Thursday, 23 August 2012

We Scare the Dark

What frightens a monster?  What terrifies the things that live in the darkness?  I'll tell you.  The people and entities and creatures that enjoy sadism and control are terrified of the idea of wisdom in their prey.  They fear our pattern-recognition, our acuity, lucidity and fearlessness - and our willingness to break the cycle of abuse and call them by their true names.  Make no mistake, the things that drive a human sociopath are the very same things that drive a monster from liminal realms.  I have first-hand experience of this.  Human beings prey on others because they can, because often there is no-one to stop them or recognise their actions for what they are.  Monsters do the same thing.  The true face of an individuated consciousness is like an energetic fingerprint; unique and unavoidable.  This is why sociopaths and monsters of all varieties wear masks, figurative or otherwise.

Remember, monsters do not have to be completely literal to gain a purchase in this world.  All is storytelling.  All is perception, awareness and creativity.  Suppressing these things is akin to dimming the light on a battlefield, and thus allowing shadow-things to walk more confidently in our world.  This is something that killers and warlords have always known.  When good people acquiesce and do nothing the light is further dimmed, and the boundary between reality and our nightmares becomes ever more permeable.  But just as humans can behave as demons when the light is dim, so too can they act as angels when the light is brighter.  The human race has largely forgotten that it shares this shifting, experiential landscape with nightmares and dreams, and all the things that inhabit those polarities.  My work here at Amid Night Suns is about restoring such knowledge.

As I have said before on this blog, for every villain or monster that thinks itself unseen there is a hero who sees it.  The Ragged Magi are such heroes.  And although we are warriors, and can move in the shadows as the monsters do, we are working towards brightening the light of the battlefield - so that human consciousness can begin to see things for who and what they really are.  Without Love and Courage and Lucidity there is no knowledge.  Without our hearts and minds and hands united in positive concert there is no Gnosis.  My sincere wish is that any artists, psychics or intuitives who read this are reminded of truths that they have always known at the very core of themselves, and are re-inspired to add their light to the light of the battlefield with even greater conviction.      

Saturday, 11 August 2012

The Starlight Anthology

With recent discussions concerning Plasma Intelligences, Elusive Companions and the nature of Space-Time, over on Christopher Knowles' blog The Secret Sun, I thought it would be fitting to present my own kind of anthology of starlight.  As anyone who regularly visits Amid Night Suns will be well aware, I am fascinated by various interrelationships between Light and Darkness; how we literally and figuratively perceive and experience each of them.  I am also interested in the nuances and resonances of how our artistic fictions are somehow correlated and folded into our factual histories. 

This Close to a Star

The following quote is taken from the Season 7 episode of The X Files entitled Sein Und Zeit:

Kathy Lee Tencate: Where's your sister now?
Mulder: I don't know.
Kathy Lee Tencate: Your mother knew, didn't she?
Mulder: Why do you ask that?
Kathy Lee Tencate: She was trying to tell you.
Mulder: Tell me what?
Kathy Lee Tencate: She'd seen them.
Mulder: Who?
Kathy Lee Tencate: The walk-ins. Old souls looking for new homes. Your sister's among them.
Mulder: You can see them?
Kathy Lee Tencate: Yes. But sometimes it's very difficult because they live in the star light.
Mulder: Is my sister dead?
Kathy Lee Tencate: They took her. To protect her soul from the great harm it would have suffered in her life. Just like they did my little boy.

I think it's possible that there are sentient energy beings composed of something like starlight, or plasma, and I think  it's possible that such entities might be both benevolent and malevolent, for want of better terms.  I say this because we find polarity everywhere we look, and on this blog I never want to rule out potential shades of grey.  Consciousness in the realm we know is richly shaded and staggeringly complex; I don't see why it should be any different in realms beyond our own.

But regardless of the nature of the potential other-dimensional entities, just pondering this kind of metaphysical terrain will open up a whole host of fascinating questions.  "Just what exactly are we made of, what are we connected to, and what are we really capable of?"

The Three-Ninth Kingdom

As with any quest into liminal realms, maintaining an internal balance is always key; dealing with dark or strange or fringe material necessitates this internal balance.  We must always guard against letting our lucidity and acuity slip, and we must always aim to comprehend the unknown with as much nuance and subtlety as possible.  Trying to understand the quantum properties of Light and reality and consciousness is a mystical, complex undertaking; often like crossing over into a fairytale realm where poetic logic rules over reason and the known laws of physics are not always upheld.

Companion Theory

Who are the entities of legend and folklore that seem to share Time and Space with us and yet do not seem bound by them as we humans are?  Who are the aliens, elves, fairies and gods that seem to interact with human consciousness so intimately?  Again, Christopher Knowles has done a lot of excellent work in this regard at The Secret Sun.  If certain forms of consciousness are potentially composed of starlight, or at least are able to use starlight as a medium or vehicle, what does this say about our own future potentials?  Are we stars ourselves in some strange but profound sense?  Are we all Secret Suns; billions of stars in orbit around a larger star?  And if so, what are the Secrets dwelling in our solar cores?  

Thursday, 2 August 2012

The Edge of the World

At Amid Night Suns I try to continually empower those that visit this blog, and I sometimes repeat things that I believe need repeating.  The concept of the Ragged Magi is such an idea.  This excerpt is taken from my post entitled This Little Secret:

My dreams tell me that among the human race are an ancient order of book-keepers and initiates who serve the Secret Truths; forms of magic that are more powerful than anything we usually dare to dream.  I call this ancient order the Ragged Magi.  This order does not merely protect these ancient magics - they also hunt and stalk the monsters, demons and old ones that travel in Psyche's Shadow. It is often a thankless task, and usually goes unseen.  But nonetheless, they are the protectors of the children, the lost, the weak or wounded, and sometimes they speak for those who have had their voices stolen from them by monsters and villains.  These dark, corrupting forces call themselves the Absence Brethren - they are part literal, part imaginal, and they are composed of psychic, social and economic elements, straddling many worlds.  But for every villain who thinks itself unseen there is a hero who sees it.  The Ragged Magi are such heroes...and signs and traces of them remain in our mythologies, fictions and fairytales.

I believe that this idea is now more important than ever before.  I hope the following video offers you food for your mind, heart and spirit.

It is my belief that humanity is now standing at an energetic crossroads; a place of mystical and spiritual significance - a place that has the potential to bring forth great Light or great Darkness.  Make no mistake, I stand firmly on the side of the Light, and will do everything in my power to help humanity make this transition successfully.  I am under no illusions however; I know that my work is only a drop in the ocean.  But every drop in that ocean IS the ocean.  Every positive intention, coupled with positive action, MUST count for something.

We are Ragged Magi, and we are standing at the Edge of the World.  We will fight for truth, creativity, adventure, love and passion.  The War of Imagination is here.  And know this - the oppressors of this little blue world have forgotten just how powerful we really are, and how deep our commitment is willing to go.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

State of the Union

I'm so sick of watching CNN and Fox and news in general in the run-up to the American Presidential elections.  It seems that the Left and Right are just as jingoistic, militaristic and unhinged as ever.  Any true discussion concerning American foreign policy cannot be found anywhere in mainstream media.  Instead we find a bizarre, fractured MTV version of the USA in which absolutely nothing of any consequence is ever interconnected.  Absolutely no-one with any political power is to blame for the tortured state that America finds itself in; there is no blame, no culpability and no responsibility.  Only a propaganda echo-chamber that immolates all lucid, critical thinking and reduces debate into a carefully controlled tapestry of buzzwords and self-congratulation.  

It is my suspicion that the elite power-brokers of America are just itching to take part in a potential new World War.  They are simply waiting, planning and scheming to create the most profitable outcome.  But the social fabric of America itself - the people - are not intended to have much say in this.  This might sound insane to some people, but previous large-scale global conflagrations seemed to have worked out pretty well for the elites (but for the other 99%  of the human population, not so much).

Any political group who tries to sell war as empowerment and the enactment of freedom should be regarded as very sinister indeed.  Any rich member of a corporate elite who tries to present military action as unavoidable and necessary should be regarded with deep suspicion.  Doesn't this apply to the current American administration just as much as Bush's eight-year travesty?  I believe it does.  The only war we should be fighting is the War of Imagination, against the very elites who falsely claim to govern and protect us.

The following video is a satirical take on the ideologies of these elites, and the true State of the Union that they claim to uphold.