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.”
I received a few questions and challenges posed to my Mystical Trump post. One of them gives me the chance to answer them all. It comes from AM:
“Interesting. I’m trying to think about it in terms of the relationship between the market and society in Polanyi’s Great Transformation. The idea that the two realms aren’t really separate, but rather society’s response to crisis in the market makes the continuation of capitalist markets possible. So seeing them in a dialectical relationship.
In this context I guess my question would be a somewhat basic one: in what ways does or doesn’t a move towards inward non-opposition perpetuate the dialectical relationship between seemingly oppositional forces?”
This is a great question, and it is where it gets a little complicated. The core plank of my position lies in this graf:
what i would suggest however, in the context of (r)evolutionary mysticism is that we not feed into that binary impulse that drives those groups who are currently engineering reality for the great part of the world. but rather, that we consider that by opposing things with the intent of destroying them, we edify them in the process.
The simple answer to your question lies in the nature of dialectics. In its purest form, a dialectic is a discourse between differing points of view on a subject. In the case of political or social conflict, it is the semantic expression of a chaotic sine wave.
So in the pure mathematical/physics context, if we occupy the polar viewpoint to our ‘opposition,’ and we are engaged in a dialectical process, then we are an implicit participant and driver of the opponent’s momentum and identity. It follows then that if we simply abandon our positions and thus remove the binary curvature in the wave’s force/resistance, it will have the effect of collapsing the entire structure.
But that is a fallacy.
One has only to look at history to know that there have been times when hatred and anti-humanism have marshaled enough force to very nearly approach world domination if not for the willful opposition of an opposing force.
In some cases agents of change have been able to destroy all opposition so that they simply become the structure of reality themselves. They become the new paradigm, and the dialectic continues, within the parameters established by the new order.
This is very much what has happened to the world post-Industrial Revolution, and why Polanyi is able to make him point, that in the capitalist paradigm, even opposition feeds the capitalist enterprise.
I am proposing something very different here. Going inward is not simply about becoming silent and meditating oneself into an innocuous trance. No. Not at all.
When I write about (r)evolutionary mysticism, I am invoking an ancient practice that is more akin to alchemy than non-violent opposition. This is the stuff of the mystery schools who were forced underground for millennia because of the (real and perceived) threat they posed to those who ruled humanity on the material plane. You can find the substance of this deeply subversive thinking through history from Plato, Hermes, Meister Eckhart, and then the modern mystics like Mabel Collins and Helena Blavatsky.
In this line of (r)evolutionary thinking, the reality we are experiencing is not primary. It is a recipient realm, which receives the projection – much limited and distorted by virtue of the time/space confinements of 3D – of a higher, more true source. And it is from this realm that we can connect our earthly consciousness to attain incredibly powerful transmutational power. Power which will not simply neutralize the forces of hatred and fear which we ‘oppose’, but transform them through the vibrational frequency that we attain in our alignment with, and tuning to, the primary, non-material realm.
If we simply ‘oppose’ Trump from within the confines of the same paradigm, we are still locked in the same structure and what you get is another crest in the wave without ever transmuting the generators that created him. (Hence, the 50 year dialectic of Carter-Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama-Trump).
So this is what I am talking about when I say, in my Mystical Trump piece, that we should:
vanish into the interior realm, where true generative power resides.
But of course, knowing how to connect with and channel a new paradigmatic vibration is not a simple thing. And it is not something that is taught. But, I will tell you, it is something we know innately to do. Just as much as we know that sitting near a 1000 year old redwood nourishes us more than hugging a telephone pole. But we must be willing to let go of the primacy of this plane, and all its amazing spectacles, in order to bring in the new/ancient thing that is what we are all so hungry for.
Let’s bring it back to Trump.
This is a phenomena that is being generated by people who are responding to a perceived threat. The campaign was driven by a system of phobias that essentially create an ‘us vs them’ dynamic which was enough to position Trump as a savior for the millions of Americans who feel deep-seated frustration and anger at their diminished economic and social agency.
The reality is that what these people are experiencing is real. And what Steve Bannon and the Trump team did was take that anger and channel it into a campaign that reflected it back in order to create a force of energy that would propel them to a electoral victory.
(r)evolutionary mysticism is not concerned with opposing these people. It is not concerned with opposing Trump or Steve Bannon or whatever other interchangeable body suit the ruling paradigm throws up to sustain its steady march toward oblivion.
It is concerned with a solution that is appealing to the deepest facets of all humanity. It is about ending the dialectic we are currently trapped in and establishing an entirely new playing field. Call it paradigm shift, call it a spiritual awakening, call it the solution to quantum physics’ search for a unifying theory.
Mysticism is based on the belief that we are in a place in which we are unable to feel the innate interconnectedness of all things, but that we all emanate from the same creative energetic field, and that is something we very simplistically call ‘love’.
And there is no cleaner and purer and more profoundly transformative vibration than love. But ‘love’ as we experience it on the material plane is a mere fragment of its computational and transmutational power in the non-material realm. What I have experienced in my own limited journeys to the primary realm is so beautiful and massive and ancient and futuristic… it is like a wave of creative potential that has the power to sink all of these zero-sum antiquated architectures and simultaneously float all boats to a new kind of world that we have only ever dreamed about. And it is just as real as everything we are experiencing now.
You just have to close your eyes,