Thursday, June 30, 2005
AN ENCYCLOPEDIC OUTLINE OF
QABBALISTIC AND ROSICRUCIAN
Being an Interpretation of the
Secret Teachings concealed within the Rituals, Allegories,
and Mysteries of all Ages
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Patriotism: A Menace to Liberty
WHAT is patriotism? Is it love of one's birthplace, the place of childhood's recollections and hopes, dreams and aspirations? Is it the place where, in childlike naivety, we would watch the fleeting clouds, and wonder why we, too, could not run so swiftly? The place where we would count the milliard glittering stars, terror-stricken lest each one "an eye should be," piercing the very depths of our little souls? Is it the place where we would listen to the music of the birds, and long to have wings to fly, even as they, to distant lands? Or the place where we would sit at mother's knee, enraptured by wonderful tales of great deeds and conquests? In short, is it love for the spot, every inch representing dear and precious recollections of a happy, joyous, and playful childhood?
If that were patriotism, few American men of today could be called upon to be patriotic, since the place of play has been turned into factory, mill, and mine, while deafening sounds of machinery have replaced the music of the birds. Nor can we longer hear the tales of great deeds, for the stories our mothers tell today are but those of sorrow, tears, and grief.
What, then, is patriotism? "Patriotism, sir, is the last resort of scoundrels," said Dr. Johnson. Leo Tolstoy, the greatest anti-patriot of our times, defines patriotism as the principle that will justify the training of wholesale murderers; a trade that requires better equipment for the exercise of man-killing than the making of such necessities of life as shoes, clothing, and houses; a trade that guarantees better returns and greater glory than that of the average workingman.
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
We work with dreams because they are an extraordinary path to uncover our innate gifts, talents, and abilities. By discovering this part of ourselves we become more fulfilled, productive, and happier human beings. Dreams provide us with the ability to venture outside of our normal way of thinking and feeling. We begin to view the world in a new light. When we begin to see things differently, we begin to act differently, to be different. That moves us toward being our authentic selves.
Dreams have been documented as being the inspiration and solution for many important inventions and discoveries. We are our most creative within the dream. Dreamwork is beneficial to people in every area of life – artists, people struggling with career choices, people with health issues, employees in corporations, teenagers—everyone wishing to live a self-actualized life. The knowledge we have through what Jung called the “Collective Unconscious” is remarkable.
Monday, June 27, 2005
The collective consciousness is difficult to explain, but easy to understand once the concept is grasped. The collective consciousness is generally accessible to everyone. However, people come from a wide variety of backgrounds in trying to understand it. As a result, people hold a broad range of differing beliefs. These beliefs influence their assumptions about, and perceptions of, what is "real".
In order to address this diversity of perspectives we use several different ways of explaining what the collective consciousness is. For some people, one explanation may make much more sense than the others. For other people, synthesizing all of the explanations will give the clearest picture. As you read on, keep in mind, these are all different ways, using different "language," of attempting to describe something that is difficult to reduce to words in the first place: the collective consciousness. Aside from the "short answer" below, we have taken 5 different approaches to explaining the collective consciousness with a hyperlink to each.
One thing the collective consciousness is NOT: an additional barrier, hurdle, or level of hierarchy between us and the Universal Spirit of God. It is not some intermediary between us as humans and the Creator of the universe. Instead, the collective consciousness lies within the "zone" of consciousness that is more expansive than the individual perspective of a single incarnation. Yet it does not extend to the expansiveness of universal consciousness. It resides in the in-between ground where the Spirit of God and the spirit of man coexist. Rather than thinking of it as a third "entity" between God and man, it can be thought of as the level of consciousness where God and man overlap. Moreover, the Collective Consciousness should not be thought of as being "out there" somewhere. It resides within each and every one of us.
Sunday, June 26, 2005
Around one hundred years ago, on March 26th in 1904, Joseph John Campbell was born in White Plains, NY. Joe, as he came to be known, was the first child of a middle-class, Roman Catholic couple, Charles and Josephine Campbell.
Joe’s earliest years were largely unremarkable; but then, when he was seven years old, his father took him and his younger brother, Charlie, to see Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. The evening was a high-point in Joe’s life; for, although the cowboys were clearly the show’s stars, as Joe would later write, he “became fascinated, seized, obsessed, by the figure of a naked American Indian with his ear to the ground, a bow and arrow in his hand, and a look of special knowledge in his eyes.”
It was Arthur Schopenhauer, the philosopher whose writings would later greatly influence Campbell, who observed that
…the experiences and illuminations of childhood and early youth become in later life the types, standards and patterns of all subsequent knowledge and experience, or as it were, the categories according to which all later things are classified—not always consciously, however. And so it is that in our childhood years the foundation is laid of our later view of the world, and there with as well of its superficiality or depth: it will be in later years unfolded and fulfilled, not essentially changed.And so it was with young Joseph Campbell. Even as he actively practiced (until well into his twenties) the faith of his forbears, he became consumed with Native American culture; and his worldview was arguably shaped by the dynamic tension between these two mythological perspectives. On the one hand, he was immersed in the rituals, symbols, and rich traditions of his Irish Catholic heritage; on the other, he was obsessed with primitive (or, as he later preferred, “primal”) people’s direct experience of what he came to describe as “the continuously created dynamic display of an absolutely transcendent, yet universally immanent, mysterium tremendum et fascinans, which is the ground at once of the whole spectacle and of oneself.” (Historical Atlas, I.1, p. 8)
By the age of ten, Joe had read every book on American Indians in the children’s section of his local library and was admitted to the adult stacks, where he eventually read the entire multi-volume Reports of the Bureau of American Ethnology. He worked on wampum belts, started his own “tribe” (the “Lenni-Lenape”), and frequented the American Museum of Natural History, where he became fascinated with totem poles and masks, thus beginning a lifelong exploration of that museum's vast collection.
After spending much of his thirteenth year recuperating from a respiratory illness, Joe briefly attended Iona, a private school in Westchester NY, before his mother enrolled him at Canterbury, a Catholic residential school in New Milford CT. His high school years were rich and rewarding, though marked by a major tragedy: in 1919, the Campbell home was consumed by a fire that killed his grandmother and destroyed all of the family’s possessions.
Joe graduated from Canterbury in 1921, and the following September, entered Dartmouth College; but he was soon disillusioned with the social scene and disappointed by a lack of academic rigor, so he transferred to Columbia University, where he excelled: while specializing in medieval literature, he played in a jazz band, and became a star runner. In 1924, while on a steamship journey to Europe with his family, Joe met and befriended Jiddu Krishnamurti, the young messiah-elect of the Theosophical Society, thus beginning a friendship that would be renewed intermittently over the next five years.
After earning a B.A. from Columbia (1925), and receiving an M.A. (1927) for his work in Arthurian Studies, Joe was awarded a Proudfit Traveling Fellowship to continue his studies at the University of Paris (1927-28). Then, after he had received and rejected an offer to teach at his high school alma mater, his Fellowship was renewed, and he traveled to Germany to resume his studies at the University of Munich (1928-29).
It was during this period in Europe that Joe was first exposed to those modernist masters—notably, the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle, Pablo Picasso and Paul Klee, James Joyce and Thomas Mann, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung—whose art and insights would greatly influence his own work. These encounters would eventually lead him to theorize that all myths are the creative products of the human psyche, that artists are a culture’s mythmakers, and that mythologies are creative manifestations of humankind’s universal need to explain psychological, social, cosmological, and spiritual realities.
When Joe returned from Europe late in August of 1929, he was at a crossroad, unable to decide what to do with his life. With the onset of the Great Depression, he found himself with no hope of obtaining a teaching job; and so he spent most of the next two years reconnecting with his family, reading, renewing old acquaintances, and writing copious entries in his journal. Then, late in 1931, after exploring and rejecting the possibility of a doctoral program or teaching job at Columbia, he decided, like countless young men before and since, to “hit the road,” to undertake a cross-country journey in which he hoped to experience “the soul of America” and, in the process, perhaps discover the purpose of his life. In January of 1932, when he was leaving Los Angeles, where he had been studying Russian in order to read War and Peace in the vernacular, he pondered his future in this journal entry:
I begin to think that I have a genius for working like an ox over totally irrelevant subjects. … I am filled with an excruciating sense of never having gotten anywhere—but when I sit down and try to discover where it is I want to get, I’m at a loss. … The thought of growing into a professor gives me the creeps. A lifetime to be spent trying to kid myself and my pupils into believing that the thing that we are looking for is in books! I don’t know where it is—but I feel just now pretty sure that it isn’t in books. — It isn’t in travel. — It isn’t in California. — It isn’t in New York. … Where is it? And what is it, after all?
Thus one real result of my Los Angeles stay was the elimination of Anthropology from the running. I suddenly realized that all of my primitive and American Indian excitement might easily be incorporated in a literary career. — I am convinced now that no field but that of English literature would have permitted me the almost unlimited roaming about from this to that which I have been enjoying. A science would buckle me down—and would probably yield no more important fruit than literature may yield me! — If I want to justify my existence, and continue to be obsessed with the notion that I’ve got to do something for humanity — well, teaching ought to quell that obsession — and if I can ever get around to an intelligent view of matters, intelligent criticism of contemporary values ought to be useful to the world. This gets back again to Krishna’s dictum: The best way to help mankind is through the perfection of yourself.
His travels next carried him north to San Francisco, then back south to Pacific Grove, where he spent the better part of a year in the company of Carol and John Steinbeck and marine biologist Ed Ricketts. During this time, he wrestled with his writing, discovered the poems of Robinson Jeffers, first read Oswald Spengler’s Decline of the West, and wrote to some seventy colleges and universities in an unsuccessful attempt to secure employment. Finally, he was offered a teaching position at the Canterbury School. He returned to the East Coast, where he endured an unhappy year as a Canterbury housemaster, the one bright moment being when he sold his first short story (“Strictly Platonic”) to Liberty magazine. Then, in 1933, he moved to a cottage without running water on Maverick Road in Woodstock NY, where he spent a year reading and writing. In 1934, he was offered and accepted a position in the literature department at Sarah Lawrence College, a post he would retain for thirty-eight years.
In 1938 he married one of his students, Jean Erdman, who would become a major presence in the emerging field of modern dance, first, as a star dancer in Martha Graham’s fledgling troupe, and later, as dancer/choreographer of her own company.
Even as he continued his teaching career, Joe’s life continued to unfold serendipitously. In 1940, he was introduced to Swami Nikhilananda, who enlisted his help in producing a new translation of The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna (published, 1942). Subsequently, Nikhilananda introduced Joe to the Indologist Heinrich Zimmer, who introduced him to a member of the editorial board at the Bollingen Foundation. Bollingen, which had been founded by Paul and Mary Mellon to “develop scholarship and research in the liberal arts and sciences and other fields of cultural endeavor generally,” was embarking upon an ambitious publishing project, the Bollingen Series. Joe was invited to contribute an “Introduction and Commentary” to the first Bollingen publication, Where the Two Came to their Father: A Navaho War Ceremonial, text and paintings recorded by Maud Oakes, given by Jeff King (Bollingen Series, I: 1943).
When Zimmer died unexpectedly in 1943 at the age of fifty-two, his widow, Christiana, and Mary Mellon asked Joe to oversee the publication of his unfinished works. Joe would eventually edit and complete four volumes from Zimmer’s posthumous papers: Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization (Bollingen Series VI: 1946), The King and the Corpse (Bollingen Series XI: 1948), Philosophies of India (Bollingen Series XXVI: 1951), and a two-volume opus, The Art of Indian Asia (Bollingen Series XXXIX: 1955).Joe, meanwhile, followed his initial Bollingen contribution with a “Folkloristic Commentary” to Grimm’s Fairy Tales (1944); he also co-authored (with Henry Morton Robinson) A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake (1944), the first major study of James Joyce’s notoriously complex novel.
His first, full-length, solo authorial endeavor, The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Bollingen Series XVII: 1949), was published to acclaim and brought him the first of numerous awards and honors—the National Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Contributions to Creative Literature. In this study of the myth of the hero, Campbell posits the existence of a Monomyth (a word he borrowed from James Joyce), a universal pattern that is the essence of, and common to, heroic tales in every culture. While outlining the basic stages of this mythic cycle, he also explores common variations in the hero’s journey, which, he argues, is an operative metaphor, not only for an individual, but for a culture as well. The Hero would prove to have a major influence on generations of creative artists—from the Abstract Expressionists in the 1950s to contemporary film-makers today—and would, in time, come to be acclaimed as a classic.
Joe would eventually author dozens of articles and numerous other books, including The Masks of God: Primitive Mythology (Vol. 1: 1959), Oriental Mythology (Vol. 2: 1962), Occidental Mythology (Vol. 3: 1964), and Creative Mythology (Vol. 4: 1968); The Flight of the Wild Gander: Explorations in the Mythological Dimension (1969); Myths to Live By (1972); The Mythic Image (1974); The Inner Reaches of Outer Space: Metaphor as Myth and as Religion (1986); and five books in his four-volume, multi-part, unfinished Historical Atlas of World Mythology (1983-87).
He was also a prolific editor. Over the years, he edited The Portable Arabian Nights (1952) and was general editor of the series Man and Myth (1953-1954), which included major works by Maya Deren (Divine Horsemen: the Living Gods of Haiti, 1953), Carl Kerenyi (The Gods of the Greeks, 1954), and Alan Watts (Myth and Ritual in Christianity, 1954). He also edited The Portable Jung (1972), as well as six volumes of Papers from the Eranos Yearbooks (Bollingen Series XXX): Spirit and Nature (1954), The Mysteries (1955), Man and Time (1957), Spiritual Disciplines (1960), Man and Transformation (1964), and The Mystic Vision (1969).
But his many publications notwithstanding, it was arguably as a public speaker that Joe had his greatest popular impact. From the time of his first public lecture in 1940—a talk at the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center entitled “Sri Ramakrishna’s Message to the West”—it was apparent that he was an erudite but accessible lecturer, a gifted storyteller, and a witty raconteur. In the ensuing years, he was asked more and more often to speak at different venues on various topics. In 1956, he was invited to speak at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute; working without notes, he delivered two straight days of lectures. His talks were so well-received, he was invited back annually for the next seventeen years. In the mid-1950s, he also undertook a series of public lectures at the Cooper Union in New York City; these talks drew an ever-larger, increasingly diverse audience, and soon became a regular event.
Joe first lectured at Esalen Institute in 1965. Each year thereafter, he returned to Big Sur to share his latest thoughts, insights, and stories. And as the years passed, he came to look forward more and more to his annual sojourns to the place he called “paradise on the Pacific Coast.” Although he retired from teaching at Sarah Lawrence in 1972 to devote himself to his writing, he continued to undertake two month-long lecture tours each year.
In 1985, Joe was awarded the National Arts Club Gold Medal of Honor in Literature. At the award ceremony, James Hillman remarked, “No one in our century—not Freud, not Thomas Mann, not Levi-Strauss—has so brought the mythical sense of the world and its eternal figures back into our everyday consciousness.”
Joseph Campbell died unexpectedly in 1987 after a brief struggle with cancer. In 1988, millions were introduced to his ideas by the broadcast on PBS of Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers, six hours of an electrifying conversation that the two men had videotaped over the course of several years. When he died, Newsweek magazine noted that “Campbell has become one of the rarest of intellectuals in American life: a serious thinker who has been embraced by the popular culture.”
In his later years, Joe was fond of recalling on how Schopenhauer, in his essay On the Apparent Intention in the Fate of the Individual, wrote of the curious feeling one can have, of there being an author somewhere writing the novel of our lives, in such a way that through events that seem to us to be chance happenings there is actually a plot unfolding of which we have no knowledge.
Looking back over Joe’s life, one cannot help but feel that it proves the truth Schopenhauer’s observation.
Saturday, June 25, 2005
A 2,600-year-old poem was published for the first time yesterday, giving the world only the fourth known work by Sappho, a woman who has given her name not just to a form of writing, but an entire lifestyle.
Heroine of feminists and homosexuals, Sappho was a sixth century BC poet from the island of Lesbos reckoned by no less a critic than Plato to be ranked as a Muse rather than a mortal writer.
Almost nothing is known of her and until yesterday the 200 or so scraps of her work that had been put together had managed to contribute only three complete poems.
The fourth work is apparently addressed to young Lesbian women and bemoans the advance of years in her own mind and body compared to their youth and beauty.
The poem was recovered from the wrappings of an Egyptian mummy, where it appears to have been soaked and used as part of the bandaging. It was identified because it matched an existing, much smaller scrap known to be by Sappho found in 1922 during excavations of a rubbish dump in the ancient Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus. Combining the two fragments produced the rarest of gifts, a Sapphic original.
Thought to date from the first part of the third century BC, the new scrap discovered by scholars in the archives of the University of Cologne is the oldest of all remnants of her poetry.
The poem, in which Sappho addresses some of the many young girls who seem to have attended her house as a kind of artistic finishing school, has now been translated and published by Martin West, emeritus fellow of All Souls, Oxford.
He said: "She obviously had emotional relationships with women of her circle, quite possibly sexual. They seem to have had some sort of society in which they could be in each other's company quite a lot, rather cut off from men, but they were clearly able to have plenty of fun."
In his article accompanying the poem and published in the Times Literary Supplement, Dr West wrote: "The ancients, who had nine books of her poems at their disposal, were unstinting in their admiration. Some called her a tenth Muse.
"The poem is a small masterpiece: simple, concise, perfectly formed, an honest, unpretentious expression of human feeling, dignified in its restraint. It moves both by what it says and by what it leaves unspoken."
You for the fragrant-blossomed Muses' lovely gifts
be zealous, girls, and the clear melodious lyre:
but my once tender body old age now
has seized; my hair's turned white instead of dark;
my heart's grown heavy, my knees will not support me,
that once on a time were fleet for the dance as fawns.
This state I oft bemoan; but what's to do?
Not to grow old, being human, there's no way.
Tithonus once, the tale was, rose-armed Dawn,
love-smitten, carried off to the world's end,
handsome and young then, yet in time grey age
o'ertook him, husband of immortal wife.
Friday, June 24, 2005
This short book on ancient 'Phallic worship', as the Victorians called it, contains much which is covered in the other entries in this literature. Hudson has a compelling thesis about the role of sexuality in ancient religions and their modern successors which bears careful examination. There is also a lot of speculation, incorrect information, conclusion-leaping and questionable etymology.
Hudson places an inordinate amount of signficance on anything that is vaguely phallic looking or resembles a vagina. This includes pawn shop signage, tortise heads, arched doors, lozange-shaped design elements, and so on. While some of this is revealing and possibly valid, he finishes off by pegging a fairly standard native Californian mortar and pestle as a set of ritual phallic symbols. There are examples ad nauseum of these items in the anthropologicial and archeological literature of California, and none of them have ever been associated with sex-worship to my knowledge.
Sometimes a pestle is just a pestle....
Thursday, June 23, 2005
The Site Founded by Missy and Sean Suicide (no relation) as a way to bring appealing erotica to the masses, SG was sparked by the attractiveness of girls in Portland’s Pioneer Square. SuicideGirls’ “empowered erotica” shows the world that beauty is not just what is ogled over in the pages of Maxim or Playboy, but that it is all around you. As a member, besides being able to see all of the girls’ pictures, you have your own page on the site with a journal, profile, Webcam, “my pics” section, favorite girls, friends, etc. At any time, you can contact any of the SuicideGirls or members, whether it be through the message boards, journals, picture sets, member groups, SG chat, or the contact feature found on profile pages.
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
The idea of music as a divine art implies that music is not considered on its merits alone, but points beyond itself and man to the divine. Thus music can be under-stood as an invention of divinities or as a general principle of divine creation. It may be interpreted as an image, imitation, or anticipation of divine or heavenly music. It can be understood as a means of influencing divinities. And, finally, the meaning and mission of music can be realized in cultic praise of the divinity.
Such conceptions are encountered both in magical and in mythical eras, throughout cosmological and theological-metaphysical forms of thought, indeed well into structured philosophical systems. They possess a strongly thematic character, so that their “history” is broadly developed in variations of the same or similar conceptions and perspectives. Nonetheless, shades of meaning may be differentiated in various periods. The idea of music as a divine art is active from the earliest times at least down to the age of baroque in Europe. Thereafter it increasingly becomes a victim of ration-alistic skepticism and, after a brief revival in the romantic period, finally yields to a purely this-worldly concept of music. Closely connected with this idea,dependent upon it in many ways, or antithetically presupposed by it, is the idea of music as a demonic art.
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Spirituality is the art of provoking within ourselves intense experiences
that bring us in touch with the essence of reality
and stimulate us to attain the highest levels
of human functioning.
Spirituality is feeling the untouchable,
seeing the invisible...
To realize this, the three fundamental functions of human mind have to be activated,
namely thinking, feeling and doing.
This can be symbolized by Wisdom, Beauty and Strength.
Thinking reaches its highest level when we are conscious of
the fundamental sense and processes of being and the universe
and its core energy that directs us to integration and happiness.
Feeling reaches its highest level when we experience the beauty of
nature, existence, creativity, love, art, harmony, peace
and everything that exists and can be brought into existence.
Doing reaches its highest level when we fully participate in
the responsible care, construction and perfection
of positive and useful things, relationships, structures and organisations
and try to leave a better world than we've found.
Some important conditions to attain this elevated state of mind include:
an indestructible belief in our latent capacities, and those of things and people around us;
the art of guiding our mind towards reflection, achievement and enjoying;
the faculty of metabolizing frustration, pain and despair
the ability and willingness to grow towards the real Me that hides inside us.
Monday, June 20, 2005
The Handbook for the New Paradigm is composed of several volumes of messages purported to be telepathically received from an advanced Ultra-Dimensional race by George Green. You are obviously expected to view this material with discernment and not "buy into" anything just because it exists, right? Evaluate it on your own terms and in accordance with your experience. It will mean different things different people, like anything else. The material seems to be of service to people, and for that reason it exists here. Find what is of use to you in terms of your life journey .... and have fun! - Val Valerian
Sunday, June 19, 2005
transliteracies: the politics of online reading 06.18.2005, 2:33 PM
Warren Sack presented two interesting diagrams yesterday at Transliteracies. The first was a map of how political conversations happen in newsgroups:
The work is that of John Kelly, Danyel Fisher, and Marc Smith; it shows conversations on the newsgroup alt.politics.bush. Blue dots are left-leaning participants in the newsgroup; red dots are right-leaning participants. Lines between dots show a conversation. Here, it's clear that a conversation is predominantly taking place across the political lines: people are arguing with each other.
The second is a map of how conversations (represented by links) happen on political blogs in the United States: Click here for image
This is the work of Lada Adamic and Natalie Glance and it shows connections between political blogs. Blue dots are leftist blogs; red dots are rightist blogs. One notes here that the left-leaning blogs and right-leaning blogs tend to link to themselves, not across the political divide. People are reinforcing their own beliefs.
Obviously, it's a stretch to claim that American politics became more polarized and civics died a death because internet conversations moved from newsgroups to blogs. But it's clear from these diagrams that the way in which different forms of online reading take place (and the communities that are formed by this online reading) has political ramifications of which we need to be conscious. Click here for image
Originally posted by dan visel
Saturday, June 18, 2005
Thank you for your interest in our catalog of unusual and informative materials. The knowledge gained will give you choices in the days ahead and lessons of discernment as the chaos increases. It is necessary for those of you who are now in the "know" so to speak, begin to focus on staying in the observer mode. This means as the chaos begins you will have to remain calm in the eye of the storm about you and know that it is an incredible play that is on many levels.
Though the global changes will be escalating on all fronts, it is time for you to get prepared for all contingencies. Please share the video "The Big Picture" as it will help you understand the Play as presented.
Thank you for participating and helping get the Handbook For the New Paradigm in as many hands as possible.
"We are all humans becoming, help us become!"
The origin of that strange monument is shrouded in mystery because no one knows the true identity of the man, or men, who commissioned its construction. All that is known for certain is that in June 1979, a well-dressed, articulate stranger visited the office of the Elberton Granite Finishing Company and announced that he wanted to build an edifice to transmit a message to mankind. He identified himself as R. C. Christian, but it soon became apparent that was not his real name. He said that he represented a group of men who wanted to offer direction to humanity, but to date, almost two decades later, no one knows who R. C. Christian really was, or the names of those he represented. Several things are apparent. The messages engraved on the Georgia Guidestones deal with four major fields: (1) Governance and the establishment of a world government, (2) Population and reproduction control, (3) The environment and man's relationship to nature, and (4) Spirituality.
In the public library in Elberton, I found a book written by the man who called himself R.C. Christian. I discovered that the monument he commissioned had been erected in recognition of Thomas Paine and the occult philosophy he espoused. Indeed, the Georgia Guidestones are used for occult ceremonies and mystic celebrations to this very day. Tragically, only one religious leader in the area had the courage to speak out against the American Stonehenge, and he has recently relocated his ministry.
THE MESSAGE OF THE GEORGIA GUIDESTONES
1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
2. Guide reproduction wisely - improving fitness and diversity.
3. Unite humanity with a living new language.
4. Rule passion - faith - tradition - and all things with tempered reason.
5. Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
6. Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.
7. Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
8. Balance personal rights with social duties.
9. Prize truth - beauty - love - seeking harmony with the infinite.
10.Be not a cancer on the earth - Leave room for nature - Leave room for nature.
Limiting the population of the earth to 500 million will require the extermination of nine-tenths of the world's people. The American Stonehenge's reference to establishing a world court foreshadows the current move to create an International Criminal Court and a world government. The Guidestones' emphasis on preserving nature anticipates the environmental movement of the 1990s, and the reference to "seeking harmony with the infinite" reflects the current effort to replace Judeo-Christian beliefs with a new spirituality.
The message of the American Stonehenge also foreshadowed the current drive for Sustainable Development. Any time you hear the phrase "Sustainable Development" used, you should substitute the term "socialism" to be able to understand what is intended. Later in this syllabus you will read the full text of the Earth Charter which was compiled under the direction of Mikhail Gorbachev and Maurice Strong. In that document you will find an emphasis on the same basic issues: control of reproduction, world governance, the importance of nature and the environment, and a new spirituality. The similarity between the ideas engraved on the Georgia Guidestones and those espoused in the Earth Charter reflect the common origins of both.
Yoko Ono, the widow of John Lennon, was recently quoted as referring to the American Stonehenge, saying:
"I want people to know about the stones ... We're headed toward a world where we might blow ourselves up and maybe the globe will not exist ... it's a nice time to reaffirm ourselves, knowing all the beautiful things that are in this country and the Georgia Stones symbolize that. " (1)
What is the true significance of the American Stonehenge, and why is its covert message important? Because it confirms the fact that there was a covert group intent on
(1) Dramatically reducing the population of the world.
(2) Promoting environmentalism.
(3) Establishing a world government.
(4) Promoting a new spirituality.
Certainly the group that commissioned the Georgia Guidestones is one of many similar groups working together toward a New World Order, a new world economic system, and a new world spirituality. Behind those groups, however, are dark spiritual forces. Without understanding the nature of those dark forces it is impossible to understand the unfolding of world events.
The fact that most Americans have never heard of the Georgia Guidestones or their message to humanity reflects the degree of control that exists today over what the American people think. We ignore that message at our peril. Copies are available for researchers from Radio Liberty.
Friday, June 17, 2005
Sunday is gloomy, my hours are slumber less
Dearest, the shadows I live with are numberless
Little white flowers will never awaken you
Not where the black coach of sorrows has taken you
Angels have no thought of ever returning you
Would they be angry if I thought of joining you?
Gloomy is Sunday, with shadows I spend it all
My heart and I have decided to end it all
Soon there will be candles and prayers that are sad, I know
Let them not weep, Let them know that I'm glad to go
Death is no dream, for in death I am caressing you
With the last breath of my soul I'll be blessing you
Dreaming, I was dreaming
I wake and find you asleep in the deep of my heart, deep
Darling, I hope that my dream never haunted you
My heart is telling you how much I wanted you
Elvis Costello, Gloomy Sunday
Thursday, June 16, 2005
STOCKHOLM (AFP) May, 2005 - A new women's political party is set to emerge in Sweden, a country already considered a world-leader in women's rights.
Rumors of the planned feminist party have been circulating ever since one of Sweden's most high-profile feminists, Gudrun Schyman, resigned as head of the previously communist Left Party last year to focus on making gender equality the main theme of the upcoming 2006 general elections.
"There are networks and there are groups, and feminist questions have been raised within political parties that exist today. But at the same time the reality we are living in shows us that this is not enough," Schyman said in a radio interview on Sunday, declining to reveal whether she intended to unveil a feminist party this week.
The speculation was that the party would see the light on international women's day Tuesday.
Despite Sweden's exemplary track record when it comes to gender equality in politics (45 percent of Swedish parliamentarians are women), there is much anger against what is perceived as society's lackluster response to increased violence against women.
"Men's violence against women exists both in the fancy parlors and in the shabby suburbs. This (topic) does not fit into the traditional right-left scale," said Schyman, an independent member of parliament.
Unequal pay is another cause for complaint. Even six years ago, a study on the subject showed women on average were getting only 82 percent as much as their male counterparts, and that trend has continued. Also, few women break through the glass ceiling into the upper income brackets.
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
"What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence, a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it." - Herbert Simon
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
In which Humpty Dumpty, a true Heraclitean, asserts that there must exist an opposite to a birthday which is an un-birthday.
Humpty Dumpty informs Alice that 'there are three hundred and sixty four days when you might get un-birthday presents'. It is obvious to him that un-birthdays are real Beings and not mere utterances. His statement is another augmentation to one of the oldest and rudimentary philosophical controversies: whether Non-Being, like Being, exists.
Footprints of this controversy, which was initially conceived by Greek philosophy, can be tracked all over the two books of Alice. Carroll conveys, through Alice's discourses with the various figures she meets on her way, his belief that Non-Being does indeed exist. This stand can be inferred not just from Humpty Dumpty's statement but from other passages in Alice as well.
The beginning of the 6th Century B.C. was a defining moment in the history of mankind intellectual thought. From this time on, for a period that lasted around 150 years, some Greeks, in later years called the 'pre-Socratics', began to ask new questions and propound new answers about the nature of the universe. (Most of the pre-Socratics flourished not in Athens, nor even on mainland Greece, but in Asia Minor, Lower Italy and Sicily. 'Greek', in this context, is a cultural expression rather than a geographical one.)
The pre-Socratics were the first to formulate tenets that were based on reasonable arguments rather than on theological doctrines, and they set the foundation on which the future intellectual revolution in philosophy would be created by Socrates, Plato and Aristotle
But before we follow Alice into Wonderland, we should recall the roots of the controversy, in Elea in Lower Italy, in the early 5th Century BC. There, Parmenides, asserted in a poem that he had composed, that only the 'Is' is, whilst to speak of the 'Is not' is to take a '. . . wholly incredible course, since you cannot recognise Not Being (for this is impossible), nor could you speak of it, for thought and Being are the same thing.'
Monday, June 13, 2005
The Peace Jukebox plays hours of anti-war music for free. Songs written during the Bush Presidency can be heard as high-quality MP3s, with lyrics, on this ad-free independent website. The Peace Jukebox features anti-war songs by Sonic Youth, Beastie Boys, Jurassic 5, Public Enemy, Jane's Addiction, The Cure, Ani DiFranco, Black Eyed Peas, Green Day, Faithless, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Lenny Kravitz, Paris, System of a Down, Propagandhi, Banco de Gaia, Zach de la Rocha, Noam Chomsky... hiphop, rock, punk, acoustic, classical and spoken word.
This is the most prolific period of protest song-writing in history, and home-studio technology makes it possible for the world to hear these radical songs. The Peace Not War Music Project has received over 500 anti-war songs from different kinds of musicians, and they will all be going online.
Sunday, June 12, 2005
A brief summary of HOW TO ELIMINATE YOUR NEGATIVE EMOTIONS NOW AND FOREVER
1. You are a spirit, temporarily residing in a body in a physical universe.
2. As a spirit, you are a non-physical life-energy entity, consisting of Consciousness, Will and Love. (As a son of God, you share His basic nature.)
3. As a spirit, you have the power of consciousness to perceive, to experience, thought and emotional energy (which you do all the time).
4. Your thoughts and emotions are energies.
5. All energy operates by polarities. A polarity consists of opposites and a scale or spectrum of possibilities between the 2 poles. Examples: hot-cold and all temperatures between; black-white and all the shades of grey between; fast-slow and all the velocities between.
6. Both poles of a polarity are necessary for the polarity to exist. It is impossible to have one pole without the other.
7. Love is an energy and it is a polarity.
8. Love is experience. Emotions are experience.
9. The polarity spectrum of love is the emotions. Many people think that love is just one of the emotions. Not so: Love is energy, and is ALL of the emotions. All emotions are love-energy.
10. Love is like white light: when you pass it through a prism, it breaks into its component colors, each a slightly different frequency of light. Love is like light: it includes all emotions.
11. We will call the negative part of the love scale, the negative emotions: anti-love. We will call the positive part of the spectrum: pos-love.
12. Three of the main properties of pos-love are:
Experience: Positive: Happiness and Joy;
Affinity: the desire to have more of and be close to the beloved.
Support: the desire to contribute to the well-being and growth of the beloved.
Note: Happiness is the result of pos-love. Pos-Love is Happiness.
13. Naturally you will expect that the properties of anti-love are the exact opposite of love, and so they are. (The three main flavors, or frequencies, of anti-love are: anger, fear, hate and grief.) Anti-love is:
Negative Experience: pain and suffering for he who anti-loves.
Negative Affinity = Aversion: the desire to have less of, to separate from the thing anti-loved.
Anti-Support: the desire to attack, change, destroy, avoid or flee the thing anti-loved.
14. By the laws of polarities, anti-love (the negative emotions) must exist for the the positive love (the positive emotions) to exist. The universe would not be complete without the negative possibilities, and in fact, the positives could not exist.
15. You are a spirit, and as such you are made of energy, made of love. You are love. Your emotions are your love. Your emotions are your experience of love. Your experience of love in every moment is your emotions. That experience includes pos-love and anti-love.
16. As a spirit, you "vibrate" or "shine" or "glow" with your love frequevery moment of your life. You experience this as your emotions. Your emotional experience is your experience of that love which includes anti-love.
17. Your love state (or frequency of love) changes constantly all along the love spectrum. That is to say that you as a spirit "glow" up and down the spectrum of love. Think of a light that is constantly changing colors: red, blue, white, yellow, brown, etc. Think of yourself, your spirit, as a glowing globe of energy. In the same way the light changes color, you as a spirit change your love energy frequency from moment to moment. You experience these changes as changes in your feelings, as your emotions.
Summary to this point: Your are a ball of spiritual energy, a ball of love. Love is an energy that has a spectrum from apathy up through grief to fear to anger to indifference to interest to enthusiasm to joy to ecstasis. (The positive half of the spectrum is pos-love; the negative half, anti-love.) You-spirit are love energy and you "glow" with and experience that love=energy along any and all points of the spectrum. Your experience that love energy as your emotions. Your emotions are your pos-love or anti-love at any moment. Your love is your "heaven" (pos-love=happiness) or your "hell" (anti-love=pain) at each moment of your existence.
Saturday, June 11, 2005
Jake La Botz was conceived while his parents listened to a record by Texas bluesman and sharecropper Mance Lipscomb.
Raised in the city of Chicago, Jake was exposed to its thriving multicultural music scene early on. He attended public school through the ninth grade and then discovered punk rock. "The punk scene was a natural place for a misfit kid to end up in the 80's. I identified with the emotional rawness of the music and got a feeling of belonging somewhere. I later got that same feeling hanging around with some of the bluesmen." La Botz moved around the country working construction jobs, hanging out at punk shows, hobo camps and libraries. At 16 he started banging on a guitar...
Whenever back in Chicago, he spent his Sunday mornings hanging around and occasionally busking at the famed westside flea market on Maxwell Street. There, he got to know the reigning bluesman on the scene, Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis who was to become a close friend and mentor. Still a teenager at the time, he would sneak into clubs to hear other blues legends such as Homesick James and Honeyboy Edwards, who he later spent a great deal of time with both on and off the stage.
With the encouragement of his mentors, Jake began to play professionally. He worked the bars, streets and train tunnels of Chicago. Sporadically, he would venture back out on the highways, making roadtrips to the Mississippi Delta and other parts of the South where he played on the streets and in local juke-joints. La Botz continued to wander the country's backroads and byways with an occasional trip to Europe. In 1996 he wound up in downtown L.A. playing at Al's Bar once a week in exchange for a room in the hotel upstairs.
His steady stream of performances at 'hipster' bars, blues clubs, tattoo parlors and gospel churches resulted in attention from the independent film world and an improbable acting career began to unfold. His most noteworthy role is in the prison film Animal Factory directed by respected actor Steve Buscemi. Acting alongside such notables as Willem Dafoe and Mickey Rourke, Jake portrays a blues-singing convict and performs two original songs on screen. Since Animal Factory, he has contributed songs to several soundtracks and appeared in a handful of films. In 2004 he was invited to appear in the soon to be released Buscemi film Lonesome Jim starring Liv Tyler and Casey Affleck.
Along the way, La Botz recorded two CD's of original material, his self-released acoustic project, Used to Be (2001) and The Original Soundtrack To My Nightmare (1999) for the Minneapolis artist-cooperative Spinout Records. His new CD, All Soul and No Money was just released in May 2004 on Joseph Street Records. Produced by La Botz and engineered by Todd Burke (Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Gary Jules) the CD was recorded at Hollywood Sound and Sunset Sound Factory.
All Soul And No Money - 2004 Joseph Street Records
Used To Be - 2000 Utel Records
The Original Soundtrack To My Nightmare - 1999 Spinout Records
Animal Factory - directed by Steve Buscemi
Ghost World - directed by Terry Zwygoff
Lonesome Jim - directed by Steve Buscemi
The Grey - directed by Shane Taylor
Thirteen Moons - directed by Alexander Rockwell
Friday, June 10, 2005
"Laurel and Hardy, that's John and Yoko. And we stand a better chance under that guise because all the serious people like Martin Luther King and Kennedy and Gandhi got shot."
-- John Lennon
Bresler offers the possibility that "Lennon, the politically most active rock star of his generation... was shot dead outside his own home by a killer who was merely a tool, a human gun used and controlled by others to destroy a uniquely powerful radical figure who was likely to prove a rallying point for mass opposition to the policies soon to be implemented... by the new United States government headed by Ronald Reagan."
Bresler quotes the late radio journalist Mae Brussell, who broke the Watergate story 2 months before the Woodward-Bernstein expose'. Brussell had no doubts: "It was a conspiracy. Reagan had just won the election. They knew what kind of president he was going to be. There was only one man who could bring out a million people on demonstration in protest at his policies -- and that was Lennon."
Thursday, June 09, 2005
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
CHAPTER I. THE OVERTURE
Musicians as lovers! The very phrase evokes and parades a pageant of amours! The thousand heartaches; the fingers clutching hungrily at keys that might be other fingers; the fiddler with his eyelids clenched while he dreams that the violin, against his cheek is the satin cheek of "the inexpressive She;" the singer with a cry in every note; the moonlit youth with the mandolin tinkling his serenade to an ivied window; the dead-marches; the nocturnes; the amorous waltzes; the duets; the trills and trinkets of flirtatious scherzi; the laughing roulades; the discords melted into concord as solitude into the arms of reunion--these are
music's very own.
So capable of love and its expression is music, indeed, that you almost wonder if any but musicians have ever truly loved, or loving have expressed. And yet--! Round every corner there lurks an "and yet." And if you only continue your march, or your reading, you always reach that corner.
Your first thought would be, that a good musician must be a good lover; that a broken heart alone can add the Master's degree to the usual conservatory diploma of Bachelor of Music; that all musicians must be sentimental, if musicians at all; and finally that only musicians can
know how to announce and embellish that primeval theme to which all existence is but variations, more or less brilliant, more or less in tune.
But go a little further, and closer study will prove that some of the world's greatest virtuosos in love could neither make nor carry a tune; and that, by corollary, some of the greatest tunesters in the world were tyros, ignoramuses, or heretics in that old lovers' arithmetic which begins: 1 plus 1 equals 1.
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
1. Love and Science; One in Consciousness
Scientific law, harmony, pervades the universe. Predictable mechanisms, predictable responses, interwoven, interrelated as with the workings of a fine watch. From the perspective of overall consciousness, love and science are one. One plus one equals two, whether on an addition chart or in a relationship.
As we interact harmoniously, we align with the basic precept of nature: cooperation. Through harmonious cooperation we become increasingly aware and conscious of ourselves and the world; we find we can harmoniously function with anyone, anywhere, under all circumstances, just as mathematical scientific principles are present and function with interrelation everywhere.
Abundant energy comes into our body when by our positive attitudes we align with nature's laws. We become an asset to everyone as we manifest within the principles that keep our universe running rhythmically, harmoniously. When we are feeling enlivened by our state of harmony, we most easily manifest acceptance and unconditional love. Energy radiates from us, warming everyone, as predictably as the sun radiates and warms everything by its rays of energy. Radiating as the sun, we feel exquisitely good, as we are being sustained by our alignment within the harmonious mathematical workings of the universe. If alignment with the harmonious scientific laws of creation is so enlivening, can we imagine what direct alignment with the source of creation would lend our consciousness?
We can't imagine, but we can experience an ever-expanding consciousness by loving unconditionally. Basic consciousness is our state of awareness at any given moment.
Monday, June 06, 2005
"Careful you must be when sensing the future, Anakin. The fear of loss is a path to the dark side."
"Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them, do not. Miss them, do not. Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed, that is."
"Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose."
Sunday, June 05, 2005
Aboriginal Spirituality – Golden Rule: We are as much alive as we keep the Earth alive. — Chief Dan George
Baha'i Faith Texts – Gleanings, from the Writings of Baha'u'lah Golden Rule: Lay not on any soul a load that you would not wish to be laid upon you, and desire not for anyone the things you would not desire for yourself.
Buddhist Text – The Dhammapada Golden Rule: Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. — The Buddha, Udana-Varga 5.18
Chinese Classics – Confucian Analects • Doctrine of the Mean • The Great Learning Golden Rule: One word which sums up the basis of all good conduct . . . loving kindness. Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself. — Confucius, Analects 15.23
Christian Texts – The Apocrypha • The Old Testament • The New Testament Golden Rule: In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets. — Jesus, Matthew 7:12
Hindu Texts – Bhagavad Gita • Upanishads Golden Rule: This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you. — Mahabharata 5:1517
Islamic Texts – The Qur'an Golden Rule: Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself. — The Prophet Muhammad, Hadith
Jainism – Golden Rule: One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated. — Mahavira, Sutrakritanga
Judaic Texts – Torah (The Law) • Nevi'im (The Prophets) • Ketuvim (The Writings) Golden Rule: What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary. — Hillel, Talmud, Shabbath 31a
Sikhism – Golden Rule: I am a stranger to no one; and no one is a stranger to me. Indeed, I am a friend to all. — Guru Granth Sahib, pg. 1299
The Texts of Taoism – Tao Te Ching Golden Rule: Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain and your neighbor's loss as your own loss. — T'ai Shang Kan Ying P'ien, 213-218
Unitarianism Golden Rule: We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence, of which we are a part. — Unitarian principle
Zoroastrianism Golden Rule: Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself. — Shayast-na-Shayast 13.29
Saturday, June 04, 2005
And I find it kind of funny,
I find it kind of sad
These dreams in which i'm dying,
Are the best I've ever had
I find it hard to tell you,
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles it's a very very.
Mad World, Mad World
Friday, June 03, 2005
An Essay in Economic Interpretation
This book is a study of Supernaturalism from a new point of view--as a Source of Income and a Shield to Privilege. I have searched the libraries through, and no one has done it before. If you read it, you will see that it needed to be done. It has meant twenty-five years of thought and a year of investigation. It contains the facts.
I publish the book myself, so that it may be available at the lowest possible price. I am giving my time and energy, in return for one thing which you may give me--the joy of speaking a true word and getting it heard.
"Infinite Love is the only truth. Everything else is an illusion."
Exposing the Dreamworld We Believe To Be 'Real'
The so-called ‘mysteries’ of life dissolve with every page. Who are we? What are we doing here? What is the human body and how can it cease to ‘age’?
Who is controlling our reality? Why is there so much war, hunger, suffering and stress? What is ‘mind’ and ‘emotion’ and why do they control us? Who created religion and what are its advocates really worshipping? These questions and so many more are explained with a coherence and simplicity rarely, if ever, seen before.
David Icke’s narrative, supported by Neil Hague’s superb colour illustrations, will change the reality – the ‘life’ – of everyone who has the courage to read it.
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
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