“Without self knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave.”
― G.I. Gurdjieff
"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)
However, underpinning the anomalous is the anomalies of human psychology wherein one formulation of psychosis in terms of being self aware is considered to be taboo and another is considered to be acceptable in terms of our being rooted in theologies without knowing anything of their origin and yet millions of individuals have been murdered in sanctioned forms of psychosis that are deeply rooted in dualism, theology and demonisation of "the other."
“As I say at the beginning of my workshops, 'Everything I say here is a lie -- bullshit, in other words -- because anything that you put in words is not experience, is not the experiment. It's a representation -- a misrepresentation.”
― John C. Lilly
Possession As A Microcosm Within A Mirror
The impetus for writing this post was to set into writing all the attendant issues of dualism that surround the sexual abuse and murder of children, the psychiatric issues of some but leavened with an understanding that certain manifestations of anomalous events have a cause in nature, and while extraordinary cannot simply be given over and consigning this to the demonisation of individuals by placeholders as a projection bias who are anthropomorphic doppelgangers for events, individuals and organic conditions.
The origins of dualism is an interesting case in point, in of itself, whose roots are intertwined with Zoroaster's influence in the evolution of Christianity that are well documented in Elaine Pagels study "The Origin of Satan" ( http://www.amazon.com/dp/0679731180) as well as the foment in the Mideast during the corruption of the Pharisees under Roman occupation and the subsequent demonisation of foes within the socio-political content that developed in the birth of the Jesus Movement. Here we are over 2,000 years later seemingly unable to untangle the threads that bind belief systems that effectively hide the truly anomalous to our experience.
Those readers who were followers of Intangible Materiality might recall Brian Joesphson of Cambridge University who recently presented a paper entitled "Biological Observer-Participation and Wheeler’s ‘Law without Law" In other words, biological systems must be accounted for when attempting to define the observer effect, which is also a theme of this post.
Feedback Loops Versus Inquiry
The video posted below, while not specifically addressing this subject matter, was taken at a conference were the topics of self deception, healthy skepticism and the exploration of phenomenon that are "deeply hidden" were discussed by a well known religious figure, who seemingly remains immune to blatant dogmatism while immersed in and having a role within a theology with definite strictures. The reason for this video being included is to present a comparison, wherein demonic possession supports a theological structure and those who seemingly have such experiences become pawns in the support of strictures and dogma, that ironically are entirely self referential, without any consideration that the experience itself may not be the work of vague "demons" in the cause of dualism, but rather something more deeply hidden that is paranormal, none the less. Consider that with cases of what is termed demonic possession, we have a feedback loop whose channel is reinforced by self reference rather than inquiry. Both those who have a anomalous, highly emotional and self mutilating situation have their framework already pre-existent to create the modality of symptomatic totems within the framework of theological duality, rather than the irrational emotional processing normally found in a REM state being superimposed on the rationality of the intellect.
The Limits of Physical Behaviorism
“Man is head, chest and stomach. Each of these animals operates, more often than not, individually. I eat, I feel, I even, although rarely, think…. This jungle crawls and teems, is hungry, roars, gets angry, devours itself, and its cacophonic concert does not even stop when you are asleep. “
In REM sleep our biological programming sends encoded signals shut down the neurons in our spinal cord, causing a temporary paralysis of our limbs. Without such a mechanism, we could run into furniture while chasing a simulated ball or strike someone else in the simulation of swatting virtual flies. In a waking state, there is no such overriding control subsystem to limit our interactions by way of our own continuing simulations in our interaction with another state of virtual realities and our defining referential languages, seem to act as limiting mechanisms much in the same manner as a semi-paralysis of potential choices in physical behaviorism. Of course, all of this requires a certain burial, a walling off of a ontology that has it's own truisms that could be considered a haunting of the waking state by a perverse doppelganger of rationality that speaks a language of chaos inherent in our fears.
"If someone talks of subconsciousness, I cannot tell whether he means the term topographically – to indicate something lying in the mind beneath consciousness – or qualitatively – to indicate another consciousness, a subterranean one, as it were. He is probably not clear about any of it. The only trustworthy antithesis is between conscious and unconscious."
All of this brings to mind another form of suppression that also seems autonomic, that takes our self awareness and paces it in a stable environment compartmentalized from the anxieties and fears that are of a emotional nature rather than a rational or encoded intellect of language. I sense they are there and are conscious in their own manner but not in the same modality as our other functioning simulations. If unchecked, it certainly would have a profound effect on physical behaviorism. As in our laptops, there appears to be a firewall between these two modalities of processing relationships and their attendant associative inferences, that trigger behaviorism. Edgar Allan Poe comes to mind as being profoundly descriptive of this forbidden territory, hence his work is timeless.
The Visualization of Instinct: Threatened from Without
Open or Closed Systems In Consideration of Firewalls
A good example of this type comes from my own experiences. A case in point. I found myself in a seemingly abandoned city, in the front of what struck me as a shambling library, one of those that have that sort of Grecian architecture. I was perfectly fine with this and my curiosity about this state of affairs was naturally aroused while knowing I was inhabiting a simulation, also knowing there was nothing I could do about being within it. So, strolling along, I noticed the buildings etc were in far worse shape than I originally visualized them to be as I began to increase my attention to looking deeper in this experience, and while doing so, out of the corner of my eye I could see humanoid black shadows sort of darting around, so I began to walk faster, which in retrospect seems silly. They seemed to be closing in, and so a full blown pursuit was in play and I was running or should I say moving..when I became absolutely paralyzed and I was grabbed, placed in a gurney by several who were ghoulish in appearance, like corpses, wearing some sort of uniform. We entered what was without a doubt, an abandoned hospital that was filthy. While I was being rolled in this gurney, I am not embarrassed to say I was terrified out of my wits. The next thing once we entered what seemed to be an operating room, I was being tortured in the most excruciating simulation I ever felt..I cried out "Why are you doing this to me?"
One said "You don't belong here. You must go back to the living.."
I awoke with a start sat up in bed, and was shaken.
A week goes by. I was in the kitchen off the family room cleaning up when I felt an odd sensation of heaviness in my own breathing which alarmed me and I began to get busier as this heaviness began to feel like a constriction, as if I could shake this off. Then very suddenly, I was paralyzed and felt the most torturous pain I have ever experienced, just as in the nightmare. 911 was called and a gurney rolled into the family room. I could not move. It was so painful I wished I were dead.
I entered a dream state which I am sure came from the fact I was in shock, and the uniformed rescue folks hovered over me and very soon I was fully conscious on a operating table having a stent placed into my main artery into the heart.You could say I reached a bridge and was returned to the living. To me I had few doubts that my nightmare was a prophetic simulation ad yet even now I am at a loss to explain how all this came about. Call it a materialization of an acute nightmare as a metaphor that appeared demonic in relation to my instincts..
Self Preservation By Way of The Demonic
Perhaps the strongest expression of the self organisation of the adaptive system we term "personality" is it's self preservation and oddly, it seems to me, that it's coping mechanism appears to be threatening and of course, we have been ingrained to believe ( or many of us have), that the demonic is sentient as a autonomous entity with a freedom of choice, and while no discernment regarding this have been forthcoming from others, these manifestations seem to have what I would term a cellular intelligence that are transcriptions of other internal processes made external, not by by "others". One could call this phenomenon, "deeply hidden" and yet, they are highly strange, perhaps more strange than our fantasies of evil spirits from without.
Arbiters of Adaptation
The Sufi interpretation of a conceptual reality that illustrates a portion of this post refers to Hell in terms of the death of the acquired states of personality, which in other texts are referred to as "false personality" which designates the contingent and adaptive nature of the nexus of all of the information we utilize to navigate a somatic existence, and the metaphorical "fire"is not a medieval punishment but rather the death of what is no longer required as an isthmus between two realms, one being material and the other being intangible. A simplified description of this process is the metaphor of the Phoenix in the end result being a clean slate, as it were in another metaphor.
Theologies of Exorcism
“My friend, the truth is always implausible, did you know that? To make the truth more plausible, it's absolutely necessary to mix a bit of falsehood with it. People have always done so.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Demons
When I examine cases of demonic possession in relation to this concept, without placing them in the context of dualism, I noticed that the theology that is globally dispersed in various belief systems is secondary to the process of exorcism. In other words, Catholic concepts have nothing to do with the concepts of Northern African tribes in terms of the methodologies used nor the attendant scripts used to formulate them and yet the results are remarkably similar as well as the symptoms.
That being said in light of internal instinctual emotions that are not formulated nor processed in the same manner as waking consciousness that are exorcised into the environment as externals, like white blood cells fighting off an infection of personality the concept of demon becomes a semiotic placeholder and container that is a target of the experiencer rather than the demon targeting the victim.
Auto-Suggestion and Hypnotic Process
If we look into the nature of the processing spoken and written formulations of communication languages in relation to the processes of the mind, it became apparent to me that we dwell in a semi-hypnotic state naturally as an organic firewall and that semiotics itself is a form of auto-suggestion.The mind in some circumstances externalizes a framework in a specific carrier such as a demon that may create a channel of conceptualizing a threat within the observer effect in high emotional states that are in of themselves, formless but must be given form to be taken from the hapless mind to an agent to be cured in an external counter suggestion through repetition and the enfoldment of the externalized agent as a feedback loop wherein one hand washes the other. The specifics of the rituals used seem to be, once again, secondary to the dynamics of the process, where this situation becomes interesting to this writer is when emotional energy is released as a force of PSI in terms of psychokinesis, wherein the environment of the experiencer is attacked as they are threatened by it, as well as strange self mutilations appear.
More on this later...