The Year of Thinking Magically

The Vision of Hermes Trismegistus, Johfra Bosschart, 1985

The Mindscape of Alan Moore has insinuated itself into my own mindscape the past few days. It got me to thinking about magic, what it is and what it isn't, as well as magical thinking.

Now I know magical thinking gets a very bad rap, but I think that maybe that's a question of semantics. Magical thinking is generally defined as a kind of "Hail Mary" approach to life - cross your fingers, throw caution to the wind and hope for the best. We see this in the media all of the time, particularly as it applies to politics, specifically the politics of resource allocation.

Now, for some strange reason I have this weird visual in my head of Alan Moore punching through someone's chest, tearing out their still-beating heart and burying his teeth into the bloody mess. This is pure allegory, mind you; it stems from the fact that A., Moore is notorious for not suffering fools gladly, and B., he looks exactly like Rasputin (which inevitably sets me to thinking about the demonic Rasputin of the early Hellboy comics). So the visual usually arises when I picture some idiot waltzing up to Moore and saying something so incredibly stupid as to awaken some atavistic impulse, hence the whole heart-eating bit. I think Moore would probably be flattered by all of this, but you can never really tell.

The reason I bring it up is that I picture this whole scenario when some idiot (say, your average "skeptic" type) confronts Moore and blithely dismisses his magical work as some air-headed New Age floofery. Because Moore exemplifies what I see as the best example of magical thinking, which means to throw one's self so completely into one's work that every possible avenue of approach has to be explored, even the magical ones.

It's about putting all of the balls in play, not just the ones that polite society will respond to with the obligatory "delicious, delicious, oh, how boring." Because in present-day cultural, academic and science studies circles the aim is to bore, to stultify, to anesthetize, to ensure that the boat remains unrocked on placid, stagnant waters.

Moore is a born boat-rocker, which is why he's interesting and all of his critics are so boring. He's a born feeding-hand biter, he's a born shit-stirrer. He threw himself into magic because in his post-Watchmen fallow period (fallow being a relative term- Moore's fallow period is another's hyperactive period) he couldn't explain the miracle of creativity according to the dreary cultural Marxist paradigm that was so dominant in English cultural circles.

I don't know if he's said as much, but that paradigm was a eulogy for Western culture, not a rebirth. It so marginalized cultural studies that we're looking at a situation now where the future of the Humanities in the university system is by no means assured. You can't help but wonder if that was the plan all along.

Sticking a fork in the eye of his jaded and ennui-plagued contemporaries, Moore decided instead to pursue the study of ritual magic and symbol systems, which bore fruit in his Jack the Ripper fable, From Hell. That signaled a remarkable burst of energy that gave us America's Best Comics, a reconstruction of the occult foundations of the superhero mythos. The jewel in ABC's crown was League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which I see as the greatest superhero narrative ever written, even if the movie version sucked (Moore delights in placing curses on all of the movie adaptations of his work, because he specifically writes stories that can only work as comics).

But Moore didn't use magic as a substitute for back-breaking labor (he puts more work into a single script than your typical "decompressed" comics writer puts in in an entire year), magic was the mortar for the bricks that he spent his life learning how to put exactly into place through trial and error. In fact, it's been my experience that that's how magic works- it's the coagulant that takes the results of all your sweat and labor and makes it whole.

This ties back in a strange way to the ancient Mysteries- your typical Johnny Skepticpants would look at the mindlessly hedonistic Dionysians as the magical thinkers when in fact it was the studious Hermeticists who were the real McCoy. They understood that magic is the result of very hard work, otherwise everyone would understand it and it would no longer be magical.

Same goes with the things we look at here- understanding the collision of symbol and synchronicity only takes flight after a long period of hard work. Part of that work is discernment, learning to discriminate between what is meaningful and what is trivial.

It also means learning how to play your own devil's advocate- if a sync isn't truly meaningful it's usually be a waste of energy pursuing it. Never mind that it can make you look like an idiot trying to explain it. That's hard enough with the real business - in my experience powerful syncs usually induce a "Mudd's Women" kind of neural meltdown in the skeptical mind, which is inevitably followed by anger and ridicule.

I bring it up because symbol and synchronicity should be at the center of any variety of magical thinking worth its salt. That's the way it's always been- Hermes was understood to be present when a particularly fruitful sync occurred. But I hope to impart that the bricklaying aspect of it cannot be overlooked, which extends to your life. History is filled with the wreckage of magicians- even great ones- who didn't realize that taking out the trash and balancing the checkbook was part of the process as well.

Magic is the crown of the arts, but in the olden days wearing the crown meant bearing much heavier burdens than your subjects. One Roman emperor whose name escapes me at the moment said that anyone conspiring to take his place should be pardoned on grounds of insanity. We don't live in a magical realm, we live in a shitty, miserable, unmagical realm that can only be sporadically redeemed when true magic occurs.

Understanding the more ethereal arts can greatly enrich your life, particularly in your creative work (funnily enough, this article popped up on The Daily Grail while I was mulling over this essay) but it's no substitute for dotting your i's and crossing your t's, as too many people think. These arts also call for a tremendous amount of sacrifice and hardship, which can often be only slightly more tolerable than living in a dead and cold universe in which magic is absent.

Everyone knows magic exists, we just have different names for it, and different understanding of its mechanics. It may seem in dreadfully short supply these days, in which the Archons and their works are in the ascendancy. But everything is cyclical, nothing is linear. Things rise and then fall. That's one of the most important revelations that magical thinking led me to.

Last night as I was doing the boring work of dragging up the recycling, I heard a blue heron flying overhead. It was dark and foggy, so the bird was invisible. But the sound it made -more like a weird, hollow bark than a bird sound - reverberated through the cold. The heron's bark whispered strange and ineffable things to me, something about the dawn of time and the enormity of it all. This all happened shortly after I began thinking about this essay and it struck me as pure magic, given the rich and powerful symbolism invested in that magnificent creature.

What it all means (if anything) I'm not sure, but it's absolutely the reason this essay was written rather than sinking back into my mindscape like any hundreds of others. Take that for what it's worth.

46 comments:

  1. I was diagnosed some time ago as having Schizotypal Personality Disorder, one of the main 'symptoms' of which is 'magical thinking'. This was explained to me as basically a delusional way of seeing the world and absolutely non-beneficial.
    Having ALWAYS seen the world around me in that way I am loathe to believe that to see the world in a straightforward, linear 'sensible' way is in ANY way an enjoyable experience for someone with any kind of intellect.

    Personally I am very happy in being able to see the links between things and to eschew the idea of 'coincidence', and quite frankly would rather be shot in the head than see world via some kind of Richard Dawkins filter.

    Alan Moore is a true visionary and should be treasured.

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  2. "Part of that work is discernment, learning to discriminate between what is meaningful and what is trivial." -- hmmm. me like.

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  3. Slightly off topic, but since you mention a bird is what inspired your train of thought... did you hear about all the birds that fell over Arkansas on New Years? Completely took me to an episode of Flashforward.

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  4. I think it is a magical world we live in and far less shitty than we often give it credit for. Most of the deterioration is at our own hands and by our own prerogative. The magick that comes with the force of monsoon rains, the crackle of heat lightning, and yes, the wings of the heron can wrench open the eyes of the willfully blind at times. May all our eyes be opened so.

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  5. Herons are magical creatures, aren't they? There seem to be a good number where I live, and seeing one is always a good wake-up call to things beyond my immediate perception.

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  6. yes, at the end of your essay, i could feel the "space", the tone of the magic of that bird's call. A deep mystery filled me. A deep unheard sound. That magic place.

    I have learned the language of the birds, here in Phoenix where I live. How to call the mockingbird, and the lovebirds for dinner, and such. What kind of predator the sparrows are warning the others about. Their language is very clear.

    I believe Nature knows and recognizes those who take the time to listen, to learn, and to understand.

    Magic.

    Happy New Year to you.

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  7. Yeah this is really good stuff. I’ve come to similar conclusions myself lately -- that most of our problems in modern civilization are a direct result of our radical disenchantment of the world. The war against magical thinking has produced great material wealth, but equally great spiritual poverty. I’ve come to side more and more with religious people of every denomination against the Dawkinsians, because the “New Atheist” worldview seems so bleak and totalitarian that it may take an alliance of magical thinkers to beat back their program for materialist mental fascism. That there is a deep longing for cultural re-enchantment seems pretty obvious when you look at the popularity of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Avatar, and even fundamentalist religion. Meanwhile, things like old school hard science fiction and Marxism are almost dead as sources of inspiration. All this points to a collective desire to escape the current paradigm, and it will be artists, shamans and mystics like Alan Moore who show us the way us out.

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  8. Writting about magickal thinking,you might like to listen to a recent pod-cast of Steve Englehart,writer for Marvel Comics,being interviewed on "Thelema NOW!"
    on the 21st Dec 2010.

    http://oto-usa.org/podcast.html

    Steve has written for Captain America, The Hulk, The Avengers, Dr. Strange, and a dozen other titles. And he studied with Grady McMurty.

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  9. Thank you for this salient, erudite essay, Christopher. Personally, I've never thought any other way. Funnily enough, just as the commentator with the Lovecraftian derived nom de 'net, I, too, incurred a similar diagnosis for the same reason, that of schizoaffective disorder. A way of thinking as if looking at the so-call'd real world as through a glass darkly, & glass that is rippled, causing undulations in my cognitive functioning.

    Discernment, too, is key in being a Magical Realist, a label for an art/literary movement, yes, but one by its very sound grants the wearer of its mantle the talents of the true Magician, & you well Gno I don't mean the Houdini kind. Are what we seeing, hearing, & perceiving something of the world parallel to ours, or only just mere glimmerings of our imagination?

    The Englishwoman, Daphne Charters, had herself charted new ground in communicating with certain entities relegated to the canon of fairy lore. What she started has now become an annual gathering of like-minded individuals seeking to imploy Magic in their day-to-day lives. It takes place in Washington state. I went last summer, jump-started my already innate Second Sight, & experienced certain things most unbelievers would scoff at. Their presenters for next summer's can be learned about here. BTW, as a visionary artist my9s)elf, Johfra is one of my role models. Thanks for putting an oil of his with this.

    And yes, the Blue Heron is, indeed, a very magical creature. While you had your encounter with one last night, I was being awed by the measured shrieking yelp of a local Red Fox. A sculptress friend in Wales, Sharon Aur, had posted a close-up of just such a canid sniffing a daffodil in her Fb news feed, one of the 1st online images I was met with upon starting my day-to-day.


    Have an even more groundbreaking 2011, Christopher. Your blog here serves as a constant oasis in the otherwise drought affected blogosphere. Nai eleni siluvar antalyannar.

    Live from Apple Mountain,
    Anad' Quenyan Effro

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  10. "would look at the mindlessly hedonistic Dionysians as the magical thinkers when in fact it was the studious Hermeticists who were the real McCoy."

    I'm not sure it was an either/or situation. I think there was plenty of real magic in the Dionysian camp (and still is) and indeed many of the Dionysians were studious hermeticists by day.

    A contemporary analogy would be someone like Jimmy Page, who by day was a hard working student of music/hermetics and by night a Dionysian god. I think they're two sides to the same coin.

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  11. Beautifully written, Mr. Knowles.

    I've studied magic(k) off and on for over thirty years, and it was only six years ago that I was granted a sort of synthesis of my experiences that made me feel "I get it." That followed several years that can only be described as my own long night of the soul.

    Alan Moore got it right, in many ways. Some of the more theatrical castings and the summoning the spirit of Glycon do sound like "floofery" from the outside. But, so many magicians die poor or dispossed (ex. Crowley), but Moore seems to be doing quite well.

    I think it would be interesting if at some point you compared the world views/magic of Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. I'd be really interested in your observations on this.

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  12. ahhhh! what a delight it is to follow this blog of enlightment and wisdom.....XX

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  13. ahhhh! what a delight it is to follow this blog of enlightment and wisdom.....XX

    Ill second that.

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  14. well,that was a great piece .

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  15. Sean S. what kind of magical thinking is of a fundamentalistic religious nature? Chris I have an affinity with my 7 hens, they seem to respond to my human speak? I think magical thinking is healthy and wholesome. To encircle this planet with compassionate love is key, a mantra worth projecting. The synchrosphere is full of kind and interesting magical thinkers. Mysticism symbolically manifested with heart and mind in time and space, yea man! Shineforth brave souls! Happy New Year. Dennis

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  16. Dennis, when I listen to some of the better Christian fundamentalists, what I hear is basically "Jesus magic". Things like spiritual healing and exorcism, which are straight out of the bible, are pure magical thinking, right? To a hardcore materialist, I'm sure fundamentalists are closer to the magical camp than the scientific camp, because they believe in non-material forces, souls, demons, God, the devil, an afterlife, etc.

    I follow a lot of occultists these days, and I'm seeing a growing acceptance of traditional religion, if for no other reason than the fact that they have a common enemy in people like Richard Dawkins.

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  17. Essays not written - or the Sandman's library of Novels never finished.

    Yes magic is still there. Our bodies are entangled with our consciousness and the materialist pretenders can only ignore this.

    A mechanistic universe would be a discombobulated nightmare of japanese fembots bumping into one another and falling over - but it never proceed that far without the glue, the magic.

    Of course we can question the symbolics and magic of the grey constructed cash land we live in. It does seem like the end of an epoch, an apocalypse approaches - but don't worry. That's not the end of the world.

    -Jon Spring

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  18. I was looking up news on the Arkansas bird mystery and stumbled upon this: Japan on alert after finding dead birds

    The reports included one that a hooded crane was found dead on the Izumi Plain in Kagoshima Prefecture in southern Japan, the largest wild crane wintering site and the nation's leading poultry-raising area.

    How's that for some synchronicity?

    I do find the timing of these mass casualties a little suspect, especially considering some of the atmospheric projects coming to light elsewhere in the world.

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  19. Thanx for the delay from sinkin back into your mindscape

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  20. Hey Chris,

    Awesomeness, dude! This was a great essay for me to be reading right now. I'm impressed that you can tackle the subject of magical thinking head-on whilst still being discerning and logical and not at all flakey. Not that I'm surprised though.

    Discernment and logic has always been a part of magical thinking - a proccess that is not simply a short-cut to exotic stimulations, as the materialists might imagine. Rather it is exactly what Moore and you and I and others know it to be; HARD WORK, open-mindedness, appreciation of contexts, and the awareness that everything consists of interconnected symbol-systems.

    For me, the shorthand of this awareness is that 'all is fiction', but there are other shorthands one can use. This is why it amused me when you mentioned on FB that Moore sometimes falls prey to a kind of 'hippie solipsism'. I'd have to agree with that. I've often fallen prey to it myself!

    I think magic is often solipsistic in a sense, because magic often manifests itself through the most personal aspects of our psyches and experiences. Even a preexisting ritualism becomes personal when effectively connected to a discerning, magic-making psyche.

    Most of us in the world are not ritualism scholars and so our symbol-systems (especially the ones through which magic most frequently manifests)are often solipsistic, garbled gypsy systems, with bits cribbed from religion, movies, fiction and nonfiction. I hope you get my meaning here.

    I think you already understand what I'm on about here. X Files, or more recently Fringe, is a magical text that you have developed a working magical relationship with - and it rewards you with fruits for your labour. It's no less potent or powerful in this sense than a nonfiction text on hermeticism.

    And only you would fully appreciate the resonances and infinity loops that it creates in your own magic-producing psyche. In this sense the magic of it has a solipsistic quality. But it is not an indulgant, empty solipsism even if it appeard so from the outside.

    You know, I'm not sure what exactly it is that I'm trying to say, but whatever it is I think it's impostant. Perhaps you've already said it better with this awesome essay.

    Peace!

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  21. Hey Chris,

    Awesomeness, dude! This was a great essay for me to be reading right now. I'm impressed that you can tackle the subject of magical thinking head-on whilst still being discerning and logical and not at all flakey. Not that I'm surprised though.

    Discernment and logic has always been a part of magical thinking - a proccess that is not simply a short-cut to exotic stimulations, as the materialists might imagine. Rather it is exactly what Moore and you and I and others know it to be; HARD WORK, open-mindedness, appreciation of contexts, and the awareness that everything consists of interconnected symbol-systems.

    For me, the shorthand of this awareness is that 'all is fiction', but there are other shorthands one can use. This is why it amused me when you mentioned on FB that Moore sometimes falls prey to a kind of 'hippie solipsism'. I'd have to agree with that. I've often fallen prey to it myself!

    I think magic is often solipsistic in a sense, because magic often manifests itself through the most personal aspects of our psyches and experiences. Even a preexisting ritualism becomes personal when effectively connected to a discerning, magic-making psyche.

    Most of us in the world are not ritualism scholars and so our symbol-systems (especially the ones through which magic most frequently manifests)are often solipsistic, garbled gypsy systems, with bits cribbed from religion, movies, fiction and nonfiction. I hope you get my meaning here.

    I think you already understand what I'm on about here. X Files, or more recently Fringe, is a magical text that you have developed a working magical relationship with - and it rewards you with fruits for your labour. It's no less potent or powerful in this sense than a nonfiction text on hermeticism.

    And only you would fully appreciate the resonances and infinity loops that it creates in your own magic-producing psyche. In this sense the magic of it has a solipsistic quality. But it is not an indulgant, empty solipsism even if it appeard so from the outside.

    You know, I'm not sure what exactly it is that I'm trying to say, but whatever it is I think it's impostant. Perhaps you've already said it better with this awesome essay.

    Peace!

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  22. "This ties back in a strange way to the ancient Mysteries- your typical Johnny Skepticpants would look at the mindlessly hedonistic Dionysians as the magical thinkers when in fact it was the studious Hermeticists who were the real McCoy. They understood that magic is the result of very hard work, otherwise everyone would understand it and it would no longer be magical.

    And yet you do seem admit later in your essay that 'magic' can have a broader meaning than studious dilligence in willfully remembering symbols, and with your experience with that bird you mention.

    That is how I see magic. Why else are magic mushrooms called that other than the world becomes magical?

    So I rather embrace the UN-willful types of magical experience personally. I see the other more willful types too control-freakery and ego-based, and a danger of 'power corrupts' and all that. because the more you will the closer you are to the will-to-power trip. My will is stronger than yourse--come here while I stare you out lol

    by the way, Chris. You must have heard of that terrible mass bird death that happened few days ago in U.S.--where a 1000 birds fell dead out of the sky. Well I just saw this video and thought I would share it here: Mass Killing of Birds in Scene of 'FlashForward' on ABC October 8 2009 Showing Strange Device

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  23. Sean, I am not convinced. The Fundies have a dogmatic overview that is regimented and codified. What magic is involved if you are told what is magic, virgin birth miracles, saints with magical bones, a heaven where no-thing happens? The Xtian concept/ law, submit or be burned with vengence. What magic is in their dogma state of mind? The magic I envision is more personal and secret to all but me. Shineforth brave souls! Dennis

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  24. Chris, since I started reading your blog, the numbers 17 and 33 have either haunted me, or they just happen to be out there a lot.
    I am a big New England Patriots fan, and the NFL announced on Monday that the first 2 guaranteed Patriots picks in the 2011 draft are #17(Oakland's 1st round pick) and #33 (Carolina's 2nd round pick). The Patriots aquired both of these picks throuhg trades in previous years.

    And by the way, Tom Brady turned 33 this year, and this is Bob Krafts' 17th year as the owner of the Patriots...

    SUPERBOWL?????

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  25. Well i was gonna suggest that Daily Grail link, but you beat me to it ;)

    I'm not sure I agree with you 100% about your take on Magic as being the competence of the hard-working book-worming Hermeticists, instead of the Hedonistic Dionisians, though.

    To me Magic is deeply interconnected to creativity. And although there are some people who contend anyone could paint like Raphael or play the guitar like Slash, if we devoted ourselves 100% to it, there's the fact that these individuals were born with a natural advantage over the rest of us. For them, it all came much easier. Maybe *too* easy, in some cases, and that's why they never really appreciate the true value of the creative/magical work they were performing.

    So maybe the final idea is to get some sort of balance, you know? be part Hermeticist, part Dionisian ;)

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  26. I am a "johnny skepticpants" who stumbles upon this so I have to pipe up and give my opinion. Skeptics play their part in giving one discernment, even if it's the internal "be your own devil's advocate". I have come across too many magical thinkers without discernment so they let everything in and everything is true and it gets all muddy. Beware of these mantras "nobody knows" "anything is possible" because they are abdications of your intellect. If you wuld have said "think good thoughts and you will win the lottery" and I wouldn't bother reading further. But you said "think in this way and a heron flying overhead will be magic" well you don't need to win the lottery because you are already rich.

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  27. The System controls our minds and hearts through their program which makes us see the planet as a dead, lifeless, piece of rock floating in space; our lives as a fortunate random result of genetic chaos; and death a dark void of information, something to fear and to avoid at all costs. They make us fear everything that does not conform with their program. Their program is merely a tool to blind us, to make us feel comfortable with ignorance, to die slowly every day, while being alive.

    The BEST thing you can do to yourself at first is to FREE YOUR MIND and start thinking MAGICALLY. Let go of worries, doubt and fear. Trust yourself and start using your imagination, creativity, the power of Will, and things will begin to change around you. Listen and remain open to signs/synchronicity and trust them to help you discern the best way to express and fulfill yourself.

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  28. Love this post, Chris. I look at the results of my agricultural work, my farming, and for a long time I've thought of the word "magic". I have suspected I was working a big magic all along, even if it meant mucking and raking, etc.

    Pax. Kimberly

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  29. Here's some magical thinking for you Chris:

    Massive Mega Millions Drawing Mimics Episode of 'Lost'

    No 17s that I can tell, but if you take the differences between the two sets' disparate numbers (25-16 & 47-23), they add back up to 33.

    I know I almost played the 'Lost' numbers for the heck of it. Regardless of what they came to signify on the show, it's fun to think all that focused attention from all those millions of viewers thinking along the same lines last night might have tipped the outcome, ever so slightly...

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  30. I have a big sequel brewing here, and I'm debating whether to address some of the issues you guys raise now or after I write the new post. Decisions, decisions.

    This post came after an extremely tense and difficult weekend. I don't always notice it at the time but it often means something big is brewing in my head. The next essay seems to be having an easier gestation period. Before I wrote this piece I was seriously thinking "screw it, I'm shutting down the blog. I can't even think anymore." It's kind of like how your OS will bog down when you're running a big software program at the same time, like converting video files.

    I really don't know how I get anything done sometimes. My brains are so screwy.

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  31. easy, lad...

    you are doing fine...

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  32. RE:
    "Before I wrote this piece I was seriously thinking "screw it, I'm shutting down the blog."

    If you have to do anything,just slow it down...but,please don't shut it down.I'm still going through your 2008 posts.
    Lots of food for thought.

    Take a break by all means,but leave it up,please.

    Cheers / Daz

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  33. Oh, it was just some creative drama. Worry not.

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  34. "The BEST thing you can do to yourself at first is to FREE YOUR MIND and start thinking MAGICALLY. Let go of worries, doubt and fear. Trust yourself and start using your imagination, creativity, the power of Will, and things will begin to change around you. Listen and remain open to signs/synchronicity and trust them to help you discern the best way to express and fulfill yourself."
    Amen Bruno.
    The Powers are pushing a huge evil magical working with the constant threat of pulling out the money rug from under us. Then we'll have no food, no house, no nothing- kicking us in the necessities so to speak. No fear is our defense and our antidote. Daily propaganda is not going to open a path, but out magical hearts already know how to walk it where ever it leads. Delorus

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  35. Hey Chris,

    Just wanted to present an example of synchronicity and how it might mean something or mean nothing, depending on interpretation.

    Ok, so, over xmas I was watching a brilliant british sitcom called Peep Show, (the xmas episode) where a character gives her boyfriend a Flashforward dvd boxset. I remeber thinking it was the first time in ages I'd heard the show mentioned anywhere in my web or tv travels.

    But it was more than that, because it weirded me out and made me think of this blog. I didn't know why, I didn't know if you were a fan or what. Personally, I'd never seen the show and didn't give a shit about it. But, naturally I stuck with the feeling and tried to work out what it could mean.

    Obviously I riffed on the idea of catching a glimpse of the future, as that's the easiest riff to play. Lo and behold I see someone in the comments section mentioned Flashforward in connection with the mass bird deaths in America.

    A little freaky, but then this IS a blog that discusses sci-fi, so the folks who leave comments are going to be into sci-fi - so Flashforward would get mentioned eventally. Yet, it still left me with a weird synchronicity feeling.

    So, a glimpse of the future - or a tenuous association given spooky credibility by my own interpretation?

    Who knows? But loads of birds falling dead outta the sky is prettty disturbing at any rate.

    Peace

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  36. P.S.

    As a humourous aside regarding my Flashforward thing, in the ep of Peep Show that mentions the Flashforward dvd boxset I wanted to riff a little more, if you'll permit me. At the very least it'll highlight the weird combining faculty of the mind.

    So, in this episode of Peep Show when Mark opens his girlfriend's present and realises it's Flashforward he says awkwardly, (and approximately),

    "We've watched all the Lost's, which had some interesting themes. And all the Heroes, which also had some interesting themes - and some not so interesting themes. And Prison Break...? By the end I very much wanted to break out of the prison that Prison Break had become for us..."

    Three distinct levels of weirdness, if you follow me.

    I don't know why the mention of Flashforward creeped me out so much and made me think of this blog. But once I started riffing on the words Flash Forward I saw an oblique connection to the title 'Peep Show'.

    Now, in retrospect it feels like a genuine spooky synch or glimpse of something, but it's based on little more than a tissue of tenuous interpretation. Does that invalidate the feeling?

    One last fun fact: that episode of Peep Show was the christmas ep, where a major point in the story is that the christas turkey (bird sacrifice/offering) isn't properly COOKED. I mean, seriously, there's sychromystic fun to be had here for sure.

    Maybe it's just me, or the potency of the creative, combining mind. Either way, here's to more discernment AND open-mindedness in our adventures.

    Peace

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  37. 'It's kind of like how your OS will bog down when you're running a big software program at the same time, like converting video files.'

    I've been feeling that way for quite a long time now and I don't take on anywhere near as much as you do. I don't know how you do it...but I seriously hope you don't stop.

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  38. Here's a good summary of the animal deaths:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1344345/Animal-death-mystery-Jackdaws-Sweden-fish-Brazil-New-Zealand-crabs-England.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

    The year of thinking magically- looks like it will take some courage to do...

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  39. RE:
    "The year of thinking magically- looks like it will take some courage to do..."

    Name one year on this planet that hasn't.-)

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  40. hi there. longtime lurker, first time commenter. may i just say:

    best. post. ever.

    does all this mean you are going to try to bring some more magick into your life, chris?

    i've often wondered if you were practicing to any degree...

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  41. We know that the universe is immense beyond any power of imagining. We are just a speck of dust floating in a vast and alien cosmos. There are many strange things going on out there. What is out there? What has happened?
    What alien powers impinge on us? The mystery of things long gone. The mystery of life and death. The mystery of good and evil. The mystery of the creation. What does it all mean?

    River of Time

    Empires have risen and fallen to dust, See the long line of heroes consumed by their lust? Washed away are the surfeits of merchants and kings, By the sparkling flood of the translucent stream. Oh! the River of Time, Oh! the River of Time, We are all going down to the River of Time. When it's our time to go, let's step into the flow
    Let's go running down the bank to the River of Time! .:Krael:.

    [Come, you lost Atoms, to your Center draw. And be the Eternal Mirror that you saw: Rays that have wandered into Darkness wide:
    Return, and back into your Sun subside.]

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3546803.stm

    Hubble Deep View Showing 100's of hitherto unknown galaxies. It was aimed at a black spot in space where nothing had ever been detected. The film was exposed for ten days, and this was the resulting photograph.

    Each of the galaxies above contains 100's of millions of stars, many of them identical to our own sun. Just think of the infinite variety of civilizations that have risen and fallen throughout the endless reaches of space and time . . . .

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  42. The Dream Before The Awakening

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    midi: http://www.ascension-research.org/avemaria.mid

    The Dream Before the Awakening . . .

    Considering how very old our universe is, and how vast it appears to be,

    we can scarcely begin to plumb the depths of Its Primordial Wisdom

    or to fathom the scope of Its Eternal Transcendence

    in which the fullness of knowledge abides . . .

    In such a universe as we find ourselves inhabiting,

    we on Earth are as germs dwelling on a speck of dust

    myopically peering out into mysterious regions of the Unknown . . .

    Our brief Earth history of the search for knowledge of our origin,

    evolution, and destiny as spiritual beings

    spans but a brief micro-second

    of a single moment of the Cosmic Day . . .

    The fragmented chronicles bequeathed to us by our ancient antediluvian, Indian, Persian, Babylonian, Egyptian, and Grecian forbears,

    amounts to little more than a pitiful heap

    of tattered scraps of scribbled notes . . .

    By whatever name one may choose to label the original impulse

    that fashioned order from chaos,

    the entire Creation Itself is an incredible structure

    Whose dimensions stretches one's imagination

    and challenges one's conceptual awareness . . .

    It is as though our planet Earth is just one

    of countless bits of matter infused with holy sparks;

    a mere grain of sand swirling around

    in a fabulous realm of celestial wonders

    and spinning galaxies lost in a far-flung ocean of time and space . . .

    We look back through countless millions of years

    and see the great will to live struggling out of the inter tidal slime,

    struggling from shape to shape and from power to power,

    crawling and then walking confidently upon the land,

    struggling generation after generation to master the air,

    creeping down into the darkness of the deep . . .

    We see it turn upon itself in rage and hunger

    and reshape itself anew.

    We watch it draw nearer and more akin to us,

    expanding, elaborating itself,

    pursuing its relentless inconceivable purpose,

    until last it reaches us and its being

    beats through our brain and our arteries . . .

    It is possible to believe that all the past

    is but the beginning of a beginning,

    and that all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn . . .

    It is possible to believe that all that the human mind has ever accomplished

    is but the dream before the awakening . . .

    .:H.G. Wells - The Discovery of the Future - (1902):.

    ***

    Angelic Humans

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4JPx0eZdJQ&feature=related

    Many other Races depend on the success of the Angelic Humans
    Who were brought into existence to be the Guardians of the Sacred Creation.

    They are the Stewards and Keepers of Earth's Planetary Grid of Life.

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  43. I've been trying to get through Stephen King's novel "IT" for the past couple of weeks (I'm up to page 959 out of 1376) and can't help but think Stephen writes these stories as a form of Jungian type therapy,a way of taping his own and societies dark fears of life and the dark side of pop culture and nostalgia.
    Maybe that's what gives his stories their huge following ?

    After reading this post,I flicked back to the dedication page at the start of the novel,for some unconscious reason (which I had ignored first time round)and had to laugh.This is what I found amusing;
    "This book is gratefully dedicated to my children.
    My mother and my wife taught me how to be a man.
    My children taught me how to be free.
    ...
    Kids,fiction is the truth inside the lie,and the truth of this fiction is simple enough:the magic exists.
    S.K."

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  44. http://img3.visualizeus.com/thumbs/10/02/02/hands,cool,magical,milky,way,projection,photography,reaching-f22e8367b454853dd53763c0f4109a70_h.jpg
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    ...looking at the stars always

    makes me dream,

    ...why, I ask myself, shouldn't

    the shining dots of the sky

    be as accessible as the black dots

    on the map of France?

    .:Vincent Van Gogh:.

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    [poem]

    Looking Up

    Though I am but a grain of sand

    Shipwrecked upon this earthly strand,

    I dream of infinite delights

    Encountered high in heavens' heights.

    I'm looking up beneath night skies

    Where star-strewn oceans fill my eyes,

    And cosmic pearls in ink-black seas

    Bestow their radiance on me.

    Across this dream of time and space

    Do myriad angels' voices' race.

    Across this sweep of space and time

    They send their message wrapped in rhyme:

    This second in eternity

    We share with you our ecstasy!

    Your loving family from on high

    With hope would fill your ear and eye!

    No chains shall hold --

    No bars shall keep you

    From your cosmic destiny,

    Even though you now stand all alone

    In the blasted crater of your

    Burned-out dreams.

    .:walternate:.

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  45. This article calls to mind The Art from Clive Barker's books, "The Great and Secret Show" and "Everville". I highly recommend them to anyone who has an interest in these subjects. They are a bit clunky at first, but the story is both about opening doors, and opens doors in the mind of those who pursue it.

    "Memory, prophecy and fantasy
    the past, the future and
    the dreaming moment between
    are all one country,
    living one immortal day.

    To know that is Wisdom.

    To use it is the Art."

    Clive Barker, The Great and Secret Show

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  46. Power of Identification

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    Q: What is the measure of a man?

    A: The measure of a man corresponds with his vision of God.

    Man can only become all that he can be by understanding and identifying with Divinity.

    .:Krael:.

    http://www.searchforlight.org/powerswithin/PowerofIdentification1.htm

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    Power of Identification

    Do you understand, the only way of knowing the Divine is by identifying oneself with Him?

    There is no other, there is only one, one single way.

    Hence, once you are master of this method of identification, you can identify yourself.

    So you choose your object for identification, you want to identify yourself with the Divine.

    But so long as you do not know how to identify yourself, a hundred and one things will always come across your path, pulling you here, pulling you there, scattering you, and you will not be able to identify yourself with Him.

    But if you have learnt how to identify yourself, then you have only to orientate the identification, place it where you want it, and then hold on there until you get a result.

    It will come very fast if you are master of your power of identification.

    Yes, it will come very quickly.

    .:THE MOTHER:.

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