Monday, 26 March 2012

A Midnight Rising

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?


William Butler Yeats, The Second Coming

In Chris Knowles' excellent blog post The Exegesis: Be Brave he discusses the importance of passion, intensity and commitment to your work; a sentiment I wholeheartedly agree with.  In the post he offers us these simple but powerful truths:

"Any kind of movement or subculture that gives people a reason to get up in the morning is about passion, it's about intensity. It's about fighting to get your point of view across. It's about wanting to replace someone else's ideas with yours, come hell or high water."

I personally believe that humanity is drawing ever closer to an incendiary, dangerous and transformative moment of change.  We can only ignore certain things for so long.  I think that there will come a time when the corruption and injustice becomes so great, and the alchemical cauldron of psychological, social, political and artistic forces becomes so intense that something will ignite.  And history, if such a thing remains, will look back at it as a defining moment in human evolution.  This change could come tomorrow, or a  hundred years from now.  I don't know what forms it will take, or the myriad ways it will inform human experience - but I think it would be foolish to deny that such large-scale changes can occur.  Every empire experiences them, sooner or later.


And when this change does occur, it will bring both huge Light and huge Darkness simultaneously.  I think it's important to really decide how we want to engage with potentially new experiences and understandings of ourselves.  Because, in truth, this change is already happening.  We might not be able to witness its full effects and ripples and ramifications from our tiny individuated perspectives, but we are a part of this change on a very literal level.  We are active participants in whatever the Now and Future holds.  Going beyond the dogmas and propaganda of officialdom is part of this active participation, piercing the veil so we can better comprehend our own strange, complex relationship with the face of raw infinity.  It's not an easy task, and can in fact be quite dangerous, but where in nature does evolution exist without threat, uncertainty or contrast?


As Christopher Knowles argues in his previously mentioned post The Exegesis: Be Brave:


"Make a commitment to a path of inquiry and stick to it. Have the courage of your convictions. Accept that you'll have to accept evidence in lieu of proof and interesting questions instead of simple answers. Otherwise, you're just wasting everyone's time, most of all your own."

My highest hope for the next twenty years is an intelligent, peaceful mutiny on board this prison-ship we call Earth, that is tethered to a burning star in an endless midnight, as we perpetually hurtle around this star at over 66,000 miles per hour.  I hope that during this discerning mutiny we become aware that we are sentient impossibility capable of sublime things, and that we live within a fertile context of chaos, order, magic and the greatest stories ever told - if we choose to make it so.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Faster than Light

Our Imaginations can move Faster than Light.  We have become luminous.  The wayshow of worlds...

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Damascus Gate


We all face dark times in our lives, moments where we are confronted with our stark vulnerability - and we are forced to question why bad things happen to good people.  It can be extremely difficult to find peace of mind during times like this.  It is hard work to gather the resources needed to forge onward when you are confronted by anger and confusion and a sense of helplessness.

In my own personal experience, over the course of the last twelve months my girlfriend and I had to face some extremely shocking and upsetting medical situations.  We eventually came to realize that our lives would be irrevocably changed as a result.  These events made us feel angry, bitter and powerless.  They tested our resilience and our commitment to each other.  But through mutual respect, compassion and a shared love of the Mysteries of Art and Perception, we got through it.

These kinds of big, soul-forging events are tough on the human psyche on various levels, but I do believe that sometimes we can use them as defining gateway experiences.  Experiences that, while dark and unfair, can be used to reorder our lives into more nuanced, coherent systems.  The unsettling nature of these kinds of events can act as the sudden shock that is sometimes necessary to reinvigorate the psyche.  It doesn't mean that the dark times themselves were necessary.  Only that an active, discerning state of mind is the only way to conjure a positive out of all the negatives - a willingness to try and use the dark times as material that will aid us in some kind of transformation that is evolutionary and prosperous.  This is easier said than done; especially when your soul is aching or your heart is breaking, and the rage within you seems endless.


But speaking from firsthand experience, situations that make you feel victimized are obviously not empowering.  It's really only an active, provocative state of mind that has any hope of sustaining something different than deep feelings of injustice.  I guess what I'm trying to say is that my girlfriend and I used art and magic and our love of the Mysteries to pull us out of that deep dark hole.  We used art to slowly and surely re-empower us, to remind us of who we really are.  As with anybody enduring struggles and hardships, it's a daily battle and some days you win more than you lose - some days are easier than others.  We all have our pain and sufferings, no matter how great or slight, and it's one of those very human things that connects us all.

But transformation is possible.  Evolution is possible.  I've lived it, my girlfriend has lived it, as I'm sure everyone reading this has lived it.  Despite all the darkness and injustice in the world, it is still possible to be touched by divine fire.  It's still possible to witness a revelation, even if it's only a glimpse.  I hope these words somehow help whoever reads them, and I hope you sense that my intent is honest and heartfelt.

      

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Other

This video explores the notion a secret attraction to enslaving, Archonic forces; a dark secret romance between US and Them that is fascinating but ultimately destructive. Many of us are drawn to darker themes for various reasons, but this video posits that there is a different kind of darkness - a liberating darkness that can help us individuate and evolve. We are both Self and Other, but we mustn't let that pseudo-awareness make us identify too intimately with our captors.  Rather we must ponder our own ferocity, and learn how to turn such raw power to our advantage.  For fans of the Alien movies, this video features Sigourney Weaver as the immortal Ellen Ripley.  I hope it engages and empowers you.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

How to say No

This is a video I made concerning strength, insight and a willingness to stand your ground in the face of external and internal darkness.  We mustn't be afraid of our Shadows.  Instead we must find ways to harness them, to tap into their power and use that power to further our individuation and evolution.  I hope this video empowers you.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Transmit/Receive


The transmitter/receiver conundrum of the metaphysical realm is fascinating and sometimes infuriating to contemplate.  One thing seems certain to me though, we live in a world of oscillation, frequencies and waveforms - a realm that is even more awesome, mysterious and potentially threatening than we can imagine. The following video is based on Christoper Knowles' post Alien Dreaming, pt. V: The Mithraic Liturgy.

Monday, 5 March 2012

The Work

This is a video about the importance of hard work, discernment and diligence in a world of ever growing semi-engineered chaos. It's about reconnecting with TRUE subversion and fearlessness. Sharpening the intellect and the imagination, and making sure your passion is channeled into the right places. I hope it engages and empowers you.