Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Janus, Mars and the Evolutionary Triad

This post is a continuation of themes brilliantly explored by the researcher Mike Clelland over at his blog, Hidden Experience.  He covers a wide-range of fascinating interconnections from Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, to the mysterious Watchers, to the Arizona mass-shootings in which U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head at point-blank range and miraculously survived.  The blog post muses on the odd synchronicities between all these elements and speculates about the nature of humankind’s physical and spiritual evolution. 

As Mike Clelland states in his mind-bending ‘The Evolutionary Triad’ post: “The drama of evolution is played out in the book of Genesis, as well as in Kubrick’s 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. And the drama of synchronicity is played out seemingly everywhere, and things can end up getting intertwined in mysterious ways.

Mike’s post brings up the interesting fact that a doctor named Dave Bowman was present at the scene of the Giffords shooting, made stranger still by the fact that her husband is a NASA astronaut, and the fact that her husband has an identical twin brother who is also an astronaut, and shared his shuttle’s name DISCOVERY with Bowman’s ship in 2001: A Space Odyssey.  I don’t wish to reiterate all of the fascinating points that Mike Clelland covers in his post, I want to offer a few of my own.

After recently watching the film Rise of the Planet of the Apes and rereading Mike’s Evolutionary Triad post, I got the feeling that there was more to intuit from the connections that Mike suggests – particularly the strange twin motif in regards to the NASA astronauts Mark Kelly and his twin brother Scott.

The name Mark means, ‘of the God Mars’, or ‘consecrated to mars’. And the word Kelly is often translated as ‘war, strife; bright-headed’, and according to Wikipedia is also taken to mean ‘frequenter of churches’.  So the astronaut Mark Kelly has a name that can be legitimately interpreted as ‘Consecrated to the bright-headed god of war and strife; Mars’, or even ‘Frequenter of Churches consecrated to the god Mars’.

Now, with regards to Mark Kelly’s twin, Scott Kelly - the name Scott is from the Latin Scoti, meaning a Gaelic-speaker or Scotsman, Celt or painted warrior.  But the term is ultimately of uncertain origin.  However, we can use it in its broadest definition to interpret Scott Kelly’s name as something like ‘Bright-headed, Painted Warrior of War’.

I find this interesting given that the astronauts are twins.  One is figuratively consecrated to Mars, god of War, and the other is a figurative Warrior.  Might we then take a further imaginative leap to suggest that this implies a dual functioning to a singular symbol; a god, half divine, half mortal – expressed in the twin motif and semiotic resonance of their names?  Two faces to represent different aspects of the same symbol?  If we can allow ourselves this speculation it then makes me think inevitably of Janus, the double-faced Roman god. 

Here’s a quote from Wikipedia about Janus:

In ancient Roman religion and mythology, Janus is the god of beginnings and transitions, thence also of gates, doors, doorways, endings and time. He is usually a two-faced god since he looks to the future and the past. […] Janus was also involved in the spatial aspect of transitions as that of presiding over home doors, city gates and boundaries. […] January is named after Janus the god of the doorway; the name has its beginnings in Roman mythology, coming from the Latin word for door (ianua) – January is the door to the year.

Stay with me, dear reader.  Here’s where it gets interesting, in light of the Mars context of the astronaut Mark Kelly’s name.  Check out another Wikipedia quote about the Roman cult of the Salii who also revered the double-faced god Janus:

The rites of the Salii marked the springtime beginning of the war season in March and its closing in October. The structure itself of the ‘patrician sodalitas’, made up by the two groups of the Salii Palatini, who were consecrated to Mars and […] reflects in its division the dialectic symbolic role they played in the rites of the opening and closing of the military season.  So does the legend of their foundation itself: the peace loving king Numa instituted the Salii of Mars Gradivus foreseeing the future wars of the Romans.    

So, here we have a cluster of associations linking the astronauts Mark Kelly and his twin brother to the Roman god Mars, war, Janus and the Roman cult of the Salii.  Here’s where it gets even weirder: when was the date of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting?  January Eighth – the eve of the Agonium; Janus’ official day of celebration that took place on January Ninth.  The Agonium was a celebration of doors and gateways as symbolised by Janus in ascendancy after the winter solstice, and the sacrifice of a ram was usually offered.

Seeing as how Janus was the god of beginnings, gateways and spatial transitions, the fact that the twin brothers Mark and Scott Kelly are astronauts is extremely evocative, and compelling.  Of what though?  What are we sensing here beneath the surface? 

If we are going to be as lucid as possible in our speculative foray, doesn’t this Janus twin-theme lead us all the way back to Dave Bowman at the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey?  While in the strangely-lit white room, Bowman has a non-linear experience just before his transformation into the star-child, where he is in the bed, old and dying, and also sitting in a chair – watching himself in the bed.  This non-temporal, discontinuous experience evokes Janus because Bowman has recently passed through the mother of all gateways; the star-gate, and is about begin a new transition into a completely re-imagined lifeform as the star-child. 

So, what are we to make of this?  I feel that there are deeper insights to be gained from this compelling if tenuous set of associations and odd connections.  We might even draw connections between the previously mentioned Mars associations and Hal’s inhuman glowing red eye, Mars being the red planet.   Frankly, this makes me think of Ancient Astronaut Theory in connection with NASA and all the strange details and unanswered questions about the planet Mars.

Since Janus is the god of doors, gates, beginnings and transitions – we can intuit a connection to the Evolutionary Triad that Mike Clelland explores in his fascinating blog-post.  After all, mythically speaking, if there is something meaningful in this triad concept of ‘proto-human, modern man, fetus/star-child/alien’ – then Janus would be presiding over each stage of this evolution, its beginnings and its transitions into each successive stage, as one doorway opens into another and then another. 

Also, the Gabrielle Giffords shooter was a man named Jared Lee Loughner. The name Jared means ‘he who descended’, or ‘he who shall rule’, and Jared is the name of Enoch’s father in biblical mythology.  Mike Clelland touches on the Book of Enoch in his post, highlighting that the text attempts to explain away the mysterious Watchers as fallen angels.  So, more strange synchronicities abound.

At the very least, speculative associations like the ones covered here are interesting expressions of the creative, combining faculty of the human mind.  But perhaps there is more to the living language of synchronicity than we can fully comprehend.  Perhaps sometimes we can sense it and catch glimpses of its strange, elusive poetry, and yet it remains just outside of our full comprehension.  Maybe this function of synchronicity is evolutionary in and of itself – pushing us ever further towards spiritual growth and lateral creativity.  

*Thanks to Mike Clelland for writing such a fascinating essay to which I humbly add my speculations.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Science-Fiction, Horror and the Role of Anxiety

Genre fiction provides its fans with many comforts and pleasures that a non-fan might be hard pressed to appreciate.  It offers familiar or exciting situations with new set-pieces and interesting flourishes, often reworking essential human themes.  Nowhere is this truer than in the science-fiction and horror genres.  In sci-fi the focus is often our increasing knowledge of physics and our ever developing sophistication with technology – and how these things impress upon society, the human individual and collective.  Sci-fi is a useful tool to figure out where we might be heading; a way of exploring current social issues and their possible ramifications.

Horror on the other hand is a more atavistic genre, concerned with taboos and personal/collective boundaries.  Horror often explores the curious dynamic between the Self and the Other, mapping the provocative terrain of human resilience and human frailty.

In both these genres the role of anxiety is crucial.  In sci-fi this anxiety often expresses itself as a profound breakthrough in technology that simultaneously offers possibilities of great freedom or great control.  The intricacies of such a situation constitute the substance of much science-fiction.  No matter how much mainstream science assures us that certain concepts and technologies are impossible or unlikely, sci-fi exploits our hope or anxiety that such things may indeed come to pass, i.e. cloning, interstellar travel, time travel, and various forms of exotic technology.  Sci-fi then spins all kinds of ‘what if’ scenarios from these suppositions.

Anxiety can also work in another way in sci-fi, by suggesting that certain things denied by officialdom are in fact true or happening right now.  The seminal television show The X Files was very good at playing on this kind of counter-culture anxiety.  It took a whole host of denied UFO information and represented it as a semi-credible situation occurring in the here and now.  The X Files went to great lengths to never suggest that its narrative was taking place in some alternate reality; its details were very much anchored in our recognizable world.  The show expertly exploited the uneasy sense that our governments were lying to us, and lying to us about UFOs in particular.  The show’s producers were able to craft a brilliant paranoid sci-fi thriller that had added resonance and emotional kick because of this collective suspicion.

The horror-thriller show Millennium, by the creator of The X Files, was also good at playing on a different kind of expectancy and anxiety.  The pre-millennial angst of the late twentieth century was a fear that something dark and apocalyptic was just around the corner.  Like The X Files, Millennium utilised our invasion/infiltration fears but suggested that unlike its predecessor these fears were a lot closer to home.  The fear of religiously-motivated deviants and killers is a reoccurring trope of Millennium, along with the implication that their skewed perceptions of religious portents had a kernel of truth to them.  Again, this gave Millennium an added kick that raised it beyond the average serial-killer narrative.

This role of expectancy and anxiety is a crucial one in genre fiction because the reader or viewer must have his expectations and anxieties both confirmed and overturned in various ways – otherwise genre fiction fails to be entertaining, intelligent and provocative.  But in sci-fi and horror this function is even more vital because these particular genres are explicitly about boundaries, taboos and the individual/collective possibilities of our society.

For example, in the science-fiction film The Matrix our anxieties about technology, corporate culture and dehumanization are all played upon.  Specifically, the sinister Agents of the film can be figured as the faceless ambassadors of multinational corporations that seek to keep everyone asleep as passive consumers.  But beyond this, the Agents of the film talk in slow measured tones with odd cadences, driving home the idea that they are counterfeit individuals lacking genuine souls.  The Agents also dress like the mythical ‘Men In Black’ of UFO lore.  So the film taps into this anxiety of otherworldly strangers who purposely behave in unsettling ways, without UFOs or aliens ever being mentioned in the film.  In fact, the Agents of The Matrix seem to be an amalgamation of many human anxieties; they are part corporate executive, part MIB, part vampire and part insect.  Would it be fair to argue that The Matrix owes a large part of its huge success to the full-on exploitation of profound human anxieties both ancient and modern?  After all, the idea that we are existing in a simulated reality that wishes to enslave us is a terrifying one, and is not without historical precedent – as Gnosticism attests.

Science-fiction’s implicit credo could be imagined as ‘Assuming it IS possible, what then?’  Horror’s credo might be imagined as ‘Is the thing we fear real, imaginary, internal, external, or something in between?’  These are important things to consider in a society that wishes to be of any benefit to its members.  Fiction is the perfect place to explore humanity’s most anxious questions, and the best genre fiction allows us to do this in ways that are incredibly entertaining as well as intelligent and thought-provoking.     

Thursday, 22 September 2011

The X Files - the Anima, Subjectivity and the Dark Brother

This essay aims to posit an idea first suggested by Chris Knowles over on secretsun.blogspot.com and confirmed by my own studies of the seminal television show The X Files.  The idea is that Chris Carter’s television opus is a master-narrative of point-of-view, subjectivity and interpretation, as well as being a philosophical treatise on the suppressed knowledge, themes and potentials of the twentieth century.  Rather than beginning with a breakdown of the show’s central characters and ideas I’ll simply jump in at the deep end – assuming the reader’s familiarity with the show.

Seeking the Anima

Mulder is not simply an obsessive genius haunted by the mysterious childhood abduction of his sister; he is a fractured psyche – an animus seeking to reunite his anima. One of the many themes of the show is the functionality and processes of magical consciousness.  As evidence for this I would highlight that when Mulder first recounts the tale of his sister’s abduction he imagines that he is in bed and Samantha is taken by aliens while he remains paralysed in some awful waking-nightmare state.  It is implied that Mulder and his sister perhaps shared a bedroom.  This adds weight to the idea that they are intimately linked characters even before her abduction, in that they possibly share the same private space.  When the viewer hears this recording of Mulder’s initial recollections, we see him sitting alone and dejected in an empty church.

This idea of Samantha as Mulder’s anima is given further credence when the abduction story evolves into an alternate version.  In flashback we see that Mulder and Samantha are now in the living-room, playing a board game while the television is on in the background.  The game in question is Stratego, a game of strategy.  The show they are watching is The Magician.  So here we see an implied link between strategy and magic concerning Samantha’s abduction.  It is also noteworthy that in this scene Samantha is dressed in a nightgown, almost ready for bed, while young Mulder is still in casual clothes.  This emphasises Mulder’s protector role of his sister and even a surrogate parent capacity while Mom and Dad are out of the house.  This is cemented when the ‘alien’ white light occurs and Samantha is levitated through a window. Young Mulder’s first instinct is quite a mature and forceful one – to get to his father’s gun.

This abduction scene seems to be a touchstone for Mulder’s imagination and interior spiritual life – so much so that it is revisited more than once and with more than one interpretation.  This idea of Samantha as Mulder’s anima or soul is given explicit poigniancy in Paper Hearts when Mulder questions his memory of the abduction narrative and comes to wonder if instead Samantha was actually abducted and murdered by a child-killer.  The emptiness that Mulder feels becomes almost too much to bare when he must question if his symbolic-soul was actually slaughtered many years ago, and he asks himself if he has been labouring under a lie since then. Even this skewed interpretation of Samantha’s abduction is surrounded by Alice In Wonderland imagery, adding credence to the idea that fantasy is somehow strongly connected to her disappearance.

Although within the literal narrative Samantha is obviously a real person, in the symbolic narrative Samantha is so much more than this – she is the absent keeper of all of Mulder’s hopes and fears.  We can find evidence of this in the fact that throughout the show’s duration Mulder comes into contact with various copies and clones of his sister; at various ages.  Some of these copies are still children and some are fully-grown women.  These encounters serve a dual function.  They destabilize Mulder’s sense of the chronology of space-time, as well as reinforcing the concept of Samantha as an absent magical anima who can yet turn up anywhere and in various versions of herself.  This de-literalizes Samantha and converts her into a figure wholly of Mulders point-of-view.  Indeed, the viewer is never even privy to an ‘objective’ flashback of Samantha.  All of the flashbacks are perceived through Mulder’s imagination and usually laden with dream-imagery.

This is the case all the way through to Sein Und Zeit and Closure when the Samantha abduction story is finally resolved.  The resolution to her disappearance isn’t replete with alien abduction imagery as Mulder had previously believed – rather Mulder finds himself surrounded by talk of angelic walk-ins and starlight consciousness.  This further cements Samantha’s status as a denizen of the magical, internal dream-realm.  

In his adult life, on one level, Mulder’s intense and profound relationship with Scully acts as a surrogate anima-soul, someone he can protect in lieu of Samantha’s abduction.  But on another level Scully seems to also act like an extension or fortification of his animus.  We might argue that with the loss of what Mulder perceives as his genuine anima – represented by Samantha – he must overcompensate to hold on to this aspect of his now fractured psyche.  As a result he becomes strangely ‘feminized’, in so much as he becomes receptive, intuitive and almost preternaturally perceptive – all supposed traits of the feminine psyche.  So, although Scully is at first a surrogate anima-sister, Mulder has in some oblique way become his sister through the ferocity and single-mindedness of his quest to retrieve her – and Scully quickly becomes the more traditionally masculine half of their ‘partnership’; representing traits of reason, logic and healthy skepticism.  She is in effect Mulder’s only true tether to the mortal Earth-bound realm. 

So, we can see that the Mulder-Scully relationship is shaded with various nuances of symbolism and meaning.  We might argue that Mulder’s pursuit of his missing sister is both objective and subjective.  It is simultaneously the most literal and the most metaphorical thing in Mulder’s life.  And while Mulder attempts to locate and retrieve Samantha from a myth-laden psychological underworld, we see that he already possesses many of the anima-traits that she represents, though leavened with a large dose of black humour.  In this sense Samantha’s disappearance is both a curse and a terrible gift; it has made Mulder what he is – his genius as well as his self-destructive obsession.

The Shadow and Dark Brother

A central aspect to the show’s exploration of identity, subjectivity and interpretation is the way that various characters represent various facets of each other’s psyches.  With this in mind let’s explore the character of Alex Krycek.  

To my mind, Krycek represents a darker version of Mulder himself.  He is Mulder’s shadow, his Dark Brother.  Krycek is first introduced as an FBI Agent and Mulder’s new ‘partner’.  His introduction comes during the episode Sleepless in which ex-soldiers who have no need for sleep are killed by guilty waking-nightmares.  This is interesting in that it supports this idea of Krycek as a dark twin, or ‘partner’ of Mulder; appearing in a context of literalized nightmares.  Krycek is then later revealed as an almost completely amoral assassin working for the Cigarette Smoking Man.  But Krycek evolves, soon becoming a wild-card renegade serving no-one but himself.  

There are other details that support this ‘Dark Brother’ interpretation of Alex Krycek.  Physically he is attractive and dark-haired like Mulder, but it goes further than this.  The viewer often finds Mulder and Krycek paired in uneasy alliances that take them into dangerous territory, as in the Piper Maru / Apocrypha two-parter where they hunt the Black Oil entity unleashed from a sunken warplane – and Krycek becomes infected and possessed by the entity.  They are forced into another uneasy alliance in the Tunguska / Terma two-parter where they travel to the Siberian forest together to investigate a mysterious meteor crater, and the Black Oil reappears; this time infecting Mulder when Krycek betrays him.  The point of these examples is to highlight the almost brotherly alliances and hostilities that are traded between them. Like Mulder, Krycek seemingly returns from the dead, after being locked in an underground bunker with an alien godship. 

At this point I’d like to point out that the Jungian concept of the Shadow is not an entirely malevolent force.  Instead the Shadow is often a twisted form of things denied and suppressed, be they fears or desires. Acknowledging and honouring the shadow is considered by many Jungian analysts to be a crucial step towards insight, self-governance and personal growth.  In this sense, under the right circumstances, the Shadow can be seen as a dark guide through dark internal realms. So, if Krycek is not just a brutal renegade assassin, and is indeed symbolic of Mulder’s Shadow, we should be able to find evidence in the narrative that at some point Krycek will attempt to genuinely help or guide Mulder in some way.  This comes to bare in Patient X and The Red and the Black, in which Krycek informs Mulder that he is caught in the middle of a war “for Heaven and Earth”. Although Krycek has a gun trained on Mulder in the scene, he kisses Mulder on the cheek and gives him the weapon, leaving himself open to a revenge-killing.  He even wishes Mulder good luck in Russian, and appears to mean it.  

Much has been made of the possible homosexual undertones of the Krychek-Mulder dynamic on slash fan-sites, and the kiss that Krycek gives him adds a little spice to such ideas.  Indeed, Mulder and Krycek have a strangely physical dynamic.  But I think it is more than a simple covert same-sex attraction.  The kiss I have just referenced cements their status as brothers, and Krycek’s dual function as Mulder’s shadow-antagonist and shadow-guide.  Although in the literal narrative Krycek is quite possibly an amoral psychopath, we are shown genuine glimpses of his respect and occasional compassion for Mulder that reinforce his symbolic role as Mulder’s Dark Brother.  In the Essence / Existence two-parter he tells Mulder, again while pointing a gun at him, that he could have killed him so many times, but he was hoping that Mulder would win and somehow defeat the conspiracy.  This contradictory function as threat and helper eventually results in Krycek’s death.  And yet, in the show’s finale, an apparition of Krycek appears to act unequivocally as Mulder’s spirit guide and helper – even giving him a vital piece of life-saving information.  

So, we can argue that in death Krycek is able to transcend the antagonist aspect of his dark twin relationship to Mulder and express his symbolic brotherly love in a way that genuinely helps Mulder’s evolution.  On close inspection, this odd relationship with a brutal assassin who murdered Mulder’s father might be seen as straining credulity – but as the weave and turn of a symbolic narrative about identity, point-of-view and interpretation this odd relationship makes perfect sense.

 And this is why I feel that The X Files is primarily about the power of human consciousness, and to be more specific – the power of magical/symbolic human consciousness.  For me, magical consciousness is about perceiving the world not as we would hope it to be; as a manifestation of our own personal symbols, but as it actually is – an enchanted metaphor composed of symbols.  But the enchantment is often not what we expect, and can contain many darker shades that lead us towards danger, growth, or both.  As The X Files so exhaustively and expertly shows us, even this shaded enchantment is subjective.  The real world is primarily the psychic-space where our most holy collective dreams and darkest nightmares overlap.  This chaos of many minds and many souls is the realm we perceive as ‘real’, because it contains voices other than our own.  The world is not magical because it conforms to our symbols, as Mulder discovers, it is magical because it is itself symbolic. For evolution to be possible, some version of this idea must be true. The Truth is Out There only because We are Out There, learning and growing and facing our own darkness.   

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Darkness Maintained - Axiomatic Illusion and the Control of Context

We live in a culture of death, deceit and evisceration. By ‘evisceration’ I mean to say that our internal realms of art, culture and psyche are being taken away from us. What was once inside us and sacrosanct is now being taken outside of us and being made ready for commodity-conversion.  This culture of death, deceit and evisceration has only one true goal – to control the axioms and context of the human imagination, in every sphere of perception and experience. Whether they know it or not, this is the desire of elitists, sociopaths and degenerates everywhere.  Why?  Because to control the axioms and context of the human imagination is the most expedient way to create avenues of thought that necessitate a belief in the inevitability of corruption, greed and inequality. 
the calibrated eye...

Make no mistake; our world is run, maintained and calibrated by the most ruthless kinds of predators.  And corruption, greed and inequality are their sustaining foods. They cannot maintain such an unnatural, authoritarian and spectacularly imbalanced society without fostering the axiomatic illusion that imbalances in wealth, power and resources are either a) natural, or b) an unfortunate inevitability of modern human civilization.  This is utter nonsense.  However, it is a nonsense so ancient and so prevalent as to be indistinguishable from self-evident truth.  Are we simply savage animals filled with a preponderance of hate and lust? Or are we victims of a consistently maintained situation in which certain baser characteristics are encouraged to thrive exponentially? I’d suggest that the latter contains more truth.   Groups of warlords and elitists cannot lead an entire race into a suicide-run spanning several thousand years without first fragmenting the psyche of the race, or at the very least encouraging and teasing open its hairline fractures.  To do otherwise would seriously limit avenues of profitability and power consolidation. 

This is an ancient art of war.  This culture of death, deceit and evisceration is not simply about spilling blood for the glorification of inequality and imbalance.  It is also about removing the last glimmers of light in the human shadow.  It is about removing all honour, propriety and fairness from the battlefield and, indeed, from all walks of life.  This is partially what I mean when I say that this culture’s only true goal is to control the axioms and context of the human imagination. Avenues of thought that necessitate a belief in the inevitability of corruption, greed and inequality leads consciousness into a very mercenary mindset, where anything can be bought and sold, human life means almost nothing, and so anything is permissible.  This is the exact stance of a professional mercenary. 

the maintained theatre
It is a stance that is being encouraged to thrive by the consistent nurturing of the sociopaths, elitists and degenerates that constitute the collective power-broking facility of this world.  It is not a stance that is guided by a single shadowy organization; rather it is the will of the machine itself.  It is a stance so self-evident to the various groups who broker real power in this world, that to assume otherwise would appear churlish and bad for business.  And it is a stance that is shared by various infighting and competing factions.  As I said before, this is an ancient art of war.  “Anything can be bought and sold, human life is merely a means to an end; therefore anything is permissible.”  If every warlord and elitist subscribes to this – then everyone is fully aware of the dangerous theatre in which all true ‘business’ is conducted.  In this sense, complicity is simply the process of playing your part to make the world a darker place.  To do so is to foster the concept of the inevitability of ‘evil’, by any other name.  And only in this way can the axiomatic illusions of the human race be effectively managed – and future profitability and power-consolidation assured.  Without that consistently maintained theatre of the oldest war, the degeneracy and violence and corruption could not sustain itself so spectacularly.  As all true ‘professionals’ understand, degeneracy and violence is great for business.   

Of course, the concept of money is an excellent tool to foster this false understanding of the human spirit.  Money is a metaphor, nothing more.  It is an agreed upon emblem of human exchange – whether that exchange is energy, labour, emotion or intellect.  It is the ‘currency’ of the human race.  This being the case, it is not too far an imaginative leap to suggest that money is also emblematic of the human soul.  The more romantic amongst us may recoil at this idea, citing art and culture as the true emblem of the soul – and I would agree.  But for pure functionality, what other metaphor are we so dependant upon for our very survival? What other fictional construct governs the possibilities of human experience so completely?  Again, this is what I mean when I suggest that we live in a culture of death, deceit and evisceration.  What was once internal has been gutted and made external.  In a very powerful sense we have taken our souls and externalized them as fictional emblems of human exchange.  
the dominant exchange

If you think I am stretching this idea to breaking point, I will go further.  We have torn our beating hearts from our chests and now wear them on our sleeves and in our wallets – as the dominant mode of human value-awareness.  And because our guiding principles have been torn from our centre and offered up as a legitimate way to conduct human energy and labour exchange, corruption and greed becomes infinitely more possible.  Money is not the ultimate goal for the elites and degenerates that run our world, nor is power itself.  While money and power are fruitful and fun for the professionals of the world, they are simply desirable side-effects to the true goal - which is the consistent maintenance of a situation that makes such pursuits possible.  Organized crime syndicates understand this, hardcore pornographers understand this, and governments understand this; ensure the continuation of a situation in which their appetites can be indulged, and if at all possible, made profitable.   

So, when I say we live in a culture of death, deceit and evisceration – I hope you realize the subtleties and perception-management involved in such a carefully tended situation.  You do not have to agree with every word written here.  You may find these words far too cynical, and wish to elucidate a different point of view, and I encourage that.  Regardless of what you feel about the words written here, I thank you for your time and engagement, and I hope you can feel that these words are intended to empower you, not to leave you feeling hopeless.  After all, controlling the human imagination would not be of primary importance to the power-brokers if the human imagination was not exceptionally powerful. And they would not need to work so tirelessly on turning us all into mercenaries, fostering a sense of the inevitability of darkness, if darkness is all we are.   

The True Human...

Thursday, 25 August 2011

My Fellow American

Elizabeth Potter at www.myfellowamerican.us recently sent me an email asking me to share a message of religious tolerance on my blog, and I'm happy to do so.  As anyone who reads my blog will be well aware, I'm no fan of organized authoritarian religions in general, but I feel that hate-mongering of any kind separates all of us rather than bringing us together - it limits insight, wisdom, compassion and open-mindedness, things that I work hard to cultivate and express on this blog.  Our world is filled with wonderful people of all religious descriptions, and also filled with not-so-wonderful people of all religious descriptions.  To spout hatred because  someone is a Muslim or Christian or Jew seems utterly lacking in wisdom to me, and is the worst kind of rhetoric, preying on peoples fears of religious difference or otherness.  With this in mind I invite you to watch the following video and to visit myfellowamerican.us

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

London Riots - Pretext for a Soft War?

 I’ve been a Londoner all my life.  I love this city, it’s my home.  But on Monday the 8th August I was in Croydon for a dinner my cousin was holding, after two nights of rioting and looting that began on Saturday. On Monday night there was widespread rioting and arson taking in place in Croydon, and there was no police or fire brigade or ambulance presence for over an hour and a half. Also, they had hordes of riot police armed in Camden, where very little was happening, but in Clapham and Croydon where events really kicked off the place was deserted. At that point I got the sense of hidden hands stoking the fires. Just my impression, mind you, but I was near a scene of arson and rioting that was being reported very differently on the news.

 Plus, the Metropolitan Police and the government have scores of officers and soldiers who are TRAINED to step in at a moment's notice in the event of civil unrest. Why are the responses to these events so utterly lame, coming from a highly trained taskforce? Manpower does not fly with me as a viable excuse, especially after what I saw on the 8th of August with my own eyes.

There must have been many good cops sitting in their cars, stuck in holding patterns, whilst getting real intel from friends and relatives on their smart phones, wondering, "Why the fuck are we being given such ridiculous, slow-moving orders?"

This situation is really, really sad. I don't want an even more militarized police presence in my city. A cynical kind of person might be forgiven for thinking that the Powers That Be are waiting for something really awful and spectacular to culminate - so it can be capitalized upon.

 Regardless of how this situation is capitalized on by Cobra and the Met, an increased or scaled-back police presence, you can be sure of one thing - the Powers That Be will be capitalizing on this situation with as much glee and anticipation as the rioters themselves. Now, in my opinion 'failed tactics' is not a viable reason for the utterly ineffectual response to these events. The British military and government are some of the most brilliant 'engagement tacticians' around. They allowed this madness to occur.

 I grew up next door to one of the worst estates in Brixton, and watching that place become increasingly ghettoized, forsaken and hated was disturbing to watch, especially since I had family and friends living there. 'Decimating social programs' is absolutely correct. And the contempt that the police had for the area and its denizens was heart-breaking, especially since the majority of folks who lived there were good people. But a handful of psychotic gangsters, disenfranchised and alienated kids were enough to turn it into a no-go area. The police never tried to remedy that problem, and often seemed to encourage it through a lack of appropriate responses. Exactly as we're seeing here.

 We live in an age where we've forgotten that we are dependent upon and interdependent with our communities. Kill your community and you're killing yourself.

The fact is, there's a whole host of motivations and drivers for what occurred, and is still occurring in various parts of the country, but that doesn't mitigate culpability on behalf of these hoodies and chavs who are roaming around looking for a little adrenaline-jacked drama. I know that world very well, I grew up in it. It's extremely opportunistic and unfortunately quite cold-blooded. I'm just glad we haven't seen more person-on-person violence.

It IS opportunistic and violent and frightening, but civil unrest and chaos like this does not exist separate from socio-economic factors. Sorry, but righteous indignation devoid of all complexity is as moronic as these rioters. "Evil scum" were not born that way. Hopeful children don't jump on bandwagons or engage in mindless free-for-all's. Hopeful, curious and passionate kids don't loot JD Sports, Curry's or Dixons. It's alienated, disenfranchised kids who end up becoming animalistic and feral. And it's multinational corporations who feed kids a swagger-based, consumerist hip-hop fantasy lifestyle that young semi-illiterate kids cannot possibly hope to attain (as much as they are programmed to aspire to it). Research the LA Riots and you'll see the same tactics. "If you want to destroy your own communities, we the government will be happy to oblige you - we'll stand back and watch you trash Brixton, Peckham, Hackney, Clapham. All the more reason to further militarize the police force and have you begging us to protect you from the hoodie-horror."

Rioting and looting always results in losses of various freedoms. I can't think of a single exception.  Smashing up small businesses and ripping off cameras, iPads and Flat-screen TVs is NOT inspiring, or revolutionary. It's idiotic and very helpful to the power-brokers.

These riots are going to spark a lot of simmering resentments and misunderstandings with regards to racial issues and class issues. I'm seeing a lot of emotive rhetoric with regards to race and class being passed around by newscasters and interviewees. Nobody's looking up at the Ivory Towers anymore for the source of the exploitation, everyone's looking at the hoodies, chavs and young black men in disgust and indignation. Congratulations, stereotypes have just been well and truly reinforced.

History is full of provocateur incidents, and even if that turns out to be not the case with regards to the London riots it was definitely an event that was allowed to occur and grow considerably.  These rioting and looting children are of no higher moral standards than the nefarious elites who ghettoize them.  That's what happens when the colonized accept the minds of the colonizers.  It seems to me that to truly win a war you've got to be better than the enemy you're fighting. Otherwise the timescale for said war becomes indefinite. And that's what colonizers usually want.

Are we being prepped for a martial law situation in time for the 2012 London Olympics?  I hope not, but using riots and civil unrest as a pretext for militarization and consolidation of power is an old, old story.  In my opinion the power-brokers of Britain are simply viewing these events as opportunities to be culled, a similar mindset to most of the rioters and looters.  The difference being that the glee of the politicians about these events will have stratagems and future political goals attached to it.  While the hoodies and chavs loot our stores and make away with disposable consumer products, the politicians and power-brokers will undoubtedly use this opportunity to loot our basic rights and freedoms as British citizens. 

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Monday, 25 July 2011

The Norway Massacre and Empathy - Processing a Tragedy

The recent events that took place in Norway on July 22nd are horrific; the Oslo bombing and the massacre of children on the island of Utoya.  The world is still reeling from news of these events, and the more sensitive among us are still trying to process the severity and psychological shock of a mass-killing of children.  To begin with a barrage of near-absolutist pronouncements about conspiracy theories, false-flag terror attacks and sinister geopolitical manoeuvring seems insanely premature and cold-hearted at worst, and at extremely distasteful and presumptuous at best.

Now, I understand that in the face of violent chaos the desire to contextualize and ‘figure out’ is all the more pressing, but with such little time elapsed between the atrocities themselves and our conspiracy theorising – what do we really stand to gain from this almost-default position?  The fact is this is not a movie, or Call of Duty – Modern Warfare; this is real life with real people.  When bombs go off and bullets are fired they have shockingly profound consequences for all involved.  The families of those murdered children have to face the crushing, unblinking continuity of their lives without the presence of their loved ones.  For them there is no cutting-away to other scenes, no sinister villains revealed and vengeance taken – just the banality of terrorism and child-murder reaching into their personal lives and changing everything forever. The bodies haven’t even been buried yet, and already large swathes of the alt-media are treating the event as little more than a strategic chess move by the Sinister Others.  But by swallowing such a perspective so readily and so quickly, might we not be guilty of the same heartlessness and desensitized perspective of which we accuse these Sinister Others?       

Here I would like to point out that I do not immediately dismiss the idea of sinister goings on behind the scenes with regards to the Norway bombings and massacre, and by the same token I don’t immediately accept it.  What I will attempt to do is take time to process the shock and horror that I feel about these events, whilst trying to remain empathic and open to the very real details and consequences of this tragedy.  It is one of the biggest mass-shootings of children in recent memory, and its repercussions will be felt long, long after it has become just another dark historical footnote.  Those families and friends will be grappling with it forever, a lot longer than the attention span of both the mainstream and alt-media.  At some point I will begin to research all avenues and possibilities with regards to the events of July 22nd and I will come to my own conclusions.  In this way I will hope to process my shock and horror utilising my tools of logic, intuition and discernment.  Ultimately we are only after the truth, but we must attempt to reach for that truth in a way that doesn’t turn us into all the things we claim to oppose – a method that doesn’t relieve us of our feeling, empathic human nature.  This also includes the strength to admit that our initial judgements may have been wrong, regardless of what biases we bring to the table.

As a qualifier to this post I would add that the history of the world is built on the backs of various sinister conspiracies, but it is also built on the backs of various acts of random violence and extreme cruelty – where no sinister guiding hand was present or necessary.  Discernment in this case is about being able to make an honest, intelligent and informed judgement based on the data available to you.  I have no doubt that false-flags occur and have been occurring for a very long time, and will continue to occur.  I also have no doubt that lone-wolf terrorists and mentally-ill psychopaths make bombs and pick up guns with the intention of killing people, they have been doing so for a long time and will continue to do so.

But when we are so quick to draw conclusions, or apportion blame to the sinister faceless Others, I feel we are doing ourselves a disservice.  We are not giving ourselves time to grieve and gather our emotions and thoughts, or we are dismissing the banal, local forms of lone-wolf violence that are an all too real presence in our world.  When events like this occur it affects ALL of us, some on levels far more chilling and immediate than others – and how are we expected to think critically when we pay such scant attention to the actuality of the blood spilled and the families shattered? 

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Via Regis (Royal Road)

For anyone who finds parts of this video curious or unsettling, let me clarify. The text in the video is based on a poem I wrote for my girlfriend, imagining her as some renegade superhero protecting the weak and vulnerable from the Archons of a fallen world. She is a protector, not a destroyer. The poem also somehow felt applicable with regards to the gentler face of the Sun. Hence, the depictions of Sol as female in this video. This is a very personal video for me - I hope it rouses you.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Please Stand By

We are the Continuum.  This is an Emergency Broadcast Transmission.

Bridges of Light and Music

For anyone who loves music videos, or the exploration of spirituality and Gnosis through imagery and music - these little labors of love are for you.  I hope they help you somehow; either by engaging, educating or rousing you.  Preferably a little of all of the above.  And for anyone who finds themselves genuinely interested in this blog, wherever you may be, I send you my humble thanks and appreciation.  We are the bridge between the End and the Beginning.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Pulsed Frequencies, Physics and DNA - The Elusive Signal

Chris Knowles’ recent speculations about what he terms the ‘Elusive Companion Hypothesis’, and its possible connections to a mysterious evolutionary ‘Signal’, has really got me thinking.  Knowles’ idea that the Ancient Astronaut/Alien question might in fact be more Ultraterrestrial – intimately linked with our own world somehow – makes a lot of sense.  It touches on and contextualises far more of the data-points within the broad alien/occult/intervention research than a simple ‘extra-solar visitors’ interpretation.

For example, the recurrence of DNA themes and psychic phenomena consistently associated with UFO and abduction reports – as well as the odd blurring of dreams, fantasy and reality that often accompanies such accounts; all of this suggests a much stranger and more intimate connection between us and what we have come to define as ‘Them’.  Jacques Vallee, John Keel, Andrew Collins, Nick Redfern and various other researchers have all commented in one way or another on the oddly fluid, esoteric aspects of the UFO/Alien phenomenon.  This is not to dismiss the literal nuts-and-bolts aspects to these things, only that we should perhaps broaden our horizons to include the possibility that mythology, imagination and consciousness is also playing an integral role in how the many aspects of this phenomenon are configured.

So, how does a mysterious seemingly-evolutionary ‘Signal’ fit into this complex situation?  It might help to define what an ordinary signal is.  A signal is a modulated or pulsed frequency.  The manner in which it is pulsed or modulated is what defines that specific frequency as a signal; as in being under intelligent control – and this is what separates a ‘signal’ from the naturally occurring frequencies that fill the cosmos.

Now, if physical matter is a wave/particle situation as quantum physics suggests, and if all matter needs to oscillate and vibrate in order to maintain structural coherence – then this suggests that the entire physical universe is a realm of overlapping, interconnected pulsing frequencies, or signals.  This makes sense in that we live within an ocean of electromagnetic energies.

Here we touch upon a familiar debate in quantum physics, which is essentially “What causes a wave-function collapse?  What causes a non-local, energetic probability-wave to collapse into a discreet particle?”  Much of quantum theory is based round the EPR Correlation and Bell’s Theorem; the mathematical suggestion of an unavoidable synthesis that exists at the subatomic level of matter, a mysterious interconnection in which everything is linked to everything else in a way that negates space and time.  This is sometimes referred to as ‘non-locality’, or the ‘wave/particle duality’. At a subatomic level the particles that compose physical matter also possess a wave function – these supposedly fixed, discreet units can also smear themselves across the entire continuum of space and time as a wave of non-physical energy. How and why this non-locality occurs at the subatomic level is a subject of furious critical debate. 

Personally, to begin exploring the hard-science of these ideas I would suggest reading Werner Heisenberg’s seminal works The Physical Principles of the Quantum Theory (New York: Dover, 1930)  and Physics and Philosophy (New York: Harper Torchbooks, 1958), together with Niels Bohr’s Atomic Physics and Human Knowledge (New York: Wiley, 1963).

The Copenhagen Interpretation of quantum physics is concerned with the idea that measurement itself causes a collapse of the wave-function, though what is defined as ontologically real in this probabilistic situation is often debated.  But the Copenhagen Interpretation is often taken by many as suggesting that it is the Observer which causes wave-function collapse – that perception itself causes the experience of a discreet particle-reality.  This take on the Copenhagen Interpretation seems to make many physicists uncomfortable, appearing too relativistic and having far too many spiritual and mystical connotations.  Then we have the Penrose Objective-Collapse Interpretation which suggests that an Observer, or something as ill-defined and ambiguous as ‘consciousness’, while important, need not play any role at all in the experience of particle-reality – rather it is the curvature of space-time itself that causes the collapse.  The variations on these basic themes are many, and a number of ‘serious’ scientists object to quantum physics being used to promote or window-dress a number of New-Age, mystical pseudo-philosophies.

Such objections are understandable in a way, in that a very complex mathematics-based physics is used to preach “Love and Light” by people with very little understanding of the subject’s subtleties.  But these ‘serious’ orthodox physicists are also implying that science and spirituality are two separate things without any overlapping or permeable thresholds.  This is demonstrably untrue, as any close readings of the contextual histories of science and religion will attest to.  Science and Religion had numerous points of contact, especially in Science’s formative years when the influence of the Church was still incredibly powerful to even the most ‘rational’ minds of the time.

But returning to contemporary quantum physics, there are many ‘bona fide’ scientists who admit or allow for the possibility that wave/particle duality within matter, and non-local connectivity, might indeed broach a realm of mystical and spiritual connotations.  David Bohm, Itzak Bentov, Fred Alan Wolf and even Werner Heisenberg have suggested or implied that the universe is perhaps far more interconnected and mysterious than is often comfortable to admit.

So, if there is indeed some fluid, energetic seamlessness beneath the visible realm of discreet particles – a pulsing connectivity of frequencies from which material-reality somehow arises – then Chris Knowles’ speculations about an unseen watcher race of Elusive Companions does not seem as implausible as it might first appear.  Nor does a mysterious evolutionary ‘Signal’ seem too illogical in a realm filled with oscillating frequencies.

Cutting-edge research in the fields of biochemistry provides enough circumstantial evidence to at least suggest that DNA itself makes use of pulsed frequencies in order to wind, unwind or recombine.  This would make a certain kind of sense considering the wave/particle duality at the heart of all forms of matter.  Other research suggests that genes and individual cells use protein-sleeves and membranes to sense incredibly subtle vibrations in order to transmit and receive chemicals.

Is DNA itself a ‘Signal’, a modulated pulsed frequency that collapses into a particle-reality of nucleic acid sequences?  If so, is it consciousness that essentially governs this manifestation?  We might balk at the idea that ‘consciousness’ is the thing responsible for our literal material existence, but perhaps this is because the idea of an objective reality in which we are discreet ‘things’ is very hard to see through.  After all, we are taught to believe that the human brain and spinal trunk creates the chemical quirks that collectively result in the illusion of self-awareness.  But if the very particles that make up the brain and our entire biology are also pulsing energetic waves of frequency then it suggests that what we imagine as local, individual consciousness is also somehow smeared across the entire continuum of space-time, regardless of whether the Observer collapses the wave-function into material-reality or not.              

I would humbly suggest that the answers to these questions do not exist in a binary yes/no continuum – especially if we truly begin to grasp the implications of the wave-particle duality.  Perhaps these implications are things that our Elusive Companions have long since mastered, or at the very least have a workable knowledge of.  In conclusion I would add that I myself perceive the world through both artistic and scientific filters, because I feel that science and spirituality are potently conjoined - and I firmly believe that understanding this fundamental kinship is integral to the survival and psychological health of the entire human race.  If a mysterious ‘Signal’ is calling us to evolve and to perceive ever-growing subtleties to the universe we inhabit, perhaps it is like calling to like – and perhaps we should listen, scanning the noise and static for its presence.