The Cleverest Conspiracy Of All

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We live in an age of conspiracies and rumours of conspiracies.  Even those who mock and deny their existence feel the need to talk about them in a disparaging manner.  Governments, corporations and intelligence services all thrive on their production, implementation and cover-up.  Educated populations, now mostly freed from the threats of eternal damnation, loosened with ever increasing leisure, and armoured as never before with access to information, demand ever more sophisticated cover-ups and plausible denials delivered with assurance and aplomb.  Children with considerably more than spare change, we now require sophistry on the level of myth, complete with the the panoply of dramatis personae we have come to expect down through the storytelling ages.

Some ancient battle between darkness and light, truth and deception, seems to be continuously reenacted on the world stage.  It is a drama of operatic dimensions that could easily grow a religion or two about it.  Who will save us from the lying demagogues of democracy, the chorus asks.  Who shall deliver us from the seductive pit of propaganda?  The answer is perhaps obvious: us.  Us and only us.  We the people, who are so much more than concerned citizens, but who have forgotten their divine origins and are dwarfed by those who would manipulate our ignorance into endless dependence.  We need not wait for all the Pinocchios to grow long noses.

All the political shenanigans, all the crafted assassinations, all the bombings with their stage managed radicals, all the wars over natural resources spin doctored into evil dragon slaying, all the drugs so carefully designed, all the spiritual wickedness in high places, it’s merely the play of Maya, illusions prancing their hour upon the stage.  It need not detain us, although it can and does, our fascination with baubles and blood being what it is.  But for those of us on our way to graduation, a not insignificant number I might add, the cleverest conspiracy of all is that of the Higher Self.

The Higher Self conspires, unfortunately with our full cooperation, to denude us of all cosmic consciousness, so that our delivery onto the physical plane through the medium of our mother’s womb is accomplished with such a narrowing of the psyche that the phrase blank slate is the most accurate for our tiny embodiment of life.  So although we are emanations from a virtually omniscient Monad (group soul, Higher Self), by the time we descend through the planes to arrive here almost emptied of our previous divinity, and proceed, through many trials and tribulations, to recover our heritage shorn of the illusions of ego and society, we are essentially starting out once again from the basement of consciousness to explore not only the house above but the many mansions which it magically contains.

And we essay these explorations as dim witted but boisterous children, eager for adventure but easily cowed by frights and cuts.  As personalities we grow with our family and society imposed definitions, all of which are useful within the parameters laid out before us, becoming independent and educated adults.  But as spirits in the material world these definitions become ties which keep us in bondage, too timid to explore the unknown and unseen.  And when, out of frustration or giddiness, we do reach out a seeking beam, they remind us to doubt and distrust, to return to the basement where being rendered stupid with safety is the community standard.

In our ignorance as state sanctioned citizens with rights and responsibilities we often remain, assured that we are contributing in an accountable and civilized manner.  But as citizens thus defined we remain ignorant of our greater selves, our original share of divinity, and we quietly assume our tiny spots in history, the subject of forces beyond our control, when in fact we have picked a life path of challenges suited to our needs, and only appear to be buffeted by the fates of disease, lousy weather and political repression.  Whether we have chosen wisely or been rushed by the prospect of thrills is another matter, but the metaphysical fact is that we have picked and are partaking.

But our ego based illusions about our limited and isolated selves conspire to keep us in our place, while attributes such as gravity and debt assure us we have made the smart choice.  Inside our separated selves, our much valued individuality, we look to sources of power outside us.  Whether natural, as in earthquakes or floods, or man made, such as banking or government, we feel dominated, threatened, conspired against, that there is a hidden order which executes plans in the shadows, regardless of our requirements or well being.  There are hidden orders conspiring contemptuously in the shadows, but they operate at the level of ego and ego gratification, and as such, live in even more illusion than yourself, the seeker and would-be disciple of the mysteries.

The cleverest and most cunning conspiracy of them all is the one you delude yourself with, that we all delude ourselves with: that no matter what your station in life, your race or gender, your degree of freedom or repression, you are in essence an unbounded being of light, a conscious contributing emblem of divinity, who is only pretending to be daft and lost and limited.

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Psychedelics and “Bringing Something Back”

That’s a phrase that Terence McKenna uses in one, and perhaps several of his talks, thankfully recorded and now easily available online, when referencing “the flash” on DMT, perhaps no more than two minutes long, and wondering just how much could be gained if it were somehow stretched to, say 30 minutes, and one could be the carrier of “bringing something back to enrich the culture/impress one’s friends.”

Such the bane of experiencers of mystical states throughout recorded history, regardless of the stimulus,  –  natural, chemical, ritualised, magical, and so on.  Let me paraphrase St. Paul, – ‘I knew man in Christ who was suddenly caught up into the third heaven and saw things there of which he could not speak’.  I see also from watching some of the more recent talks and interviews with researcher James Fadiman, this notion of discovering the unknown/forgotten/repressed on the other side and ‘bringing it back’ for the reassurance of others is still very prominent in psychedelic research.  One Fadiman interviewer commented, in a sudden excited spurt, “maybe there is an afterlife after all”.

Such hopes, often expressed in their fields of endeavour, seem to show up the speaker’s lack of knowledge of spiritualistic communications and consciousness explorations out-of-body.  Those of us who thus engage in either of these fields know that such hopes have long been transcended as the big picture of the spirit worlds and our constant shuffling back and forth between them and “here” has become the new normal.  We have been, one way or another, suddenly caught up into one or other of the heavens and saw things there of which we slowly learned to speak.

Once the line of doubt has been erased by personal experience there is only the gradual increase in knowledge of the details, of which there are, perhaps not surprisingly, many.  Like life here, these details fill in the blanks.  Blanks such as, –

(1) Who survives…Everyone;

(2) Is there enough space for millions…Yes;

(3) Does organised religion run the show…In some areas yes, in others, no;

(4)  Are my favoured prophets resident and active…Yes;

(5)  Is anyone or any group excluded…No;

(6)  Does hell exist….Yes, various forms of it, some mild some intense;

(7) How do I avoid it…By being self-forgiving and loving of others;

(8)  Is there judgement…Yes, usually by the self of the self, although there are others who will take on the role if you have a need for it.  Self-judgement can often be harsh and repressive, whereas the advisory councils and serve the aspiring soul can often be precisely observant and remarkably helpful;

(9)  Are humanists, atheists and criminals catered to…Yes, none are barred from entry;

(10) Can one choose where and who to live with….Yes.  If there are pressures and expectations from family/church/society it is only because the individual allows them, continuing the habit from life here;

(11) Do we return for more lives and if so why…yes, because gaining a well rounded education in earthlife takes repeated exposures to perfect responses to challenges and shape the transcendence of suffering;

(12) Are celebrities and culture heros around to inspire and entertain…Yes, even the ones from the far past, like say, Michaelangelo, leave a functioning facsimile(s) of themselves to interact with their fans once they have returned for other lives with different names and personalities.  High achievers from all fields are similarly there for access and many of them continue their work and try to inspire those still on earth with plans, equations, music, art and inventions;

(13) What does it look and feel like…Take the most impressive and beautiful landscapes, communities and architecture from here and multiply their beauty one hundred percent and you can come close to the breathtaking creations of the spirit worlds;

(14) Why are we here…To experience as much as possible in many lives and perfect our character and then graduate;

(15) Is there a god, or gods…Yes, but they turn out to be evolving sentient beings like ourselves, albeit with a bit more understanding of their inherent divinity than the average dead person getting accustomed to the miracle of it all;

(16)  Are the glimpses of other worlds and beings acheived through the various psychedelics real…Yes, there is ample space in the various levels of spirit to accomodate all sentient beings of non-human form who wish to exist and inspire or mystify us as we pass through their territories.  We can exist at their seemingly miraculous level but we have to realign our supposed natures to successfully inhabit those strange and rascally divine clowns;

(17) Why are tragedy and suffering so common…Because (a) we are addicted to their energies and (b), we chose to learn from them eons ago and (c), it contrasts to the spirit worlds where we learn by pleasure and joy;

(18) Why do we forget all this stuff…Because it’s part of the game, the cosmic game of, as the song goes, “getting to know you, getting to know all about you”.

(19)  Are the alien beings visiting our planet real and what do they want…Real for sure and as about as defined by desire and ambition as we are…they desire to learn, to teach, to acquire, to love, but their expressions of such desire are varied and obscure to our way of thinking.  Like 19th century explorers of distant native cultures, we see them them as strange and not as civilised as we might prefer, but they are brothers in spirit, and like tigers, snakes and mosquitoes, to be treated with caution and respect.

(20) Are the learning curves you hint at endless…Yes…we move onward through our lives filling in the blanks with details that at first amaze and later seem quite natural.

The glimpses, “flashes”, afforded by psychedelics are thrilling mini- carnival rides catering to adventurous souls who like to have their self-imposed limitations blown apart by the shock waves of the impossibly new and revolutionary.  Other souls prefer a gradual, shock-free ascent to a more spiritual vision, one charmed by kindness, beauty of a more traditional nature, and the gentle embracing love of angels and prophets.  The ever-so-clever, endlessly self-transforming and chattering elves of DMT are but one path to the realisation of your own limitless divinity.  Spirit communication, consciousness projection are two others.  Faith on bended knee, cross-legged squatting,  weeks of silence, chanting, drumming and shamanic ecstasies are others.

Take your pick at your ease; our world is filled with paths, and although some lead through the valley of the shadow of death, where embracing evil is unavoidable, do so if you must, for all valleys come eventually to mountains, where the rugged ascent leads to a greater, inspiring vision of the trek you have just endured, and all the ice cream you pacified yourself with along the way.