

Said ‘All men shall be sailors then, until the sea shall free them’ “

So innocently dare think this, just as virginity is unconditional Trust: Perhaps Prokofieff, like myself, is afraid to walk on water…

Love is what enables us to embrace abandonment. Therefore, make haste to welcome exile.”

(1) http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/liveT.html

(2) http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/stgfr5.html

(3) http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/thath.html

Diary Notes: The Ark I – from the borderland of remembering and forgetting

Diary Notes: The Ark I – from the borderland of remembering and forgetting

Venus-Day D, June 4th, 2021, 16 degrees Gemini c, Decan-I, Jupiter, Air-positive, House III, Arcane VII, in between full-flower moon and full-strawberry moon

[ … the above notation is on all my “diary” entries, which is me writing a book, with no plan except to write when the muse is about … dancing thoughts are effortless … ]

From my life, ages 57 [1997] to 63 [2003], … certain events of little or no note, yet, … When my first internet publication had been up a while (1), I was contacted by a discussion group, which had been discussing my work – calling me the “outlaw”, and asked me to join.

They called their group: Anthroposophia, although previously it was called: Anthroposophy. It was an era full of “flame wars” (2), and while many groups liked that, others did not. While I was on Anthroposophia, the flame wars continued, even though Anthroposophia was not a public group, and “followers” were using false names in order to get to post.

In these seas of undisciplined email conversations, several us made a new group, called The Ark. To one of us we gave god-like powers. You are the gate and the door that slams shut, we said.

It was not a perfect situation. All the same we were an eclectic collection of folks, many in Europe and elsewhere, although most of us were Americans. Obviously Rudolf Steiner was a frequent subject of discussion. And, Tomberg, Barfield, … even the Tibetan Lama: Chogyam Trungpa.

One of our members, Catherine MacCoun, had been a student of his for fifteen years. I’ve never met her face to face, in the flesh. Certainly a remarkable mind, and a few years after the slow fading away of the Ark, she published her extraordinary book: “On Becoming an Alchemist: a guide for the modern magician”.

She modestly described it as a fusion of Tibetan and Christianity. The proof is in the pudding some say, … read the book (3)

Although we didn’t know it, Rudolf Steiner’s spirit was with us, wearing the name and biography of one Harvey Bornfield (4). Since my next set of posts will be more brief tales of the wonders shared there – on the Ark, I will include with each a random quote from Harvey. We even meet three times in the flesh, when I was living in Arizona. Used to sit outside my studio apartment, and look at the natural sphinx, named by the local Yavapai Indians: “lion lying down”.

For example, #33, picked at random:

#33

(1/23/02) supersensible perception for dummies

“Great Luciferic Pest Control, XXXXXXXXX!

It’s about time that AP begin to perceive the extent of our vulnerability to manifestations of vanity, and to develop pro-active responses to acknowledging that power-brokering is alive and well in groups which are steeped in a deep regard for the value of the quality of reverence, and that such reverence is ever vulnerable to both overt and subliminal exploitation in relationships. “Spiritual Scientific Research has shown” that Humble people kneel lower when offering thanks.

“Expanded ‘a half a stretch more’, the desire to be regarded as a perceived authority (as they used to say in the Watergate Era an “informed source” whose exalted and clandestine credentials are immune to analysis, considered beyond the ken of the common man) is an insidious seduction. It creates moneylenders in the temple, who hawk unspoken entitlements to homage, and seeking  astral payments of unspoken adulation’, as they the Clairvoyant, or the “Perceived-as-supernaturally-gifted spokesperson” bring home from distant and holy places, lofty Edens, Greener Elysiums, Alpha-Centauris and Ringside at Saturn, a handsome Marco-Polo-Spice-harvest of  “weapon’s grade shaman’s produce” for the mortals, for the spiritual flat-liners all available for sale.

“All this is stand-up tragedy, agenda to mire the purity of one’s motives and initiatives, yet it does oftimes interlace the society, rapes

modesty, and shrivels uproyal majesty, companion soul qualities necessary to experience welcome in the Higher Worlds………and thinks of the Emperor Concerto and the Jupiter Symphony.

“Perhaps all this is a footnote to: “The fault, dear Brutus, lies not in the stars, but in the fact that we are underlings”

“Perhaps Anthroposophy has developed an undiagnosed preference for a “very elevated white blood cell count ratio of Wise Men to Simple

Shepherds”, and there is an infection at hand.”

(1) http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/oajnr.html

(2) https://www.wired.com/2006/02/the-secret-cause-of-flame-wars/

(3) https://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Alchemist-Guide-Modern-Magician/dp/1590306872/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1XWKGNSFJV7ZK&dchild=1&keywords=on+becoming+an+alchemist&qid=1622822762&sprefix=on+beco%2Caps%2C277&sr=8-1

(4) http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/HarveyBornfield.html

In praise of the virtues of ordinary mind

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 that 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 open 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 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 merely a good carpenter, 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!

A Shaggy-Dog Story

A Shaggy-Dog Story

So … there’s this “bar”, into which walk four anthroposophists, … but what is a “bar” … a place where folks drown their sorrows? A meeting place for those who don’t want to sleep alone that night? Maybe there are secret meetings, illicit funds or other objects of value changing hands. Spies and rebels come to “bars” to plot.

Each human being has their own door into this bar. It is called, my heart. Wonders go through, move around, come back, throw up barriers, fall off of cliffs, down holes, crawl under the rug, vomit in the bathroom, a whole zoo of metaphors for pain.

A shaman’s self-question: of what, in the Dark, am I afraid?

On my door are a bunch of post-it notes. On both sides. It has a quality like a geographic record … layers, upon layers, with some fully obscured.

When I first learned of the richness of the spiritual gifts offered the world by Steiner and Friends, both incarnate and otherwise, part of me was troubled. What does it mean that only a few know this “new revelation”?

I was not inclined to Doubt the Wisdom of the Mystery, so the question grew questions about what was Truly going on around in the bars of most of the rest of the humanity. I – on occasion – believe I need a fix? A treasure to share? An addiction? A need for recognition?

A “bar” is also a place to have a party. Intoxicants, and dancing and loud music.

The bar-door of the heart has wounds, and broken places. Still, there always is a bar-tender, a listener to tales. A sacred relationship, its Rites a Sacrament. Prayer.

In some parts of the bar, are folk who are on their knees. In corners-infinite, the arguments of the wise become entombed in books. What is in the books?

Memory.

Memory is an aspect of the eight gates to Faerie, that come in pairs: e.g. Remembering and Forgetting. If we self-observe our own inward gestures, as our attention moves from one phase memory to the other, on the borderland of this pair is the Door to another Bar. A magical door. It is not on this page, … on “this” page: it is written in Babylon 5, “what the heart wants, the heart wants”, “the calling of the heart” and, “all love is unrequited”.

“Unrequited love or one-sided love is love that is not openly reciprocated or understood as such by the beloved. The beloved may not be aware of the admirer’s deep and strong romantic affection, or may consciously reject it.”

Is a Facebook group, like Anthroposophy for example, a doorway to the heart? Can we hurt another with words – carried by numbers – expressed in codes and clouds of misunderstanding?

Possibly. Depends on how vulnerable we chose to be, or are by nature.

Does the Mystery hover over, beneath, and around us when we are – to another – dark lines on a page? Are we seen here?

Probably not.

Sometimes these kinds of places are like a school room where the teacher is absent, and the children run amok, making paper airplanes, and spit-wads to throw at each other. Keep in mind that a ruckus is often a sign of life.


Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

Recently this article was posted to the Anthroposophy Facebook page: “Anthroposophy & Contemporary Philosophy in Dialogue Observations on the Spiritualization of Thinking” by Yeshayahu Ben-Aharon” (1)

This was published in “being human” in 2011. I have a vague recollection of reading it, and didn’t really connect. By the way, this bit of writing is not about Ben-Aharon, my arguments with him can be read elsewhere. (2)

Seeing it again did remind me of a story from my life, which might be useful for folk wondering about where America fits in with all this “philosophical-thinking” activity.

It was the late ‘90’s and with a lot of other folk I was a member of various email based discussion groups. On of the groups was a lets talk politics group, run out of Stanford, with about 500 members.

One day there I wrote a bit about the need for political thinking to take a phenomenological approach. After which I was contacted on the list, by a group of folks who discussed the very thinkers Ben-Aharon refers to in his articles and books, and invited to join them.

Seemed to be a couple dozen, mostly academics or students of same. They would write about this fellow said that, and that fellow said this. Once in a while I would ask for a bit of interpretation regarding certain expressions, and the usual answer was I should read this or that book.

Given that I was nearing 60, and working the graveyard shift in a mental hospital, I didn’t have much time for such works. In those years, when I could I read for pleasure, or watched TV and movies for the same.

One day I wondered what was the real-world usefulness of what we were talking about, given the level of abstraction. I was shortly asked to leave.

Prior to that, there was this moment, for me anyway.

One of the members made a remark, which was echoed by others, … wondering why America did not produce – during the 20th Century just passing – such genius as we were studying.

I thought about this for a few days, and then wrote a reply, which went something like this:

After World War I, and this went deeper during the depression, the American soul felt these situations so absurd, that all truly socially critical minds became stand-up comics and cartoonists. In the below I can only scratch the surface.

One early fellow was Will Rogers (3). “William Penn Adair Rogers was an American stage and film actor, vaudeville performer, cowboy, humorist, newspaper columnist, and social commentator from Oklahoma. He was a Cherokee citizen born in the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory.” Wikipedia

Born: November 4, 1879, Oologah, OK Died: August 15, 1935, Point Barrow, AK

Then there was Walt Kelly. “Walter Crawford Kelly Jr., commonly known as Walt Kelly, was an American animator and cartoonist, best known for the comic strip Pogo. He began his animation career in 1936 at Walt Disney Studios, contributing to Pinocchio, Fantasia, and Dumbo.” Wikipedia Born: August 25, 1913, Philadelphia, PA Died: October 18, 1973, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, CA

His character Pogo, gave us “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”

In the 1940’s we had “cartoons” at the movie houses. A main quality, of such as Bugs Bunny, or Daffy Duck, is that within their story lines they are essentially anarchists.

In the 1950’s, Mad Magazine arrived at your local news stand. It is still published, subscription only. (4) Its logo, a face picture of “Alfred E. Neuman” saying: “What me worry?”, captures its sense of the post WWII, cold war zeigiest.

Charlie Brown has been very popular, although not so socially acute. Just wry wisdom about human nature. (5)

Over in stand-up comic land, we’ve recently had Robin Williams (6), and George Carlin (7). We should include the Daily Show (8), with Jon Stewart, as well as Saturday Night Live (9).

There is a genius that towers over all the others: Bill Watterson (10), who gave us the endlessly remarkable daily and Sunday cartoon strip: “Calvin and Hobbes”. Calvin is about six years old, and Hobbes is his friend, mentor, playmate, and much much more – yet as seen by Calvin’s parents, Hobbes is just a small stuffed tiger. When seen by Calvin, is a talking, twice as tall as Calvin, Tiger.

It lasted from 1985 to 1995, when Watterson retired, at the peak of his game as it were. Not only did he know when to shut up, but he also completely resisted the efforts of his publishers, and toy manufacturers, to license these characters.

Books are available, and most are suitable for “children”. (11) There is a large (237,000 member) Facebook Group even today. (12)

(1) https://www.rudolfsteiner.org/fileadmin/user_upload/being_human/bh-articles/bh3-Ben-Aharon-Contemporary-Philosophy.pdf?fbclid=IwAR01zKuSN1s8Ix5snhxhzZeI3VM94UA9fYjoabR7sK0LA_SIl7CJ5L54xcI

(2) http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/benaharon.html

(3) https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/will-rogers-quotes

(4) https://www.madmagazine.com/

(5) https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&ei=UTF-8&p=charlie+brown+theme+song&type=E211US105G0#id=1&vid=8d4c935b5666db9e68d5a7f521451d39&action=click

(6) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Williams

(7) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Carlin

(8) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Daily_Show

(9) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturday_Night_Live

(10) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Watterson

(11) https://www.amazon.com/s?k=calvin+and+hobbes&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

(12) https://www.facebook.com/groups/1951125591822299

Dear The Nature Institute Folk,

Dear The Nature Institute folk,

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I am writing in regard to your short paper on Tom Cowan’s views as to whether or not contagious diseases, via small bits of matter, are the cause of illness.

https://www.natureinstitute.org/article/craig-holdrege-and-jon-mcalice/some-comments-on-the-contagion-myth

There is probably no more important contemporary spiritual adventure than the seeking of the meaning of this plague. Billions of people affected. Great fear of death. Incredible uncertainty.

Among a few, this is clearly also a unique riddle for those attracted to Anthroposophy, and the work of Rudolf Steiner. Already among the anthroposophic physicians there is disagreement. Many accept the dominant narrative as the truth, yet others are just as certain that narrative is not the truth.

A physician/healer, Tom Cowan, has stepped bravely forward with the “idea” that there is no contagious illness active in these troubles. Yet, over in The Nature Institute, a place well versed in modern scientific riddles, Tom’s latest book is criticized for failing to really grasp the underlying “accepted science”.

Is Tom wrong? Is The Nature Institute confused? Humanity could not be more at sea, what with the social pressure to vaccinate everyone.

In the following, I will try to find a thread/path through to the truth, which can be quite surprising. Beware, … some knowledge is dangerous, given that often to know, means also to act.

Serious riddles … I’ll try to walk around them a bit … look from different qualities of thought …


I found your defense of current thinking curious, given your reputation. Clearly there are scholars among you, able to read and absorb medical research literature in a way I cannot, lacking that necessary “training” for that. Be more accurate to see me as a generalist, rather than a specialist.

My ideas are small, yet about the very large. I am 80 years old, by the way.

Since there will be reasonable questions as to whether or not I have something useful to say, let me provide some background material. I have a BA in pre-seminary, from Denver University; and a JD in law from Montana State University.

I have been a student of Steiner’s, and Goethean science, since beginning that journey in 1978. Before that, I had spent about seven years studying the Hermetic Science of the ancient Egyptians, aka: magic. This science is just a self-study of the elements, and the laws that govern their relationship to material and non-material existence, we being the microcosm. As above, so below for the miracle of the one.

Fire is their symbol of will, water the symbol for feeling, air the symbol for the intellect, and earth the symbol for consciousness.

Having already had my own questions on the nature of mind, I then took an interest – that has lasted for decades – in the exploration of the mind outlined in Steiner’s GA-2, “A Theory of Knowledge Implicit in Goethe’s World Conception”, and GA-4, “The Philosophy of Freedom.”

On that path I met the lessor and Greater guardians of the threshold over the Christmas season of 2009-10. I was 70. This is an initiation related to the Father and the Son. Previously, on Epiphany 2008, I was initiated into the Mysteries of the Mother. http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/threshold.html

My CV is here: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/thetree.html My spiritual biography is here: “Familiar Spirits and the Education of a Shaman” https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/02/17/3008/

Inspired by Steiner and Goethe, I undertook a phenomenological study of the realm of the social/political life of humanity, learning to read that Book somewhat in the way Goethe read the Book of Nature. My masterwork, which is basically a spiritual social science text, is called: “The Art of God – an actual theory of Everything.” http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/artofgod.html

I have written various “scientific studies”, at the edges of different disciplines, which can be found here: https://thecollectiveimagination.com/some-of-joel-wendts-writings-on-the-science-of-the-future/

One of which involves a long study of the relationship of the four classical elements to the four fundamental forces/transformations of modern physics.

I am familiar with Andrew Linnell, and his work on the Mystery of Technology. I have made a study of electrical and magnetic phenomena, and on that long journey came to “see” that electricity can only be understood as something whole, never parts. In the highest sense, electricity (called the force of coherence in Lehrs’ “Man or Matter”) is where the Father came to rest, following the Creation.

Goethe, as you may know, believed that there had to be some fundamental sub-strata basis to Nature, otherwise there would be no primal order, just the chaos of unregulated growth.

It is hard for the mind to picture the degree of wholeness permeating everything that has been manifested. The study of projective geometry can help with this need for the imagination to picture infinite qualities. To make the shift from the particle nature of scientific materialism, to the wholeness nature of reality, is not easy.

As Barfield pointed out, most of our words (and their related concepts) carry materialistic aspects in their meaning we don’t even notice.

My studies of Steiner, as regards the plague question, begin and end with the problem of smallness. He was, if we are awake to the subtitles involved, concerned with both the idea of the “germ” and the “atom”. Not the material “thing”, but the idea/concept itself.

It has helped me to reflect on Dr. Hauschka’s remarks in his book: “The Nature of Substance”, regarding how it is that when we attack water, with chemicals or “electricity”, these “powers” kill something living, such that the right conception for hydrogen and oxygen in this case is “corpse” material. We kill the element of life (see Schwenk’s “Sensitive Chaos”), and not only is the remaining “stuff” dead, these actions also release light and heat, which are the liberation of elemental beings involved in the manifestation. (See also, Adams’ “Universal Forces in Mechanics”)

Materialism, having dis-ensouled matter into conscious-less things, has been giving “names” to corpse parts. Water tortured into two molecules, sans the elementals, next gives us the atom. That corpse part itself is further assaulted into parts, corpses of corpses – aka: what Steiner called our mastery of the forces of death.

Every kind of stuff has consciousness, known to the ancients as the Mother, the Many, paired with the Father, the One. Even your keyboard has this kind of consciousness, being itself made of elemental beings.

Where resides the primary universal consciousness in “matter/stuff”? Electricity, the Father at Rest. In Hermetics, the will/fire principle is also called the electric fluid. The feeling/water principle is call the magnetic fluid. As both were created at the same time, and are inseparable, physics calls this marriage electromagnetism.

The primal reality began as a unity, and retains that unity-nature even as the One becomes the Many. For this reason we find that particles – related in the right way, can be separated in space, but remain connected in time.

In his two books on “The Plant”, Gerbert Grohmann helps us see/know the idea that there is just One Plant, manifesting in Many ways. This would include all plant-like corpse parts, the natural debris we swim in ourselves – every aspect of the material and spiritual worlds remains deeply interconnected. Meanwhile, we today feel/think/imagine/believe we are separate from all that appears to be “other”, … yet, we are not.

Consider the “onlooker separation”, by which the beginning of the Epoch of the Consciousness Soul announces itself. In Gottfried Richter’s “Art and Human Consciousness” we get introduced to how it is that art births perspective. In Barfield, we see the evolution of language, as it changes on the cusp of the on-looker separation.

While we can imagine the forest as the lungs of the world, it is a bit harder to see that wherever we have imagined a boundary, there is no boundary except in our conceptual life. All of the green world, from the very small to the big and tall, is one single organ of exchange of primal life entities*, with their immediate living environment. *[Steiner’s ethereal formative forces, all of which are Beings, not things.]

I could go on, but here I just want to question whether or not the electron microscope actually sees/knows what we theorize it sees/knows. Especially given the “weight” of preconceptions and assumptions that permeate most of our “scientific” thinking. First I see in a mirror darkly, but then face to face.

The sense world looks/knows us, better than we do Her/Them/Him. What we hear, is borne by elemental beings, not molecules of air. What we see, touch, feel, breathe … no disconnections, nothing without self-aware sentient consciousness.

Even “space” was created. (See Adams’: “Space and the Light of Creation”. Chapter One: Radiation of Space; Chapter Two: Music of Number; Chapter Three: The Burden of Earth and the Sacrifice of Warmth)

It is useful here, to add one additional fundamental observation, which is the logical error that led to the illusions of quantum mechanics and the theory of probabilities. Physics ran into a problem, where its instruments could only gather a particle’s (corpse part’s) position, but not its velocity. Or the velocity, but not its position.

Helped by the dominance of the abstract intellect, Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle assumes that the limit of our instrumentation is a product of the way the natural world is itself organized. We don’t have this problem, Nature has it.

A Thought born in the borderland of keeping any idea of spirit out of “science”.

Needing to keep chasing the secrets of existence from the small (screw the wholes), with the electron microscope we beam a stream of positive electrons, organized by a magnetic field, and touch the corpse piece, using a force which itself can be dangerous to living organisms.

It might help here to remind the reader of Steiner’s discussions of the “Culmination” and the coming meeting between the Aristotelians and the “Platonists”. These are not differences in philosophy, but in Mystery Wisdom. Socrates and Plato were initiates in the Goddess Mysteries. I was at a focal point of this Culmination, which remains ongoing – and not particularly as advanced/evolved as it could be.

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


Steiner, for good reason, had to dance around the concepts of magic and mysticism. There was only so much conceptual adjustments that his students could handle. Modern Platonists, in the sense Steiner used, are up to their wholeness in these ephemeral paths. Makes for a troublesome getting together, however.

Consider this: All is Being. There are no things. The smallest entities are the members of the elemental kingdoms, the people of fire (will), the people of water (feeling), the people of air (intellect), and the people of earth (consciousness).

They have no freedom, and the ordering of what they do rides in on the arts and crafts of the hierarchies above them. Here is some Steiner on gnomes and their fellow artisans: https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2019/09/11/some-steiner-on-ceremonial-magic-and-the-elemental-kingdoms/

Sometimes the simplest conceptions are the most apt. While modern materialistic science (and medicine) act toward the world as if that World was created out of the parts, yet nowhere in nature do we ever see the living come from the lifeless. Can’t be seen. Life leaves behind the lifeless, which even in “death”, to Hermetics, still has elemental nature.

The geological record is a sequence of metamorphoses. One living Planet, growing, filled with elemental living forces from the beginning. The infinity of ethereal and physical spaces, unfolds itself inwardly into the spacial density we call: dark matter&forces.

There is a tendency to see what we expect to see, and the germ theory of disease is haunted by its own apparent successes. The whole investigating line of questions and answers then lacks many fundamental conceptions.

I was once a patient of Tom Cowan, and have bought and read all his works. His biographical material in the book: “Human Heart – Cosmic Heart” has to be read, before judging any part of his work.

He is a natural goetheanist in how he tackles the questions and mysteries his patients bring to him. He follows the phenomena, and goes from experiment to experiment to find out how to help modern man in the face of modern diseases.

He can’t be expected to wander in every nook and cranny on certain parts of the questions involved in this Event/Plague, and I am glad The Nature Institute was able to go there.

Still, they seem to have not understood why Tom’s instinct, formed from his sense of wholeness on issues in health and illness, remains correct, even though modern instruments like the electron microscope are limited by the conceptual frames of reference, and habits of thought, say otherwise.

Being a practicing physician involves a lot of direct experiences, that a laboratory analysis can’t resolve. Tom has those, and most of his doubters do not.

The principle question is logical. The basic conception that tiny things cause illness (such as the “germ” theory of disease), fails to account for context. There is a kind of mechanical thinking in forming the picture of a tiny something causing so much havoc.

To reinvent Steiner’’s metaphor: To claim that happy cows in a ripe field of their favorite foods, are the cause of the environment makes no sense. It doesn’t work to assert that mechanistic thinking, and its tools, actually sees their own limiting assumptions.

Why is this important? Because of the clear facts that not everyone exposed gets the “dis-ease”. Outbreaks of clusters, such as polio etc., don’t prove causality for the same reason. Not everyone gets it. Tom wrote: “Vaccines, Autoimmunity, and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illnesses.”, which has many details.

If this [the variations in who has been exposed, but never symptomatic] is the case, what are the factors that make for the differences in who gets what kind of illness, even up to the level: death?

Quite naturally modern medicine is a science based on numbers. My doctors are always checking my numbers. There are other aspects of human life, of which they are aware, but which can’t be reduced to numbers. They can’t easily be measured.

Stress. Sensitivity. The Will to Live. The Health of the Complex Processes we call: the Immune System. The idea of karma also has a place here. Steiner, in “Spiritual Science and Medicine”, advises that sometimes all the arts of the physician can be done rightly, and still the illness proceeds to its conclusion.

Let me tell a story … In Wuhan China were many people. They worked very hard and were under the stress of being carefully watched by their own government. They often smoke, and Wuhan had some of the worst air pollution in China.

Like most of us on this civilized earth, they were being regularly poisoned by their air, water, soil, food, medicines … pollution and side-effects were the deflecting euphemisms.

Materialistic medicine was lost in its failures to account for spirit. Industrial civilization birthed industrial medicine.

The 20th Century had seen an earlier plague, and in its after affects, when scientists were not so pressed for time, most of the ideas of contagion failed. Simultaneous outbreaks occurred in quite different parts of the earth, which had one thing in common: the recent placement of radar stations, the beginning of a whole series of inventions having to do with putting radiant energy through the atmosphere. (see “The Invisible Rainbow”).

This form of pollution is primarily of an electrical nature, which as was discussed above, is a force for order, for causal lawfulness, and a fundamental unity. We applied it not knowing that too much order is actually anti-life.

Electricity increases order wherever it is “beamed”. Direct electrification of human beings had been a kind of party event around the end of the 19th Century, until people started fainting and bleeding.

In Wuhan, at the beginning of the “outbreak”, they had just turned on the radiant forces known as 5G.

One of the odd facts connected to electricity is that the nature of space itself is different from where it is not, or more apt perhaps, where it is less present. Space in this event being a kind of rheostat for the effects of various intermingling “fields” of spiritual beings. https://borderlandsciences.org/journal/vol/46/n05/Goethe_Space_Field_Phenomena.html

What is illness? For the healer, something different than for the patient.

The healer is needed, the patient is in a deadly condition. For materialistic medicine, healing means getting the numbers right, and finding the right medicine with the least side-effects.

The individual is also their own doctor. The most common illnesses I have had are colds and flues, with a few allergies and sore backs thrown in for spice. Like most I applied the over the counter stuff, followed the advertisements, and had some relief of symptoms.

My second wife taught me that the flu is a cleansing rite, which the body needs for getting rid of toxins. I once a bad headache and fever. She encouraged and supported me in letting the fever run its course. This led to a 28 day fast, much needed for detoxification.

Some flues require more forceful types of elimination processes, barfing, shitting, sweating, … but mostly not doing anything but being “sick”, while the wisdom of the body tries to help.

Few of us live a truly healthy life style, mostly because we are too busy-active to offer the time. We live in a culture, in the First World, where if you want to eat, you have to have money, and if you want money you have to work, and if you want to work … in the future we may be required to be vaccinated.

Magic substances will take care of illness, the advertisements sing, and please get back to work as soon as possible, regardless of the stress.

The seasonal flu is for detoxification, and if people get symptoms they need very little but rest, sunshine, good water, good air, and good company. When we suppress this natural process, with vaccines and other allegedly necessities for healing – the Materialistic Way, we add to the inner poisoning.

In fact, the physical medical aspects of the plandemic-Pandemonium Reboot are secondary to the social, psychological, and spiritual qualities. The immeasurable is of more value than the measurable.

Most folks, in the First World at any rate, are wage slaves, trained to be workers and consumers, and to give over their young to be cannon fodder in the wars of elites against elites.

Mom – as divine providence – then gave the whole world a time out, and stopped “Western” civilization in its rush over cliffs of arrogant ignorance. What’s next is up to us.

One final clue …

Consider what physics says about light. A beam of light through a prism gives colors, yet Goethe taught us to recognize that color is from the deeds and sufferings of light, in its relationship to the dark.

In the split screen experiment we get the mystery of whether light is a wave or a particle. At the same time all those ideas are materialist representations of the phenomena. No spirit involved. What would it look like to include spirit in such cases?

The human being has an experience where we notice a difference between our outside sense world, and our inside thought/feeling world. Mystics argue these are not separate, yet the naive thought often reveals wisdom.

While we know ourselves as a visible physically-embodied self, with an invisible interior spiritual life as private, … what we don’t yet know to do is to recognize that “light” too has an exterior manifestation, and a fully self-aware inward sentient consciousness.

“In It (the Word) was Life, and the Life was the Light of the World”, is not just religious poetry, it is also good physics.


The Genius of Frank Herbert, author of the Dune series of “science fiction” novels

The Genius of Frank Herbert, author of the Dune series of “science fiction” novels

Rudolf Steiner, in a lecture to the workmen, described the America soul as heading in the direction of a kind of natural or instinctive anthroposophy. Not the anthroposophy of Europe, but something unique and different, yet also the “similar”.

My experience of Anthroposophy in America, especially as expressed via the A. Society, is that European culture is superior to American culture in some fashion. This really doesn’t come from Americans so much, as it is a natural result of those soul forces of the Center, than came to America, and tried to teach us how to be like them.

European culture is the high cultural accomplishment of Western Civilization. Yet, the genius of language somehow came up with the idea of there being an Old World and a New World.

A New World means new culture, yet in the A. Society I find little real celebration of the American cultural genius. I will over the course of the next weeks write of certain particular masters of certain arts, new wine in new skins.

In 2003, it is claimed that the highest selling science fiction book in the world was the original Dune. That novel first appeared around in 1965. It was followed by five more novels. Silent Spring was published in 1962. Both books are deep examinations of the idea of “ecology”.

Dune, however, was illuminating in the vastness of its conceptions, the huge scale of the future time, stories of gods and mystics, kings and queens, coupled with a messiah, who rides in on the horse of an extremely powerful psychoactive drug called: Spice.

For some, under the influence of Spice, it means to be able to see vividly the whole history of all manner of the memories of no longer living spirits. The messiah can not only do that, he can see the future as crossroads, and sometimes exactly which choice takes us to what future.

The Spice is only found on one planet in the galaxy, Dune, a planet of very little water, large open spaces full of sands and rocks, and a unique form of life, … the “sandworm”, which rides the sands, dives beneath the sanddunes as if they were just so much water, and grow to over 200 meters in length. There is a whole religion built around the sandworm, a religion of the tribal people original to Dune, the Fremen. When other races discovered Dune, and the Spice which is produced by mysterious processes in the sand, these races found that the Spice had geriatric powers, and gave a long live. In a galaxy of billions, on thousands of planets, wars are fought over something far less valuable.

At the beginning the situation is stable. There is an empire and an emperor. There are star-ships that fold space to move instantly from one planet to another. Under the emperor are aristocratic families holding traditional fiefs.

The mother of the future messiah is a Bene Gesserit, a women’s priesthood, taught special exercises to promote unusual physical and psychic abilities. The folding of space is done by the spacing guild, an act of mind over matter, aided by Spice addiction. There is another discipline, call the “mentat”. This individual trains to think in certain specifically skilled ways. There are warriors, and fighting hand to hand, sword and knife play, and a lot of moments of teaching.

Oh, … and a girl for the messiah. And spiritual trials. Long moments of vision. Learning to ride sandworms. Still …

.. the essence is the “place”, Dune, a planet in which water is so precious that when the Fremen walk in the desert they have to wear a special suit that covers them from head to foot. This wearable chemical transformer reclaims water when we sweat, and water from urine and feces. The suit then processes these, and the suit wearer has a little straw like nipple to take water from the catch pockets in the suit.

The system uses a kind of pump, in the heels of the boots, so that walking makes everything circulate.

I only point to this to give some flavor. The novel is rich in such details. The characters are very intelligent, and speaks of such ways of thought as plans within plans within plans.

Water as a sacrament. Around the same time – 1961 – one of the masters of science fiction, Robert Heinlein, publishes “Stranger in a Strange Land. In this novel water also plays a crucial role as a sacrament, even though it is not rare.

In that novel the rite concerns becoming a “water brother”. In Silent Spring we find out how polluted are our waters. In Dune, we build a whole culture and religion rooted in extreme water scarcity. In Stranger in a Strange land we get water as the core of a ritual of community.

What is harder to put in words, about Dune and its five sequels, is the overall examination of the act and arts of thinking.

The mind is a center of great study, by all of the various guilds. When the mind is aided by the Spice, even more potential (and danger) is evoked. Groups, such as the Bene Gesserit, train their acolytes from youth into the mysteries of the mind&body, that come from disciplining not only their activity, but the whole related process of perception as well.

One could read these six novels for pleasure, for the artistic and enlightened genius of the author, and also for some very sound ideas about how to use and develop our own minds.

The most famous quote from Dune, which many will know of even if they haven’t read Dune, is called “the Litany of Fear”:

“I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

The books are full of observations about science, religion, culture, … here is one of my favorites:

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.

As a writer, I am familiar with an aspect of writing wherein when you don’t know what the character is next going to say or do. Yes, one gets lay out elaborate plots, but still there is in the process of writing moments where we pose a question, and leaving the own mind (and imagination) to be free, unexpected thought arises. If you add to that, the setting up of elaborate cultures, peoples, systems of thought, when your wisest characters speak you are surprised such ideas existed.

Frank Herbert was a genius in understanding how large societies grow and change. How religion and commerce effect those changes. About how courage can be found in the smallest places, and wonder is just around the corner of the next page.

Read Dune.

Anthroposophy, and three Science Fiction Television Master Works

Anthroposophy, and three Science Fiction Television Master Works

part one Babylon 5 (1)

part two Taken (2)

part three: Battlestar Galactica (3)

Artists often see in less intellectual ways. Actors, for example, forget themselves to create something new, real, and very human. Writers and creators of science fiction original for television (not from a novel or other sources) have a large canvas. Babylon 5 had inside it a 5 year story arc, yet had to be renewed each individual year.

Taken’s examination of the UFO phenomena spread its dramas over generations of particular families’ experiences. Ten two hour episodes, to tell one vast story.

Battlestar Galactica raised questions about man, machine, god, history, prophecy, war, as well as life and death, over 76 episodes, and 4 years.

Part One: “Babylon 5” [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babylon_5 ] and Steiner’s Fall of the Spirits of Darkness (spoiler alert)

In this tale by JMS (J. Michael Straczynski, who wrote over 100 of the episodes himself), human beings travel the stars, and have met many alien species. One of the first we meet, the Minbari, … its mutually ignorant first contact scenario led immediately to a battle, and that then to a war, where this technologically and philosophically superior race almost destroyed us.

Babylon 5 is a space station five miles long, and home to a quarter of a million workers, lurkers, aliens, ambassadors, warriors, thieves, wanderers, and mysteries. It is meant to be place that can resolve conflict, and promote peace. It was built by humans, and managed by their military.

An overarching idea is that there are elder races, millions of years older, who have been guiding (perhaps) the younger races, such as the humans and the Minbari. There are presently two, the Vorlons and the Shadows.

A Vorlon wears an encounter suit, which hides its form, that if seen would be experienced in such a way that each race would see the image of their most important spiritual angel. Vorlon starships are living, and intelligent.

The Shadows are invisible, and if they make themselves visible are spider like in form, as are their organic/living starships, that need a human being linked to their “machine”, so as to function as a central processor. They believe that conflict aids evolution by weeding out the weaker races – by survival of the fittest.

Vorlons ask: “Who are you?” Shadows ask: “What do you want?” One question is about your highest self understanding, and the other about your appetites.

The Vorlons “adjusted” human beings, so as to create genetic lines of potential telepaths, because “mind-walkers” can see in the invisible, and this disrupts the function of the Shadow machines.

Beings of light, and beings of dark. Not human, very old, and very powerful.

A great war erupts, and even the Vorlons and Shadows fight each other, while various younger races take different “sides”.

In our non-fiction human world we all have a guardian angel, and a threefold double-complex. Inside us these often seem to be at odds. These individual inner conflicts spill over into world wars.

As an aspect of our current situation, we have forgotten Faerie and the Fae … a galaxy of unusual powers. JMS artistically sees the effects, represents the primary conflict accurately, and does not need to have read Steiner.

At one point, the humans, the Minbari, and others of the younger races, unite to kick both the Vorlons and the Shadows out of the situation.

In our time, allegedly, Archangel Michael had a battle with shadows, and threw them to Earth. JMS imagines we are at war, egged on over and over again by invisible “helping” forces we perhaps no longer need. Did Michael help us, or did his war in heaven get won by laying the burden of resolving strife on our heads and hearts?

In the tale, a leader who died and been resurrected for an additional 20 years of life, tells the Vorlons and the Shadows to stop interfering. Our future belongs to us he says, and the war between Vorlons (heaven) and Shadows (earth) needs to stop.

I wonder whether in the future the human hierarchy must shed its need for angels above and demons below. Don’t we need to stand on our own, in order to fully grow into what we can become?

Part Two: “Taken” [produced by Stephen Spielberg [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taken_(miniseries) ] involves an examination of the phenomena of UFO’s, and is well researched on the ideas and theories of folk who have had “visitor” experiences.

The wiki-article points out that support for the series also came from The Coalition for Freedom of Information, a group which seeks the release of classified governmental UFO files as well as scientific, Congressional, and media credibility for the study of this subject. This association was criticized at the time of the show, but finally after years of pressure, the US Government recently confessed to having film of many sightings of unexplained crafts in our skies.

My friend Stephen Clarke wrote an unpublished manuscript titled: “Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind”, based on his own “visitor” experiences, that were very frightening, until he choose to feel love toward these unusual “beings”, discovering thereby that these entities had a fully different reality when we mastered our fears. Creatures of Faerie, and or the Underworld, depending on one’s views and experiences of the invisibles behind the surface of visible nature.

It is curious that the lore of UFO fans, includes observations that there appears to be four basic types of entities, a view not too far from the reality of the kingdoms of the four elements. My own research is that the use of atomic bombs, was of such “force” that it broke momentarily the threshold between our physical world and the Underworld, through which then entities of those realms found themselves bound up with matter, even though themselves had been originally pure spirit.


“Taken” struggles with all these issues, at the core of which is what are “they” up to, what with the “taking” of human beings, while displaying control of matter by mind.

Mostly what is involved is a breeding scheme, whereby the “aliens” sought to introduce into our DNA, changes that would produce someone neither fully human, or fully alien. The hybrid … well don’t want to offer too many spoilers.

Anthroposophists, well versed in Steiner’s idea of the three occultisms: eugenic, hygienic, and mechanical, may have noticed that he suggested that from a certain point of view, the occult brotherhoods were pursuing breeding programs combining these different natural powers into one type of “human”, so as to be able in the future to incarnate where and when they wish.

The series touches all manner of basic questions, such as “what is human?”, “what is time?”, and, “what is the relationship between mind and these primary phenomena?”.

Part Three: “Battlestar Galactica” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battlestar_Galactica_(2004_TV_series) imagines a future world where mankind learned how to create machines with minds, who found their servitude undesirable, and then revolted.

These machines looked like machines – Cylons, and the war ended with an agreement to leave each other alone. However, forty years later they return, having learned how to make living biological appearing “human” beings. These new beings, and their lessor relatives the non-human appearing machines, attack the Twelve Colonies of the humans, killing billions without warning.

A few humans survive, and our story follows the travels of one such group, trying to find a new home, while saving themselves from their “mechanical” children. In the beginning, the humans don’t know about the biological perfections of the bodies of the new Cylons, with the result that while the viewer knows who are “robots”, the survivors do not … yet.

The new Cylons believe in God, and that God has made them the next nature step in evolution.

Religious prophecy is evoked. Mythical aspects are discovered. Humans fight humans over what is, or is not, right to do. Excellent moments of dialogue on all the philosophical questions. Many themes in the stories are imaginative explorations of our present times.

For example, at one point the Cylons capture a large portion of the surviving humans, and place them in a huge camp. Our heroes are then faced with issues not unlike what the Israelis and the Palestinians face today, except we are the displaced Palestinians. Some of our heroes are like Hamas, and attack and sabotage the Cylons, even to the point of killing those of their own species that are “cooperating”.

Of course, for the budding anthroposophist, the questions of the future of technology are quite important, and this series takes a wonderful look at many of the underlying issues.

All three series take on the question of just what does it mean to be human?

Surviving the Great Plague – with the Kindness of Strangers

Surviving the Great Plague

– with the Kindness of Strangers –

Is it a crime against humanity to intentionally create a false fear of death, through mere physical or air-born contact with another person, in order to gain wealth and power? Is it a crime against one’s own personal sanity to trust governments, major media, and large corporations, who have done nothing but lie for generations?

Is it crime against logic to believe the media, which prefers the hysterical to the truth? Is it a crime against art to believe the Mystery is so perverse as to kill and endanger billions of Their own children? Is it crime against morality to insist that the “not-vaccinated” must be turned into something, or someone, unclean?

Fear makes people stupid. Irrational fear makes people crazy. Whatever is going on, if we can’t walk the path of this Trial together, we don’t deserve to survive it.

Trust yourself, and each other. In a time of such Trials as this, we are all in need of the kindness of strangers. Sometime we will be helpers, sometime we need help. This will oscillate, … the kind of rough justice we can expect that comes with a crisis of “Biblical” proportions.

Institutions lacking flexibility will break. The Aftermath to the Covid-23x Event is where the most crucial acts take place. How do we treat each other? Do we carry a deadly disease, or are we just one more victim of the greed and appetites of the wealthy and powerful?

WWI, the great Depression, WWII, the Vietnam War, the endless wars in the middle-East, … these were not brought to us by folk who cared for others. They are not acts of kindness.

Is it an act of kindness to forgive these crimes anyway? Is it an act of kindness if it is easy, rather than difficult – to so forgive?

Will humanity be closer four or five years from now? Or, will our wills to be set aside, in favor of more madness than the Earth-Mother ~!~ Holy Mother is willing to tolerate? Will “Western” civilization, and scientific materialism, bring the Legends that buried Atlantis beneath the waves into Play, so as to sweep the sandbox clean of the unkind and the kind alike?

Does not the Life Sphere of the Planet need a rest from our abuse? Does not the living Planet need “kindness” as well?

In the time of the Kindness of Strangers, what powers of soul will flourish?

We only have today, … in fact … only the Now, in which to choose the kindness of forgiveness.

Will the vaccinated forgive the not-vaccinated? Will the not-vaccinated forgive the vaccinated? Will both forgive the greedy and powerful?

I do not believe there are any “right” answers to such questions. That we each need to choose who we will be, that is the existential trial of our Age.

I shot a flower into the air, it swam with a poem, I know not where.
A birth was seeded, in the world of thought, doing battle against a torture of “knots”. A joke emerged, and all the gods laughed, as we fell into Faerie, the software of stars. We blunder in shadow to grasp the Plague’s lesson, spirits wounded by the eternal dark-liar. Words escape, seeking a page to fly-bye, and the full moon of May sings delight in my sigh.

Beware the Id of Anthroposophy. Shadows dream-walk as many minds bow before the altar of Steiner-said. Other’s bow before the fake magnificence of unnatural science, being so worried by fear of death … as to abandon faith in life.

The war for truth – the life-forged light of each individual’s heart’s mind, ,,, no peace, He said … just that sword. There is a Create&Nurture-Impulse. Everyone is a hero – a survivor, a shaman and a poet. WE Are Groot. ***

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpMbmEJlhX8

***this bit o’ cosmic whimsy, is brought to you by the law of iwegodlovechaos

Business Proposal

Business Proposal

[seeking “partners” – of various ordinations – in my law firm: https://thecollectiveimagination.com/shamans-law-firm/ ]

When a civilization undergoes metamorphosis, there are certain underlying features, worthy of noting each time such events reveal themselves. For most folk this is lived one day, … nay … one moment, at a “time”.

The lame common adjective in news media these day, describing some event as historical, does not do justice to our Age, which the future will describe as mythical, … a time of mysteries, of wars in heaven, and the fall of angels.

If we narrow and focus our view, we might find ourselves caught up in the Mystery Rite of the plandemic-Pandemonium Reboot. If we notice our newest associates, we might find something more personal. Not just a hunger to know the truth, but to use the Law, at its best, to lay waste to egregorial corporate cultures.

Let us not forget the Forgotten Founders, the aboriginal peoples of the Americas, … especially their honest gratitude to the Spirit in Nature, which had them seeing their role as stewards and caretakers of the Life Bounty of the Mother.

With “Western” civilization dying into a new becoming, the necessary intermediate state of social chaos – an aspect of a living social organism whose scale is planet-wide – makes possible fundamental re-examinations of the Idea of Law.

I wrote very early on, as Covid-23x madness erupted into the “social”, that the lawyers were going to have a lot of fun, all these “experts” having tell their tall tales in a court of law, sworn to tell the truth, and subject to cross examination and impeachment.

Americans are litigious. There exist armies of lawyers salivating to engender class action law suits.

These armies will need expert services of an unusual kind. The path-breaker has earned wisdom, and pausing a while, helping the construction of the counter-Narrative becomes a needed art.

We face a huge publicity machine. Ruled by Titans of Industry. Was there a “plot”? Well, yes and no, and the real conspirators have mythic names, Mother and Son, She who has the Whole World in His Hands.

Modern medicine is flawed. It is more religion than it is science. There is only “matter” in that Myth, … no “spirit” at all.

Industrial civilization taints everything with a savage unrepentant rust. It knows more about death than it does about life. Citified people die in the wilderness … away from conveniences.

A lever to move a world …

file law suits on behalf of the Planet, as a living being as worthy of person-hood before the law as is a corporation.

The science to prove that Nature has a self-aware sentient conscious exists. A properly done vor dire of any materialistic expert exposes a heartless center. Just ask them to explain the differences between science (reason/truth), art (imagination/beauty), and religion (devotion/goodness).