Sunday, January 18, 2009
The Agony & the Ecstasy: Kotze & Kephas Round Two
This week's podcast is a two-part chat with synchromystic Jake Kotze, who returns to SW a second time, and who's posted about the synchronicities around our hooking up this time at his blog. I had a great time talking with Jake and was delighted by the freshness and fluidity of his insights. Jake and I certainly have different MOs - he likes to delve into the world of pop culture and toss the sand he gathers into his galactic kaleidoscope to create a gnostic picture he calls "synchromysticsm," a system of slow, subtle initiation into higher realities, a "Stargate." I prefer to sift through the clues of global conspiracies, alien abductions, mythology, religion and occult lore to draw a provisional "rorschach" image of what's going on down in the trenches, the ways in which our disowned Shadow is working against us, and how to re-own (take responsibility for) these elements in order to attain a lucid (galactic) view. We are both working with (and for?) the same archetypes, but Jake likes to see the Universe as a big, friendly playground, where I tend to see it as more of a testing (and hunting) ground, a labyrinth of shadows full of traps and predatory forces. Yet in the end, I think we both know that the nature of the observation depends on the preference of the perceiver, and that the Universe is really beyond either of our capacities to understand or explain, especially when limited to the parameters (and preferences) of personal identity. Nor are our two POVs (as our talk amply demonstrates) mutually exclusive, or even at odds: I think Jake would agree that the best kind of playground entails at least an element of danger - and if we are to survive navigating a hostile Universe, I freely admit our best chance is to approach it in the spirit of PLAY. Put another way: the road that leads inexorably towards Ecstasy, entails going deep into the rocky terrain called "agony."