Tuesday, 19 June 2012
The Sub-Verses: Book Seven: Designing a Key
If there is any literal truth to the Gnostic concept that humanity is somehow imprisoned in a realm of illusion by unknowable Archonic forces, then the concept might seem a disturbing and almost unpalatable one to consider. However, we needn't accept this idea as literal truth in order to garner insight and symbolic resonance from it. It should be plain to anyone with open eyes that our world is heavily controlled and compromised even at our apparently three-dimensional level of reality. A global corporate plutocracy is attempting to dwindle the last few remaining human freedoms to ensure its dominion. This is simply a fact. We can argue the details - but the reality we're faced with remains the same. This collection of infighting oligarch factions could be figured as the brutal squabbles of competing organised-crime syndicates, where we are the sacrificial pawns on their chessboard of dominion.
We are consistently told and suggested that the human race is brutal, chaotic and hungry for power. Why is it that the instruments of mainstream media consistently imply or allude to this very dark view of humanity and the apparent futility of spiritual 'evolution'? While it is indeed true that human history is filled with tales of ignorance, horror and war - it is also filled with the most beautiful forms of art, and the most stunning and compassionate acts of heroism. But these brighter aspects of ourselves are only highlighted in the most superficial way wherever the elites are concerned - usually to promote some agenda that is the antithesis of the heroism being discussed. My point here is that, at the risk of sounding unfashionably New Age, it seems that the power-hungry elites of this Earth wish to keep us in an exceptionally low vibrational state. It seems that this kind of heavy, cynical, despairing view of ourselves as a collective is the most expedient way for the elites to consolidate their power and fragment us into mutually hateful cliques who will never be able to organise ourselves against them in any real powerful, mobilized way. And they use their corporate media mouthpieces to this end.
Well, I don't subscribe to the idea that all hope is lost, or that the collective spiritual uplift of humanity is a silly pipe-dream. I believe in the power of the Imagination above all else - because it is from the imagination that art, love, friendship and Gnosis all come from. You might disagree with me here and say, "No, knowledge is empirical, testable and falsifiable. It has nothing to do with imagination."
I would humbly disagree. Our language and modes of communication stem from our ability to imagine. Everything must be imagined to one degree or another before it can be known or contextualized, or falsified. In my view, Reason and Imagination are seemingly-opposed aspects of the same fundamental continuum.
In my world, I try to add nuance and interest to the things I'm passionate about. In my world I call it as I see it, and I'm not afraid to speak my truth or be aggressive in defending my truth, or defending my friends and loved ones.
As I've stated before on Amid Night Suns, the work I do here is never intended to be glib, or merely sensational, or a promotion of violence. I have a somewhat Gothic sensibility and am drawn to darker themes in the art I enjoy, and so the dark aesthetic of my own art will reflect that. But what I am trying to promote here is empowerment, fearlessness and lucidity above all else. Ultimately, as adult humans we are all responsible for what we think and feel and how we behave. The moment we give that profound power away, unconsciously or otherwise -- that's when other forces can intervene and start thinking, feeling and making choices on our behalf, using our names to do so.
If the world seems unbearably dark to you; an Archonic prison-realm in which our potentials have been hidden from us, then you must set about designing a key. If we cannot literally escape this compromised existence, then we must clear and defend a sacred psychic space at the center of ourselves, and defend it with every ounce of strength we have. In this place of internal sanctum we can then set about trying to divine the nature of the locks that we perceive all around us, and how to craft a secret master-key that could some day potentially unlock everything. This incredible task will require Reason and Imagination working in concert; a belief that sometimes, if our intent is pure and true, the Impossible can become Possible.