Monday, October 20, 2008

Terence McKenna: The Transcendental Object is slowly revealing itself to us

Terence McKenna: The Transcendental Object is slowly revealing itself to us

Awesome words by McKenna, freaky slideshow, don't worry kittens - only the beginning pictures are so dark.

Thanks to Càm

ECCO: Earth Coincidence Control Office

Excerpt from "The Dyadic Cyclone" by John C. Lilly M.D.
Don't really like the language used here myself, but if you can get over it, it sure is fascinating. I offer this as catma probable, not dogma absolute. Check out the comments for some re-shaping of it.

"In ones life there can be peculiarly appropriate chains of related events that lead to consequences that are strongly desired. After such experiences, one wonders how such a series of events developed; sometimes there is a strong feeling that some intelligence (greater than ours) directed the course along certain lines which It/He/She was/is programming. Several years ago, I enunciated a format for such concatenations of events, somewhat."

"There exists a Cosmic Control Center (C.C.C.) with a Galactic substation called Galactic Coincidence Control (G.C.C.). Within which is the Solar System Control Unit (S.S.C.U.), within which is the Earth Coincidence Control Office (E.C.C.O.). The assignments of responsiblities from the top to the bottom of this system of control is by a set of regulations, which translated by E.C.C.O. for humans is somewhat as follows:"

To all humans. If you wish to control coincidences in your own life on the planet Earth, we will cooperate and determine those coincidences for you under the following conditions:

1) You must know/assume/simulate our existence in ECCO [Being aware of the mere concept of Synchronicity, meaningful coincidence will get you started.]

2) You must be willing to accept our responsibility for control of your coincidences.

3) You must exert your best capabilities for your survival programs and your own development as an advancing/advanced member of ECCO's earthside corps of controlled coincidence workers. You are expected to use your best intelligence in this service.

4) You are expected to expect the unexpected every minute, every hour of every day and of every night.

5) You must be able to maintain conscious/thinking/reasoning no matter what events we arrange to happen to you. Some of these events will seem cataclysmic/catastrophic/overwhelming: remember stay aware, no matter what happens/apparently happens to you.

6) You are in our training program for life: there is no escape from it. We (not you) control the long-term coincidences; you (not we) control the shorter-term coincidences by your own efforts.

7) Your major mission on earth is to discover/create that which we do to control the long-term coincidence patterns: you are being trained on Earth to do this job.

8) When your mission on planet Earth is completed, you will no longer be required to remain/return there.

9) Remember the motto passed to us (from GCC via SSCU): "Cosmic Love is absolutelely Ruthless and Highly Indifferent: it teaches its lessons whether you like/dislike them or not."

Thanks to Càm

The Invisibles: Volume 1; Issue 1

DC Comics is offering all legal like the first issue of the coolest comic ever , for those who don't know them, they are invisible after all: The plot follows a single cell of The Invisible College, a secret society battling against physical and psychic oppression using time travel, magic(k), meditation, and physical violence.

For most of the series, the team includes leader King Mob; Lord Fanny, a Brazilian transgendered shaman; Boy, a former member of the NYPD; Ragged Robin, a telepath with a mysterious past; and Jack Frost, a young hooligan from Liverpool who may be the next Buddha (psst: we all may be the or a next Buddha). Their enemies are the Archons of Outer Church, interdimensional alien gods who have already enslaved most of the human race without its knowledge.

Not much use for synchromystic analysis when it's all out in the open, and that's what is so excellent about this comic!

Thanks to The Invisibles for the heads up.

Don Trent Jacobs - Julian Jaynes & Our Consciousness

Don Trent Jacobs - Julian Jaynes & Our Consciousness

Professor Don Trent Jacobs (aka Wahinkpe Topa) discusses hypnotism, an exploitable vestige of pre-consciousness, noting that our vulnerabilities are being professionally exploited to direct formulate an acceptable collective cognitive imperative.

"When the bio-survival circuit flashes danger, all other mental activity ceases."
Robert Anton Wilson

"Every politician knows how to induce hypnosis, and very damned few people on the whole planet know how to de-hypnotize themselves.
The world is not governed by facts or logic. It is governed by BS (belief systems)."
Robert Anton Wilson

(These aspects were not specifically mentioned in the Layman's explanation post, so don't look for them ;p Obviously the Julian Jaynes approach DTJ takes here is different. Think of interpretations in catma "and" mode instead of "or" mode.)

8 Circuits of Consciousness: A Layperson's explanation

To clarify the 8 Circuit Model often mentioned on this blog, A short explanation of the Circuits will be shared here, in a way I would explain it to someone in conversation. It's a short and incomplete overview that is intended to spark the curiosity to go digging deeper one's self. Please realize there is much more to it than stated in this blogpost.

The 8 Circuits of Consciousness Model is a heuristic model to help us navigate through neurological space (consciousness/reality) and our personal conscious evolution.

In the works and books of Timothy Leary, Robert Anton Wilson, Antero Alli, John C. Lilly and others, these great minds suggest guidelines, meditation practices, rituals and even consciousness-altering substances linked to each circuit to help us evolve as the circuits harmoniously interconnect to raise our consciousness.

Always remember that the map is not the territory (A. Korzybski), the menu is not the meal (A. Watts), a metaphorical representation of a concept is not the concept.

If this model is new to you, writing it down to grasp it well is advised, so I suggest get yourself a piece of paper, and write "circuit 1", and add keywords to it, do this for each circuit. This is how I grasped it quickly.
It's quite broad as it includes all states of consciousness ;p But can be very useful, not only to understand our own behaviour, but other people's behaviour. And not only understand, but become really conscious of, and reprogram and change ourselves where we see fit!

It's a consciousness model (psychological and mystic) that attempts to explain possible states, and stages of consciousness.
States are free and accessible through activities or "drugs".
Stages are earned (the first 4 by age, latter 4 by discipline/focus.)

We begin with the 4 first states/stages of consciousness.
C1 Physical C2 Emotional-Territorial C3 Rational/Semantic C4 Social-Sexual
You go to a next stage by age:
C1 Baby C2 Toddler C3 Kid C4 Puberty/Adolescence/Parenthood
By activities or "drugs" you can access the states. The first four states are about as scientific as it gets as Freud, Jung, Berne, Piaget and many other psychological models are similar. The latter four are more Mystical - though a Mystic is a Scientist too - based on experience by Timothy Leary, George Gurdjieff, Robert Anton Wilson, Antero Alli, Ken Wilber, other authors and myself, or I would not be spreading the word on this model if I did not find it to be "true" or very useful. See this table for a comparison of the "same same but different" models.

Each Circuit is shaped by: 1. Genetics, 2. Imprints, 3. Conditioning, 4. Learning.
By Genetics we mean hardware, Circuit 1 unicellular life to reptiles, C2 mammals, C3&up humans. But human genetics also affect our human "Software Operating Systems" in some degree.
Imprinting is the term used in psychology and ethology to describe any kind of phase-sensitive learning - learning occurring at a particular age or a particular life stage - that is rapid and apparently independent of the consequences of behavior.
It was first used to describe situations in which an animal or person learns the characteristics of some stimulus, which is therefore said to be "imprinted" onto the subject.
Conditioning, a learning process in which an animal/human behavior becomes dependent on the occurrence of a stimulus in its environment. Also realize how education, the media, culture conditions and shapes us.

The 8 Circuits, get pen and paper ready!

Circuit 1. The Physical Bio-Survival Security Intelligence, this is the first stage/state of consciousness, think human babies. Think safety, passivity, fear, fight-or-flight, nourishment.
Any oral activity like eating, but also chewing gum or smoking activates this circuit, as it unconsciously links back to suckling mommy's teet ;). That's why Freud called it the Oral Stage. Tranquilizers get you back into this state, valium, opium, SSRI's, etc. "passive and feeling-safe" drugs.

[seen Evolutionary, it is the state of consciousness from unicellular life to reptiles (reptiles don't have a circuit 2, a pet python will kill you when it's hungry, a pet dog or cat will not ;p at least not right away if you're a good pet owner hehe)]

The Imprints (and take positive and negative as relative, not absolute descriptions)
positive: Exploring, Healthier
negative: Insecure, Dogmatic (even when shifting belief systems)
We can reimprint this circuit via yoga and martial arts, etc.
Click here for the Circuit 1 Megapost.

Circuit 2. Emotional-Territorial Intelligence, the baby grows up to a toddler, territorial demands start, looks how far it can go, temper tantrums, etc.
Alcohol, gets you back into this state ;p Also the defending of beliefs which is directly comparable to "territorialism" is emotional, not rational (we just use C3 words to illustrate C2 emotions. That's why so many people are blinded by their beliefs and filter out truth or other interpretations and views, and why I talk about it so much on my blog. Cause this sucks hehe. Evolve beyond belief! Beliefs are emotional(ly attached to), not rational. I cringe whenever someone says "I believe...", "I think..." sounds much more intelligent. Hence I distinguish between emotional beliefs, and rational opinions.

To further Illustrate this, I quote Alex:
"I found the idea of the defending of beliefs being emotional rather than rational very liberating - explains a great deal - the sneaky thing is how we use rational words to camouflage the emotions - no wonder I've gotten confused!!"
"I have struggled all my life with people who use rational language to hide their emotions behind, so developed a strong need to get things across as clearly as possible - little did I realise that they were just using rational arguments as self-protection & thus were never going to hear!!"

[seen Evolutionary, think mammals. They experience emotions more than reptiles: Dogs get sad and happy, reptiles don't, reptiles feel safe or threatened]

The imprints:
positive: Dominant, leading, seeking power
negative: submissive, seek for dominant types to lead them (for example conservative - but the Obamians also obviously... - voters, also church.)
Adrenaline is used here, attacking the rival pack ("muslim terrorists", "damn liberals",... etc)
Click here for the Circuit 2 Megapost.

Circuit 3. Rational, Symbolic, Time-Binding, Semantic (Language) Intelligence, the toddler grows up to a kid who learns to read and write and gets better at language, and learns to read time. Time-binding or time awareness begins.
Evolutionary from here, it's humans! Sentient life, wooo! ;p
The activities are reading, writing, etc. The "drugs" that activate this are caffeine, chocolate, nicotine... That's why they are taken to "reduce stress", because the emotional state is lessened as the rational is amplified. Though overstimulation of this circuit will lead to anxiety - like straining the mind when not understanding or drinking too much coffee.

The imprints:
positive: pioneer, creative
negative: conservative, following
This imprint can last for life, hence there is so much of "dumb science" ;)

Circuit 4. Social-Sexual Intelligence, the kid grows into puberty and adolescence, and possibly parenthood too. Social "self-consciousness". Suddenly we are much more self-conscious about how we come across to other people. Social interaction gets you into this state, obviously. Church, but also TV. No drugs are known to activate this state, though Hormones play a role.

The imprints:
social-sex-positive: more joyous appareance, bright eyes, bushy tails ;p
social-sex-negative: problematic, more zombie-like appearance, born to lose, etc

Past these four Circuits, we can experience - and with focus - evolve to other states of consciousness.

The next 4 circuits are mystical and will have to be experienced to be well understood (Because understanding is a C3 representation of other Circuits!). Though psychologists and mind scientists are learning about them more too now as they investigate meditation and entheogens and their use in therapies etc. Leary adapted Gurdjieff's views for this. Ken Wilber's Integral Theory's "Fulcrums" (his word for Circuits = states/stages of consciousness) also fit perfectly in this after some consolidation.

Circuit 5. Neurosomatic Intelligence. Think Neuro-Soma. Mind-Body connection. Bliss. Conscious hedonism. Awareness. Being here now. The post-survival quest for Nirvana starts here! Meditation, Tai Chi, Yoga, but also intense appreciation of music, the "second wind" when you run that gets you that "endorphin rush", hypnosis, certain nlp techniques.
This circuit loosens conditioning and attachment to our current reality map or belief system.
The drug that activates this is Marijuana, or low doses of MDMA. That's why (good) meditating nullifies the need.. for weed. hehe.
Gurdjieff called this the Magnetic Center.

Circuit 6. Neuroelectric Intelligence. Metaprogramming, but also third eye opening "psychic" awareness. This circuit is used to kind of describe a state where multiple options are possible, experienced sort of simultaniously but to further clarify I separate them to explain what is possible here: a) nature mysticism/energy awareness, b) the psychic state, and even more interestingly, c) metaprogramming: where our consciousness goes from "operating mode" to "programming" mode, and we can re-imprint, and reset conditioning (so more immediate and powerful than circuit 5 in that regard). Hence this is the state most important in therapies you might have heard of that use Ayahuasca or other entheogens to help people get over hard drug addictions like heroin or alcohol. John C. Lilly was thé authority on this circuit.
Nature Mysticism, energy awareness. If you've seen Jill Bolte Taylor, I think this was the state she accessed.
A stable Meditation practice. Kundalini Yoga and Chaotic Meditation gets you here.
Medium doses of Entheogens like shrooms and LSD gets you here.
Gurdjieff called this the True Emotional Center (as opposed to the "false emotional" c2, Gurdjieff wasn't too fond on mundane first-4-Circuit life ;p).

Click here for a description of an ineffible Circuit 6 Mushroom trip.

Circuit 7. Neurogenetic Intelligence. DNA Reading. This circuit of consciousness is where we have visions or apparitions of Archetypes, Mystic (I hate the word "religious" for its connotatinos and hence don't use it, but add it here) experiences, or past lives rememberance.
High doses of entheogens like shrooms and LSD activate this.
Called Diety mysticism in Integral Theory.
Advanced and prolongued meditation practice. Chaos Magick. Near Death Experiences.
Gurdjieff called this the True Intellectual Center (as opposed to the false intellectual c3, again gurdjieff wasn't too keen on mundane life ;p).

Circuit 8. Neuro-atomic, Cosmic Intelligence. Welcome to Factox X. This is the OBE and Lucid Dreaming circuit. Here our consciousness projects out of body and things get really weird and often ineffable.
Void and Non-Dual mystic states fit in here as well.
Heroic doses (be careful, entheogens need to be taken only after being optimally informed) of regular entheogens like shrooms. DMT and Salvia will get you there fast and short.
A NDE can get you here too, or the more intentional ;p succesful OBE techniques or rituals.
Gurdjieff called this the Essence.

Click here for a description of an ineffible Circuit 7 & 8 Mushroom trip.

Here is an excellent page by Antero Alli that clarifies more, also includes a short summary, and more actions and "drugs" that activate each circuit.

Here are other short summaries from the Dedroidify 8 Circuits Webpage:
starwood - phinwebb - bradley - id.mind - fusion anomaly - leary 8 - leary 7 - wiki.
Here is the link to the Winner and Loser scripts or attitudes for each Circuit.
also has a great 8 Circuits database.
Check this approximate estimate overview of how many people are tuned on to each circuit.

Hope this helped. The model is not something you understand fully in a day ;p
Good luck to all of you, may it help you (not limit you) in many ways.

Butthole Surfers - Pepper

Butthole Surfers - Pepper

Marky got with Sharon and Sharon got Sharice
She was sharing Sharon's outlook on the topic of disease
Mikey had a facial scar and Bobby was a racist
They were all in love with dying, they were doing it in Texas
Tommy played piano like a kid out in the rain
Then he lost his leg in Dallas, he was dancing with a train

They were all in love with dying, they were drinking from a fountain
That was pouring like an avalanche, coming down the mountain

I don't mind the sun sometimes, the images it shows
I can taste you on my lips and smell you in my clothes
Cinnamon and sugary and softly spoken lies
You never know just how you look through other people's eyes

Some will die in hot pursuit in fiery auto crashes
Some will die in hot pursuit while sifting through my ashes
Some will fall in love with life and drink it from a fountain
That is pouring like an avalanche, coming down the mountain
Another Mikey took a knife while arguing in traffic
Flipper died a natural death, he caught a nasty virus
Then there was the ever-present football player rapist
They were all in love with dying, they were doing it in Texas
Polly caught a bullet but it only hit his leg
Well it should have been a better shot and got him in the head
They were all in love with dying, they were drinking from a fountain
That was pouring like an avalanche, coming down the mountain

8 Circuits of Consciousness & OSI-Layers

The "8 Circuits of Consciousness model" is a heuristic model I include a lot on the blog, because I find it incredibly useful for navigating neurological space, aka consciousness, aka reality.

When still working in IT I had a job interview where I was asked if I knew the OSI-Layers Model. I did not, and learned it by heart. Of course, I never got asked about it again lol. I recently found out after 3 years of not thinking about it anymore I still knew it through my mnemonic. To me it fits quite well next to the 8 Circuits model. As it is an Open Systems Interconnection model, which basically means the inter-operating of "circuits". Same difference.

8 Circuits/Systems/Brains/States/Stages of Consciousness
1 Physical 2 Emotional 3 Rational 4 Social-Sexual
5 Neurosomatic 6 Neuroelectric 7 Neurogenetic 8 Cosmic

Note: The following will probably make no sense whatsoever if you're not familiar with the model already, but if ye were to read up on the 8 circuit model, it might provide some enlightenment later!

The OSI Layers are a model for computers network communication, and hilariously enough - I now realize with enough flexibility (maybe enormous flexibility) one can put them side by side if you consolidate circuit 7&8 into Application hehe.

The OSI Layers (Circuits)
1 Physical (Physical)
2 Datalink (Emotion link to data)
3 Network (Through Reason ;p A Network of Mental Maps)
4 Transport [Transport through Social realm - transfer between people,
Sexual Transport: transport is also a synonym for (sexual) Ecstasy or Rapture]

5 Session (Meditation session = Neurosomatic)
6 Presentation [Metaprogramming is (re-)Presenting the neuroelectric state]
7 Application (C7&8 the application of going DNA & Cosmic travelling)

Thanks for the lead Alex!