Saturday, March 31, 2012

Circuit 5 Megapost Neurosomatic Hedonic Sensory Mind-Body-Connection Circuit

Imprinted by ecstatic experience via physiological or chemical yogas. Concerned with neurological-somatic feedbacks, feeling high, somatic reprogramming.

Intelligence: Sensory
Reality: Hedonic
Leary: Neurosomatic
Gurdjieff: Magnetic
Freud: Oceanic
Jung: Intuition
Chakra: Vishuddha Throat Communication & Ajna Third Eye
Day: Friday (Venus, Freya,...)
Multidimensional thinking
Mind Body Connection
Catalysts: Meditation, Hatha Yoga, Weed, Hypnosis, NeuroLinguistic Programming, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Aikido, Shiatsu, Reiki, Endorphin Rushes, Music, Sufi Whirling, Mandatory Silence, MDMA, Opium,...

5. The Neurosomatic
Winner: "How I feel depends on my neurological knowhow."
Loser: "I can't help the way I feel."

Antero Alli


Disconnected from the previous goals and survival concerns of Circuits 1-4, this center is the opening of the five senses as the chief source of all life and relevant information. Being Here Now. The natural sensory rhythms and impulses of the body uncensored by mental, emotional or moral intervention. The hedonic needs for rapture, bliss and ecstatic experience. The post-survival quest for nirvana. When frustrated, the despair and spiritual discontent of "entrapment in the corporeal world of survival issues." When over-emphasized, excessive hedonism becomes debauch, dispersion and disintegration of personal integrity and concentration, ie., "spaced out bliss ninnies." Ecstacy Junkies. When hedonic needs are met, a state of charismatic magnetism infuse the personality, as seen with some rock stars, film celebrities and performing artists.

HEDONIC CATALYSTS: Empathogens (MDMA, etc.). cannabis, opium, hashish, lower doses of psilocybin, Tantric and Hatha yoga, listening to music (subjective assessment), sex magick, performing live dance and live theatre, Sufi whirling dervishes, ecstatic pagan rituals, falling in love, endorphin rushes from "second wind" states (long distance running and working out), verbal fasting (mandatory silence), zen meditation.

OVERDOSE SYMPTOMS: "Spaciness." Loss of meaningful connection with "consensus reality" sometimes showing poor time management and an oblivion to the emotions, thoughts and ethics of others. Time/spatial disorientation and distortions. Difficulty articulating, ie., "Like, wow, man..."

RAW: The Holistic Neurosomatic Circuit. This is imprinted by ecstatic experience, via biological or chemical yogas. It processes neurosomatic ("mind-body") feedback loops, somatic-sensory bliss, feeling "high," "faith-healing," etc. Christian Science, NLP and holistic medicine consist of tricks or gimmicks to get this circuit into action at least temporarily; Tantra yoga is concerned with shifting consciousness entirely into this circuit.

RAW: When this fifth "body-brain" is activated, flat Euclidean figure-ground configurations explode multi-dimensionally. Gestalts shift, in McLuhan's terms, from linear visual space to all-encompassing sensory space. A hedonic turn-on occurs, a rapturous amusement, a detachment from the previously compulsive mechanism of the first four circuits. I turned this circuit on with pot and Tantra.

This fifth brain began to appear about 4,000 years ago in the first leisure-class civilizations and has been increasing statistically in recent centuries (even before the Drug Revolution), a fact demonstrated by the hedonic art of India, China, Rome and other affluent societies. More recently, Ornstein and his school have demonstrated with electroencephalograms that this circuit represents the first jump from the linear left lobe of the brain to the analogical right lobe.

The opening and imprinting of this circuit has been the preoccupation of "technicians of the occult"--Tantric shamans and hatha yogis. While the fifth tunnel-reality can be achieved by sensory deprivation, social isolation, physiological stress or severe shock (ceremonial terror tactics, as practiced by such rascal-gurus as Don Juan Matus or Aleister Crowley), it has traditionally been reserved to the educated aristocracy of leisure societies who have solved the four terrestrial survival problems.

About 20,000 years ago, the specific fifth brain neurotransmitter was discovered by shamans in the Caspian Sea area of Asia and quickly spread to other wizards throughout Eurasia and Africa. It is, of course, cannabis. Weed. Mother Mary Jane.

It is no accident that the pot-head generally refers to his neural state as "high" or "spaced-out." The transcendence of gravitational, digital, linear, either-or, Aristotelian, Newtonian, Euclidean, planetary orientations (circuits I-IV) is, in evolutionary perspective, part of our neurological preparation for the inevitable migration off our home planet, now beginning. This is why so many pot-heads are Star Trek freaks and science fiction adepts. (Berkeley, California, certainly the Cannabis Capital of the U.S., has a Federation Trading Post on Telegraph Avenue, where the well-heeled can easily spend $500 or more in a single day, buying Star Trek novels, magazines, newsletters, bumper stickers, photographs, posters, tapes, etc., including even complete blueprints for the starship Enterprise.)

The extraterrestrial meaning of being "high" is confirmed by astronauts themselves; 85% of those who have entered the free-fall zero gravity describe "mystic experiences" or rapture states typical of the neurosomatic circuit. "No photo can show how beautiful Earth looked," raves Captain Ed Mitchell, describing his Illumination in free-fall. He sounds like any successful yogi or pot-head. No camera can show this experience because it is inside the nervous system.

Free-fall, at the proper evolutionary time, triggers the neurosomatic mutation, Leary believes. Previously this mutation has been achieved "artificially" by yogic or shamanic training or by the fifth circuit stimulant, cannabis. Surfing, skiing, skin-diving and the new sexual culture (sensuous massage, vibrators, imported Tantric arts, etc.) have evolved at the same time as part of the hedonic conquest of gravity. The Turn-On state is always described as "floating," or, in the Zen metaphor, "one foot above the ground."

"Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one's being, from bodily health to self-realization. Yoga means union - the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one's actions."
B.K.S. Iyengar, Astadala Yogamala

How I choose to feel, is how I am.

Leary: : "Circuit Five is activated by repeated and consistent application of various highly sophisticated technologies developed by ancient earthling initiates. These practices take many forms to appeal to a wide audience. Athletics, Drama, Literature, Meditation and Music are a few examples of such technologies. As an earthling excels in any of these yogas, they achieve a state of concentration and skill that produces an ecstatic or euphoric sensation within the body/mind. The resulting elevated sense of Well-being and comprehension (being high) insures repeated practice."

Cybercraft: Circuit Five: The Holistic Neurosomatic Circuit
This circuit is typified by ecstatic or blissful feelings, sensory enhancement, sensual pleasure from even ordinary experiences and activities, and a generally blissful, laid-back 'high' of contentment with the state of things in general. Gurdjieff referred to this circuit as the True Magnetic Center. Triggering devices include isolation tanks, the Hindu technique of pranayama, or controlled breathing, zero-gravity environments, and, for the adventurous, Cannabis drugs. Such experiences as spontaneous regeneration or 'faith healing,' feelings of eternal youthfulness, and rapturous acceptance of others/events involve at least a temporary activation of this circuit. Circuit Five control techniques have been employed by yogic and Tantric practices, Zen, ancient Greek psychedelic drug-assisted rituals at Eleusis, Dionysians, Mithraic cults, Christian Scientists, Sufis,and probably early Christianity as well. Occasionally attempts to activate Circuit Five will result in a temporary, although disconcerting, period known as the 'Dark Night of the Soul' or 'crossing the Abyss,' characterized by painful ordinary physical sensations, generalized bodily discomfort, distorted, nightmarish perceptions, anxiety, and an aversion to or fear of light. However difficult such a state may become, it does pass eventually into the ecstatic bliss of positive Circuit Five experience.

The fifth circuit, centered largely in the right cortex, 'thinks in Gestalts' -- that is, fifth-circuit processes are not linear progressions but holistic, simultaneous perceptions. Neurologically wired to the genitals and the limbic system (associated with the first circuit) and often working through endorphins, the circuit is often triggered by relaxed, playful sex. One who has activated and imprinted this circuit is radiant, cheerful rather than depressed, energetic rather than sluggish, in exceptional health, and almost seems to 'sparkle.' The various complaints of the lower circuits -- first-circuit physical sickness, second-circuit aggressive power-over, submissive no-power, and the associated turbulent emotions, third-circuit bewilderment over how to improve the quality of life, and fourth-circuit guilt -- are resolved quickly and dramatically by the advent of fifth-circuit consciousness. An accurate description of life by fifth-circuit adepts is 'floating one foot off the ground.'

Circuit Five Application
It seems to me that one of the most effective ways to integrate Circuit Five experience into daily life is to work on focusing the consciousness intensely in space-time. Being 'here-now' transforms even the most mundane tasks into a set of hedonic sensations and virtually wipes out boredom from the working vocabulary. Paul Reps relates such an ancient tale in his Zen Flesh,

Zen Bones: Zen students are with their masters at least ten years before they presume to teach others. Nan-in was visited by Tenno, who, having passed his apprenticeship, had become a teacher. The day happened to be rainy, so Tenno wore wooden clogs and carried an umbrella. After greeting him Nan-in remarked:

'I suppose you left your wooden clogs in the vestibule. I want to know if your umbrella is on the right or left side of the clogs.' Tenno, confused, had no instant answer. He realized that he was unable to carry his Zen every minute. He became Nan-in's pupil, and he studied six more years to accomplish his every-minute Zen.

When this Circuit Five 'every-minute Zen' is achieved, one can't help remembering where the umbrella is! At the moment that he placed the umbrella, Tenno would have been so absorbed in the interplay of colors and shapes between the umbrella, clogs, and the decor of the vestibule, for instance, that those sensory images would have been vividly stamped in his mind and readily accessible to memory. In this state, the environment becomes a whirling miasma of such vivid sense data that just walking down the sidewalk becomes a 'retinal circus': the texture of the sidewalk is a profound sculpture of perfect randomness; the sprays of grass coming up through the cracks are delightful explosions of soft green against the tan concrete; wildflowers along the sides smear their luscious pastels across the visual field, seeming to blossom into the brain itself; trees a few feet away leap into the mind with every gully and protrusion in the bark relieved in vast detail; the blocks in the sidewalk seem crazily tilted and hilariously three-dimensional; the sudden whooshing of a sprinkler in the adjacent yard seems a delicately balanced symphony of sound; the sky is impossibly blue against the wispy clouds -- the whole body tingles and lightens, seeming about to lift off the ground and fly! Needless to say, life becomes a fluid, hedonic experience in which boredom is unheard of.

But what about when your bank screws you over, your camping trip gets rained out, your car throws a rod, and your best friend announces she is no longer speaking to you? No amount of cursing the local deities and trying to force things into your elegantly prepared scheme will do a bit of good. With that approach, you stomp around the house muttering all day until you've muttered yourself blue in the face. At such times the most expedient thing to do is to stop in your tracks, screw your eyes tight shut (assuming you're not driving), jump up and down, screaming madly a few times, then do some deep breathing until you feel relatively stable. Hopefully, during the course of the breathing your face (and other muscles) will have relaxed somewhat. Now, you can open your eyes to a calmer world and proceed to plan your next step.

First priority must be relieving any physical pain you may be in, if the means are at hand, so that you can think more clearly. Slow down, tense and relax all of your muscles in turn; breathe deeply and slowly, filling your lungs and expanding your abdomen with air; hold for a few moments, then release, still slowly, pausing with all of the air released before inhaling again. Meanwhile, slowly tell yourself 'Calm, calm, calm,' lingering on each sound within the word as you breathe. Now, take stock of your situation. Exactly what has changed, and what are the immediate implications for you? Never mind futuring; many possible complications may never develop. Accept complete responsibility for your perceptions! The importance of the last sentence cannot be emphasized enough. Through experience I have found that usually a problem isn't a problem unless you perceive it as one. If all else fails, a simple shrug and a decision to go with the flow, to do whatever is necessary and try to learn from the situation, seems to be the best approach. Struggling against the reality bumping you in the nose accomplishes nothing and is extremely frustrating, to say the least.

As Lao Tsu said,
It is not wise to rush about....
If too much energy is used, exhaustion follows.
The world is ruled by letting things take their course.
It cannot be ruled by interfering.
--Tao Te Ching

Finally, yet another hint from a Zen parable. Buddha told a man in a sutra: A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself down over the edge. The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him. Only the vine sustained him.

Two mice, one white and one black, little by little started gnaw away the vine. The man saw a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other. How sweet it tasted!

Colin Low: A Depth of Beginning - Notes on Kabbalah

This is a very nice to the point practical book on Kabbalah, read it quite fast and recommend it to anyone.

Notes on Kabbalah - Colin Low

Mike Patton & Young Gods: September Song

Friday, March 30, 2012

Table of Correspondence

Archangel Dir. Element Sephirah Circuit Meditation Symbols
Auriel  North  Earth  Malkuth Physical Relaxation Disc/Book/Mirror
Gabriel  West  Water  Yesod  Emotional  Visualisation  Cup/Horn
Raphael   East   Air   Tiphareth  Rational  Vipassana  Sword/Arrow
Michael  South  Fire  Hod Social/Will Dharana Wand/Staff/Rod

10 Malkuth - Kingdom

Material, Sensory Consciousness.
Malkuth: brain consciousness, after any astral projection the ceremonial return is made to malkuth and normal consciousness re-establishes therein.
Muladhara Lotus Chakra
Planet: Earth. Goddesses: Persephone, Demeter, Ceres, Geb, Nephthys, all Earth Gods. 
Colors: Citrine, olive, russet, black. Jewel: Rock Crystal.
Plant: Ivy, willow, lily, all grains. Perfume: Dittany of crete. Animal: Sphinx
TITLE: Malkuth, the Kingdom. (Hebrew spelling: Mem, Lamed, Kaph, Vau, Tau.)
MAGICAL IMAGE: A young woman, crowned and throned.
SITUATION ON THE TREE: At the base of the Pillar of Equilibrium.
YETZIRATIC TEXT: The Tenth Path is called the Resplendent Intelligence because it is exalted above every head and sits upon the Throne of Binah. It illuminates the splendours of all the Lights, and causes an influence to emanate from the Prince of Countenances, the Angel of Kether.
TITLES GIVEN TO MALKUTH: The Gate. The Gate of Death. The Gate of the Shadow of Death. The Gate of Tears.The Gate of Justice. The Gate of Prayer.The Gate of the Daughter of the Mighty Ones. The Gate of the Garden of Eden. The Inferior Mother. Malkuth is Binah upon a lower arc (Mothers). Malkah, the Queen. Kallab, the Bride. The Virgin.
GOD-NAME: Adonai Malekh or Adonai ha Aretz.
ARCHANGEL: Sandalphon.
CHOIR OF ANGELS: Ashim, Souls of Fire.
MUNDANE CHAKRA: Cholem ha Yesodoth, Sphere of the Elements.
SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE: Vision of the Holy Guardian Angel.
VIRTUE: Discrimination.
VICE: Avarice. Inertia.
SYMBOLS: Altar of the double cube. The Equal-armed cross. The magic circle.
The triangle of art.
TAROT CARDS: The four Tens.
TEN OF WANDS: Oppression.
TEN OF CUPS: Perfected Success.
BRIAH: Citrine, olive, russet, and black.
YETZIRAH: Citrine, olive, russet, and black, flecked with gold.
ASSIAH: Black, rayed with yellow.
The four elements correspond to the four temperaments as described by Hippocrates, the four Tarot suits, the twelve signs of the Zodiac, and the seven planets. If the implications of these statements are worked out, it will he seen that herein are contained some very important keys. 
The Element of Earth corresponds to the Phlegmatic Temperament; the suit of Pentacles; the signs of
Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn; and the planets Venus and Luna.
The Element of Water corresponds to the Bilious Temperament; the Suit of Cups; the signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces; and the planet Mars.
The Element of Air corresponds to the Choleric Temperament; the suit of Swords; the signs of Libra, Gemini, and Aquarius; and the planets Saturn and Mercury. 
The Element of Fire corresponds to the Sanguine Temperament; the suit of Wands; the signs of Aries, Sagittarius and Leo; and the planets Sol and Jupiter. 

Not just the terrestrial sphere, also the Earth-soul, that is to say, the subtle, psychic aspect of matter; the underlying noumenon of the physical plane which gives rise to all physical phenomena. Understand the exact nature of the relationship between Yesod and Malkuth must be clearly understood, because it is all-important for practical occult work. Yesod is a form-givin gprinciple, whatever form is built up in its Sphere will be bodied forth in the Sphere of Malkuth unless it contains incompatibles. It is for this reason that the esotericist personifles the subtler forces and calls them Intelligences. He then proceeds to deal with them as if they were intelligent, and he finds that there is a subtle side of his own nature and consciousness which responds to them, and to which, he fondly believes, they respond. Let us now interpret this simile from the point of view of technical occultism.

Every magical operation is designed to bring power down the planes into the reach of the operator, who then applies it to whatever ends he may design. Many operators are content if they can obtain purely subjective results-that is to say, a sense of exaltation; others aim at the production of psychic phenomena. It should be recognised, however, that no operation is completed until the process has been expressed in terms of Malkuth, or, in other words, has issued forth in action on the physical plane. If this is not done, the force that has been generated is not properly " earthed," and it is this loose force left lying around that causes the trouble in magical experiments. It may not cause trouble in a single experiment, as few operators generate enough power to cause anything, let alone trouble; but in a series of experiments the effect may be cumulative, and result in the general Psychic upheaval and run of bad luck and queer happenings so often reported by experimenters. It is these sort of things that give experimental magic a bad name, and lead to its being regarded as dangerous and compared to drug addiction.

...These four elements are said to be the Earth, Air, Fire, and Water of the Wise-that is to say, four types of activity. They are represented in the notation of esoteric science by four different types of triangle. Fire is represented by a triangle point upwards; Air by a similar triangle with a bar across it, thus indicating that Air may be esteemed as akin in nature to Fire, but denser. In fact, we should not go far wrong if we called Air, Negative Fire, or Fire, Positive Air. Water is represented by a triangle point downwards, and Earth by the same triangle with a bar across it; and to these two symbols the same principles apply as to their predecessors.

Supposing, then, we consider the Fire triangle as representing unconditioned force and the Air triangle as representing conditioned force, the Earth triangle as representing totally inert form and the Water triangle as representing an active type of form, we have another mode of classification available. In the most ancient myths, the air, or space-god, is the parent of the sun, celestial fire, and water is the matrix of earth. This comes out clearly on the Central Pillar of the Tree of Life, where
Kether, space, overshadows Tiphareth, the sun-centre, and the watery Yesod, the moon-centre, overshadows the earthy Malkuth.

Path of the Arrow: Way of Initiation 32nd path from Malkuth to Yesod. (The Occultist takes the knowledge of the sidepaths too) The archangel is the great angel Sandalphon, who is sometimes called by Qabalists the Dark Angel; whereas Metatron, the Angel of the Countenance, is the Bright Angel. These two angels are held to stand behind the right and left shoulders of the soul in its hours of crisis. They might be taken to represent good and bad karma. It is in reference to the function of Sandalphon as the Dark Angel presiding over the Karmic Debt that Malkuth is called the Gate of Justice and the Gate of Tears. It has been said by a wit, with more truth than he knew, that this planet was actually some other planet's hell. It is in very fact the sphere in which karma is normally worked out. Where there is sufficient knowledge, however, karma can be worked out deliberately on the subtler planes, and this method is one of the forms of spiritual healing..

The Spiritual Experience of Malkuth is the Vision of the Holy Guardian Angel. Now this angel, which according to the Qabalists is assigned to each soul at birth and companions him till death, when it takes him into its keeping and presents him before the face of God for judgment, is in actuality the Higher Self of each one of us, which builds up around the Divine Spark that is the nucleus of the soul and endures for an evolution, sending down a process into matter at each incarnation to form the basis of the new personality.

When the Higher Self and the Lower Self become united through the complete absorption of the lower by the higher, true adepthood is gained; this is the Great Initiation, the Lesser Divine Union. It is the supreme experience of the incarnate soul, and when this takes place, it is freed from any compulsion to rebirth into the prison-house of flesh. Thenceforth it is free to go on up the planes and enter into its rest, or, if it so elects, to remain within the earth-sphere and function as a Master. This, then, is the spiritual experience which is assigned to Malkuth-the bringing down of the Godhead into manhood, just as the spiritual experience of Tiphareth is the taking up of manhood into the Godhead.

The Great Work parts 2-4

Ok so I was very harsh on the first part, and without regret cause I really am irked by the overgeneralized and mostly useless "Secret Law of Attraction" stuff, it's very disempowering but I guess it serves a purpose to learn about what really matters in life.

The Second part was much more interesting. I also learned something new about meditation which I will share here and must put on at some point. I've found the full vids and shared 'em here, I haven't seen parts 3 and 4 yet myself.

Element - Circuit - Meditation
Earth - 1 Physical - Relaxation
Water - 2 Emotional - Visualisation
Air - 3 Rational - Vipassana (Mindfulness)
Fire - 4 Social (Will) - Dharana

Update: Saw the third part and really enjoyed it.

"Whoever and whatever presses your buttons is your master, and if you decide you don't want to be a slave all your life then the objective is to not get your buttons pushed." John Anthony West

Part 1 is here.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Walk & Talk

"Secret teachers" inspire me... to dropkick them in the mouth

The Great Work: This is really hard to watch, like any Secret bs video, I'm really disappointed that Lon Milo DuQuette associated his name with the Secret. Has some nice graphics though and explains some basic symbolism. I really wanna dropkick John Demartini or however the f his name is written in the face. One gem from him is "you're not wealthy because your values are wrong, so spend 3 months writing 5000 reasons why you wanna be wealthy." Yeah you can actually do a lot with that time to actually make money lol, he also has names for the most retardedly simple things, what a great doctor he is, making up shit. Then there's the couple of "doctors" that say organ cleansing releases repressed emotions, and a few other bozos pimping whatever they're selling. Wtf Lon.

Added: the second part was a lot better, I'll post about it tomorrow.
update: found the full vid.

9 Yesod - Foundation - The Subconscious

Astral Psychism. Netzach and Hod synthesise in Yesod.
Yesod gives understanding of life-force and its tidal modes of functioning. we enter deeply into psychic consciousness and touch the hidden life-forces of the earth and our own natures.
Sphere of Levanah, the moon, psychic consciousness, reproductive centre. Diana-Hecate.
Svadisthana Chakra, Six Petalled Lotus
Planet: The Moon. Gods: Diana, Selene, Shu, Ganesa, Hecate, All lunar Gods and Godesses.
Color: violet. Day: Monday. Jewel: Quartz. Plant: Banyan, mandrake, damiana. Perfume: Jasmine, Ginseng, all odoriferous roots. Animal: Elephant.
When the Masters are seen clairvoyantly as robed beings, the colours of whose robes indicate their ray, they are being perceived reflected into the sphere of Yesod, which is the kingdom of phantasms and hallucinations. We are treading on precarious ground when we have to meet the Masters here. It is here that the anthropomorphic form is given to the spiritual inspiration which so misleads those psychics who cannot rise to Chesed. It is thus that the announcement of a spiritual impulse flowing out upon the world gets interpreted as the coming of a World Teacher.
TITLE: Yesod, the Foundation. (Hebrew spelling: Yod, Samech, Vau, Daleth.)
MAGICAL IMAGE: A beautiful naked man, very strong.
SITUATION ON THE TREE: Towards the base of the Pillar of Equilibrium.
YETZIRATIC TEXT: The Ninth Path is called the Pure Intelligence because it purifies the Emanations. It proves and corrects the designing of their representations, and disposes the unity with which they are designed without
diminution or division.
GOD-NAME: Shaddai el Chai, the Almighty Living God.
ORDER OF ANGELS: Kerubim, the Strong.
MUNDANE CHAKRA: Levanah, the Moon.
SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE: Vision of the Machinery of the Universe.
VIRTUE: Independence.
VICE: Idleness.
SYMBOLS: The Perfumes and sandals.
TAROT CARDS: The four Nines.
NINE OF WANDS: Great strength.
NINE OF CUPS: Material happiness.
NINE OF SWORDS: Despair and cruelty.
NINE OF PENTACLES: Material gain.
BRIAH: Violet.
YETZIRAH: Very dark purple.
ASSIAH: Citrine, flecked with azure.
The sphere of the machinery of the universe. The engine room.
The all-important Sphere for any magic which is designed to take effect in the physical world.
Yesod is to Magic what Tiphareth is to Mysticism.
Yesod=Moon, Tiphareth=Sun, the Moon shines by borrowed light, reflected from the Sun, and the Sun may reveive its fiery energy from outer space, the Great Unmanifest.

Netzach & Yesod = magnetic sexual attraction relationship
Netzach, Hod and Yesod, form the Lower Triad, overshadowed by Tiphareth as the Lower Self is overshadowed by the Higher Self. The four lower Sephiroth form the Personality, or unit of Incarnation, of the Tree, the Higher Triad of Chesed, Geburah and Tiphareth form the Individuality, or Higher Self, and the Three Supernals correspond to the Divine Spark. The Triads are always represented, when once emanated and in equillibrium, as a Pair of Opposites manifesting in a Functional Third. In this, the Lower Triad, then, we find Netzach and Hod equilibriated in Yesod, which is conceived as receiving their emanations. But it also received the emanations of Tiphareth, and through Tiphareth, of Kether, because there is always a line of force working down a Pillar; consequently, as it received also from Netzach and Hod the influences that they in their turn have received from their respective Pillars, it may aptly be called, in the words of Qabalists, the Mystical Qabala "receptacle of the emanations"; and it is from Yesod that Malkuth receives the influx of the Divine forces.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Black Jesus!

Posted some a long while ago - More Black Jesus

8 Hod - Splendour (Thoughts)

Mercury, Initiation of Knowledge. Intellect, concrete thought, reduction of Intuitive knowledge to form. Represents the Mind Side of Magic. the Occult. Hod gives understanding of sciences. we become filled with enthusiasm and energy for research. Concrete Mind.
Planet: Mercury. Gods: Hermes, Mercury, Odin, Toth, all magic and language gods. Day: Wednesday. Color: Orange. Jewel: Opal. Planet: Moly (mandrake), anhalonium, lewinil. Perfume: Storax. Animal Hermaphrodite Jackal.
TITLE: Hod, Glory. (Hebrew spelling: He, Vau, Daleth.)
MAGICAL IMAGE: A hermaphrodite.
SITUATION ON THE TREE: At the foot of the Pillar of Severity.
YETZIRATIC TEXT: The Eighth Path is called the Absolute or Perfect
Intelligence because it is the mean of the Primordial, which has no root by which it can cleave or rest, save in the hidden places of Gedulah, from which emanates
its proper essence.
GOD-NAME: Elohim Tzabaoth, the God of Hosts.
ORDER OF ANGELS: Beni Elohim, Sons of God.
MUNDANE CHAKRA: Kokab, Mercury.
SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE: Vision of Splendour.
VIRTUE: Truthfulness.
VICE: Falsehood. Dishonesty.
SYMBOLS: Names and Versicles and Apron.
TAROT CARDS: The four Eights.
EIGHT OF WANDS: Swiftness.
EIGHT OF CUPS: Abandoned success.
EIGHT OF SWORDS: Shortened force.
COLOUR IN ATZILUTH: Violet-purple.
BRIAH: Orange.
YETZIRAH: Russet-red.
ASSIAH: Yellowish black, flecked with white.

A Sephirah of Form, as it is a reflection of Chesed. We see, then, that it is through inhibitions and refrainings on the lower planes that the dynamic energy of the highest plane is rendered available. It is in the Sphere of Hod that the rational mind imposes these inhibitions on the dynamic animal nature of the soul; condensing them; formulating them; directing them by limiting them and preventing diffusion. This is the operation of the magic that works with symbols. By its means the free-moving natural forces are constrained and directed to ends that are willed and designed. This power of direction and control is only obtained by the sacrifice of fluidity, and Hod is therefore aptly said to be the reflection of Binah through Chesed.

The initiate of Hod sees behind the appearance of created things and discerns their Creator, and in the realisation of the splendour of Nature as the garment of the Ineffable he receives his illumination and becomes a co-worker with the Great Artificer. It is this realisation of the spiritual forces manipulating all manifestations and appearances which is the key to the powers of Hod as wielded in the Magic of Light. It is by making himself a channel for these forces that the Master of White Magic brings order into the disorder of the Spheres of Unbalanced Force, not by deflecting the invisible powers to his personal will. He is the equilibrator of the unbalanced, not the arbitrary manipulator of Nature.

The standard of the physical plane is strength, the standard of the astral plane is beauty, the standard of the mental plane is truth, and the standard of the spiritual plane is that of right and wrong as we understand the terms. The symbols associated with Hod are given as the names and versicles and the apron. The names are the Words of Power wherein the magus sums up and evokes into consciousness the multiform potencies of teh Beni Elohim. These names are by no manner of means arbitrary and barbaric vocables, without etymology or meaning. They are philosophic formulae.

Versicles: mantric phrases, a sonorous phrase which, when repeated over and over after the manner of a rosary, works up on the mind as a special form of auto-suggestion. The apron has immediate associations for the initiates of Solomon the Wise; it is the characteristic garment of the initiate in the Lesser Mysteries, who is always deemed figuratively to be a craftsman, that is a maker of forms. The apron covers and conceals the Moo-centre, Yesod.

Hod and Yesod are readily accessible through dreams, imaginative ritual meditations or psychedelic drugs

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

What if

Archangels: Michael

In the South, Michael ('the Godlike') stands in full mid-day splendour, a familiar figure in armour, commonly pictured as spearing a symbolically evil monster. He shows the power of Light over Darkness, and is figured as being at the Right Hand of God. This in fact is his position at his Quarter of the Magical Circle to an East-facing Initiate. He is the Right Hand Angel who tells us what we ought to do, while his colleague on our left (Auriel) warns us what not to do. Michael appointed himself as mediator of Mankind before the Throne of God, and promised to stand by even the worst mortal as long as they had the slightest good in them. He is thus a Solar Angel. Occasionally he is shown on horseback, the horse being a Sun creature, and Apollo in the Sun-Chariot equates with an equestrian Michael.

It is Michael who cures diseases of humanity arising from unbalance and disorder of natural forces. He typifies our inherent longing to be 'Right' in every way, and if we ever achieve any degree of such an objective, it will be with his help. Michael's Key-Symbol is the Rod, or spear-staff, his period full noon, and his Season Summer. For that reason he is visualized with golden hair, brilliant blue eyes, a commanding voice, and a wholly admirable nature. The kind of superior officer whose orders would be obeyed without question, and in whom may be placed entire confidence. Michael is indeed the Grand Master of the Mysteries of the Light.

Fire is Michael's Element, and as might be expected, his colours align with Summer and Noon, being deep greens, vivid blues, bright yellows and the red of roses. His girdle or belt is golden-yellow, and there should be a Solar Symbol on his brazen breastplate. Usually his armour is quasi-Roman in type, with a kilt, but he may well be thought of sometimes in off-duty uniform. He is patron of sports, athletics, and open-air pursuits, and in his capacity of Judge of Souls, hopes for high standards of performance within the principles of fair play from humans.

Symbol: the Rod or Spear-staff
Element: Fire
Visualised with: golden hair, brilliant blue eyes, a commanding voice, and a wholly admirable nature
Colours: Summer and Noon, deep greens, vivid blues, bright yellows, red of roses
Clothing: solar symbol on his brazen breastplate, armour quasi-roman in type, with a kilt, sometimes in off-duty uniform
Girdle: golden-yellow
Patron of: sports, athletics, open-air pursuits, and in his capacity of judge of souls

7 Netzach - Victory (Feelings)

Third Trinity: Netzach, Hod, Yesod - Astral

Venus, Green Nature Ray, Elemental force, Initiation of Emotions, Instinct, a Kinetic Force. the Mystic.
Represents highest aspects of elemental forces.
Goddesses: Venus, Aphrodite, hathor, freya, nike (winged victory). Day: Friday. Color: Emerald. Jewel: Emerald. Plant: Rose. Perfume: Benzoin, rose, red sandal. Animal: Lynx.
TITLE: Netzach, Victory. (Hebrew spelling: Nun, Tzaddi, Cheth.)
MAGICAL IMAGE: A beautiful naked woman.
SITUATION ON THE TREE: At the foot of the Pillar of Mercy.
YETZIRATIC TEXT: The Seventh Path is called the Occult Intelligence because it is the refulgent splendour of the intellectual virtues which are perceived by the eyes of the intellect and the contemplations of faith.
GOD-NAME: Jehovah Tzabaoth (Lord of Hosts, God of Armies), The Lord of Hosts.
ORDER OF ANGELS: Elohim (rulers of Nature), Gods.
MUNDANE CHAKRA: Nogah(=hebrew Venus), Venus.
SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE: Vision of beauty triumphant.
VIRTUE: Unselfishness.
VICE: Unchastity. Lust.
SYMBOLS: Lamp and girdle. The rose.
TAROT CARDS: The four Sevens.
SEVEN OF WANDS: Valour. (spiritual love)
SEVEN OF CUPS: Illusory success.
SEVEN OF SWORDS: Unstable effort.
SEVEN OF PENTACLES: Success unfulfilled.
BRIAH: Emerald.
YETZIRAH: Bright yellowish green.
ASSIAH: Olive, flecked with gold.
Instinct and emotions
Netzach entities, use dance and sound to contact. Some form of sacrifice: incense.
Goddesses of Love = Comradership of men. Teacher = Pupil relationship.
Energy transmutes up and down the Pillar of Mercy
Firmness: masterful and victorious energy

ALWAYS CONSIDER NETZACH & HOD TOGETHER. Netzach: Artist. Beauty. & Hod: Scientist. Truth. Netzach and Hod represent the force and form aspects of astral consciousness respectively.
Hod then, may be taken as representing Chokmah and Chesed upon a lower arc, even as Netzach represents Binah and Geburah.
Netzach represents the force aspect, and Hod the form aspect of the Akasha.
In the sphere of Hod are performed all manner of magical operations in which the intellect istelf is brought to bear upon these tenuous and fleeting images to give them form and permanency. In the sphere of Netzach magical operations do not take place to any great degree; all god-forms in Netzach are worshipped by means of the arts, not conceived by the means of philosophies. Nevertheless, for all practical purposes it is impossible to separate the activities of Hod and Netzach, which are a functional pair. Form transmutes up and down the Pillar of Severity.

Monday, March 26, 2012

6 Tiphareth - Beauty (Heart)

Illuminated Consciousness, the Highest aspect of the personality with which the individuality has coalesced, the consciousness of the higher self brought into the personality - the condition which really constitutes initiation. A gleam of higher consciousness coming from behind the veil Paroketh. Messiahs and Saviours are assigned to Tiphareth. Light Bringers, who bring fire from heaven must die the sacrificial death for the sake of mankind. Here we die to the lower self in order that we may rise in the higher self.
Higher psychism, true illuminated vision, highest grade of the initiation of the personality as is evidenced by the fact that to it is assigned the first of the grades of adepthood. The Christ-Center, Apollo, the Redeemer and Equilibrator.
Planet: The sun, Gods: Apollo, Osiris, Dionysus, Jesus, Attis, Balder, all solar or resurrected Gods. Day of the Week: Sunday. Color: Yellow/Gold. Jewel: Topaz, Yellow Diamond. Plant: Bay, Agacia, Vine, Laurel. Perfume: Olibanum. Animal: Phoenix, lion, child.
TITLE: Tiphareth, Beauty. (Hebrew spelling: Tau, Pe, Aleph, Resh, Tau.)
MAGICAL IMAGE: A majestic king. A child. A sacrificed god.
SITUATION ON THE TREE: In the centre of the Pillar of Equilibrium.
YETZIRATIC TEXT: The Sixth Path is called the Mediating Intelligence,
because in it are multiplied the influxes of the Emanations; for it causes that influence to flow into all the reservoirs of the blessings with which they themselves are united.
TITLES GIVEN TO TIPHARETH: Zoar Anpin, the Lesser Countenance.
Melekh, the King. Adam. The Son. The Man.
GOD-NAME: Tetragrammaton Aloah Va Daath.
ORDER OF ANGELS: Malachim, Kings.
MUNDANE CHAKRA: Shemesh, the Sun.
SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE: Vision of the harmony of things. Mysteries of the
VIRTUE: Devotion to the Great Work.
VICE: Pride.
SYMBOLS: The Lamen. The Rosy Cross. The Calvary Cross.The truncated
pyramid. The cube.
TAROT CARDS: The four Sixes.
SIX OF WANDS: Victory.
SIX OF SWORDS: Earned success.
SIX OF PENTACLES: Material success.
COLOUR IN ATZILUTH: Clear rose-pink.
BRIAH: Yellow.
YETZIRAH: Rich salmon-pink.
ASSIAH: Golden amber.

It is the point of transmutation between the planes of force and the planes of form. As Kether is the Father, Tiphareth is the Child, for it is the place of Incarnation. Yesod is the Holy Ghost.
In Tiphareth also are gathered up and interpreted the operations of the nature magic of Netzach and the Hermetic magic of Hod. All the astral visions of Yesod also must be translated into terms of metaphysics via the mystical experiences of Tiphareth. If this translation is not made, we become hallucinated; for we think the reflections cast into the mirror of the subconscious mind and translated there into terms of brain-consciousness are the actual things of which they are really only the symbolic representations.
Kether is metaphysical; Yesod is psychic; and Tiphareth is essentially mystical.
Sacrifice is the translation of force from one form to another. There is no such thing as the total destruction of force; however completely it disappears from our ken, it maintains itself in some other form according to the great natural law of the conservation of energy, which is the law that maintains our universe in existence.
Tiphareth is, for all practical purposes, Kether for us while we tabernacle in this house of flesh, for no man may look up on the face of God and live. We can only see the Father reflecte din the Son, and Tiphareth shows us the Father. Solar Plexus & Heart chakra: Manipura & Anahata Chakras (Geburah and Chesed - find their equilibrium in Tiphareth!)

Archangels: Raphael

Raphael ('Healer of God') typifies the youthful enthusiasm and 'go-aheadness' we need to make progress on our Pathways. He is the rising of the Inner Light in mankind, and heals the hurts we encounter both from circumstances and each other in our eagerness to follow where he leads us. (Though Angels are referred to as 'he' or 'she', it must be remembered they are nonreproductive
and therefore sexless to us, and may be dealt with from either polarity.) Raphael personifies our natural curiosity and desire to know all about everything. To some extent he equates with Hermes as leader of souls and instructor of minds. His Key-Symbol is the Sword and Arrow ('Keen as a Sword, swift as an Arrow to its mark'). His Element is Air as signifying Life, and of course he is a winged being to indicate Aspiration and Faith.
Like Hermes, Raphael is patron of travel and most enterprises of adventure in human activities such as commerce, inventions, theatricals, and the like. As a healer of hurts he bears a golden vial of balm, which is not to be interpreted in the sense of gold being sufficient payment for any hurt. It may, however,be taken to mean that compensation for whatever injuries we sustain in our spiritual struggles will eventually come to us one way or another. If this reaches us via Raphael, it is likely to bein the nature of new opportunities or abilities to overcome old difficulties.
Raphael is usually visualized as a young being with brown hair and grey eyes, lively voice and engaging disposition. His colours are associated with Springtime and the dawn, pale blues, delicate greens, etc. His robes are of these tints in the traditional angelic pattern, and his girdle is deep blue. It is technically possible to visualize the Archangels in modern dress of any description,but this would be a bad aesthetic and magical error. They should be seen as timelessly as is practicable, linked by the natural colours of the Solar cycles and seasons in combination with the elements, so that we associate them with the creative energies around and within us.

West. East
Symbol: Sword and Arrow ('Keen as a Sword, swift as an Arrow to its mark')
Element: Air
Sephirah: Tiphareth
Circuit: 3
Visualised as: a young being in traditional Angelic robe with brown hair and grey eyes, lively voice and engaging disposition. And of course he is a winged being to indicate Aspiration and Faith.
Colours: Springtime and the dawn, pale blues, delicate greens, etc.
Girdle: Deep Blue

Sunday, March 25, 2012

5 Geburah - Strength (Will)

Mars, destruction, warrior and destroyer of evil.
Warrior King on Chariot. Kinetic Force.
Why in female pillar of Severity? The positive builds up, the Negative breaks down. The positive is a kinetic force, the negative is a static force.
Gods: Mars, Ares, Mars, Tyr, Vishnu, Horus, all martial Gods. Day: Tuesday.
Color: Red. Jewel: Ruby. Plant: Oak, nux vomiga, nettle. Perfume: Tobacco. Animal: Basilisk.
TITLE: Geburah, Strength, Severity. (Hebrew spelling: Gimel, Beth, Vau, Resh, Heh.)
MAGICAL IMAGE: A mighty warrior in his chariot.
SITUATION ON THE TREE: In the centre of the Pillar of Severity.
YETZIRATIC TEXT: The Fifth Path is called the Radical Intelligence because
it resembles Unity, uniting itself to Binah, Understanding, which emanates from
the primordial depths of Chokmah, Wisdom.
TITLES GIVEN TO GEBURAH: Din: Justice. Pachad: Fear.
GOD-NAME: Elohim Gebor.
HOST OF ANGELS: Seraphim, Fiery Serpents.
VIRTUE: Energy. Courage.
VICE: Cruelty. Destruction.
SYMBOLS: The Pentagon. The Five-petalled Tudor Rose. The Sword. The Spur. The Scourge. The Chain.
TAROT CARDS: The four Fives.
FIVE OF CUPS: Loss in pleasure.
FIVE OF PENTACLES: Earthly trouble.
BRIAH: Scarlet red.
YETZIRAH: Bright scarlet.
ASSIAH: Red, flecked with black.

Geburah is the most dynamic and forceful of all the Sephiroth, but it is also the most highly disciplined. Indeed, the military discipline, presided over by the god of War, is a synonym for the sternest kind of control that can be imposed upon human beings. Every boxer knows that if he gets angry and starts fighting instead of boxing, the odds are against him. The initiate of Mars is essentially the Happy Warrior, the initiate who has passed through the grade of Tiphareth and gained equilibrium. He fights without malice; he spares the weak and wounded; he does not set Out to destroy the law but to see to it that it is properly fulfilled. He is the corrector of the balance, and as such is always the defender of the weak and oppressed.

Alan Moore Magick Art and Shamanism

Circuit 4 Megapost Socio-Sexual Moral Civilized Lover/Parent

4. The "Moral" Socio-Sexual Circuit.

"And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
Marianne Williamson

Druid Journal: Who is a viable mate? Who is not? What are the cultural restrictions on mating? What is “right”? What is “wrong”? This circuit is activated during adolescence, as one might expect. A positive imprint predisposes the individual to a playful sexuality and a “live and let live” morality. A negative imprint does the opposite.

Robert Anton Wilson: This is imprinted by the first orgasm-mating experiences at puberty and is conditioned by tribal taboos. It processes sexual pleasure, local definitions of "right" and "wrong," reproduction, adult-parental personality (sex role) and nurture of the young.

Circuit 4 sheet
Leary: Socio-Sexual
Gurdjieff: False personality
Freud: Phallic
Berne: Parent
Piaget: Formal Operational
Roddenberry: Captain Kirk
Imprint sites: Left Neo-Cortex
Intelligence: Civilized
Reality: Social
Chakra: Anahata Heart Love
Element: Fire
Medium: Code of Ethics
Education: Adolescence, Adulthood and Collectivization
Moralistic - Lover/Parent
Relationship to Sex/Lover/Parent
The Will!

The Socio-Sexual Winner and Loser scripts:
Winner: "Love, and do what thou wilt."
Loser: "Everything I like is illegal, immoral, or fattening."

Sex-positive: joyous, transcendental, bright eyes & bushy tails
Sex-negative: problematic, disturbed, zombie-like appearance
note: negative imprint is the criminal born-to-lose type / jekyll-hyde dualism

"The human species is undergoing a radical change, of which the Internet is almost a test run. The Internet is a way to practice what it is that we're going to have to do for real, which is deal with privacy when we can all read each others' thoughts, deal with a global community when when we're all realising that we're part of the same thing. The Internet is like a good, dry, safe way for scared white people to experience community again, after we've been so isolated through television."
Douglas Rushkoff"

"So then, the relationship of self to other is the complete realization that loving yourself is impossible without loving everything defined as other than yourself."
Alan Watts

This is imprinted by the first orgasm-mating experiences at puberty and is conditioned by tribal taboos. It processes sexual pleasure, local definitions of "right" and "wrong," reproduction, adult-parental personality (sex role) and nurture of the young.

The development of these circuits as the brain evolved through evolution, and as each domesticated primate (human)
brain recapitulates evolution3 in growing from infancy to adulthood, makes possible gene-pool survival, mammalian sociobiology (pecking order, or politics) and transmission of culture.

Antero Alli:
Development of personality in context to society. Social needs for belonging, getting along with people, developing friendships, romance, courtships, partnerships, marriages, domestication, family, and those morals and ethics maintaining community interest. The push and pull of attracting and repulsing forces -- estrogen, testosterone & other growth hormones -- influencing likes, dislikes, procreative love, mating rituals, domestic and community structures, and the morales and beliefs surrounding relations with others. When over-emphasized, personal identity homogenizes, or blends, into herd or tribal mentality. Social and Moral Addictions. When frustrated, the individual experiences alienation, marginalization and degrees of abandonment by the tribe, sometimes resulting in "psychopathic criminal retribution". As social needs are satisfied, a well-adjusted personality finds "its people" while defining and claiming its unique behavioral and ethical code amidst a society far too complex to always condone them.

Social rituals, parties and gatherings. Cultural events and concerts. Church. Any "drugs" delivering social or community acceptance or sexual approval in exchange for submission to externally-imposed behaviorial standards and moralities. Most television programs. Organized Religion. Mass Media. Corporate Advertising. The Welfare State. Social Security. Fascism.

Loss of personality, autonomy and self as individual identity. Guilt complex, ie., confusion between the morality of others and one's own ethics.

"Television... The more you watch people behave immorally, the more you consider the behavior normal and permissible. This may not apply to you personally, but when the images are presented night after night, year after year, to a population of millions of people, there are effects on that population."

So gather around, and see what the day brings, and see what makes you smile, and see what makes you sing. And never, nevermind, the things that people say, they'll never go away, never go away.

Leary's description: "Circuit four is triggered through hormonal activation. These emotion-chemicals mutate the body into the adult form. As the earthling body transforms, alarming and dramatic emotional changes occur. Not to worry... These physical and emotional outbursts are actually quite normal. They are necessary exercises in opening the fourth or "Heart" circuit."
What you'll find: Welcome! This is the place to imprint social roles and develop your civilization. Put on your "responsible adult member of society" mask! Find your family unit. Interact with them. Share food. Look like you belong. Conform to their society (it's okay here).

"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly,
while bad people will find a way around the laws."

Whereas 2nd circuit deals with who bosses who, 4th deals with who is cool. What this comes down to is that depending on whether someone is cool or not, you'd let them get close to you or not, running a spectrum from not talking to someone at all (the snub) to having sex with them, with many subtle shades in between. It goes both ways- how cool are you? Are there people that you aren't cool enough to talk to? "Oh, I could never ask HER/HIM out..." The imprint you take here is how cool you feel, and how hard you have to work to feel that way.

Everyone has these circuits, but some people get stuck on one or another of them, usually because they've got some problem to work out in that area. Often one circuit gets to be a surrogate for another (especially if the other is underdeveloped) - the classic example is the pathetic (i.e. poor 2nd circuit imprint) nerd who tries to out-talk his buddies to show how smart he is (3rd circuit), in order to be an authority to them (2nd circuit dominance).

One of the ideas that came up in LSD research was the idea that you reach a state of internal linkflux in which new imprints can be taken. This is very much in agreement with ideas about set and setting, but as most people who have taken LSD agree, while everything seems to change after the experience, after a while you slip back into the old patterns (witness all the flower children who, unlike the few with real dedication, slipped back to become businessmen of the 80's).

Whether this slipback is really inherent in the function of the LSD trip is not certain, though - it may be caused by going back into one's regular environment, which has been shaped by everything one was before. Under the pressure of conformity to the old status quo, one slips back.

Leary felt that the goal was to work out the circuits so that one had imprints that led to a happy, healthy life, but without having to always have things one way - people who have to always be on top never learn about service, those who always have to feel secure never learn to take risks, etc. Ultimately, the circuits would be there to plug into and out of at Will, while one navigated through the upper circuits:

The upper circuits deal with mystical, psychic, or paranormal consciousness. They are built on the internal linkfoundation of the lower circuits, almost as 'overdriven' versions of them. Interestingly, they correspond well with ideas from many spritual traditions.

We have so much to learn from each other,
so many different people,
so many different thoughts.

Cybercraft: Circuit Four is the next center of operation or mode of thought. This center is approximated by the sex hormones awakening in the teen's body. Once a sexual awakening occurs society has a perceived duty to regulate sexual expression. This circuit could be called the Guilt Circuit since it is mostly used to control individuals, not enhance human life. Imprint vulnerability is acute. The first sexual signals to turn on the adolescent nervous system remain fixed for life, defining the individual's sexuality.
They lurch about, the bewildered possessors of new bodies awakening to a new rhythm. Sex! As any adult can tell, this time is delicate. Accidents do happen which lend to the general imprinting which may or may not contribute to a positive experience. Accidents which impinge upon this imprint are just as effective as fully intended ones. Yet time moves on. The individual's sexuality develops. Parents and peers all have a say in the conditioning. Schools play a part in the learning process with sex education. Society itself takes a guiding role in Circuit Four defining what is and is not acceptable in our activities.
Circuit Four can be used in two ways to regulate other circuits. A Circuit Three social concern can be alleviated by threatening Circuit Four. Take away a human's opportunity for sex and they will consider their options. A still more useful way to modify an individual's behavior is to threaten their children. Circuit Four is the Parent stage. Society both enhances and threatens the parent with beneficial social programs while hinting at removal of benefits and children.
"No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee."
John Donne
Group Think

"The conscious and intelligent maniplulation of organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in a democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power in our country... We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested largely by men we have never heard of... We are dominated by a relatively small number of persons... It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind and who harness social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world." Edward Bernays

"The sick individual finds himself at home with all other similarly sick individuals. the whole culture is geared to this kind of pathology. The result is that the average individual does not experience the separateness and isolation the fully schizophrenic person feels. He feels at ease among those suffer from the same deformation; in fact, it is the fully sane person who feels isolated int he insane society - and he may suffer so much from the incapacity to communicate that it is he who may become psychotic." Erich Fromm

"When in group narcissism, the object is not the individual but he group to which he belongs... The assertion that "my country" (or nation, or religion) is the most wonderful, the most cultural, the most powerful, the most peace-loving, etc. does not sound crazy at all; on the contrary, it sounds like an expression of patriotism, faith and loyalty." Erich Fromm

"The larger a society or confederacy, the greater the amalgamation of collective factors - which is typical of every large organization - the more aggraveted the moral and spiritual degeneration of the individual" Carl Gustav Jung

"People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centred;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway."
Mother Theresa

Be a world child, form a circle.

RAW: Since each of these tunnel-realities consists of biochemical imprints or matrices in the nervous system, each of them is specifically triggered by neuro-transmitters and other drugs.

Notice how drugs that stimulate the first four circuits, which are already activated, tend to be dangerously addictive, roughly ordered ascending from the first circuit.

To activate the first brain take an opiate. Mother Opium and Sister Morphine bring you down to cellular intelligence, bio-survival passivity, the floating consciousness of the newborn. (This is why Freudians identify opiate addiction with the desire to return to infancy.)

To activate the second tunnel-reality, take an abundant quantity of alcohol. Vertebrate territorial patterns and mammalian emotional politics immediately appear when the booze flows, as Thomas Nashe intuitively realized when he characterized the various alcohol states by animal labels: "ass drunk," "goat drunk," "swine drunk," "bear drunk," etc. To activate the third circuit, try coffee or tea, a high-protein diet, speed or cocaine. The specific neurotransmitter for circuit four has not been synthesized yet, but it is generated by the glands after pubescence and flows volcanically through the bloodstreams of adolescents.

None of these terrestrial drugs change basic biochemical imprints. The behaviors which they trigger are those which were wired into the nervous system during the first stages of imprint vulnerability. The circuit II drunk exhibits the emotional games or cons learned from parents in infancy. The circuit III "mind" never gets beyond the permutations and combinations of those tunnel-realities originally imprinted, or abstractions associated with the imprints through later conditioning. And so forth. But all this Pavlovian-Skinnerian robotism changes drastically and dramatically when we turn to the right lobe, the future circuits and extraterrestrial chemicals.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Maybe Valis

Borders (1989)

A philosophical flume ride through the physical, political and moral borders that inhibit the free movement of people and ideas. Mixing commentary, computer graphics, dramatisations, and investigative journalism, "BORDERS" probes the unsettling paradoxes behind immigration, drugs, Star Wars, and other topics.

Staring: Robert Anton Wilson, Michio Kaku, Margaret Randell, Juanita Kreps, Brian Freemantle & Steve Buscemi.

Written/Produced/Directed by: Merrill Alidighieri & Joe Tripician

4 Chesed (ake Chedulah/Gedulah) - Mercy (Love)

Second Trinity: Chesed, Geburah, Tiphareth - Ethical

Jupiter, lawgiver and beneficent ruler on throne. Ordering and preserving, organised force.
Planet: Jupiter. Gods: Zeus, Thord, Indra, and other Sky Gods. Day: Thursday.
Color: Blue. Jewel: Sapphire. Plant Olive: Shamrock. Perfume: Cedar. Animal: Unicorn.
TITLE: Chesed, Mercy. (Hebrew spelling: Cheth, Samech, Daleth.)
MAGICAL IMAGE: A mighty crowned and throned king. (he is seated in stability in a kingdom at peace, not going forth in his chariot to war, as is suggested by the magical image of Geburah.)
SITUATION ON THE TREE: In the centre of the Pillar of Mercy.
YETZIRATIC TEXT: The Fourth Path is called the Cohesive or Receptive
Intelligence because it contains all the Holy Powers, and from it emanate all the spiritual virtues with the most exalted essences. They emanate one from another by virtue of the Primordial Emanation, the Highest Crown, Kether.
TITLES GIVEN TO CHESED: Gedulah. Love. Majesty.
ARCHANGEL: Tzadkiel.
ORDER OF ANGELS: Chasmalim, Brilliant Ones.
MUNDANE CHAKRA: Tzedek, Jupiter.
VIRTUE: Obedience
VICE: Bigotry. Hypocrisy. Gluttony. Tyranny.
SYMBOLS: The solid figure - Tetrahedron. Pyramid. Equal armed Cross. Orb.
Wand. Sceptre. Crook.
TAROT CARDS: The four Fours.
FOUR OF WANDS : Perfected work.
FOUR OF CUPS: Pleasure.
FOUR OF SWORDS: Rest from strife.
FOUR OF PENTACLES: Earthly power.
BRIAH: Blue.
YETZIRAH: Deep purple.
ASSIAH: Deep azure, flecked yellow.
Seeing the big picture, see ahead, the formulation of the archetypal idea.
Chesed, then, reflects into Hod through the Christcentre of Tiphareth, just as Geburah reflects into Netzach. This teaches us a great deal, for it indicates that for consciousness to rise from form to force, and for force to descend to form, it must pass through the Centre of Equilibrium and Redemption, to which are assigned the Mysteries of the Crucifixion.
It is to the Sphere of Chesed that the exalted consciousness of the adept rises in his occult meditations; it is here that he receives the inspirations which he works uut on the planes of form. It is here that he meets the Masters as spiritual influences contacted telepathically, without any intermingling of personality. This is the true, and the highest,mode of contact with the Masters, contact with them as mind to mind in their own sphere of exalted consciousness.
The left arm, left hand, holds the orb, which signifies the orb itself and shows that all is held secure in the firm grasp of the ruler. Firmness. Chesed "Contains all the Holy Powers, and from it emanate all the spiritual virtues with the most exalted Essences."

Chesed and Geburah are both represented as Crowned figures.
We need Geburah's realism to balance Gedulah's idealism quite as much as we need to temper justice with mercy.

The analogy of physiology gives us a clear understanding of the significance of these two Sephiroth. Metabolism consists of anabolism, or the ingesting and assimilating of food and its building up into tissue, and katabolism, or the breaking down of tissue in active work and the output of energy. The by-products of katabolism are the fatigue-poisons which have to be eliminated from the blood by rest. The life-process is an everlasting uphuilding and downbreaking, and Geburah and Gedulah (another name for Chesed) represent these two processes in the Macrocosm.