escaping into the locked room (+ podcast)

pantheon   c.1300 … temple for all the gods

The ancient Roman writer Cassius Dio speculated that the name comes either from the statues of so many gods placed around this building or from the resemblance of the dome to the heavens

Welcome to the original prototype

of your tiny,

little

world

The Pantheon is one of the great spiritual buildings of the world. It was built as a Roman temple and later consecrated as a Catholic Church. As the sun moves, …

… striking patterns of light illuminate the walls and floors of porphyry, granite and yellow marbles …

Circles and squares form the unifying theme of the interior design. The checkerboard floor pattern contrasts with the concentric circles of square coffers in the dome ..

… Each zone of the interior, from floor to ceiling, is subdivided according to a different scheme

To understand the laws & dimensions of your tiny world, we need to get you acquainted with it.

If you are happy with your world, you need read no further.

If not, please join me for a short verbovisual tour, as we must gather together the threads needed to weave ourselves a bridge into hell:

… when Michelangelo first saw the Pantheon in the early 1500s, he proclaimed it of angelic

… and not human design”

The original use of the Pantheon is somewhat unknown, except that it was …

… classified as a temple

The role of the Pantheon is poorly understood and it’s function still remains uncertain, although we believe the sun has a significant role in the building

Hadrian said, “My intentions had been that this sanctuary of All Gods should reproduce the likeness …

… of the terrestrial globe and of the stellar sphere

The Pantheon is a remarkable achievement of … sacred geometry and cosmography

“[the] Dome forms half a perfect sphere on top a cylinder …[the]  Sphere would exactly fit inside the rotunda

The Eye — Sunlight beams through the Pantheon’s oculus” … oops how did that picture get there?

No oculus had even dared come close in size to the one in the Pantheon” ”

… the Pantheon presents yet another, far greater mystery. Why, after nearly 2000 years, is this structure, built on marshy land, with a dome whose span was not surpassed for hundreds of years, still standing?

Today, no engineer would dare build this structure without steel rods!

Giulio Magli, an historian of ancient architecture … claims that at precisely midday during the March Equinox, a circular shaft of light shines through the oculus and …

illuminates the Pantheon’s entrance … [While] on April 21, which the Romans celebrated as the founding date of their city, … the sun beam strikes a metal grille above the doorway …

… “The emperor would have been illuminated as if by film studio lights” … elevating an emperor into the realm of the gods … He was in effect being “invited” by the sun to enter the Pantheon

Here endeth this leg of your tour. Go now & sin no more … ooops sorry wrong tour.

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A number of researchers have suggested that the Roman Empire ne’er did fall over … rather it was

… relocated …

rehoused & given

… a new identity.

Roman influence in America was more than an intriguing cultural phase; it played an integral role in the development of the nation

Today, Roman influence can be seen among countless buildings such as banks, government buildings, houses, business buildings …  In Washington, D.C., domes are a common theme among the government buildings

The name Capitol Hill for the location of the United States Congress… was chosen by the founders of the US in emulation of the ancient Roman location” Ah so it’s true then …

Oh wait … what?

Capitoline Hill is the smallest of Rome‘s seven hills

The hill often stands in ancient literature for Rome itself … especially in its capacity to endure over time” (i.e. it goes on & on & on)

But … Capitoline Hill, though important, was never the centre of Rome. Just as the United States of Romica, was never going to be its modernhub. Firstly a little his & his story: In the beginning …

Romulus and Remus are the  central characters of Rome’s foundation myth. … abandoned to die in the river Tiber …

… a she-wolf found and suckled them, and a woodpecker fed them. A shepherd and his wife … fostered them to manhood

When they were big boys, they quarrelled over where to found a new city. Somewhere along the way Romulus got shitty & killed Remus. It is from the Cainian Romulus, that we get the name, Rome. Romulus chose to found (t)his city on the Palatine Hill.

According to Roman mythology, the Palatine Hill was the location of the cave … where Romulus and Remus were found by the she-wolf that kept them alive

… it was on this hill that the Roman Empire began

The Palatine Hill … is the centermost of the Seven Hills of Rome and is one of the most ancient parts of the city …  It is the etymological origin of the word palace.

Oops isn’t that Buckingham Palace? How on earth did that get there? I do apologise… As I was saying:

palace   late 13c., “official residence of an emperor, king, archbishop

Oh come on … this is just getting silly.

Just because both the Romans & Brutus British had empires, there is no reason to link the two. And while I agree there may be some British leverage beneath the United Satellites of Romica, one really cannot suggest that ancient Rome was reheadquartered into Britain.

I mean everybody knows that the eighth Henry broke with Rome

(in order to extend his literary Wife Collection).

Look see for yourself …

The Ecclesiastical Appeals Act [or] Statute in Restraint of Appeals [which was] passed in 1533 … on behalf of King Henry VIII of England, forbade all appeals to the Pope in Rome on religious or other matters, making the King the final legal authority This was achieved by claiming that England was an empire            “Where by divers sundry old authentic histories and chronicles, it is manifestly declared and expressed that this realm of England is an Empire“.

You are surely not going to expect me to believe that the story of Anne Boleyn was a ruse,… a ‘cover story‘ to sneak Rome into Britain?

No I will simply not accept it. It was a true story full of lust & intrigue, that sadly turned to bitter tragedy.

Well all right, it may have been a bit melodramatic, but dammit I tell you it was history.

And before you start imagining things, let me tell you that it was just a coincidence that Henry VIII was crowned king on the same date that Rome was founded (April 21st).

Same with the crowning of William III and Mary Stuart on that day.

And if you think that Queen Elizabeth IIbeing born on this 111th day of the year, has any significance, you are barking mad.

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Ladies & gentlemen, we do apologise. Your tour guide has been under a lot of strain recently.  We are postponing the rest of this tour while she is medicated with Chardonnay.  If you will please proceed to the Design RoomI think you will find the talk on the finer points of early Roman pattern-making to be enlightening.

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As you can see we now have an interesting array of threads. All we need is …

love a pattern to work with.

pattern (n.)   early 14c., “the original proposed to imitation; the archetype; that which is to be copied … (see patron)

Ok sure, let’s see Patron:

patron   “a lord-master, a protector,” c.1300, … from M.L. patronus “… lord, master, model, pattern” …” from pater (gen. patris) “father“.

Hmmm … that’s interesting, so … like this you mean?

In mathematics, a self-similar object is exactly or approximately similar to a part of itself (i.e. the whole has the same shape as one or more of the parts).

Or this?

the background figures and shapes portrayed behind the figure of God appeared to be an anatomically accurate picture of the human brain, including the frontal lobe, optic chiasm, brain stem … there appears to be communication present despite the gap between the depicted Adam and God, just as neurons transmit biochemical information across synaptic clefts

Today we will be using Michelangelo’s coded Creation as a template for our own design work.  We are very lucky to have procured the services of an

… enigmatic code-breaker who has assures me that Michelangelo’s encrypted message reads as follows:

Did singe moth Hogtied minds Domed insight

 “the Mind is God”

Thusly illuminated, it makes un-common good sense to understand how our own godliness works (on the off chance that we ever decide to do something worthwhile with our minds).

Our culture has not been a friend of the mind. Education has cultivated the idea that it belongs solely in the hands of …

trumped up trumpeted geniuses.

Perhaps it is time go back to the beginning & start again.

It might, however, be equally true to say that much new knowledge is prevented by old knowledge. This is because the existing perceptions must be unpicked in order that we may see things differently” “In order to go forward we may have to go back & make a deliberate effort to change concepts

Let us bow to each now (in recognition of our godly status) …

… as we set off back to reclaim our universe. It’s been too long.

contrary to our traditional view, the brain may be a very simple mechanism acting in a highly complex way” “… biology tends to work through simple systems with complex behaviour” “For the first time in history we can now have an idea of how the brain is organised …We can come to see how the thinking habits of the of the last Renaissance emphasized some of the worst habits of the mind

In my desire to understand the lock-down mechanism that seems to run my mind, & I rather suspect yours too, I have re-found the work of Edward de Bono – the man who is mainly-mainstreamly-recalled as the “lateral thinking” guy. Note from the future:  After I wrote the followingsentence, the tragedy waste of the last 40 odd years hit me – this is what I wrote a moment before a moment ago …

“The year that man was supposedly fucking about on the moon, he wrote a book called The Mechanism of the Mind

Dear god, I’m wondering now what life might have been like if we’d walked down that inner path, instead of following the rocket man into his waste of space.

I must confess to struggling with de Bono’s ideas (everything in this colour).

He calls the mind a ‘self-organizing pattern-making system’ & this is where my mind slips up – I simply don’t digest big words very well.  What follows are my efforts to turn his ideas into something a little more flavoursome & easy to swallow.

Why?

I believe understanding what he says to be invaluable – in the same kind of way that understanding which tank in your car you put petrol & which one your pour water is invaluable for giving you a usable vehicle, as opposed to a rusting garden ornament.

Mechanics lesson number 1: Imagine a vast landscape – this would also be known as …

… “your brain”.

Onto that landscape falls rain – this would also be known as …

‘information’ / experience.

As the rainformation touches your ground-brain, it flows along the tracks long established there – with the shape of the land always deciding where the water will twist, turn or collect.

The water flows along the existing tracks – it can do nothing else.

De Bono says that our brains are passive – so they do not ‘vet’ or arrange incoming experience/ material – they simply allow all in-coming-information to follow without interruption, these pre-carved paths.

These pre-carved paths = patterns.

Our patterns.

The ‘simple’ mechanism that is our brain lives & loves to create patterns.

Storing memories… in patterns, whose shape is always determined by earlier patterns.

This is where we become God. You were paying attention weren’t you?

“pattern (n.)   early 14c., “the original proposed to imitation; the archetypethat which is to be copied … (see patron)”

“patron   “a lord-master, a protector,” c.1300, … from M.L. patronus “… lord, master, model, pattern” …” from pater (gen. patris) “father“.Pater … the Latin for “father” a title given to a father deity Dis Pater, a Roman and Celtic god of the underworld, later subsumed by Pluto or Jupiter God the Father in Christianity

Genesis 1:27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them

Which came first, the mind or the pattern?

Unfortunately our divine-pattern-making potential should really have come with a …

… heavenly health warning.

Because pattern-forming can lead to …

… seriously non-groovey ruts.

Circularity is a very natural & easy phenomenon

… in self-organizing patterning system

Tell me please, in what parts of our modern, amazing, wondrous, advanced civilization are we not circling in ever-decreasing roundabouts?

The natural behaviour of perceptions is to form strong patterns, to recognize them quickly & to use them without deviation

… This process has initial survival value but thereafter packages the world in much too limited & rigid a fashion

It is not a matter of having a system which has been ‘programmed‘ to behave in this way. The system would be …

…  incapable of behaving in any other way

But surely we can just change things when we need to?

Once a pattern exists it is very hard to cut across it to establish a new pattern

the mind does not try to do anything. What happens is that various inputs .. create a

state of activity which eventually settles down into a …

stable state … … It is the stable state that is the [feeling of something making] ‘sense‘.

Experiences & Information enter at will & settle upon the outdoor furniture of our in-situ beliefs.

Yet we do not question the foundations upon which our current beliefs lie.

Every belief system sets up a framework of perception within which it cannot be attacked

We are as locked into our institutions & structures as we are to beliefs. The paradox is that as we move forward into the future there is more need for change than ever, yet there is less room for change because everything is locked into position

That there are bastards out there capitalizing via this prison system we live in, I have no doubts, but spotlighting them, without turning the beams on our own minds, does not seem to have made the slightest bit of difference, unless you count the development of very …

… flexible index fingers.

If we do not understand how our minds truly work, we don’t stand much chance of creating a usable framework in which to live. And when I say live I’m not talking about the opposite of dead.

I mean this (but in human form)

De Bonos’ suggestions offer a usable map whereby index fingers may be put to practical use tracing new paths:

  • We need to shift from destructive thinking to a much more constructive type
  • We need to change from argument to genuine exploration of a subject
  • We need to lessen the esteem in which we hold critical thinking & to place it below constructive thinking
  • We need to shift from obsession with history to concern for the future
  • We need, for the first time, to realise that creative thinking is a serious & essential part of the thinking process

“… if we move forward, not from a constructed language (Greek heritage), but from the actual way the brain works…

…  as a self-organising patterning system, we can get a very different perspective

Let’s look at vacuuming from a de Bono perspective – as I understand it.

Our civilized thinking is replete with such broad concept traps as: freedom, justice, democracy, imperialism.  It is virtually impossible to think anywhere in the vicinity of these traps, as you will get sucked into accepted patterns … we have a limited number of crude concepts

Imagine that patterns have wide opening, kind of like large rabbity holes …

Patterns in a self-organising system have a wide catchment area. This means that many unstable patterns

… will all lead to the main stable pattern

In other words, lots of things that aren’t really connected, like distant relatives, get pulled into the same pattern/family.

Patterns, when combined with incestuous thinking practices, can be eternally destructive:

… dichotomies impose a false & sharp .. polarization on the world & allow no middle ground …’The catchment’ .. properties of patterns ensure that … things that are really only very slightly different are forced far apart by the polarizations …we end up with a thinking system that is almost designed to create problems

So we ‘create’ enemies by pretending they are unnaturally different from us – it’s a  cheap & easything to do …

… but it makes the attack so much more fun, don’t cha know!So much of modern life is based around argument – most especially male-female interaction:

From where did this love of argument come & how is it sustained? …such an inefficient system … Once people have been put into the roles of ‘attack’ & ‘defend’ they play those roles – at the expense of exploration

The vehemence with which both men & women now consider their point of view ‘right’ really should have set off alarm bells a long time ago. How did both sides get to be so right?   Or is it just the teensy, weensiest bit possible that it is our system of thought that is at fault, & not each other?

An acknowledgement of inadequacy is a prelude to change … The arrogance of logic means that if we have a logically impeccable argument then we must be right

Where did the original patterns in yourmind come from?

The mind does have an ease of switching into beliefs, & the vehemence with which a belief is held is more a reflection …

…of the circular behaviour of the mind  than of the truth of that belief

Here’s a wonderful example of how the power of just one belief, runs (or can ruin) your life:

When you burn your finger at a fire only once in your lifetime, you are operating a belief system … your initial trauma creates a belief that prevents you from ever contradicting that belief, so the circularity is established

If there is already a pattern established it is not possible to establish another pattern in the same area because our mind will always swing back to the first pattern

… The result is that we are stuck with our patterns, perceptions, concepts & words

Thank you everyone. That concludes our visit to the Design Room today.  If you will make your way to the Sewing Room we shall now endeavour to stitch this article together.

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It is guessed that the Pantheon was built as a temple– yet it is really not known for sure.

Temple –> Template

tem·plate n   A pattern or gauge, … used as a guide in making something accurately

You know, as a template for the promethean-style-imprisonment of the mind-of-man the Pantheon is bloody ingenious. Please join me in a little play – come onyou know you want to..:

In a self-organising patterning system, provocation is absolutely logical. Playing & playing around is a form of provocation, yet we have never given it the status it deserves

This article took on its current shape because, while researching ‘patterns‘ & their connection to the God Father (Pater), I came across the term ‘pantheon of the gods‘ – playing with the idea that the word pantheon might be connected to the word pattern, an idea (I + Dea = I, God) was born.

Humour is by far the most significant behaviour of the human mind …It tells us something about perception which we have traditionally neglected in favour of logic. It tells us directly about the possibility of changes in perception. It shows us that these changes can be followed by instant changes in emotion – something that can never be achieved by logic

Now that’s impressive, or it should be. We are being told that humour has a potency & potential to change our world. At present we are trapped. We blame it on the ptb, the illuminati, the media, governments etc.  Anything but our own perceptions & the patterns of our minds. So sad. So tragic.

Ah well, I guess we may as well just settle down to the familiar & keep on fighting.

It’s all too much effort to change anyway …

So let me introduce you to your future. It may feel quite familiar, for it has also been allof your past.

Regardez le template of a million sleeping gods.

Notice the wonderful skull work of the dome…

we must be cautious in not choosing to pin down the universe ….

… If we set our current paradigm in concrete, we shall allow ourselves to work only within this paradigm (universe) for ever more” “A belief is a perceptual framework which leads us to see the world in a way which reinforces that framework …

… so the circularity is established

The only internal light source is the so called …

… ‘Oculum’ (eye)

We are as locked into our institutions & structures …

… as we are to beliefs. The paradox is that as we move forward into the future there is more need for change than ever, yet there is less room for change … because everything is locked into position

Isn’t it funny how we exhaust ourselves rushing madly round & around in circlestrying to ‘discover’ the ‘exit’ out of our hell, or else we turn our dazed gazes…

…  onto the play of light of historical patterns trying to figure out what they are telling us.

As the sun moves, striking patterns of light illuminate the walls and floors of porphyry, granite and yellow marbles …

Circles and squares form the unifying theme of the interior design. The checkerboard floor pattern contrasts with the concentric circles of square coffers in the dome

The dome features sunken panels (coffers), in five rings of twenty-eight. This evenly spaced layout was difficult to achieve and, it is presumed, had symbolic meaning, either numerical, geometric, or lunar

Ah the eternal fascination of the mystery.

You enter into this almost magical geometrically perfect space

Funny how so many angles of our current world …

… worship symmetry.

sym·me·try n.   Exact correspondence of form … on opposite sides of a dividing line

Our world is a world of worlds-of-same-choices … 

right/wrong… true/false …  guilty/innocent … friend/enemy … tyranny/freedom … democracy/dictatorship …  natural/unnatural

… the view just depends on where you are standing at the time

symmetry – “the quality of having two parts that match exactly, …

… either when one half is like an image of the other half in a mirror”.

The thing about symmetry is that tends to goes round in circles.. Are we being forced into symmetry sametry by tyrannical patterns?

If the brain as consciousness flows along the main highway patterns, we are not even aware of the potential side-tracks, because these have been temporarily suppressed by the dominant track

Are we trapped in a pantheonistic room of our own mind-making? Seeking endlessly to unlock the door, yet never realising that the door can only be opened, from the outside.

This is the wrong universe. It is only when we make the jump – which we have not yet done – to the universe of self-organising patterning systems … that creativity becomes simple & clear. No matter how hard we try in the wrong universe, we shall not understand creativity

The job of a god is to create. This society we exist in, now leads swiftly & directly to death. You no longer get to pass ‘Go’ & collect $200. And as long as we seek to fit ourselves within it, we will carry on dying – that’s how the system works. We have abdicated our responsibility to create. I don’t know why.  It may have been something done to us or we may have created it long ago, & then forgotten. I wonder if, when patterns become too large, uninterrupted & concrete, they become the ‘gods’ that fill our pantheonicminds.

Gods on the Discworld exist as long as people believe in them and their power grows as their followers increase

…. If people should cease believing in a particular god … the god begins to fade and, eventually, will “die”, becoming little more than a faded wispy echo” “Patterns rarely die through being attacked, for this just reinforces their use. They die through atrophy & neglect. They can also die or be changed through an alteration in the context

What if the key to our future lies in escaping into our minds?

A provocation is designed to perturb the system … In 1982 IBM researchers stated categorically that in certain types of systems … provocation was an absolute mathematical necessity

How do you break back into your own mind? Would you even want to?

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Everything in this colour from “I am Right, Your are Wrong” ~Edward de Bono

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** Podcast **

This article was immensely difficult to write – I’m not sure how far I got in achieving what I wanted to say.  This afternoon my very good friends Sinead & Fitzy came to the rescue to add their tremendous input – they brought alive this massively important topic – the return of our minds.

Fitzy’s Ouroboros bit had me dying…! XD”   ~ transcenddesigns

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Fitzy had a few issues with his state of the art recording technology, thus you get three bite-sized helpings rather than one lump of lard – don’t worry it will all make sense. A thousand thanks my friends.

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May 26, 2012. Uncategorized.

18 Comments

  1. Michael Skaggs replied:

    Bloody Brilliant!

    I was long fascinated with symmetry growing up, due to the ebb and flow of symmetrical patterns, they just felt softer on the brain, hard to describe. I didn’t like jagged edges, rough turns, etc. I liked natural flow and natures patterns. Odd how the mathmatical ‘builders’ of the modern world use such ‘angles’ eh?

    Wonderful insights, ideas, and thoughts you’ve provided here. I sin-cerely state how careful we must be in what we allowed into that locked room, hence the move away from patterns that do not allow creative or provocating ideas!

    Thanks for weaving this thread together for us! It’s a golden thread that just may start a new tapestry the real world needs.

    Bravo!

  2. Max replied:

    So, what the heck do they mean if they say that the war on Terra is asymmetric?

  3. motherbarbarian replied:

    Amazing post! How much we all struggle to just exist happily together. Of course, our programming has been well in place for so much longer than people want to acknowledge. You do such a great job of uncovering our subjugation.

    The interesting benefit of researching brain injury for our daughter’s improvement is discovering the plasticity of the brain, and that healing is possible not just for traumatic brain injury, but for our internalized emotional injury. I touch very briefly on that in some posts and hope to do more. It is such an important topic. Best regards.

  4. motherbarbarian replied:

    I forgot to add – my husband has taken to calling Americans Romericans. Seems like a fitting title which your post reinforces.

  5. Sinead replied:

    Alex! Once again you leave me speechless (and that’s a good thing knowing how shit our language is) ; ) This post has helped me tie together many different ideas I’ve had flying around in my head, but have been unable to grasp. I wish I had better words to write in this little box, but like I said I’m speechless. I’m going to let all of this simmer for a bit. Thank you for all that you do : )

  6. Mick replied:

    Excellent research and wonderfully connected. Once again, you help me realise concepts and truths I have ignored and forgotten. I have to echo Sinead, this needs time to simmer.

    :-)

  7. alex robinson replied:

    Thanks Michael
    If you haven’t listened to our podcast I highly recommend it – it really helped me get a lot clearer – these issues are too big for just one person to shake free – the joining of minds in exploration is how we build something new that belongs to all of us.
    Have a great week my friend – enjoy your time!

    Hello Max
    It was my inability to grasp your question that led to yesterday’s podcast.
    I read your question as ‘logic based’, but my writing comes from another direction – from ‘provocation’ rather than ‘proving’. I felt perhaps I had not done a good job in making this clear & wondered what else could be done, that made me think of trying a conversation & luckily Fitzy & Sinead were up for the challenge – in a very real sense you inspired the podcast – I hope you enjoy it did me the world of good :)

    Hello ma barbarian
    Glad you enjoyed. Yes the brain is immensely plastic & malleable – never ever meant for the steel re-enforced concrete of our thinking-prison system.
    I am thoroughly looking forward to life with flexible brain & creation thinking – it is a very doable reality for us all.

    very best to you

    Sinead, you are a “treasure” – thank you
    xoxo

    Cheers Mick, it’s a huge topic that deserves exploration, because it has a very real connection to improving & changing our lives – & really what else is there?
    Don’t miss the podcast, it rocks :)

  8. sundaemon replied:

    Well, the High Priestess has spoken, and what a marvel.

    There’s still this thing of treating the brain and the mind as if they are the same thing. I would like to posit that they are not the same, but rather one is a dull magical symbolic mirror of the other.
    The “old grey matter.” Represented by the Old God. And what happens when the old God and the New Man touch each other? Would that not be a short-circuit?

    And doesn’t the old man reflect the past, or the future? And the man in his prime is us, now?

    What if the Old Grey God was made in Man’s image? To reflect and thereby SUB-DUE(gate)?

    If you short-circuit one side, the whole thing is short circuited. What was a flowing current is now stagnant, and rather than the union of the two, which make zero, we have one – and the discharge has got to go somewhere.

    I saw a movie last night, I think it was called The Cave, or the Cavern. A bunch of cave-climbers go into The Underworld and the boy Joshua must kill his father before he is freed. But, he kills him with compassion – the killing is a gift, a sacrifice if you will.

    The father is the Grantor of the Patent. Of the Archetype.

    Pater – isn’t the pate the forehead, the frontal lobe? Aren’t these “parent aliens” always depicted as having giant foreheads?

    And Pater – Peter. The Rock. The phallus, the Will.

    I would also like to suggest that you only battle that which is similar to you. Every Spurs and Arsenal fan knows this. Local derbies would be little without this concept! Men fight men, women fight women. So if a mirror is held up to you, you may well fight it. And if men and women are made to be virtually THE SAME, is it not inevitable that they will fight?

    I loved it when you showed the eye for what it is – a light transmitter, a light giver! A source of light. And when you give light, you are the Grantor. For all the rest, there’s always TV… “Taking it up ’em”.

    With your eyes, you give. With your thoughts, you give. With your body, you give. And when you give thanks, or gratitude, you’ve created something indestructible and eternal.

    You’ve held creation as a way through the membrane, but you say that creation can seem hard to do. In a world of pirates, and pirating, of theft, copyright and desperate attempts at fake originality, that may seem true.

    But what if creation is an act of spontaneous gratitude? What if it is simple giving and receiving, without consideration? If something is freely given and freely received, where is there a debt (sin) created?

    I think one of the “Great Artists” ( I mean this in a non-overly-deferential way) said as much – that all art is an act of gratitude. How many people think they can’t create – and yet, how many can say “thank you”?

    The body is the mind – the “body of Christ”, indeed. And are we going to continue to use the Mind of Old Cronos, Saturn, Old Father Time, the Butt-Pirate, the memory of past and future? Or the vibrant new (Now) body of Man, of whom Old Santa is a pale reflection?

    While we remain One, rather than Zero (two strong, opposing polarities), there’s a deficit – a flowing out of life energy. And who are the beneficiaries? Is it not those in the mirror – in the Underworld? As above, so below. When we die, “they live.”

    A few lines from Old Mr Shakespeare have been repeating in my mind (body!) for the past few days, and they seem appropriate here. I’m going to speak them as I remember them, not verbatim from a text:

    “Within be fed, without be fed no more;
    So shall we feed on death, which feeds on men,
    And death once dead, there’s no more dying then.”

    Thank you!

  9. Ferdinand replied:

    I read this post only after I had written my own latest piece that starts off with the story of Romulus and Remus being suckled by the wolf. I also highlighted how humans have been DOMEsticated like dogs, conditioned into being obedient to our masters. Wonderful the ways in which synchronicity weaves its way into our lives.

  10. James B replied:

    I like your point about the brain being a landscape for the rainformation to flow over – it reminds of the people I know that I simply will not discuss ideas such as synchronicity, manipulated reality, jewish influence, stynkronicity, NLP, etc. with. These are generally those who had their mental landscape terraformed by university (medical students, law students, you know the type). I imagine my points flowing into their pre-exisitng valleys and rivers, never flowing onto that higher ground that is there, but unreachable without their desire for it to be reached. I pick my battles now, as I try to be more aware of the way new information flows over my own landscape.
    Thanks again Alex.

  11. transcenddesigns replied:

    Absolutely Genius once again Alex,
    can’t wait to listen to the pod tomorrow…

    • transcenddesigns replied:

      Just finished listening,
      simply amazing…

      so many great ideas exposing this prison we’re all confined in,
      and I do believe the way to transcend it is by creating,
      and sharing those creations with others…

      Fitzy’s Ouroboros bit had me dying…! XD

      You 3 are the best!

      Love you guys!

      Keep up the Great Work…! ; )

      • alex robinson replied:

        Many thanks Brad, that’s great to hear.
        I passed on your comments to Sinead & Fitzy & also shamelessly borrowed some of your words extolling the lighter side of the podcast!

        very best to you from all of us

  12. alex robinson replied:

    A mighty array of thought sundaemon

    The mind/brain mixture could perhaps be wondered about forever & yes how often we leave out the body. I came across a lovely idea, along the lines that, the brain is the devoted servant to the body – how much easier would it be for us to return to our bodies if we had the thought that the emperor Brainus Caesar is actually in awe of the body lives to serve – in execution by guillotine does death come from the head being removed from the body or the body being removed from the head? Obviously the answer is both, but how often have we regarded it as the former?

    very best to you

    Hello Kyle, that was a mighty fine sync :]
    Ah the act of writing this just jolted a memory – I was out walking at night a couple of weeks ago – was a dark road & no one else was about, when a dog came racing up to me, it was a real kind of “wild rush”, not the tail wagging kind – the thing was it looked just like a wolf & gave me quite a fright – we had a bizarre brief moment of connection & then it moved on – I think perhaps it was a husky that had got loose – but the moment was very surreal & otherworldly.

    hope all’s well in your world

    Hi James, glad the imagery was of use … more to follow! :]

    Many thanks Brad
    Sinead & Fitzy really helped bring this topic to life, I have a much clearer feel now & new ideas have been rolling in non-stop since we chatted.
    I always appreciate you stopping by, very best to you

  13. eugene replied:

    Goethe learned that the eye is powered by the imagination that ties the sun and the eye together. Without imagination there is no sight. May your citizenship ever be in magi-nation.

    Nice piece. The Pantheon is entirely fascinating, Sri-Yantra as well. I solved its serpent secret by the power of mirror and the study of Navagrahas. But then again is there any solving the skin of Brahma? Such is ego of the scale.

    Please amuse me, I too am just a dog running by on the road.

  14. alex robinson replied:

    Cheers eugene,
    Funnily enough I’m just back from walking on the beach, where there were lots of happy dogs running around, we do well to imitate them methinks :)

    thanks for the link

  15. Max replied:

    Ran Prieur posted on his blog an interesting link of a reddit comment about psychedelic drugs:

    http://www.reddit.com/r/Meditation/comments/1egn4q/10_day_magic_mushroom_meditation_fast/ca04c1m

    “Taking a drug like mushrooms or LSD is like dumping a bucket of water down the hill. There’s so much water that the usual streams are overloaded and water spills out, crossing between the different paths. New and interesting connections form, and you see the world in a different way. That’s great, every now and then, but if you constantly and repeatedly dump buckets of water down a hill, well then the rivulets disappear. You erase the pattern without forming new ones.”

  16. alex robinson replied:

    Well found Max, that’s a really common sense comment – it’s we who have to create new connections & ideas – not hallucinogenics, gurus or experts.

    very best to you

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