What if all
those huge statues
round the world
sneaky depictions of giants
that still hold humans
Prompted by synchronicity, Michael Skaggs joined me for a conversation about the distortion of our innate rhythms & the hidden history of the world.
Was earth …
of the giants’ …
is it still?
Or listen to our podcast below:
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Thanks to Michael’s editing skills sound quality has been improved – you may just need to adjust the volume during the first segment.
You can wipe out an entire generation, you can burn their homes to the ground and somehow they’ll still find a way back, but if you destroy their history …
… you destroy their achievements and it’s as if they never existed“.
I went to see the movie …
… The Book Thief recently. What I had read about it suggested I might find a little kinship with my past.
I’m pleased to report that I intuitively walked out shortly before most of the cast were annihilated:
“The family is reunited only for a short time though as one night the city is bombed and no air raid siren alerts the citizens. Hans, Rosa and Rudy’s family … have been killed in the blast. Liesel was spared from the bombing by falling asleep in the basement … Rudy is brought out of his house by neighbors and he is barely alive. He begins to tell Liesel that he loves her but he dies before he can finish the sentence … During this scene, the Angel of Death is heard speaking again about how he received the souls of the dead“.
The movie was yet another ode to “the grave”.
This article is dedicated to the living.
As such it contains some outrageous suggestions
to stimulate healthy heart function.
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Just before the movie started there was a preview of (yet another) WWII movie – The Monuments Men – based on the “true” story of ‘heroic’ men & women who risked their lives to save ‘art treasures’ from the Nazis.
Job descriptions included:
“protecting and safeguarding civilization’s most important artistic and cultural treasures from armed conflict during World War II“
“to avoid the destruction of 1000 years culture“
Today’s opening quote comes from that movie:
“You can wipe out an entire generation, you can burn their homes to the ground and somehow they’ll still find a way back, but if you destroy their history, you destroy their achievements and it’s as if they never existed“
All through what I stayed to watch of the The Book Thief, that phrase kept coming back to me.
The idea that culture is pivotal to our ‘humanity’ is as common & unquestioned as chem trails.
The Book Thief assures itself of …
… cultural patriotism
by serving up …
… the historically obligatory
Nazi book burning scene.
Yet for the first time ever, that sacrilegious scene failed to have the correct effect on me. I began to wonder:
What would it be like if all ALL existing art …
How much would it matter?
Are our cultural ‘treasures’
beneficial & life-giving,
or simply another …
Just what is culture?
“the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively“
“The totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought“
Where was its etymological birth?
“The modern term “culture” is based on a term used by the Ancient Roman orator Cicero … where he wrote of a cultivation of the soul or “cultura animi”, using an agricultural metaphor … as the highest possible ideal for human development“
Isn’t that interesting? Especially when we consider that agriculture has never been known for its “interest” in …
… human development.
“To condemn all of humankind to a life of full-time farming, and in particular, arable farming, was a curse indeed“ ~ Against the Grain
If culture was birthed in agriculture, then let us use agriculture to explore it. As you read the following, allow your mind to weave …
with ‘the arts’:
“There is a distinction to be made between what I have called agriculture and simply growing food … The difference is that the goal of agriculture is not feeding people; it is …
… the accumulation of wealth. What agriculture grows is not food but commodities, grain not to eat but to …
… store, trade, and process. Consider the range of plants humans consume, the hundreds of species. That’s food. Consider that two-thirds of our calories come from wheat, rice, and maize. Add sugar and you have a nearly complete picture of commodities … these commodities have a fundamental and key distinction from the rest of food; they are…
… storable and interchangeable and close to currency in their liquidity; in fact they are …
… traded in markets just as currency is. They form the basis for the accumulation of wealth, and have done so for ten thousand years“
Once upon a time gold was a shiny metal used to make pretty statues. Then it got turned into currency.
The Arts = currency.
They are consistently associated with the wealthy or wealthy institutions. They are used as a symbol of status, success, power.
Why is it that artistic creations have worth because of WHO created them?
If there is …
… doubt about the ‘parentage’ of a ‘work of art’ millions of dollars can disappear in an instant.
This is exactly the same mindset that equates the worth of a child with who its …
… parents are.
So a work of art is known as “a Picasso” or “Beethoven’s 9th symphony” or a “Hemmingway novel” or a “Kubrick movie”. I wonder how much attention these creations …
… would actually receive
without their pedestalised ’creator-parents’?
I have nothing against art. I studied art history at school & have long felt an affinity with it.
Nor do I have nothing against literature – I enjoyed that at school too.
But that’s kind of the problem.
Why are we studying it?
Why has it been made so much a part of our education curriculum? And by curriculum I also mean the media & entertainment education system. Very, very few people have seen even a fraction of the “great” paintings, yet most can …
… name their creators
in an instant.
Most people can quote at least a few lines from ‘Shakespeare’ even though that entity …
has been dead nearly 400 years.
The Arts = currency
Can you spot the flaw in that creation equation?
Currency bows …
… to a showy creator
Life bows …
… to the creation.
Anything placed under patronage of the gods always deserves closer scrutiny:
“The Nine Muses were Greek goddesses who ruled over the arts and sciences and offered inspiration in those subjects. They were the daughters of Zeus, lord of all gods, and Mnemosyne, who represented memory“
How many people do you know whose lives & abilities have actually been …
… nourished & strengthened by absorbing the art of the ‘great ones’?
And by arts I mean any member of the ‘family’ of art – painting, sculpture, music (all flavours), literature, opera, ballet, plays, poetry etc – let’s not leave anything out of this equation.
I’m not denying that people enjoy them. But that’s not my question. What I want to know is how many people you know who have created something wonderful in their lives because of what they have …
… seen, heard or learned
from these ‘great ones’?
Ok then now how many do you know who have been …
… sensorially over-stimulated?
How many gut-weakened because they could never do anything as “good” as that?
How many have even tried to ‘have a go’ at something?
What I’m suggesting here is that the way ‘art’ is ‘done’ in our world leads to a lessening of life. I remember Edward de Bono saying something along the lines that art has failed humanity because it hasn’t taught them anything – it just makes statement about what already exists.
What is at the heart of art?
What follows are some ridiculously over the top suggestions
or are they?
Artistically sacrilegious proposal #1:
The majority of art is trauma-based because humanity is trauma-based. The need to tell our unheard-stories is so strong that it will not be silenced. In artists it is not only woven through their art but may even be the reason why they developed their own …
… particular art-form in the first place.
- if art oozes trauma what does this suggest about why ‘art’ is so ‘valuable’ to the ptb?
- if art some kind of living record of pain, who gains from this?
- what does idealizing trauma do to the human psyche?
I have no doubt that we are creators, but to my mind what we have created so far has been fiercely dictated by …
… dehumanization on every level.
We cannot look to any existing art to lead the way. It is time to look to ourselves to create something that hasn’t been here before:
“Another possibility is that of a new Renaissance, one on which people are involved with their lives, their growth, & their own continuing learning in the creative process. This is different ground than we have seen before. We cannot use our old assumptions, values, biases, premises, or structures. But neither can we change if we are motivated by conflict, dissatisfaction, or disorientation“
Artistically sacrilegious proposal #2:
When an artist dies their work should be ‘phased out’ to allow the living the freedom to continue creating anew. If an artist has truly contributed while alive, their influence will live on through those they artistically ‘touched’. Every day the sea clears the shores …
… for the next day’s creations – why should art be any different?
- by relying on dead artists to ‘stimulate us’ we deny our own life force
- by relying on dead artists to ‘enlighten’ us we throw ourselves back into a time that no longer exists & deny current reality
- dead artists make no mistakes & take no risks so their value as a source of inspiration is redundant.
- dead artists often have a history of suicide – never a good influence.
- life belongs with the living
“Let’s face it, most of us have a suspicion there is much more to life than what we have been led to expect … possibilities that there are dimensions to ourselves, depths of our being, & heights to our aspirations that are lurking just below the surface …
… Despite years of attempts by relatives, friends, acquaintances & society to bring us to our senses, the desire & impulse to reach for what is highest in us is still there … perhaps we are only a shadow of our future self, & the subtle persistent force that nags at our consciousness – to be a creator, one who brings into existence creations that previously lived only in one’s innermost dimensions“
Artistically sacrilegious proposal #3:
Living artists should be anonymous:
- this would put all the focus on the creation instead of the creator
- anonymity would allow oh so many people who fear criticism & censure to begin to create
- by focusing on the unnamed creation before our eyes or ears, we are freed to choose what we do & do not like.
Artistically sacrilegious proposal #4:
Pack away all existing art forms & begin from scratch.
“To create something new, sometimes something old must end“
Create multiple new art forms that embrace humanization as the goal of our species.
I now believe there is no such thing as humanity – not because it can’t exist but because it has never yet existed.
In reading Richard Manning’s …
… “Against the Grain’ my whole understanding of the past of the human species was radically revised. Humans have been nothing more than farmed animals – starved, abused, workhorses – it is really not possible that the ‘art’ they created was ever healthy or life-centred.
Recognising what was is however an important part of choosing a different future:
“we can transcend the consequences we have put into motion. Cause and effect are suspended. Past actions do not become manifested in future outcomes. The past, no matter what it has been, is no longer a dynamic that must play itself out. Not only do we recognize the past is over, it is no longer at issue. We are able to re-create our lives anew“
We simply cannot rely on anything that currently exists to pull us into a new future – we have to do this work ourselves – starting now:
“What could motivate this change? Nothing short of rethinking what we are doing, how we are living, what our lives are about, where we are going, & what we want to create. There are horizons you have not encountered yet that lie before you as you begin to travel the road of creating“
“When you know the operational principles of anything, you can begin to make up your own rules, and even change those rules when it makes sense“
Perhaps you would like to reread the opening quote & wonder about what was really said there.
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Text in this colour from Against the Grain ~ Richard Manning
Text in this colour from Robert Fritz
As a warm up to a soon-to-be-released article, I challenge you to contemplate (play with) the following suggestion:
“Art & literature …
… will be
the death of us”
Feel free to post thoughts in the comments section – there is no right or wrong here – just playful, insightful exploration.
“In biological terms, wheat is successful; its success is built on the fact that it …
tamed humans. Wheat altered us, altered our genome
to use us.“
~Richard Manning (Against the Grain)
All my work relates to events in my life – ideas are home-grown rather than factory farmed. This particular article has sprouted from a change in what I eat. All grains & sugar have disappeared.
A surprising result has been the change in perception, that seemed to happen all by itself.
Once upon a time my mind translated this into …
… our “daily bread”.
Now it struggles to decipher this same grain html into anything resembling food – instead it insists I am looking at some kind of …
… sculpting material.
“During the Middle Ages in Europe, thick slabs of coarse and usually stale bread, called “trenchers”, were used as plates. After a meal, the food-soaked trencher …
was fed to a dog or to beggars
at the tables of the wealthy“
Some weeks ago I read a mind-altering sentence – the beginning of it stayed with me long after the ending had faded. It began like this:
“When [live]stock are overfed on grain …“
I couldn’t get it out of my head that humanity was the ‘livestock’ that had been overfed on grain.
“And Jesus said unto them, …
… I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst”. John 6:34
Actually Jesus was wrong:
“High grain diets are associated with, or implicated in, most modern day health problems – everything from bone diseases … to the major killers of today, such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer
Like everything that has been made too big in our lives (media, entertainment, parents, sex, music, light etc), it is very hard to conceive of living without them at the levels we have been programmed to think are normal or necessary:
“Naturally, you may be wondering: if grains aren’t good for us why do most of us believe they are? ”First, grains …
… permeate [our] culture on all levels and in all places … wherever we go, even on plane rides or boat cruises, grains are there … Second, we’ve been socialized to believe that …
… grains are good for us …
Third, food manufacturers, supermarkets, and restaurants offer us…
… many incentives to eat a lot of grains … because grains have long shelf lives, can be twisted …
… into virtually any shape or form imaginable,
and are cheap to make“
Change is very difficult when you have been brain & bodywashed into an ingrained existence. This article exists to supply some mental leverage to assist in contemplating the place & price of grain in your life.
Prepare to be semi-seriously …
Those who are familiar with my work will understand I use play to create momentum & stimulate ideas. The following while often starting out playfully has potentially serious implications.
Please don’t get bogged down in trying to prove anything – let’s see how far we can stretch this exploration. (Many thanks who all who participated in the comments section of holiday homework.
We begin by wondering if sandwiches can lead to…
The commonly accepted story of the birth of the sandwich goes back to the British upper crust. We are told it was named after:
“John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich …
… an 18th-century English aristocrat. It is said that he ordered his valet to bring him meat tucked between two pieces of bread … others began to order “the same as Sandwich!” It is commonly said that Lord Sandwich was fond of this form of food because it allowed him to continue playing cards, particularly cribbage, while eating“
A little interesting birthing symbology:
“In French the meaning of the name Montague is:…
… Pointed hill“
“According to John Aubrey…
was created by the English poet Sir John …
in the early 17th century“
“Sandwich … eventually married Dorothy Fane…
… Sandwich’s first personal tragedy was his wife’s deteriorating health and eventual insanity. During his wife’s decline, Sandwich started an affair with the talented opera singer …
… Martha Ray. During their relationship, Ray bore him at least five and perhaps as many as nine children“
“She was “a lady of an elegant person, great sweetness of manners, and of a remarkable judgement and execution in vocal and instrumental music” who had lived with Lord Sandwich as his wife since the age of seventeen“
“Tragedy was to strike again in April 1779 when Ray was murdered in the foyer of the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden by a jealous suitor, James…
… Hackman, Rector of Wiveton.
Sandwich never recovered from his grief“
Although they never married, Martha Ray was sometimes referred to as Lady Sandwich:
“Just as the play broke up I saw two ladies and a gentleman coming out of the playhouse; …
… a gentleman in black followed them. Lady Sandwich‘s coach was called …
… Before the gentleman could come back to hand her into the carriage the gentleman in black came up, laid hold of her by the gown, and pulled out of his pocket two pistols; he shot the right hand pistol at her, and the other at himself. She fell with her hand so [describing it as being on her forehead] … I believe she died immediately, for her head hung directly“
“Hackman’s defence counsel submitted to the court that Hackman was insane and that the killing of Martha Ray was unpremeditated“
Quite a remarkable coincidence of insanity around one man.
This man who literally or symbolically gave the world “the sandwich,” was also associated with the Hellfire Club:
“Sir Francis Dashwood and the Earl of Sandwich are alleged to have been members of a Hellfire Club that met at the George and Vulture Inn throughout the 1730s“
Oh look time for MasterChef:
“Lord Sandwich was a great supporter of …
… Captain James Cook … In honour of Sandwich, Captain Cook named …
… the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii) after him“
On a Valentine’s Day massacre in 1779 Captain Cook became the first club(bed) sandwich when he was slaughtered on the beaches of the Sandwich Islands:
“As Cook turned his back to help launch the boats, he was …
… struck on the head by the villagers and then stabbed to death as he fell on his face in the surf …The Hawaiians dragged his body away. Four of Cook’s men were also killed and two others were wounded in the confrontation“
In keeping with our food theme, we find that Cook was cooked:
“Following their practice of the time, they prepared his body with funerary rituals usually reserved for the chiefs and highest elders of the society. The body was disembowelled, baked to facilitate removal of the flesh, and the bones were carefully cleaned for preservation as religious icons“
Cook’s death took place a magical 52 days before that of the Mistress of the Sandwich.
“Martha – meaning … “lady; mistress of the house”.“
“Ray … each of the lines in which light (and heat) may seem to stream from the sun or any luminous body“
Martha Ray = Mistress of the sun / light
She died of a hole in the head
that let the light come through
… 7th April -
aka 7/4 or 4/7.
“Put out the light, and then put out the light:
If I quench thee, thou flaming minister,
I can again thy former light restore“
Was there some bizarre, behind the scenes ritual, to the introduction of the sandwich?
And is there more to the tale of the five loaves & two fish …
… than we have previously considered?
Whatever the truth, the sandwich craze spread throughout the Western world:
“The sandwich’s popularity in Spain and England increased dramatically during the 19th century, when the rise of an industrial society and the working classes made fast, portable, and inexpensive meals essential“
“In the United States, the sandwich was first promoted as an elaborate meal at supper. By the early 20th century, as bread became …
… a staple of the American diet, the sandwich became the same kind of popular, quick meal as was already widespread in the Mediterranean“
Previously in toolonginthisplace, we looked at the Statue of Liberty as …
“Ceres was credited with the discovery of spelt wheat … the yoking of oxen and ploughing, the sowing, protection and nourishing of the young seed, and the gift of agriculture to humankind; before this, it was said, man had subsisted on acorns, and wandered without settlement or laws“
Ah, just where would we be without our loving, parent-gods?
“We call it the Garden of Eden, but it was not a garden; it was not cultivated. In fact, in Genesis, God is vengeful & specific in throwing Adam & Eve out of paradise; his punishment is that they will begin gardening. Says God,…
… “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground.“
Let us contemplate actual reality:
“… the assumption [is] that agriculture was better for us. Its surplus of food allowed the leisure and specialization that made civilization. Its bounty settled, refined, and educated us, freed us from the nasty, mean brutish, and short existence that was the state of nature … This just-so story had to have sprung from the …
… imagination of someone who never …
… hoed a row of corn or rose with the sun for a lifetime of milking cows. Gamboling about plain & forest, hunting, fishing & living off the land is fun …
… Farming is not.
That’s all one needs to know to begin a rethinking of the issue.“
“The fundamental question was properly phrased by Colin Tudge of the London School of Economics: “The real problem, then, is not to explain why some people were slow to adopt agriculture but …
… why anybody took it up at all,
when it is so obviously beastly.“
“To condemn all of humankind to a life of full-time farming, and in particular, arable farming, was a curse indeed.“
We have also looked at America as the …
… ‘stomach of the world”
We become what we swallow:
“swallow (v.) … Old English swelgan “swallow, imbibe, absorb“.“
Is it any wonder
that insanity …
of America’s …
Vincent van Gogh saw the world in a different way to us. It’s possible that he, like many who suffer from mental illness, may have been affected by what could be called, grain toxicity:
“Dohan et. al. published a report demonstrating that schizophrenia is virtually non-existent in cultures where glutinous grains are not consumed“
Perhaps his (reputedly) last painting, Wheatfield and Crows is a clue to the identity of….
… his cereal killer.
Prior to his death came the removal of …
… an ear.
The seed-bearing spike of a cereal plant, such as corn“
In these tales I get the sense of two worlds – the five-sense world, & an underlying story-world of grain.
So I want to step up our play time into something a little more exotic. Don’t get caught up trying to prove things, just come along for the ride & we’ll see how far we can take this.
Here goes …
Have we got the story round the wrong way?
What if grain farms us?
What if our bodies are the real wheat fields of this world?
What if grain is an alien/interdimensional entity …
… that requires us to swallow it,
so that it can …
This might explain why alien/interdimensional/??? forces are so obsessed with “branding” …
… their logos
on their own “seed”.
Speaking of branding giants:
Wheat = white
“wheat (n.) … from Proto-Germanic *khwaitijaz … literally “that which is white“.“
Grain = red (thanks roobeedoo)
“grain (n.) … early 13c., “scarlet dye made from insects”.“
stars or seeds?
Of course in actuality, wheat isn’t really white at all.
It’s pure gold.
I shall now defer to an earlier version of myself & quote from the golden mil-Lion Man (2009):
“Why is it that we have had the value of gold poured down our throats from birth“
“gold … was considered a divine metal, it was thought to be the flesh of the gods. Its polished surface was related to the brilliance of the sun. Gold was important to the afterlife as it represents aspects of immortality.“
“Ancient Egyptians believed that gold was an indestructible and heavenly metal. The sun god, Ra …
… was often referred to as a mountain of gold … The skin of gods and other deities …
… was said to be golden“
Gold has been fabricated into an object of lust & daily worship in our world – we need to ask why?
“The thing is, [gold] was NOT seen as financially special until … Croesus, decided [to] make it into a unit of exchange & so a … decorative ornament [became an] object of multi-cultural & multi-century ‘lust’ … I found it extremely funny to come across a description of Alexander the Great ….
… as ‘already being fully familiar with the use of gold as money’ - implying that this was an idea that he had had to ‘get used to‘.“
Let’s inject a little wondering:
“In respect to gold [shaman Credo Mutwa] said that it was an ‘entity‘. That it’s presence in the bowels of the earth is essential to life, in particular to the flow & purification of water. That besides being a physical metal, it is also a spiritual & a metaphysical metal, & that by mining gold “humanity is enslaved to forces of which they are not even aware”.“
Sun/gold/lions are so symbolically intertwined that they may be viewed in the same way we view the three forms of h2o – ice/water/steam.
But now I’m wondering if there is a fourth element to the gold-god-ensemble that we have missed & so worshipped unknowingly?
What if eating grain, & in particular, wheat
equates to partaking in
Wheat has almost the same coded letter-formation as the words “earth/heart,” – except that in place of ‘r’ there is a ‘w’.
Without the ‘r’ there is no “ear” to “hear”.
When we are not heard, …
… our hearts can be broken
& our reality stolen.
Funny how the coded ‘w‘ now thrives …
… in this world
Returning yet again to religion & gods we find yet more hidden grain worship:
“spire Old English spir …
… “a sprout, shoot, spike, blade, tapering stalk of grass“.”
“A cereal is a grass“
Let’s wrap up this part of the exploration by asking, “is grain a drug?”
Maybe we should relax up on the mushroom obsessions & pay closer attention to our daily bread:
“One more provocative idea is the opioid or exorphin theory … a considerable amount of research indicates that grains and dairy products aren’t just food; they also contain opioid substances called exorphins … evidence certainly suggests that exorphins have drug-like effects and may be, to some degree, addictive“
“Wheat in particular is a common food allergen, addictant, and …
… trigger to cravings“
“One of the more perplexing aspects of food sensitivities is the phenomenon of food addiction. This is a condition in which people ironically feel a …
… physical and emotional need for the very foods they’re allergic to. In the course of some allergic reactions, the body produces narcotic-like substances, including some feel-good endorphins which elicit a temporary “high” & a short-lived amelioration of symptoms.”
One final image & explanation as to why this article exists.
A little while ago I updated my computer’s wallpaper image, I was not really in the mood & so nabbed an image of an outdoor cafe without paying it much attention.
Only later did I actually look closer at it – in particular the white car in the background – I have just bought a white car & I was curious about its numberplate, I’m weird like that. On closer inspection I saw that the car’s licence plate spelled POX – in front of the car is an advert for crepes & waffles – the message was loud & clear.
Everything in this article is designed to create healthy speculation & not to be taken so seriously that you get stuck anywhere. Flour & water create glue – we don’t need any more glue/goo – we need to start moving again. Changes in diet never come by will power or force, they come via mental & emotional freedom & desire for change.
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Text in this colour from Against the Grain – Richard Manning
Text in this colour from Going Against the Grain - Melissa Diane Smith