Monday, June 05, 2006

Jeff Rense's True Colors

Check out These articles about Jeff Rense In A War of Nerves Lisa Guliani of Wing TV gives the next part of her Jeff Rense expose. Rense is now threatening Guliani's sources,, a former employer of Rense's because this person said Rense was a compulsive liar. Now this may well be the case.

This is reminiscent of Above Top Secret sending a high-price lawyer after the ISP of Signs of the Times because they did not like Signs' critique of their 911 Pentagon article. Further, there was no legal case. Now a bunch of just regular guys who are after the truth do not send high price lawyers after other people who are after truth. Specially behind their backs, threatening third parties like ISP's and sources instead of directly confronting the journalist they actually disagree with. This is so typical and such a clear proof of character no more is needed.

I have years ago followed Rense quite regularly. Even then, I did not take him very seriously. It so stands to reason that government would run their own "opposition" via outlets such as Rense. After all, the enemy you control is the most useful one. This is basic politics, always has been.

That Rense would have no integrity is no surprise. Integrity is not important if one reads Rense like I did as a display window of the day's disinfo. After a time I got tired of even that. But if you take this more seriously than that, the quality of the source becomes important.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Blavatzky's Baboon and Debunkery

Blavatzky's Baboon is a fine article on Gurdjieff and how esoteric ideas are being attacked by those who least understand them.

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Thursday, March 23, 2006

The Alternative Viper's Nest

Truth gets suppressed by drowning it out in noise. And cointelpro turns any alternative research community into a truly predatory nest of vipers, if it only can. And most often it can, by playing on the worst aspects of human character.

The prime example is the now for some time ongoing series of attacks by the Above Top Secret site against Signs of the Times.

For more, look at Laura Knight Jadczyk's bblog where she documents all the dirty tactics of confusion, intimidation and so forth.

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Saturday, March 26, 2005

Nussbaum and the Ascents of Love

I recently read a philosophy book called Upheavals of Thought, The Intelligence of Emotions, by Martha Nussbaum. The book generally argues that emotions are cognitive contents with clear, distinct objects and semantic, not aimless moods or states of chemical excitation. That is, while physiological effects are often present, they are not a necessary accompaniment and are not as such adequate for identifying the emotion.

At the end of the book, the author discusses the ascents of love, where love would reach beyond the physical and interpersonal into the realm of archetypal objective contents.

We are naturally confronted with the discernment between need, desire, love, self, other etc. Nussbaum approaches the question on passage from human affect to celestial heights through works of culture, covering Plato, Augistine, Dante, Emily Bronte, Marcel Proust, James Joyce and many others.

Nussbaum's heroine, A, loves her lover M. A is however beset with sentiments of need, jealousy, dependency and vulnerability. A traces these back to the exclusionary character of M's place in her inner life. M, her beloved, is a complex entity.... Could it not be that the most lovable traits of M, the fine, might also occur in others?

Thus why should A, a student of Plato, limit herself to one object of contemplation, specially when this relationship brings forth baser aspects of character, such as need and jealousy? A, being an aspirant to wisdom should clearly shun such limiting affects, should she not?

Thus does A make the acquintance of many lovely young men. A cannot directly overcome the great influence M exerces on her inner life, but she can diffuse it . She can transfer her love from the specific to the generic, from M the person to that which is beautiful in M and by extension also in other young men.

she can further expand her scope to impersonal objects, such as truth, beauty and goodness in all their forms. This is the Platonic ascent, passing from the limited, specific and needy to the lofty universal contents.

Now, comments Nussbaum, what happens to reciprocity? Is reciprocity not a hallmark of love? Is the Platonic ascent not in fact a quest to self-sufficiency and separation? In fact akin to pathological narcissism, where the many objects of knowledge in the universe are just catalyst whose value is not intrinsic but predicated on their usefulness as steps on A's ladder of ascent? Is it not so that A loses sight of the particular, also of herself on her way towards the idea world?

Plato in Symposium gives an account of the concept of polar beings. Man was spherical but is now divided and incomplete, forever seeking the lost other half.

From Nussbaum's book:

"Describing two lovers lying together, Aristophanes conjectures that their deepest wish would certainly be to be fused with the other, so that all longing and incompleteness would come to an end: If Hephaistos, standing over them with his tools as they lay together, were to ask them: "What is it, o human beings, that you want to get for yourselves from one another?" - and, if, when they couldn't come up with anything to say, he were to ask them again, "Isn't it this that YOU desire, to be in the same place as one another as much as possible, and not to leave one another's side either by day or by night? For if indeed it is this that you want, I am prepared to weld and melt you together into the same being, so that instead of two you would become one, and live a common life as one, both of you, as long as you live, and when you die, you would die together and even in Hades you would be one instead of two. See if it is this that you want, and whether it would satisfy you to achieve this." Hearing this, we know that not one person would refuse ... This complicated passage gets to the heart of the ambivalence involved in the wish for restored totality. For of course in a way the idea of fusion does capture a cherished goal of restored wholeness. And yet, at the same time, it promises immobility, the loss of limbs, of movement, of erotic striving and sexual activity themselves. The wish of human beings is to be godlike; it is also (perhaps) to enjoy human life. These wishes, Aristophanes suggests, are tragically woven together. Thus the sexual act itself, though viewed by its participants as a healing, is actually the acting out of a complex, contradictory, and in part impossible fantasy."

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The human being is not whole, hence has need. The ascent consists of changing this need from the physical and transient to the ideal and eternal. For this same reason, Nussbaum argues, Platonic love is unrealistic for humans, since it lacks unconditionality and comprehensiveness and focuses only on the expression of its archetypal values as worthy of love.

In terms of the Work, love is becoming a participant in creation. Nussbaum's critique is largely based on having reciprocity and aspirations condusive to active ethical participation in the world as criteria of love. The ascended love should not lose sight of the individual, of the specific, of reciprocity but should not be dependent or possessive. On the other hand, we may think that the Platonic ascent is not a process geared for the betterment of this world but rather towards escape from it. In this light Nussbaum's critique loses its edge.

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Nussbaum next moves to the Christian concept of ascent, starting with Augustine. Augustine speaks primarily of love in relation to God. Unlike Plato, Augustine does not outright consider that man should strive to self-sufficiency. The fallible, needy human is to Augustine not an annoyance to be transcended but a fundamental state. Love is not love if it involves no specific relationship to the beloved, which is only to be fulfilled through the specific beloved, even if this beloved were God.

Augustine's lover dwells within emotion, within memory and experience. The Platonic student rises above the need, despair and elation, transforms the memory of the specific intensity into the contemplation of expanded vistas.

It could be we have only a temporary duality here. The intensity of the specific and the all-encompassing placid contemplation are opposite only from the immediate human perspective. These may well be reconciled on a higher level, in a vessel capable of containing more.

Still, Augustine is not all wrong, for 'paying strict attention to reality,' thus also to the experience of love, need, joy, vulnerability, being strongly affected by another beyond one's control, abandon, all the emotions of the specific is a service to the All. However, doing this exclusively is a lopsided service.

One could almost say that the Platonic contemplation is cheating, for it avoids the unpredictability of the specific attachment by encompassing more and more distant and immutable contents. It does not bare its heart in a passionate act of surrender. Or maybe again we are cross-conceptualizing, for the Platonic contemplation does open itself to the universe, which is more diverse, more rich in experience than the fickleness of the specific relationship. Granted, the emotional engagement is different, but then is it not the meaning of ascent to change instead of carrying things over?

And is the process of seeking ecstatic abandon and romantic escape itself not an abstract attachment which one will carry out with ever new partners? Madame Bovary with each consecutive lover, projecting the same illusion, never to be fulfilled?

For Spinoza, emotion informs man of the world, but also can be a tyrannical master by confusing the sensing with reflexive action, as in wiring the moving and emotional centers together, giving the sensations but depriving of choice. Indeed, intense need for a person will blot out the true perception of the qualities of this same person, for example.

Again, we see the need to differentiate between functions and aspects of emotion in order to realize our quest for greater clarity, depth and freedom.

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Dante meets Beatrice upon his arrival to Heaven from his journeys in Divine Comedy. Dante has transported the problematic and ambiguous in human love into a celestial realm where the strictures of psychic opacity are relieved. Dante and Beatrice are whole beings and see face to face, as St Paul puts it. Thus the fire of their earthly passion is transfigured, only become fuller with the perfected cognizance of the other.

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As the example of the romantic ascent as opposed to the Christian one, Nussbaum uses my favorite classic, Wuthering Heights. I will later post a write-up on this, so I will not go into all the detail here. Nussbaum makes some of the same observations and some different ones. While I noted the 'sins against the spirit' of Cathy, I missed those of the narrator Lockwood, on which Nussbaum keenly picks up. By sin against the spirit I mean choosing in favor of conventional expedience and bourgeoisie as opposed to the transformative passion. Cathy pays with her life, Lockwood with his soul. Cathy destroys herself, Lockwood walks off into the world, denying the drama, remaining an observer.

The exclusive passion of the twin souls, for Bronte, is irreconcilable with the world. The ascent is an absorption into the specific, almost opposite to the Platonic abstraction. The cristallization exists but is based on a singular passion, not the ever-expanding truths, beauties and goodnesses of the Platonic idea world.

Indeed, death and separation stalk the paths of Heathcliff and Cathy, lending a particular intensity to events, as in Baudelaire's "l'amour, sans la mort, ce n'est pas tout a fait l'amour." [Love without death is not quite love.]

. Cathy and Heathcliff are not ashamed of their need, their incompleteness, as the Platonic student would be. In this, they attain a certain presence of whole being, they become fully incarnate on the Earth plane, body/soul/mind. Their grounding begets a wild intensity. They are physical, in the body, whereas Plato speaks to the intellectual.

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Nussbaum then proceeds to develop the theme with Mahler's music and James Joyce.

I never had the classical background to follow Ulysses' many references, so I will simply summarize Nussbaum's ideas: If anything, Joyce may be the one who establishes the closest parallel between the everyday and the allegoric. All other authors view the realms of the ideal and of the mundane as distinct, with a path leading from one to the other. For one it is contemplation, for the other passionate abandon. Still there are distinct realms.

Joyce makes these interpenetrate thus telling a mundane and a metaphysical story in the same narrative. Being so, he may in the end be the most hermetic, the follower of the esoteric in plain sight.

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Nussbaum is very sharp and learned. Her analysis however falls short in not considering that the ascent may literally refer to another state of being. Applying all the attributes of Platonic or other model of ascent to the everyday psychological plane of personal or societal relationships leads to dilemmas and contradictions. Only if we admit the reality and validity of mystical experience will the philosophers' and authors' texts be understandable. Interpreting them exclusively in the confines of everyday psychology is depriving them of their true depth.

I did not cover all Nussbaum's examples, I would encourage the interested to read her book, it is a very good review of much study in psychology and philosophy although it may not in itself make any revolutionary advance.

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Sunday, March 20, 2005

When Greed is not Enough

"The terror of history needs no conspiracies: Greed and stupidity are adequate for explaining the predicament of mankind," said a friend. "Besides, the conspiracies in question would have to be so long running and so complex that their management would not be possible nor would they provide any benefit to the conspirators themselves."

"Almost so," said I. "But these are patterns within patterns and not all is done by one agency. But true enough, you yourself pointed out that human agency is not always adequate nor does it have motive, hence you support the existence of an external control system while simultaneously denying it."

We have something akin to the eternal theological question of grace vs. good works here, but only in reverse: Is the bane of man external conscious evil or is it simple short sighted stupidity? Neither one nor the other alone. They enable and empower each other.

Marx proposed that history was a deterministic process that would lead to an automatically, albeit bloodily, achieved state of ultimate communism and happiness for all. Gurdjieff, a first hand witness to the Russian revolution, spares no device of logic, humor or derision in decrying the absurdity of such a thesis. The character of Lentrohamsanin in Beelzebub's Tales makes it plain that man's mechanical efforts cannot produce a positive outcome. The "golden age" founded by Ashata Shiemash around the principle of man's striving for self-perfection crumbles before Lentrohamsanin's claim of automatic equality of all. One expression of the morale of the story is that a dogma based on disregarding reality promotes entropy and chaos. This is not represented as an evil plot, rather this is represented as mechanical happenstance enabled by general ignorance and selective excitability or apathy. The rise of Lentrohamsanin could even be seen as a sort of dialectic reaction to the spiritualization of man. Yet both Gurdjieff and Marx agree on the fact that history happens as a result of a sort of natural law. The disagreement is on whether this state of matters brings mankind to its highest potential or its antithesis.

If we seek the theological roots of this mechanical situation, these are according to Gurdjieff, found in the founding moments of humanity, where man is implanted the organ kundabuffer, the root cause of his suggestibility, wishfulness and predatory nature.

The latter event is an "extraterrestrial intervention," while the rest of history plays itself out in accordance with the disastrous consequences of this formative event. This is a sort of cosmic mistake which the responsible angels even reverse, yet the consequence does not get erased. Gurdjieff compares the effects of the organ to being constantly under the influence of cocaine, living in an illusion of invincibility, with bouts of paranoia and a generally short fuse, seeing the insignificant as great and the great as insignificant.

For Gurdjieff, no fantastic millennial conspiracies or literal extraterrestrial interventions are needed for the run of the mill propagation of human misery, mechanical processes take care of these adequately. Still, the setting is very much embedded in a cosmic context.

I have often conversed with basically secular individuals about present day politics. I have pointed out that, crazy as it might sound, there exist today large numbers of people in positions of political influence and with a non-negligible constituency who think that the Middle East situation must be caused to escalate in order to bring about a sort of Armageddon as described in Revelations: For those who do not remember, Armageddon is described as a battle involving no less than the slaughter of 200 million troops, with blood flowing up to the horses' bridles. They see this as a prerequisite for Jesus' second coming and themselves as the divinely appointed welcome committee. This typically gets a reaction of denial: We are after all living in the information age and the Middle Ages are far behind. Yes and no. Whole peoples can be stampeded into a bellicose frenzy now just as then, just compare today to the days before WWII. And let us not forget that today's materialistic, rationalistic age still apparently takes the Old Testament as being worth something, at least as far as concerns lannd claims.

The Old Testament's poisoned legacy, which we might with some justification call an extraterrestrial influence, certainly no product of a recent conspiracy, is alive and well. This legacy underlies Christianity, Judaism as well as Islam, all very much parties to the Middle East situation.

Is religion simply a tool of opportunity for those who would have power or or is it actually a bona fide factor in the world view of the leading political players? Both cases probably exist. Man can with the greatest ease apply double standards, being a benevolent patriarch of his own tribe while at the next moment a ruthless killer of his perceived enemy. Acting in deliberate bad faith is not even necessary, considering the built-in capacity for hypocrisy and double standards.

Some writers on the alternative history and politics scene attribute all evil to the undercover influence of vast conspiracies centrally operated by any number of contemporary or ancient secret societies, be it Illuminati, Masons, MJ12 or others. On one hand, conspiracy is a mode of life in places, on the other the scene is competitive and fragmented and secrecy is a weapon. Cooperation is to a degree necessary but even then we cannot speak of trust. There is little that one can say with certainty on the intelligence world. Still, what may happen in circles of the big intelligence agencies probably does not amount to a total unified control of the whole world, certainly not to a millennia old control system. Those parties are at the level of staging 9/11 but not at the level of inventing monotheistic religion as an excuse for perpetual war, even though religions do come in handy once they are around. Maybe the article Paranoid Shift can give us an idea :

""Just before his death, James Jesus Angleton, the legendary chief of counterintelligence at the Central Intelligence Agency, was a bitter man. He felt betrayed by the people he had worked for all his life. In the end, he had come to realize that they were never really interested in American ideals of "freedom" and "democracy." They really only wanted "absolute power." Angleton told author Joseph Trento that the reason he had gotten the counterintelligence job in the first place was by agreeing not to submit "sixty of Allen Dulles' closest friends" to a polygraph test concerning their business deals with the Nazis. In his end-of-life despair, Angleton assumed that he would see all his old companions again "in hell."

Trading with the enemy, conspiring for power, arranging coups and assassinations, supporting dictatorships, running drugs, all of this and more to the misery of tens of millions of bystanders is business as usual. Such are the possibilities of the human mind that all this can be rationalized as necessary, patriotic and virtuous, all because the "alternative is worse still." The human level of evil, as exemplified by psychopathy, unbridled lust for power for its own sake, greed, fear, feeding off the complacency of the masses and opportunity to profit is quite adequate for explaining the games of politics.

But there is something that supposedly rational self-serving strategies, however amoral, cannot explain. Take the present war in Iraq or the persecution of the Palestinians. Neither makes money, oiil does not flow better or cheaper than it used to, Iraq was more under US control in Saddam's time than now, US international prestige is at a historical low, the economy is in dire straits, to the point where the dollar's remaining value basically hangs on the good will of China. If things still somehow retain a semblance of order, it is by force of habit and because all major players have something on each other. Yes, there was some money for Halliburton and company in Iraq, but there were other and probably less troublesome ways to make money, so a few opportunities for war profiteering do not justify a policy that will ruin the very currency in which the money is supposed to be made and spent.

We are placed before a troubling question: Either whoever runs the show in the US simply does not aim at sustainable development, even if this were only in the interest of itself, or it simply is grossly incompetent. The situation becomes logically understandable only if we discard the naive premise of government somehow serving its country. In light of the evidence, the Evangelicals' plan to precipitate Armageddon so that they can be raptured starts to correspond to observable facts. Is this then the grand conspiracy? Maybe it is so, but if so, the very writing of Revelations is a part of the same conspiracy and this is no setup of the modern intelligence community or governments even if this can be an opportunity for same. Still, none of this would work if mankind did not offer a steady supply of manipulators and manipulated.

Shaping movements to serve as future enemies is an old trick. We need only look at Afghanistan of the 1980's and the rise of radical Islam in general. We should not underestimate human capacity for deception and self-destructive policies, nor ought we to expect that man learn from history. This has never happened, except maybe with individuals of which none has long stayed in power. We do not have the means to precisely tell where human greed and incompetence ends and something else begins. Either man is self-destructive by nature or is driven to self-destruction by an outside force. Both seem to be the case.

The Cassiopaeans would say that original alignment with self-serving non-human forces, a sort of collective deal with the devil or fall from Eden is at the root of both aspects of the problem.

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On Man Being Food for Something Else

In the following I will talk about various teachings that in one way or another propose that man is farmed like a natural resource by some higher power.

In archaic Christianity, in the the Gospel of Thomas we have:

(60) a Samaritan carrying a lamb, who was going to Judaea. He said to his disciples: (What will) this man (do) with the lamb? They said to him: Kill it and eat it. He said to them: While it is alive he will not eat it, but (only) when he kills it (and) it becomes a corpse. They said to him: Otherwise he cannot do it. He said to them: You also, seek a place for yourselves in rest, that you may not become a corpse and be eaten.

This is at some variance with the theme of the good shepherd. This is understandable though, since the Nag Hammadi texts had not gone through the centuries of selective editing undergone by the rest of the Bible. Even so, this may be interpreted in countless allegoric ways. The core of the matter is that man is food only insofar he is "dead," which we may interpret asmechanical, without consciousness.

Castaneda, in his last book, The Active Side of Infinity, speaks of a cosmic predator that uses man as food: Man has a glowing coat of awareness which the predator eats, leaving just the bare minimum of "consciousness stuff" for mamn to remain physically alive. The predator "milks" man through arranging for constant trouble and crisis and senseless preoccupation, so as to generate flashes of awareness that it then proceeds to eat. "Seek a place for yourselves in rest in Thomas above means do not waste "soul stuff" for feeding the predator. In other words, do not react mechanically to whatever the world throws at you, or, yet in other words, "remember yourself."

Gurdjieff introduced the expression "food for the moon" in relation to man's position in a cosmic system of reciprocal feeding of everything. The Gurdjieffian cosmogony is complex but a quick summary is found in The Revelation in Question by James Moore. The "standard textbook" on this subject is Ouspensky's In Search of the Miraculous.

Exactly what the moon represents is not described in much detail. The food in question is described as vibrations generated by intense human experience, for example the experience of violent death. While being food is inescapable, man may still modulate the quality of his contribution to the cosmic demand of vibrations. With man being less and less conscious, nature found it necessary to substitute quantity for quality of vibrations, thus leading to population explosion and increased incidence of natural catastrophy and war. From Beelzebub's Tales to his Grandson:

""And so, my dear Hassein, when it appeared that the instinctive need for conscious labor and intentional suffering in order to be able to take in and transmute in themselves the sacred substances Abrustdonis and Helkdonis and thereby to liberate the sacred Askokin for the maintenance of the Moon and Anulios had finally disappeared from the psyche of your favorites, then Great Nature Herself was constrained to adapt Herself to extract this sacred substance by other means, one of which is precisely that periodic terrifying process there of reciprocal destruction."

Boris Mouravieff, drawing on Gurdjieff and Eastern Orthodox monastic tradition, states the following:

"This task is crushing. Under normal conditions of peace, insufficient quantities of energy are transmitted to the Moon as a result of the work of human society and its surrounding fauna and flora. This necessitates interventions on the part of the Deuterocosmos, which provoke convulsions in the Tritocosmos. The aim of the latter is to increase the energy expended at this level, so as to ensure the nourishment and growth of that cosmic foetus that is the Tessaracosmos. This is, for example, the cosmic origin of wars and revolutions, of epidemics, and of all the other large-scale catastrophes that plague humanity. ... considerable conscious efforts must be made by exterior man on the esoteric plane before man can efficiently contribute as he must - by his own evolution - to the harmonious evolution of the System of Cosmoses."

The Gnostics, who also may have figured among Mouravieff's influences, maintained that the Earth and material creation in general were the product of an evil demiurge, chief of the "archons of darkness" or "princes of the air." Mouravieff calls this being or principle Absolute III and also indirectly identifies it as the Yahweh of the Old Testament, just as the Gnostics did. This Absolute III through various spirits plays humanity against itself as in a game of chess, with the effect of generating vibrations for "feeding the moon."

Various modern channeled sources speak of man being a source of psychic food for various beings. They speak of this as they would of eating bread, as a most obvious state of matters. We'll take Barbara Marciniak's Bringers of the Dawn as an example:

"Consciousness vibrates, or can be led to vibrate, at certain electromagnetic frequencies. Electromagnetic energies of consciousness can be influenced to vibrate in a certain way to create a source of food. Just as apples can he prepared and eaten in a variety of ways, consciousness can be prepared and ingested in a variety of ways. Some entities, in the process of their own evolution, began to discover that as they created life and put consciousness into things through modulating the frequencies of forms of consciousness, they could feed themselves; they could keep themselves in charge. They began to Figure out that this is how Prime Creator nourished itself. Prime Creator sends out others to create an electromagnetic frequency of consciousness as a food source for itself. The new owners of this planet had a different appetite and different preferences than the former owners. They nourished themselves with chaos and fear. These things fed them, stimulated them, and kept them in power. These new owners who came here 300,000 years ago are the magnificent beings spoken of in your Bible, in the Babylonian and Sumerian tablets, and in texts all over the world. They came to Earth and rearranged the native human species. They rearranged your DNA in order to have you broadcast within a certain limited frequency band whose frequency could feed them and keep them in power."

The idea is in no wise new, but Marciniak is rather more blunt in talking about matters where Jesus, the Gnostics, Gurdjieff, Mouravieff and even Castaneda found it necessary to tread somewhat carefully.

Also at the modern end, we have the UFO phenomenon. To make sense of the abduction phenomenon we cannot very well claim that this were scientific research. This sounds rather more like a systematic exploitation or breeding program. The phenomenon appears to be partly physical, yet not entirely so. Jacques Vallee states:

"The UFO Phenomenon exists. It has been with us throughout history. It is physical in nature and it remains unexplained in terms of contemporary science. It represents a level of consciousness that we have not yet recognized, and which is able to manipulate dimensions beyond time and space as we understand them."

As concerns the idea of man being psychic and sometimes physical food, the reader may read up on the abduction phenomenon. This is however extremely confused and we may only say that this is not so by chance.

The practice of sacrifice to various gods goes throughout all ages. The sacrifice phenomenon goes from having a religiously flavored way to eat meat to complicated and ritually strict forms of human sacrifice. In the latter category, the practices of the Aztecs are informative. In Aztec Warfare, Western Warfare Richard Koenigsberg documents how it was a declared purpose of warfare to procure sacrificial victims for feeding the Sun god. The Western powers of WWI engaged in the precisely same activity, however more hypocritically: The author argues that the nations competed in which would sacrifice more young men, so that their blood would nourish the greatness of the nation. The name of the would-be god is changed but the idea remains. The trench battles of WWI were militarily extremely inefficient and costly in casualties. The moon always makes a profit while the nations bleed. The Aztec's peculiarity was that this was openly recognized and they were willing participants in feeding a bloodthirsty god.

Even the most cursory review of diverse cultures and ages points to the theme of man being food. Indeed, this is hard to miss, once one looks. Still, this is the strictest taboo and object of denial, where materialistic man relegates this state of matters either into ignorant past or the fringe realm of cookery.

In modern popular culture we have new renditions of the theme, maybe best exemplified by the Matrix movies. This has a dual effect: On one hand, it creates an automatic association of the theme with the realm of science fiction, a time honored technique of dealing with anything troubling. On the other hand, it provides a modernized version of the ancient theme with at least a partly valid outline of the profile of the question. Thus, as with legend in general, these works speak at different levels to different audiences. Ignorance and denial cannot be overcome by force, thus for man to benefit from any such information there must exist a certain questing spirit. The impulse is generally beneficial but again can get diverted by too much identification with specifics of one story or hero.

What to do about it? Gurdjieff devotes a whole chapter of Beelzebub's Tales to the impossibility of any political solution to the scourge of war. History and present bear witness to the grim correctness of his views. Man should wake up and change. In Castaneda's words, man should no longer honor the contract binding him to the predator. But the predator is internal, as is Gurdjieff's mythical "organ kundabuffer." Such a revolution is in the first place internal, yet it does not necessarily take the form of political pacifism or any other ism. The Gnostics' denouncing of the human condition cost them dearly. Gurdjieff may have taken the lesson of history to heart and refrained from including evil demiurges or bloodthirsty intrusive aliens into his cosmogony because this would on one hand have invited even greater enmity against him and secondly would have diverted attention off the central aspect of the problem: The evolution of man. The situation is not seen as a moralistic punishment for a fall. It is seen as a natural consequence of a state of being, just as it is a natural consequence of being a rabbit to sometimes get eaten by a fox. Freedom exists only on a vertical axis, where man may evolve "being" and thus escape certain otherwise inevitable laws. We might speak of outgrowing a spiritual-ecological niche or of not being "dead," as in the parable of the Gospel of Thomas.

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Friday, March 04, 2005

The Deeper Implications of Alien Disclosure

In UFO Secrecy and the Death of the American Republic Richard Dolan writes as follows:

"Imagine if the President of the United States were to decide to end UFO secrecy. How would he do it?

I can see him now. President George W. Bush steps up to the podium. Beloved Vice President Dick Cheney stands behind him. Trusted lieutenants Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleeza Rice are there, too. The cameras of all the world’s media are upon him.

"Good evening," he begins. "Through a series of meetings with certain senior scientific and defense officials, it has come to my attention that the UFO phenomenon apparently is real, and is of extraterrestial origin." Silence.

"Hokey dokey, that’s really all I have to say for now. We’ll provide updates as we get ‘em. I’m going on vacation for a while. Goodnight everyone."

Well, maybe not. Disclosure is a pandora’s box with a panoply of taboo topics just waiting to spring out. It is, as one friend of mine calls it, "a sloppy tar-baby," a threatening, friendly, frightening, and inseparable bundle of unavoidable eventualities.

So I can imagine a few questions, even from a media as compliant as the American. "Mr. President," one correspondent might say, "what are the intentions of these aliens?" Or, "Mr. President, what does this say about the claims of alien abduction? Are they real, after all?" Or how about, "Mr. President, what about claims of underground alien bases? Or claims of secret possession of alien technology?"

These questions might not arise immediately. But they would arise eventually. Once you open that lid, it will be very difficult to control the outcome. The answers would not be pretty.

For this reason, I doubt that disclosure will come from America’s political establishment. But there are always other countries. There are always the aliens. The truth is already here; it’s simply waiting to land.

After all, what exactly are the secret keepers protecting? Let’s see. Power, wealth, control, their plans for the future, access to information, underground bases already built, the status quo.

But there must be more. How about communication with aliens? Worm hole technology? Access to our genetic code? Or any number of technologies that we have not even begun to discuss openly in our society. Remember the statement of an Area 51 insider to aerospace journalist James Goodall – this was back in the 1980s – "we have things in the Nevada desert that would make George Lucas envious." In other words, Star Wars technology.

Can you imagine the front page of the New York Times following a true disclosure of all this? "MASSIVE COVERUP EXPOSED." The biggest journalistic fiasco in history would finally be acknowledged, wholesale resignations would sweep the intelligence community, a political third party would do a clean sweep of Washington. Congress would promise emergency hearings, Arab oil nations would be in a state of collapse as oil price futures plummet, and the stock market would be in a headlong tailspin.

People would realize that a massive power structure has existed for generations, and has siphoned away trillions of dollars. They would learn that it has played a dominant, though unacknowledged, role in shaping their lives.

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No, people wouldn’t be pleased or especially understanding. Heads would roll.

The American system of government, as it has come to exist, and by extension American society, and by extension our current global civilization, is not compatible with true UFO disclosure. Disclosure would rip it all away.

You might argue that this would be a good reason to maintain the secrecy. On the other hand, I would argue it’s the best reason for disclosure.

As bad as things look today, I retain hope for a post-disclosure world. I retain a faith – yes, I guess it’s faith – in the value of truth over all things. A statement by my favorite writer, Leo Tolstoy, hangs before me every day: "the one thing necessary, in life as in art, is to tell the truth." I cannot believe that a society based on a foundational lie can be better than one based on a foundational truth." End of quote.

I have wondered about this topic for some time. I think Dolan does as he must, given the specifics of his situation. Yes, all these questions and more will be asked and have already been asked for a long time in alternative circles. Yet this is, I am afraid, only the whisker of the alien cat that is stirring in the bag of leaky secrecy where the powers that be endeavor to keep it.

I asked yet another colleague what she thought of the eventual consequences of a disclosure about alien interaction. "America is a land divided," said she. "One half would think, OK, government does not always tell the truth and they lied on that one too - what else is new? Another half would be very upset. These are the true believers. It is not possible to answer for all America. Panic? Probably not. Many might think that as long as it does not concern them directly it does not matter. But there is something that they do not tell, there are things that do not add up. Do you think somebody really does know the answers?"
"Maybe there is a network of a few hundred people that have a fair idea. These would not be publicly known people. Not the known government agencies, not the known secret societies either. Somewhere behind these may be a compartmentalized something and some people at the top may have an overview."
"What is the motive?" asked my colleague.
"Power for its own sake," suggested I.
"Sounds superficial."
"Well, to be less superficial, we'd have to see this in its possible metaphysical context. In this context it begins to make sense but then this broader context would force us to take many things that we rather see as speculative as concrete fact. Such as spiritual duality and different levels of beings and cyclic time. "

Now I am, as people in general are, a result of certain cultural and social programming. I am not so surprised by the more troubling aspects of the alien question because I have for a long time followed various writings on its metaphysical implications, various channeled material, esoterica and the like. But the old program is clearly discernable when talking about this question with people who are not actively studying these matters. To talk of conspiracies and secrets and dirty politics is OK. These are, after all, discernable, incontestably existing things. But there is a threshold from this to addressing the fundamentals of the mainstream world view. I think this is the real cat that must stay in the bag. The hyperdimensional cat, so to speak.

People have a great capacity for keeping things separate. Politics are one thing, religion another. These may be in the most blatant contradiction and this bothers precious few. Aliens too may be somewhere out there or even in underground bases on Earth and it is somebody else's problem. Government may have Star Wars gadgets somewhere in Area 51 and then so what? They ought to be secret, after all, were it only for non-proliferation and keeping the military edge. Mystics, channelers, New Agers and such may speak of worlds, dimensions, heavens and hells, demons and angels and this is all well. It is somewhere out there or somewhere in their minds, whichever. Scientists may write papers on parallel universes, collisions of universes, even variability of constants of nature, creation out of nothing and many other abstract things. But they are far away, 14 billion years in the past, in some incomprehensible big bang that has nothing to do with now. Mythology may speak of world ages, dragons and sacrifices and heroes with amazing powers but this is just stories. The sci fi of the ancestors. Even mainstream religions talk about all manner of non-human entities, the Giants of Buddhist lore or the djinns of Islam. Christianity has dropped much of that but the Gnostics certainly had a whole bestiary of "aliens." St. Paul declares that 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." [1 Corinthians] This may be as it may, but it is ritualized away and made part of something abstract, somewhere beyond the scope of normal life.

"But all these things are fixable," said my colleague, referring to the damage to environment, the mismanagement of the economy, the poor level of education, excess consumption, even dependency on oil.
"Yes, given time and enough people dedicated to fixing these, many things are fixable," said I, "the problem may be that these preconditions do not exist. If the world were run by reason and history were not a witness to successive rise and fall of civilization, things would be different."

What does this have to do with aliens? If the alien question became incontestable fact instead of speculation, many more questions would be asked than those listed by Dolan. Dolan is right to confine his questions to the material ones, because there is a greater likelihood of forming a support base when all pretty much understand the matter in compatible terms.

But if the UFO lore is anything to go by, disclosure would bring to light the high strangeness of the phenomenon. Now if aliens were just technologically sophisticated, a bit weird looking and smelling but basically human-like beings, this would be one thing. But it does not look that way. Instead it looks like they are a whole different category of being, having more to do with creatures of myth than anything else, yet they seem to be material beings. It seems that their perception of the world, of space and time and such is completely other than the human view of three dimensions and linear time. In short, acknowledging this would bring the inexplicable on everybody's doorstep, plus it would make denying mind over matter, telepathy, mind control and such effects impossible since these are generally associated with the phenomenon. Not to mention time anomalies, instantaneous travel, walking through walls and the like that would shatter many generally held precepts of material science. of course these precepts are questioned within the establishment itself but having these effects as official reality right on Earth would be quite different from having these as anomalies postulated maybe to exist inside unreachable black holes, right after the big bang or the like.

But it gets worse. These beings seem to exist in a world that has rather different laws of nature and sort of touches the human world in places. They seem to travel between the two as they please. Like the gods or faery beings of myth. This world is sometimes seen by mystics but does not translate well to human physical concepts. The life form with fundamentally, structurally higher powers, not just more gadgets, would then be concrete, present, no longer ineffable God or his angels somewhere in heaven.

OK, now how does the human form accede to these heights? If the aliens do it, it must after all be possible for a biological entity? How does a cow become the farmer, one could also ask. "Through a complexx spiritual process," we could say. We could even call this, just for convenience, the Great Work of the alchemists or ascension or transfiguration and many other things.

To quote one "alien," the channeled source Ra, one becomes a "fourth density being," such as would be most of those associated with the UFO phenomenon, by single-mindedly serving the self or by serving others with greater dedication than self. Of course, defining exactly what serves the self and what serves others is another can of worms. But still, we may confidently speak of beings of a spiritual dedication that is only rarely seen on Earth.

But why should we believe this? After all, if aliens lie and this is channeled, maybe from one of these very beings, or even invented, what reason is there to take this seriously? Of course there is esoteric tradition, but if this tradition comes from these same beings, then is it any proof?

Maybe we can believe this by analyzing the UFO phenomenon itself, we do not even need myth and tradition to back us up, as there is a fair amount of circumstancial data about the alien interactions that is troubling enough. If The aliens in question, from myth to the present incursions to the abduction phenomenon, do not evidence any appreciation for the human free will. The human participant chooses the nature of the interaction about as muchh as the cow chooses the nature of the interaction with the farmer. The history recorded by Richard Dolan makes this point rather clear, not to mention the abduction, cattle mutilation and other such phenomena. So we have something that does as it pleases, however what pleases it is not readily anticipatable. But its basically self-serving nature and contempt for human free will shines through.

Still, the early speculations about hostile aliens scoping Earth for conquest do not match the evidence. We do not have a contest about matter or real estate here. Instead, it seems we have one about a more abstract value of control. Jacques Vallee, one of the earlier researchers of the UFO phenomenon early on separated himself from the materialistic interpretation since it simply was inadequate for explaining the apparently absurd behavior of the phenomenon. He concluded that the phenomenon represented a sort of intelligent control system that supplied the myths and paradigms of humanity. In other words, the basics of religions, myths, paradigms and so forth. Now let us suppose this were not speculation but a fact recognized even by government: Aliens have been here for millennia and have started religions, myths and cultures and so forth. The fundamentalist believers would probably deny this while accepting the existence of aliens as essentially evil beings sent to test their faith. After all, the Book of Revelations and other sources speak of false prophhets with signs and wonders. Aliens would fit the bill. The secular people would maybe think that if indeed there was a control freak alien posing as Yahweh, this was a long time ago, when he bid Abraham to sacrifice Isaac just to see if he could make him -- that was indeed a bit on the mean side but it was long ago. So it does not really concern us, now does it? Actually it does, because the explosive Middle East question actually hinges on claims descending right from the same being. The whole trinity of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, with all political implications, descends from whatever "god" is at the root of the Old Testament. Now again, religions are not monolithic entities. They are combinations of diverse spiritual and secular influences somehow congealed into a more or less consistent doctrine. Thus it would be wrong to say that they derive in totality or directly from a single ET. The truth is far more complex.

So the can of worms of alien disclosure is rather deep and leaves no area of life unaffected. It is fully acceptable on one hand to speak of human greed and conspiracies. It is equally acceptable in other places to speak of ineffable gods and spirits somewhere out there. What is a problem is speaking of something in between, that partakes of the properties of both, Machiavellian semi-physical entities travelling in space and time, representing themselves as alternatingly this or that according to culture, doing this for some reason known best to themselves.

And finally, what may be most troubling of all, is the timing. Why UFO's for the last 60 years? Not that there have not been ones earlier but there is a definite qualitative change in the phenomenon since the 1940's. If they have been there all along, why the change of policy? Is this driving up to something? Ra and the Cassiopaeans, as well as much New Age material, propose some sort of approaching cosmic change as the reason for this. Esoteric culture is full of references to changes in world ages, although the concept is very confused we cannot say it would be new. Should we read the signs, thus including the alien disclosure question coming to light now, as pointing to some fundamental reorganization of reality in our lifetimes?

I think the real reason why the alien cat needs to stay in the bag has to do with the metaphysical implications more than with human conspiracies, secrecy or technology. The latter department is so everyday, political intrigue, secret weapons and aerospace and energy technologies are commonplace talk and will surprise no one. Basically human-like aliens would not be very surprising either, science fiction has firmly implanted the idea into the popular mind. What may be a notch more explosive is the idea that the hyperdimensional, half matter, half spirit world be real and right here, home to incomprehensible entities that do as they please, probably including cooperating with some hidden human elite. . Making "deals with the devil" is supposed to happen in fiction, not in politics. The Western culture is generally attached to the idea that it is self-made and master of its destiny, for better or worse. The idea that it were half-involuntarily in bed with a power whose cunning and capabilities surpass its imagination does not sit well with it. Even worse, consider that it were just an experiment set up by such a power?

Given this state of matters, and further supposing that there is some external necessity driving alien disclosure, we come back to Dolan's remark: If disclosure did happen, then it would be certain to happen on the terms of the powers that be. Probably the first installment of these plans has already long been circulating in the form of fiction, "leaks" of plausible disinformation, half-successful non-official activities such as the Disclosure Project and so forth. Another arm of the same may be developing various types of New Age UFO "space brothers" culture. It is certain that the religious angle of the matter also be provided for, so as to actually admit the hand of aliens in setting up the major religions, so that these can be brought together under the umbrella of the space brothers meme. After all, it always was for the best of man, never mind the body count. But it is man that kills man, even if the motives were fake setups leveraging religion as a legitimization and excuse.

There has now been talk of past or present microbial life on Mars for a long time, even in establishment science circles. This may be a preparation for more disclosure, this time of intelligent alien life. This may then fuse with the millennia-long religion manipulation question and the new global benevolent space brothers cult.

The fundamentalists will say that this is the worship of Antichrist in the end times. This may be not so far off the mark, considering the history of the alien phenomenon. But the supreme irony may be that this very idea itself may have been launched by the same aliens to generate more conflict and confusion. What is better than giving prophesies and then coming back to fulfill them?

But this sounds nonsensical. Even of some entities could do this, what possible point or gain would there be in this? The only reasonable answer is that this provides some sort of commodity, energy, food if you will, for these aliens. But to understand this, we have to depart from a strictly materialistic perspective and consider this a battle for "souls." The service to self being wins when it causes another being to be subjugated or controlled, whether directly or by deception. Deception just tends to be more efficient. The even greater prize is won when somebody is so thoroughly converted to serving the self that it approaches spiritual purity in its dedication to control, at which point it can be "recruited" or "harvested" as a direct subordinate. This is a sort of eating or feeding on consciousness. Willing food is more nutritional, thus deception is most often better than outright violence. So, if this idea is at the end of the logical alley of inference from the alien question, then it is understandable that this rather be swept under the rug or misrepresented.

None of this is my personal invention, Rather this is a product of synthesis from a few sources, mmost importantly Cassiopaea and Ra. The reader is referred there for more background.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Richard M. Dolan and the UFO Question

I recently read Richard Dolan's article on UFO Secrecy and the Death of the American Republic.

Richard Dolan is the author of UFO's and the National Security State, probably the best history of the phenomenon. Dolan's special merit is that he is a historian with studies in international politics, not a preacher or metaphysical speculator. Dolan concentrates on making a documented case on the existence of a phenomenon and its cover-up by the US government. This task he performs very thoroughly, going from the 1940's to 1973. A follow-up volume will cover from 1973 to the present.

Dolan does not offer much interpretation concerning the phenomenon. Some is extraterrestrial, some may be secret technology of human origin. Of the motivation behind the phenomenon he says little, maybe they are space brothers, maybe humans are on their menu, maybe something else. The point which Dolan does however unequivocally make is that secrecy and covert dealings are the way of the world and specially so as concerns the UFO scene.

In an article in Phenomena Magazine of which Dolan is a senior editor, he discusses the UFO disclosure movement. According to Dolan, the principal fault of the disclosure movement is bundling the issue with other politics. This is a reasonable proposition. Steven Greer and specially Daniel Sheehan should know this, yet they apparently work against their better knowledge or simply ignore the lesson of 50 years of UFO secrecy and attempt to bite off more than they can chew. UFO secrecy is one thing and the other problems of the world, such as dependence on fossile fuels is another one. Still, marginalizing the UFO phenomenon for 60 years is symptomatic of the present state of the world. This is a case of the official culture simply deviating from observable reality, a phenomenon that has since expanded to 911 and other realities of the world. The same denial and cultural schizophrenia keeps gaining ground, also as concerns the increasingly precarious economic situation.