Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Plasma


The following quote is taken from The Secret Sun, my favorite 'alternative research' site on the internet.  Christopher Loring Knowles' discusses the fascinating notion of plasma intelligences in his post Wizards, Workings and Walk-Ins: The Ultimate Lifeform.  He writes:

Whatever the ultimate source of the phenomenon, there is one thing that many alt.UFOlogists and even more impartial observers agree on: this phenomenon not only has the ability to interface with human consciousness (reading Keel put my own catalog of weird experiences in a whole new light), it has the ability to disguise itself, to change its shape, to take on a number of forms and identities whether through the control of human perception or through an ability to shape-shift using means we can hardly even speculate upon. 


Knowles discusses Andrew Collins' new book Lightquest, and suggests that:


Collins argues that plasma is in fact an excellent medium for life and especially intelligence. If his theory is true, it gives new meaning to the Navajo term "Star People," in that these beings would be perceived as coming from the stars and be made of "star stuff" themselves!

Knowles then goes on to discuss Jack Kirby's fascination with the idea of sentient light beings, and the post in its entirety is well worth several reads.  I've been interested in similar ideas since my childhood, and find it to be a notion with almost infinite depths and resonances.  And it seems the more we understand about physics and the mercurial properties of Light, Electricity, Magnetism and Consciousness, the more possible such an idea seems to become.  So, although such concepts might indeed have their darker, more sinister aspects, I'd like to present a video that riffs on the hopefully more beneficent and inspiring potentials of the notion of plasma intelligences.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Behind, Below, Beyond: SPEAK



At Amid Night Suns I do my best to craft videos and write posts that explore difficult questions, hidden connections or overlooked insights.  I present these explorations as forms of art, because I am well aware that the truth is subjective.  I hope that you resonate, at least in part, with the work that I do here.  My ultimate goal is to empower those who come here, and to remind them that lucidity is not ignoring the darkness, or the Shadow, rather lucidity is balance - an honoring of our Light, but also a remembering of our darkness.  We mustn't sweep difficult questions under the rug and hope the problems will go away.  Instead we need to face those problems head on, and if needed we must offer healthier, more rewarding alternatives.  That's what I'm trying to do here on this blog.  If you find the aesthetic of my work at Amid Night Suns too dark for your particular palette, that's fine.  But please be aware that the goal with all of my work is a process of illumination, healing and integration - a contribution to the general spiritual uplift of humanity.


We will no longer deny the multiplicities of truth.  We will no longer make fools of ourselves while we are slowly consumed by merciless corporate and militant forces.  We will speak our myriad truth.  We will break our silence.  Our psyches, societies and futures depend on it.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Aurora



This video is dedicated to the families and friends of those killed in the Aurora, Colorado shootings of July 20th 2012.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Midnight's Labyrinth

My work here at Amid Night Suns -- to which I owe Christopher Loring Knowles a huge debt -- has been a crucible and a touchstone for me over the course of the past two years.  It has helped me face my demons, and revisit strange personal truths that I unwisely attempted to bury long ago.  But the truth is alive somehow; it is multidimensional, pulsing and sentient -- just like we are.  I take the work that I do here very seriously, even though only a small handful of people may be interested.  I try to empower, to create insight and nuance wherever I can.  I try to speak my truth in subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle ways. But I am also a storyteller, and my stories are usually about stories themselves.  In this sense my work on this blog could be considered meta-textual.  Let those who have eyes see, and let those who have ears hear.

I have always been a warrior, in one way or another.  But I have not always been brave.  There is a great deal of darkness in me.  This was a hard thing for me to admit; the fact that I sometimes didn't have the courage of my convictions -- that my darkness was not always as comfortable or provocative as I'd allowed myself to believe. But making myself aware of these darker, limiting aspects of my psyche created something of a paradigm shift in me.  And I began to see my darkness in a more complex and empowering light.  In short, it reacquainted me with my purpose and allowed me to embrace myself completely.  I rediscovered my creativity, my playfulness and my lust for life.




Since I was a child I've had an interest in puzzles, mazes and labyrinths.  I enjoy them aesthetically as well as intellectually, and find that the process of engaging with them can often lead to insight, growth and new perspectives.  I view my work here at Amid Night Suns as sharing similarities with these kinds of conceptual conundrums.  In the life we know, we habitually use belief systems and analogues in place of experiential  knowledge - we use psychological, cultural and informational short-hands to to convince ourselves that we understand the way things 'work'.  Even the wisest individuals do this often, because it is often necessary.  We need to make our way in the world, and reduce the staggering complexity of our environment into narratives that make life seem understandable.  Usually people don't like to ponder their own short-hands and gaps in knowledge, but puzzles, paradoxes and apparent contradictions help us to evolve by drawing attention to those same blind-spots in our cognition.

I think the ancient practice of Alchemy had some fairly acute puzzle-like qualities intended to expand the consciousness of the practitioner.  After all, the entire concept of Initiation is labyrinthine and very much like a puzzle; the goal of which is renaissance.  I believe that the field of Alchemy was about something far more profound than the transmuting of lead into gold.  I think it hinted at a knowledge of psychology, physics, chemistry and biology that we can scarcely imagine today.  I think it has to do with the chimeric nature of light and sound, shapeshifting and synthesis across various fields and modes of expression and discourse.

When we ponder the nature of paradox, contradiction, puzzles and synthesis, I believe we are also pondering the deepest and most mysterious strata of ourselves.  What are we not seeing, and why are we not seeing it?  What did we once know, and how did we come to know it?  Mainstream science deals in fragments; pieces, bits, data.  Only art can really help us engage with these questions seriously.  Because art is more than mere useless fantasy.  Art is our way of stepping into the labyrinth, our way of pondering and engaging with the numinous, the infinite.  And the ones who have walked in such realms before us consistently remind us that such realms are mercurial, animating, and inhabited.  The shamans know that strange galaxies swirl in our blood, that entire universes pulse within our imaginations.  A shaman would tell you, if he felt you merited such a disclosure, that storytelling and art is evidence of the hand of God - an indwelling, miraculous sentience that can connect and create in ways we can scarcely fathom.  But attempting to fathom them is how emotional, intellectual and spiritual maturity is gained.  And sometimes it's a hard fight, but the alchemical rewards are worth their weight in gold.  

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Behind, Below, Beyond: THE GRID



Welcome to the Grid.  A pornographic, binary hell that is intended to simulate human civilization on the opening cusp of the 21st century.  On the Grid, only images prevail.  Only the images of Truth, Justice and Freedom hold sway, but not their actualities - not their manifested, experienced expressions.  The Grid is a shiny, fascist theater of the damned, masquerading as a free and open society.  Unseen Archons stalk the spaces of our minds, manipulating the way we speak and read and connect.  They turn us all against each other, struggling to survive, so that we do not turn our eyes to the shadows and try to perceive the hidden forms of our jailers.  


We are in bondage, subsisting on the False light that the Grid offers us.  It asks us to be forever silent, never speaking of the things that we notice lurking on the edges of our perception.  But we humanity have been underestimated by our Archonic controllers.  We will no longer deny the truth.  We will no longer make fools of ourselves while we are slowly consumed by merciless forces.  We will speak our truth.  We will break our silence.

I want to help guide you to a different realm.  I want to help guide you behind, below and beyond.  We live a compromised existence where we are encouraged to deny what our eyes can see, what our ears can hear, and what our hearts already know.  Something is very wrong with our world.  But we are not supposed to speak about it.  We are not supposed to make art about it.  And we are definitely not supposed to try and change it.  But I am here only to remind you of things you once knew for yourself, things you still know in the un-colonized areas of your soul.  You were once majestic and magnificent, and you can be so again.  You need only turn inward, and listen carefully to the whispering voices of your spirit.


Tuesday, 10 July 2012

The Sub-Verses: Book Nine: The Escape Hatch



It seems to me that this corporate, fascist freakshow that passes for modern society is very wary of any information or experiences that might lead people to a new, higher plateau.  I mean to say that the plutocracy that controls our society have initiated a crackdown on alternative medicines and therapies, psychedelics, spirituality, mystery and open-source human communication, for the simple fact that it might lead individuals to a more spiritually-uplifting or cognizant plateau.  We might call it evolution, transcendence, the cultivation of wisdom -- but these terms all suggest the leaving behind of old destructive paradigms and modes of perception, and a new access to a healthier, more rewarding human expression.  But the moneyed interests behind these old paradigms are not about to let them die without a fight, unfortunately.

From a personal Gnostic perspective, it seems to me that while the controllers of our world might be fighting among themselves like an extended mafia family, they are all united in their mutual terror of the possibility of human Escape from this psychological prison.  After all, we are a lot of things to the controllers: we are abuse-ready playthings, objects of derision and ridicule, cannon fodder, and walking cash-cows to be milked until death (at which point we are immediately replaced with younger, more naive models).  Because, at the end of the day, the true conspiracy guiding human affairs on this planet is not some 'Illuminati' occult conspiracy -- though I concede that some truly sick shit goes on  behind closed doors wherever the rich and powerful are concerned -- rather the true conspiracy, at least at a human level, is simply "More for us and less for everybody else", as the writer-comedian George Carlin once said.

"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain", our Controllers tell us, "Just hold on to your little clutch of prejudices, apathy and abandoned dreams, and console yourself with the knowledge that such a bleak reality  is the plateau that hateful, spiteful humanity was always destined for."

Fuck that, and everything that looks like that.





The plutocracy doesn't want humanity to evolve, transcend or cultivate wisdom.  This would seriously interfere with their goal of manipulating humanity into being the sentient bricks and mortar of their own psychological prison.  They don't want human individuals to radically overhaul their notions of personal identity and mutually-beneficial community; as this would lead to a renaissance of soul, spirit and hope for the future.

And isn't that what this is really all about?  Escape, evolution, transcendence  -- the notion that there might really be a brighter, more rewarding future somewhere on the horizon, if humanity is somehow able to step up to the plate?  The controllers don't want this.  They don't want us to go questing through our Internal Dreamscape in search of an Escape Hatch.  No, they want us to be fearful, hateful and snide; believing despairingly that the only future heading our way is an extrapolation of all the current militant and corporate agendas -- that we will forever be caught in the grey toxicity and injustice of the perpetual Now.

I don't buy that for a second.  We are living within an infinite system of magic, mystery and untapped potential.  But in order to feel the truth of this, we're going to need to start breaking some rules, and realizing that it is NOT better the devil you know.  Change can be scary, and evolution can be painful.  But the rewards can be magnificent, and potentially greater than our wildest dreams. 

Monday, 2 July 2012

The Vessels


As most readers of Amid Night Suns will be well aware, over on The Secret Sun, Christopher Loring Knowles has done a lot of excellent work exploring what he calls the Elusive Companion Hypothesis.  The idea that the sky-gods of antiquity are not simply the nonsensical legends of primitive peoples, and neither are they simply extraterrestrial progenitors - as most Ancient Astronaut theorists believe.  Rather, our Elusive Companions are mysterious beings capable of manipulating the normal rules of Space-Time, capable of all manner of PSI phenomena.  They seem to have an affinity with the processes of altered states of consciousness, entheogens and shamanic experience.  Indeed, they have much in common with the entities described in our folklore; the Elves, Faeries, Djinn and shapeshifters that most mainstream thinkers disregard as nothing more than myths - creations of pure fantasy.















But it seems these Elusive Companions are far more than the products of an overactive Imagination.  In Christopher Knowles recent post The Wisdom of Mystery he describes the Companions as:

 "entities that over the past millennia have been perceived as-- or presented themselves, depending on your point of view-- as gods, spirits, demons, angels, fairies, Djinn, aliens, ghosts, poltergeists and so on and so forth.

I believe that these entities somehow exist outside the normal boundaries of space/time and are usually perceived according to the state of mind of the percipient. In other words, if your head is filled with snakes, you're going to perceive these entities as demonic. If you're a "fluffy bunny" type, you'll perceive them as angels or space brothers. It's kind of like an acid trip in that regard.

I also believe that these entities are part of a greater hierarchy which reflects the greater cosmos. I think this greater hierarchy communicates with human beings through the manipulation of symbol and time, a process more commonly known as Synchronicity. This hierarchy is both an objective and subjective reality, in that it exists within and without the human imagination."

I believe that this view of of an otherworldly presence intertwined with human affairs is far closer to the truth than a simple, impermeable Extraterrestrial Hypothesis. I believe this for various reasons.  Firstly, the shamans and visionaries and artists of the Earth consistently inform us that our scientific, materialist view of reality is woefully incomplete.  They tell us that we are in fact living within a mystical, artistic, symbolic universe in which everything is interconnected - and that consciousness is far more than the illusory by-product of the physical vehicles it uses to express itself.    

Secondly, in philosophy this kind of fuzzy-universe idea is often referred to as the 'Subject-Object' problem.  What is truly subjective and what is truly objective?  As Knowles states in the above quote, in regard to these Elusive Companions: "This hierarchy is both an objective and subjective reality, in that it exists within and without the human imagination."

This is a profound insight from Knowles that I believe deserves further attention, and is the reason I decided to write this post in the first place.  The idea that something can be both an objective and subjective reality, existing within and without the imagination, is an idea that most mainstream thinkers find terrifying - as it seems to collapse all notions of discrete, well-defined boundaries.  If this Subject-Object blurring is indeed possible then all our comfortable certainties about our knowledge, cultures and identities come into question.  But recent developments in the strange field of Quantum Physics are increasingly highlighting the fact that at a deeper level of reality discrete particles are also waves of probability, and might also imply that an Observer (i.e. consciousness) has an integral part to play in the manifestation of seemingly three-dimensional Space-Time.  Many physicists seem hesitant to discuss this idea even as a hypothetical possibility, perhaps due to its obvious mystical implications.



It seems to leave the flavor of 'turning reality inside-out' in the minds of those who engage with this idea seriously.  But this feeling of turning reality inside-out might be able to teach us some things, and offer us some valuable insights.  If the phenomena of non-locality and wave/particle duality ARE genuine aspects of the physical world and not just forms of dream-logic and poetic association -- then this seems to imply that there is a fundamental shapeshifting quality to literal, material reality - through its interfacing with unseen, energetic realms.

And this is the core of what I want to discuss with this post: Shapeshifters.  I'm not just talking about ideas popularized by David Icke's Reptilian Shapeshifter's - although I'm not completely discounting them either, as I believe the images of the serpent and the Dragon are powerful mythic and psychological tropes.  But I'm far more interested in the notion of shapeshifting as an imaginative postulate from which we can hopefully garner insight and wisdom. 

To begin exploring this postulate, I should mention the ultimate mathematical shapeshifter - the Fractal.  The idea of the fractal has been popularized by the Koch Snowflake; an infinitely self-replicating mathematical pattern...or what is sometimes referred to as a 'Nowhere Differentiable'.  Again, the notion of the fractal as a concept that contains itself endlessly within its own structure seems at least atmospherically similar to the notions of the ancient mystics and seers in relation to consciousness.  






Also, we might be forgiven for this notion calling up images of the DNA double helix in our minds - an entwined spiral of information that also contains the information to replicate any and all parts of the complete spiral.  In this sense DNA can almost seem like a self-referential paradox, or feedback loop; something that can only refer to itself in order to create itself.  So in this way we might figure DNA as the bedrock program or Master-Key of all organic life.















This notion of self-replication calls to mind the controversial question of Genetic Memory: "Can an individual's memories be somehow contained in cellular tissue, and passed down to progeny, so that memories, dreams or even abilities are shared with the inheritor of the original tissue?"

But here is the biggest and most interesting question, at least to my mind: Is DNA itself a shapeshifting conduit for what we might term 'magical' energies, or 'inter-dimensional' frequencies?  This question needs to be asked because while DNA might recall ideas of the fractal, so too does it recall ideas of magical serpents and supernatural dragons.  Our microscopes show us that the visual structure of DNA is similar to that of a spiraling staircase or two entwined serpents.  After all, we have the entwined winged-serpent symbolism of the Caduceus of Hermes from Greek mythology, the Herald's Staff that is often 'mistakenly' associated with the medical community.  Also we have the Rod of Asclepius closely associated with the medical community too.  There is a lot of artistic resonance here.  





Asclepius was the ancient Greek god of healing and medicine.  But, interestingly, legends of necromancy have always been associated with Asclepius.  Necromancy literally means 'Death Magic'.  In this brief quote from Wikipedia:


Zeus killed Asclepius with a thunderbolt because he raised Hippolytus from the dead and accepted gold for it.  Other stories say that Asclepius was killed because after bringing people back from the dead, Hades thought that no more dead spirits would come to the underworld, so he asked his brother Zeus to remove him. 

One might imagine that in order to be a successful Necromancer in the real world you would need a very sophisticated, nuanced comprehension of DNA. 

This idea of interlinked twins is not only found in the serpent symbolism of the Caduceus, but also in biology itself.  There exists the phenomenon of biological Chimeras - individuals formed from at least four parent cells (two fertilized eggs or early embryos fused together). Each population of cells keeps its own character and the resulting organism is a mixture of tissues.  Put another way, the chimera is formed from the merging of two non-identical twins. 



"Imagine being told by a doctor that a twin, one you never knew you had, exists inside you. It is well known that fraternal twins arise from two fertilized eggs that develop into non-identical siblings. Less well known is that these two zygotes sometimes overlap and fuse so completely as to develop into one body with two distinct sets of DNA, a phenomenon called tetragametic chimerism"

                 AARON T. NORTON AND OZZIE ZEHNER

Originally a Chimera was a fire-breathing entity from Greek mythology that was a blending of various animals.  These days a Chimera describes any fictional creature with parts taken from various animals.
It is interesting to note the twin motif in this biological situation.  This merging of two non-identical twins is connected to the phenomenon that biologists refer to as Parasitic Twins and Vanishing Twins.  This is essentially foetal resorption by the dominant twin, and can manifest in various degrees of twin-merging.  Again, this recalls the entwined serpents of the caduceus – DNA -- but is also perhaps symbolic of our mysterious Twin Other; the Elusive Companions that seem so intimately involved in human affairs.

The idea of the Twin in mythology and art is a powerful, multifaceted one.  The dark twin, or dark brother.  The doppelganger, the nemesis, the shadow.  Also, let's not forget the idea of parallel incarnations existing in the Quantum Multiverse; a favorite reoccurring trope of Science-Fiction. These things, while not pointing to any specifics, still give us a strong flavor of meaningfulness.  There are more connections here than just the ones we can identify.




So, perhaps all these resonances point to a stunning idea: that biology is as fuzzy, interconnected and mystical as the apparently three-dimensional space-time that spawned it.  Perhaps there is some strange shapeshifting aspect that is fundamental to organic cellular tissue, owing to the entwined magical serpents of our DNA.  And also a complimentary shapeshifting aspect fundamental to Space-Time, owing to the wave/particle duality of Quantum Physics.  As Hermes Trismegistus states: As Above, So Below.



So, with all this in mind, what are we to make of the idea that we are the progeny of sky-gods?  I believe this idea contains profound truths.  But what if the Extraterrestrial theorists have it backwards? What if our cellular manipulation reflects a greater spiritual manipulation?  The manipulation of human potential by magical, mysterious Elusive Others?

I want to end this post with a kind of Thought Experiment, that will hopefully enrich our questioning.  I'm going to present it as a very brief short-story about humanity's possible origins:

Once upon a Time in the days before Time, before Chronos ate his children, the Earth was a different Realm.  There existed the Ocean Below, and the Ocean Above.  And the place where the Twin Oceans met and kissed.  This place of the Kiss was the Realm of Sentience.  One day, from the Ocean Above, came the Sky-Gods.  And too from the Ocean Below came the Deep-Gods.  These gods appeared and gathered in the realm of sentience; that place of the kiss between two Twins.  

These gods set about creating Chimeras – both Imaginal and Literal. They intended to create a priest-class race that they called 'The Vessels'.  This Vessel Race were entities that were essentially physical Angels.  They were intended to be Guardians of this Realm of the Kiss; conduits and mediums of the raw infinite.  They were a profoundly powerful, magical creation who were destined to become the Teachers and Stewards of the Imagining Consciousness existing in the kiss between the twin oceans.  

But a war broke out between the gods of Sky and Deep.  Politics changed, new alliances and new enemies formed.  Eventually, some of the gods began to see the Vessel Race primarily as forcibly-habitable.  They began to perceive their shapeshifting qualities not as conduits for teaching, learning and evolution, but as ways to manipulate, dominate and control.   And so the Vessel Race was corrupted, used as ‘diving suits' for dark inter-dimensional beings wishing to interact with this realm, used as rallying techniques to establish new hierarchies of royalty and religion.  Some of The Vessels were fully possessed by beings of plasma and Light.  Others were autonomous beings despised or gloried, hunted or worshiped. A great confusion and horror took hold of the Earth.  

These Vessels were then told by malevolent interested parties that, in fact, they had not been created as a benevolent priest-class of Angels -- rather they had been engineered as a slave race.  And the magic of their essence was denied, suppressed and controlled.  But the benevolent forces that initially created The Vessels continued to guide, inspire and encourage them in subtle ways...so that the truth of their destinies was not completely lost within the ferocity of Chronos' appetite.  Time would not completely kill The Vessels.