Sunday, June 6, 2010

What Do You Mean?

You and a friend are sitting outside enjoying a beautiful day. You look up at the vast sky above you and realize that the sky is of a particularly glorious type of blue, you mention this to your comrade. Sadly, your buddy has just had a really bad week. His girlfriend left him, his dog died and several other unfortunate incidents have occurred that would make any country or blues singer nod in understanding. When he looks up at the sky, he does not see the glorious blue sky that you see. Although, he can agree—if pressed—that the sky is in the blue-ish spectrum and may appear absolutely delightful to some, he just doesn’t “get it” himself. You see, words in and of themselves are just noises. Humans have created a large variety of diverse classes of noises based upon culture and race. Some of our noises make sense to others, some of our noises are meaningless to others. Even noises that are a part of a language may be meaningless to some within that culture do to lack of education, even though it is still apart of the lexiconal heritage of that person.
Based on internal and external stimuli, processed through the brain and all of the experiences previously had, we reproduce certain noises that those around us will find “meaningful” and understand the things we are trying to express. For the most part it works out OK, however beyond anything fairly simple complications can crop up. If I tell you that we are friends this seems like a rather simple statement. What if my experience with the word friend is someone who I constantly bug on the telephone and complain about my daily woes. And your experience of the word friend is someone who would lend me money. Our friendship will be strained rather quickly. Although we both could probably recite some definition in the dictionary on what a friend is “suppose” to mean, we both have experiences of that friendship that vary to the Oxford standard.
Wars, fights, misunderstandings and accidents happen because we often just assume that everyone is walking around with their own perfect dictionary of language that matches your exact use of the words or noises your body produces. “Beethoven sucks” can mean that you find Beethoven to be less appealing to your sensibilities then leys say Bach. Your friend who is a big Beethoven fan and who also feels that Bach draws in a large quantity of air very quickly begins an argument with you on who is actually better. Sadly, both of you are just fools making noises what should have been actually stated for less confusion is that “At this moment in my life I find Beethoven to be more appealing to my tastes than Bach” The only way that would start any trouble is if you were residing in the deep south or hill country.
The easiest way to enjoy a life of as little misunderstandings as possible is to constantly remind yourself that people have no idea exactly what you mean. All they have to go off is the noises that come out of your mouth that may have a wildly different personal meaning or even no meaning at all. If you frame things as coming from your personal experience and your version of reality, this can help others understand you better.

The Magical View

In magic language holds a certain special place. Most gods of magic perform double duty as the creators of language. It is through speech or Logos that a magician creates a force propelling his will out to mold reality to conform his imagination. Many magicians hold a great fondness for ancient languages that are not their own. They think Hebrew, Norse runes or Sanskrit hold some battery of power capable of being tapped into in order to aid their work. In my experience and my opinion I think all these ancient languages do is allow a model to be built in which the mage can easily navigate the forces they wish to experience and direct in order to produce their change. A typical magician looking for a new friend would use the Hebrew tree of life, go to Netzach, use the words Yahova Tzavaoat, Haniel and other corresponding noises based on the system they have learned and expect to connect them to the desired forces. We could easily connect ourselves to our own personal ideal of Love, Harmony and Friendship and once those ideas and feelings saturate us we can direct our will and imagination so that we communicate to the universe our desire to attain friendship. It is just like that old catch all of the proof of psychic relationships, you think of a friend and moments later they ring you on the phone. At no point did you vibrate unusual names of long gone divinities. You connected with a personal and meaningful idea of your friend and that sent out a resonance or vibration called a thoughtform, which then connected to your friend and made them call (or it could have been the reverse, your friend thought of you to call you and you picked up the thoughtform they sent out).
Thoughtforms and symbols are the real universal language we all share. If someone is holding on to a potent thoughtform of rage, then you will feel uncomfortable around him or her without that person speaking a word of what is wrong. Same concept but different example, if a person his holding on to a thoughtform of love and friendship, you will feel drawn to them because of your desire to be close to that type of energy. It does not matter if your idea of friendship is a spirit sent by the archangel Haniel to bless you or if it is the highest and purest idea of friendship you can think of without need of language or explanation, the effect is the same and those who encounter it will be affected in the same way. The best part is if (as in the example above) there is a person who thinks friendship is about lending money to them, and yours is about sharing experiences then your thoughtform will pass the money grabber right by, since it is not in accordance with the ideal you are putting out there. That is why thoughtforms and symbols are the universal language. They are just not so great for explaining stereo instructions.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Never Mind

Do You Mind?
Physiologically speaking we can hook you up to an MRI and tell you to perform various tasks, and the whole time you do those tasks, we will see various areas of the brain “light up” from increased blood flow. If a section of your brain was removed or damaged (depending on the area), you would be unable to speak, to recall a certain memory, or retain new memories. The fact is every thought, feeling or movement you have ever made or ever will make can be traced back to neuron activity in your brain. Where does the soul or spirit come into any of this? According to science, it does not need to at all. Your experience of “you” according to biopsychology is nothing more than electrical signals flashing back and forth through your brain.

Let us consider a philosophical hypothetical scenario. Say that they just invented a teleportation device. You are the first human candidate to try it. You step in; they scan every particle of your body and ZAP! In an instant, you appear somewhere else. But, hold on! They had a malfunction! Instead of ripping every particle of your body apart and shooting it to another location, they instead left the original standing on the teleporter and created a double across the room. Both of you have the same memories (except from the second the copy was made, then you both diverge in experience) both think you are the real you. They hook you up to various tests and devices asking you personal questions only the “real” you would know, both of you answer correctly. Your MRI’s show that your brains function the same way and a genetic test shows you are exact and perfect duplicates. What now? At the instant of the teleportation, did two souls come into being? Two minds? When you both get old and die, will a soul rise out of each body? What if one copy begins to commit crimes, murders, and various dark acts, will one copy go to a paradise and another some dark tormented afterlife? If you believe in a soul, you must come up with an answer for this. Science would say that at the moment of teleportation you were copied and now have a clone. End of story. No need to muddy the waters with talks of souls or minds.

You may try to escape the question by saying teleportation does not and will never exist, not true! They can do it now! Right this moment they can take the information of one particle and near instantly copy this information to a particle far away. The original retains its information and the distant particle contains an exact copy of the information. Is that not what we consider the mind or soul to be? Information of who we are, our experiences, memories, loves, hates and so on? No escape my friends, how would a soul or mind factor into this query?



The Magical View

All things that exist are made up of three component parts. A mental or spiritual part, an astral or soul part and a physical or body part. Insects, trees, eyelashes, computers, and galaxies all have the same three components. Each resides in their own special plane of existence or dimension. Science uses physical instruments in order to study, formulate theories and predict the nature of the physical world. There are no physical instruments capable of studying an astral or spiritual universe. They are different materials altogether. Now most magical thought states that the spiritual world comes first from a divine creative source (Akasha) then manifests into an astral plane which eventually through certain means creates a physical plane. To be honest this is a tough concept for me to accept, I battle with this idea often. I think the whole thing may be reversed. The physical universe through human interaction grafted along side and on top of a higher or finer substance or emotional tones the astral world. Then still again, we crafted a higher order for our more abstract conceptions and ideas matching our minds. You can argue either way on this point, I have. And to be honest with all of you I just do not know. Either one could be true. Every god, spirit, soul and astral or spiritual vista could be a egregore or thought-forms we created over millennia of existing. They having been programmed as having always existed and being the originators of humanity would know only what we created them with, they would see themselves as having existed before man. Honestly, this whole line of thought is really hair splitting when it comes to practical magical work. It does not matter if chicken layed egg, or egg hatched chicken first, only that omelets are tasty. Magic works the same either way. In addition, it answers the question either way that started this whole mess.


If it’s top-down (spiritual to physical), then magic states “as above so below”, in essence when teleporting a magical operation was performed to build a double of you. All things house a divine spark and your double would be no different. Your double has the same free will (an entirely different topic) and life choices you do. It is made of the four elements on the astral and mental plane so it has a consciousness, feelings, thoughts and will-awareness as you do.


If it is bottom-top (physical giving rise to spiritual) then magic states “as below so above” and physical matter was manipulated in such a manner that gives rise to feelings, emotions and consciousness within a complex and well developed (in an accidental-evolutionary sense of developed with no goal in mind) organism. This being, having three “brain layers” reptilian running the physical, mammalian limbic system running emotional tones, and neo-mammalian running mental and abstract thought, executive decision making skills and so on creates a soul and mind like a violin creates ethereal sounds that exist beyond its corporal form (yes, the sounds are physical I was being poetical hence the word “like” before the analogy).


Fascinating, that either way you read the Emerald Tablet of Hermes it can still be accurate.

So dualism from a magical perspective is flawed, triunalism is more accurate.



Many questions still exist though, and I have not touched on all of them. Consider these things for yourself and see what you come up with. I will be meditating on chicken eggs and hens.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Reality

To begin with I will be going off Thomas Nagel’s book What Does it All Mean? and now and then a couple of other books. I did this to have a reference point in the discussion and to allow the reader to get a general introduction to philosophy if they so choose. From the starting point of Nagel, I will then go deeper into the magical view of philosophy and through my lens of magical work and experiences give my views. To reiterate a point I cannot over emphasize, my opinion means next to nothing compared to your own personal experience and experiments with reality. Your reality is your own and you have your own spiritual and magical development to work with, not mine! Think of my work as one of many sign posts for your own working validity along with many other spiritual seekers. Use my words as inspiration to do your own work and to test my thinking with your own; my thoughts do not supersede yours in anyway. Experience is all that counts. Also, the fact that I may write something or suggest something may or may not suggest I myself believe the thing written, it may be there just to prompt you to think about it and come up with your own reaction.


Existence outside your own mind

Do things exist beyond your own mind? How do you know this to be true? Consider the following: You have never experienced any stimuli that was not directly experienced and filtered through your own nervous system and brain. Every conception you have of reality, your personal history and your own experience is nothing more than some electrical signals passing through a bunch of meat; which in truth you have never seen, felt or experienced. How do you know any of what you think is real is in fact so? Any arguments you make about the supposed realness of your self or anything else is—again—simply a matter of your perception, which cannot be proven to exist, because it takes place in your own mind! You (and maybe me, how do you know I exist? I could be a hallucination.) are stuck in your own perceptions of what the universe seems to be to you. How do we know anything at all, has or will ever exist?
You may think that a universe that does not exist save in your own hallucination of it is meaningless, but why does anything have to mean anything. It may not at all, other than to provide entertainment to you.


So, what now? Where do we go from here? If the above is all true, and your mind is the only that exists (and in my case my mind is the only one that exists, but you can’t prove it) then we are left with two options from what I can see. First, that nothing matters. Nothing at all. Pretty depressing I say! Second option is that even if it is all a hallucination, you are experiencing it and should for whatever reason value the experience. Why go through the trouble of making a complicated, internal, seemingly real universe if at the very least it would be worthwhile to do so? If it all is a hallucination then you might as well make the most of it and maybe learn something valuable from it.


So, what is the magical perspective? The fact is, magically speaking the entire universe is the hallucination of one mind. This entire thing has been created and is being experienced by a singular consciousness in order to experience and learn more about itself, to grow, to become complete within itself. Your consciousness is an aspect of the total; your thoughts are the thoughts of the total. I have experienced this in meditation many times, the realization that there is just one overarching thought stream that is filtered down into countless variations and ideas based upon the genetic, social and developmental attributes of the receiver. Your perception of solipsism is in fact true in some sense, as above so below. Your mind is in fact a receiver and broadcaster for the universal unity of mind. The more perceptive of this concept you become the closer you become to absolute divinity.
Some magicians argue back and forth whether the spirits evoked in rituals have their own objective reality or are they all aspects of our own mind. The fact is, there is no difference. There is nothing that is not an aspect of your own mind, the words you are reading only exist because there is a mind perceiving them at this very instant, that is capable of interpreting bits of lights passed through a medium of meat by electrical impulses, having had the cultural experience of learning a particular language which this information was typed in, and finally a certain mental development in order to process those signals into something meaningful. All of that is going on right now in your own mind and if you happen to evoke a spirit a similar situation will occur but through different means.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Starting up again

I have decided to once again make some posts on this site. Previously, it was all about some type of magic or something related to the subject. I will post topics on philosophy from here on, meaning philosophy from a magical point of view. They will not teach magic or how to work magic, just the philosophical musings I have on certain topics.

As always, think for yourself and before you accept something as true, check it out and do your own work. More to come!