Sunday, May 24, 2015

Bodysurfing the Apocalypse

Still from San Andreas, a movie about "The Big One"

Have you spent any time in the ocean? Have you spent any time dealing with the powerful, often invisible forces of currents, undertow, waves and the other irresistible forces of nature in the waters? 

If you do so as a child, you learn a very powerful lesson about the world and your place in it; you are one fragile, vulnerable creature facing overwhelming forces that are often imperceptible, and all the more powerful for being so.

In school we learn dangerous myths about social heroes and movements. Only later do the curious realize nearly all of these movements and heroes were puppets dancing on invisible strings, and that the illusion of heroism and individualism they represented were just carefully-crafted public relations propaganda. The tide is not so easily turned.

We're at a strange point in time when fear and mistrust are epidemic. We sense larger currents but can't quite see them through the endless blizzard of noise and distraction thrown up in everyone's faces. But you'd have to be asleep not to hear the wardrums on the distant horizon. Whether through incompetence or design, the NATO powers seem hellbent on cementing the Sino-Russian alliance and provocations seem to be occurring on a daily basis now. China slyly warns it's just a matter of time before America's aggression in the Pacific triggers an "unfortunate accident."

The Middle East is on the verge of total chaos as the Oil Wars continue apace. Saudi Arabia was willing to do enormous economic damage to the world's oil producing powers (Venezuela is on the verge of social collapse) to regain its primacy as the leading oil exporter, but that victory may turn out to be pyrrhic, if its clients in Iraq follow the traditional model and turn on their paymasters.

There's a lot more to be said about all of this and more. If this were a political blog I'd do so. I've been toying with the idea of starting an adjunct blog to comment on the global political situation. For now I'll refer you to this absolute must-read series over at Rune Soup. You can start with the latest installment and work backwards.

But while it's always important to stay aware I'm also not here to sell you illusions about "turning back the tide." I'd rather teach you how to swim. Or surf.

There are two sides to all of this escalating apocalypticism. And the side we'd do well to concentrate on is the unveiling afoot, since that is in fact the definition of the word (as most of you probably now). It should be remembered that the Gnostics were the great Apocalypticians of their era, as well as the great UFOlogists of their time.

I hope at this point in time you realize the two are inseparable. And I hope we've entirely dispensed with all of the Hollywood mythology about our elusive companions

As I wrote last year, the media's little "Death of UFOs" orgy was a certain signal that the issue would heat up again in 2015 and so it has. So much so that it's popped up in my own backyard, with no small amount of synchronistic/Kabbalistic resonance, I might add.

Then there is this epidemic of strange noises heard all over the world for the past several years. Several theories have been floated about them, none of them particularly convincing or compelling. As you'd expect, the least convincing (and teeth-grindingly offensive) theories are the ones floated by scientists, who act as if it's all perfectly natural, just like the recently invented "fireball season", that was conjured up out of pixie dust to explain all the heaps of slag falling from the sky at speeds a fraction of those of meteorites and so on.

As you'd expect we're also seeing Queen of Heaven apparitions, this time in beleaguered Christian communities in Iraq. These apparitions have a long and illustrious history in times of crisis, going back to the Punic Wars. The most famous of these is the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, Portugal in 1917 (the year of the Russian Revolution and while the Great War still raged), but there was also a remarkable apparition at Zeitoun, Egypt during the tumult of the late 60s as well. 

Aleister Crowley, arguably the 20th Century's first rock star, talked about currents in an occult context, the 93 current and all that. It's a concept that I think needs to be explored more deeply, outside of a Crowleyean context. We are seeing the convergence of a number of historical currents at present, but I'm not entirely sure that the men who are orchestrating so much behind the scenes are the masters of the universe we're supposed to believe. 

Currents have their own logic and find their own path. You can build dams and seawalls but there's always that black swan event, a practical inevitability. You can see the ruins of any number of great empires as evidence of that.

I can say without reservation that you can expect High Weirdness (and let's restore the "High" to its original perch as opposed to run of the mill weirdness) to rush back in with the tide. During the Cold War, the relatively serene flow of information (three networks, a relatively limited number of major newspapers and magazines) was able to control it, but today it's going to make its presence known in a way that only normality bias and ridicule will be able to diminish. 

Rather than some oddball pursuit, High Weirdness is going to intrude into our lives and demand a reaction. For most, that'll be denial or disbelief. But for you it will create subtle, powerful currents that can be used for your own purposes, if you're smart. It may often appear like those undertow warnings- an invisible power that swimmers often ignore or scoff at, because it can't be seen. But if you ever fought against an undertow, you take it seriously. And so it goes with the Weird.

I recently read some trolls on one of the BAD (born again debunker) UFO blogs crowing about how we don't hear about the kinds of close encounters we did in the Cold War era, and how that was proof it was all a big delusion, oh what fools we were. Of course the real story is that these encounters are usually no longer reported, and certainly not circulated by the mainstream media. 

But I think a lot of the activity we saw in that period- and I include poltergeist, psychic and other activity as well- was an inevitable byproduct of the now-forgotten existential fears of the Nuclear Age, as well as a possible running message that other forces were at work in the world. Crisis often manifests strange powers. As those existential fears return, as do the existential threats, I think we will see a new wave of High Weirdness, along with a new information-suppression effort about it that we're seeing already.

Either way, I'd say it's time to get those surfboards out of the shed and give them a good waxing. I'm seeing some swells curl on the horizon....


  1. I think Hitler was a puppet of higher forces. When things were going his way he was an unstoppable force who could do no wrong. When the tide turned in 1942 he was an incompetent leader who could do no right.

    1. Yes, we forget how many people were secretly behind him, big money, corporate interests who thought he would defeat Communism for them.

    2. Yes, that is all true, but I meant forces far above them. There are, after all, hundreds of billions of Galaxies. More galaxies than the Milky has stars.

  2. Hi Chris, a good and timely article. Many years ago I was body surfing on a lovely beach in Mexico, when I realized that I was somehow receding from the beach at a rapid pace. I was caught in a riptide, heading for Japan. There is nothing quite like the threat of drowning to motivate a strong stroke. The key to surviving a riptide is to not swim directly against it, the tide is far stronger than you. But swim diagonally, making progress down the beach. Eventually you will enter the rip heading back to shore, which will quickly land you back on the beach. This may be good advice for surf of the apocalyptic variety as well.

    1. That's exactly right, Michael. In fact I learned that lesson the hard way when I was a young beach boy. I remember having a very long walk back to where my family was camped after that.

  3. Those strange sounds? Just the secret elite in Antarctica drilling on the Firmament.

    1. Well, you figure those h-bombs in the 50s didn't do anything, I doubt a drill could, right?

    2. Well, now we have gold nanotubes, and don't forget grapheme, that can do anything.

  4. Great post. Never commented here before, but a long time reader. The sounds are particularly eerie, even disturbing, and yet exhilarating at the same time.
    The seventh trumpet has sounded.

    1. Yikes. It's creepy. I'm inclined to believe the seismic explanation but where's the precedent?

  5. All I can offer is that we learn powerful lessons from the synchronicity we experience, and how to interpret our own histories.. I always get something out of reading personal stories such as this one:

    I grew up in a house walking distance from the ocean, so I don't fear it. I've watched many overconfident swimmers discover the rip tide. On the other hand, I've had close friends who dress like surfers, carry the board about, but never once have the nerve to go for it. It's all for show with those types.

    1. Well, I'm too tall to longboard and didn't really live near really good surfing beaches so I got into boogie boarding instead. The oceanside on the Cape is pretty tasty for that. Had some pretty hairy wipeouts where the surf dragged me across the rocky bottom like cheese on a grater. Also did some rapid riding back when I was a kid- the cops closed all those areas off now.

  6. Yikes -

  7. Hey Chris,

    >But I think a lot of the activity we saw in that period- and I include poltergeist, psychic and other activity as well- was an inevitable byproduct of the now-forgotten existential fears of the Nuclear Age, as well as a possible running message that other forces were at work in the world. Crisis often manifests strange powers.

    Agreed, and we have lots of reports on individuals manifesting talents and powers. But, I wonder now about groups, nations. We all know of the madness of crowds, but is there evidence of anything we might call group talents, group abilities? Even the heightened senses of the hunted herd might qualify, though these would most likely not reach the Dear Leaders and translate into national action. And, would there be differing manifestations of such talents in opposing groups in a conflict, designed to counter one another? I have no idea.

    And when I think of UFO manifestations during times of great stress, my mind's eye sees Foo Fighters in the skies above Europe in WW2, each side thinking they were the others' new wonder weapons.

  8. Law = logic v illogic v evil .
    Time is the experience of thought decaying = instinct ... compulsion ... perversion .
    3 stage decay. Morality is your ability to recognize at which stage in each thought's decay you are in.
    ... heavy!

  9. Have you, by any chance, seen Red State? There is a point when the Fred Phelps-like Christians, under siege by the ATF, run outside to confront the ATF, only to be stopped in their tracks by a series of intensely loud horn like bellows, which they assume are the horns that are releasing the Four Horseman. The Youtube video bit from Chicago sounded exactly like what Kevin Smith used.

    Honestly, if Smith had ended the movie there I would have been impressed. No one does that anymore. The religious angle has to be debunked, which is what Smith went on to do with the rest of the movie.
    Other than Michael Parks performance the movie was, up until the horns, a fairly mundane film.
    But when those horns began to blow, my hair stood on end.

    I should point out that I do not consider myself a Christian. Or, for that matter, especially religious.

    I also see that there are sites explaining those sounds as Horsemen unleashing trumpets of God.

    I also wonder if similar sounds were heard in 1939 or 1914?