Sunday, November 29, 2015

Memory Expansion

Lately I've been experimenting with a bit of active imagination before my hypnogogia sessions. There are some dreams (well, nightmares) from my childhood I'm trying to get a deeper perspective on using various visualization techniques. I've been phenomenally unsuccessful.

I'm not a novice at this- I've used active imagination techniques on my dreams long before I had a name for it.  If you can learn to get out of your own way and let your unconscious mind break through it can be an amazing tool for any number of creative or problem-solving activities. (I was thrilled to discover that Jung was a big proponent of active imagination.)

So I've been a bit frustrated that I can't make any headway with these dreams. I can't quite explain why I can't. It's almost as if they're locked files.

You constantly hear all this talk about how malleable memory is and how we embellish it to the point of unrecognizability but I don't believe this at all. I think we tend to boil down our memories to essential bullet points and lose all kinds of interesting data that we need. The farther away we get from an event the more we bulletpoint it and discard the deets.

I've been struck by how I treat the most compelling memories of my childhood- again, my nightmares- as litanies and lock them into place. I know I had a lot of good dreams back when I was young but I seem to have flushed most of them.

The lack of plasticity I've discovered as to these nightmares not only leads me to wonder exactly what they are really about, it also leads me to question the agenda of these psychologists who are always telling us how our subconscious minds love to embroider everything. 

Like the headshrinkers I don't trust fully memory either, but for different reasons. I do believe memory has a bias- it has a normality bias. And I think it's constantly dumping information, much more so than adding it. You really have to work at expanding it. 


It's no surprise to me that the psychologists who are always trying to convince us that nothing bad or unusual ever happens to anyone- especially children- always seem to have intelligence connections or connections to, uh, even shadier characters. 

I think there is an entire cottage industry for wonks to shame us out of our unpleasant or unusual memories or at least to keep our mouths shut about them. And these people are sent out there to make everyone feel like an idiot for considering any memory that doesn't fit state approval. 

Of course, there are those who will bring up the old Satanic panics and the rest, but seriously, that was over three decades and grew out of hysteria whipped up largely thanks to Hollywood. So you'd think they'd stop playing that fiddle by now.


Knowing Mike Clelland has tuned me into the fact that there are still a lot of people who claim to have had what are commonly known as alien abduction experiences, people who talk to each other about them long after the culture has moved onto other topics.

I don't know these people so I can't judge the credibility of their own memories but at the same time I find the sleep paralysis excuse to be weak and the hypnogogia explanation to be absurd. If people are still talking about this without any possibility of notoriety or remuneration you do have to wonder what exactly they did experience. 

If nothing else they should be commended for honoring their memories, wherever they actually come from.

The rationalist will say they are all victims of sleep paralysis but sleep paralysis is a symptom, not a cause, one which I find questionable. I don't doubt sleep paralysis exists, I just don't think it does what its proponents claim.

But could it be a medium for these encounters, implanted into the brain through technology that acts on the temporal lobe? After all, why would an advanced race need to do anything as crude as invade your bedroom when they could invade your mind?


Science is forever promising to unlock the secrets of the brain but maybe because it gave up on unlocking the secrets of the mind. Instead we're all being herded into this semiconscious liminal state by technology and the relentless pressures of today. We're being locked into our reptilian brains in which only the shortest of short-term memory is called for.

I think embracing and expanding memory is a radical act in a culture that is forever trying to erase the past. Embracing the wisdom of the dreaming mind is a radical act in a culture forever trying to annihilate the irrational. 

Oh, you don't think so? See what kind of reaction those words get from your Facebook friends.

And by 'radical' I mean getting down to the root, getting to the heart of the problem. It's just a start, just a baby step. But it's a start down a road in avoiding the mass mental breakdown I feel is coming from being trapped in this hideous now, this dreamless, troubled sleep the Post-Modern is trapped within.

Memory and dream were once the very essence of life, back before we became slaves to our technology. I think we were smarter, stronger and wiser then. I think we need to reclaim that discarded essence of life because it's what makes us human. Otherwise we're just robots. 

And inept robots at that.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Myths Aren't Forever

Hey kids! Want some militarization of space?

Have you seen the Harold Ramis remake of Bedazzled? It's not a museum piece by any means but a very clever comedy with a charm of its own. It helps that the Devil is played by Elizabeth Hurley in all her splendor and glory. She's a witty and talented comic actor, a gift I think a lot of people have overlooked in favor of her more, uh,  immediate attributes.

The remake doesn't bother to retrace the steps of the classic original but instead casts Brendan Fraser (there's that name again) as a uber-awkward IT nerd pining after a pretty but unremarkable coworker. He meets Hurley who then takes him to her nightclub which upon his first entry is a roiling Bacchanal filled with the beautiful people, all having the time of their lives. 

Only later do we see they are the Damned and the party can never stop, that they are condemned to go through the motions on the dancefloor for Eternity.

I remember feeling like I was in a LARP of that scene a couple years ago at the New York Comicon. It was dangerously oversold and every face I saw looked exhausted, miserable, and yet utterly trapped in a pantomime they didn't quite understand. The place was so packed that no one could look at any of the tables. The vendors, who were paying an arm and a leg for their trouble, were crestfallen. 

How oversold was it? It took me a half-hour to walk a single aisle. It was like a scene out of Soylent Green.

Finally, I and several thousand other patrons escaped to Artist's Alley, in an entirely separate wing of the enormous Jacob Javits Center. Of course, in the old days meeting the artists and creators would be the whole point of a convention. But the con industry has metastasized into something entirely different. In many ways it's a giant costume party, much to the chagrin of people trying to earn a living selling at increasingly costly tables.

I went to another con yesterday, in the middle of an enormous industrial park in Central Jersey. It was sparsely attended and perhaps a sign that the market has been oversaturated. New York was just a few weeks ago and Christmas shopping is on the agenda by the end of this week. So perhaps it was an aberration. And geek culture is mainstream culture so it's not like it was 20 years ago when everyone was worried the bottle was finally running dry.

But in a way it has. It's run dry creatively. 

We're talking about a situation where the big story this year is yet another sequel for a film franchise that's nearly 40 years old.

I have no doubt the new Star Wars will do gangbusters at the box office. Tentpole films and football are the last vestiges of a common culture we have left in an increasingly fractured populace, thanks to technological narrowcasting and Globalist social engineering.

But will it have the effect the original had in 1977? Of course not. 

Star Wars was such a blockbuster because it was such a pure distillation and amplification of the most intoxicating tropes in sci-fi and fantasy, in much the same way that Van Halen's first album was a distillation and amplification of the tropes of 60s and 70s hard rock. Both hit so hard because they felt so new, yet fed on streams that had stood the test of time.

It's also worth noting that both emerged out of a California that doesn't exist anymore, a land of social and economic mobility. 

Today California is a feudal state, the most economically unequal state in the union, where a rapidly-expanding underclass and a rapidly-dwindling middle class ruled over by a technocratic elite nursing totalitarian ambitions not seen in almost a century. Their wealth is so immense that their word is law, elections mere formalities.

The Empire, in other words.

One of the things we were discussing at dinner last night is how the Internet has given birth to a culture of attack, and that the unprecedented wave of antagonism George Lucas was subjected to for the prequels is sure to rub off on this new film. 

It's just too much fun for anonymous trolls on the Internet to go on the attack, particularly against a cultural phenomenon that's getting so much attention. The trolls who get the most attention are sure to become news stories themselves, since the media loves nothing better than a backlash narrative.

But that's the least of our problems.

I've pointed out before that most of the popular franchises out there are all 40 years or older. The Walking Dead is the most successful "new" franchise but any horror fan worth their salt knows it's simply Dawn of the Dead writ large. George Romero is its true creator, no matter who's signed their name to it now. So what does this mean for our modern-day bread and circuses?

It's a strange feeling to see the pop culture of my youth have such staying power. But those icons were created by a different class of artists, with a different understanding of the world. 

Star Wars was deeply spiritual, at least in its original incarnation. But it was also a celebration of the old "just war" doctrine, deeply unfashionable among intellectuals in the post-Vietnam era. The Marvel icons were the offspring of men whose heads were filled with ideas, Stan Lee with his sunny humanism, Jack Kirby with his Gnostic obsession with aliens and gods and Steve Ditko with his passionate political idealism clashing wildly with his personal paranoia.

Batman and Superman were the offspring of the pulps, with Batman being a wafer-thin reworking of the mystic vigilante Shadow and Superman based on strongmen like Doc Savage, his creator Jerry Siegel immersed in pop occultism and UFOlogy (Siegel's next major creation after Superman was the occult superhero The Spectre and his last major creation was alien hybrid The Starling, whose origin clearly signalled Siegel had been boning up on abduction literature).

The question is how long can you keep selling these old stories? At some point you need a generational cohort to stand up and create new ideas of their own. I don't think this generation is going to be the one, certainly not if the convulsions ripping through our college campuses are any indication.*

Unfortunately what may be the deciding factor is war. Many of the pulp creators were World War One vets and many of the comic creators served in WW2, as did crucial pop culture figures like Rod Serling (Twilight Zone), Leslie Stevens (Outer Limits, Battlestar Galactica) and Gene Roddenberry (Star Trek). Maybe these stories didn't arise out of them but were forced upon them by history.

Globalism hasn't created a world of sunshine and candy canes, it's created a world of war, social chaos, and population disruptions. China and Russia are just two of the countries tired of US unipolarism and are building up their militaries to do something about it. All it takes is one truly major economic crisis and it's Katie, bar the door.

Myths grow out of times of crisis and upheaval, in one way or another. The current vogue for superheroes is a symptom of the powerlessness felt by a populace under assault by the realities of Globalist social engineering, war-making and economic redundancy. But we still live in the post-conscription era, where war is a distant anxiety for most people.

If war does come it might be a new kind of war, unconventional, asymmetric, civil. The way things are going, it may well come sooner than later. Given the ubiquity of technology it may be impossible for myths to arise immediately as they did during past wars, when the passage of information wasn't so instantaneous. 

But myths do die. They aren't immortal. The next war or wars may in fact sweep away the myths of the 20th Century entirely. 

The wars may send people reaching back to far older myths as civil wars can rekindle the bonfires of identity, sending people back to the myths of ancestors. This has always emerged in times of close conflict, particularly in conflicts seen as struggles against occupying powers.

The time may well come when our descendants look upon our pop culture as little more than postmodern bread and circuses. Our current conceptions of popular culture may be seen as antiquated and redundant, an indulgence of happier days gone by.

*Convulsions that almost seem like a massive agent provocateur program engineered to produce nothing of lasting consequence but a deep right wing backlash. Democrats are just now waking up to how dominant the GOP is at every level of government below the Presidency. Since I lived through the 70s and 90s- when aggressive left wing activism created a major backlash at the polls- I'm not surprised by any of this at all. In fact, I expect these divisions to get much worse. Divide and rule; is there an older game?

Friday, November 20, 2015

Paris, or a Calendar Other Than Your Own (UPDATED 11.20)

The deadly machinations of the spiderweb of Deep States claim more victims, again in Paris, the City of Lights.

The day before it was Beirut, not-coicidentally known as the Paris of the Middle East, which suffered atrocities at the hands of murderers who are like a never-ending replay of the parable of the frog and the scorpion. 

It was the Russians who took it in the neck not so long ago, ostensible payback for being the first country to fight a serious war on terror, not the ridiculous charade the US and its allies were engaged in as cover for their war on Syrian President Assad and his people. 

The story is murky and prone to confabulation but there's agreement on all sides that Daesh or the Islamic Caliphate ("ISIS" is an imaginary name created by the Western media), is in part NATO's Frankenstein monster. What version of the story you believe is up to you. What is certain is that NATO has been farming its dirty work out to some very bad actors and now the blowback is about to begin.

Of course you'll hear the usual talk about "false flags," but as is so often the case I doubt we'll see anything dramatic in response to this outrage, just the usual marches and vows to heal and unite and so on. I can't remember the last time you actually saw anything of any real significance follow in the wake of one of these alleged "false flag" incidents. 

I'm not saying false flag actions don't exist- I most certainly believe they do. But unless you see some major mobilization or crackdown or some other kind of disproportionate action in response to a terrorist act, it's probably a safe bet it's not one. And even then the burden is on the individual making the accusation to present a cogent, exhaustive case, not just cobble together a handful of rumors and reporting errors. 

And funny how no one is screaming "false flag" over Beirut or any of the other horrors that take place in the Middle East, Asia and Africa on a nearly daily basis. No, terrorism is real and much, much worse than our Western media would have you believe. 

So far the meat of the false flag argument is that one of the terrorists was found with a (false) Syrian passport. This shows how ignorant most of these people are- false documents are the currency of bad actors, whether you're talking about spies or terrorists.
A British reporter was able to buy a Syrian passport and other paperwork being sold to ISIS fighters sneaking into Europe, raising concerns about the 10,000 refugees President Barack Obama is promising to take in. 
The reporter paid $2,000 for a passport, ID card and driver's license of a man killed in the conflict.  Former FBI agent Jim Conway of Globel Intel Strategies, says he's not surprised ISIS fighters are able to get a hold of such paperwork. 
“Terrorist cells are always looking for explosives, they're looking for weaponry, they're looking for cloned telephones, they're looking for vehicles, but their most sought after commodity is good, false documents...” 
Then we heard talk about Friday the 13th and how this must be those Luciferian (sic) Templars again, making human sacrifices to their Luciferian (sic) god, Lucifer (sic). 

I mean, that nails it, right?

Well, never mind it's the WRONG FRIGGIN' MONTH (the Templar suppression took place in October), did it ever occur to anyone that November 13th might have a significant meaning to a group calling itself THE ISLAMIC CALIPHATE? 

Like maybe it was the date of the FALL OF THE LAST ISLAMIC CALIPHATE? At the hands of the FRENCH, no less?
The Occupation of Constantinople (present day Istanbul) was the occupation of the capital of the Ottoman Empire, following the Armistice of Mudros by the Triple Entente of World War I. The first French troops entered the city on November 12, 1918, followed by British troops the next day. The occupation had two stages: the de facto stage from November 13, 1918 to March 20, 1920, and the de jure stage from March 20, 1920 to the days following the Treaty of Lausanne. The last Allied troops departed from the city on September 23, 1923.
Gee, you think that might be a black letter day for a radical or two?

And what about the last attack on Paris, the Charlie Hebdo massacre? That took place on January 7th. What is it about that date? There were two other recent massacres on it:
 2010– Muslim gunmen in Egypt open fire on a crowd of Coptic Christians  killing eight of them and one Muslim bystander. 
2015 – A car bomb explodes outside a police college in the Yemeni capital Sana'a with at least 38 people reported dead and more than 63 injured.
There were the usual accusations of false flag but the only reaction to the massacre of note was Charlie Hebdo giving in to the terrorists' demands. Unless I missed something.

I don't know what the significance of this is exactly, but January 7th was the day a major figure in Turkish history died, a major player in the Ottoman Caliphate:
Koca Mustafa Reşid Pasha (literally Great Mustafa Reşid Pasha; 13 March 1800 – 7 January 1858) was an Ottoman statesman and diplomat , known best as the chief architect behind the Ottoman government reforms known as Tanzimat. 
Why is Turkey significant? Because a bombing of a Kurdish peace rally the Turkish government blamed on Daesh but Turkish Kurds blamed on the Islamist Edrogan government took place on this past October 10. 

In this case, the government could be right since the Kurds have been at the forefront of the war on Daesh (recently liberating the Yazidi city of Sinjar) and acting in concert with Russian and NATO troops, both of whom Daesh see as "Crusaders."

What's the significance of October 10? 

Well, that takes us back to France again and the decisive Battle of Tours where French national hero Charles Martel defeated the Moors and turned the tide against the Islamic occupation of Europe. Tours remains an eternal wound for the pride of many Islamic extremists.

Are you beginning to see a pattern here?

What about the downing of the Russian airliner over the Sinai? Surely that must be the work of Zio-Luciferian (sic) witches celebrating their high holy day (sic) of Halloween, right?

Well, believe it or not other people have calendars and days of observance. October 31 was the day of the (first) Siege of Mecca, when the Kaaba, the most sacred site in Islam, was burnt to the ground. This was during the Second Islamic Civil War, and many argue that the conflict in Iraq and Syria is  a continuation of that ancient struggle. 

The Siege of Mecca would replay itself in 1979, giving rise to the radicalism that some believe led to the formation of the groups that we face today.
(B)loody 1979 takeover of Islam's holiest shrine, the Grand Mosque in Mecca, by hundreds of armed gunmen led by Saudi preacher Juhayman al Uteybi, who believed the Saudi royal family had become a servant of American infidels; the assault that knocked out the insurgents; and the repercussions of the event in terms of the rise of violent, extremist Islam around the world.
October 31 was also the day the UK and France (remember, a Crusader is a Crusader to Daesh) began a bombing campaign in order to force Egypt to open the Suez Canal. Russia- or the USSR, more accurately- was on Egypt's side but are now siding with the Shi'a, surely an unforgiveable act of treachery. 

So, humor me; you think October 31st may have some significance to a group of militants based in the Sinai? Maybe just a little?

There's a strange kind of ethnocentrism at work in this conspiracy thinking, denying emotion and agency to people not like yourself, thinking they are all just puppets of CIA fratboys. It reminds of the kind of patronizing paternalism you see among liberals when you talk about Islamic radicalism. I think at its root is a kind of dehumanizing thinking.

There is no doubt that there are all kinds of machinations at work on the part of our government and our intelligence services. But pretending that other people don't have their own rituals and observances when it comes to these actions is not only myopic, it's dangerous.

UPDATE 11/20: The Islamic Calendar begins on July 16, 622

The debate is over.

UPDATE: Reader MH reminds us how important September 11th is in all of this, being the date of the decisive Battle of Vienna, when the Ottomans were defeated by the Holy Roman Empire. More and more we see the shadow of the longtime grandmasters of Deep State machinations in all of this...

UPDATE: Kurdish Peshmerga discover Yazidi mass graves in Sinjar, victims of Daesh. Maybe we should ask the Yazidi what they think of these "false flag" theories. Or the Kurds.  Or the Assyrians. Or the Ethiopians. Or the...

UPDATE: Webster Tarpley analyzes the situation and sees this as a clumsy, crude desperation move on Daesh's move, totally devoid of tactical sophistication.

UPDATE: What about the London bombings on 7/7? That too is a critical date in the calendar of conflict between Islam and the West- it's the day the Kingdom of Tyre fell to the Crusaders.

After a first failed siege in 1111, it was captured by the Crusaders in 1124, becoming one of the most important cities of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. It was part of the royal domain, although there were also autonomous trading colonies there for the Italian merchant cities. The city was the site of the archbishop of Tyre, a suffragan of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem; its archbishops often acceded to the Patriarchate. The most notable of the Latin archbishops was the historian William of Tyre.
What about 3/11, the date of the Madrid bombings? That is yet ANOTHER crucial anniversary, that of the Fall of Baghdad in 1917 to a combined Anglo-Indian force (this ultimately led to the infamous Sykes-Picot treaty that many blame for the terrible state the Midde East is in now). The Madrid bombings did what most of these terrorist events did- gave the terrorists what they wanted. The Spanish pulled their troops out of Iraq (read: Baghdad) in response. 

Seeing the connections here?

What about the 7/13 bomb attacks in Mumbai? Those took place on July 13th, the snniversary of the infamous Siege of Jersualem. Note that one of the targets of the bombings was a Western-linked high school bus stop.

I've generally avoided writing about these kinds of horror shows but given the backlash-inducing nonsense I'm seeing in the I thought it was important to take a serious look at this event and its antecedents.

UPDATE: I keep seeing links to this RT interview with this "Geroid O'Colmain" agent provocateur character, an obscure blogger for what look to be astroturf sites I'd never heard of prior to this event. Nearly all the hits that come up for this guy link in some way to the RT piece. To me it just looks as if the Russians are gaslighting the French with a guy whose Twitter handle is "BradfordSoviet". Well, that's war for you. I recommend you stick with Webster Tarpley.

UPDATE: And what about the Boston Marathon bombings? They took place on another EXTREMELY important anniversary- the first day of the Arab Uprising in British Palestine:

The 1936–1939 Arab revolt in Palestine was a nationalist uprising by Palestinian Arabs in Mandatory Palestine against British colonial rule, as a demand for independence. The dissent was directly influenced by the Qassamite rebellion, following the killing of Sheikh Izz ad-Din al-Qassam in 1935, as well as the declaration by Hajj Mohammad Amin al-Husayni of 16 May 1930 as 'Palestine Day' and calling for a General Strike. The revolt was branded by many in the Jewish Yishuv as "immoral and terroristic", often comparing it to the fascism and nazism.
UPDATE: The Fort Hood massacre on November 5, 2009 was committed by a Palestinian-born terrorist, on the very same date in 1990 when another Palestinian assassinated extreme-right Israeli politician Meir Kahane, an act that was widely celebrated in American leftist circles. 

In keeping with the eternal grievance calendar November 5 is the date that Libya was put under Italian control, taken from the Ottoman Empire (there they are, again).

How many more examples do we really need?

UPDATE: The great Paul Weston weighs in with this comment: 

A good test of this material is whether we can get predictive with it. I've already stated elsewhere that I believe that the centenary of the Sykes Picot agreement (whereby British and French bureaucrats with zero forethought created all of the current Middle Eastern national boundaries) next May represents a likely date for some unpleasant activity. 
Well, we've already seen that.  The 2003 Casablanca (in formerly French-held Morocco) bombings, in which many Western sites were targeted, took place on the anniversary of the Sykes-Picot signing. Thanks to Paul for bring that up. There was also a bombing in Nairobi in 2014 blamed on al-Shabaab.

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Malian commandos stormed a luxury hotel in Bamako on Friday after Islamist gunmen took 170 people including many foreigners hostage in the capital of the former French colony, which has been battling rebels allied to al Qaeda for several years. 
Dozens of people were reported to have escaped or been freed, but at least three were dead. A security source said the gunmen had dug in on the seventh floor of the hotel as special forces advanced on them. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. 
State television showed footage of troops in camouflage fatigues wielding AK47s in the lobby of the Radisson Blu, one of Bamako's smartest hotels. In the background, a body lay under a brown blanket at the bottom of a flight of stairs. 
Minister of Internal Security Colonel Salif Traoré said three people had been killed and two wounded by the gunmen, who burst through security at the hotel entrance at 7 a.m (0700 GMT), spraying the area with gunfire and shouting "Allahu Akbar", or "God is great" in Arabic.
What else happened on November 20? In 1979:
The Grand Mosque seizure occurred during November and December 1979 when extremist insurgents calling for the overthrow of the House of Saud took over Al-Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The insurgents declared that the Mahdi (the "redeemer of Islam") had arrived in the form of one of their leaders – Mohammed Abdullah al-Qahtani – and called on Muslims to obey him. 
The seizure of Islam's holiest site, the taking of hostages from among the worshipers, and the deaths of hundreds of militants, security forces and hostages caught in crossfire in the ensuing battles for control of the site, all shocked the Islamic world.
In 2003:
ISTANBUL, Turkey (CNN) -- Powerful explosions ripped through the British Consulate and a London-based bank near a popular shopping area Thursday in Istanbul, killing at least 27 people and wounding more than 450 others, Turkish officials said. 
Seventeen people were killed at the consulate and 10 in the shopping area in the neighborhood of Levent, the Turkish Interior Ministry said.

What may have happened on November 20th that may cause such consternation? Egyptian President Anwar Sadat addressed the Israeli Knesset on that date in 1977. Sadat was later assassinated by the Muslim Brotherhood.

NOTE: Yelling "false flag" before the bodies are even cold is one of the primary reasons alternative research communities have become so universally scorned outside their own little bubbles.  Cui bono?

The point is that we won't know for sure until there are real investigations done. It used to be that parapolitics researchers would actually wait and study an event before they announced to the world it was a false flag or not. No longer.

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Secret Sun on THC

Thanks to the behind the scenes wizardry of our friend Gordon I got myself an appearance on Greg Carlwood's podcast The Higherside Chats. Greg is an extraordinarily gregarious and accomodating host and we covered a whole laundry list of topics, both blog-related and otherwise.

Click here for the first hour.

Greg also sent me this note, extending a courtesy to Secret Sun readers who'd like to hear the second hour. 
"And I also went ahead and... made a link to a 7 day trail of THC+ if any of your readers want to sign up, listen to the full show, and cancel.  
Here's that page:"
You could cancel but you could also join up and get the benefit of The Higherside Chats Plus and their slate of wonderful guests. Greg is a wonderful interviewer who's more interested in what his guests have to say than he is in listening to the sound of his own voice. I don't think I have to tell you what a rare and valuable thing that is these days.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Beyond Synchronicity: Prophetic Dreaming

Dreaming and prophecy (or psi, if you prefer) used to walk hand in hand. Ancient religious texts- The Bible certainly among them- are filled with prophets who spoke (or listened) to the gods in their dreams. Dreams weren't dismissed as mere brain grafitti like they are today,  they were an honored part of the culture at large. 

Well, there's a big caveat here; you damn well better have delivered if you claimed the gods sent you a prophecy in your dreams. If not, that was a time-honored way of booking yourself a ticket for the big sleep.

It's not just the ancient world. One of, if not the, most famous psychics in American history was Edgar Cayce, the so-called "sleeping prophet." Cayce had a great gig- he'd chillax on the couch and someone would ask him a question or list of questions, he'd take a nice nap and then wake up and recite the answers. Or better yet, he'd give the answers while actually sleeping.  He was also either the most gifted or the laziest prophet ever, the jury's still out on that one. 

Cayce was certainly incredibly influential; a large organization (the ARE, or Association for Research and Enlightenment) grew up around his teachings and prophecies. The ARE had (or has) some connections to the Egyptian Antiquities Council through archaeologists like Mark Lehner and the infamous Zahi Hawass, both of whom received funding from the ARE.

Here's a list of Cayce predictions that the ARE claim came true. It seems a bit slight to me but what do I know?


There's a connection to sleep prophecy and one of the worst aviation disasters in American history, the crash of an American Airlines DC-10 just outside of O'Hare Airport in 1979. You may not have heard of it but it was a pretty big deal back in the day.
The worst airline disaster in American history occurred May 25, 1979 when American Airlines Flight 191 carrying 258 passengers and a crew of 13 fell from the sky killing all 271 people onboard.  The DC-10, took off from Runway 32 Right at 3:02 p.m. for a non-stop flight to Los Angeles, California. 
At an altitude of 200 feet, while climbing and traveling a little more than 200 miles an hour, the left wing engine dropped onto or over the wing and bounced in flames along the concrete runway.  Witnesses said that after the engine fell off, the floundering craft went into a bank, nosed down and erupted into a pillar of flame as it hit the ground a half-mile northwest of the airport.
What's remarkable about this particular prophecy is that it was reported to authorities before the crash. It was noted and logged in some detail, but the prediction just wasn't specific enough. 
Before May 1979, David Booth had led an average life.  He was married and raising a family.  He had never had psychic-type dreams before.  But one morning, he was jarred awake by a dream of an impending airline crash. 
“On the morning of May 16th, I had a dream.  I’m looking out to my right over a field and there’s this great big jet and it wasn’t making the noise that it should…It just turns, with its wing up in the air, goes on its back and then it goes straight into the ground and explodes.   
When the explosion would begin to die out, that’s when I would begin to wake up,” he said...

Tuesday, May 22nd, David had the dream for the seventh night in a row.  He felt that he could have no peace until he did something.  David contacted the Cincinnati office of the Federal Aviation Administration and spoke to facilities manager, Paul Williams. 
“The first thing David described to me was the type of aircraft he thought it was.  First of all he identified it as an American Airlines plane.  I asked him if he knew specifically what type of aircraft it was but David didn’t know one type of aircraft from another,” says Williams.  
Williams asked David to search his dream in an effort to try to retrieve more information about the type of aircraft or any other details he could remember.  But each night it came back frustratingly the same.  All that week they spent hours reviewing the details.  He described an airplane with an engine on the tail rather than in the tail and Williams identified that as a DC-10. 
At the start of the Memorial Day weekend, David had the dream for the tenth time.  Somehow he knew he would never have the dream again. 
As it happens, David Booth wasn't the only person who had a psychic premonition about this ill-fated flight. This person was in a position to do something about it though:
Among those who were supposed to be onboard Flight 191 were Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman) and her mother. 
"My mother and I were booked on that American Airlines DC-10 that crashed shortly after takeoff at the Chicago airport,” she said.  “But 10 minutes before we were due to get on I had a psychic flash that warned me of disaster. 
“I begged my mother to change our flight and an hour later we learned that all 271 people onboard had been killed.  I haven’t doubted a single premonition since.
I can only imagine the torment Booth felt for not being able to deliver the information that could have saved those 271 lives. What a terrible burden to bear. But hey, no one ever said the paranormal was all sunshine and cotton candy.

There's no shortage of stories like Booth's. What we all do is turn away and pretend we don't notice them. The burden of knowing such things are possible is too much for our myopic civilization, no matter how much you might be told otherwise.

UPDATE: Reader Professor Pan writes:
On January 13th, 1982, I awoke from a terrible nightmare in which people and coffins floated in icy water. I was really shaken by the dream—so much so that I told my mom about it. After I got home from school I was shocked to see what was on the TV—a plane had struck the 14th St. Bridge in D.C. and plunged into the icy waters of the Potomac. I watched, horrified, as a few people were rescued from the water, while others drowned.

You all know this image, Jack Kirby's bit of prophecy from 1959. What you probably don't know is that there's actually a story attached to this splash page, one that has to do with dreams and visions and is itself a neat bit of prophecy as well.
In "The Face on Mars" an astronaut actually falls into the Face and enters into a kind of dream trance where the history of Mars and its destruction are replayed virtual reality style around him. 

Yes, this is exactly what you saw in Mission to Mars as well. The difference is that in Kirby's story Mars is murdered by its neighbors, a nasty bunch who unleash planetary destruction through the weapons of warfare.

Does this sound familiar to anyone? It should if you've been paying any attention to the alt.research world lately, specifically the work of Dr. John Brandenburg, which our Gordon has found particularly fascinating.
A controversial paper by Dr John Brandenburg claims that life on Mars was wiped out by a nuclear attack. 
The idea that a civilization on the planet Mars was once decimated by a nuclear strike orchestrated by an advanced extraterrestrial race sounds like the plot of a science fiction movie, yet in a bizarre new paper plasma physicist Dr John Brandenburg has proposed that this scenario may have actually taken place. 
The propulsion technologies expert maintains that entities hostile to "young, noisy civilizations" may have taken exception to the planet's inhabitants and could do the same to us here on Earth. 
His research, which is entitled "Evidence of a Massive Thermonuclear Explosion on Mars in the Past, The Cydonian Hypothesis and Fermi's Paradox," bases the claim on a combination of factors including the composition of the planet's soil and the discovery of large concentrations of Xenon-129 in its atmosphere, something typically seen following a nuclear incident. 
"Given the large amount of nuclear isotopes in Mars atmosphere resembling those from hydrogen bomb tests on Earth, Mars may present an example of civilization wiped out by a nuclear attack from space," Brandenburg wrote.
The difference with Kirby's story is that the Martians rally for a last-ditch counterattack and destroy the aggressors' planet, which in turn became the asteroid belt. But still, for a story that boasts a coup like the Face, doubling that up with a subplot of Mars destruction by hostile aliens is a pretty impressive feat.


I don't have nearly as impressive an example as any of that but I'm fascinated by this odd bit of dream-logic prophecy, which was actually one of the earliest posts on this blog. 

Needless to say I was obsessed with The X-Files before it even aired so it's not surprising that I'd be dreaming about it in 1994. This was actually a pretty incredible dream, one that I can still picture with almost cinematic clarity. And like the Kirby story it was one of those dreams where you watch the action then become the action. Here's what I wrote in the original post:

This was in a old journal from 1994/5. Unfortunately I didn't date it, since I wrote it in the dark in the middle of the night. But there's a clue in there that pinpoints when it was written.* The chicken-scratch scrawl you see there says: 





Here’s what I remember: It was one of those dreams where you watch the action and then take part in it- you know, standard dream-logic. I was Mulder in the dream. I was very badly hurt and had put Scully in danger; Satan was after her. 
I was crawling through a front door in a house and the Sun was rising outside. In my jacket pocket I had a small book that had prayers in it. A small flame appeared on the bottom edge of a picture frame on a mantlepiece. I knew the flame was the Holy Spirit and that Scully had sent it. I rubbed my finger along the flame and I was restored.
In this episode ('Provenance') an FBI agent was sent to infiltrate a UFO cult but "went over to the dark side" and "became whacked out himself." In essence he became Mulder, a straight arrow agent who becomes a believer in aliens.

As you see he is badly hurt, and is crawling. He's ultimately on his way to Scully's house, which is Mulder's other house at this point in the series.

Here he pulls out a piece of a spaceship out of his jacket, which is emblazoned with religious texts, or prayers if you prefer. My jaw hit the couch when I saw this.

He'll enter Scully's house at sunrise later in the story. He also quite literally puts Scully in danger.
"FIRE APPEARS ON PICTURE FRAME + HE IS REVIVED." Or as I wrote, "A small flame appeared on the bottom edge of a picture frame on a mantlepiece. I knew the flame was the Holy Spirit and that Scully had sent it." 

This scene takes place shortly before the FBI agent is revived.

"Oh, but that's not Mulder," I hear someone saying, "what kind of prophetic dream is that?" Well, never mind that Mulder is a Massachusetts boy like myself, what really got my attention is that the actor who plays the FBI agent in "Provenance" was born the next town over from my own birthplace, 5 months and 19 days before my own birthday. 

That's quite a fucking coincidence. Or Synchronicity, if you prefer.

What's the significance of the birthdate? In the grand scheme of things I don't know. But 19.5, a number significant to hyperdimensional physics, is also a number that Richard C. Hoagland claims is encoded into the ruins of Cydonia.   

Cydonia was also the theme of an early and unjustly maligned episode of The X-Files, "Space." Looking back it does suffer from some pretty hairy production and direction issues, but back in 1993 I thought it was the goddamn raddest thing I'd ever seen on TV.

I should note that the story concluded on episode 9.11 and that the X-Files spinoff The Lone Gunmen famously had a 9/11 prophecy. "Flight 191" also contains an anagram for 9/11 as well. Make of that what you will.

NOTE:  I should also mention that there were at least four X-Files episodes where Scully specifically was in danger from Satan or a demon ('Irresistible', 'Revelations', 'All Souls' and 'Orison', when Donnie Pfaster was retconned as a demon) and that it would be the '94/'95 season when that would begin.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Beyond Synchronicity: Agency and Causality

There's a certain school of thought (let's call them School #1) that is willing to entertain the paranormal- psi, poltergeists, UFOs and so on- but does so in the context of a kind of unconventional interpersonal psychology. 

Yes, these things occur but they exist in some kind of grey zone between imagination and reality, that they are manifestations of a kind of extreme state in which perception creates a new class of phenomena, not entirely real but neither entirely imaginary either. I'm probably not doing justice to this philosophy but that's the basic contours of it. 

I suppose Jenny Randle's "Oz Factor" might qualify here but it's by no means a definitive case. Perhaps Jung's flying saucer book is a better example but I personally don't think that book reflected his true feelings on the topic. But a lot of people love to cite it so it certainly reflects theirs.

Then there is another school of thought (let's call them School #2)  that goes a step further and argues that these phenomena do exist but are generated entirely by the human mind in the same way tulpas are believed to be- they are thought forms that have no objective reality outside of the human mind that creates them. This comes out of a kind of post-determinist humanism, and often seems focused on the outcome of being able to harness extreme phenomena or at least be able to objectively verify them. 

There are many variations on these, and many similar efforts to place unusual phenomena into a scientific context, something that both alarms and offends scientists and tends to alienate people otherwise interested in extreme possibilities (many of whom don't trust scientists to begin with). 

As early as Jung there have been efforts to understand Synchronicity in the context of science, but given the polarization of our culture since then I don't know how successful those efforts would be today. 

I've noticed a major backlash against quantum physics or quantum mechanics (where you might find scientists sympathetic to these ideas) in the past few years, which is most assuredly a byproduct of the larger culture wars, given that religious people and New Agers often cite quantum physics (and often do so without having a clue what they are talking about) to bolster their own ideas and beliefs.

Personally, I think trying to shoehorn unusual phenomena into the context of science- as tempting as it may be- is a mistake. I just don't think it works in that context. You're also inviting all kinds of trouble into your life since scientists and their groupies are very jealous of the prestige of "Science"- it's often all they really have to brag about. 

And as Jacques Vallee has remarked about the UFO phenomenon, it seems to intentionally defy scientific analysis. Who's to say the same doesn't hold true about Psi or NDEs? 

Maybe they don't want to be pinned to a table and dissected. 

As I mentioned before, the best Synchromystic I knew was doing his thing a long time before I ever heard the term. He was a trickster and a provocateur, an occultist of a crypto-Masonic order I never heard of before I got to know him. I was also stunned to realize once I did get to know him that he before he moved out west he used to live the next town over from me, literally right down the road. That coincidence was mind-blowing in the context of its time.

He didn't believe Synchronicity was acausal. He believed that it was very definitely caused by extradimensional entities who were essentially screwing around with the human race for their own purposes. This is not as unusual a position as it sounds- it's essentially what John Keel put forth in his classic-period books. He thought we were being screwed with as well.

I'm not entirely convinced that psi is not connected in some inscrutable way to autonomous intelligences that interact with us in extraordinary circumstances. After all, that makes as much sense as any other explanation, given that we simply don't know anything about the source of these experiences, only their effects.

Moreover, I think the overall condition of the collective consciousness seems to affect how all parawhatever effects or events unfold. So while I don't believe that say UFOs are the product of the human imagination neither do I believe that they don't somehow respond to what's going on down here in some fashion. And they always seem to burst back in the public consciousness just after the cognoscenti have declared them a dead topic. 

Similarly, there were a lot of poltergeist reports in the early 70s*, back before young people anesthetized themselves with smartphones. It was a stressful time in general and the most vulnerable population would naturally be under the greatest stress. 

Now Schools 1+2 would argue that this was all emerging from the human imagination or psyche and that no external entities need apply. But what if poltergeists were attracted to the unrest these children were experiencing and fed off it as well as the general level of stress in the culture? (I would note that this wave coincided with a major UFO wave, which hardly seems random to me).

But if everyone is essentially operating in the lowest psychic state humanly possible- meaning the state that we've been conditioned to operate in in contemporary society- then you're probably not going to see much interesting happen, since everyone is tuned into the materialist, narcissist channel of consciousness.

 It's kind of like how popular music was a lot more interesting back when people learned the basics of music and songcraft in school or in their religious institutions. The less the population as a whole knows about music the simpler and less resonant our popular music becomes. It's why you can still hear songs from the 70s played every day on the radio but most young people forget about the popular songs that were released last month. 

Music is important, not only because I have personal experience with it but also because it was the currency of popular culture in the postwar era when all of these ideas were being bandied about. Note that the general war on consciousness we see today was accompanied by a war on music that has left popular music in the worst shape it's been in almost a century.

UPDATE: This may be interesting if it pans out.


*There was a time when everyone I knew either had or knew someone who had a personal encounter with ghosts. Some of the stories I heard were extremely fucked up and not the kind of thing you'd make up to comfort yourself over your fear of death, or whatever the excuse of the day is with skeptics. Whether or not these were in fact the work of dead souls or some other force entirely is another question altogether. I'm inclined to doubt the classical ghost narrative myself though I hesitate to quantify exactly what these entities were. All I can say is know of people who were not otherwise given to belief in the paranormal at all having truly messed-up experiences.