This blog and its contents are inspired by and owe a massive debt to the author Christopher Knowles, who’s exemplary work on secretsun.blogspot.com has pushed me further than I thought possible. The following posts will all resonate or owe a debt to this author’s work in one way or another.
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
Crypto- or crypt-
Hidden; secret: cryptoclastic
[From Greek kruptos, hidden, from kruptein, to hide.]
1. gnostic Of, relating to, or possessing intellectual or spiritual knowledge.
2. Of or relating to Gnosticism.
A believer in Gnosticism.
[Late LatinGnosticus,a Gnostic, from Late GreekGnostikos, from Greekgnostikos,concerning knowledge, from gnosis,knowledge]
At Amid Night Suns I am always attempting to push boundaries and find new and engaging ways to stimulate the mind, heart and spirit. I believe that the work I do here is important within my own little sphere of readership. Whether you are a public member of this blog, or a private lurker, or someone who has been linked here though Christopher Loring Knowles' Secret Sun blog -- I hope that you find my work here empowering, intelligent and provocative. I don't need anyone to agree with all of my views, beliefs and insights, and I present them here in a spirit of fun and artistic adventure. What I do want, however, is for you to take any sense of purpose or motivation that Amid Night Suns might stir in you and somehow apply it to your own creative and intellectual pursuits. I would hope that you are not simply a passive consumer of the video content I provide here, and that you can find ways to use it to enhance your own life.
I see mysteries and puzzles and patterns everywhere I look, and I also see that much of what we understand to be reality are expressions of divinity that have been cryptologically encoded in plain sight. Similarly, I sense the presence of vast libraries of secret knowledge dwelling unrecognized within the data and information that we think we understand. Mostly the secrets have not been simply concealed from us, rather they have been placed in front of us in forms and contexts we do not understand, and therefore are unable to actually see. As far as Gnosticism is concerned, and the cultivation of spiritual knowledge, I believe that all human beings are capable of wisdom and profound creativity through acquiring such knowledge. There are many paths to this knowledge, both external and internal. Generally speaking, the Gnostics believed that the physical realm was a prison-like illusion that has ensnared and entrapped consciousness/spirit within matter, and that sinister forces wish us to remain ignorant of our situation and our true identities as magickal, divine entities. If there is some metaphoric or literal truth to this notion -- then the plights and dark histories of the human race seem to make infinitely more sense. We can see that there is some truth to this at least on a societal level. Corporate, criminal elites are constantly attempting to curb our freedoms and move us around like pawns on a chess board, and they have quite successfully stoked our appetites for glamour, surfaces and rigid dogmas. Along with those things comes the greed, violence and hate to which humans too often succumb. But of course, if there is any truth to Gnostic concepts, we can see that these dark appetites are by design. But there are other appetites that can also be cultivated in the human individual. We can become ravenous for insight, tolerance, compassion and justice. We can discipline ourselves to hunger for truth, and actively proceed with our lives based on these other notions. Any truth or change we want to see manifested in the external world has to begin right at home, within the internal realm of our imaginations. Storytellers and artists understand this intuitively, which is why we bother to tell stories. We are aware of the power of art to potentially liberate an enslaved consciousness.
BETWEEN MISERY AND MAGICK
We build monuments to dark priesthoods and cruel gods, who have told us that we are unclean and unworthy without their 'light' to guide us. This is a very ancient tactic of control. To successfully enslave an individual's physicality, their mind must first be dominated and their spirit essentially broken. I believe this is a fairly accurate representation of what we as the human race are currently enduring. We create hostile cities on behalf of mocking Archons, the Absence Brethren, who seek absolute power over all forms of imagining sentience. We build fallow temples that birth rivalries and bitterness, fragmenting us into smaller and smaller mutually-hateful cliques. We believe that it is our lot in life to suffer and haul the leviathan chains of this machine on our breaking backs. But there are other options. We can become more than we are. We can find our way back to sanity, back to magick.
A LYRIC OR A LIE
As children we believed in magic, in its fullest, most romantic sense. We believed in other worlds and hidden possibilities; our internal worlds of play were filled with such magic and awe. Furthermore, we believed in heroes, entities who could use such magic to battle the terrible villains that we sensed pre-cognitively were out there trying to make the world a darker place. We believed completely in those heroes. As adults we still want to believe, but we have transferred that belief into the realm of art. It seems a less foolish belief to our 'mature' reasoning, that we must put away childish things and find solace only in the safer realms of fiction. But what if we are wrong? What if our childhood 'fantasies' of magical heroes are actually much closer to the truth of what is actually occurring in our world? There are those, like the Ragged Magi, who walk the unseen realms and do battle with monsters daily. Does your adult mind dare to believe this? If I told you that the realms of magic and fiction were closely intertwined, would it then be easier to consider the possibility that magical, spiritual battles are going on all around you? One tool to begin recognizing the potential truth of this notion is the phenomenon of synchronicity. Another is a highly developed and nuanced pattern-recognition. These two perceptual tools go hand and hand. Properly utilized they can help you to recognize the difference between a seemingly normal experience and something magical, and that such magic is ultimately indwelling. It is the difference between freedom and control, the difference between a lyric and a lie.
In magic, the ultimate goal is to turn chaos into order, nonsense into sense, ignorance into knowledge. This Gnosis at the heart of all true magic is simultaneously experiential, perceptual, intellectual and emotional. It unites all levels and layers of the practitioner's psyche. The soul and imagination of the magician is akin to the Prima Materia discussed by the Alchemists. Real Magic can sometimes be quite spectacular and breathtaking, but more often it is a kind of quiet, steadfast strength and wisdom. It will not often choose to be spectacular unless it feels something valuable will be gained from such a display. It will not openly reveal itself unless you honestly and deeply choose to to see evidence of its presence. But once you decide this, to allow magic into your life in some meaningful way, it will begin communicating with you in a searingly intimate language -- your private, secret language. It will show you things about yourself, the world and consciousness in general that you had barely dared to dream. It will show you the stone of philosophers, and a hidden river of alchemical gold running through the very fabric of your soul.