true poets, and (r)evolutionaries, are brand strategists for the civilization. they use words to engineer cognitive and behavioral shifts that have the potential to redefine the moment… and the future… for the betterment of all.
because their target market is… the species.
listening to this interview with the late Irish poet and mystic John O’Donahue, i was scrambling to catch and note the subtle, humble, nuanced bombs he was dropping about the ‘pedagogy of interiority’.
at one point he talks about the word ‘threshold’, which comes from the word thrashen – to separate the grain from the husk. For him, thresholds are lines that separate ‘two territories of spirit’. and, he continues, ‘if we cross worthily, what we do is heal the patterns of repetition that were in us, that caught us somewhere. And in our crossing… we cross onto new ground. Where we just don’t repeat what we’ve been through in the last place we were.’
this sentiment expresses so succinctly what i have been trying to say about the current moment. we are at a threshold, and a new territory in terms of a paradigm that encircles the human understanding of the nature of reality.
let me take it a step further with an even more pithy quote:
biography is not identity
what does this mean?
it means that there is a place within us which cannot be touched by time or space or the hurtful forces of tragedy and history.
it means there is a place within us where we have never been wounded.
take that to the next level: the cumulative genetic and epigenetic narratives of our ancestral and present-day existences do not actually define who we are, even though this is precisely what the current (materialist) paradigm dictates.
for anyone who actually and actively pursues the birth of a new paradigm in which every human, no matter where they are born or to what culture or gender gets an equal and fair shot at determining their destiny…
this is the revolution.
this is the quantum paradigm in which the unmaterialized potential which lies at the substratum of wave (and not particle) IS the primary realm and determiner of existence and ‘reality’ in 3D. or, as Joe Dispenza writes, energy is the epiphenomenon of matter.
this is the equivalent of discovering a new territory, one with limitless resources and potential for self-actualization.
if a single mom with three kids who works two jobs and barely gets by can shift her dependence from the hope that the magical invisible hand of the capitalist economy will give her family majesty and power over their destinies… to one of understanding the latent and limitless power of reality-creation that lies within an ancient spiritual technology located within each human being, then we are onto something that is actually dangerous to those who rule through the illusion of scarcity.
again, this is the threshold we crossing now.
into a new paradigm.
because, again, in the quantum view: there is no such thing as scarcity.
it is a fiction of the materialist paradigm that drives the impulses of competition and gangsterism and anarchy that have characterized transitions of history. and which so many fear we are heading into now. unless we break free from the lie that tells us everything (determinist) is happening on the material plane.
because it is not.
that is what science teaches us.
and what spirituality teaches us.
which is beautiful.
as the physicist B. Alan Wallace writes in Hidden Dimensions:
Historically, religions have commonly posited their scriptures and other divine sources as their background theory, often assuming this to be an absolute frame of reference for determining all kinds of truths. But those claims have generally been eroded by other means of knowledge, especially science. Nowadays, many people have adopted science as the sole means of comprehending the natural world, but the evolution of science itself has empirically undermined any such idolization.
the early quantum physicists knew that they were on to something profoundly… mystical. this paradigm shift has been a century in the making (as humans catch up to the quantum paradigm shift, which is more potentially transformational than the Copernican, and on par with the Axial) and why you are seeing such power moves by the agents of materialism to capture every fragment of the human attention span (and its tethered consciousness) in the spectacular web of the illusion.
we need to frame what it is we are ACTUALLY doing, …and if its not re-patterning and re-engineering the paradigm around universal access to equal self-actualization, then its just the perpetuation of the old system and the failure to cross the threshold which we have organically reached as a tipping point for the next evolutionary thrust of human civilization.
i would argue that TRUE POWER resides in gaining access to the generators of reality, which reside and occur at the sub-stratum plane of pre-particle waveforms. this is essentially where those who practice the occult have for millennia placed their focus (Plato referred to 3D reality as a shadow of primary ‘reality’ – the Realm of Forms – which transcend spacetime).
i leave you with a quote i used to write on the inside cover of all my journals when i was in college. its from Nietzsche (written in 1882):
“We, the new, the name less, the hard to understand, we firstlings of a yet untried future we require for a new end also a new means, namely, a new healthiness, stronger, sharper, tougher, bolder and merrier than any healthiness hitherto. He whose soul longs to experience the whole range of hitherto recognised values and desirabilities, and to circumnavigate all the coasts of this ideal “Mediterranean Sea” who, from the adventures of his most personal experience, wants to know how it feels to be a conqueror and discoverer of the ideal as likewise how it is with the artist, the saint, the legislator, the sage, the scholar, the devotee, the prophet, and the godly Nonconformist of the old style…
…And now, after having been long on the way in this fashion, we Argonauts of the ideal, who are more courageous perhaps than prudent, and often enough shipwrecked and brought to grief, nevertheless, as said above, healthier than people would like to admit, dangerously healthy, always healthy again, it would seem, as if in recompense for it all, that we have a still undiscovered country before us, the boundaries of which no one has yet seen, a beyond to all countries and corners of the ideal known hitherto, a world so over-rich in the beautiful, the strange, the questionable, the frightful, and the divine, that our curiosity as well as our thirst for possession thereof, have got out of hand alas! That nothing will now any longer satisfy us!”
Like so many of my friends, I have spent a lot of time focused on the world outside of my self and how to use my resources and, frankly, white male privilege, to contribute.
This started in the form of directing and writing around social justice issues that led me to eventually direct several feature films and write some books. The apex of that ‘life’ was a deep dive into the binary world of fundamentalism (through a journey into the millennial religious HolyWar with two hardcore believers), with a pretty mind-blowing outcome, which really made me question the dualist paradigm manifested through the political / religious / financial systems (left/right, right/wrong etc) that I had become so good at self- (and, other-) identifying with.
I left film and writing to start a tech company based on signaling complex data in a multi-dimensional, dynamic way that could create a new kind of identity. This (somewhat ahead-of-the-curve) tech is currently being applied to medical data and possibly a new platform our team has been developing around climate change.
But to be perfectly honest, I am long past believing these kinds of citizen-engagement initiatives are going to successfully and integrally solve the challenges we face. My core passion, and the thing that my life consistently seems to bring me back to, are the revelations contained in the mystical traditions.
Meaning the exposition of hidden truths about our world in the context which Plato put it so well over 2000 years ago:
“In consequence of this divine initiation we became spectators of single and blessed visions, resident in a pure light; and were ourselves made immaculate and liberated from this surrounding garment which we call the body and to which we are now bound like an oyster to its shell.”
I believe we are on the cusp of a Copernican moment, in which humans discover that the ‘reality’ we inhabit is nothing like we understand it to be. That we are atomic beings, not biological ones… and the 3D realm we inhabit is not a deterministic fixed space, but in fact one that is generative and responsive to us, based on our level of awareness of this truth.
This belief has very real applications and implications. It’s not philosophy to me, and I am actively working on new creations that might help others to pierce the veil in the way that I have. But it makes it very hard to engage with my great and beloved cadre of friends who really believe that we just need to get more people to vote in order to create the world we want to live in.
For me, this is absurd.
What we need is a vibrational shift at the genetic level of the species. Which is practical and achievable under the conditions of a global counter-cultural movement that inducts people into rituals that help them unearth the deep wound caused by the experience of being spiritual entities trapped in materialist shells on a 3D Earth.
I am sure this sounds (at best) escapist and (at worst) cray to most of you, but in my defense, I’ll just say that it’s coming from a guy who’s traveled or worked in over 80 countries, put most of my life and money into very concrete activistic pursuits… and is deeply invested (as a father of two young children)… in us actually evolving out of this situation instead of simply delaying it long enough to make our selves feel better about how much we did.
Let’s be very clear: this is a big, counter-intuitive shift that needs to happen. Especially for people who have spent their lives dedicated to changing their reality through the systems created from its misconception.
Again, think birth of the Axial Age or the Copernican revolution. It’s not about fucking voting. It’s about pausing for a moment, pulling our heads out of the spectacular distraction of the news cycle and actually having the self-discipline and intellectual and spiritual rigor to question the foundations that materialize our conception of reality.
Otherwise known as the paradigm. (Yes, they shift.)
To that end, I’ll leave you with a quote I sent to friends and posted on social media that really sums up where I am at in terms of getting to fundamental solutions and evolutionary movements.
It comes from Manly P. Hall, one of the greatest civilizational resources in the field of esoteric and mystical traditions, and says everything any one needs to understand about the true nature of SECURITY and how we are actually going to achieve it as an intra-causal and inter-connected species.
“If we dwell forever in the sphere of effects, content to endure without question the vicissitudes of outrageous fortune, we must suffer the consequences inevitable to this state… Nature has bestowed upon us the means by which we can rescue our lives from the delusion of materialism. If we use these means according to the laws governing them, we fulfill the purpose of our living.
There are eternal and unchangeable principles in the world of causes. We must learn to know them, love them, and obey them, for herein lies our hope of security.”