Sunday, January 04, 2009

Mapping the Dangers

(I received this excellent analysis at the podcast comments, & am posting it here with the intention of responding as soon as i have time.)

Thank you for another excellent and thought-provoking episode, Aeolus. I just wanted to add some words of caution concerning this episode and number 17.

I appreciate your work, and I support your tactic of getting beyond “the revelation of the method” by becoming sorcerers ourselves in order to bust out from the spell cast over the world. This is wholly admirable. Perhaps I am only asking you to clarify your position further. My concern comes, as you anticipated, with your expression that most of humanity, being basically unconscious, is “expendable” (episode 17) or is otherwise relatively unimportant for those of us, the new elite, who are aware.

I don’t object to this merely from a moralistic ground (I’m not sure if such a ground even exists), but from the perspective of consciousness. Aside from the fact that without the aid of several friends and loved ones many of us, the Aware, would not be able to function in this society, and for the fact that awareness is a very fluid, non-categorical thing with individuals slipping in and out of it very suddenly and unexpectedly, is the reality that this type of thinking exactly apes that of the Elite.

In fact, this type of thinking seems to be only a halfway house to Awareness itself. It is from this halfway house that the Elite inflict their suffering and suffer themselves precisely because they have not transcended these notions.

It is clear that the first giant step to breaking out of the matrix is to go beyond the duality of Good and Evil. We are in agreement here. The energetic movement in play is the upward rise from our lower centres to the Third Eye – the upswelling and sublimation of primal desires which you have described so well. At the Third Eye we are aware of our own power, aware that the universe is non-dualistic and that we are free in this knowledge. Here we realize that the world is light and we are potential creator gods, architects of dream-stuff. At this stage we have the potential, like those you and Downard call “the Masonic sorcerers”, to create myths and spells for ourselves and others.

The danger arises here as well. Here we are tempted by the siddhis, the superpowers, chief among them being the desire for physical immortality. Here we also attract disciples and followers along with the temptation to use and abuse these who are “less aware”. The more that we succumb to these temptations the more we are trapped by them. We begin to make rationalizations to assuage our feelings of emptiness. Charles Manson, at this level, argued that if “all is one” then to eliminate certain unenlightened individuals was simply like “picking off scabs”. What does it matter in the greater scheme of things? Obviously the Nazis also thought like this. Obviously the present Elite also think like this. But when we are beyond good and evil, sorcerers of non-duality, what real consequences would follow from our actions? All is illusory and playful. Let’s do whatever the hell we want!

There is another movement, though, not up through the Crown to infinity yet – that way is still blocked, but a spiral back downwards to the Heart. This is a movement of utter humility. We become worthless and the god-like Self is shattered. This is the movement from non-dualism to the non-duality of dualism and non-dualism. The Other becomes centrally important. This is best described in Mahayana Buddhism, although it is found in all of the great traditions. Prajna, wisdom, needs to be identified with Karuna, compassion. There is a paradox at this level exemplified in the bodhisattva oath to save all beings even though it is realized that, ultimately, there are no beings and, at the same time, they are all already saved.

This logic is difficult, and it does not compute in the rationale of the Illuminati, but it is essential to contemplate. It has nothing to do with the “altruism” and the tenets of “liberal democracy” that you rightly critique, and is more aligned with your sense of “passion” although this takes place with all beings at once.

I’m passing no judgement here, nor am I playing a game of spiritual one-up-man-ship. I actually think you have reached most of these conclusions yourself. I just am convinced that we need to be very clear and to really ponder these things, lest we become Masonic sorcerers ourselves, powerful but with the same sense of superiority and the same disdain for all of life. At the level of the Third Eye, a hierarchy of wizards does exist and however advanced we become along this path, let’s not kid ourselves that we would always be near the bottom, controlled and miserable. Real spiritual equality (and you may hate both of these words and understandably so on one level) begins at the Heart.

End quote.

Working on Homo Serpiens immediately after reading this, I came across this passage:

If we look at some of our modern myths, found in cinema and comic books and consumed mostly by children, we will see that they consist every bit as much of tragic elements as the ancient myths ever did. For example, the hero is rarely if ever permitted to enjoy his superiority but generally views it as a burden, possibly even a curse. Rarely, if ever, is he permitted to use his powers for personal benefit; in order to avoid being corrupted, the hero must be a model of altruism, nobility and selflessness. “With great power comes great responsibility.”

The trouble with heroic figures is that superiority, or a belief in such, at once demands that an inferior model be established (or invented), and so the idea of an “elect” becomes a form of oppression. In Mark (4:3-9), Jeshua offers the following parable:

Hearken: Behold, there went out a sower to sow; And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth; But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. And some fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. And other fell on the good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred. And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

If we are all cast from the hand of the sower—God, Elohim, Extraterrestrials or Cosmic Chance—scattered like seeds upon the Earth, it seems reasonable to assume that, on leaving the sower’s hands we are all equal. Some fall on “stony ground,” however, others amongst the thorns, and only a few ever take root. Of these, even less come to full bloom and bear fruit. Evolution depends upon right variation.

The location factor in the parable relates to environment, not so much outer but inner, namely, to awareness. According to modern physics, it is this quality of in-formation (the forming within) that determines the nature of a given particle (seed) and establishes its energy quotient. Hence, though the seed of rebirth obtains in all, the requisite climate needs to be maintained—the awareness of the individual being rightly focused—for this seed to bloom. The duty of Jeshua, as a fully active “seed” and fruit-bearer, was to spread the word—the necessary information—by which other seeds might also bear fruit. The function of all myth-makers, poets, bards, story-tellers and artists is the same: to render—in code—the awareness necessary for myths to be realized on a physical plane in the hearts, minds, and acts of humanity. Hence we have a myth about a myth, for Man himself is a myth unfinished.

5 comments:

Sounder said...

From the podcast commenter..
“Aside from the fact that without the aid of several friends and loved ones many of us, the Aware, would not be able to function in this society, and for the fact that awareness is a very fluid, non-categorical thing with individuals slipping in and out of it very suddenly and unexpectedly, is the reality that this type of thinking exactly apes that of the Elite.”

Hear, hear, I find more support among the un-aware than I do among the ‘aware’. The aware are still processing their information in terms of the current psychical conditioning system. Their understanding of the categories gives them dominance over their less educated brethren. This is not a habit that will be easily broken, so it is easy to assert that that aware folk are more responsible for the fucked-up nature of appearances than are the ‘un-aware’ folk.

From the podcast comment...

“I just am convinced that we need to be very clear and to really ponder these things, lest we become Masonic sorcerers ourselves, powerful but with the same sense of superiority and the same disdain for all of life.”

A more useful synthesis will call the self-abnegationists on their twisting of truth in the same way that it examines orthodoxy to expose its false vesting of authority.

Aeulus wrote…
The function of all myth-makers, poets, bards, story-tellers and artists is the same: to render—in code—the awareness necessary for myths to be realized on a physical plane in the hearts, minds, and acts of humanity.

The physical plane is key.

swampjism said...

Thanks for posting my podcast comment, Aeolus. Your response was spot on.

And from St. Mark to St. Bob:

"And don't speak too soon for the wheel's still in spin and there's no tellin who that its namin."

aeolus kephas said...

"with your expression that most of humanity, being basically unconscious, is “expendable” (episode 17) or is otherwise relatively unimportant for those of us, the new elite, who are aware."

we are all expendable, but some more than others. However, i would never have used the term unimportant, even relatively, seeing as this is a meaningless expression without qualification, i.e., (un)important to who, or what?

I'd need the exact quote to be able to explain what I meant, but it would pertain to the RELATIVE value of the experiences being gathered. "An unexamined life is not worth living" said Socrates; this may not have been a subjective statement but an energetic fact: without awareness acts become meaningless, because they are not imbued with our attention, they have no power (energy). Without this attention, our acts become mechanical and soulless, hence devoid of novelty, mere repetition of previous acts and thoughts (and not just our own). They may be of no value to the intelligence system that is the Universe, because they do not provide new data. hence these lives are "expendable." (Rather than "reincarnate" - much less attain freedom - they would become "ghosts," astral fragments.)

As you point out, all is consciousness, so this doesn't apply to individuals so much as to individual thoughts and acts. Even for the aware, much of our lives is devoid of meaning, unless we eventually attain heightened awareness (memory of the other self or left side) and can "reclaim" (transform) those memories by vivifying them with our new (impersonal-archetypal) awareness. And even then, there may be large portions of our memories that simply aren't worth the trouble.

Once erased, personal history becomes worthless to sorcerers, I think, because it is mostly anchored in the personal self, family patterns, etc (i.e., mechanical, reactive behavior). It's only those elements which can be isolated and used as elements in the sorcerer's archetypal story, the mythic narrative of the species (a personal myth, if that's not an oxymoron) which have value in eternity. Since in the end we are no more than hunter-gatherers of these memories, the same ruthlessness can be applied to individual "souls" who fail to surrender their personal history to the Myth. They are erased along with the history, because their lives did not bring sufficient novelty to the system.

The eschaton - judgment day - is the singularity, the end of novelty, when all the possible life experiences of humanity have been exhausted, and it is time to tally up and move on to the next phase of the alchemy.

Needless to say, there is no room for self-importance, much less elitism, in such a view, since we are all, to a man & woman, no more than raw matter (unrefined consciousness) being processed by a vast, intergalactic system - lost here in the Vale of Soul-Making.

But there is a need for discrimination, since this is the very essence of the process. Lead is not gold, but it is on its way to becoming so.

auroragirl said...

It is quite clear that there is a kind of human who is a natural aristocrat or a natural elite, and I have always known I am one, but my knowlege of this about myself has always been accompanied by a feeling of great humility because this is a GIFT I have been given, a kind of state-of-grace, from the bountiful Universe. It is also an awesome responsibility, both to the Universe and to my fellow man...the responsiblity to develop my awareness and refine myself so that the species may prosper (I don;t mean that the state of the species depends upon my development, just that the more people who heed the call toward awareness and refinement, the better off humanity as a whole is, and that I would be neglegent if I did not develop my natural inclination). The "system" the "Matrix", though, doesn't like this about me and has done everything it can to make me ashamed of my gift and also to make sure my gift came to nothing, something I have resisted to the best of my ability given my circumstances. Until recently, my only resource for developing my talent toward higher awareness has been through books, and now I have the internet where I can "converse" with others of my kind. Comfortable with it or not, we do form a kind of separate "tribe", not of time or place, but of awareness, and I thank you, aeolus, for saying that its OK for me to admit to myself that I am different in that sort of way. I am deeply grateful to the Universe for giving me this gift and must make sure I do not squander it. I also think it is important (at least for me) to retain a feeling of humilty because if not, then I become no better than those arrogant pseudo-elites that have so damaged the world.

As an aside, as practice in surrealism, I look for everyday examples of surrealism that arent' recognized as such and rename them. Thus my "cat" becomes a "razor bunny".

aeolus kephas said...

yep it's tricky

was it gnostic J-man who said something about there being truths which become truer by speaking them, and then there are truths which become UNtrue by speaking them?

i think this is one. What distinguishes the true "elite" is their complete lack of self-importance, i.e., they are special because they are *perfectly ordinary*...

The meek shall inherit the Earth.