Saturday, February 21, 2009

Lozt & Found 5x06 316

"Culture is your (OZ) Operating System."
Terence Mckenna

"What does 'inform yourself' mean? It means transcend and mistrust ideology, go for direct experience. What do you think when you face the waterfall?"
Terence McKenna

"Jump into the abyss and discover it's a feathered bed."
Terence McKenna

Jack Shepherd, after his long Dark Night of the Soul, a state of being LOST, finds himself and his purpose again, returns to the Island after "finding the others" (McKenna again) and does what anyone going through the Dark Night of the Soul should do, jumping into the abyss of the unknown future now, away from the known past: his belief system that rejected Locke's findings.

Here's what went through my mind before I started this write-up, during my last mushroom trip, which I did with 3 Others, there was this stage where we were going "now we remember, hahaha, oh guys, how could we have forgotten, it's so silly, laughing and realizing." We never got to say what was on our mind obviously but we did feel it. What I felt was I was them, and they were me. Basically there are no Others. That's why we're Lost. The illusion of separate ego identity.
Of course, coming down, I could verbalize this, though I didn't. My friends are not interested in consciousness or anything I deal with on the blog, during the coming down of that trip I felt the closest to those people I have ever felt, but also the most far away I could. What also triggered this approach is they kept me waiting for 2 hours without notice before taking the shrooms and I had to use breathing exercises to calm myself down for this gross neglect of set & setting for a mushroom trip, which I regard as profound instead of mostly fun & weird, or just "foodpoisoning" as they do. Bittersweet (Office post of yesterday) comes to mind, the ego Operating Systems rebooted and we were LO.S.T again!

The Lamp Post, the room that finds the Island... not in space, but in time.

All StarGates this way. Departure=Raptured.

Oceanic Logo Stargate and Point in Circle.
Oceanic Airlines: Soar through the Ocean of Consciousness.

They have to get as much people back to the Island and have to recreate the first flight as best as possible, through synchronicity they have some amazing "luck". Jack finds shoes from his dad. Kate is back. The hot chick from the series 'Rome' escorts Sayid on the plane. Hurley buys most of the seats so they're empty. They even know the pilot!

On the plane:
Jack: How can you read?
Ben: My mother taught me... I can read Jack, because it beats what you are doing.
Jack: What's that?
Ben: Waiting for something to happen... (Do something productive instead!)

What is Ben reading? Ulysses by James Joyce. Which is basically the same as Lost. From an interview with Robert Anton Wilson:
DAB: What is your fascination with Joyce?
RAW: I could talk all day about that! Joyce was more interested in synchronicity more than any other writer before me, and he influenced me a great deal. My fascination with synchronicity grows more out of Joyce than out of Jung. Ulysses and Finnegan's Wake are all about synchronicity, and they came out long before Jung ever wrote anything on the subject. Joyce fascinates me because of many other things. In Ulysses, he was the first one to write a relativistic novel, the first Einsteinian novel. Every other novel before Ulysses had one point of view, which was supposed to be the objective point of view, and in Ulysses, Joyce refuses to give you an objective point of view. He gives you about 54 different points of view, and leaves it up to you to decide which of the various narrative voices you're going to believe. And I find that a very appropriate style for the 20th Century, it's entirely compatible with relativity and quantum mechanics . . . the amount of deception and propaganda in the 20th Century world, where you can't take anything at face value. It's compatible with modern philosophy, everything from Nietzsche and Wittgenstein on, we've learned more and more about how the mind creates its own reality-tunnel; it's entirely compatible with modern psychology and neurology and cultural anthropology.
I don't see why anybody is still writing Victorian novels, I think everybody should be writing Joycean novels, to be contemporary, to be compatible with modern science, modern philosophy and modern civilization in general. People who are writing pre-Joycean novels, it seems to me like they're riding around in a stagecoach instead of using a car or a plane."
From an interview with Damon Lindelof, Lost co-creator and executive producer:
Lindelof: "My father was into the Illuminati and the number 23, so he was a big reader of Robert Anton Wilson."

"Jack, I wish you had believed me." John Locke

Speaking of synchronicity, what Jack is trying to get rid of, the letter from John, just keeps getting back to him. Sooner or later, we all have to face whatever's on our path, and no matter where you run, you're still on your path.
This note in the picture irked me a little, containing the b-word. I had preferred "openness" or something... Though maybe not, we always have to pay attention when being 'irked', what's really going on? I have to say, that with this overly skeptical belief system of mine the last year (not that you probably noticed that much of it here), what I have been experiencing is just what's in my mind: A push-pull mechanism between materialism & mysticism, this btw, to cope with social reality (I actually typed "real life" first, heh). Perhaps it is time to get real with myself and finally accept that inner consciousness is mirrored by external experience and step up my practices again. It's not like synchronicity fits into a materialist worldview, and I sure could use an inner and outer change. Time to, not necessarily believe, but realize, Know This, Gnosis.

Btw, speaking of consciousness resonating, my career had some starting problems, what was the expensive part that had to be replaced in the car a short while ago? ... The Starter. Btw, speaking of Starting, remember this silly post. I found another one, obviously my entire life I've had people referencing "Ringo Starr" whenever hearing my first name, Ringo Start, Ringo StarGate. Nigro Star= Black Star hehe. No more being Lost, time to find myself. Time we all find ourselves!

Friedrich Schiller Quotes

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (10 November 1759 - 9 May 1805) was a German poet, historian, and dramatist, usually known as Friedrich Schiller. During the last few years of his life (1788–1805), Schiller struck up a productive, if complicated, friendship with already famous and influential Johann Wolfgang Goethe, with whom he greatly discussed issues concerning aesthetics, encouraging Goethe to finish works he left merely as sketches; this thereby gave way to a period now referred to as Weimar Classicism. They also worked together on Die Xenien (The Xenies), a collection of short but harshly satirical poems in which both Schiller and Goethe verbally attacked those persons they perceived to be enemies of their aesthetic agenda.

Some really awesome quotations, I'll post more of him in the future. Can't wait to get some of his works from my library. He also has an interesting freemasonic history, or not. Quotes:

Folly, thou conquerest, and I must yield!
Against stupidity the very gods
Themselves contend in vain. Exalted reason,
Resplendent daughter of the head divine,
Wise foundress of the system of the world,
Guide of the stars, who art thou then if thou,
Bound to the tail of folly's uncurbed steed,
Must, vainly shrieking with the drunken crowd,
Eyes open, plunge down headlong in the abyss.
Accursed, who striveth after noble ends,
And with deliberate wisdom forms his plans!
To the fool-king belongs the world.

I feel an army in my fist.

The voice of the majority is no proof of justice.

Deeper meaning resides in the fairy tales told to me in my childhood than in any truth that is taught in life.

It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.

Live with your century but do not be its creature.

Did you think the lion was sleeping because he didn't roar?

To save all we must risk all.

What one refuses in a minute
No eternity will return.

Virtue is no empty echo.

Appearance should never attain reality,
And if nature conquers, then must art retire.

Pain is short, and joy is eternal.

I am better than my reputation.

Life is only error,
And death is knowledge.

What are hopes, what are plans?

The dignity of mankind is in your hands; protect it!
It sinks with you! With you it will ascend.

Threefold the stride of Time, from first to last!
Loitering slow, the Future creepeth —
Arrow-swift, the Present sweepeth —
And motionless forever stands the Past.

On the mountains there is freedom!
The world is perfect everywhere,
Save where man comes with his torment.

Only through Beauty's morning gate, dost thou enter the land of Knowledge.

Don't let your heart depend on things
That ornament life in a fleeting way!
He who possesses, let him learn to lose,
He who is fortunate, let him learn pain.

On the mountains there is freedom!
The world is perfect everywhere,
Save where man comes with his torment.

Ziggy Marley: Natural Mystic (Bob Marley Tribute)

Ziggy Marley: Natural Mystic (Bob Marley Tribute)

I'm gonna post a few songs related to the blog, but also ones I'm playing/learning on guitar. This is the version (there are so many) that most closely resembles the mp3 I had of Bob, which died in the first computer crash. RIP. (I will find it again!)

There's a natural mystic blowing through the air
If you listen carefully now you will hear
This could be the first trumpet, might as well be the last
Many more will have to suffer
Many more will have to die - don't ask me why

Things are not the way they used to be
I won't tell no lie
One and all have to face reality now
Though I've tried to find the answer to all the questions they ask
Though I know it's impossible to go livin' through the past
Don't tell no lie
There's a natural mystic blowing through the air
Ya can't keep us down
Listen carefully now you will hear