I had opinions
That didnt matter
I had a brain
That felt like pancake batter
I got a backyard
With nothing in it
Except a stick
A dog
And a box with something in it
White Stripes-Hardest Button to Button

What? If Jeff Wells can put Dylan lyrics at the start of every post, I can sure as hell use White Stripes lyrics… but anyway…

You turn around for two seconds and everything just stops making sense altogether don’t it?

I suppose it was inevitable. I mean at a certain point you have to grow up and stop pretending as if something out there is a comfortable given. It’s all being made up. It’s all plastic mindstuff. Time to move on. But that’s the problem innit?

I mean if coup rumors and threats of nuclear war, or wildly out of control gas prices don’t cut it for you, then lets take our new model theory of ultraterrestrials, which I think the Puma pulls off nicely here.

I’m not sure I care to lump them into some sort of muslim conception. I think it would be just as crass to call them ‘jinn’ as it would be to insist that they be ‘extraterrestrials’. What it does show me is that the traditional lore has a long history of dealing with these creatures in all kinds of forms. For that matter, pretty much every culture has something of that kind. Except ours that is. Our way of dealing with things is to not deal with them. Of course, even a superficial understanding of Jung will tell you that suppression will only exaggerate the symptoms.

The fact that our materialist illusion seems to be coming apart at the seams, reminds me of what I’ve been re-reading by Rene Guenon. He likens our reality to being bounded by a kind of shell, in various states of decay and repair. Below it shields us from the ‘infernal’ or subhuman forces, and to the extent that it exists above, it blocks our access to the knowledge of suprahuman or Gnostic forces.

To Guenon’s mind, the very idea of a quantitative ‘material’ reality is a kind of mental deviation that has consequences for the psychoplastic nature of the world. It pushes benevolent non material influences out of our experience, which leaves us only with the malevolent influences that largely occupy the subconscious, and are only strengthened by our refusal to acknowledge them. But he can say so better, from The Reign of Quanitity and the Signs of the Times:

however far the solidification of the sensible world may have gone, it can never be carried so far as to turn the world into a ‘closed system’ such as that imagined by the materialists. The very nature of things sets limits to solidification and the more nearly those limits are approached the more unstable is the corresponding state of affairs ; in actual fact, as we have seen, the point corresponding to a maximum of solidification has already been passed, and the impession that the world is a closed system can only from now on become more an more illusory and inadequate to the reality.

…meaning, that the more we consciously insist that nothing external to us is influencing the things that happen here, the more the world will reflect the wild eruption of the subconscious that we refuse to acknowledge.

I’m wondering how far the cognitive dissonance can go. Regarding my earlier screed on enclosed realities, it makes clear that the spaces the Reality Priesthood are able to hang onto are shrinking, not just as a function of energy, but as a function of metaphysics. They’re cannibalising the wall they don’t see to build one they can see. So people are forced to either sit with near-unbearable contradictions, or deny what is happening outright.

side note-What it also implies, is that those who reject the premise of non material influences are the most vulnerable to them. The strongest materialists will be the most erratic and dangerous. The are quite literally possessed. In that sense it explains why the Ahrimanic ‘satanists’ who affect occult trappings as a cover (for example) could end up as demonic as they seem to be, without really understanding why.

It seems to be leading to what Terrence Mckenna called the ‘balkanisation of epistemology’. These vast schisms, not so much between views, but between methods of arriving at views. We could all be using the same words and seeing the same things but understand them all in ways so utterly alien to each other that we won’t even recognise ourselves any more.

But maybe that’s exactly what’s happening already.

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6 thoughts on “Another Crack in the Wall

  1. Good Christ! This is a line for the ages:

    “They’re cannibalising the wall they don’t see to build one they can see. So people are forced to either sit with near-unbearable contradictions, or deny what is happening outright.”

    We are on the cusp bitch! The cusp!

    Great post.

  2. I think you are right to be wary of a solely Islamic conception (or solely any conception) but it is interesting that cultures which are not as materially focussed as the current western one are able to recognize and see things that the west cannot.

    Of course this was not always the case and western mystics as recently as Blake could see things that ‘weren’t there’ – of course always within a culturally conditioned context.

    What is interesting to me is that the west seems to actively encourage the factors which militate against this form of perception. it is well known in all spiritual traditions that ‘things of the world’ act against ‘spiritual perceptions’ and imo it is no coincidence that these are the very things that the current western culture imposes on members of society.

    Similarly with Islam – the spiritual (I don’t necessarily mean religious – this can also be a form of control) world is a commonplace in Islamic culture and the war is against this perception – which is in essence freedom – as it is against a religion. In fact it ios probably exclusively against this perception or else they would go after the Sauds who are, after all, the epitome of what most people understand by Islam.

  3. not to be a stylistic pain, but you might want to differentiate the text style of your blockquotes from other authors with your own items in the “sidenote” style… its a little confusing

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