Monday, February 27, 2006

Down the Rabbit Hole to the Threshold of the Unglishable

It is no great accomplishment to hear a voice in the head. The accomplishment is to make sure that it is telling you the truth. --Terence McKenna

So true. My unincarnated co-conspirator Petey talks a good game, but as you know, he can get very evasive when you try to pin him down. Are you being literal? Metaphorical? Symbolic? Allegorical? Obnoxious? Was that a joke? Hey, where did you go?

Anyway, have you ever have that exalted feeling that you've stumbled upon the key to the world enigma? That you've crashed through the doorways of the divine imagination and glimpsed the eschaton in all its naked glory? That you've been deputized by the Aion to disclose its inner secret, only to forget what it was when you wake up the next morning sober?

As you can see from my recent posts, I've been thinking very hard about certain spiritual matters that I had previously had to place on the back burner, partly due to the demands of trying to blog about the deep psychological structure of horizontal politics on a daily basis. In fact, I did this in violation of my own advice found on page 234 of my book: "It is critical to consume the proper spiritual 'food' and cut back on the graven mass media images that draw you into the 'tempest of the day.'" These things "resonate at a certain frequency that will awaken a sympathetic response in you if you are not vigilant." Therefore, "you must 'wean yourself from the momentary' (Kierkegaard) and make sure you give yourself each day your daily transubstantial bread."

I suppose that's one thing I've been trying to do with the blog lately--provide a quiet little vertical roadside diner where people can come and visit amidst the roiling insanity of the world. I will still write about politics from time to time, but we are in such good hands with ShrinkWrapped and Dr. Sanity in that regard. They probably don't even realize how important their work is. They are doing something truly novel--something that has never successfully been done in the past. You'd think it would be easy, but most past attempts to apply psychological principles to culture, politics and history have been either hopelessly shallow or ridiculously transparent agenda-driven twaddle produced by vaguely Marxist hack-, wack,- and attackademics. For that reason, psychohistory quickly discredited itself and no one took it seriously. ShrinkWrapped, Dr. Sanity, and others are virtually resurrecting this moribund field, whether they know it or not. The discipline is full of potential pitfalls, and it takes a wise and self-aware person to avoid them, because it is easily prone to excesses--explaining too much, or simply tarring your ideological enemies with a pathological brush. They do neither.

Where was I? Oh yes. The spiritual explorations. As I mentioned, since I liberated myself somewhat from the day-to-day political trench warfare, I've been able to focus like the proverbial laser beam on certain problems that I essentially had to set aside after I finished my book in 2004. The very same week I submitted the final correction of the galleys I was diagnosed with Type I diabetes--how's that for timing?--and didn't feel very well, both physically and psychologically, for a number of months. I think the more "finely tuned" your physical instrument is, the more you notice subtle changes in your body, not to mention the gross changes brought about by having had your blood sugar deranged for who knows how many months.

Then, a few months later, the birth of my first child at the age of 49. Normally that wouldn't be a big deal, but with the diabetes, it introduced a new stressor into the situation that I hadn't planned on. I'm not complaining. It's just that I really have to take care of myself if I want to be around for some of those precious moments, like when he drops out of high school or steals his first car.

One of the things that makes me "believe in" the spiritual is that when you sincerely and humbly think about it, you get results. Once I began opening myself up to the problems I'd been thinking about, ideas and theories started pouring in. This also happened in the writing of my book. Solutions to problems don't exactly come from "thinking" or "problem solving" per se. Rather, you have to immerse yourself in a problem and wait for the answer to come. Where does it come from? I don't know. You could say "the unconscious," but I think that just begs the question, because if the unconscious is capable of such feats, we have to come up with a better name than "un" conscious, because it's very conscious. It may be "non" but it's certainly not "un" conscious. Actually, it's a different mode of consciousness.

Not only that--and here's the weird part, but it's true--it doesn't seem to work just "inside" but "outside" your so-called mind, as if you are a point in a nonlocal field that extends both inside and out. Obviously, many people have had this experience, most notably Carl Jung, who called it "synchronicity." Here again, it doesn't so much matter what causes it, so long as you notice that it does happen. In my case, subtle intuitions that point me this way and that, leading me along an invisible trail that shows me what I've been looking for. It's not as if "answers" are provided. Rather, it's more like a missing key is given--a key that exactly fits the problematic "lock" you've been thinking about.

If you look at all my recent posts, we've covered a lot of ground, but much of it revolves around the problems I've been working on, specifically, how to "build a more perfect logos," as Terence McKenna put it. That is, I'm trying to come up with a way to more effectively describe and communicate the "super conscious" world, in the same way Freud did with the unconscious. In so doing, some critical answers---or at least previously hidden signs pointing to potential answers--have been falling into my lap.

Unfortunately, I'm flat out of time. I will explain more in tomorrow's post.

*No time to spiel check today, so forgive any typos in my spiel.


Blogger Goesh said...

There are a number of good organic suppliments to facilitate the actions of insulin and lack thereof - quality fishoil (Omega-3s) Cinnamon and Gingko Biloba come to mind. My wife has been insulin dependent for many years with no major complications, though she is very tired by early evening most days. Transfatty acids and processed sugar have long been the health villains in my opinion and I know my wife avoids them like the is good to see the drift away from politics in your Blog.

2/27/2006 09:11:00 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Your post reminded me of some writings from Joseph Pilates in his "Return to Life Through Contrology". A must read! Here goes, "Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure. To achieve the highest accomplishments within the scope of our capabilities in all walks of life we must constantly strive to acquire strong, healthy bodies and develop our minds to the limit of our ability."

I also agree with Goesh and your desire to explore more spiritual depths of life. Very cool and fun to be along for the ride!

2/27/2006 09:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike Andreyakovich said...

One might call it the superconscious, as opposed to the subconscious.

2/27/2006 10:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Kahntheroad said...

I just set up a group on Yahoo called "Cosmic Launch" for anyone interested in discussing and expanding on some of the ideas that Dr. Bob has been presenting.

In particular, I think it would be cool to develop it a community (perhaps a support group, if you will) for anyone else who might be, like me, teetering on the edge of the launch pad.

I haven't done much with it yet, I first want to see if there's any interest. So, click on my name for the link (you might have to set up a yahoo account).

(I've set it up for exclusive membership - to keep out trolls, moonbats and assorted parasites - so I'll have to personally approve everyone).

2/27/2006 12:02:00 PM  
Anonymous jwm said...

Count me in. But I got a dns screen trying to sign up for a yahoo acct. My e-mail is down, so that may be the problem. I'll try later.
By the way- how do you register on this board


2/27/2006 12:36:00 PM  
Blogger Maggie45 said...

Obviously, many people have had this experience, most notably Carl Jung, who called it "synchronicity." Here again, it doesn't so much matter what causes it, so long as you notice that it does happen. In my case, subtle intuitions that point me this way and that, leading me along an invisible trail that shows me what I've been looking for. It's not as if "answers" are provided. Rather, it's more like a missing key is given--a key that exactly fits the problematic "lock" you've been thinking about"-----

A lot of us in AA call these "godincidences"...when we finally let go and just trust.

First time I've been here and I'm fascinated. Off to read some more...

2/27/2006 12:48:00 PM  
Blogger kenju said...

I noticed the synchronicity that just as I read your words "daily transubstantial bread", I was indeed eating bread.

2/27/2006 01:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Kahntheroad said...


Hmmm, you should be able to set up a yahoo e-mail address pretty easily. At the top of the page I linked to there should be a sign up link with just a few questions. You don't need to give them another address.

To join the group just go to the link and there should be a button for "join group," check a few boxes and then they send me an e-mail to confirm the membership.

Oh, I see...the new link should work now.

2/27/2006 01:48:00 PM  
Blogger ZenGolfer said...

I think the concept you're talking about applies in many walks of life... For example, in my line of work, which is trying to keep computers computing, it helps to have a sort of "sixth sense" when it comes to figuring out why the computer no longer does what it's supposed to do... I don't know how to teach someone how to "know" the right answer, and belive me I've been trying for over 20 years, but some people just have the "troubleshooting" gene, or whatever it is...

My dad has it as well, so there may be a bit of inheritance there, although it could also be the influence of being around him so much...

It isn't something tangible, although it is as close to a feeling than anything else... You're thinking about the problem, and the solution just pops into your head... You just know it's the right solution, but I have no idea how it happens...

Now if I can only get it to happen more with the missus... ;-)

2/27/2006 05:23:00 PM  
Blogger LiquidLifeHacker said...

"Solutions to problems don't exactly come from "thinking" or "problem solving" per se. Rather, you have to immerse yourself in a problem and wait for the answer to come"

So true! Sometimes you have to just be still.

Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am GOD."

2/27/2006 06:20:00 PM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...












2/27/2006 06:42:00 PM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

The next time I have an unintentionally misspelled word in the title of the post all day long, will someone please let me know?!


2/27/2006 08:33:00 PM  
Anonymous jwm said...

I thought it was another one of your puns that went over my head.


2/27/2006 09:52:00 PM  
Anonymous hoyden said...

I relate to the "unconscious source" of inspiration as God consciousness manifesting in me.

God consciousness exists in the individual, as well as other levels of consciousness. My capacity to perceive God consciousness is related to my harmony with God consciousness.

Where I hold feelings or beliefs that are contrary to spiritual principles the God consciousness message will be imperfectly interpreted. If I act on imperfectly interpreted data I will create effects in my life that are less than desirable (the spiritual law of cause and effect). To the degree I am in harmony with spiritual principle and act accordingly I will create cause and effect that leads to greater life joy.

2/28/2006 05:56:00 AM  
Anonymous dilys said...

" unintentionally misspelled word...."

As Dorothy Parker said about the death of the laconic Calvin Coolidge...

2/28/2006 06:08:00 AM  
Anonymous primal_john said...

Instead of unconscious, how's about "blocked conscious?"

2/28/2006 08:18:00 AM  

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