Well, it’s time to kick off the inaugural project of this blog, the raison d’etre for making a blog to eject one’s internal dialogue into the great wild expanse of the internet. There are a few (thousand) things on my mind, but I’ll be attempting to focus them down into post sized portions for your ease of consumption. So without further ado, let’s get started! For more on what this whole blog is about, check here.
When one thinks of a garden, as one probably never does, one imagines a place that consists of order above all else. There is a place for a one plant of a certain kind, another place for a vegetable or a flower. There are times when fertilizer is applied, times when it’s watered, etc. Weeds are kept out, things that are part of the garden are cultivated and allowed to stay within the bounds of the garden. I’m sure you see where I’m going with this.
A garden is a place of intentionality, if it wasn’t, it’d just be a place with plants.
Anything can be treated with intentionality, to great benefit. In fact, that’s really the premise of magick. It’s what differentiates a ritual from any other action, even if the physical or mental processes are the same. Repeat a mantra as if you were reading a headline on a webpage. Now do it again, with the intention that it will elevate your consciousness. Keep doing it and you will record various and interesting results. If we operate from this simple theory, that intention itself can change reality, where will we go from there? How will that change how we view ourselves, and the world that we interact with every second of our existence?
But wait, let’s back up. How do we know that intention does anything at all? How do we know that we aren’t biasing the results because we are paying more attention? Does it matter? What is reality anyway? Even if you don’t intend something, what if someone else’s intention affects you, and is that even possible? There isn’t a lot of scientific inquiry into these questions, for a myriad of reasons, but high on that list is career suicide within the academic world and beyond.
One might expect to find a correspondingly robust experimental literature testing these ideas, but it is not so, and the reason is not surprising: The notion that consciousness may be related to the formation of physical reality has come to be associated more with medieval magic and so-called New Age ideas than it is with sober science. As a result, it is safer for one’s scientific career to avoid associating with such dubious topics and subsequently rare to find experiments examining these ideas in the physics literature. Indeed, the taboo is so robust that until recently it had extended to any test of the foundations of quantum theory. For more than 50 years such studies were considered unsuitable for serious investigators.
-Dean Radin in Consciousness and the double-slit interference pattern: Six Experiments
So where does that leave us?
It leaves us in an exciting and mostly unknown universe where we are the participant and the observer at the same time, and we are interacting with millions of other participant/observers constantly and by default. This leaves us in an exceedingly interesting position of being either the influenced or the influencer. If information about Psi events, consciousness, and mind/matter interaction are freely available on the internet (even if a little obscure), you really can’t assume these ideas aren’t being utilized by corporations, the government, and everyone else who has an interest in determining your perception of reality from the top down.
…today we live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups—and the electronic hardware exists by which to deliver these pseudo-worlds right into the heads of the reader, the viewer, the listener. Sometimes when I watch my eleven-year-old daughter watch TV, I wonder what she is being taught. The problem of miscuing; consider that. A TV program produced for adults is viewed by a small child. Half of what is said and done in the TV drama is probably misunderstood by the child. Maybe it’s all misunderstood. And the thing is, Just how authentic is the information anyhow, even if the child correctly understood it? What is the relationship between the average TV situation comedy to reality? What about the cop shows? Cars are continually swerving out of control, crashing, and catching fire. The police are always good and they always win. Do not ignore that point: The police always win. What a lesson that is. You should not fight authority, and even if you do, you will lose. The message here is, Be passive. And—cooperate. If Officer Baretta asks you for information, give it to him, because Officer Beratta is a good man and to be trusted. He loves you, and you should love him.
Also in addition to that, from De Lege Libellum
The great bond of all bonds is ignorance. How shall a man be free to act if he know not his own purpose? You must therefore first of all discover which star of all the stars you are, your relation to the other stars about you, and your relation to, and identity with, the Whole.
I can’t really sum it up better than that. That’s why it’s important to cultivate the garden of your being, and curate it with the utmost care and intention. If you don’t, someone else will do it for you and they are mostly interested in your garden telling you to buy the next iPhone or to Support the Troops™ or whatever else gets you to go along with everyone else into the magical land of consumer products.
This series will operate on, and expand from, these fundamental axioms:
- You are simultaneously the participant and the observer in reality.
- Intention creates physical and mental effects that manifest in some way in what we call reality.
- Control of intention can be modified, increased, or abolished depending on environmental and mental variables which may or may not be under the conscious control of the participant.
- There is a concerted effort by various organizations to co-opt your participation in reality. This can be modified or negated entirely, or even turned back and made useful for the participants.
Stay tuned, in the next part I intend (haha get it?!) to discuss analysis, maps of reality, the role of knowledge and experience among other topics.