Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Vortex of the Rose - The Elusive Gateway

Over on The Secret Sun, author and thinker Christopher Knowles has written a series of brilliant essays that explore the notion of a race of Elusive Companions living mostly unseen alongside humanity.  He compares their uncertain ontology and the larger field of historical high-weirdness to an anomalous and mysterious signal that is continually broadcasting.  He suggests that this signal might in some way contain stranger things than are dreamed of in our philosophies.  He speculates that this mysterious signal might be running concurrent with the human race, and somehow acting as an evolutionary agent of some kind.  I would suggest this might be so, since whenever the invisible somehow spills its contents into the visible, things change.
Knowles also suggests an intriguing pet-theory; that the Dawn of Man sequence from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey might be a veiled reference to the Roswell Incident of 1947.  Etymologically-speaking, the now infamous town of Roswell, New Mexico is the ‘spring of the rose’, ‘place of the rose’, or the ‘Rose Well’.  The Rose is a deeply potent and multi-layered symbol in human mythology.  Here’s a quote from an essay titled ‘Roses in Folklore’ on www.suite101.com:

Most scholarly accounts describe the story of Psyche as an allegorical representation of mankind's soul (from the Greek word psych, literally translated as "breath," "life" or "soul"). Thus, when love and desire (represented as Eros) are "wedded" to the soul of mankind (represented as Psyche), the seasons bring forth roses which spread the magical powers of Zeus across the land.

To this day, roses are similarly represented in Greek folklore. In the folktale of "The Monk," the hero prince leans over a sleeping princess to kiss her, after which he receives a pair of roses and subsequently uses their magical powers to escape his evil pursuers. Presumably, the love he holds for the princess saves him from the evil wrongdoers — a direct correlation to the magic of roses from ancient Greek mythology.

Aside from these interesting and legitimate interpretations, I also see connections between the symbol of the rose and the concepts of portals and wormholes and EPR Bridges – especially considering the ‘Wedding of Eros and Psyche’ motif mentioned in the above quote.  Further still it makes me think of the William Blake work The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.  Here’s an excerpt from Blake’s ‘Argument’ preface:

Rintrah roars & shakes his fires in the burden'd air;
Hungry clouds swag on the deep
Once meek, and in a perilous path,
The just man kept his course along
The vale of death.
Roses are planted where thorns grow.
And on the barren heath
Sing the honey bees.
Then the perilous path was planted:
And a river, and a spring
On every cliff and tomb;
And on the bleached bones
Red clay brought forth.
Till the villain left the paths of ease,
To walk in perilous paths, and drive
The just man into barren climes.
Now the sneaking serpent walks
In mild humility.
And the just man rages in the wilds
Where lions roam.

I find it amusing and intriguing that in the recent Hollywood blockbuster Thor, the God of Thunder uses a wormhole-style Bifrost bridge to reach New Mexico; indicative of the human realm where sneaking serpents walk in mild humility, and just men rage in the wilds.  So, Roswell – Spring of the Rose?  What can we glean or intuit from this resonant etymology?  Thanks to my automatic writing experiences (which can be found at voicesfromthefiction.blogspot.com) I’ve often used the concept of the vortex or whirlwind as an analogy for the mysterious processes of human perception and experience.   But the image of the closing or flowering rose would work just as well. 

The world is full of anomalous information, experiences and possibilities.  That anomalous but ever-present Signal that Chris Knowles discusses in his blog, perhaps it is somehow connected to the Heart of the Rose – an intelligence that encompasses the entirety of the Deviant-Human-Eternal continuum that visionary Jack Kirby creates/explores in his comic-book work The Eternals.  Figuratively speaking, did the Celestials of Kirby’s work engineer this Sub-rosa signal as an evolutionary abstraction – or did it engineer them? Does anything exist beyond the harsh realm of the imagined Demiurge? Do the true Celestials have our backs, our best interests at heart?  Or am I trying to put too fine a point on things?  I don’t know, but these kinds of ideas are things that John Keel, Jack Kirby and others were fascinated by.

Here is another poem by William Blake that might be pertinent at this juncture, especially considering the exploitation, domination and competitiveness occurring in our world now.  The poem is entitled The Sick Rose:

The Sick Rose
O Rose, thou art sick!
The invisible worm,
That flies in the night,
In the howling storm,

Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy;
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.

I see a resonance here between roses, wormholes, signals – and Christopher Knowles’ previous notions of the Nether-Realm; a kind of fluid medium that forever remains just beyond the limits of our intellectual comprehension.  The fact that we can’t fully understand this Signal, coupled with the fact that it does seem to produce legitimate effects – I think this is at least circumstantial evidence that such a signal would indeed have some evolutionary function.  Whether this signal comes from Source, the collective unconscious, or the recesses of The X Files, is open to interpretation.  Even if we view this mysterious signal as a mere figurative device to facilitate insight, we cannot deny that such an analogy starts to explain some things.  Perhaps it also helps to connect the dots between the realms of the psychedelic, mysticism, science and Intervention Theory. 
Who we are?

What if our Elusive Companions are part-literal, part-figurative – what if a sufficiently advanced race was able to create a form of subtle, imaginal technology as well as the gross physical technology that leaves burns, scars and crashed discs?  I’m suggesting here that Arthur C. Clarke’s observation that “Any form of technology sufficiently advanced would be indistinguishable from Magic” is meant to be taken quite literally.  What if there was a way to use synchronicity to create exotic technologies, for example?  Imagine a technology that made use of synchronicity-engines and probability-drives, a la Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.  A form of technology created at the subjective, perceptual level of reality?  Such a thing would make nanotechnology look like an eight-track.  This might help to explain why our Elusive Companions often seem to be figments of our imaginations - and at other times appear all too real.  It might help to explain the permeable threshold between dreams and ‘reality’.

Connected to this, many physicists object to the idea of a multi-verse; a parallel-reality existence.  This is due to the fact that mathematics appears to suggest the universe does not contain enough energy to support such a wildly elaborate system – which is similar in theme if not in detail to idea that the universe could not support an overseer race of sorcerers that manage to be intimately interconnected with the history of our Earth.  To use Kirby-speak, I’m comparing these overseer sorcerers to the Celestials – an order of Fortean-style weirdness above and beyond what we normally think of as interaction with the gods.  This is my own interpretation of Kirby’s themes, but if the Eternals and Deviants still haunt our histories and sci-fi mythologies, perhaps the Celestials are still truly corner-of-the-eye phenomena, so to speak.  The Impossible broaching on The Possible. 

Perhaps the Signal that Christopher Knowles is contemplating is tantamount to evidence of careful design – if not of the Infinite Creator, then at least of seemingly Near-Infinite Sorcerers.  Or perhaps I’m totally off base and the Signal is something even greater and more mysterious than that, and perhaps our Elusive Companions are as susceptible to it as we are – or even contained within it, as we might be too.  I would humbly suggest that The Signal is probably best understood contextually, associatively.  We may not be able to hold it in our hands or put it under a microscope, but the strange nature of certain phenomena implies that it is there, in the same way that an unseen body in space can affect the gravity of smaller planets.  Perhaps we can’t see the signal directly, but we perceive signs of it all the time. 
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  1. very interesting raj.i enjoy your style and content. i want encourage you with regards your work. i particularly enjoyed some of your fiction recently. the one about the mechanic and the interesting man. anyway, keep it up.
    regards dan oshea.
    i have been using my wifes avatar on facebook at secretsun (karen mc donald); but have now sorted out an account of my own.so i'll see you round

  2. Thanks for the encouragement, Dan. It helps me to keep on keepin' on. Peace.