Sunday, March 22, 2015

Frozen Warnings

In the face of the obscene, explicit malice of the jungle, which lacks only dinosaurs as punctuation, I feel like a half-finished, poorly expressed sentence in a cheap novel.”
― Werner Herzog

Ruminations On Ruins and Preserving The Past
My story begins with the decision to downsize our lifestyle and as a result of this planned transition, I had gathered, among many household items, my large collection of books into our garage in order to cull through them as to decide which ones to keep and which to donate to our local library.
In going through the many books during this process, I came across a biography of Richard Nickles, a Chicago preservationist who lost his life trying to save pieces of the Chicago Stock Exchange,when the building collapsed on top of him, burying him the rubble. 
I pulled the book out and brought it into the house and began to reread it, and consequently decided to use one of his photographs as a theme on my Facebook page. Here is the photograph. A few days later, this would prove to be an interesting choice in relation to what was about to occur. Inset into "theme" photograph, I placed a photograph of myself taken in our kitchen with the roof and skylights of our house illuminating this portrait. It remains as I write this on my page. My motive for doing so was based on the subject of loss, specifically the loss of the record of a physical history that accompanies memory.

A Failure Alert
The following day, I set about completing various tasks I had set myself to accomplish several days earlier. One of them was the replacement of a battery in a smoke detector outside of my daughters room that had been chirping to alert us to the need to change it. I also went into my daughters room located above our garage to check that detector just as a safety precaution. These smoke detectors, as some of you know chirp about every minute or so in this alert process. I spent several minutes there and hearing nothing, I moved on to other tasks. This room was to vanish completely in what was to follow.

An Overwhelming Task
Later in the day, our neighbor stopped my wife, to tell her that a smoke detector was "chirping" in my daughter's room which faced their house. I thought to myself, how odd that was just having done the earlier routine of checking them. I rechecked her room above the garage and the detector seemed just fine.I put rechecking it on my list of things to do the following day.
That afternoon my wife and this neighbor had a long conversation regarding downsizing and my wife proceeded to explain how overwhelming this process was and she had the same conversation later that evening with my sister, which also included repairs beyond simply getting rid of things. These tasks seemed nearly impossible to accomplish when taking in their sum total.

A Reappearance and A Loss
I fell asleep that night and found myself in a room whose outlines were blurry and across from me was my son who had passed away some five or so years ago. I was overjoyed to see him again and expressed this to him in a ongoing set of soliloquies. There was no doubt it was Matt. He said nothing but looked into my eyes with a sort of focused stare. I suppose I did not let him get a word in edgewise. I awoke saddened and after wrestling with my thoughts and some tossing and turning, I fell back asleep only to find myself in a room whose outlines were vague and this dream began in midstream as if I had dropped into it while it had begun ..some time ago. I more or less jumped into myself while I was reacting to the recognition one of our pets had been killed, and the experience in this dream as well as immediately afterward, was extremely emotional and upsetting.

Fire and Erasure
It was around five in the afternoon and I was reading the Nickle book in the great room adjoining the kitchen when the power instantly went off. Everything went dead. I assumed something had happened at some distance with the power companies facilities. Five to eight minutes later all the smoke alarms went off. My neighbor was knocking furiously on my front door..these two events were simultaneous. Smoke began to drift through the house coming from the garage below my daughters room. I tried to enter but the flames and smoke were overwhelming. The house was burning down at a furious rate.

If you’re purely after facts, please buy yourself the phone directory of Manhattan. It has four million times correct facts. But it doesn’t illuminate.”
― Werner Herzog

We lost Kiwi one of our cats and from time to time out of nowhere I would "lose it" thinking about her. All of our physical history was lost. All we have our memories. The ribs of the roof ( what remained of it ) resembled Nickle's photograph. Mathew's ashes were saved by some very brave firemen and that's was the focus of my daughter and myself as expressed to the firemen. The Facebook page of myself in my house within ruins as I mentioned earlier remains posted. Matthew's reappearance alongside my mourning in advance of Kiwi's death are indelibly lodged in my mind. A burden of dreams The overwhelming task that was so heavily discussed in regard to downsizing vanished in the fire in a matter of minutes. A dark mirror was placed before me. My daughters interview with the media encapsulates a shared feeling in the face of a nameless cruelty.

UNION COUNTY, N.C. -- A Union County family is looking for a new place to stay after their homes went up in flames Monday night. All their possessions are gone, but they weren't hurt and they saved the one possession that could never be replaced.
"I heard this really loud pop and then clank, clank, clank," said Kara Duensing.
Kara was inside her family home on Lowergate Lane, where only charred remains are left, and didn't know her house was on fire.
"Our neighbor across the street came and banged on our door and said your garage is on fire," said Duensing.
Kara and her parents quickly got their four dogs out, and one cat. They're still searching for two missing cats.. It wasn't until they got outside they realized their most irreplaceable possession was inside: her brother's urn.
"They asked if we had anything and at that time. I couldn't think but then we said, 'Oh my God, Matthew is in there,' and they brought him out," said Duensing.
Matthew passed away from an enlarged heart in 2009, at the age of 21. He was his sister's best friend.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Ecology of Programmed Cycles of Human Self Exterminations

In previous essays on warfare, I wrote about the strangeness of cyclic mass extinctions that have no other causation outside of the human mind which is in contrast to the ecological balancing in relation to other species, and that it is a given that correspondingly, the cycles of these extinctions are internal, or inner-species in nature. In parallel to this unique cycling, we have the attributes of the human mind in comparison to other species in that it has qualities that others seemingly lack in spades.
There is a strange precision in these self harvesting cycles that reminds me of a clockwork which may indicate programming if we take this scenario further despite our own self defensive imagining that one hallmark of human consciousness is a greater spectrum of choice as derived by thought that weaves rationality into logic. The evidence suggests otherwise.
Along with the effects of thought is another chief feature which is tool making based essentially on mimicking nature by way of manipulating it in order to overcome it. Yet there is no device invented to derail the precision of these autonomic cycles which suggests again, there is a "war programming" software in the nature of consciousness we remain unaware of that utilizes specific triggers just as a timing mechanism controls the coordinated machinery of a a device.

In this sense perhaps man is a machine and it may be that our programming has a safety feature that relates to the overall planetary ecology in that our extreme creative adaptability by way of manipulating nature in order to overcome it, entails a equally pronounced rate of survival  in relation to procreating an unbalanced population that is unsustainable in terms of a fixed level of resources. Therefore this safety feature is triggered through a self harvesting cyclic programming that prevents overpopulation as the rate of extinction in these cycles as well as their extent seems to follow the growth of population.
If we go down this road further there seems to be a feedback situation lodged in these cycles that act as a trigger. Some have suggested this may be due to solar cycles and while the interconnections are provocative of entrainment on many  parallel levels, it lacks specificity in relation to neurology or any model of psychology it would produce. That is not to say it does not exist as a possible triggering feedback mechanism but our own nature in relation to our self image rebels at even a remote possibility of this being true

Philosophers love to debate and dissect what they term "free will" in relation to self awareness but then it is patently obvious by way of common sense, free will has a limit and this core concept I am relating to you puts a twist on how we define these limits in relation to autonomic cycles.
The earliest metaphor I am aware of is Martian in nature as it relates to martial matters.  Mars as the planetary representative of warfare as a "God" which relates to a ruling principle as to these cyclic events. The symbol of this metaphor represents a shield with a spear protruding from behind it's protective surface in many metaphysical texts and of course the physicality of Mars suggests that it was once a living planet and is now devoid of life and as our own natural resources shrink in relation to population growth, our tool making and the greater ability to self exterminate a greater population in relation to a cycle, etc...Mars has become a focal point of our explorations toward another planet, another world. While the Greeks reviled Mars, the Romans viewed this conceptual metaphor of behavior as a way to secure peace through war much like ourselves.

This conceptual model is repeated in Astrology which is also a cyclic concept of external influences that allegedly lessen "free will"   Mars, the God of War, is the ruler of Aries. In astrology, Mars is the planet of energy, action, and desire. It is the survival instinct, and can be thought of as the "leftover" animal nature of man.
Mars rules our animal instincts for aggression, anger, and survival. Our sexual desires come under the rule of Mars. Whereas Venus rules romantic attraction, Mars is most associated with basic body attraction. This is the planet of action rather than reaction. With Mars, there is no contemplation before action. The drive associated with Mars differs from that of the Sun in that it is self-assertion rather than assertion of the will; it is raw energy rather than creative energy.

This consideration of planetary talismans as augers to cyclic self harvesting programs may or may not be read as where the metaphors as signets of relationships reach an Omega point of a coming cycle or they may not.
One could say Mars may be a sublimated parable of human life on our own future as it relates to a dead planet, not literally, but in the sense of our own survival as a species, it may become dead as to sustaining the dynamics of population as well as other factors unless a X factor intercedes as again within a feedback loop announcing a larger self harvesting cycle to come. Under the thrall of biology attenuated by language and the imagination formed into thought, it may be that all roads lead to Rome, however difficult a price an agnosticism toward such an imprinting may cost, it seems this is the only exit available to us.

“Men are born soft and supple; dead they are stiff and hard. Plants are born tender and pliant; dead, they are brittle and dry. Thus whoever is stiff and inflexible is a disciple of death. Whoever is soft and yielding is a disciple of life. The hard and stiff will be broken. The soft and supple will prevail.”
― Lao Tzu

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Third Man Factor

"For a parallel to the lesson of atomic theory regarding the limited applicability of such customary idealizations, we must in fact turn to quite other branches of science, such as psychology, or even to that kind of epistemological problems with which already thinkers like Buddha and Lao Tzu have been confronted, when trying to harmonize our position as spectators and actors in the great drama of existence."

-Niels Bohr

The Eye of Centripetal Entrapment

The encapsulation of the mind in relation to a vast field of information that surrounds it and informs it by largely reference points of physicality, is considered here in terms of other reference points that have no visibility in the sense of physicality but exist and inform in ways that defy rationality.
In our daily lives our minds are abuzz with outwardly directed activities which are multi-tasking in nature toward the present and the future, with a corresponding lack of space to direct ourselves toward our past history. The engagement or entanglement on a variety of fronts with these errands consumes our analysing abilities all of which are directed to a multitude of relationships that are proverbially an expression of perpetual motion in action. One could say this whirlwind of directed consciousness is keyed to the self to the extent it forms an expression of tunnel vision or to use an analogy, it forms a membrane or moat around a field of information and most importantly, it is framed in sequential, sidereal time. A follows B in relation to C and then of course there is the unanticipated that we must analyse and adjust these behavioral acts of awareness toward. Another consideration is that we are social animals and a component of this whirlwind are the others in our lives that perform in a feedback process, exchanging information, varying perspectives and opinions become engaged in this situational orientation of constant stimulation's from without.

If this were not complex enough we carry and process all this through the tonality of emotions that act as carrier waves to others as a viral phenomenon as the old saying goes, it’s not what you say, but how you say it that makes an impression. As my old friend Larry Berg would say, modality precedes communication in this situational entanglement of processing our orientation like a boulder rolling down an endless hill at a high rate of speed. We exist in a multitasking and outwardly directed cocoon so to speak.

The What If

This is where I insert a “what if” situation and removed you physically from your predictable environment, isolated you from all others, gave you a single task that your continued existence depended upon, and made all of this virtually impossible to cope with in any real manner?
Whether it is mountain climbing, arctic exploration, solo sailing across the oceans, being irrecoverably lost in a featureless plain, losing your sense of time by losing your references to it’s passing….your mind would become focused in an extraordinarily single minded contest that narrows your field of stimulation to nearly non existence, yet… must continue or perish.
All of this is further narrowed..into a slit which arrives with your being on death’s doorstep and your efforts are failing and your level of physiological stress is unprecedented...has no comparison and you are failing, psychologically, physically and in effect..are dying and you are keenly aware of this as a focal triangulation of irrecoverable loss.
Now we add another another situational factor, this one comes from without as an unseen companion to your situation, either sensed, seen, or heard or all three. This sentience can present itself as a dead relative, or associate, or be entirely anonymous..unknown to you that provides you with information or assistance that is essentially unknown to you and yet accurate, and assists you to the extent that you survive.
This is what is known as the Third Man Factor…and from a certain perspective it bears a kindred set of key features that fall closely into the realm of near death experiences, which initially drew my curiosity toward exploring this aspect of experiential anomalies within a spectrum.

Sidereal Versus Spacetime

If we step back from this experiential anomaly of unseen companions aiding one’s survival and consider physics, in particular that aspect that recognises that time is an illusion based on referencing and that there is no “now” in what is left, which is space, what we seem to find in these many, many cases, is information carried from a future state to the present by another who is also outside the boundaries of sidereal time, astonishingly enough from a state of what we term “death” So you have a dead companion in the present providing you with information from the future….or so it seems with an appropriate degree of wariness to this possibility that even more oddly can be confirmed by the act of survival allowed by the provision of this inexplicable information.

Whether it was an unseen pilot informing the lone navigator where to steer in relation to breaking waves that could not be seen in the pitch blackness of the ocean during a storm or the pilot being given specific bearings to follow to return to base when hopelessly lost….or the astronaut being counselled inside of a failing space station on fire...or the lost arctic explorers being lead by a party of apparitions urging them onward to following in their close as to shout out at them...

There are key situational characteristics which are precursors to this phenomenon which essentially are physical isolation from others, monotony and stress. And if one dwells on this aspect of these strange events, I think of the proposed and impossibly lengthy isolating trip to Mars...and the probability of something quite similar occurring during that voyage.

I highly recommend “The Third Man Factor” by John Geiger which is gripping, chilling and harrowing in its accounts as well as providing a multitude of theoretical explanations, of which , none completely suffice as potential explanations.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Close Encounters And Self Suggestion

"I don't believe that any human mind is capable of 100 percent error... Nobody is smart enough to be wrong all the time."  - Ken Wilbur

This post originated when a faint memory of the infamous Betty and Barney Hill incident wafted back through my mind and specifically the interesting detail of their  being lead to "the ship." They had no sensation of their feet being planted on the ground which suggested to me that this lack of somatic awareness resembles a dream...or was it something else entirely different and yet resembled one? Dreams of flying during a sleep cycle versus a subject being hypnotized to believe they are a chicken in a waking variant.  Is there an X factor submerged behind the common perception that all of this had a died in wool "reality" to it?
One could say both are altered states of perception from a normative waking state. 

"Certainly. I think it's an opportunity to learn something very fundamental about the universe because, not only is the phenomenon or technology capable of manipulating space and time in ways that we don't understand, it's manipulating the psychic environment of the witness."
Jacques Vallee

Consequently, I asked myself, can we take witness accounts at their face value or is something more complex being hinted at from a neurological and psychological perspective?

Recalling the common thread of a high energy field in relation to close encounters and the ill effects of it's radiation particularly the cases in South America wherein witnesses described being both freezing and having a high temperature. I asked a physician friend about what could cause such effects...She said dehydration as it relates to the body having a high internal temperature...common in severe cases of influenza foe example....which then lead me to think about heat energy  from an a localized field. Does a energy field cause neurological effects? 
All this made me think or imagine someone within a high energy field and reasonably perhaps conjecture this would have an isolating effect both electromagnetically as in brain functioning and processing and psychologically. I remembered the isolation tank experiments of the 1960's conducted by John C Lilly and the vivid hallucinations that occurred as a result.

"At lower levels of exposure, evidence for specific effects that may occur as a result of direct neural interactions with radio frequency fields is sparse. In addition, many of the studies that claim provocative results have yet to be replicated by independent laboratories. Other studies describe potential associations. For example, a recent report suggests that the low-intensity electromagnetic field of geomagnetic storms--disturbances in the earth¿s magnetic field caused by gusts of solar wind--may have a subtle but measurable influence on suicide incidence in women.
In recent years, cell phones, which transmit and receive at radio frequencies, have become ubiquitous. Researchers have investigated whether these low-intensity radio waves influence the central nervous system and cognitive performance. .."

Of course many are familiar with the electromagnetic experiments regarding direct brain stimulation carried on at Laurentian University by Dr Persinger and his "God Helmet" that created a definite impression of the so called "Third Man Factor" wherein an invisible presence of a non existent presence of another was induced.

"Electromagnetic fields, or electric shocks, have induced specific hallucinations in people. Those who are exposed to them, even in laboratory settings, have caused people to complain about a feeling of people following them, talking to them, or watching them. This is not always an uncomfortable sensation. Some people interpret this presence as a malevolent presence, especially if it's coupled with a feeling of unease, but others say they felt an inspiring or comforting presence. Ghost hunters will sometimes say the reverse - that ghosts cause a high electromagnetic field, or sometimes that a high electromagnetic field will allow ghosts to appear. Nobody is sure, yet, what these fields do to ghost brain DNA."

Electromagnetic theories of brain functions abound although none are irrefutable.

When you boil all the aforementioned considerations down a question of suggestibility seems to connect them in relation to what was experienced. However, instead of someone waving a shiny object before their eyes perhaps there is a variant....self-suggestion.

Can we become convinced of the physicality of what has not been seen? Can we experience ghost images and forms that create ghost memories, that is, memories of what has been experienced without having three dimensional physicality? Certainly our conveyance of thought itself as I wrote about in the last post has no physicality and yet it is the lens through which we experience life. Thought suggests, imagines, and is full of stored data as associations, identifications, emotional trigger objects….an entire invisible ecology. 
Many indications exist that may indicate our normal waking state is a imaginative and suggestive one.

All of this is entrained to the environment as a codex of interpretation that is essentially subjective …...and going further down this road, in our dream cycles, these thoughts and their relationship between the outer world and the inner world become reversed, wherein the inside becomes the outside, full of experiential realities that have no physicality. Tying all this together is perhaps the principle of self suggestion and it's relationship to what we call "consciousness". Pavlov noticed this as well..

"Speech, on account of the whole preceding life of the adult, is connected up with all the internal and external stimuli which can reach the cortex, signaling all of them and replacing all of them, and therefore it can call forth all those reactions of the organism which are normally determined by the actual stimuli themselves. We can, therefore, regard ‘suggestion’ as the most simple form of a typical reflex in man"

In this post I ask..Does this situation lend itself toward an explanation of experiential memories tied to close encounters with a UAP field?

Going from an examination of the Jinn and their spectrum of appearances that are dependant on the environment in relation to the observer to the suggestive and normative state of consciousness, we return to the observer and examine the nature of a chief feature within UAP, which is a localised high energy field, which, if one encountered such a field, one might think that for the observer, it would be a profound source of attention, a focusing phenomenon. One of the pioneers in the study of hypnotic induction, James Braid, used a focusing technique termed eye-fixation. Below, in his own words are the basic techniques he utilised to place a subject in a hypnotic state. When reading this, I was struck by recalling the the common characteristics of those who experience close encounters with such a field which are 1) Isolation from the environment in the loss of awareness of same as in a hypnotic state 2) The sense of lost time resulting from this. 3) The dream like and out of context images and forms.

Braid said:

“Take any bright object (e.g. a lancet case) between the thumb and fore and middle fingers of the left hand; hold it from about eight to fifteen inches from the eyes, at such position above the forehead as may be necessary to produce the greatest possible strain upon the eyes and eyelids, and enable the patient to maintain a steady fixed stare at the object.

The patient must be made to understand that he is to keep the eyes steadily fixed on the object, and the mind riveted on the idea of that one object. ( Note: Would contact with a high energy field naturally induce this focus?) It will be observed, that owing to the consensual adjustment of the eyes, the pupils will be at first contracted: They will shortly begin to dilate, and, after they have done so to a considerable extent, and have assumed a wavy motion, if the fore and middle fingers of the right hand, extended and a little separated, are carried from the object toward the eyes, most probably the eyelids will close involuntarily, with a vibratory motion. If this is not the case, or the patient allows the eyeballs to move, desire him to begin anew, giving him to understand that he is to allow the eyelids to close when the fingers are again carried towards the eyes, but that the eyeballs must be kept fixed, in the same position, and the mind riveted to the one idea of the object held above the eyes. In general, it will be found, that the eyelids close with a vibratory motion, or become spasmodically closed.”

When we think of a hypnotist directly suggesting to a subject various scenarios that the subject becomes engaged within, we consider a hypnotic state that if induced by one's immersion in a field that isolates and concentrates by focus, a state of high suggestion then it may be that the subject in this case is self suggesting based on his or her locality, the predetermination of their relation to the environment, his or her data from associative memories, identifications, fears, etc to create, in effect, a waking dream. Again where this takes place ( as in the case of the Jinn) may be a steering mechanism for the experience itself as one's environment does contain clues in one's orientation to it. therefore perhaps suggests images, scenarios that are brought to the surface in a waking dream.

Braid ruminated on the strangeness of this state:

"it appears to me, that the general conclusions established by Mesmer’s practice, with respect to the physical effects of the principle of imagination (more particularly in cases where they co-operated together), are incomparably more curious than if he had actually demonstrated the existence of his boasted science [of "animal magnetism"]: nor can I see any good reason why a physician, who admits the efficacy of the moral [i.e., psychological] agents employed by Mesmer, should, in the exercise of his profession, scruple to copy whatever processes are necessary for subjecting them to his command, any more than that he should hesitate about employing a new physical agent, such as electricity or galvanism"

Of course what I am thinking about is that a hypnotic state is one of dissociation and a theory was developed by Y.D. Tsai in 1995, as part of his psychosomatic theory of dreams. Inside each brain, there is a program "I" (the conscious self), which is distributed over the conscious brain and coordinates mental functions (cortices), such as thinking, imagining, sensing, moving and reasoning. "I" also supervises memory storage. Many bizarre states of consciousness are actually the results of dissociation of certain mental functions from "I". Considering the states in which close encounters occur whether they be "abductions" or simply a close proximity to a perceived out of context objectification within a high energy field, is there any similarity to a state of hypnotic disassociation?

According to Dr Tsai, here are several possible types of dissociation that may occur:

1) the subject's imagination is dissociated and sends the imagined content back to the sensory cortex resulting in dreams or hallucinations
2) some senses are dissociated, resulting in hypnotic anesthesia
3) motor function is dissociated, resulting in immobility
4) reason is dissociated
5) thought is dissociated and not controlled by reason, hence, for example striving to straighten the body between two chairs.

Is there a correlation between the experiential accounts of close encounters and the induction of self suggestion when one is immersed in a localized high energy field? Does luminosity in of itself of a intense variety induce a focus that leads to a hypnotic state?
I don't know and like the phenomenon itself the entire manifestation of a rearranged relationship between the observer and the observed is a highly complex one.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Disambiguation As Hypnosis

Wheels Within Wheels

In the examination of the anomalous experiential realities over a wide spectrum of the forms they take, specifically and yet generically categorized as Jinn phenomenon as outlined between the 11th and 12th Centuries...the information held in the environment when entangled with the observer \ experiencer seems to suggest a possible triangulation of several factors, rather than one that creates these transient and out of context images and what is communicated.

Another is memory and the individuated associations that are stored as a database that are superimposed on location by the observer as a reciprocal process. However, going deeper from whence these associative images arise, they appear to be subconscious in nature. Then going even deeper into these entangled relationships, we find anticipations based on subconscious processes. What appears to bring them together are the instincts of emotions as directed toward uncertainty. However, we can find example after example of these same processes in normative psychology where all the above takes place in interpreting everyday life and yet these subconscious processes are steered by the consensus within social scripting by way of imprinting, rote repetition and so forth that categorize them as an autonomic process more often than not which precedes their consideration as viable.

In other words language as applied as a means of communication could be said to suggest...and modality precedes communication. An example of this in everyday life we are all familiar with are the words Republican and Democrat that suggest architectures, anticipations, aims and associations, however, beyond this self suggesting process, in a deeper sense, neither one exists outside of language as a steering mechanism that overrides self awareness.

In effect, this predetermination factor is a medium of mass hypnosis.  One could say that there is an equivalency in the field which proposes to study the paranormal via mass mediums.

 “In order to awaken, first of all one must realize that one is in a state of sleep. And in order to realize that one is indeed in a state of sleep, one must recognize and fully understand the nature of the forces which operate to keep one in the state of sleep, or hypnosis. It is absurd to think that this can be done by seeking information from the very source which induces the hypnosis..."
-GI Gurdjieff

If we say this is true as being present prior to an anomalous experience, perhaps this angle has been overlooked as we are conscious, or how we define consciousness requires us to go even deeper into the nature of thought which by its constitution is ruled by language and language in of itself in relation to thought is always incomplete and relies on imagination to fill in the gaps

You're doubtless well aware that most of the great hypnotic patients wind up referring to themselves in the third person, like little children. They see themselves from outside their own organisms, outside their own sensory systems. In order to get further outside themselves, and help them escape their physical personality, some of them, once in the state of clairvoyance, have the curious custom of re-baptizing themselves. The dream name comes to them, no one knows whence, and by this they INSIST on being called as long as their luminous sleep endures – to the point of refusing to answer to any other name.”
― Villiers de L'Isle-Adam, Tomorrow's Eve

This has always been a subject in centuries past of much speculation across the board regardless of how it is expressed in metaphysics and it’s various schools.

One hypothesis from the distant past suggests that this semi-hypnotic state of consciousness is by design in relation to self awareness by adaptation. What this means is that as human beings became increasingly self aware, there was a problem that along with this self awareness being “distracted” there would be some negative behavioral effects...if it were not “distracted” in a semi-hypnotic state, chaos would ensue..and there would be no architecture in place for self organisational purposes. In other words, a false scrim was placed over self awareness to redirect what could be considered to be chaotic.  Another avenue of exploration as it is related to evolution is the perpetuation of the species itself.

The erotic state – again, a mixture of concentration and spontaneity – is a hypnoidal state, probably the most powerful kind that we are capable of experiencing, and it is in this condition that unexpected regions of the self are revealed, as the majority of people know from experience.”
― Peter Redgrove, The Black Goddess and the Unseen Real: Our Uncommon Senses and Their Common Sense

You could say that by writing this I am suggesting to myself and consequently suggesting a scenario to you. Consequently as well , you then suggest to yourself. When alone, we continually suggest to ourselves by  entangled language. At the time of the further development of language and maths and language is a form of math, some critics lamented that humankind lost their capability to utilize their memory as their memory was steered. This state of suggestion is unavoidable and yet one could safely say there are two aspects of it that relate to anomalous experiences which is the degree to which one is self aware by observation in these processes within oneself, there is a degree of limited mitigation and the degree to which this is achieved or not achieved may have a bearing on what is experienced as well as the consideration of an impossibility ..What if this factor were removed, and what impact would that  have on anomalies?  One examines the involuntary manner in which these anomalies occur as unstructured by means of a direct and conscious associative process and then by means of extension of this state as an examination what if we considered this biological and psychological state to be absent in the evolution of awareness in exobiology...and should a creature from this alternative evolution find themselves among us and observed this us as behaviorism's, would would such a reaction be constituted by as either no transcription being available, or could a manipulation to express common concepts by insertion of suggestions allow the exchange of information?

If we take for the sake of creating a proposition that this wakeful state is more hypnagogic than self aware, we now take in the original observations as related in the beginning regarding the triangulation from whence anomalous experiences derive from several factors, and what do we discover, if anything?

Rather than focus on what throws the ball or triggers the phenomenon, perhaps it is more pragmatic to consider the origins of effects rather than the root of disambiguation that creates innovations of contexts within experience that bear no relation to those relationships that are fixed whether it is in physicality or image or both.

In other words as Robert Anton Wilson said there is no “is-ness” to anything except in the province of the mind as John C Lilly observed.

The restructuring of this realm as at the heart of the anomalous experience, a realm of suggestions that are the drivers contained in language. Can we self verify this state of mass hypnosis by observation?

I leave that for your consideration should it interest you.

In the next post , my aim is to explore what is termed “hypnosis.”

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Glass Ceiling Of The Metaphorical

How many metaphors fit on the head of a pin?

“There are metaphors more real than the people who walk in the street. There are images tucked away in books that live more vividly than many men and women. There are phrases from literary works that have a positively human personality. There are passages from my own writing that chill me with fright, so distinctly do I feel them as people, so sharply outlined do they appear against the walls of my room, at night, in shadows... I've written sentences whose sound, read out loud or silently (impossible to hide their sound), can only be of something that acquired absolute exteriority and a full-fledged soul.”
― Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

Imagination as thought becomes a personal mythology and agnosticism becomes bundled in a spaghetti bowl of  wind up toys and yet we seemingly cannot unwind the mainspring. In examining the clues of the anomalous, one has to be wary of one’s ambitions and their cause. In this field I am reminded of the old Soft machine lyric from a tune named “Why Are We Dreaming?”

“It begins with a blessing
And ends with a curse
Making things better
By making them Worse”

Self deception is the name of this tune as it relates to any conceptual model that becomes embedded like a pet corn or a flag denoting ownership whereas the anomalous itself infiltrates
any moat, or grand architecture we can frame to give coherence to our own metaphors and yet they spring up like weeds through the cracks in the pavement on a abandoned alleyway..full of shops selling trinkets, talismans, designer clothes, and recycled containers.

“We can express our feelings regarding the world around us either by poetic or by descriptive means. I prefer to express myself metaphorically. Let me stress: metaphorically, not symbolically. A symbol contains within itself a definite meaning, certain intellectual formula, while metaphor is an image. An image possessing the same distinguishing features as the world it represents. An image — as opposed to a symbol — is indefinite in meaning. One cannot speak of the infinite world by applying tools that are definite and finite. We can analyse the formula that constitutes a symbol, while metaphor is a being-within-itself, it's a monomial. It falls apart at any attempt of touching it.”
― Andrei Tarkovsky

Every night in wheels within wheels, I exist in a universe of manifest metaphors with myself hidden away behind the sealed door of a projectionist booth. Last night I was seated on a sofa with a large coffee table book opened as a paged through the illustrations of Victorian Age gadgets which never existed for the use of domesticated life. To my right was my long dead grandmother Dorothy who had lived through the horse drawn age in Missouri to seeing men land on the moon. To my left was a long distant cousin I have not seen in over 50 years. My grandmother looked at these gadgets with approval as they appealed to her.  My cousin remarked on the sharpness of the colored illustrations and I reacted with noting they were warm versus cool colors.

Art versus Science.

“There seem to be only two kinds of people: Those who think that metaphors are facts, and those who know that they are not facts. Those who know they are not facts are what we call "atheists," and those who think they are facts are "religious." Which group really gets the message?”
― Joseph Campbell, Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor

Neither A or B might be the correct answer.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Jinn As The Manifestation of Human Consciousness

William C Chittick’s analysis of Ibn Al Arabi’s Futūhāt al-Makkiyya has interesting conceptual kernel of an alternative perspective of the Jinn.

When I wrote the brief essay on the Jinn previously, the following key characteristics of Jinn were noted;

1. Their appearance is based on where the manifestation occurs in the environment. Whether it is atmospheric, earthbound etc.
2. The Jinn are a singularity behind the differentiation that the environment entangles them within.
3. A parallelism within more specific variations of appearances is the further differentiation of the Jinn depends on the anticipation by association within memory by, resembles..

A central theme that binds together most of the posts I have written is the exploration of the potential that all variegated from  that which is inexplicable share a common root whereas most writers on the subject separate them by appearance alone.
The earliest representation of this suspicion as formulated in a formalized architecture is the Arabic characterization of the Jinn which is surprisingly sophisticated beyond it’s context of the Koran.

Ibn Al Arabi surprisingly makes a connection between the manifest of the environment and the unmanifested nature of thought…. as “manifest” denotes the visible. We know the arc of consciousness by way of thought but we cannot see thought itself and yet the effects of thought as behaviorisms can be seen whether it is the double slit experiment or deciding to run an errand.

To put it simply, the Jinn are in the human mind within an energetic information field. From his perspective what lies within the somatic portion of ourselves are a unmanifested Jinn that manifests in thought that projects Jinn onto the environment as representations that are differentiated but are bound together in what he terms “knowledge” which I take as an information field and an energetic one at that. We are the Jinn from his perspective. One has to have a knowledge of alchemy in the correct interpretation to understand the full text but...I think the essential concept is clearly expressed.

This excerpt from an essay by Chittick is from The Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi Society’s website which is entitled “On the Inner Knowledge of Spirits Made of an Igneous Mixture: Chapter 9 of the Futūhāt al-Makkiyya” I have highlighted the relevant portions of the essay….

“In its most immediate meaning, the jinn refers to what we commonly understand by genie in Islamic culture: another created being which has the peculiarity of being placed ontologically between human being and angel. This first meaning is the subject of Chapter 9 of the Futūhāt. Because of its intermediary nature, the genie is closely related to the doctrine of the barzakh and the world of imagery, something which manifests itself in its diet and sexuality, and above all, in the different ways in which it manifests itself.
In other parts of the Futūhāt. it is stated that its angelic dimension brings it closer to the sphere of the Divine and makes it more suitable to receive and understand the Revelation. Genies "not only have knowledge which is their own, but also the knowledge of the terms in which they are to be found; they reflect the one and the other like a mirror".  However, their nature of fire and air makes them proud, disobedient and intellectually unstable in the face of the strength, humility and intelligence of the human being's nature, which consists of water and earth. Perhaps the question of whether the genie is superior or inferior to man is less relevant than the principle that all created beings represent a form of manifestation which must be internalized by man on his path to spiritual realization.
In contrast to the vision of the genie set out in Chapter 9, Ibn 'Arabī offers in the Futūhāt other reflections, which take as a starting point a different reading of the term jinn. As is common in the master's multi-dimensional universe, the terms are not univocal and correspond to a specific reinterpretation of the semantics of the Arabic language. According to classical Arabic lexicography, the root J-N-N means "to cover, veil, conceal..." and is synonymous with the root S-T-R. Based on the synonymy of janana/satara, Ibn 'Arabī states that genies are "all that which is concealed (mustatir): angels and other beings" The shaykh takes up an idea that was already present in some Quranic exegeses, that the term "genie" does not apply to one single category of beings, but rather to all those invisible to the human eye. What is interesting in this perspective is that it does not state that genies are angels, a question which was a source of controversy among classical theologians, but rather that angels are genies. It implies a reformulation of the question, which exegetes had been asking, about the nature of genies. The difference between one species and another is established by Ibn 'Arabī in the following way: "[when I refer to] jinn in the absolute sense of the term, [I include] those which are made of light and those which are made of fire."
The polysemy of the term jinn in Ibn 'Arabī's work does not end here. The genie can also denote the interior of the human being: "According to thehaqīqa (transcendent Reality) man's interior is jinn." This reading sheds new light on the exegesis of the Quranic verse "I did not create men and genies except to worship Me" (51:56). Ibn 'Arabī states: "With regard to the verse: 'I did not create men (ins) and genies (jinn) except to worship Me', it is as if God intended to say: 'I did not create genies', i.e. the concealed part of human beings, 'and man', i.e. the apparent part of human beings, 'except to worship Me' externally (in deeds) and internally (by purifying their intentions)."[5] That is to say, God must be worshipped from azāhir or ritual perspective, following the prescriptions, and from a bātin perspective, with sincerity and spiritual intent. Would it be possible to draw a parallel between the antithetical pair ins/jinn and the classical zāhir/bātin, which appears so frequently in Sufi thought?
It is interesting to consider the lexical root of the term ins, from which Ibn 'Arabī infers this interpretation. Ins referred, according to some exegetes, to "that which can be seen", based on the verb from which it derives, ānasa (Form IV, to perceive). Ibn 'Arabī concurs with this appreciation and identifies ins with the exterior of the human being, as opposed to jinn, which as we have seen, would correspond to his internal dimension, elaborating on the idea of man as microcosmos, which is characteristic of Ibn 'Arabī's cosmovision.
Based on this same verse, Ibn 'Arabī sets out a new approach to what the jinn represents. If up to this point the genie had been approached from an ontological perspective, the Akbarian discourse brings it fully into the field of epistemology, by stating that jinn is esoteric knowledge, revealed only to the initiated, known only by God:
This verse ("I did not create men and genies except to worship Me") shows the wisdom that He has placed in all (created) things. This wisdom remains and is unknown to anyone except God and those to whom He has shown it. Thus He has used the term jinn, designating that which is concealed and is known only by Him. Ins refers, on the other hand, to that which is manifest and known directly.
It must be taken into account that whenever Ibn 'Arabī and other Sufis use the term jinn, they are consciously alluding to its fundamental meaning of "concealed".
This set of interpretations, which is not intended to be comprehensive given the magnitude of the work, is an example of Ibn 'Arabī's subtle use of language, and the richness and complexity contained in each of the themes which are the object of reflection in his Futūhāt al-Makkiyya.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Anomalous As A Philosophic Mirror

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
― Albert Einstein

Are there philosophic ramifications found in the study of the anomalous?
To put the spectrum of sensory anomalies that suggest physicality in a categorization of “ghost” materiality or physicality requires that the appearances of sharp distinctions are both true and not true. In other words, while a potato and a stone are certainly in distinct states, the concept of a singularity as a binding principle has always intrigued theorists. In our time, integral theory also alternatively called the Integral Operating System (IOS) or by various other synonyms has become accepted by the various classical sciences. The term stands for "all quadrants, all levels, all lines, all states, and all types". It is conceived by some integral theorists to be one of the most comprehensive approaches to reality, a metatheory that attempts to explain how academic disciplines and every form of knowledge and experience fit together coherently, which owes its lineage to ancient Hylozoism which proposes that all matter (including the universe as a whole) is in some sense alive. This may include the view that "inanimate" matter has latent powers of abiogenesis. Thales, as one of the seven sages of ancient Greece essentially thought that all matter was energy, therefore the boundary between living matter and matter thought to be dead was in error as it was simply based on appearances. The anomalous seemingly operates as an isthmus between a bridge often termed the liminal, the interstitial.

It’s transient fluidity appears to be consistently contingent and seemingly does not represent a fixed state, rather, it waxes and wanes depending upon relationships between states that do not remain fixed, hence the difficulty of having it sit still for a portrait. As compared to our usage as language as an fixative arbiter of realities, there is no “is-ness” beyond a bridging function between states or so it seems. One could suggest this fixative usage of language as a modulating control system is the antithesis of the anomalous as a behaviorism and yet they are bound at the hip. Human exceptionalism may be a form of undiagnosed mental illness prone to creating caricatures as an architecture.

“You need the "is of identity" to describe conspiracy theories. Korzybski would say that proves that illusions, delusions, and "mental" illnesses require the "is" to perpetuate them. (He often said, "Isness is an illness.") Korzybski also popularized the idea that most sentences, especially the sentences that people quarrel over or even go to war over, do not rank as propositions in the logical sense, but belong to the category that Bertrand Russell called propositional functions. They do not have one meaning, as a proposition in logic should have; they have several meanings, like an algebraic function.”
-Robert Anton Wilson Language as Conspiracy, p. 277

Consider all the foregoing above as a framework for the ruminations of an extraterrestrial within the contemplation of creating a dialog between itself and a human being and the consequences of such an encounter. The extraterrestrial may well be considered to be insane by our standards.

“Philosophers have recognized and separated two sorts of problem. There are first the problems of how things are, what is a person, and what sort of a world this is. These are the problems of ontology. Second, there are the problems of how we know anything, or more specifically, how we know what sort of a world it is and what sort of creatures we are that can know something (or perhaps nothing) of this matter. These are the problems of epistemology. To these questions, both ontological and epistemological, philos­ophers try to find true answers.

But the naturalist, observing human behavior, will ask rather different questions. If he be a cultural relativist, he may agree with those philosophers who hold that a “true” ontology is conceivable, but he will not ask whether the ontology of the people he observes is “true.” He will expect their epistemology to be culturally determined or even idio­syncratic, and he will expect the culture as a whole to make sense in terms of their particular epistemology and ontology.

If, on the other hand, it is clear that the local epistemology is wrong, then the naturalist should be alert to the possibility that the culture as a whole will never really make “sense,” or will make sense only under restricted circumstances, which contact with other cultures and new technologies might dis­rupt.

In the natural history of the living human being, ontology and epistemology cannot be separated. His (commonly un­conscious) beliefs about what sort of world it is will de­termine how he sees it and acts within it, and his ways of perceiving and acting will determine his beliefs about its nature. The living man is thus bound within a net of episte­mological and ontological premises which—regardless of ulti­mate truth or falsity—become partially self-validating for him.”
- Gregory Bateson

In the short essay posted below this one I likened consensus as a conundrum of paradox in the metaphor of the goldfish, and this underlines the positioning of the anomalous as a infiltrating influence whose importance has been turned into yet another caricature. At times I have used the term “domestication” to describe this process.

“The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change; until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.”

― R.D. Laing

I began this journey with an exploration of the relationship of the observer to the observed and as a matter of pragmatism I have focused largely on the observer which brings to mind G I Gurdjieff’s own observation;

“In order to awaken, first of all one must realize that one is in a state of sleep. And in order to realize that one is indeed in a state of sleep, one must recognize and fully understand the nature of the forces which operate to keep one in the state of sleep, or hypnosis. It is absurd to think that this can be done by seeking information from the very source which induces the hypnosis.
...One thing alone is certain, that man's slavery grows and increases. Man is becoming a willing slave. He no longer needs chains. He begins to grow fond of his slavery, to be proud of it. And this is the most terrible thing that can happen to a man.”

The study of the so called ‘paranormal” realm requires what is known as systems theory which is the interdisciplinary study of systems in general, with the goal of elucidating principles that can be applied to all types of systems at all nesting levels in all fields of research as a proverbial throwback to Hylozoism.
The anomalous provides a bi-directional mirror to the condition of the human animal by contrast and comparison and in this orientation, Ibn-Al-Arabi suggested that the limit of human knowledge is marked by understanding what is between the mirror and the reflection.

One could say this has no pragmatism attached to it as a tool or device but I suggest we look around us and say the opposite is true wherein this undiagnosed illness is epidemic in addition to becoming more toxic daily as it it’s velocity increases as a reactive principle to increased uncertainty. We can understand the relationship as the anomalous is, in reality, a consensus and the consensus of realities is reaching a terminal cascading peak of parallelisms through a menu of ill effects. The human animal has not adapted to it’s orientation. Over and over we see this in the cycles and epicycles of civilisations, These do not end on Thursday at 3PM, rather they are represented in intervals in which one generation of consensus is dying while the next generation, while seeded, has yet to take root.

To put it simply, we experience the world upside down and if we want to chose an empirical approach to the philosophies of this form of pragmatics, one can verify the demonstrable evidence of it’s existence by observation.
Civilization has been one experiment following another based on the previous results and yet all roads lead to Rome wherein the shell of the crystalus has become so encapsulated and insular, the membrane must be discarded and not by choice. It is interesting to compare scales in the digestion and expenditure of energy in living creatures and civilizations wherein it’s greatest expenditure comes at the moment of transformation to another form as an adaptation that succeeds by mutation. Forms that do not follow the eat and be eaten reciprocal balance, perish and consequently the synthetic cannot sustain the synthetic as an ecology due to the law of conservation, and so here we alight, sitting on a thin branch dangled over consensus as an anomaly and the anomalous itself draws us from this raw material to weave probabilities.

“In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true is true or becomes true, within certain limits to be found experientially and experimentally. These limits are further beliefs to be transcended. In the mind, there are no limits... In the province of connected minds, what the network believes to be true, either is true or becomes true within certain limits to be found experientially and experimentally. These limits are further beliefs to be transcended. In the network's mind there are no limits.”
- John C Lilly The Human Biocomputer (1974)